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Refugees and Access to Higher Education

How to facilitate access of refugees and asylum-seekers to higher education in the UK? This panel brings together specialists on refugee education in the UK and is followed by a relaxed and friendly information session for students who would like to apply to competitive UK universities for undergraduate degrees.


In the first part of this session, we discuss current access of refugees to higher education, the problems they face and what universities can do to facilitate refugee access to higher education with Dan Webb from Refugee Education and students from refugee backgrounds. 


The second part is geared towards interested students considering applying to UK universities. Esme Page (Admissions Coordinator, Newnham College) and Amber Cuttill (Head of Widening Participation, Pembroke College) are excited to talk about applying to UK universities, what students should think about when choosing a university and what top UK universities look for in a prospective student.




Cambridge Refugee Scholarships

The Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship is a full-cost scholarship for undergraduate or graduate applicants to the University of Cambridge who face severe barriers in accessing higher education. For more information, visit the Trust website and Cambridge Refugee Scholarship Campaign site as well as their studentship guide. See also letters from students.

The Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship, established in 2020, is available annually to support one student, who has been awarded ‘refugee status’ in the UK, to study for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) at King’s College, Cambridge. All MPhil subjects offered by the College are eligible for the Scholarship. 

Guidance for refugees and asylum-seekers, particularly for the Foundation Year. 


UK Universities Refugee Scholarships

Link to UK University Scholarship Directory - an overview of universities in the UK that provide funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers.




UK Council for International Student Affairs for information on fee status

The STAR scholarship list for students who cannot access Student Finance because of their fee status

Refugee Education HE Advice

University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the site for making university applications

IntoUniversity supports young persons in education and preparing for university

Information on undergraduate study at Cambridge and the application process

University of Cambridge Foundation Year

HE Plus has many super curricular resources