Sanctuary Scholarship

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Last Updated: November 14th 2019

“The scholarship gave me the chance to make my dreams come true, by making it possible for me to start studying at university, opening so many doors for me and enabling me to enhance my skills and develop myself in my profession. Education has always been an important factor to me and without it I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my life.”

Zaid Hameed, 2019 graduate,  BA Single Honours


Newman University is proud to be one of a growing number of universities to offer a Sanctuary Scholarship as part of the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s Article 26 Project, promoting access to higher education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

We have offered this scholarship since 2014 and all our awardees have been successful in completing their degree.

Newman University awards one scholarship per year to an applicant from a forced migrant background who cannot access finance from Student Finance England because of their Home Office status. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • A Tuition Fee Waiver: The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study and is offered until such time as you are awarded status that entitles you to access statutory student support.
  • Study and Travel Support: The Sanctuary Scholarship includes an annual bursary of £1000.00 per year to assist with study and travel expenses. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid in two instalments (one per semester). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.
  • Personal Support: Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

The University is unable to provide any financial support for accommodation. Students should only apply if they are able to support these costs themselves for the full duration of their university course.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • An asylum seeker / forced migrant or the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker / forced migrant; OR
  • An asylum seeker/partner/dependant who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status


  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of a full-time undergraduate place at Newman University
  • Have applied for asylum in the UK before applying to UCAS
  • Currently attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application
  • Unable to access statutory student support because of your asylum or forced migrant status, or a dependant’s status.
  • Live within easy commuting distance of the University
  • Not require support funding accommodation

Please note: Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.


How to apply

Application forms and guidance notes for the 2020 Sanctuary Scholarship will be available on this web page from 16th December.



If you have any questions please contact

More information

Read about our two of our successful students who have been awarded Scholarships:
Ramisha Abbas and Zaid Hameed

Find more information about Article 26 and similar awards offered by other universities.

Education for All: A guide to Universities

UKCISA: Student Finance for International Students

SW Educational Support for refugees

Support, Advice and Legal representation for young people in difficulty

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