Sector Pledge: HEIs and supporting organisations committing to improving access to university for refugees for the Global Refugee Forum
In December last year the UN General Assembly completed the signing of the Global Compact on Refugees. The compact is seen as a vision of shared responsibility in which governments, international organisations and wider civil society can all play a role. Every four years a global refugee forum will be convened to monitor its progress with the first in December 2019. Stakeholders from all areas of society are encouraged to pledge contributions to the Global Compact for Refugees.

STAR and Universities of Sanctuary are proposing a communal pledge of support from the UK Higher Education sector to commit to continuing and expanding its provision of support for refugees and people seeking sanctuary across all areas of Higher Education Institutions in the form of scholarships, University of Sanctuary initiatives, student action and through building on the many other contributions already undertaken by the sector.

We welcome any higher education institution or organisation supporting access to higher education for people seeking refugee protection in the UK to sign their support to the pledge below. We ask that signatories are in a senior position within a relevant area of their organisation or institution to allow them to commit to this goal with a reasonable expectation of expanding their support for people seeking refugee protection to access higher education in the next decade.

We thank you for your support and work towards this shared goal of access to higher education for all people seeking sanctuary.
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The Pledge
Universal education and lifelong learning are a basic human right for all people, but one which is currently being denied to many of the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes and seeking sanctuary elsewhere. We, as Higher Education Institutions and related organisations in the UK, pledge to uphold and develop our commitments towards increasing access to Higher Education for people seeking sanctuary, as well as to building a culture of welcome in the UK and beyond. We are committed to working alongside states and the wider global humanitarian community to deliver the promise of the Global Compact on Refugees including working towards a goal where 15% of the world’s refugees have access to higher education by 2030 . As part of our commitment we will continue to offer, and to develop, sanctuary scholarships and other innovative routes for improving access. *
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