The Faculty of Health Studies at the University of Bradford achieved a “Sanctuary in Health” award for their achievements welcoming Sanctuary Seekers into Health. The University plan to use this achievement across the entire campus to then achieve a Sanctuary in University award. 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.
- offer bursaries for refugees to undertake undergraduate study
- hosted a major public meeting on the Refugee Crisis
- made sports facilities available to asylum seekers during the summer holidays
- offered accommodation to destitute asylum seekers over Christmas
- invited refugee speakers to contribute to society meetings and course modules
- encouraged students to volunteer with asylum-supporting organisations (with £1,000 bursaries)
- run a scheme pairing up French language students with francophone refugees
The University of Gloucestershire has won €237,000 of EU funding to lead a project to help schools, universities and other organisations better understand the backgrounds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
‘MyStory: Digital Storytelling Toolbox for Diversity’ will help train teachers and school pupils in the use of digital media for storytelling, allowing them to collaborate with students to collect the stories of a wide range of people from different, often disadvantaged, backgrounds.
The two-year project, funded by the 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.
The University of Wolverhampton is able to provide short courses to enable graduate and post-graduate refugees and asylum-seekers to make the best use of their skills in this country. This includes those who are allowed “No recourse to public funds”, but depends on sufficient donations having been received to finance these courses. If you can help with this, please contact the Dean of Students, Jon Elsmore, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, 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.
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