The Office for Students has published guidance encouraging providers to consider how they can target and tailor their activities to improve access and participation for Refugee Background Students (RBS) who face significant barriers in higher education. Up-to-date and comprehensive information and guidance about tuition-fee status and eligibility for financial support are among some of the recommendations being made alongside offering contextual approaches to English language testing.

This follows the recently published research, funded through SLNCOP which offers a suite of practical recommendations at school, college and university level to help improve practice, and support young refugee students’ progression through the key stages of their education.

The University of Sussex delivered a RBS peer research project last year as part of the SLNCOP Innovation Fund* . Working in partnership with The Hummingbird Project and Sanctuary on Sea, the project aimed to identify the experiences of RBS moving through the education system and their perceptions of the interventions and challenges they may face.

An advisory group made-up of key partners from schools, colleges, universities, Brighton & Hove City Council and representatives from refugee communities was formed to support the project and a local group of schools have now convened to implement some of the research findings and develop good practice.

The full report is available to download and for any further queries please contact Debra Vice-Holt, our Innovation Fund Programme Manager.

*The Innovation Fund supports Community and Educational providers to collaborate on new, and different approaches to outreach for some of our more vulnerable groups with outputs leading to research, recommendations and policy improvements.