Author Archives: Anna McDaid

‘Being targeted by the police made me feel less safe in my local community.’: Minorities speak out about their lived experiences with legal enforcement

Many young black males grow up in communities around London, fearing abuse and harassment by the police because of the negative stereotypes placed on them as criminals. For this reason, at times when young black males and police officers do interact, there are altercations and confrontations rather than cooperation and safeguarding. I write today to…

Human rights and the New Plan for Immigration – Part I – seeking asylum

On 24 Mar 2021, the government announced its New Plan for Immigration, which includes a huge overhaul of the asylum system. The plan has the potential to be hugely damaging to the human rights of refugees, and has been criticised by over 200 refugee charities. The plan is vast and contains numerous provisions with potential…

The Syrian refugee crisis and how you can help

Hi, I’m Emma, a human rights and refugees intern at Studenteer this month. I’m writing to give you some information about the Syrian refugee crisis and provide some suggestions for how you can help refugees. During the Arab Spring in 2011, peaceful protests in Syria became violent due to Syrian government repression against protesting civilians….

How is COVID-19 affecting refugees and asylum seekers?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts across the globe. Some of the people who have been severely affected are refugees and asylum seekers. During this catastrophic health crisis, these groups of people seem to have been sidelined and forgotten, which is having crippling effects on their wellbeing. Health The majority of refugees live in…

Feeling anxious with the ease of lockdown?

“Just as it took us time to find ways of coping during lockdown, we should also expect that it will take time to find our way back and to reconnect with life.” From 17th May, all of Scotland is expected to move to level 2 regarding lockdown measures. This means that cafes, pubs, restaurants, shops,…

How Studenteer helped me get a placement in a pandemic

Our wonderful Head of PR, Ellen, caught up with Projects Assistant Iyanu Joseph, to discuss how Iyanu’s time volunteering with Studenteer has helped her to get a placement during a pandemic! Please can you Introduce yourself? My name is Iyanu, I am a 2nd year studying international Development with Economics. I am currently on the…

Advice for 2021 graduates, from a 2020 graduate

This blog post won’t tell you what to do; it won’t give you CV and Cover Letter tips, or point you towards the best graduate recruitment sites. This blog post will help you think about and cope with your post-graduation emotions. Because in doing that effectively, you will allow everything else to fall into place….

Youth Empowerment: Opportunities for our Youth

One of our fantastic Youth Empowerment interns, James, wrote this informative piece about his time volunteering with Studenteer, and the importance of giving opportunities to our youth. What is Youth? This refers to those in adolescence before one has developed into an adult. Young people have been severely affected by the pandemic due to the…

How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced charities to go digital?

In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, many charities have experienced a big shift in their services. Just as the pandemic has affected many businesses financially, the same applies for the charity sector. As many as 2 in 5 charities reported that their financial situation had deteriorated in October alone, and this was before the…

Empowering our Youth

Ultimately, today, young people aged 10 to 24 make up one quarter of the world’s population. It is the motivations and aspirations of the youth today that will shape the future. What is Youth Empowerment? Youth empowerment is a process whereby young people obtain the ability, authority, and agency to form decisions and implement change…