Would you like to build a society where refugees are welcomed? If your current university doesn’t have a STAR group, get in touch with the student network team who will guide you through the process of setting up a group at your university. We will also give you the training and support you need to develop leadership skills and make a real difference.

Why should I join the STAR network?

By joining the STAR network, you’ll be part of one of the largest student movements in the UK, and will get the opportunity to build social change on a national as well as local level. You’ll create long-lasting friendships and memories with people like you, who really care about changing society for the better.

STAR leaders and members make a real difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum, through local volunteering projects from English conversation classes to football clubs. You get a say in how your group is run – and you can even help govern the national charity by applying to become a student trustee. 

The STAR team will work with you to give you the skills and confidence you need to take effective action for change. As well as one to one support, we provide training and workshops on:

  • Being an effective leader
  • Understanding asylum and refugee protection
  • Campaigning 
  • Safeguarding 
  • Organising and chairing events
  • Anti-racism training
Goldsmiths STAR
STAR students
‘STAR has allowed me to meet and form connections with people from all over the world, who I never would have met otherwise. This is so important for breaking down the barriers and stereotypes surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.’
Cardiff STAR
‘[STAR] takes you outside of your student bubble and integrates you within your city's local activist scene. You learn so much...about migrants rights/injustices/UK asylum system etc.’
Sheffield STAR
‘STAR to me is a family of students and staff who work collaboratively to ensure refugees are welcomed and supported in academic institutions and outside, by campaigning for and supporting their basic rights together.’
‘I have a much deeper appreciation of the experiences of people from refugee backgrounds. This makes me a much better advocate within my medical field. STAR has also inspired and pushed me to continue my activism work: without it, I don’t think I would have had the insight or courage to start a charity myself.’
Natasha Chilambo,
medical student and founder of the African Caribbean Medical Association, ACMA. Natasha joined Cardiff STAR in 2013.
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