NUS and STAR (Student Action for Refugees) Conference

Friday 18-01-2019 - 00:00

This Thursday 24 January NUS President Shakira Martin is delivering the opening plenary at the joint NUS/STAR National Student Conference, alongside support from Society and Citizenship Officer Zamzam Ibrahim and International Students Officer Yinbo Yu. We hope to see many of you there.


Hosted by Student Action for Refugees (STAR) & National Union of Students (NUS), this year’s theme is improving access to higher education for asylum seekers & refugees.


 “Everyone has the right to education…. higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit” – UN declaration of human rights


Asylum seekers and refugees have the right to study in the UK and many do so successfully despite challenges including student finance, recognition of prior learning, and the complex admissions process.  STAR & NUS have been successfully breaking down these barriers under the banner of Equal Access since 2008.  Sixty-two universities now offer scholarships or fee waivers, NGOs are delivering bespoke support and refugees and asylum seekers are now studying as a result. However, there is still a long way to go.

This year’s conference will bring together our stakeholders who together are working to create and improve access to higher education for asylum seekers and refugees.  It will connect the community of refugees, higher education staff and NGOs to share and celebrate their knowledge and skills across the movement by:


  • Sharing good practice and celebrating Equal Access between refugee students, universities and NGOs.


  • Sharing knowledge and building connections to create and improve scholarship programmes.


  • Educating on obstacles within the Equal Access process.


  • Empowering practitioners to be effective advocates and developers of Equal Access.



We hope to learn, share and engage to find out how we can improve education access to refugees and, through local action, be part of a global response. We look forward to seeing those of you attending this Thursday in London.


Registration opens at 10:00 and the conference starts at 11:00.



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