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Scheme to get more refugees and asylum seekers into higher education now open at University of Bradford

Successful applicants will receive a free place at university and a grant of up to £4,000.

Applications are now open for the University of Bradford’s 2022 Sanctuary Scholarship scheme.

Launched last year, the scholarships are designed to make it easier for asylum seekers and refugees to enter higher education.

Under the scheme, each applicant can receive a free place at the university and apply for a £4,000-a-year grant, subject to terms and conditions.

prof Zahir Irani says the scholarship is a “concrete example” of the university’s “commitment to inclusion”. 

Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy Vice-Chancellor said: “This is a concrete example of our commitment to inclusion. It demonstrates our commitment to social mobility and positive action.

“We want to engage as many students as possible, to give them a welcoming environment in which they can co-create knowledge and make a meaningful contribution to society.

“This scheme also shows that we’re serious about improving social mobility – indeed, we have just been ranked number one in England for the second year running by the Social Mobility Index, which is a new way of ranking universities based on their ability to improve people’s chances in life.”

Successful sanctuary scholarship applicants already receive a free place at the University but prior to the introduction of the new scheme in 2021, the annual study support grant stood at £500. This was increased to £4,000.

The University of Bradford awards 10 sanctuary scholarships each year.

Previously, Emma Young, Head of Student Success Services, said: “Our Sanctuary Scholarships, designed for those who would not be eligible for funding via any other means, is one of the ways in which we live by those values and commitments.

“The Sanctuary Scholarship is always a much sought after and competitive award and we know it is always highly valued and makes a real difference to recipients.”

The University was ranked #1 in the new Social Mobility Index in 2021 and again in 2022. Previous to this, the University was also named the University of the Year for Social Inclusion 2019/20 by The Times and Sunday Times.

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