University of Sheffield pledges further support to academics seeking sanctuary

The University of Sheffield is providing further support by launching a scheme for academics to continue their research in Sheffield if they have been displaced or affected by conflict or persecution in their home country.

The new scheme – Sanctuary International Visitors Support Scheme – will initially provide funding for three researchers to come to Sheffield for up to 12 months so that they can continue their work in a safe environment. It is open to any scholars around the world who are fleeing war and persecution in their home countries.

Academics who are successful will be granted ‘visiting researcher’ status and will receive financial support, help finding suitable accommodation and be offered an academic mentor to support their work at the University.

Dr Malcolm Butler, Director of Global Engagement at the University of Sheffield, said: “As a global university with strong civic values, we strive to support people whose lives have been disrupted by conflict or persecution. The Sanctuary International Visitors Support Scheme is the latest addition to the University’s package of support for refugees which also includes scholarships, international partnerships and direct support for local communities in Sheffield.

“We look forward to welcoming new academics to join our diverse and inclusive Sheffield community, which is committed to global collaborations and the exchange of knowledge.”

Applications for the Sanctuary International Visitors Support Scheme for academics are open now and close on 13 November 2022.

In addition, the University of Sheffield’s fitness department – Sport Sheffield – has announced that refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield who are receiving support from ASSIST Sheffield can get free access to University sports facilities by presenting their ASSIST photo card at each venue reception.

Earlier this year, the University twinned with the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (KPI) to provide resources and support for staff and students affected by the war in Ukraine. £20,000 has been donated to rebuild air raid shelters on KPI’s campus. The University of Sheffield is also providing KPI access to key IT equipment, library facilities and other resources, as well as launching research collaborations and staff exchanges.

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