Many thanks to all who participated in the first annual University of Sanctuary national conference at York St John University on September 4th and contributed to its huge success.

Particular thanks go to all our speakers and facilitators for sharing insights into their experiences and work within the HE environment, who have kindly shared their presentations from the day. If you were not able to attend  the day itself, or would like to refer back presentations from speakers please click on the title of the session below to view.  Presentations are organised into three themes, ‘Learn’, ‘Embed’ and ‘Share’, in line with the three principles which underpin the commitment needed to become a University of Sanctuary, and corresponding with the conference agenda. 

Additionally, a full conference report, videos and photos from the day will also be posted to this page soon.


Speaking from experience, Dr Ahmed Khaleel. University of York

The role of universities in building a culture of welcome in the UK, Dr Rebecca Murray (Keynote) University of Sheffield

Breaking Barriers: Creating pathways into, through and beyond Higher Education for sanctuary students.
Contributions from: Leicester University and RefuAid

Sanctuary scholarships 2: Sharing best practice
Contributions from: STARLet Us Learn, Refugee Support Network

Universities of Sanctuary: Inspiration from the network
Contributions from: University of Hull, University of Winchester