Equal Access Fund

The University of York has a long history of being a place of safety for people caught up in conflict and in need of refuge. We are committed to removing barriers to equality through education.

Our commitment to helping asylum seekers reflects the University’s core values of justice and equality. We are facing a major refugee crisis in Europe and the University of York will play its part in providing a safe and secure environment for displaced people to study, research and prosper.

Professor Saul Tendler, Acting Vice Chancellor and President 

Many asylum seekers have faced great challenges in their lives and know that an education is vital to securing a better future. However asylum-seeking students, even those who have spent many years in the UK, cannot access student loans to study and are classed as overseas students.

Our Equal Access Scholarships ensure that undergraduate students seeking asylum have access to a York education. Each Scholarship provides an annual living costs bursary of £10,660 and is matched by the University with a complete fee waiver.

You can help today

So far we have funded five scholars since 2015, please help us to expand this to two more scholars each year for the next 3 years.