The National Union of Students (NUS) and Student Action for Refugees (STAR) are calling for equal access to education for students seeking refugee protection in Britain.
The Equal Access campaign is calling for:
- All those seeking refugee protection to be able to study as home students;
- Students seeking refugee protection to be recognised as having additional needs just like other vulnerable groups and to be given the same access to additional support, such as bursaries.
Individuals who are waiting for a decision on their asylum application or who have been granted discretionary leave to remain (DLR) in the UK as a result of an asylum claim do not have equal access to university. They cannot access student loans and grants and must pay international fees. Most asylum seekers are denied the right to work and live on just £36 a week. They cannot afford up to £30,000 a year in university fees. Someone who has fled their country of origin to avoid war, torture or persecution is not the same as an international student who has chosen to study in Britain.
The Equal Access campaign is supported by a broad coalition including:
- Refugee Support Network
- Coram Children’s Legal Centre
- Employability Forum
Warwick STAR, as part of the STAR network, aims to achieve Equal Access at The University of Warwick. Please sign below if you support equal access to higher education for students seeking refugee protection in Britain