As a college, we are committed to supporting the College of Sanctuary's charter and organisational values, including inclusivity, openness, participation, inspiration, and integrity, so that we too can play a significant role in our region, to support building a more welcoming environment for people seeking sancturary and migrants to the UK.

What is a College of Sanctuary?

A College of Sanctuary is committed to providing support and education to people seeking sanctuary and contributing to a culture of welcome within the community.

As a learning institution, colleges have an important role in fostering a culture of safety, respect and understanding for new students who are seeking sanctuary and can lead by example locally.

Being a College of Sanctuary means recognising and celebrating the achievements of students seeking sanctuary, as well as raising awareness across the college community.

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Our College of Sancturary pledge

To become a College of Sanctuary, we pledge to:

  • Take positive action to embed principle of welcome, safety and inclusion within the whole college community
  • Enure an excellent and equitable experience from pre-enrolment to on-programme through to progression opportunities
  • Provide training and awareness-raising opportunities for all staff on refugee, asylum, trafficking and migration issues
  • Raise awareness of sanctuary issues amongst students and the wider community
  • Recognise and celebrate the contribution of people seeking sanctuary and migrants to the UK, including marking events such as Refugee Week across the college
  • Promote, encourage and empower ESOL students through active student voice and projects within college and the local community
  • Develop a sustainable culture of welcome by actively widening participation to people seeking sanctuary

On 1st December 2023, we signed the pledge as a supporting organisation, committing to the below:

We support the 'City of Sanctuary' vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all and proud to offer sanctuary to people fleeing violence and persecution.

We endorse the City of Sanctuary Charter, and agree to act in accordance with City of Sanctuary values and apply the network principles within our work (as far as our specific context enables us to).

We recognise the contribution of people seeking sanctuary. Sanctuary seekers are welcomed, included and supported within our context. We expect our branches or local groups (if any) to support their local City of Sanctuary group if one exists, and will facilitate contact between them and their local City of Sanctuary group.

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