In exciting news, The University of Bristol are doing something rather brilliant for refugees. Those who want to study and earn an undergraduate, masters or PhD will now have extra support to do so. This comes as part of the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme, which will offer aid to refugees and asylum seekers who come to the city seeking education.
The aim of the scheme is to give people new opportunities by way of both employment and education. The university claims that it will help to break down barriers when it comes to higher education. In short, that means that people in refugee and asylum seeker communities will now have the chance to apply for funding to pursue certain careers in Bristol.
“I’m delighted to see this scheme come to fruition. I am sure we will have applications from many excellent prospective students, and we look forward to welcoming them to study at our university,” said Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol.
“We know there are factors that make it difficult for people from refugee and asylum-seeking communities to apply to university. Their previous studies may have been interrupted, they might not have evidence of their previous qualifications or their qualifications are not transferable. Our scheme has been designed to accommodate these factors, so please don’t let them stop you from applying.”
Of course, those seeking asylum in the UK often have trouble accessing government funding so that they can get the education that they need. That is where these scholarships come into things. For those who have absolutely no access to loans or government bursaries, the university will offer fully-funded courses. For those who have some access to this financial support, the university will offer a partial scholarship.
The university will be offering a wide range of courses under the scholarship, which will give people a chance to enhance their skill sets and learn about the working world.