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Bristol University to provide free degrees for refugees

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Bristol University is the latest university to offer free degrees to students seeking asylum.

The Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme, introduced last month, aims to remove the financial barriers preventing refugees from receiving education in the UK.

Bristol university follows Kings College London, Sheffield University and Manchester University who also offer a similar scheme, after Oxford University started the idea to offer free educational support to asylum-seekers in October last year.

The scholarship will cover the entire course fee for those receiving no financial assistance from the UK Government and partial scholarships will also be available to those who receive state support.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, Professor Hugh Brady, said: “We know there are factors that make it difficult for people from refugee and asylum-seeking communities to apply to university. Our scheme has been designed to accommodate these factors, so please don’t let them stop you from applying.”

Students who are currently seeking asylum must be processed through the Home Office and are not eligible for support from the Student Loans Company unless the Home Office has granted them ‘settled status’.

Ben Hudson, a PhD researcher in the University’s Law School, was heavily involved in setting up the scheme. He said: “Law lecturer Katie Bales and I finalised the full scheme with the University over the last year.

“It has been an intensive, collaborative effort between academics, students and professional services staff here at the University, driven by the Migration Research Group.”

The University were accepting applications for its scholarship scheme between 8th June and 30th June from students looking to study either full-time or part-time on undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The Oxford Students Refugee campaign pledged £250,000 last month to provide financial support for the further education of asylum-seekers at Oxford.

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