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Queen Mary Alumni

Sanctuary Support Fund

Stand with our Sanctuary Students

We believe that education should be accessible to all, regardless of background. Your gift will provide financial support to our Sanctuary Students who have sought refuge and learning in the UK.

Around the world, more people than ever in history are being forced to flee conflict and persecution to find safety and sanctuary elsewhere.

Queen Mary University was founded in the belief that education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of background. It is a special place with the best record amongst all the Russell Group universities in England for recruiting students from lower-income families. Our diversity is our strength and something that we are all inherently proud of. 

The Sanctuary Support Fund will provide additional financial assistance to Queen Mary's students who are asylum seekers or have a temporary immigration status awarded as a result of a claim for asylum.

We are reaching out to our vibrant and diverse community for this important appeal to raise vital funds to support Queen Mary’s Sanctuary Students. 

Donate now 

“I had to pay high fees for student housing as I had no connections to find a roommate. Supporting my family financially was another significant challenge. The pressure to maintain my visa status and the £2,000 cost of visa renewal for my family and I added to my financial burden.”
— David, Biomedical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Read David’s full story.

Many of our Sanctuary Students have faced seemingly insurmountable challenges before even starting their first day at Queen Mary. With wars and unrest around the globe, the need to help students displaced by conflict has never been greater, but together, with your support, we can make such a difference.

Donations to this appeal will support the Queen Mary Sanctuary Support Fund as well as enable the University to respond to challenges as they arise and ensure we can continue to make transformational changes to society and the world around us.

If you would like to discuss the impact of your giving or learn more about making a bespoke gift, please contact Gary Surridge, Head of Development, at 

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