Come and say hello at one of our events or meetings!

President and Founder: Eilish Barnes

Hi, I’m Eilish 10629744_718434264859180_4673046210922150679_n and I’m a human geography student with previous experience as a Volunteer Coordinator with the Edinburgh Global Partnerships’ Malawi Team 2013-14. I have also volunteered as a public speaker for the Save the Children Society and as a volunteer mapper with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap. I currently volunteer at the Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre, offering support to the detained asylum seekers that are held there.

Vice-President: Abby Lloyd

Hey, I’m Abby and I am Abbya fourth year law student. I have organised fundraising events in the past for charities such as Water Aid and Children in Need. This is my first role as a committee member for a charitable society but I am motivated and determined that this society can play its part in improving the quality of life of refugees.


Secretary and Acting President : Jenny McHattie


Hi, I’m Jenny and I’m STAR’s secretary this year. I graduated in 2015 with an LLB in law and now am at Edinburgh doing my professional diploma. I studied refugee and asylum law and policy last year and would love to eventually end up working in this area. I have a lot of experience volunteering in and around Edinburgh, as well as fundraising and being on the committee of another charity supporting international community development.


Volunteer Coordinator: Janine Duffy

janineHi, I’m Janine and I am the volunteer coordinator for STAR. I have been reaching out to local organisations both here in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, in order to forge partnerships and create opportunities for individuals to get out and active in their local communities. I am third year Sustainable Development student and have previously volunteered as a project co-ordinator for the Edinburgh Global Partnerships Uganda team in 2014 and I was the President of the Mercy Corps student group in 2015. I feel passionately about connecting students to local volunteer opportunities and helping to increase awareness and education on the issues refugees and asylum seekers are facing here in the UK.


Campaigns Manager: Polly Rakshi

PollyHi, I’m Polly and I am one of the Campaigns Managers at STAR. I’m a first year undergraduate studying Arabic and Social Anthropology. I am interested about the topic of immigration and nationality which has encouraged me to get involved into the topic of refugee empowerment.



IT Secretary: Georgia Forsyth

GeorgiaHey, I’m Georgia and I am an Ecological and Environmental Sciences undergraduate who has worked as photographer for a number of humanitarian organisations and has a background in journalism.