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Refugee-Related Research and Activities

UCL has a long history of conducting critical research into refugee and displacement situations around the world, and also of developing and implementing different forms of support and solidarity for refugees, migrants and people affected by conflict. The following are a selection of existing sources of information for prospective applicants who have a refugee background, in addition to information about refugee-related networks, groups and opportunities for volunteering that exist across UCL.

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Refugee-Related Research and Support Activities

  • Refuge in a Moving World (RiMW) is UCL's interdisciplinary research network regarding displacement and conflict, drawing together academics and students from across UCL working on these complex issues around the world. For a Directory of researchers and research projects on these topics across UCL, see here. For more information, and to get involved, email; follow updates and news on UCL-wide activities, events, publications re. refugees and forced migration on @RefugeMvingWrld
  • Since 2016, Refuge in a Moving World has been coordinating UCL-wide activities in support of refugees. Following a successful Staff-Student Open Meeting in Feb. 2016 (attended by over 65 people from across UCL), a second Open Meeting took place in Oct. 2016, providing an update on the work of the Scholarships Working Group and the Access to Higher Education Working Group, and an opportunity to discuss a proposal submitted to UCL for the establishment of a UCL Migration Support Unit. Regular Open Meetings have been held since then.
    • To get involved with the Scholarships Working Group email Andrea Rigon on;
    • To work with the Access to Higher Education Working Group email Rachel Rosen on;
    • To support refugees' access to the UCL Undergraduate Foundation Course email Raphaela Armbruster on
    • For more information about the activities coordinated by the group over the past few years, including details of the proposal submitted to UCL in October 2016, see the powerpoint here.
  • PhD Wing of Refuge in a Moving World: The interdisciplinary PhD Wing of Refuge in a Moving World draws together PhD students from across UCL who are interested in displacement and forced migration. The group organizes interdisciplinary reading groups, seminars, talks, and public events. For more information and to join the group, email:, or
  • UCL Star: The Student Action for Refugees (STAR) society at UCL coordinates volunteering and campaigning at UCL, and promoting positive images of refugees and asylum-seekers in the UK. For more information, and to get involved follow on @UCLStar and Facebook here:
  • The UCLU Volunteering Services Unit works with a number of refugee and migrant support charities and supports student-led community projects, including as part of the UCL Global Citizenship Programme – if you are interested in volunteering and organizing student-led projects in support of refugees, see more on
  • Science and English Summer Outreach Course: PhD students and postdocs from the London Centre of Nanotechnology (LCN) and teachers from the UCL-Institute of Education (UCL-IOE) have run summer schools at UCL since 2018. Read more about the 2019 summer school here: and, if you are interested in volunteering with future initiatives, contact Safe Khan on
  • ReConnect to Education: Preparation for Higher Education’ is a programme funded by ReConnect, delivered by the UCL-IOE and supported by Computer Aid International. The programme aims to familiarise refugees with the expectations and academic conventions of British universities. See more about the program here and email for more information.
  • Social justice for women migrants and refugees: engaging, communicating and improving access to higher education (Pathways to Education) - this pilot course ran in 2018-2019, followed by the We Are Movers initiative outlined here: Email for further information and to get involved.
  • UCL's pre-entry single point of contact for forced migrants (UCL Access and Widening Participation Office) is Beth Craigie, who is able to help with any questions potential applicants may have have about applying to university, and can to signpost applicants to further information. You can contact Beth on, and see more information on UCL's Open Access programmes here:

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