University of Reading has joined other universities by launching its Sanctuary Scholarship for refugees.  However, the exciting news and noble initiative was not received well by a small section of the community who aired their concerns through twitter critising the university. Holding on to its values, University of Reading boldly re-iterated its commitment to the scheme, and responded through tweeter that those against its Sanctuary Scholarship should “jog on“. City of Sanctuary applauded University of Reading for both launching the Sanctuary Scholarships as well as making public its commitment to ensuring refugees are welcome within the university.

Talking to The Independent, Professor Robert Van de Noort, pro-vice-chancellor for academic planning and resource, said: “Universities are places for people from all over the world and from all walks of life.

“We welcome to Reading those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries and we value the contribution those seeking sanctuary can make to the university and the town in general.”