Becoming a University of Sanctuary

Action for Refugees is pleased to announce an event for the Edge Hill community to find out more about becoming a ‘University of Sanctuary’.

From the University of Sanctuary website:

Around the world, more people than ever in history are being forced to flee conflict and persecution to find safety and sanctuary elsewhere.

Higher Education Institutions in the UK have a proud and radical tradition of providing sanctuary for academics and young people and many are actively looking for ways to build on this tradition in today’s political and social context. City of Sanctuary has partnered with Article 26, Student Action for Refugees and others to develop a network to inspire and support universities to develop a culture and a practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the Higher Education sector in the UK. 

University of Sanctuary status has been awarded to 12 universities in the UK (at the time of writing) who have met the standards set by the Sanctuary scheme. So far in the North West, Manchester University is the only recognised member of the scheme.

With the support of the Dean of Education, Dr Jane Moore, Edge Hill will host the NW University of Sanctuary representative on the 23rd January at an open event to find out more about getting involved. Everyone is welcome – students and staff are essential for a successful application. We know that excellent work is going on around campus, from the international team offering fee waivers, to supervisors working with prospective students from the refugee community. Our initial teacher education programmes now include refugee awareness, and Global Unity (the student society) was recognised with a Chancellor’s Scholarship for their work. University of Sanctuary status offers an opportunity to bring all of this work together and improve awareness.

We hope to see you on the 23rd!

Updated 20th December to correct contact email on flyer.

Universities of Sanctuary Conference

The Sanctuary University scheme is relatively new, but is growing rapidly, with universities across the country, from Winchester in the south to Edinburgh in the north enjoying Sanctuary University status. The scheme aims:

‘to inspire and support universities to develop a culture and a practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the Higher Education sector in the UK’.

I attended the Sanctuary Universities Conference hosted by York St John last week.

The conference programme was an exciting mix of practitioner experience, research and students sharing their work and experiences. It was really moving to hear from students about the impact the Sanctuary awards had had on their lives, and great to see their talent and hard work on display as student members of the steering group co-chaired the event. Representatives of NGOs such as RefuAid and CARA shared their work on supporting refugee access to Higher Education.

Unfortunately Edge Hill is not a member of this supportive network, but all universities can access their resources, and the network continues to welcome new members.

Where it all Began – A Stand and Be Counted Production

Imagine if everyone was ordered to return to their place of birth.

The UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted present a wild and vivid vision of the future, combining storytelling, movement and live music.

Coming to Liverpool at the Unity Theatre, Liverpool 9th October.

Tickets £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Click here for a trailer and further details