Higher education for refugee youth: what can universities do to help?

20 April 2018
In spite of its benefits to individuals and communities, just 1% of refugees make it to higher education. What should universities be doing about it?

Young asylum seekers ‘face blanket study ban’

11 April 2018

A small number of young people we work with have been affected by a legal change restricting their access to education. We spoke to the Observer about the negative impact that the withdrawal of the right to study will have on young asylum seekers for whom education is one of the most positive aspects of their lives.

Aisha: fighting for a university education

19 March 2018

As sixth form winds to a close many young people are looking to the next step, university. But for some, worries about getting the required grades are just a part of their uncertainty about the future. 

Running for young refugees

9 March 2018

Meet some friends of RSN who've put on their trainers and run for young refugees.

Is Afghanistan safe for returnees?

5 March 2018

Our director, Catherine Gladwell, talks to the Guardian about the safety of young people forced to return to Afghanistan. 

Our call to protect survivors of child trafficking

6 February 2018

We've signed ECPAT UK's open letter to the Home Secretary, asking her to reconsider the decision to return a survivor of child trafficking to a country where he has no family or support networks and to reform the support provided to all children identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK.

Civil servants getting creative for RSN

25 January 2018

Jon and his colleagues at the civil service have got stuck into supporting RSN over the past few months. In this guest blog post, he tells us what they've been up to and extends an invitation to a film screening on 9th February. Join us!

Supporting forced migrants into higher education

25 January 2018

The Article 26 project, which equips universities to develop and implement scholarships for asylum-seeking students, has just launched a set of guiding principles which provide the foundations for any sanctuary initiative designed to support the success of forced migrants in higher education. 

RSN in Al-Fanar Media: Bridging a gap in education support for refugees

8 January 2018

What do we prioritise in our work and research? How do we bridge the gap between the UK and overseas? What difference does educational support make? We talked to Al-Fanar Media about our history, work and ethos. 

Specialist higher education support work

4 January 2018

This component of our higher education programme aims to enable young refugees and asylum seekers who are facing barriers in accessing higher education to overcome these obstacles and move forward in their education through face-to-face specialist advice, guidance and support. 

"I want to study and play sport"

2 January 2018

What is life like for young asylum seekers in the UK? Read Ashanhullah's story to find out more.

Christmas greetings

19 December 2017

At this time of light and hope, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in our work over the past year. Watch RSN's Christmas message, from our director Catherine Gladwell. 

Look no further for fundraising ideas

1 December 2017

Want to raise funds for young refugees, but need some ideas? Look no further...

One donation, twice the impact

14 November 2017

This year, we’re part of The Big Give, a week-long funding challenge. Between midday on Tuesday 28th November and midday on Tuesday 5th December, we’ll be trying to raise £2,000 for RSN. This will then be matched by 10 RSN ‘champions’ and a charitable trust, giving us a grand total of £4,000! So, if someone gives £10, we’ll get £20. If someone gives £40, we’ll get £80. And so on… 

In memory of John

19 October 2017

Ben and David Payne ran the Hull Marathon to say thank you to Hull NICU for the care they showed Ben's son Felix and to raise money for Refugee Support Network in memory of their incredible brother, John (pictured right).

"A computer can be life-changing"

17 October 2017

This is the story about an unaccompanied refugee child who wanted to give something back and to support young people who now find themselves in the situation he was once in.

Ancient objects for modern dilemmas

10 October 2017

This lovely evening at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton, organised by Verena, a former mentor and long-term friend of RSN, celebrated the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the ancient Middle East, through art, music and spoken word.

RSN launches new educational mentoring hub in Birmingham

9 August 2017

We are thrilled to announce that we've expanded our educational mentoring programme to a second city outside of London: Birmingham. 

RSN launches new educational mentoring hub in Oxford

1 June 2017

We are delighted to announce that we've started working in Oxford; the first city outside of London where we are running our educational mentoring programme. 

Young asylum seeker attacked in Croydon

6 April 2017

RSN is part of the Croydon Young Refugees Network, an umbrella group of around 30 organisations working to improve opportunities and outcomes for young refugees and asylum seekers in the Croydon area. We were signatories to the group's statement in response to the recent attack of a 17 year old Kurdish boy

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