UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


CLIE staff involved with initiatives to improve higher education access to refugees

27 July 2018

CLIE's Senior Teaching Fellow and Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate Admissions Tutor, Raphaela Armbruster, has been leading the Centre's participation in UCL staff and student led initiatives for refugee and forced migrant access to higher education.

'There has been so much going on over the last 18 months and people are starting to understand the relevance of the issue as embodying the educational values our international university stands for and... within the context of the current international political climate.'(Raphaela Armbruster)

She recently participated in a Grand Challenges funded project in, 'Women in London/Women in Education' based at the IOE, where over 20 women from two partner charities based in London, the Helen Bamber Foundation and the Lewisham Refugee Support Network, engaged with UCL students to discuss the pathways and obstacles to education for women from migration.

'It was an incredible experience and one that will stay with me forever; students - many international - learned from the participants and they in turn engaged in the complex and arduous process that is stepping back into an educational future that had been closed to them insofar. The project brought together these two communities and exemplified Paulo Freire's idea that 'no one educates anyone else nor themselves, but that we educate one another in the context of living in this world'. We hope we will be able to embed programmes such as these in the future. '(Raphaela Armbruster)


Another project starting in July has been led by a team of doctoral students from the London Centre of Nanotechnology. Young students from forced migration will attend a 6 weeks course focusing on Tech - coding, programming and their applications in research and the business world, and English for sciences.

'I think all these are signs that a wider discussion is to be held within UCL collaboratively with its ever engaged staff and students to reconsider perceptions and practices around internationalism and dare I say it, what globalism means today. UCL stands at the forefront of these questions in its research expertise, it is natural that its practices will follow.' (Raphaela Armbruster)