Its been a busy time here at City of Sanctuary – thanks to all of those who have signed up to receive updates and information – we are hoping that people will continue to sign up and be part of the movement so do encourage any friends, colleagues or interested people to sign up to be part of this.

Firstly some very exciting news…As part of its work towards becoming a University of Sanctuary, and in response to popular demand by many individuals and groups campaigning for fair access to higher education, Northumbria University is thrilled to announce the launch of their 2019 Asylum Seekers Sanctuary Scholarship, for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students who are seeking asylum in the UK.

The scholarships cover the cost of full tuition fees as well as offering £1000 a year towards living expenses. There are 3 places available for undergraduates and 3 for post graduates – this will be to start University in September 2019. There are full details on the website, including how terms and conditions and information on how to apply:www.northumbria.ac.uk/sanctuary

This is fantastic news and will offer asylum seekers the opportunity to continue their studies, when they would otherwise be unable to do so due to funding restrictions. As we all know there are a whole load of brilliant people out there, who are desperate to go to University and continue their studies, and who will be sure to make the most of all that University life can offer them. These scholarships are a welcome antidote to the hardship that many seeking sanctuary have faced and continue to face seeking asylum in the UK. We wish any applicants all the best of luck!

In other news, we know that it seems a long way off, but the warm weather last week has set us thinking about the end of winter and the fact that June and, of course, Refugee Week, is on the horizon. This year’s theme is ‘You, me and those who came before’. We are hoping that we are going to have a great Refugee Week with lots of people getting involved and being part of the celebrations – please do get in touch if you are organising something and would like it publicised or would like any support with it. We will keep you posted as and when we have firmed up any events happening through City of Sanctuary. It’ll be here before we know it!