Both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent University had put in applications to become Universities of Sanctuary but in a rare initiative, after consultation with City of Sanctuary, the universities are working together to put in a joint bid for University of Sanctuary status. The universities have worked together for many years in the Universities for Nottingham project so it made sense for them to work together on this as well.
Maryam Taher, Universities of Sanctuary coordinator for City of Sanctuary said: “We are delighted to support the universities to be recognised as Universities of Sanctuary. This is the first joint pledge between two universities to provide the most welcome and accessible environment possible to people seeking sanctuary, and it is wonderful to see their collaborative commitment to this important initiative”.
Cora Lindsay, who is part of the steering committee from Nottingham University working on the bid said “The two universities work together in many ways, including through the Universities for Nottingham initiative. Both institutions already do considerable work with sanctuary seeking communities in the city and world wide. We are looking forward to collaborating further on all these projects and to establishing ourselves as Universities of Sanctuary who offer a welcoming and supportive environment to sanctuary seekers.”
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