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CDE award-winning programme secures UNHCR bursary


The University of London’s MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies, from the School of Advanced Study, has secured an agreement with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), to provide a 10% bursary for eligible UNHCR employees and affiliates studying the distance learning programme.

The MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies won the Roger Mills Award for innovation in learning and teaching in 2019 for providing Special Support for Online Learning to students with Diverse Educational Backgrounds. The Roger Mills Award is won each year by the best completed University of London project related to distance education and e-learning. It is open to members of staff of all kinds throughout the University of London and its constituent institutions. Dr Sarah Singer, Programme Director for the MA programme, described the initiative as "an important opportunity to enhance the capacity of UNHCR colleagues worldwide through the most established programme of distance-learning postgraduate study worldwide". She added: "The part-time and distance-learning format of this programme enables students to combine their studies with work and directly apply this learning to their everyday work, whilst engaging with expert tutors and other students based across the globe."

Tony Morris, OIC for UNHCR's Global Learning and Development Centre, said "The agreement with the University of London is very much welcome and another step in UNHCR's strategy to continue supporting and expanding a solid offer of distance learning opportunities for our colleagues working in the frontlines of refugee protection. We are confident that colleagues undertaking this programme will be equipped with the necessary knowledge to continue serving refugees and other forcibly displaced communities worldwide."