We are the HSU Community. Refugees are welcome here.
This week is Refugees Week; a time to reflect on and to celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK, along with looking ahead to the future. We have some great news for you about a new scheme that the University will be bringing in!
You may already know that we have a STAR Society (Student Action for Refugees). This is part of a network of societies across the country which campaigns for change in how the UK supports refugees, and to educate people about asylum. Part of their work this year has been to work with SU Officers to lobby the University to put in place a scheme to allow refugees to study here.
People fleeing their home countries and seeking asylum in the UK do not have equal access to university. Those awaiting a decision or who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain have to apply to university as an international student, and are not entitled to access student loans. Yet this is in contrast to what it says in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, that “higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit”.
We are proud to have been part of a multi-agency movement to change this at Huddersfield, and thrilled that the University has agreed that, from the 2020/21 academic year onward, they will offer two scholarships and a bursary to asylum seekers to enable them to study at the University of Huddersfield.
We are grateful we have had the opportunity to work jointly with Dr Kate Smith in the School of Human and Health Sciences and her team, plus outside organisations such as DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers Huddersfield) to bring this amazing scheme to life.
Huddersfield will sit alongside many other UK universities which are part of the Article 26 project, part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation, playing its part in creating a positive and progressive community for all in Huddersfield.
Jake, Activities Officer
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