TITLE OF THE INITIATIVE
Sanctuary Scholarship. Extending educational opportunity to people from asylum-seeking and refugee communities.
INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE
University of Bristol
University of Bristol, Beacon House, Queens Road Bristol BS8 1QU UK
e-mail: [email protected]
WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE
- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education
- Newly arrived refugees
- University staff (academic and administrative)
DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
University of Bristol was one of the first universities in the UK to offer scholarships to refugee and asylum seekers, and now the University of Bristol has achieved a 'University of Sanctuary' award in recognition of its sector-leading efforts.
The Sanctuary Scholarship offers opportunities for those from refugee and asylum-seeking communities to study at the University of Bristol. The scholarship offers support towards the costs of higher education.
The Sanctuary Scholarship takes into account different educational backgrounds and language abilities
- Full-time foundation degree programmes
- Full-time and part-time undergraduate degrees (3 year or 4 year degrees)
- Full-time and part-time postgraduate Master's programmes (MA, MSc or MRes)
Many of the University’s staff and students are involved in refugee organisations and volunteering projects, with strong connections to UNHCR, the Refugee Council, Migrants’ Rights Network, Bristol Refugee Rights and many more. Academics from across the University as part of Migration Mobilities Bristol (MMB), carry out world-leading research into issues surrounding human mobility, often influencing global theory, policy and practice.
RESULTS AND IMPACT
The University's pioneering Sanctuary Scholarships scheme, established in 2016, has provided 34 scholarships to asylum seekers and refugees, helping towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. It is set to welcome a new cohort of scholars for the 2019/20 year.