Our fundraising events help six students find sanctuary

Big Walk team

Our Big Walk fundraising events which took place over the summer have helped six students find sanctuary here in Sheffield – thank you to everyone who took part. 

Donations from events including the epic 120-mile, six-day walk along the Trans Pennine Trail and the Sheffield Walk for Refugees have funded scholarships for students from countries including Syria, Iran and Sri Lanka.

These students have now made Sheffield their home after being forced to flee their own countries due to war or persecution.

Together with other fundraising activities across the University we raised over £50,000 which has helped us provide fully-funded scholarships for the four undergraduate and two postgraduate students.

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “This year the world has seen the biggest displacement of people since the Second World War. Thousands of refugees are currently making the long walk from countries where they fear for their lives to places they hope to build a new life for them and their families.

“I’m proud that our staff, students, and the people of Sheffield have got behind our efforts to provide a place of sanctuary here in Sheffield for some of these people. We want our University to be a safe place for students and academics to rebuild their lives and go on to make a difference to the world through their studies and research.”

We also remain committed to supporting academics who are in danger or exile by giving them financial and practical help to continue their careers in a place of safety. We are working in partnership with the Council for At Risk Academics (CARA) and other similar international organisations.

We have a long-standing tradition and commitment of welcoming refugees as both students and academics to Sheffield, which was the UK’s first City of Sanctuary. Hans Krebs is just one person who came as a refugee from Nazi Germany. He travelled to Sheffield and established a group that worked on aspects of biochemistry that have been important to the world. His discovery of the Krebs cycle saw him awarded a Nobel Prize, but he has also left a legacy in Sheffield which continues to inspire future generations.