In spite of its benefits to individuals and communities, just 1% of refugees make it to higher education. What can universities do to address this situation?
We were glad to contribute to a new report - Higher education and displaced people: a guide for UK universities - by Universities UK which sets out the steps that British universities are taking to support the needs of displaced learners and suggests ways in which they can further enhance their impact working with and for displaced communities.
RSN also contributed to another new report, ‘Reaching the parts of society universities have missed: A manifesto for the new Director of Fair Access and Participation’. Our higher education specialist support worker is cited in an article on the SI NEWS website, calling for greater support for young asylum seekers who wish to access higher education the UK.
The global context
In November 2017, our higher education programme manager spoke at World University Service of Canada (WUSC)'s second roundtable discussion about global initiatives to increase access to quality higher education for refugee and displaced youth. Building on this roundtable discussion, WUSC has just published a paper - State of Play: Pathways to Higher Education for Refugee Youth - which aims to set out the issues in the provision of blended higher education for refugees and provide some insights into trends and what practitioners in this space should tackle next.