The University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships is delighted to have acquired the award. We acknowledge that higher education should be available to all based on merit alone, and we are pleased to offer up to four University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships to help reduce the impediments to participation in higher education faced by those seeking asylum in the UK.
The Scholarships will be awarded to about four applicants wishing to start their studies at the University of Leicester in September 2022 who can display that they can succeed academically, but face obstacles to that success.
The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. Its main campus is south of the city center, adjacent to Victoria Park. In 1957, the university’s precursor, University College, Leicester, gained university status. The university had an income of £323.1 million in 2019/20, of which £57 million was from research grants. However, the University of Leicester is known for the innovation of genetic fingerprinting, and the discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III.
The university has research groups when it comes to astrophysics, biochemistry, and genetics. The methods used in genetic fingerprinting were created and developed at Leicester in 1984 by Sir Alec Jeffreys. It also accommodates Europe’s biggest academic center for space research in which space searches have been built, most notably the Mars Lander Beagle 2, which was built in cooperation with the Open University. Moreover, Leicester Physicists (led by Ken Pounds) were critical in displaying a fundamental projection of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity– that black holes exist and are common in the universe. It is also a founding partner of the £52 million National Space Centre.
The University of Leicester is one of a small number of universities to have won the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education on more than one occasion: in 1994 for physics & astronomy and again in 2002 for genetics. In addition, in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise for the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, 74% of research activity, including 100% of its Research Environment, was organized as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, rating it 6th among UK university departments teaching archaeology and 1st for the public impact of its research. Also, the Institute of Learning Innovation within the University of Leicester is a research and postgraduate teaching group, directed by Grainne Conole. The institute has and continues to research on the UK- and European-funded schemes (over 30 as of August 2013), concentrating on topics such as educational use of podcasting, e-readers in distance education, virtual worlds, open educational resources, and open education, and learning design. The University of Leicester rated 76th in Reuters’ top 100 of Europe’s most innovative universities in 2019. The university excelled in molecular and cell biology.
The university has been rated as one of the top-performing universities in the UK for COVID-19 research, after being awarded over £10.8 million in government grants since the pandemic began. The University of Leicester now sits with the University of Oxford and University College London and has been recognized globally for its work, which includes being the first in the world to discover the link between people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds being more liable to extreme cases of coronavirus.
Worths of the Scholarship:
Each of the University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships consists of a tuition fee waiver, and a support package to be confirmed following review with our Welfare Service.
Eligibility for University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships
- Scholars must hold an offer of a place to study full-time at the University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships starting in September 2022.
- Applicants must be unable to access mainstream grants in the UK, e.g. Student Finance
- You must be in the UK, seeking asylum in the UK, or must have been granted Discretionary or Limited Leave to remain in the UK, after an asylum application.
How to Apply for University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships
Click here if you are interested in the University of Leicester Sanctuary Scholarships and want to apply. To apply for the scholarship, students must complete the application process to be regarded for the scholarship. Scholars must also apply for the scholarship by the deadline of 15 June 2022. Successful candidates will be informed during August 2022.
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