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York recognised as a University of Sanctuary

The University of York was recognised as a University of Sanctuary in September 2020. We are thrilled to be celebrating the efforts of the University’s students and staff to welcome people seeking sanctuary into their community and promote a culture of inclusion.

York becomes the 17th University to be given the University of Sanctuary award.

Professor Saul Tendler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost said: “This is a significant achievement for the University and a proud moment for all our staff and students.

“The University of York was founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all and this ethos of inclusivity is still at the heart of everything we do. We continue to nurture a diverse campus community and welcome students, staff, and visitors from all around the world and all backgrounds.”

Since 2016, the Equal Campaign at York supported 10 sanctuary-seeking students and is welcoming more through the support and donations of staff, students, and alumni. Over 100 staff members have donated to the Equal Access fund to date. The City of York is also a member of the national network of Cities of Sanctuary. 

The panel especially commended the involvement of sanctuary scholars as ambassadors and the commitment of the senior team to the scholarship and bursaries offered for people seeking sanctuary. York Student Action for Refugees Group (STAR) is also extremely active, campaigning for the rights of refugees, raising awareness on refugee issues, and supporting refugees and asylum seekers of all ages in the local community through volunteering.

Congratulations to the university of York and we look forward to working with them and sharing more positive initiatives within the network. 

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