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University of Sanctuary


University of Sanctuary

Newcastle University aims to provide a welcoming place of safety for all.

Newcastle awarded University of Sanctuary status

Newcastle University aims to provide a welcoming place of safety for all and was awarded University of Sanctuary Status in June 2021.

We have a long-standing commitment to offering educational, research and engagement opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.

Here are some examples of our work and initiatives:

University of Sanctuary award logo

Newcastle University Sanctuary Steering Group

  • Prof. Judith Rankin, Dean of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (Chair)
  • Prof. Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography
  • Prof. Julie Sanders, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
  • Carolyn Laws, Senior Internal Communications Manager
  • Bridget Stratford, N.E.S.T. Project Worker
  • Rosie Tapsfield, Active Inclusion Officer (City of Sanctuary) Newcastle City Council
  • Smajo Beso, Associate Lecturer
  • Sally Ingram, Director of Student Health and Wellbeing
  • Dr Lewis Turner, Lecturer in International Politics of Gender, CARA
  • Dr Matthew Prevett, Faith Support Coordinator
  • Professor Jane Robinson, PVC, Engagement and Place
  • Freya Douglas-Oloyede, EDI Adviser (Central)
  • Dr Malasree Home, Race Equality and Accreditation Adviser
  • Prof. Alison Shaw, Professor of Practice for Inclusive Learning
  • Paul Tyack, Director of Advancement
  • Irena Rencesova, Student Financial Support Team
  • Iain Garfield, Director of Estates & Facilities
  • Lynne Edis, Deputy Director (Facilities)
  • Julia Taylor, Head of Hospitality and Commercial Services
  • Briana Gordhan, Welfare & Equality Officer NUSU
  • Lucy Backhurst, Academic Registrar
  • Ana Sanchez, Therapist, Student Health and Wellbeing Service

University of Sanctuary application - December 2020