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University of Sanctuary

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

Newcastle University awarded University of Sanctuary status

Newcastle University strives to create a welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Since June 2021, the university has proudly held the University of Sanctuary Award.

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

See below some examples of our work and initiatives.

University of Sanctuary Award logo

Our work and initiatives

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