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In this blog post, I would like to introduce a new series of short posts which will focus on the life stories of some of the sanctuary scholars studying by distance learning on an online Master’s programme in Politics and International Relations. I am using this programme as a case study for my research into the learning engagement of refugees in online higher education. I have described the process I used to ensure the scholars’ full participation in the writing of these stories, and the ethical considerations involved, on my academic blog.

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I would like to extend my gratitude to all the participants for taking the time to speak to me and to work with me on producing these stories, often doing so in the midst of very difficult life circumstances. By sharing their stories, I attempt to honour their journeys, their hard work, their tenacity in the face of incredible challenges, and their commitment to making the world a better, kinder and more humane place.

These stories are just the start of a journey towards understanding the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in online higher education, told through the voices of a handful of remarkable individuals. If you are enjoying reading this blog and you want to share your own story here, it’s easy to contribute – just go to the Write here link!