A University of Sanctuary

A University of Sanctuary

We are proudly positioned at the heart of the city of Sheffield, the original City of Sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers. We recognise the contribution of asylum-seekers and refugees to the City of Sheffield. We welcome refugee and asylum seeker students, as well as refugee academics in the university community of learners and support them to thrive. 

Sheffield Hallam is a University of Sanctuary. Our initiatives in support of sanctuary seekers are led by a steering group of senior University leaders, academics and students.

The accreditation, given by the charity City of Sanctuary, recognises and celebrates good practice of universities welcoming sanctuary seekers into their communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all. 

We provide a range of support for those who are seeking asylum or hold refugee status and want to apply for a place at Sheffield Hallam, including the SHU Progress scheme, dedicated support for refugee students and sanctuary scholarships for asylum seeker students.

Support for the refugee and asylum seeker community in Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University also works with the UK charity Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) which helps academics identified as at-risk of violence, persecution or repression in their home countries to pursue their research through fully funded PhD scholarships.

View the University of Sanctuary Steering Groups Terms of Reference (PDF, 127.4KB)