NOTE: We will be updating this page in the coming weeks and months with case studies from universities around the UK.
The Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford achieved a “Sanctuary in Health” award for their achievements welcoming Sanctuary Seekers into Health. Over a 2-year period Health Studies made a number of changes, a few of which are below:
- Over 20 Sanctuary seekers signed up for the service user group. This included coming into the Faculty to teach a range of students about their experiences of seeking asylum as well as staff training.
- The needs of asylum seeking and refugee service users will be embedded into the curricula of all undergraduate students undertaking health professional programmes.
- They host conferences, events and meetings related to sanctuary seekers, collaborating with local refugee organisations
- Staff are members (including Trustees) of refugee organisations
- They facilitate asylum seekers and refugees to join research grants as co-applicants and present at forums and conferences including internationally.
EU’s Erasmus+ scheme, will see the University of Gloucestershire oversee seven other schools and universities in Europe to share the experiences of hundreds of people who have migrated to find better lives, often due to political instability. These stories focus on the different foods, family traditions and festivals inherent in other cultures, and act as a platform to enhance the understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity. The MyStory project will allow teachers and students across four countries to share their migration experiences with other schools and universities, and across entire communities.Those involved will be able to learn about current issues on migration in ways that are engaging, inclusive, and above all informed directly from the experiences of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers themselves. Find the full article here.Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY. Tel: 01902 321000. Email: [email protected] . Graduate and post-graduate refugees and asylum-seekers can seek advice from the Education Guidance Advisors, Tel: 01902 321032. Email: [email protected] . Web: www.wlv.ac.uk/gateway . In addition, the Chaplains are experienced in offering guidance, support and spiritual direction and are available and ready to talk to students of any religion or none. If you would like to see a chaplain then please telephone either Rev. David Weller on 01902 322904 or the secretary on 01902 322903 or else call in at the Chaplaincy Centre. The University has also been piloting a refugee language programme, which you can learn more about here. This is a new page, and nowhere near a comprehensive list! Please write into us with some information on what your university is doing to welcome refugees and asylum seekers, and we will pop it up here! Email us at: [email protected]