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Article 26 – Making HE Accessible for Asylum-Seekers & Refugees

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Article 26 – Making HE Accessible for Asylum-Seekers & Refugees

With the current media attention on the plight of refugees and migrants, colleagues may be interested to know about Article 26, which is a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. The main aim of Article 26 is to promote access to Higher Education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK. The Article 26 project works in partnership with universities to provide advice and guidance on creating packages of support for students seeking asylum, which enables them to not only access but succeed in Higher Education. This includes a full tuition fee bursary and funding to meet some of the additional costs associated with studying.

The universities currently offering bursaries to asylum seekers for the 2015-16 academic year are listed here:

http://article26.hkf.org.uk/student-bursaries/2015-16-student-bursaries

A number of colleagues have expressed an interest in getting their universities to offer bursaries and so I thought it might be helpful to circulate this information. Some universities are doing things independently but it would be helpful to coordinate efforts via Article 26 as it expresses a collective wish to do more and can help to persuade other universities to do more still. There is a suggestion that all universities could offer at least 10 such scholarships and bursaries. We have appended below a draft letter that can be adapted for use to contact senior admin at your universities.

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Dear Vice-Chancellor,

We are writing to you in the context of the refugee crisis in Europe. As you will be aware, many of the refugees are young people whose education has been disrupted and as well as seeking freedom from persecution are also wishing to rebuild their lives through education. We are asking you to consider setting up 10 scholarships and bursaries to support refugees and asylum seekers in obtaining higher education. We are asking you to do this as part of a coordinated effort via Article 26.

Article 26 is a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation whose main aim is to promote access to Higher Education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK. The Article 26 project works in partnership with universities to provide advice and guidance on creating packages of support for students seeking asylum, which enables them to not only access but succeed in Higher Education. This includes a full tuition fee bursary and funding to meet some of the additional costs associated with studying. For more information, see here:

http://article26.hkf.org.uk/

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