Specialist support for refugee and asylum seeker students
At Sheffield Hallam we provide specialist support to refugee and asylum seeker students due to the additional challenges you face which can have considerable impact on your educational experiences and outcomes.
Specialist Adviser for refugees and asylum seeker students - Helen Paskins, International Experience Team
You can contact the specialist adviser for refugee and asylum seeker students by emailing: email@example.com
The adviser can give support and advice for any issue connected to your asylum or refugee status. The adviser can also signpost you to local organisations and solicitors who give advice and assistance with immigration applications, such as applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Any immigration solicitor you choose should be registered either with ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) or OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).
We run a mentoring scheme, Culture Connect, which matches you up with an experienced undergraduate for a semester, who will guide you through University processes and life as a student in Sheffield
Student Success Scholarship
Refugee students are a priority group for the Student Success Scholarship. The Student Success Scholarship is for Home undergraduate students starting from 2017 onwards and is designed to help you succeed at Sheffield Hallam.
The scholarship includes a series of financial awards for individual students from £200 up to £2000, as well as priority access to a support package designed to support your wellbeing, develop your employability and enhance your money management skills.
Please read more information here: students.shu.ac.uk/shuspacecontent/finance/student-success-scholarship
Sheffield Hallam University offers two Sanctuary Scholarships (one for undergraduate and one for postgraduate study) to support talented students who have sought asylum in the UK. The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and through generous donations from former students. Please read more information here:
Other scholarships offered by other universities can be found here: star-network.org.uk/index.php/resources/access_to_university
There is also lots of helpful information from the Refugee Support Network: refugeesupportnetwork.org/
During your studies you will be assigned an Academic Adviser. You can discuss your academic, personal and professional development with them. They will be available to support you through every level of your study, including placements and heading into employment.
The Student Wellbeing Service can help to support your psychological wellbeing in order for you to manage your studies and make the most of university life. The service provides access to self-help resources, offers wellbeing appointments and can direct you to specialist support if required. Contact them by telephone on 0114 225 2136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigration Advice for refugees and asylum seeker students
The International Experience Team can signpost you to local organisations and solicitors who give advice and assistance with immigration applications, such as applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Any immigration solicitor you choose should be registered either with ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) or OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).
Refugee Family Reunion Clinic
The Sheffield Hallam University Refugee Family Reunion Clinic supports individual refugees who wish to be reunited with family members they have been forced to leave behind. This is a free service. The Clinic works directly with refugees in making applications for refugee family reunion.
To read more about the Clinic and opening hours please go to: blogs.shu.ac.uk/refugeelawclinic/
You can read more about the Refugee Family Reunion scheme