UWE to offer at least 10 scholarships to people seeking refuge in the UK
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We are calling on University of the West of England (UWE) to open their doors to asylum seekers, people with Limited/Discretionary Leave to Remain or Humanitarian Protection.
The current European refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian disaster in generations. We need everyone to play their part in helping the people who have fled war and persecution to find safety and rebuild their shattered lives. UWE already classify all those seeking asylum as home students for fee purposes, however this is not enough. We are asking UWE to:
1. Offer at least 10 scholarships that cover study and maintenance costs for people who have come to the UK seeking refugee protection
2. Publicise their Equal Access policies so that potential students can easily apply
Individuals who are waiting for a decision on their asylum application, or who have been granted
3. Provide additional support for new students e.g language tuition if needed.
Limited/ Discretionary Leave to Remain as a result of an asylum claim as well as those who have been granted Humanitarian Protection do not have the same access to university as home students. Many are forced to abandon their education and are denied the right to work in the UK, leaving them to rely on just £36 a week from government handouts.
They are denied access to student loans and grants and simply cannot afford up to £30,000 a year in university fees. Someone who has fled their country of origin to avoid war, torture or persecution deserves an equal chance in life.
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