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Supporting Refugee Learners

This event took place on 23rd May 2019 at 1:00pm (12:00 GMT)

In view of significant global growth of refugee and asylum seeker numbers, focusing on higher education opportunities has never been more necessary. Higher education is crucial to ensuring the wellbeing, socio-economic integration and mobility, and successful settlement of refugees and asylum seekers, many of whom have high educational aspirations and strongly value education as an important tool to restore dignity, security and hope. This seminar will draw on the forthcoming Special Issue of the Widening Participation & Lifelong Learning journal on the topic of higher education and refugees and asylum seekers, to focus on what universities need to do to create (more/ better) opportunities for meaningful participation. Participants will consider existing efforts towards opening up access to, and developing targeted supports for participation in university study for refugees and asylum seekers in resettlement contexts (focusing on the UK and Australia), before working collaboratively to develop creative approaches to sustaining and scaling up such efforts to ensure expanded and more equitable distribution of these activities across the higher education sector.

The webcast was open to 1500 users

(100 minutes)