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Refugees Initiative

The University of Manchester – a university of sanctuary

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Manchester

COUNTRY

United Kingdom

CITY

Manchester

Address

The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13, 9 PL, UK

TYPOLOGY

- Financial support for refugee students
- Help desk and supporting services for refugee students
- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- Language and other introductory courses for refugee students
- Recognition of studies and prior learning for refugee students
- Social Events
- Tutoring and peer support for refugee students
- University policies on access to higher education

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Students
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

.As a university of sanctuary, Manchester University bring together their existing work supporting asylum seekers and refugees to help develop further support for those seeking sanctuary. This is outlined in the university of sanctuary submission which provides an overview of existing activity and sets out the commitments to further develop support.

Universities of sanctuary are part of the City of Sanctuary UK initiative to ensure that the nation is a welcoming place of safety for all. The city of Manchester is a city of sanctuary and the University works closely with this organisation to help it's aim of making Manchester a place that is open and fair.

The commitment reaches all three of the University core goals of world-class research, outstanding learning, student experience and social responsibility.

Research
Examples of current research projects include:
- looking at the home-making practices of migrants, refugees and women;
- understanding the role of social identity in well-being and adjustment in refugee populations;
- training asylum seeker women to become peer researchers.

Learning and student experience
Help to the sanctuary seekers afford university with financial support package. This includes five Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships and tuition fee concessions for eligible students.

To help support their learning, the Library provides reference access to asylum seekers and refugees. This acts as a place to study and access more than four million printed books and manuscripts.

Outside of studying, asylum seekers and refugees can become volunteers and work with registered supportive organisations, helping them develop transferable skills, meet new people and make a difference to local communities.

Social responsibility
The Manchester University ensures that social responsibility is at the heart of the degree programmes, that includes teaching modules and placements relating to migration and sanctuary seekers for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Outside of the degree programmes, they run awareness sessions in partnership with Manchester City of Sanctuary for staff and students about sanctuary seekers, and activities with schools and the local community during Refugee Week.