THE UNIVERSITY of Warwick has pledged to provide 20 scholarships to refugees seeking a place to study or research.
The Canley-based university has promised the funding to some of the world’s most desperate men and women after staff and students pressured the university to do its bit in helping those affected by the crisis.
The university will immediately offer 10 student scholarships for refugees this academic year (2015-16) and a further 10 student scholarships for the following academic year (2016-17).
The scholarships will be a mix of postgraduate and undergraduate studentships, though in the first year the majority are likely to be postgraduate opportunities as recruitment will run beyond the imminent start of the new academic year.
The announcement follows last week’s joint statement from Student’s Union President, Isaac Leigh, and University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, in which the pair praised the ‘global university’ for its international community of staff and students.
They added: “The images and stories which we have all seen have been heartbreaking.
“The University and Students’ Union are both absolutely committed to playing a role in welcoming refugees.
“Indeed, some of our friends in the Warwick community are here because this country welcomed them when they needed support.
“We must continue this tradition, for refugees can – and do – become leaders, be it in medicine, academia, politics and more.
“We strongly believe that we have an inherent responsibility to try to shape a more accepting society, and will never neglect that responsibility.”
Anyone interested in exploring how they can donate to the programme to help enhance the financial support provided to the refugee scholars should email Sara Akkad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And anyone wishing to register an interest in receiving more details on the scholarships as they develop should contact email@example.com for undergraduate enquiries, and firstname.lastname@example.org for both research and taught postgraduate enquiries.