UEL offers postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees

UEL offers postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees

From the UEL website…

The University of East London has responded to the refugee crisis currently gripping Europe by committing to offer ten postgraduate scholarships to Syrian refugees. The scholarships will cover all academic fees.

The move comes after the UK Government announced it would allow 20,000 Syrian refugees to settle in the country over the next five years.

Tens of thousands of Syrian men, women and children have been desperately making their way to Europe this summer to escape war and persecution in their homeland.

Charities and local authorities have been quick to respond to the escalating crisis. In east London, the London Borough of Newham Council has already announced it will provide accommodation for ten Syrian families.

As a leading centre for the study of forced migration and refugees, the University of East London is offering the new arrivals the opportunity to build a successful future in the UK by studying free of charge for a postgraduate degree.

“No-one could fail to be moved by the plight of these desperate people,” said UEL’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Joughin. “This University is passionate about migration issues so this crisis goes to the very core of who we are.

“We are ideally placed to help. East London has a long and proud history as a place of settlement for refugees and is now one of the ethnically diverse areas in the capital. This is mirrored in our University, where we welcome students from more than 120 countries.”

The University of East London is home to the Refugee Council Archive – one of the largest collection of materials about the study of forced migration and refugees. It also conducts internationally acclaimed research at its Centre of Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, based in the School of Social Sciences.

Professor Joughin said he hoped the scheme would provide stability for the new arrivals and the chance to pursue their academic ambitions in a safe, tolerant and supportive environment.

“These people have endured considerable trauma,” said Professor Joughin. “Our hope is that these scholarships will give some of them the chance to realise their potential and flourish in the future.”

Any student interested in applying will have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Meet the general academic entry requirements for the programme
  • Meet the general English language entry requirements
  • Complete an assessment with the compliance team

For more information, please contact UEL at international@uel.ac.uk


About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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