Refugee Week 2020

Theme of Refugee Week 2020: ‘Imagine’

This Refugee Week (15–21 June 2020), we’re inviting you to explore the theme of ‘Imagine’. Because when things feel stuck; when the old ways of doing things are no longer working, that’s what we need to do.

To 'imagine’ means to picture something you can’t currently see. To step beyond the current moment, and perceive something different. Rather than being a flight away from reality, imagination is sometimes the best response to it – the only way to get us somewhere new.

Maybe you’ll imagine a future where we’ve found new ways to care for our planet, transcend borders or protect human life. Or perhaps you’ll imagine what it’s like to have to leave your family behind, or what your hometown might look like to someone walking its streets for the first time.

Plymouth Hope Festival 2019

Since 2009, it has become a tradition for Plymouth to come together to celebrate diversity, promote integration, social cohesion and celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK.

Whilst this year the festival was held online due to Covid-19, that doesn't mean that we will not be celebrating with our local community all that refugees and asylum seekers bring to our diverse city. 

This video takes a look back at Plymouth hope Festival in 2019 when it celebrated its tenth anniversary, 

Student Admissions Support

If you have any specific queries at all regarding admissions then our Admissions Team are here and happy to help!

Just email admissions@plymouth.ac.uk with REFUGEE WEEK in the subject line and one of our dedicated team will get back to you and support with your query as soon as they can.

Alternatively if you would prefer a more informal conversation on Tuesday 16 June please email rosie.brennan@plymouth.ac.uk, again with REFUGEE WEEK in the subject line and either a Zoom or Skype meeting will be arranged for you. 



North Star Fading 

North Star Fading is a ‘zoom comic’ by PositiveNegatives inspired by the true testimonies of four Eritrean refugees who fled their homes to make the dangerous journey across Ethiopia, Sudan and Libya to Europe. Art by Karrie Fransman and words by Lula Mebrahtu.

The official Refugee Week website have a range of videos linked to this topic including When You Don’t Exist, an Amnesty International’s campaign for the human rights of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe and at its borders and Do One Simple Act; an animation done by the charity Refugee Week as a part of our Simple Acts Campaign reminding us that it only takes one Simple Act to change the way we see refugees, and ourselves. 

PUSH. Why can't we afford to live in our cities? Film viewings and Q&A

As part of Refugee Week, you are invited to privately view PUSH followed by a Q&A session with acclaimed film director Fredrik Gertten, chaired by Dr Sana Murrani from the University of Plymouth.

PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can't afford to live in our own cities anymore.

Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today's most pressing world issues?

Please send an email to sally.sutton@plymouth.ac.uk with your interest by 11 June at 12:00 noon. Sally will confirm your place (strictly on a first come first served basis) and provide you with the code to access the film.