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Refugee and At Risk Scholar Support

Find out more about the support available for refugee, asylum and at-risk scholars, our work in this area and how you can assist in current projects at the University.

The University of Edinburgh has an extended history of providing a place of sanctuary and education for those seeking protection, with notable alumni who have found sanctuary at the University including physicist Max Born. Over the years, many staff and students have joined the University community and found a place of support, sanctuary and opportunity.

We realise there is a need for a longer-term approach to supporting the growing number of refugees and displaced persons, to ensure that these individuals can fulfil their potential through higher education. The University of Edinburgh is actively responding to this through a range of strategic projects involving the direct action of our staff and student communities.

This initiative is in line with the University’s strategic priorities and our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular “to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” which has a strong focus on equality and inclusion of vulnerable groups, including refugees and at-risk scholars.