117.2 million people
will be forcibly displaced or stateless in 2023
refugees are under 18
Only 6% of refugees globally
have access to higher education
University of Sanctuary
The University of York believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access the education they need to realise their true potential.
Today only 6% of refugees have access to higher education compared to 40% of people globally. This is not a reflection of their talent or passion but the lack of opportunities and funds available to them. Sanctuary and safety should not come at the expense of your future prospects, but currently it does.
The need to help students and academics displaced by conflict has never been greater, but together, with your support, we can make a difference. Without emergency appeals, we are limited by the resources we have at any given time. The York Sanctuary Fund is our practical response to this challenge.
How is the York Sanctuary fund making a difference?
We need your support to ensure a realistic package of support to those seeking sanctuary, taking into consideration the multiple challenges they face, the unpredictable nature of the global issues impacting them and the increasing demand.
By donating to the fund, you will enhance the work of:
- The Equal Access Scholarship Fund
- The Human Rights Defenders Programme at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR)
- The Council for At Risk Academics (CARA) Fellowships
Being a University of Sanctuary means thinking about how we can support students from asylum seeking or refugee backgrounds, how we can offer opportunities for the development of human rights defenders from around the world, and how we can support academics who have had to leave their home country.
Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Vice-Chancellor and President
How can I support the York Sanctuary Fund?
You can choose to support the York Sanctuary Fund which means that your support will go where the need is greatest.
Together, we will enable more York students, at-risk academics and Human Rights Activist’s the chance to thrive and to re-start a new phase in their lives, whatever their reasons for joining us.