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University of Sanctuary Ireland  (UoSI) is an Irish initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and other education institutes welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. We want to spread this culture of welcome across the institutions of higher education all over the island.

Across the Island of Ireland, many universities and colleges, public and private, have pledged to support those newcomers seeking sanctuary in Ireland. Currently Dublin City UniversityUniversity of Limerick, University College Cork, University College DublinNUI Galway, Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin have received the University of Sanctuary Award,  and Athlone IT is the first College of Sanctuary in Ireland. Many other colleges across the island are working on obtaining the designation of the title, too.

Click on logos to access further information from each Higher Education Institution.



If you are interested in helping your higher education institution to become a Place of Sanctuary too, please read the guidelines and evaluation criteria below:

Guidelines to become a university/college of Sanctuary in Ireland

UoSI Evaluation Template

You may also like to look into the experiences of and resources for higher education institutions in our sister network Universities of Sanctuary UK.

Get in Touch: 

The current Chairperson of UoSI is Dr Veronica Crosbie, DCU <[email protected]>
Please feel free to get in touch with the University of Sanctuary Ireland Committee at <[email protected]> for further enquiries.




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