University of Sanctuary

The University of South Wales is one of only two HE institutions in Wales to be awarded University of Sanctuary status, and joins 14 other Universities of Sanctuary in the UK.

This recognises USW’s commitment to creating a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary within, and beyond, its campuses.

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With more people than ever being forced to flee conflict and persecution around the world, the Universities of Sanctuary scheme was established in 2017 by City of Sanctuary, a national charity which works to provide places of safety for all.

City of Sanctuary has partnered with Article 26 – a project aimed at supporting students who have sought sanctuary in the UK to access and succeed in higher education – Student Action for Refugees and other organisations to develop the Universities of Sanctuary network.

The aim of the scheme is to inspire and support universities to adopt a culture and practice of welcome within their own institutions, in their wider communities, and across the UK Higher Education sector.

USW’s University of Sanctuary status supports the Welsh Government’s Nation of Sanctuary – Refugee and Asylum Seeker Plan, which is the latest step towards Wales’s ambition to become a nation of sanctuary for all who choose to make it their home.