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Award and Accreditation

The University of Sanctuary Award: Process Overview

For a more detailed process and steps, click here

A University of Sanctuary award is given to Higher Education institutions that can provide evidence of their commitment to developing initiatives that align with three core principles: learn, embed, and share. 

Accreditation and Re-Accreditation

Becoming an accredited University of Sanctuary involves four steps:

  1. Submit an Application Form using the Guidance Notes Document, and email it to [email protected]
  2. Appraisal Visit and feedback
  3. Award
  4. Integration into UoS and CoS Network

Each institution will vary in its strengths and context so the approaches taken will not be identical.

However, there is a set of minimum criteria that each accredited University must meet, detailed in the University of Sanctuary Resource Pack and Guidance Notes Document.

The University of Sanctuary programme coordinator will provide support at all stages of the application, including advice on initiatives and activities that could work at a particular institution, and sharing best practice from the City of Sanctuary network.

The University of Sanctuary programme coordinator will give feedback after the application is submitted. Feedback will include advice on how to prepare for a successful appraisal visit.*

An appraisal committee* will visit the University to assess the application.

Following a successful appraisal visit, we encourage a celebration of achievement through an award giving ceremony. The award ceremony can also serve as a stepping stone for the new University of Sanctuary to begin working with local, regional and national City of Sanctuary groups through their participation in the ceremony.

*Appraisal visits and meetings with universities and panels for feedback can take place online or in-person.

*The appraisal team consists of a member of the University of Sanctuary Steering Group, a member of a local City of Sanctuary group, a representative from an accredited university, and a sanctuary scholar. The University of Sanctuary programme coordinator will offer feedback on the appraisal visit. 

Accreditation fee

Accreditation is valid for three years. An accreditation fee is applicable. The fee can be paid in one sum or in three annual installments. Following the three years, a review and re-accreditation fee is applicable. For more please click here.

Please contact [email protected] for information regarding the fee and payment options. In situations where difficulties arise and adjustments to fees may be required, each request will be assessed on its own merits by the University of Sanctuary Steering Group.

Re-Accreditation Process

If you are a university and have held your award for 3 years or more, you may be due for re-accreditation. Click here to view information about the award renewal process.