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
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Sheffield walk for refugees on Sunday 5 June 2016. We look back on some of the highlights with our Sheffield walk for refugees Storify and our video below.
This walk builds on our University-wide initiative, the Big Walk 2016, where staff walked over 120 miles over six days along the Trans Pennine Trail to raise funds for the Refugee Student Scholarships scheme and to support refugee academics.
Students' Union Refugees Week
Our Sheffield Students' Union hosted a week of events (May 2017) aimed at raising awareness about the refugee crisis. The event raised funds for City of Sanctuary's project to create a Welcome Centre for Refugees in Sheffield.
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.
An interview with Edmund de Waal
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.
Comment and research
Comment and research
TEACHING AND RESEARCH
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.
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.
14 December 2015 Researchers at the University of Sheffield’s Visual Social Media Lab carried out a detailed investigation into how pictures of three-year-old refugee Aylan Kurdi galvanised the global conscience reveals how social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, and searching on Google, can suddenly change the very language of the debate on immigration.
27 January 2016 Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett used the annual lecture of the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU) to call for the UK to value the powerful contribution of universities to society.
18 September 2015 Steven Harkins, a PhD student from the University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies, argues that justice should be the driving force for reporting on the refugee crisis.
10 September 2015 Academics from across the University of Sheffield share their views on the refugee crisis.
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.
We're a university with a long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees as academics and students. The Sheffield walk for refugees 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.
If you'd like to support refugees who are teaching and learning at the University of Sheffield you can donate through our JustGiving website.
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.