The Silent University is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by and for refugees and asylum seekers. Courses are created and taught by asylum seekers who have had a professional career in their home country, but are unable to work in UK due to a variety of reasons, the main one being their status as asylum seekers. The project aims to address, and make apparent, the systemic failure and the loss of skills and knowledge experienced through the silencing process of people seeking asylum.


in collaboration with TATE, supported by Delfina Foundation, working with partners including Southwark Refugee Forum and Migrant Resource Center



The foundation of The Silent University is initiated by Ahmet Ögüt, Tate’s adult programmes curator Nora Razian and community curator Synthia Griffin.

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