Why not volunteer?

Volunteer ESOL 1-1: Help with English is just one way to get involved

Do you have skills in ESOL or would you like to develop your understanding of ‘the refugee crisis’ beyond the tabloid headlines?

‘Skem International’ a group of refugees and community members from Skelmersdale, run two weekly events which are looking for more volunteers.

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New Arabic resources for the Primary classroom

Action for Refugees is delighted to present the second booklet in a series produced by students, working in partnership to develop resources for the primary classroom.

These booklets are developed by primary trainees to enable simple bilingual activities in the classroom, from labelling key parts of the room to basic greetings to welcome a learner.

Pictured here is the development team, including Mohammmed K who volunteered with the Edge Hill team on the project. Action for Refugees are very grateful for his time sharing his language skills.

These resources are available to download via the university’s online storage system ‘eshare’, and are open access to all. You can also access the first booklet in the series.

Arabic: http://eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/15300/

Farsi: http://eshare.edgehill.ac.uk/15301/

For more information please contact
Martin Ford
Subject lead ‐ Academic and Professional Development (APD)
fordm@edgehill.ac.uk

Universities of Sanctuary Conference

The Sanctuary University scheme is relatively new, but is growing rapidly, with universities across the country, from Winchester in the south to Edinburgh in the north enjoying Sanctuary University status. The scheme aims:

‘to inspire and support universities to develop a culture and a practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the Higher Education sector in the UK’.

I attended the Sanctuary Universities Conference hosted by York St John last week.

The conference programme was an exciting mix of practitioner experience, research and students sharing their work and experiences. It was really moving to hear from students about the impact the Sanctuary awards had had on their lives, and great to see their talent and hard work on display as student members of the steering group co-chaired the event. Representatives of NGOs such as RefuAid and CARA shared their work on supporting refugee access to Higher Education.

Unfortunately Edge Hill is not a member of this supportive network, but all universities can access their resources, and the network continues to welcome new members.

Support for Syrian academics CARA

THE has recently published on the state of Syrian universities and Syrian academics in exile.

CARA, the charity set up in 1933 to support academics escaping Nazism, supports universities in the UK to host refugee academics. In the North West, major universities including Liverpool John Moores and Liverpool Hope are members, enabling refugee academics to teach and research in safety.

CARA are also supporting refugee Syrian academics to conduct research in collaboration with UK universities: Continue reading

New scholarship for refugees: humanities (English, History, Geography and more)

Via The Refugee Support Network

*The Schwab and Westheimer Trust is delighted to announce a new scholarship for students from asylum-seeking backgrounds. *

This new scholarship, supported by the Marks Family Charitable Trust, is open to students embarking on a three year humanities degree programme at undergraduate level, or a postgraduate masters degree in humanities. Only candidates with proven excellent academic record/achievement will be considered.

The scholarship will cover ‘home’ tuition fees (up to £9,500 per year).

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can cover their living costs whilst at university. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have an asylum-seeking background and people who are not eligible for student finance will be prioritised.

Applications will open on 15th June 2019, and the deadline for applications is midnight on 9th July 2019. Interviews for successful candidates will be held in July 2019, in London.

You can apply online here.

Refugee Week 17-23 June 2019

Refugee week 2019 is next week!  Check out the free resources to celebrate refugee week online via the website.

The site includes a wide range of education resources including lesson plans and resources for primary and secondary classes. We’d love to hear what you’re doing for Refugee Week – share via Action for Refugees twitter or if you’re an FoE student via @EHU_FOE

Scholarships – Westheimer Health

The Refugee Support Network are currently accepting applications (until 27th May) for the ‘Westheimer Scholarship’, a funding opportunity for asylum seekers (up to aged 28) to pursue HE in health and social care, medicine, nursing or related professions.

Funding is available for up to 3 people each year for fees and living costs.

Full details are available on the Refugee Support Network site.

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Student Action for Refugees – visit 22nd May

Maddy Robinson of STAR (Student Action for Refugees) will be speaking about the work of this national NGO, formed by students, which now makes up a national network. She will be discussing the diverse voluntary work carried out by students across the UK, and their influential campaign work including changing universities’ policies for HE Access.

Edge Hill was one of of the first universities to offer fee waivers for students unable to continue their studies due to their refugee status: STAR campaigns to ensure that access is supported and improved, reflecting the demands of students that their university is a place where everyone is welcome, and equality matters.

Find out how you can get involved at 1pm 22nd May E19 (FoE Lakeside)

With thanks for the support of I4P

What is STAR?

STAR is a national charity of 27,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. Together we:

  • Volunteer at local refugee projects
  • Campaign to improve the lives of refugees
  • Educate people about refugees and asylum

STAR is made up of 46 groups at universities and colleges across the UK and a national team which co-ordinates and supports the groups. STAR groups are students’ union societies which are affiliated to the charity. The charity is governed by STAR’s Board of Trustees, elected annually by the students themselves.

Check out this video of Shrouk El Attar, Cardiff STAR and STAR trustee, to find out what STAR is all about!

RefuAid Language Scholarship Programme set for Liverpool launch

Mohib Ullah, who is leading on the project for RefuAid told us, “We are working with one of our partner schools in Liverpool and will be starting an OET (Occupational English Test accepted by the General Medical Council as an alternative to IELTS for re-qualification) course for healthcare professionals after Easter. The course will be 6 hours a week and will initially run for 6 weeks, starting on Wednesday the 24th of April. We welcome applications from refugee/asylum seeker doctors, nurses and midwives etc. They can also email me in person at mohib@refuaid.org I will be happy to answer any questions they may have. During the course, we will pay travel expenses up to £500, and the exam fee when applicants are deemed as exam-ready by their tutors.”

Action for Refugees think that this is a brilliant initiative with potentially great benefits to candidates and the communities they will serve. We wish RefuAid every success with this important programme.