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The Article 26 projected was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Murray and Nicholas Sagovsky as a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation. Access, participation and success of forced migrants in higher education was at the core of the project's work. Article 26 was established in response to the success of the Brighter Futures' campaign in advocating and negotiating opportunities for forced migrants to study at university. Between 2010 and 2014 the project managed the recruitment, application and selection of scholarship recipients, before mainstreaming scholarships into existing university structures. September 2018, Article 26 was integrated into the Universities of Sanctuary work stream. 

Over the years Article 26 sought to collate and and share the experience and knowledge developed delivering the project. Scroll down to find a range of resources available to download. Article 26 hopes these will help you to understand what they did and how your university or university could establish or advocate for a bursary scheme. 

Please note that these resources were correct at the time of publication and should not be relied on for legal advice. If you have any further queries in relation to the resources, please email Rebecca Murray.

If you are an asylum seeker or refugee with questions about accessing university, please visit the higher education page of our website. 


'Guiding Principles on UK Sanctuary Scholars in UK Higher Education’  - this is the first of a series of six resources aimed at providing the most up to date information and best in in relation to the delivery of initiatives to support forced migrants in higher education:

‘Identifying Sanctuary Scholars’ – a guide to identifying the different groups collectively described as forced migrants and whom we would encourage universities to include in their eligibility criteria for their scholarship schemes.

‘Reaching out to Sanctuary Scholars’ – this resource outlines key outreach strategies for the promotion of sanctuary scholarships internally within universities, in the locality and via national platforms.

‘Sanctuary Scholarship Standard Application form’ – a revised and updated application form and accompanying guidance notes to support universities in the establishment of or review of their existing scholarship scheme

‘Selecting Sanctuary Scholars’ – a selection framework built on and directly connected to the revised application form, which will support universities in the process of shortlisting, interviewing and assessing the specific needs of prospective forced migrant students.



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