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Forced migration student experiences at Bath

Forced migration students at the University, share their experiences and tips to help future students adapt and make the most of life at university.

This page is our experiences of student life. Explore our experiences of student support.

What are these pages all about?

Everyone's experiences are shaped by their cultures and backgrounds. As individuals, we are multifaceted. Some aspects of our identity can be best understood by those who can relate. The University of Bath has a vibrant community, of students from a diverse range of backgrounds, and we're keen to celebrate this.

The content on these pages has been created by current Bath students, for potential students. We have collated stories, experiences and information from across the University and brought it together here to make our voices heard, connect with others, and create community.

Explore the videos below to learn more about our experiences as students from forced migration backgrounds studying at Bath and a collection of useful links which might be helpful.

Aya's Story


Placement student John sits down for a chat with Aya, a first-year Sociology student studying at Bath. Aya chats about her experiences of coming to the UK as a child, navigating the education system and applying to university.

Ghazala’s Story


From teenage midwife in the midst of the Syrian civil war to Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Bath; Ghazala shares her incredible story.

Read Ghazala's story
6 student ( four male and two female) huddled around a silver laptop in group work. There are other student groups in the background

A Sanctuary Scholarship Story


One of our postgraduate students anonymously shares his journey from Iran to the UK. He is now studying an MBA with us at the University of Bath thanks to a Sanctuary Scholarship.

Read his story here
4 photos spliced together - a female student smiling, a row of men with hard hats stood outside a hut, an Asian man wearing a turban sitting next to an manual washing machine, a male and female stood in front of a sign which reads 'Refugees welcome here'

Our World Too


Read all about Our World Too, a student initiative created by Hira Aftab and Maryam Khan whilst studying at Bath, which seeks to change the narrative around forced migration and advocate for individuals’ rights. Their web page offers a space for refugees and displaced people to tell their stories, share their experiences, hopes and dreams through a series of first-hand, short stories.

Read more about their initiative here
Photo of Hira Aftab and Maryam Khan

Speak to students with forced migration experiences 1:1

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If you’ve enjoyed reading our student blogs and would like to be matched with a student with refugee or asylum-seeking experience, who is currently studying at Bath for some 1:1 online mentoring, you can do that through our e-mentoring service, which is coming soon.

Our mentors all have lived experience of forced migration and are happy to support you with exploring your options, talking through any concerns, sharing their own student experiences, and helping you to prepare for university applications.

Useful links and places to explore

We've collated some useful links to areas and information which may be useful, to make it as easy as possible for you to find out more.


This page is all about sharing our experiences of student life. Explore our experiences of student support at Bath.

Explore our experiences of student support at Bath

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