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OU WAS Seminar: Supporting Refugee Learners

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The Open University

Room CMR15

Walton Hall

Milton Keynes

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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.

Confirmed speakers for this event are:-

  • Dr Sally Baker - Refugee Education Special Interest Group, Refugee Council of Australia/ Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network: Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Koula Charitonos – CALRG
  • Rebecca Murray – Article 26 organisation

The event takes places on Thursday 23rd May 2019 from 13:00-16:30 at the Open University in Milton Keynes in the Christodolou Meeting Rooms - CMR15.

Further information will be updated on our WAS website. http://www.open.ac.uk/about/wideningparticipation/events/ou-was-seminar-supporting-refugee-learners

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