Press release

Just for Kids  Law ambassador, Chrisann Jarrett, has been honoured in the ‘Women on the Move’ awards for successfully overcoming a major obstacle in accessing higher education and campaigning to change the law to help others facing the same challenge.

Aged just 20 Chrisann was singled out for her ‘Let us learn’ work. The campaign, she started, calls for a change in the law which prevents ambitious young migrants who are lawfully resident in the UK from being able to take up their place at university because of financial barriers.

In 2013  Chrisann, a former head girl of Clapton Girls’ Academy, was offered a place at the London School of Economics (LSE) to study law. However, despite being resident in the UK since the age of 8, she discovered, due to her immigration status, she would not be accepted as a home student and would have to pay £16,000 in tuition fees a year without any support from student finance. This was a complete barrier to Chrisann taking up her place.

With the help of Just for Kids Law, she successfully lobbied the LSE who offered Chrisann a full scholarship and she is now studying at the LSE. She continues to work on the Let us Learn campaign.

The Women on the Move Awards were set up in 2012 to recognise and celebrate inspirational leadership and contribution from migrant and refugee women to UK society.

Zrinka Bralo, founder of the awards and executive director of The Forum, said:

“Our panel of judges was hugely impressed by the dedication, determination and drive of Chrisann. As a young person who faced challenges in accessing education, Chrisann decided not to remain silent but made the courageous step to speak out – not only for the sake of her own education, but for others as well. All our judges commended how Chrisann now provides emotional and practical support to other young people, and is building an effective campaign with them. Chrisann is a shining example of how migrant and refugee women in this country can and do contribute so much to UK society”.

Joel Carter, Just for Kids Law’s Youth Projects Manager, said:

“Chrisann has been tenacious and committed to improving the lives of others and trying to ensure that they are able to access education. She has also been extremely brave in publicly telling her own story. I am delighted her hard work, courage, and desire to help others has been recognised in winning this award.”

ENDS

For more information please contact: CarolineO’Dwyer@justforkidslaw.org

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Notes for editors

  1. Just for Kids Law is an award winning charity which provides legal and other support to young people in difficulties with the law, and campaigns for improvements in youth justice.
  2. Since September 2012, non-UK nationals with Discretionary or Limited Leave to Remain here are no longer eligible for student finance, despite being allowed to go to university in the UK. Also they are classified as international students and are therefore expected to pay full international fees – which are often as much as £16,000 per year.
  3. You can find out more about the Let us Learn campaign here: https://www.justforkidslaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/3marchSlet-us-learn-media-briefing.pdfYou can view a film about Chrisann  here  http://womenonthemoveawards.org.uk/2015awards/
  4. The Women on the Move Awards, presented by The Forum and UNHCR, celebrate and support the outstanding contribution that migrant and refugee women, members of the media and their champions make towards facing down prejudice and inspiring others.
  5. The 2015 awards ceremony will take place at the Southbank Centre in London as part of the Women of the World (WOW) Festival on Wednesday 4 March.
  6. The ceremony also celebrates outstanding media coverage of the protection needs of refugee and migrant women. The Let us Learn campaign featured in another award which saw Katie Razzall winning the  Media Award for her BBC Newsnight report on talented migrant students denied funding for higher education.