UCLan launches scholarship to support refugees and asylum seekers

Posted on - 15th March, 2022 - 3:33pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Politics, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
UCLan's Student Centre and University Square
UCLan’s Student Centre and University Square

UCLan has pledged to offer a place of safety to refugees and asylum seekers by signing up as a supporting organisation of the City of Sanctuary charity.


As part of its commitment to helping people fleeing violence and persecution, UCLan has launched the new Sanctuary Scholarship and will waive the three-year undergraduate fees, currently £9,250 per year, and offer a support package of up to £5,000 per annum.

They will award the scholarship to one sanctuary seeking student per year who is not eligible to access student finance and living no more than 30 miles away from one of UCLan’s three North West campuses.

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Dr Liz Granger, UCLan’s Head of Widening Participation and Public Engagement, said: “Our commitment to participation is ingrained in everything we do and throughout our history, and we have actively supported those people who face barriers in accessing higher education.

“We are a major civic institution, not only in Preston, Burnley or Westlakes, but further afield across Lancashire and the North West, and we take our role to help everyone achieve their academic potential seriously.

“We will aim to work closely with the cities of sanctuary in Preston and Burnley to explore how we can best learn, embed and share our efforts to create an inclusive environment for those seeking sanctuary and support students from this background.”

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The pledge was signed by the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Baldwin.

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