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Welcome to Universities of Sanctuary!

Around the world, more people than ever in history are being forced to flee conflict and persecution to find safety and sanctuary elsewhere.

Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a proud and radical tradition of providing sanctuary for academics and young people and many are actively looking for ways to build on this tradition in today’s political and social context. City of Sanctuary has partnered with Article 26, Student Action for Refugees and others to develop a network to inspire and support universities to develop a culture and a practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the Higher Education sector in the UK. A growing number of these universities are now being recognised as Universities of Sanctuary.

Our resource pack has been produced to support universities with the process of being recognised as a University of Sanctuary. It includes detailed information on how a university can meet the requirements to learn about sanctuary, embed this learning in their institution, and to share their learning and opportunities with the wider community.   There are several case studies and links to more resources.

Visit the ‘Get Involved’ page for more information.

If you are a student seeking sanctuary (asylum seeker, refugee, a student with limited leave to remain, etc.) and would like to apply for university, please click here and click the ‘Applying to university’ tab. 

If you like to join a support network for sharing information about people seeking sanctuary in Higher Education, please click here.

If you would like to receive updates from the network, please click here

For information on universities in Ireland, click here for information from our sister organisation, Places of Sanctuary Ireland.

Latest Universities of Sanctuary Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network.

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