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Help and Advice at The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has set up an advisory service to help people affected by the ongoing refugee crisis. The service is based within Edinburgh Global and can offer advice to prospective staff and students with refugee status.

The University is also putting a range of measures in place to support those affected, including English tuition, financial advice, counselling, and support with admissions.

Click here for the most current help and advice from Edinburgh Global

Click here to read our recent blog post on the crisis, by Dr Kasey McCall-Smith

Click here for information about the University of Edinburgh's Refugee Advisory Service 

The University has announced that it will offer a number of postgraduate scholarships for students from Syria to study one-year Master's degree programmes. Click here for information on the Edinburgh Syrian Postgraduate Scholarships.

Donation Points and Getting Involved

Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) has set up a collection point for CalAid outside its offices in Potterrow. 

Click here current information, including what items are needed and when the point is open

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) Edinburgh is a new group at the University of Edinburgh. STAR seeks to connect students with opportunities to campaign, fund-raise, and volunteer on behalf of refugees.

Click here to visit the STAR Edinburgh website

Click here to visit the STAR Edinburgh Facebook page

Upcoming Events

The Global Justice Academy worked with colleagues and other Centres from across the University to host a series of response events to address the issues raised by the ongoing crisis. These three Rapid Response Roundtables have now taken place: click here to read more about the participants and issues discussed and debated on our blog.

  • Photo-Voice Exhibition: the Lived Realities of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Scotland, 23 March 2016, 6pm - 8pm, Garden Lobby of The Scottish Parliament. Click here for further details.
  • Unaccompanied Minors: Law Policy and Practice. Series of 3 free workshops hosted by Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 17th May, Tuesday 6th June and Friday 23 June, 2017, and supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Click here for further details of workshop 1 on Reception.


In response to the current refugee crisis in Europe, Oxford University Press has made more than 30 book chapters, journal articles, and pieces of content from online resources freely accessible to assist those working with refugees on the ground, as well as anyone who would like to know more about the framework of rights and obligations concerning refugees.

The materials are structured around four key questions: who is a refugee, what rights do they have, what are transit states' obligations, and what are the duties of the state where a refugee applies for asylum. See: http://opil.ouplaw.com/page/refugee-law

This list is being revised and updated on an on-going basis. If you are hosting an event, have suggestions for panellists, or want to be involved in some other way, click here to email GJA Development Officer, Dr Harriet Cornell.