Refugees and asylum seekers


In the UK, a refugee is a person who has fled their country, and is seeking protection because of a fear of being persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for refugee status and is waiting to find out if it has been granted. If you are a refugee or asylum seeker, the university recognises that you will have faced substantial barriers in your education and we are here to provide support. As a university of sanctuary, we bring together our existing work supporting asylum seekers and refugees to help develop further support for those seeking sanctuary.

For 2022 entry, the University offered five Article 26 Sanctuary Seeker Scholarships for undergraduate study. This applies to all undergraduate courses except Medicine and Dentistry. The scholarship is intended to help those who have sought refuge in the UK to progress into higher education. The scholarship includes:

  • full cost of tuition;
  • £5,000 a year living cost bursary
  • free accommodation in one of the University’s Halls of Residence for the duration of study.

Applications for 2023 entry are yet to open, further information can be found on this page.

Financial support

  • Check out this factsheet for information on the financial support avaiable to refugees and asylum seekers.

Mental health and wellbeing support

  • This page details the University support services available. 

Further support