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University of Winchester gains University of Sanctuary reaccreditation

The University of Winchester has been reaccredited as a University of Sanctuary. This is recognition of its ongoing efforts to welcome and support students from a sanctuary seeking background.

In 2018, Winchester became the first University of Sanctuary in the south of England.

Each Sanctuary award is reassessed every three years in order to monitor and survey the commitments and pledges made by an awarded institution.

Winchester City of Sanctuary Chair, Elizabeth said:

“Congratulations to the University of Winchester on its reaccreditation as a University of Sanctuary. Its commitment and support to people seeking sanctuary has been unwavering. It has provided support to individuals and families, the hosts support network and schools of sanctuary, as well as offering scholarships and spearheading research. The University should be very proud of the place of sanctuary it has created.”

Vice-chancellor professor Sarah Greer said:

“It is a huge honour for the University, its students and staff to be recognised once again with a University of Sanctuary award for our ethos of inclusion and welcome. We warmly welcome those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries and value the contribution those seeking sanctuary bring to the University and more widely to the city of Winchester. I am very proud of the excellent work and activities going on across the University, which are helping to transform lives for displaced people and continue to make the University a place of sanctuary.”

To read more about the University of Winchester’s award, click here.

To find out more about the University of Sanctuary network and award, and to get your local institution involved, click here.

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