University of Sanctuary Working Group
In January 2018, UCC was granted University of Sanctuary stauts. "UCC’s Sanctuary Status is a marker not just of what has been achieved in UCC, but an indicator of the need for sustained and creative work to support asylum seekers and refugees locally and internationally, according to UCC’s (then) Senior Vice President, Professor Caroline Fennell." https://www.ucc.ie/en/news/ucc-named-university-of-sanctuary-launches-scholarship-scheme-for-refugees-1.html
UCC’s University of Sanctuary mission is to ensure that UCC is a place where (a) people learn about what it means to seek sanctuary; (b) develop a sustainable culture of welcome for asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants and (c) share good practice with other institutions.
The work has progressed through the efforts of the University of Sanctuary Working Group USWG) and its sub-groups and committees. Membership of the group comprises staff and students in UCC as well as external stakeholders who are working with and for asylum seekers in Cork.
Sub-committees and working groups are as follows:
Sanctuary Scholarships Committee - this group oversees the UCC Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme
Finance Sub-Committee - this group oversees the raising and dispersal of University of Sanctuary funds
Advocacy Working Group - this group advocates for the identified priorities of the USWG
In 2019, the UCC USWG was very pleased to be awarded the prestigious MacJannet Prize by the Talloires Network, which is given to recognise exceptional student community engagement initiatives.