University of Sanctuary
The University of Bradford has a Sanctuary Working Group, looking at how we can welcome asylum seekers and refugees into our University.
It's part of the University of Sanctuary, a UK-wide initiative aiming to ensure universities foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers and refugees. We have close links to the Bradford City of Sanctuary.
Our small working group was formed in 2012 with representatives from the Faculty of Health Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences, all of whom had an interest in issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees in relation to research, curriculum development and practice. This working group expanded in 2015, now with representatives from across the University.
In 2015, the Faculty of Health Studies achieved the Sanctuary in Health Award for its work engaging asylum seekers and refugees in Faculty teaching, learning, assessment and research.
We now aim to expand the work of Health Studies across the University to achieve a University of Sanctuary award. The University of sanctuary activity was officially launched during the Diversity Festival in April 2016.
Achievements & News
- In September 2016 up to five asylum seeking or refugee students will access undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through scholarships, working with the Helena Kennedy Foundation Article 26 project.
- New article by Mel Cooper and William Lee Mitchell discussing the potential role of higher education institutions in offering a measure of sanctuary to those caught up in the ever-deepening refugee crisis.
- We are currently developing a bespoke e-module to help University staff understand Sanctuary as it relates to the University and their work.
- We are preparing our submission for University of Sanctuary status, to be submitted later this year.
We would like staff and students to get involved with this initiative, if you would like more information please contact a member of the University of Sanctuary working group via email:
- Mel Cooper (Health Studies)
- Jane Montague (Health Studies)
- Kate Karban (Social Sciences)
- Suzanne Vernon-Yorke (Chaplain)
- Ellie Clement (Library)
- Mercedes Webb (Language Centre)
- Penny Aspinall (Counselling Service)
- Shazmin Akhtar (Students' Union)
- Anne Mackay (Social Sciences)
The Bradford City of Sanctuary
The Bradford City of Sanctuary webpage has a number of volunteering opportunities for anyone who would like to get involved in helping welcome and support refugees and asylum seekers in our city.
Some of these opportunities would provide valuable work-related experience for students in the health professions, psychology or sociology. The list is regularly updated, so if you don't see something that interests you, please check back or contact the City of Sanctuary team and let them know what you're interested in.