Kent recognised for supporting refugees

Press Office

The University has been recognised by the SGroup European Universities Network as an example of best practice for supporting people who are seeking refuge.

The SGroup European Universities’ Network, which aims to strengthen institutions’ international visibility through collaboration and research, has launched a variety of different initiatives to support people seeking refuge and outlined best practice examples.

The University has been recognised for its establishment of the Kent Refuge Fund, which allows staff to donate towards providing support for international students and academics who are at risk of persecution.

The fund supports students and academics who wish to continue their education and research at Kent. The University is presently supporting individuals assisted by two organisations, the Helena Kennedy Foundation’s ‘Article 26 Project and the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA).

The University is involved with a range of activities supporting people seeking refuge, including hosting a recent conference on child refugees and holding language classes to teach young refugees English in order to help them integrate into local communities.

The SGroup European Universities’ Network is a non-for-profit organisation founded in 1989 composed of over 30 higher education institutions from 15 European countries.