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University of Suffolk supports Asylum Seekers access higher education

16 Apr 2019 4:45PM

The University of Suffolk is offering two Scholarships, one undergraduate and one postgraduate, for students who are seeking asylum in the UK.

Successful applicants will gain a 100% tuition fee waiver, and the undergraduate award includes a small bursary for support with study and travel costs.

The aim of the scholarship is to help to break down one of the main barriers in accessing higher education as Asylum Seekers are unable to access any support from Student Finance England for the costs of undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Karen Hinton, Head of Student Recruitment and Market Development at University of Suffolk said, “The University was very keen to introduce support for Asylum Seekers in Suffolk as we recognise that many would be unable to access higher education without this support. We will continue to offer advice and guidance to Asylum Seekers as they consider their options and routes into higher education, but are very pleased to be able to offer two Scholarships to Asylum Seekers based in Suffolk starting for the 2019/20 academic year."

The University has linked with Suffolk Refugee Support to help to identify Asylum Seekers that the Scholarship may benefit.  The link will also help clients of the service make more informed choice about their decisions regarding education.

Jodi Peck, Employment and Training Advice Worker, Suffolk Refugee Support, said, "We are delighted that the University of Suffolk is offering two Scholarships for students who are seeking asylum in the UK. We know from asylum seekers we have worked with that this is a vital step in breaking down barriers to accessing higher education. The chance to study can give a sense of purpose and transform the lives of asylum seekers dealing with the trauma of displacement and facing uncertain futures."

The University will be supporting regular drop-in events at the Suffolk Refugee Support office, where Asylum Seekers and Refugees will be able to find out about their routes into higher education. The University will be able to assess previous qualifications, answer questions on student finance, and provide information about getting back into higher education where SRS clients have had their education disrupted by their move to the UK. The next drop-in event will be on 10 May.

The deadline for applications to the Scholarship is 31 May 2019 for those aiming to start University in the 2019-20 academic year. Please visit https://www.uos.ac.uk/content/university-suffolk-asylum-seeker-support  for more information.

To find out more about Suffolk Refugee Support please visit https://suffolkrefugee.org.uk/

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