A UNIVERSITY has been recognised for its efforts to welcome and support forced migrants.

The University of Sussex is one of 15 universities in the UK to be made a University of Sanctuary, which is a status awarded by the nationwide Cities of Sanctuary project.

Assessors particularly commended the university’s scholarships for asylum seekers, its research on sanctuary-related matters and Migration Law Clinic.

Vice chancellor Adam Tickell said: “I’m immensely proud of the vital work carried out at Sussex to make a difference to sanctuary seekers and that this has been recognised by City of Sanctuary UK.

“We know that, despite the transformative power of education, only three per cent of young refugees globally have access to higher education.

“At Sussex, we will continue to strive to open up access to an academic future and provide a warm welcome to those who seek sanctuary.”