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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Warwick offers a wide range of pastoral, academic and financial support for students who come to study here.

My name is Baljit, and I am the named contact for young people from an asylum seeker or refugee background at the University so that you have a single point of contact both before you get here and during your studies. I can offer you one-to-one support throughout your application and enrolment process, and then during your studies at the University. And don’t worry we will only share your information with those who need to know, and who you agree should be informed.

Contextual Offer:

  • Contextual Offers: Applicants seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, are under ‘humanitarian protection’ or have been granted refugee status with indefinite leave to remain will be eligible to receive a contextual offer without having to meet other indicators. Please note that this will require supporting evidence of current immigration status with documentation such as a Biometric Residence Permit, Home Office letters or a solicitor’s letter. If you are unsure about your current immigration status please speak to your solicitor or to your family members if you are listed as a dependent on a family member’s immigration application.
Please note that we use self-declared information from UCAS application forms to identify those students that have indicated they are asylum seekers or refugees in the first instance.

Sanctuary Scholarships are available to students who are seeking asylum in the UK and are not able to access statutory student financial support from Student Finance England (Wales or Northern Ireland) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

    We welcome applications from prospective students who are at risk as a result of the war in Ukraine.
    • If you meet ONE of these you will be eligible to apply for a Scholarship:
    • You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child) on an application for asylum, or one of the UK visa concessions for Ukrainian nationals. Please note: Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date on which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.
      • You have received a decision on your claim for asylum, which has resulted in an award of DLR (Discretionary Leave to Remain), LLR (Limited Leave to Remain), Humanitarian Protection, or some other form of temporary status.
      Sanctuary Scholarship award:
      • Full Tuition Fee Support - Students will be offered a non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver until such time as you are awarded status that enables you to access student finance.
      • Maintenance Support - Students will be awarded a non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan for 2022-23, £9,488* for students living away from the parental home and £7,987* if they are living in the parental home towards living costs and course-related expenses, until such time as you are awarded status that enables you to access student finance. (*amounts are subject to individual status and are not an exact representation of what you might receive)
      • Awarded scholars also will be considered for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary, this will be managed by the Student Funding Team.

      We hope this information will be useful for you. If you have any questions, please do contact me

      Contact us

      Baljit Gill

      Widening Participation Manager
      02476 574051