Foundations for all: lessons learned from a pilot designed to bridge access to higher education for refugee students in Uganda

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Foundations for All is a blended bridging program aimed at supporting refugee students and disadvantaged members of the host community in two Ugandan locations to access higher education. Jointly developed by the Refugee Law Project in Uganda, the American University of Beirut, and the University of Edinburgh, it ran in 2021 to 40 students.

In this presentation, we offer relevant practical perspectives on using blended learning towards educational inclusion of traditionally marginalised groups. Our findings contribute to practice through making concrete recommendations for other institutions wishing to embark on a similar model.

We propose a distinction between ‘thick’ models of refugee access programmes which offer blended or online content along with substantial psychosocial support, interaction with specialist tutors, contextually-relevant content, accessible technology and financial support, along with meaningful exit pathways for students, against ‘thin’ models which offer curated online content for free to refugees without the additional support.
Event titleQAA Scotland's Enhancement Conference 2022: RResilient Learning Communities – Inclusive, Flexible and Accessible
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgowShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • digital education
  • refugee education
  • Uganda