Improving the Quality of Life for Vulnerable Migrant Students through Integrated Digital Technology Enhanced Support and Transformative Action in Higher Education

Forced migration is synonymous with physical, psychological and social vulnerability. Whilst there has been an increase in the variety of support services developed for vulnerable migrant people globally, there is still scope for innovation. Many European universities are proactive in supporting vulnerable migrant students, with access to higher education, qualifications and skills seen as central to securing employment, housing and other attributes needed for a good quality of life.

The 21st century has witnessed a technological revolution and digital technology brings opportunities for creative and modern supportive approaches; for example, digital literacy competency alongside other critical interventions such as language skills and peer support for psychological well-being. Digital literacy and language skills are becoming increasingly important in the modern world. However, digital technological innovation remains underexploited despite its potential in transforming vulnerabilities for migrant students.

The project underpinning the workshop aims to improve experiences and outcomes for higher education vulnerable migrant students through digital technology enhanced support and the development of bespoke digital artefacts. We aim to assist integrated digital literacy and language skills development and to increase psychosocial well-being through transformational action and support.

Learning outcomes:

  • Define what we mean by ‘Vulnerable Migrant Students’
  • Discuss the potential risks and needs of higher education vulnerable migrant students
  • To explore how to improve experiences and outcomes for these students
  • Offer an overview of the LEARNING to Live project.

Structure of the workshop

Five detailed authentic case studies will explore the workshop learning outcomes drawing from a range of ‘real life’ scenarios from higher education. The scenarios will reflect a range of circumstances and challenges encountered by higher education vulnerable migrant students. We will discuss how best to support these students using a range of current evidence and innovative interventions. We will use a participatory approach using case studies to encourage discussion and feedback.

Maximum number of participants:30

Workshop facilitators will be project team members from: UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD (UK), UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK – NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK (IE), SAVONIA-AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU OY (FI), UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI (ES), UNIVERZA V MARIBORU (SI)