Edge Hill Lecturer, Yiannis Koufonikos’ new film, ‘Story: Tales from a Refugee Camp’ is the exciting outcome of a collaborative project with Coventry University, bringing together residents of the camp and the local community to share their stories.
Four former unaccompanied child refugees from Eritrea,
Afghanistan and Albania working your average shift in your average pizza shop
take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they
are. Having told their stories to social workers and courts as part of their
asylum claims, they are now reclaiming them.
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.
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 →
*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.
On the day that the UK went to the polls in the European elections, the Action for Refuges network (AFR), in partnership with West Lancs CVS, hosted an activities day to welcome old and new refugees resettled in the surrounding areas. A set of friendly football matches were played on the 11-a-side pitch while off field visiting Phd student Matilda Lindburg from Malmo, Sweden, ran a circus skills workshop for those less inclined to 11-a-side.
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
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.