University of Sanctuary

MU was officially designated as a University of Sanctuary (UoS)  in February 2020 in recognition of its initiatives to promote a culture of welcome for refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into the university community. The Sanctuary Award is an initiative of University of Sanctuary Ireland (UoSI) to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and institutes welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. The Award aims to spread this culture of welcome across the institutions of higher education all over the island.

As part of its commitments under the UoS process, MU established a Sanctuary Scholarships Scheme for students from an asylum seeking or refugee background wishing to study at the University.

A MU Sanctuary Committee was set up to govern UoS activities, this is chaired by Dr Clíodhna Murphy and composed of staff and external experts, guided by the Dean FSS and VP-EDI.

Please contact sanctuary@mu.ie if you are interested in finding out more.