Academically talented asylum seekers will be given access to Scotland’s higher education system as part of a new scholarship agreement between the University of Strathclyde and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
As part of the partnership, The Carnegie Trust will contribute a tuition fee grant of up to £1,820 each to students in receipt of the Strathclyde’s Asylum Seeker Scholarship. This dedicated scholarship scheme for asylum seekers launched in 2014, and the new partnership is building on the success of the support. The tuition fee grant will come from the Trust's existing Undergraduate Tuition Fee funding scheme which is open to students who have attended secondary school in Scotland for at least two years but are not eligible for public support for their university studies.
The new programme will pay tuition fees and other essential study costs for talented applicants facing barriers to entering higher education due to having pending asylum applications; normally a position which restricts them from applying for funding. This enables them to continue their education while the Home Office considers their or their parents’ case.
It’s expected that by the 2017/2018 term, the combined support of the Carnegie Trust and Strathclyde will accommodate at least 10 scholars.
In addition to funding, refugee students and those who claim asylum during their studies will receive support from Strathclyde’s Student Support and Wellbeing teams on issues including health and wellbeing, and other course-related matters.
Commenting on the new partnership, Strathclyde Principal, Sir Jim McDonald, said: “Since the University’s foundation, Strathclyde has established a proud track record of removing barriers to higher education. Ability, not financial or social circumstance, should determine participation."
“We are already working with highly-motivated and extremely talented asylum-seeking students with much to give, and we are extremely proud of their success. The Carnegie Partnership will play a significant role in ensuring more people can benefit from the life-changing opportunities studying at university can bring.”
Dr Patricia Krus, administrative manager at Carnegie Trust, said: “The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland is very pleased to be working in partnership with the University of Strathclyde to support students in this fashion.
“Andrew Carnegie himself arrived in the USA as the teenage son of economic migrants. Having made his fortune he endowed the funds that established the Trust so as to permit qualified and deserving students to attend Scottish universities. Supporting these talented students, who have already been attending secondary school in Scotland, to progress to university studies continues a long tradition for the Trust.”