British universities have responded to the refugee crisis by offering scholarships to those seeking a place in higher education.
The University of Warwick today announced it will immediately offer 10 student scholarships for the academic year 2015-16 and will continue to offer 10 more in 2016-17, at which point it will review the impact these have made.
The Independent also reported yesterday that the University of East London has offered 10 scholarships to Syrians in refugee camps, while the University of Sheffield is offering five scholarships at 50 per cent of tuition to students from Syria showing “exceptional academic potential”.
The University of York has also launched £500,000 worth of initiatives to help refugees, including scholarships.
Gurminder Bhambra, professor of sociology at the University of Warwick and co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University, said:
It’s important that human rights to education beyond national boundaries are recognised. Access to higher education enables individuals to develop their talents and use those talents to contribute to the societies that provide them with shelter.
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