Further information about University of Sanctuary
A University of Sanctuary is an institution that has committed to establishing the best practice possible to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into the University community. The central aim is to help those in need and enable them to realise their potential, helping them to contribute positively to their new home. In practical terms that means welcoming asylum seekers and refugees onto University courses and providing incentives, clear pathways and support to enable them to get involved with university life and make the most of the opportunity in front of them.
The Leicester ‘University of Sanctuary’ project involves colleagues from across the University coming together to find practical ways of involving students and staff in supporting refugees and asylum seekers, as well as actively involving refugees and asylum seekers in day-to-day University life.
Language is one of the many challenges facing those who leave their country. Our English Language Teaching Unit has the expertise to help those for whom English is not their first language.
The University of Leicester recognises how people with refugee status, or those in the process of applying for it, can enrich our institution. Through the Leicester City of Sanctuary programme, we have committed to ensuring that we are part of the city’s offer as a City of Sanctuary, contributing to local activities aimed at creating a culture of hospitality, both in the city and the University.