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.

UEA Refugee Week banner

UEA Refugee Week, 1-8 March 2024

UEA Refugee Week offers us the chance to celebrate being a University of Sanctuary and consider further the role we can all play in creating a culture of welcome for those seeking sanctuary. Normally refugee week is held in June. At UEA, and many other universities across the UK, it is instead celebrated in March to fit with the university timetable. Click here to read further about the events taking place this year.

The University of Sanctuary Steering Group

UEA PGR Migration Research Network

UEA Sanctuary Students

Wider Movement