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We are a network of Further Education college staff, teachers and students working together to make education inclusive and empowering for all.

Together we raise awareness within Further Education of the issues facing people in the asylum system, offer specialised support and education, and contribute to a culture of welcome in the wider community.

A College of Sanctuary is a college that has gone above and beyond to support refugees and people seeking asylum and help raise awareness about migration and why people seek safety amongst students, staff and the wider community. Through this national award, good practice is recognised and celebrated and other institutions are then encouraged to provide more inclusive education and support.

Please note: for our purposes, we are referring to Further Education (FE) Colleges. Sixth form colleges would be under Schools of Sanctuary.

See a list of current Colleges of Sanctuary

To learn more about how a FE College can get recognition as a College of Sanctuary, please check our our new resource pack here

Please note that there is a fee of £450 for Colleges applying for the award to help support CoS UK sustain the growth of resources for FE colleges and undertake the appraisal process. This award lasts for three years. You can read more about this decision here: CoS UK Adopts FE College Accreditation Fee for Awards (


Disclaimer:  FE Colleges of Sanctuary are awarded by the City of Sanctuary UK organisation, the local CoS group and partners in good faith and we cannot be held responsible for places of sanctuary who have been awarded but no longer subscribe to our values and principles.

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