Emily heads up RSN's higher education programme and, as part of the Senior Leadership Team, plays a wider role in RSN's mission, strategy development and governance.
Emily is an expert in the field of access to university for refugee and asylum-seeking youth, and combines direct support to young people with running training to frontline staff and decision-makers within HE institutions. Since joining the RSN team in 2012, Emily has co-authored a range of education-focussed toolkits for young people alongside research reports such as After Return, which explored the outcomes of former asylum-seeking children after forced removal to Afghanistan, and a global study into higher education for refugee youth in low resource environments. Emily has written and spoken widely about issues affecting refugee and asylum-seeking youth at international conferences and in the national press.
Emily has over 15 years experience in voluntary sector agencies in the UK and overseas, including as a refugee youth support worker at Oxford-based Asylum Welcome and a range of fundraising and programme management roles. She is a qualified TEFL teacher, completed her undergraduate degree at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, and has an MSc in Migration and Development from SOAS, University of London.
Writing and media
Refugees and the expectation to be exceptional. Read Emily's Refugee Week blog for the think tank, Theos (June 2018)
Our duty to the stranger. Read Emily’s reflections on the life and legacy of Helen Bamber in OpenDemocracy.
Risks encountered after forced removal: the return experiences of young Afghans - Emily writes about our recent After Return research for Forced Migration Review (February 2017)
Emily speaks to the Sunday programme on Radio 4 to explain how RSN’s educational mentoring increases the confidence and reduces the isolation of young people seeking safety in the UK.
The refugee crisis: where are we now? Watch Emily speak alongside the Bishop of Manchester about the young people benefitting from RSN’s support.
After Return: documenting the experiences of young people forcibly removed to Afghanistan. Read Emily's guest blog post on the Right to Remain website (April 2016)
We must stop failing those we have pledged to protect. Read Emily's piece for Progress Online about the return of former unaccompanied minors to Afghanistan.