The renowned London art school Goldsmiths has created six new scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers as a response to the ongoing European refugee crisis. The scholarships are to be offered by the college as part of its response to the ongoing displacement crisis. Worth more than £140,000 a year in total, the scholarships are being offered to three undergraduate students and three postgraduate students.
Under the funding the full-time students’ teaching and accommodation fees will be waived. They will also receive maintenance bursaries of up to £10,000 a year – marking a significant increase in Goldsmiths’ funding for those affected by events in the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The scholarships will be split between Goldsmiths’ three academic Schools, with one undergraduate and one postgraduate from each School chosen to receive the help.The funding will be available to those students classified as asylum seekers, or those awaiting the outcome of an asylum application, who have been offered a place to study at Goldsmiths.
Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, said: “We have never seen events like those which unfolded over the summer. Those images and stories compelled us to act – we simply could not stand by and do nothing. Goldsmiths is in a position of real privilege to be able to help, initially with these scholarships but also by developing an ongoing academic response to this terrible crisis.”
Danny Nasr, Goldsmiths Students’ Union Education Officer said: “Education is the most powerful and sustainable resource on the planet. To those with nothing, and to those who have lost everything, education is the only meaningful mechanism of rebellion; the only meaningful mechanism of change.
“We are honoured to announce that Goldsmiths will be offering six full-time scholarships plus living bursaries open to refugees and asylum seekers worldwide.”