Institute of Education


VIRTUAL EVENT: Supporting refugees into higher education

18 June 2021, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

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This Refugee Week event will recognise the work of ReConnect and will raise awareness about the barriers experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in accessing higher education.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Aine McAllister

This event is a forum for leading scholars in the field of refugee studies and for refugee voices to discuss the barriers experienced by refugees and asylum seekers as they seek access to higher education.

It will also explore the impact of those barriers as they work to re-establish their professional and academic identities.

Professor Li Wei, incoming Director and Dean of UCL Institute of Education will officially open the event. 

Guest speakers

  • Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair Refugee in Integration through Language and The Arts, the University of Glasglow
  • Tawone Sithole, Poet in Residence at UNESCO Chair Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (RILA), the University of Glasglow
  • Tesfalem H Yemane, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds
  • Hyab Yohanne, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Glasglow
  • Professor Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Professor in Migration and Refugee Studies, Co-Director of the UCL Migration Research Unit and Coordinator of Refuge in a Moving World
  • Yousif Qasmiyeh, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford and Poet and Writer in Residence at Refugee Hosts. Poetry Collection: Writing the Camp (Broken Sleep Books 2021)
  • Students and alumni from the programme and teachers with refugee background.

About ReConnect

ReConnect is a London-based charity that works in partnership with the UCL Institute of Education to support unemployed and underemployed refugees in gaining mainstream qualifications at the Institute.


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