The Global Opportunities Scholarship Programme, providing grants of up to £15,000 for postgraduate education, was set up in response to the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
The university’s Interim Registrar, Dean Pateman, said: “These scholarships allow us to open our doors to students facing the most extreme circumstances, offering them a sense of belonging and an opportunity to fulfil their potential.”
The programme provides a long-term package of educational and vocational support to people who are seeking asylum, or have been given leave to remain in the UK under humanitarian protection by the Home Office.
Mr Pateman said: “These are people who otherwise would have no access to any form of higher education financial aid and without these scholarships they would be unable to continue their studies and flourish as positive and influential members of society.”
Emad Alchikh Saleh, studying for an MSc in Marketing, and Hussam Abuhajjaj, studying for a PGDip in Computer Science, have each received grants to continue their academic studies after being forced to flee their homes.