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Scotland’s first Refugee Student Summit held in Glasgow

Thursday 09-03-2017 - 12:06

NUS Scotland and the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association are holding Scotland’s first Refugee Students’ Summit today, Thursday 9 March.

The fully-booked event is the first in Scotland to bring together refugee students with staff from Scotland’s universities, colleges and education agencies to discuss how the sector can better support refugee students. 

The summit – being held at the University of Strathclyde - focuses on the barriers that refugees and asylum seekers face in accessing and staying in education and how these can be overcome. A number of student refugees will attend the conference, with some addressing the conference to share their stories and discuss how the student experience can be improved upon. 

Speakers include the Principal of the University of Strathclyde Professor Sir Jim McDonald, outgoing Chief Executive of the Scottish Refugee Council John Wilkes, and Dr Ima Jackson, an academic who has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.

Commenting, NUS Scotland Refugee and Asylum Officer Lord Apetsi said:
“It’s great to see so many people from a variety of organisations across Scotland coming together to hear from refugee students about the issues they face and how we can better support them. Refugees face significant barriers to accessing education – whether these are financial, legal, or even problems with evidencing existing qualifications. As the first event of its kind, we hope that today gets the education sector thinking about how we can tackle these challenges together. 

“Refugees come to Scotland seeking safety, security and looking to start a new life. Education can is a powerful tool in helping them start their new lives here, allowing people to transfer and build on previous learning or even develop the skills they need to adjust to a new country. Hopefully today marks the start of an ongoing conversation about how we can work together to tear down any barriers that refugees face, and help them contribute to the country they now call home.”
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Contact: Fergus Boden, e: fergus.boden@nus-scotland.org.uk

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