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Growing Sanctuary in Colleges Week

Huge congratulations to Eastleigh College and Bradford College who both formally received their Further Education College of Sanctuary awards this week to mark Colleges Week!

Eastleigh College have become the first further education college in Hampshire to obtain College of Sanctuary status, showing their commitment to welcoming and nurturing those who have fled from war.

Julie Wharton from Winchester City of Sanctuary, said:

“It was a pleasure to present this award today on behalf of Cities of Sanctuary UK. Having a college that is welcoming and enables each new arrival to feel safe is invaluable to support new students to settle and become effective learners. Through this national award, your good practice is recognised and celebrated, and other institutions will take your lead and be encouraged to provide more inclusive education and support.”

In Bradford, College staff and special guests attended the formal presentation of the FE College of Sanctuary award. This is the first time a college in West Yorkshire has received this accolade.

Will Sutcliffe, Chair of Bradford City of Sanctuary, said:

“Bradford College has gone out of its way to make people welcome, and this award’s thorough and comprehensive evaluation shows a real commitment to opening up meaningful opportunities in the city. We were so impressed with the College’s appraisal. Bradford College fulfilled all of the City of Sanctuary criteria and their recognition is well deserved.”

Find out more about the Further Education Colleges of Sanctuary award and get your local institution involved by clicking here.