Information for current students in receipt of a Sanctuary Scholarship. Prospective students can find out about eligibility criteria and application process on our funding pages.
Information and support
- STAR and Sanctuary Scholar legal fund and buddy scheme
- Advice and support
- Practical support
- Academic support
- Student community and events
STAR (Student Action for Refugees)
STAR is one of 50 groups around the UK and part of a national student charity which welcomes refugees to the UK. You can join STAR if you want to, but you don't have to be a member to access support. As well as campaigning for refugee rights and educating people about the asylum process STAR also coordinates support for our Sanctuary Scholars which includes:
Sanctuary Scholar legal fund
Students from Bristol SU’s Amnesty International and STAR (Student Action for Refugees) have combined forces with Bristol Students’ Union to set up a new Sanctuary Scholar Legal Fund which will be accessible by Sanctuary Scholars who don’t qualify for legal aid for any legal costs they may incur relating to their immigration status.
You can find STAR on Facebook at ‘Bristol STAR’ and on Instagram @starbristol. Or if you have any queries email us at BristolSTAR@outlook.com
Free, confidential advice and support
During your time in Bristol you will face challenges, but we have a range of support to help you through difficulties. As well as the full list of student support the below links may also be useful. See confidentiality statement.
- See a full list of student support
- Student Health Service and UK health services guide
- Student Visa Service
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students
- Prejudice or harassment advice and support
You will be allocated a Personal Tutor or Supervisor (research students only) who can help with academic or personal development and advice on your studies. Contact your school for more information.
- Confidential academic support and adjustments for a health problem, mental health issue or disability. See confidentiality statement.
- Subject librarian for subject support
- Centre for Academic Language and Development - academic literacy courses for students at all levels
- Study Skills workshops for students at all levels
- Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) are weekly study sessions for undergraduates
- The Just Ask service provides confidential, independent advice on University policies, processes and procedures (including appeals, extenuating circumstances, changing course, and disciplinary action)
- Bristol Futures
Student community and events
- See current student event listings and opportunities here.
- The Global Lounge events, celebrating cultural diversity
- Weekly Language Café
- Over 400 sports and interest clubs
- Representation from Bristol SU which is independent of the university
- SU Networks- groups include International students', BME, Disabled students', LGBT+ and Postgraduate networks
- The Multifaith Chaplaincy offers support and regular events for students of all faiths and no faith
- Sport, Exercise and Health including a free online programme
- Bristol Doctoral College - support, training and events for research students
- Bristol International Student Centre (BISC) - an external charity with a Christian ethos open to all students.
Racism, harassment and prejudice
If you experience or witness incidents of racism, prejudice, or harassment, please report this as unacceptable behaviour:
- You can report anonymously, or give your name and receive follow up contact and support. Our reporting unacceptable behaviour page explains more about how to make a report and what will happen next
- Contact the police (by visiting your local police station or by phone)
- Contact SARI for free, confidential support
- Get wellbeing support, or access culturally appropriate counselling for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students
- Find out more about Anti-Racism at Bristol
- How to report hate crimes and Sinophobia on-campus / 如何举报仇恨犯罪和仇外心理
Postgraduate Research students can also:
- Get information and support from the staff Acceptable Behaviour Service