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University of Sanctuary

What is it?

At the University of Warwick there are already a lot of things happening which seek to increase understanding of asylum and refugee issues, and create a culture of welcome within and beyond campus.

The Universities of Sanctuary scheme enables us to connect these activities while also providing opportunities to develop new initiatives. We are working with Coventry City of Sanctuary in order to ensure Warwick effectively contributes to local activities aimed at creating a culture of hospitality in the city as well as the university, with clear actionable commitments from the university. Read more about the programme.

View our University of Sanctuary Certificate

"Being at Warwick has been truly amazing. I particularly enjoy the friendly atmosphere both in my department and in the university in general. Warwick has a lot to offer, not only in academia, but also through the various entertainment and sport facilities. While practising any activity on campus, I have always felt included and surrounded by supportive people who are doing their best to make my experience positive."

Sanctuary Student, Life Sciences

University of Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Warwick was awarded Sanctuary status in 2017 and has since that time offered financial support to those seeking asylum in the UK, to enable them to pursue Higher Education.

For the 2020-21 academic year, up to four undergraduate scholarships will be available to students who are seeking asylum in the UK and are not entitled to receive statutory student financial support from Student Finance England (Wales or Northern Ireland) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

For more information on the scholarships offered, to view the eligibility criteria, and to apply, visit the appropriate link below:

Find out eligibility criteria and information here:

Undergraduate Students

Postgraduate Students

Foundation Year Students

Warwick's Commitment to University of Sanctuary Programme:

“I am proud that Warwick holds the honour of being a University of Sanctuary and that I was able to reinforce our commitment to refugees being able to access higher education by signing the City of Sanctuary and STAR pledge in 2019. Our students and staff are actively involved both in supporting refugees and asylum seekers, raising awareness of their experiences and the contribution that they make to student and city life.

Professor Stuart Croft, VC University of Warwick

The university has links with local artist Salma Zulfiqar, whose work focuses on refugees and asylum seekers and who created an artwork inspired by the ‘Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat’ research conducted by Professor Vicki Squire. Read about Salma here.

"As a refugee, I have never felt I am different from the other colleagues here at Warwick. I have always been supported by the department and my supervisors and that proves why, among other factors, Warwick is among the pioneering universities in the world."

Sanctuary Student, Centre for Education Studies


Who to contact?

Baljit Gill

Widening Participation Team Manager
Phone: 02476 574051