University of Sanctuary
In September 2019, St Andrews became the second University of Sanctuary in Scotland, in recognition of our commitment to ensuring St Andrews is a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for scholars and students seeking sanctuary in the UK.
A celebration event was held in March 2020 to officially award University of Sanctaury staus to St Andrews.
The St Andrews Sanctuary Scholarship supports undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK.
St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, and to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in our community. The University is pleased to launch a new Sanctuary Scholarship, specifically designed to support undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK.
Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship
There are 2 undergraduate scholarships available for 2020 entry. Applicants interested in applying for an undergraduate scholarship can find out more information on our Scholarship pages.
Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarship
There are 4 postgraduate taught scholarships and 2 postgraduate research scholarships available for 2020 entry. Applicants interested in applying for a postgraduate scholarship can find out more information on our Scholarship pages.
St Andrews Education for Palestine – Scholarship scheme (STEPS)
STEPS (St Andrews Education for Palestinian Students) was established in January 2011 as an independent charitable foundation to provide funding for Palestinian students at the University of St Andrews.
This scholarship, co-funded by STEPS and the University of St Andrews, will provide funding for up to two Palestinian students to undertake a one-year postgraduate course of study.
Applicants interested in applying to STEPS can find out more information on our Scholarship pages.
Access and outreach
To learn more about other supported pathways for studying at St Andrews, please visit the access and outreach page.
Current students who have been awarded a University of St Andrews Sanctaury Scholarship can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.
The Global Office also holds weekly student consultation hours every Wednesday from 14:00-16:00 during the academic year. Please book a virtual appointment if you would like chat with a member of the Global Office team.
The Sanctuary Operations Group was established in 2019. It brings together key colleagues from around the University to co-ordinate and support activities in relation to our University of Sanctuary status.
The objectives of the Sanctuary Operations Group are to:
- Co-ordinate relevant information sessions/ training for staff and students on what it means to be a University of Sanctuary and issues related to the provision of support for Sanctuary scholars.
- Promote and support Sanctuary events at the University, liaising with the Students’ Association, local community and external stakeholders.
- Maintain an oversight of legislation and policy in this area and the implications for St Andrews and our communities, and make recommendations to the Principal’s Office as appropriate.
- Support the University’s membership of the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara).
- Review feedback from Sanctuary scholars and enhance their welcome and experience at St Andrews wherever possible.
- Maintain an oversight of the scholarship provision and support arrangements for Sanctuary scholars and seek external support for Sanctuary initiatives.
- Ensure news about related research, teaching and other initiatives are communicated internally and externally as appropriate.
The Sanctuary Operations Group also works closely with the University of St Andrews Refugee and Forced Mobility Network and Refugee Action St Andrews (RASA) to share information more widely.
For further information about the Group and how you can support Sanctuary activities, please contact the Global Office.
Forced migration research and teaching
There is a range of research projects and centres at the University which focus on forced migration and/or (forced) migrants. Examples of research and teaching are detailed below.
The Centre for Minorities Research is an interdisciplinary platform that examines how axes of class, race/ethnicity, gender, generation, nationality, religion, and sexuality work together to inform the experiences of minorities. Cutting across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, the CMR pursues applied research on the political and social struggles of minority groups, the economic and labour market consequences of increasing diversity, and the governance and management of minorities. Understanding multicultural futures will be a central concern for governments, international organisations, academic institutions, and the general public in the coming years. The CMR provides a platform for sustainable research, networking and impact activities and a forum for outreach discussion that gets to the heart of complex questions concerning minority representation.
Reader, School of Modern Languages
I am primarily interested in the transnational circulation of people, texts, and – increasingly – of objects and cultural artefacts. I have published widely on contemporary migration. My new monograph, Writing Migration through the Body (2018), builds a study of the body as a mutable site for negotiating and articulating the transnational experience of mobility. At its core stands a selection of recent migration stories in Italian, placed into dialogue with related material from cultural studies and the visual arts. Drawing on phenomenology, anthropology, human geography and memory studies, it explores the ways in which the skin itself operates as a border, and brings to the surface the processes by which a sense of place and self are communicated through the migrant body.
PhD Candidate, School of History
Project Title: Rhetorics of Asylum in Germany and Europe
The ‘refugee crisis’ has kept Germany and Europe in suspense since the summer of 2015. Controversial arguments about potential legislative reactions to a vast influx of asylum seekers have dominated the political debate, led to a strengthening of right-wing players, and influenced the outcome of elections. The phenomenon of the past few years is not a novelty, however. Germany already experienced a political polarisation caused by what was then called Asyldebatte (asylum debate) during the 1980s and 1990s. Just like today, political actors ramped up their rhetoric and drifted into radical territory. The dispute almost paralysed German politics for a while, and it took years to resolve the issue with a legislative compromise tightening the constitutional right to asylum. Lawmakers in neighbouring countries such as France and the Netherlands reacted quite similarly. One of the main objectives of this PhD project is to prove that the asylum debate during the era of Chancellor Helmut Kohl was marked by the bipolarity between those who argued in favour of national interests and the preservation of national identity and wealth and those who argued on the basis of morality and human rights standards. That bipolarity is also represented in other political debates but nowhere as distinct as in those about immigration and asylum policy.
Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Department of Social Anthropology
Research: My research focuses on Latin American migration, gender and social inequality. I have studied Latin American diasporas in different countries in order to understand political and ethical responses to structural inequality. I am interested in showing how various social, gendered, ethical and cultural practices inform those responses which often facilitate methods and strategies of coping and persevering. My work has focused on the analysis of care and ethics in different settings. My doctoral work included the analysis of Latin American women’s lives while working as domestic and sex workers in London. Here is studied how socio-economic conditions, violence and structural inequality push migrants to move from the Global South to the Global North. I then broaden the field of my research, still with a strong focus on care, inequality and migration while studying an anti-eviction social movement in Madrid. I have also been involved in a project concerned with inequality, care and cooperation among Hispanic migrants in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My various field sites offer a comparative approach to the study of migration and people’s (particularly women) efforts and abilities to create possibilities for themselves in the face of precarious realities. My lens on care and ethics has illuminated everyday day practices of resistance but also structural conditions of inequality.
Teaching: While working as a lecture in Oxford University I taught a course for the MSc in Migration Studies and the MSc in Anthropology titled Intersectionalites: gender, sexuality, race and mobility. The course begins by providing students with a theoretical grounding in the literature on gender and migration and the ways in which the state, work, family as well as intersectional identities shape gender. It explores the links that exist between these analytical categories through an anthropological analysis of intimate labour markets, legal statuses, middle-class migrations, love and romance, queer migrations and masculinities. The course engages with postcolonial, queer and race studies in order to approach the study of gender and migration in a critical way. Adopting a comparative approach, this course draws on ethnographic examples from various regions in the developed and the developing world.
I am the director of CAS (Centre for Amerindian and Latin American Studies) and I will be leading a seminar series on Race and Racism in Latin America during the next academic year with the participation of scholars from various parts of the world.
Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Drama, School of English
Project Title: Precarious Spectatorship
My monograph Precarious Spectatorship: Theatre and Image in an Age of Emergencies explores the ways in which images are used in the service of broader political agendas to dramatize emergencies for western spectators. Part of this research involves analysing the Syrian ‘refugee crisis’ of the past decade, a term more typically used to refer to an illusory lack of space in European and North-American countries than to the appalling plight of people displaced by intolerable domestic conditions. In mainstream discourse ‘the refugee’ is often a person robbed of personhood, a malleable scapegoat produced at the level of the image to shore up the jingoistic policies of nationalist governments. Precarious Spectatorship seeks ways to productively counter this process, using live performance as a space to expose the dehumanisation of both ‘the refugee’ and ‘the spectator’.
Research Fellow, School of History
Project Title: Greeks without Greece: migration, memory, and belonging in the Mediterranean
Since 2009, I have been researching identity and the uses of the past amongst displaced communities in Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey. My monograph Greeks without Greece (Routledge, 2019) focuses on the experiences of Greek-speaking Orthodox Christians who left Istanbul and Imbros (Gökçeada) between c. 1950 and 1980 and settled in Greece. Discriminated against in Turkey on the basis of their ethnic and religious identity, these expatriates received a lukewarm reception in Greece from a government and populace who viewed them with suspicion due to their Turkish birthplace. I demonstrate that the Greeks of Turkey respond to these challenges to their legitimacy as members of the national community by drawing on the past to emphasise rather than downplay the particularities of their local heritages. I have elsewhere published on how the Greeks of Istanbul claim descent from Byzantium as a means of differentiating themselves from the inhabitants of Greece whilst also affirming that they themselves are particularly Greek (Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2014); on shifting representations of Turks/Turkey and Greeks/Greece in Istanbul Greek and Greek Cypriot oral testimonies (Modern Greek Studies, 2014); and on the use of transcultural cross-referencing by Greek expatriate memory activists (History & Memory, 2018). I am also interested in return migration, and my work on the Greek return to Imbros was featured on the BBC World Service’s Outlook programme in 2013.
Professor, Department of Film Studies
My research interests are in global (and particularly non-Western) film cultures, transnational cinema, and global film circulation. I have also published extensively on Eastern European and Balkan cinema. In my work, I investigate film history in its socio-historical and mediatic context, paying particular attention to issues of comparative critical analysis of cross-cultural representation, cultural sensibilities and diverse identities. I also have an interest in migration and its representation. I co-authored a book (with colleagues Dr Leshu Torchin and Dr William Brown) in 2010, Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe, which deals with the representation of migrations in European cinema. I am currently working on projects that are related to the representation of Roma in film, which also means representation of refugees/ migrant groups.
Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations
Dr Fiona McCallum Guiney is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations. She is trained as a political scientist and is a specialist on Middle Eastern Christianity. Dr McCallum Guiney led an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Defining and Identifying Middle Eastern Christian Communities in Europe’ (DIMECCE) 2013-16. With partners from Denmark, Poland and Belgium, the project was awarded a grant of 785,851 Euros from the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). Using the case studies of the Coptic Orthodox, Assyrians/Syriacs and Iraqi Christians in the UK, Denmark and Sweden, the project explored the internal dynamics of these communities, engagement with wider society and transnational interactions especially with Middle Eastern countries. The project team worked with government agencies and non-state actors working with migrants and refugees. For more information, see the project website.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Anthropology
Stavroula Pipyrou is a Social Anthropologists working on minority politics, particularly among the Grecanici – a Greek linguistic minority in South Italy who trace their roots back to antiquity. Her monograph “The Grecanici of Southern Italy: Governance, Violence, and Minority Politics (2016) is the first Anglophone study of the minority. She pioneered a theory of “Fearless Governance” that describes overlapping and contradictory systems of power and authority that enable the Grecanici to achieve political representation through the EU and UNESCO, state policy, civic associations and family networks. Leading from her interest in how political anthropology captures the lived-experience of minorities, she has completed an innovative mixed-method project on the long-term impacts of child displacement in South Italy. After floods in 1951/53, children were deliberately displaced by organisations on both the Left and the Right to other parts of Italy. This story, largely absent from Italian history textbooks, has led to an influential theory of how violence is inherent in humanitarian processes. In subsequent publications, she argues that silences associated with child-displacement are directly related to Cold War politics in Italy and beyond and build the political structure of the European project. Stavroula is the founding director of the Center for Minorities Research.
Lecturer, School of International Relations
My research sits at the intersection of global politics and political theory, focusing on contemporary social and political thought as a framework for analysing pressing global issues. I have a particular interest in forced migration, human rights, and citizenship. My current research is concentrated in two related issue areas: Border politics and protest: examining the protest movements and activism of irregularised migrants, with a particular focus on rights- and responsibility-claims made by protesting migrants. Civil disobedience, responsibility, and border politics: citizen activism in relation to immigration controls, with a particular focus on conceptions of citizenship and belonging manifested by such action.
My new research project Refugee and Asylum Seeker Activism in Scotland: 1999 to Present, is funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and explores the extent and nature of refugee and asylum seeker activism since the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 established Scotland as a key dispersal zone for individuals seeking protection in the UK.
Senior Lecturer and Head of Department, Department of Social Anthropology
Research: Recently I have been involved with a team working on the Windrush scandal, hence forced migration of black UK citizens to the Caribbean. I have also worked on court cases from Caribbean citizens seeking refugee status in the UK.
Teaching: I teach on the Caribbean, on cosmopolitanism/cosmopolitics and topics around perception/communication.
External activities: I have written and co-written multiple region-expert reports on migration for appellants taking cases to tribunals and courts in the UK.