Equal Access for the University of Nottingham
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We want the University of Nottingham to change their admissions process for asylum seekers and those seeking asylum status.
Individuals who are waiting for a decision on their asylum application or who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) in the UK as a result of an asylum claim do not have equal access to university. They must pay the same fees as international students and have no access to student loans and grants. This excludes most from furthering their education. As a student network, STAR believes that this is wrong and that colleges and universities should have fair admissions policies for all. How can you expect someone who cannot work and who lives on £36 a week to pay £8,500 to £29,200 a year in university fees? How can you claim that someone who has fled their country of origin to avoid war, torture and persecution is the same as an international student who has chosen to study in Britain? What is the future going to look like if people seeking protection cannot learn the skills they need to build a future?
The University of Nottingham has the ability to change their admissions procedure to provide these individuals an equal opportunity to University as any other British citizen has. Manchester, Leeds and Royal Holloway have already succeeded in changing their policies, and for Nottingham to do the same we need you!