The UCD University of Sanctuary programme offers a welcoming and supportive environment to students of refugee backgrounds. Refugees and International Protection Applicants face numerous barriers to accessing higher education in Ireland, and UCD is committed to breaking down these barriers and creating opportunities for these students to fully participate in higher education. As a University of Sanctuary, UCD supports up to 50 Sanctuary students annually.

Photo: Members of the Arthur Cox EMBRACE network in Belfield in May 2024 along with two UCD student recipients of the UCD Sanctuary scholarship.
Photo: Members of the Arthur Cox EMBRACE network in Belfield in May 2024 along with UCD students Hellen Sichela and Courtney Fulfilled, recipients of the UCD Sanctuary scholarship.

Arthur Cox’s Support and Engagement
With a rich history of over 100 years, Arthur Cox is committed to making a positive impact on society through various philanthropic and community engagement activities.

As a philanthropic partner, UCD Access and Lifelong Learning and UCD Foundation will collaborate with Arthur Cox on regular engagement opportunities for Sanctuary students, including mentoring, with the aim of increasing students’ confidence, knowledge of the professional world, and sense of belonging in Ireland.

“Arthur Cox is delighted to support the UCD University of Sanctuary programme. We believe in the power of education to transform lives and are committed to helping refugees and International Protection Applicants overcome the barriers they face,” said Joanelle O’Cleirigh, Partner from Arthur Cox.

UCD’s Commitment to Inclusivity
UCD has pioneered a University for All approach, aiming to become a fully inclusive and diverse institution. This approach ensures the creation of a level playing field so that every student – regardless of background, age, or circumstance – feels welcome, valued, and a sense of belonging.

Students in the UCD University of Sanctuary Programme receive a range of financial, academic, and personal supports to help them succeed and flourish at UCD. The programme covers course fees and provides financial assistance for eligible applicants with a forced migration background who are not otherwise eligible for state support and do not have alternative funding.

“We are incredibly grateful for Arthur Cox’s support. Their commitment will make a significant impact on the lives of our Sanctuary students, providing them with the financial stability and professional engagement necessary to thrive in their academic and personal lives,” said Bairbre Fleming, Director of UCD Access and Lifelong Learning.

For more information about the UCD University of Sanctuary programme and how you can support this initiative, please visit UCD University of Sanctuary or contact UCD Foundation.

For further information, please contact:
Sheena McLoughlin
Associate Director, Strategic Projects