World Refugee Day 2022
According to UNHCR, a record 100 million people are now forcibly displaced across the world, representing 1% of the total global population. That is significantly more than the population of the United Kingdom. It is a global phenomenon requiring action.
Univ is making its own modest contribution to helping refugees through our Beacon programme and initiatives focused on helping those fleeing the war in Ukraine. We have in the past supported the work of CARA (the Council for At-Risk Academics).
The Beacon Programme
This academic year, we launched the Univ Beacon Programme with the purpose of attracting to Univ more undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers from defined under-represented backgrounds, and supporting them with grants and internship opportunities. Beacon bursaries are available to refugees and asylum seekers as well as UK citizen and Irish citizens (or EU citizens with settled or pre-settled status) students with Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi or Pakistani heritage, those who have humanitarian protection, those with limited or discretionary leave to remain, students who are care-experienced, and members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities. You can read more about the programme here.
More than 13 million people have fled their homes since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Univ has welcomed a Ukrainian family fleeing the war. They are staying in one of Univ’s properties on Woodstock Road and are being supported by the Ukrainian community in Oxford.
The College has also expressed its interest in participating in the British Academy’s Researchers at Risk Fellowships scheme. The Fellowships cover the natural sciences, medical sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and the arts. You can find out more about what Univ has been doing in relation to Ukraine here.