Equal Access at Bath (EAAB) are campaigning for two new undergraduate scholarships for asylum seekers to be implemented by the University of Bath. The EAAB campaign for undergraduate scholarships is being run by volunteers from the Bath STAR (Student Action for Refugees) society and the Bath Amnesty Society – the volunteers are Charlotte Foster, Holly Smith, Finley Bertram, Amelia Cox and Monica Danson-Scadden.
Asylum seekers are individuals that have been forced to leave their country of residence due to the fear of persecution or threat to their safety. The EAAB campaign is an important vehicle because of the immense barriers that asylum seekers face with regards to economic and social inclusion, including a barrier to Student Finance Support, which prevents them from accessing Higher Education. This campaign is vital in reminding students and staff at the University of Bath that it is our responsibility to help these individuals get the support that they need to access and succeed in Higher Education.
EAAB say that they have been inspired by the national #EqualAccess movement across university campuses in the UK to support forced migrants. Their efforts build on the University’s existing support for refugees and asylum seekers at the pre-university level and those at the postgraduate level. At the pre-university level, Bath STAR run a weekly homework club for students from refugee backgrounds aged 8-16 years old. The university currently offers a postgraduate scholarship for asylum seeker students, following efforts from Bath Amnesty Society and the Students’ Union five years ago.
In November 2020, Bath was awarded the prestigious University of Sanctuary award in recognition of its efforts to welcome refugees and asylum seekers, and now, the EAAB campaign is working to encourage the university to build on this momentum to implement undergraduate asylum seeker scholarships to fill this gap as there is no provision for asylum seekers at the undergraduate level.
The EAAB’s campaign team have set up a working group with various members of staff from the University and the SU to set this in motion, and they are running a fundraising campaign from the 12th April until the 10th of May.
Bath Amnesty will be running an event called ‘RAN-mesty’ in collaboration with the EAAB campaign from the 26th of April until the 10th of May. The aim of this event is to run as much as possible as a collective group whilst raising money on their donation page for the EAAB campaign.
To get involved with the cause or if you have any questions then please feel free to contact anyone from the campaign team via email (Charlotte Foster, Holly Smith, Finley Bertram, Amelia Cox and Monica Danson-Scadden).
To learn more about EAAB, please use the following links to have a look at the campaign’s social media pages.