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UEA is in its fourth year of being a recognised University of Sanctuary, an accreditation given to universities that show an ongoing commitment to creating a welcoming culture of inclusivity and awareness.

UEA is proud to welcome people seeking sanctuary (asylum seekers and refugees) into their community, recognising the wealth of experience and knowledge they bring. 


The UEA University of Sanctuary initiative is run by a university wide steering group, consisting of over 40 members of staff and students. The initiative is led by Anna Robinson-Pant, Professor in Education, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, and supported by Madi Dutton, the Sanctuary Liaison Officer. 

The University of Sanctuary initiative grew out of the City of Sanctuary movement. City of Sanctuary is a non-governmental movement which promotes action to foster greater inclusion and integration in the UK, with a key focus on supporting refugees and asylum seekers. It holds the vision that ‘our nations will be welcoming places of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution’. Succeeding in this vision requires us to promote greater understanding and recognition of the ways in which people seeking sanctuary enrich society. 

The Universities of Sanctuary initiative currently engages with sanctuary seekers in multiple activities, including learning and teaching, student support, delivery of events such as UEA Refugee week, research projects, partnerships with community organisations and through the UEA scholarship programme.


UEA Sanctuary Scholarship programme

UEA is committed to helping reduce the barriers to participation in higher education faced by those seeking asylum in the UK and is pleased to off the following scholarships. Details of the eligibility criteria for all three types of scholarships can be found at

University of Sanctuary Scholarship

University of Sanctuary Scholarship

Funding Type
Tuition Fees + Bursary
Course Fees
Students seeking Asylum in the UK

Scholarship Application Support

One to One Guidance Sessions 

UEA University of Sanctuary initiative members are offering one to one guidance sessions for those who are interested in finding out more about applying for a Sanctuary Scholarship. Members of staff are on hand to discuss the following areas: 

Sanctuary Scholarship Process: Find out more about the Sanctuary Scholarships, including the eligibility criteria and application process 

Personal Statements: Tips and guidance on how to write an effective personal statement from a member of staff located in the faculty you wish to study in 

The one to one guidance sessions can be run over the phone or via the following platforms - Skype and Teams. If you are interested in booking a session, please
contact the Sanctuary Liaison Officer.