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UCL Student Support & Wellbeing - in collaboration with UCLU and Student Action for Refugees - will be hosting a range of events on campus in support of refugee education initiatives in the UK and abroad, from Monday 20th to Friday 24th February 2017.


Monday 20th February

Research Showcase

Hear from academics and students about leading research taking place at UCL on varied refugee issues

Time: 13.00-14.00
Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
See which of your Facebook friends are going!

More information about the Research Showcase session

Campaigning Workshop

Find out how you can campaign for refugees in your community

Time: 18.00-20.00
Location: Council Room South Wing
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite

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More information about the Campaigning workshop

Stories from Syria (1)

Listen to poetry, stories and first-hand accounts from Syrian refugees

Time: 18.00-19.00
Location: Room G17, Pearson Building (North East Entrance)
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
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More information about the stories from Syria session

Tuesday 21st February

Charity Yoga Class 

Come along to this judgement-free yoga class to help lift your spirits, as well as raise money for this very important issue. There will two classes held on Tuesday.

Time: 12.00-13.00 (A) and 13.00-14.00 (B)
Location: Dance Studio 101, Lewis Building
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite (Max. Capacity of 30 per class)

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See which of your Facebook friends are going! (Class B)

More information about the Charity Yoga Classes

Craftivism Workshop

An evening of arts and crafts in support of refugee campaigning

Time: 17.30-19.00
Location: Room 309, Roberts Building
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
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More information about the Craftivism workshop

Wednesday 22nd February

Film Screening

Watch two short documentaries about the UK asylum system, with free popcorn!

Time: 18.00-20.00
Location: Galton Lecture Theatre (Room 115), 1-19 Torrington Place
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
See which of your Facebook friends are going!

More information about the Film Screening with Q&A evening

Charity Pub Quiz

Put your general knowledge to the test while raising money!

Time: 19.00-21.00
Location: Student Bar, UCL Institute of Education
Tickets: All are welcome no prior registration is required
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More information about the Charity Pub Quiz

Thursday 23rd February

Charity Yoga Class 

Come along to this judgement-free yoga class to help lift your spirits, as well as raise money for this very important issue. 

Time: 15:00-16:00
Location: Dance Studio 101, Lewis Building
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite (Max. Capacity of 30 per class)

See which of your Facebook friends are going! (Class C)

More information about the Charity Yoga Classes

Panel Discussion: A Lost Generation?

With refugee children often unable to access education, are we creating a lost generation? Hear from our expert panel

Time: 18.30-20.00
Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
See which of your Facebook friends are going!
If you would like to submit a question to the panel members in advance, please fill out the following Google Form with your inquiry.

More information about the Panel Discussion: A Lost Generation?

Stories from Syria (2)

Listen to poetry, stories and first-hand accounts from Syrian refugees

Time: 19.15-20.15
Location: Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing
Tickets: Register on Eventbrite
See which of your Facebook friends are going!

Stories from Syria: Part Two

Friday 24th February

*Charity Mindful Rave

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that we have had to cancel the Charity Mindful Rave. For information on similar upcoming events, please see the Mindful Rave website. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Drop-off Collection

Donate unneeded clothes and other goods to support those in need

Time: 10.00-15.00
Location: North Cloisters
Tickets: All are welcome no prior registration required
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More information about the Drop-Off Collection day

Weekend Events (25th-26th February)

'This Girl Can' Run

Saturday 25th February
Time: 10.30 starting time
Location: Marylebone Station

More information about the 'This Girl Can' Run

Charity Yoga Class

Sunday 26th February
Time: 10.00-11.00
Location: South Quadrangle Teaching Room 1

Tickets: Register on Eventbrite (Max. Capacity of 30 per class)

See which of your Facebook friends are going!

More information about the Mindful Yoga Fundraising for Refugees

Cash donations will be accepted at all the events themselves and throughout the week on campus. You will also be able to donate money online, as follows:


Related Events


A global education crisis

Although it's no longer top of the headlines, the worldwide refugee crisis is still ongoing. The UNHCR estimates that there were 65.3 million displaced people in 2015, with many fleeing war, poverty and persecution. 

Some put themselves at enormous risk to try to start a new life in Europe or elsewhere; almost 4,000 migrants died in the Mediterranean last year. Many more remain in developing neighbour countries, which struggle under the burden of accommodating refugees in their hundreds of thousands.   

One sadly overlooked aspect of the crisis is education. Refugee children are often unable to access this fundamental human right, with only 50% attending primary school and only 1% going on to reach higher education. It is estimated that refugees will spend an average of 17 years in displacement, which for children may mean the entirety of their schooling years. 


Refugee Week

UCL Student Support & Wellbeing wants to do its part to help increase awareness of this issue and raise funds. We'll primarily be supporting the following charities working on refugee education initiatives:       

Edlumino
A registered charity of qualified teachers from the United Kingdom, providing emergency education and support to children currently in refugee camps.

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)
A grassroots charity in London, working with refugees and asylum seekers to relieve poverty and social isolation. AFRIL run free courses in English as a second language to refugee adults, with a crèche facility attached, as well as a children's supplementary school called the Rainbow Club. 


If you would like to volunteer or have a great idea for a fundraising event that you'd like to put on yourself, please contact Wes Durdle, International Student Adviser, by emailing w.durdle@ucl.ac.uk, or Nichola Carroll, Executive Administrator/SSW Blog Editor, by emailing nichola.carroll.12@ucl.ac.uk.

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