Universities of Sanctuary training

Available for commissioned dates


Are you working towards improving access to Higher Education for refugees and asylum seekers? This training offer has been co-developed by Universities of Sanctuary and Scottish Refugee Council and will be tailored to your needs. It will help you identify ways of reducing barriers to Higher Education for people seeking sanctuary. You will be equipped with tools to make informed policy decisions, improve procedures and create a culture and practice of welcome within institutions.

By the end of the training you will be able to: 

  • Recognise the legal difference between asylum seekers, refugees and other kinds of migrants
  • Understand the different routes to the UK for people seeking sanctuary
  • Familiarise yourself with the UK Asylum Process (legal) and Asylum Support (welfare) system
  • Identify rights and entitlements of asylum seekers and refugees, and sources of support
  • Understand what institutional barriers people might face in accessing Higher Education
  • Explore ways of removing barriers and improving support in different parts of the institution
  • Look at scholarships through an asylum and rights and entitlements lens and understand what to consider to ensure the best outcomes for people seeking sanctuary

Who is this training for? 

This is an introductory training course for education practitioners who want to improve access to Higher Education for refugees and asylum seekers. The course is suitable for teaching staff, student support and others involved in advice and support roles.

More Information 

This training is available as a commissioned course only. The key outcomes listed above can be tailored and split into separate sessions to suit the needs of participants.

Fees for commissioned courses are costed on the length of course, development time required, number of participants and any additional cost for expenses such as travel.