Given the deteriorating situation in Syria, we know that many students are having difficulties paying their tuition fees and may face getting expelled. With connections in Parliament, combined with a group of students who are influential in the NUS (National Union of Students), we believe that we can help! We are aiming to make universities across the UK waive the fees or extend the payment periods until Syrians students fully complete their studies.
The Syrian Students UK Fees Campaign (SSUFC) is currently working on a number of different projects to ensure Syrian students get the assistance they need. In the near future, we plan to propose an Early Day Motion (EDM) to the UK Parliament calling on the British government and universities to take immediate action.
Working alongside the National Union of Students (NUS), we have drafted an NUS motion that we expect to be passed by the end of January 2013.
We have created an online petition in partnership with Avaaz calling on the UK government to address this issue, which currently has more than 42,500 signatures. Avaaz have delivered the petition in person to Dr Vince Cable, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills.
We are also working alongside Amnesty International to address this issue, as well as a number of university groups and national student unions throughout the country.
Our campaign has received significant coverage and media interest, including from the BBC, The Guardian, The Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Star, Al Jazeera, France 24, Le Figaro, Al Arabiya, The Huffington Post and The Australian.