STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
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 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.
Come along and find out how you can get involved.
Organised by Edge Hill University’s Action for Refugees (AfR) and sponsored by I4P, this event takes place at the university’s Ormskirk Campus.
Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019
1.00pm Event start
2.00pm Event close
Registration: this event is free, no need to register.
STAR is a national charity of 27,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. Together they:
- 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!
Action for Refugees (AfR)
Action for Refugees was formed as a grouping of academics, support staff and students at Edge Hill University who felt a common need to respond to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and abroad. AfR promote a multi-faceted response that included fund-raising, volunteering, curriculum developments and knowledge sharing and transfer events. Perhaps most importantly, the group engages on a number of levels with refugees, asylum seekers and organisations working to support them. For more information please check out the Action for Refugees Homepage and the AfR blog.