Article 26 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.”
In line with the UN Declaration, the University of Kent believes that everyone has the right to higher education. We are working to ensure that asylum seekers and students from a forced migration background are able to access Higher Education.
The University of Kent, in partnership with the Article 26 Project offers each year up to five Sanctuary Scholarships for undergraduate entry. These awards are aimed at helping those seeking asylum in the UK to progress to higher education. The benefits of the Sanctuary Scholarship award are:
I am the first person to go to university in my family. Without your kind donations I would not be here. Coming from a low income background the scholarship has made a massive difference to my life."
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To meet the eligibility criteria of the Award,
Unfortunately the following courses are not currently available on the Sanctuary Scholarship at Kent: Courses dependent on NHS funding, Dentistry, Foundation degree programmes, Medicine and Pharmacy.
Fathima was a recipient of the Sanctuary Scholarship Fund who sought asylum in the UK in 2010. She studied Accountancy and Finance and graduated in 2019 with a First from Kent Business School.
"I was not
able to apply for a student loan because of my immigration status. The Article
26 scholarship gave me the opportunity to come to this university and get a
"By the time I had graduated, I knew I wanted to mentor students in my area. I live in one of London’s poorest boroughs and I hope to encourage the kids in my neighbourhood to go to university.
"The Article 26 Scholarship has literally changed my life."
Dr Akkad from Syria undertook his PhD research into Cancer-related nano-therapeutics at the University of Kent through the work of CARA (Council for At-Risk Refugees).
Dr Saeed speaks of his gratitude to the University and to CARA:
“I had always wanted to do a PhD and so after talking to CARA they said that the University of Kent would be happy to accept my proposal… The more I heard about it [the University], the more I loved it. I loved it even before I arrived.
“If it wasn’t for CARA I wouldn’t be able to do the research I do.” Watch his full interview on YouTube.
Ajay, originally from Nepal, studied for a BA in Social Work at the University through an Article 26 scholarship. Ajay describes how we was unable to continue his studies due to a personal setback and that the scholarships were the opportunity he was looking for:
“I kept asking myself: am I good enough? But there were a lot of people supporting me. There were times when everything was going wrong.
“On my interview day I felt very anxious. However, when I was in front of the panel, I felt very comfortable. They just said to me: ‘Tell us what you know and why you want to study and what you want in the future.’ That made me more comfortable. Everything eventually worked out…
The University of Kent made my life very easy while I was doing my course.”