Expanding Equal Access Scholarships

The University is expanding its commitment to Equal Access Scholarships

Together in the past two years alumni, friends and colleagues at the University have made it possible for five asylum seeking students to take up places at York through fee waivers and philanthropic donations. 

These Scholarships, which open the doors to York for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to study here, have inspired such widespread support, and so the University is now extending the scheme to help fund an additional two students each year for the next three years.

Your help in providing a welcome to more asylum-seeking students, who would otherwise have the door to education closed, is much appreciated.  In the process of offering very tangible support to the students themselves, the scheme and the students it brings to York also enriches our community.

Current Equal Access Scholar, Maryam Taher, is studying for an integrated Masters in BioMedSci.

Maryam came to the UK from Iraq as a child and started school in Year 9. When she applied to UCAS she realised she wasn’t eligible for home fees or a loan from the Student Loan Company. Without the Equal Access Scholarship, she simply wouldn’t be here.

She said: “This is an amazing opportunity for me. The scholarship is life-changing as it has given me an amazing opportunity to continue my education and pursue my dreams.

“Everyone is treated the same, there are no differences between us. I feel at home and welcomed by everyone.”

Maryam hopes to specialise in haematology after completing her studies at York.

The University of York’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said:  “We are committed to removing barriers to equality through education and I am delighted that we are able to expand this scheme.

“The scholarships provide a safe and secure environment and allow people fleeing conflict a place to study, research and prosper – often students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to study at university. 

“The scheme has proved an inspiration to increasing numbers of donors, including staff, students, alumni and friends, and reflect the University’s core values of justice and equality.”