University of Sanctuary


Welcome to the UEA University of Sanctuary website.

UEA is a University of Sanctuary. This accreditation is given to universities that show an ongoing commitment to creating a welcoming culture of inclusivity and awareness.​

UEA is proud to welcome people seeking sanctuary (asylum seekers and refugees) into their community, recognising the wealth of experience and knowledge they bring.

The Universities of Sanctuary initiative currently engages with sanctuary seekers, and the wider university and local community in multiple activities. These include learning and teaching, student support, delivery of events such as UEA Refugee week, research projects, partnerships with community organisations and through the UEA scholarship programme.

The national City of Sanctuary statement in response to the situation in Ukraine

Friday 25th February 2022

War in Europe: the UK must provide Sanctuary

Today is a dark day. Our thoughts are with the many Ukrainian people who now will be fearing for their lives, their families, their homes, their futures.

This will be the most significant conflict on the European continent since at least the collapse of Yugoslavia, and a sudden increase in people forced to flee the country is likely.

We must treat those who are forced to flee as we would want to be treated – with understanding and compassion.

We join other British charities in urging our government to protect those fleeing any violence in the region, and to commit for an emergency resettlement programme for those who are displaced, should the need arrive.

The current fast-moving crisis underlines the fact that many people caught in conflict cannot simply wait months or even years for visas or other official paperwork.

That’s why the government must urgently rethink its flawed Nationality and Borders Bill, which has been condemned by the UNHCR, and would treat such people forced to make dangerous journeys to safety as criminals.

The University of Sanctuary Steering Group

UEA Sanctuary Students

Wider Movement