As a City of Sanctuary, Sheffield has a history of providing a welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum seekers.
We're proud to be part of this in our role as a University of Sanctuary.
Events and highlights
Tim Herrick is a Senior University Teacher in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. Tim is a Senate Award Fellow and a CILASS Fellow.
Here he talks about his inspiration for teaching and his work with people from asylum seeker backgrounds.
Fetched Home by Edmund de Waal
Award-winning artist, writer and Sheffield alumnus Edward de Waal has gifted the University a piece of art in response to our work to welcome staff and students from around the world, including those seeking refuge and asylum.
In this feature on Edmund de Waal we learn about Edmund de Waal's family history and his practice as an artist and a writer. You can also watch his lecture: On the eve of departure: homelessness, exile and art.
Rapid urbanisation is radically changing the economic, financial, social, and ecological landscape of our planet. It has been identified as the single greatest development challenge and opportunity for the 21st century.
International migration has been, is and will continue to be a key route both shaping and being shaped by urbanisation.
This international conference provides a forum for the examination of key questions related to contemporary international migration in the context of urban development, residential segregation and diversity.
3 February 2017 Dr Casey Strine, Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Sheffield, explains how the texts we call the Bible come from communities who experienced marginalisation in various ways.
1 September 2016 Since photographs of drowned refugee Alan Kurdi became headline news last year, discussion about refugees and migrants has increased on Twitter by almost 400 per cent.
Our Visual Social Media Lab has produced independent research for charity Oxfam highlighting the impact the heartbreaking images of the three-year old refugee have had on social media a year on from his death. The analysis found a rise in interest in the refugee issue on Twitter, with four times as many tweets on the subject than in the year before.
22 June 2016 In this comment piece Dr Casey Strine shares his research on the book of Genesis, which he discussed at the Migration Matters festival in June as part of Refugee Week 2016.
Casey is Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.
What our staff and students are already doing
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
From Somalia to Sheffield: Abdi's story
Abdi-Aziz Suleiman came to the UK and to Sheffield as a child as an asylum seeker from Somalia. As President of our Students' Union he co-founded our #WeAreInternational campaign with the Vice-Chancellor.
As a City of Sanctuary, Sheffield has a history of providing a welcome and hospitality for refugees and asylum seekers. We're proud to be part of this in our role as a University of Sanctuary.
We have staff, students and alumni who were refugees and our academic staff work with refugees in the city. We're associated with Cara, an organisation that helps academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to remain in their home countries despite the serious risks they face.
Six new students who are asylum seekers from around the world have found sanctuary in Sheffield this year, thanks to scholarships provided by the University of Sheffield.
SHEFFIELD WALK FOR REFUGEES
Supporting at-risk academics and refugee students
We're a university with a long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees as academics and students. The Sheffield walk for refugees in 2016 was a chance to celebrate our proud heritage and show solidarity with those that are still in danger.
One of the founding ideas of a university is that it welcomes talent from around the world. This video presents a few of the stories and testimonies of refugee scholars and students at the University of Sheffield.
Professor Andrew Geddes from our Department of Politics is among a number of leading academics to sign a letter urging the British government to urgently change its approach to the European refugee and migrant crisis.
These scholarships will be available for students studying undergraduate degrees or postgraduate masters courses. Our aim is to support students under the government’s resettlement programme or who are recent arrivals in the UK.
For Refugee Week 2015, University academic Dr Casey Strine and artist/art therapist Emilie Taylor worked with asylum seekers and refugees in Sheffield to create an art exhibition reflecting on their experiences of seeking sanctuary in the city.