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Support for students

We know that sanctuary seeking students are often not just experiencing the challenges of a new learning environment, but also cultural dislocation, financial struggles, limited or no family support, significant changes to identity – or loss of identity - as well as the possibility of lasting impacts of past trauma. We are mindful of all student’s journeys to higher education.

Being at Warwick isn’t just about the opportunity to study at a world class academic institution, it is also a pathway for personal growth.

Below you will find information about differnt sources of support available to students:

Wellbeing and Student Support

WSS provide a range of services that can help you to develop the personal resources and skills you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of student life.

Residential Community Team

The RCT live alongside students within the Halls of Residence and are a key part of welfare and support.

Community Safety

An on-Campus presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide pastoral support to everyone within our community.

Immigration and Compliance

Providing expert immigration services to students from pre-arrival to graduation and beyond.

Contextual Offers

We know that grades can be influenced by a range of factors, so to make the processes fairer, we offer contextual admissions on undergraduate courses for refugees and asylum seekers – meaning we may offer a reduced grade requirement or remove other additional requirements.

Your UoS Contact

Emily Cannon

Emily is here to support Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholars and Postgraduate Taught Sanctuary Scholars with any questions, comments, or concerns. You are welcome to get in touch using the details below:

Emily Cannon, Widening Participation Lifecyle Officer


If you are a Postgraduate Research Sanctuary Scholar, or have an enquiry about 'Doctoral Access Scholarships - Sanctuary', please contact the Doctoral College by emailing


Student Opportunity run specific programmes of support for particular underrepresented groups, including access to confidential and impartial one to one appointments.

International Student Support

Find resources on cultural transition, homesickness, opening a UK bank account, and more.


Discover our Library catalouge and opening times. As well as study spaces, accessibility, online courses, productivity tools, and Study Happy - improve your wellbeing, connect with others, get creative, and celebreate cultural events.

Students' Union Advice Centre

The Advice Centre, is a free, professional, confidential, non-judgmental service, independent from the University.

"Thank you for support and kindness. It helped me to start my life from scratch and save my family".

Sanctuary Student

"My supervisors and tutors have always been supportive whenever I asked for help. There are different types of support available to Warwick students, be it wellbeing, counselling, career advice, library skills and many others. You do not feel isolated or abandoned when you need support at Warwick."

Sanctuary Student, Centre for Education Studies