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Oxford University Students Launch Refugee Scholarship Scheme

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An Oxford University student that had started a campaign to fund scholarships for refugees has revealed that £240,000 has been pledged over a two-year period.

The scheme was launched in October last year with the aim of lobbying the university and colleges to provide scholarships for refugee and asylum seeking students.

It's understood that at present 11,000 students have joined the scheme, with supporters donating £1 a month over the next two years.

The plan is that by the start of the 2017/18 academic year the scholarships will be available at the institution for those whose education has been impacted because of conflict or natural disaster.

Applications will be opening this September.

Elsewhere it was recently revealed that refugees will be able to take more than 1,000 online university courses for free due to a collaboration between the US government and online education provider, Coursera.