University of Sanctuary
We are a University of Sanctuary
Universities of Sanctuary is an initiative to recognise and celebrate the good practice of institutions welcoming people seeking sanctuary through facilitated access to higher education, supporting local refugee communities and taking an active role in learning about the issues and obstacles faced by this group in pursuing university-level education. The award of University of Sanctuary status comes after a rigorous assessment process during which Aston University demonstrated its commitment to engaging and supporting those seeking sanctuary in a number of ways.
Being a University of Sanctuary is key to our Civic Agreement: our commitment to make Birmingham a better place for everyone who lives, works and studies here.
It is also closely linked to our diversity and inclusion strategy, which recognises that our success as an institution depends on the diversity of our staff and students. This work is led by our Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality and Diversity and includes a variety of support networks, such as the BAME staff network.
We have lots of support in place for refugee or asylum seeker students.
If you are a current or prospective refugee or asylum seeker student, you can contact Dr Amanda Beattie, Co-Director of the Centre for Migration and Forced Displacement, who will be able to direct you to relevant support services.
If you have been affected by the current crisis in Ukraine, you can find details of Aston’s response and support.
We have two research centres working on helping sanctuary seekers at a local, national and international level.
We work closely with partner organisations supporting refugees and asylum seekers:
Find out more about the work Aston University is doing in the region.