Refugees face significant barriers to successful participation in higher education. Research shows that these include lack of certainty over immigration status, tuition-fee concerns and language and cultural barriers.

Providers should ensure they can provide this group of students with up-to-date and comprehensive information and guidance about their tuition-fee status and eligibility for financial support.

They should also consider how they can target or tailor their activities to improve access and participation for this group.

Activities could include:

  • providing accommodation for the whole year
  • contextual approaches to English language testing
  • having a named person or point of contact within the university for refugee students.

The Refugee Support Network website contains a number of resources for providers, including ‘Identifying Sanctuary Scholars’. This provides information on how providers can support students within the various immigration status categories.

The Refugee Support Network also offers advice to practitioners and runs training sessions on access to higher education for young refugees and asylum seekers.

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