All of the content listed below is free to use, including all of our OpenLearn courses. Every course offers a free statement of participation on completion (which you can download as a PDF) and some courses give you the opportunity to earn a free digital badge, which you can display and share with potential employers.
In addition to the articles about mental health and wellbeing, you will find some external links to key refugee support organisations with useful resources towards the bottom of this page.
Support and resources from other organisations
The Open University collaborates with many international industry partners within the digital technologies sector. This includes Cisco – where, The Open University leads a large community of educational organisations, supporting students in the UK and globally.
Many, like you, seeking to become Information Technology (IT) professionals struggle with the style of English used in this industry. To help you improve your prospects, develop confidence, and potentially become employable within this worldwide sector. Cisco, collaborating with The Open University is happy to offer you two digitally badged courses on their mobile-friendly Skills for All platform.
Each course is 50 hours in length and can be completed at your own pace. For some studying these courses, you may find you take less time, others may find that it may take longer, depending on your experience and personal proficiency. English for IT 1 – develops your understanding, where English for IT 2 improves and prepares you for working in industry.
To enrol, please follow either of the links, Cisco will only share with The Open University your name and email address:
English for IT 1
English for IT 2
Statutory agency | UK Visas and Immigration (GOV.UK) – Seek protection or asylum
General resources for educational support and finance
- Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) provides urgently-needed help to academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to work on in their home countries despite serious risks. Cara also supports higher education institutions whose work is at risk or compromised.
- Kiron offers free online learning opportunities to refugees and underserved communities.
- Learning Equality supports the creation, adaptation and distribution of open educational resources - browse resources on the Kolibri platform.
- UCAS Student Finance guidance for refugees and asylum seekers. If you're a refugee or asylum seeker applying to higher education, there may be support available to help you with finance and your studies.
- Distance learning resources collated by Migrant Help.
- STAR (Student Action for Refugees) is the national network of students building a more understanding and just society where refugees are welcomed and can thrive in the UK.
- Refugee Education UK (formerly RSN) equips young refugees to build positive futures by thriving in education.
- Education information - Irish Refugee Council.
- Language support for adult refugees - A Council of Europe Toolkit.
Legal advice and support
- GOV.UK - Find a legal aid adviser (England and Wales). Search for a legal adviser or family mediator with a legal aid contract in England and Wales.
- GOV.UK - Find an immigration adviser. You can get immigration advice from an immigration adviser if you need help with getting permission to stay in the UK.
- Help with a legal problem (Scotland)
- Finding a solicitor (Northern Ireland)
- ASAP (Asylum Support Appeals Project). ASAP’s aim is to reduce destitution experienced by asylum seekers by helping them to obtain housing and welfare support.
- Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
- Asylum Aid
- The Law Society
- Law Society of Scotland
- The Law Society of Northern Ireland
- Legal Aid Board (Ireland)
- FLAC - Free Legal Advice Centres (Ireland)
General advice and support
- Migrant Help
- Freedom from Torture
- Helen Bamber Foundation
- British Red Cross Refugee Services
- The Refugee Council (England)
- The Scottish Refugee Council
- The Welsh Refugee Council
- Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- Citizens Information Ireland
- Red Cross Ireland information for refugees and asylum seekers
- Nasc Ireland - migrant and refugee rights