Hi everyone, hope everyone’s handling the chilly weather! Apologies for the sporadic newsletters – we’ll be sending them out every two weeks from now on 🙂 Lots coming up in the next few weeks!
– ‘Blood in the Mobile’ film screening
– Information Stall
– Campaigns Day
– Tuition Fees Campaign
‘Blood in the Mobile’ – Wednesday 17th
Last year Glasgow Uni pledged to ‘ensure ethical supply chains’ in it’s electrical equipment purchases, thanks to the work of Glasgow’s ‘Coalition for a conflict free campus’. While this is really exciting, we think it’s still an issue that most people know relatively little about and most don’t consider when purchasing electrical goods. Therefore we’re re-screening the film ‘Blood in the mobile’ in which a Danish film-maker exposes the link between the war in DR Congo and our mobile phones . Come along to learn about the issue, and a bit about what you can do about it. Here’s the event page for details: https://www.facebook.com/events/751386364998140/
Tuition Fees Campaign
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, we think the University could and should be doing more to support asylum seeking students. A similar campaign is running at Edinburgh Uni, and they have already set up five full scholarships and reduced tuition fees from international to home fees for asylum seekers. (http://news.stv.tv/east-central/1341066-university-of-edinburgh-to-offer-scholarships-to-asylum-seekers/) We have now contacted Professor John Briggs, the Universities champion for refugees, to ask that Glasgow considers exempting asylum seekers from all tuition fees. In the meantime, we will be collecting further names for the petition at our stall at the end of February (see below).
Information Stall – End of February?
We’re planning to hold another information stall outside the Fraser building next week. We’ll be there all day with leaflets and chat, as well as some cakes and our petition asking the Uni to exempt asylum seekers from tuition fees! We’re still to confirm a date, but keep an eye on our facebook page for details!
Campaigns Day – 24th March
Plans for the student campaigns day are getting exciting, with speakers already confirmed from the Scottish Refugee Council, Right to Remain, Scottish Detainee Visitors, Council for At-Risk Academics, “Glasgow Girl” Amal Azzudin and Pinar Aksu and Nonviolent Communication and Convergent Facilitation! We’re in the process of contacting Universities all over Scotland to invite students and share the event, so if you are interested in coming – be sure to register for the event on the eventbrite page as there’s only enough space for 120 people: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/refugee-campaigns-day-tickets-21032079516
Thanks for reading and see you all soon!