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We very much welcome enquiries from students. We are keen to contribute to the learning that might enable you to become part of an informed movement working to create safety and welcome for all people seeking sanctuary. 

Our staff time is limited so this sheet aims to support your learning. If you’d like to then follow up in person, please follow the links provided. 

Information and queries  

To find out more about the work we do:  

For facts, figures and statistics:   

For migration news and policy updates: 

For campaigns and resources: 

For information about City of Sanctuary UK:

Placement guidelines

  • A reasonable time commitment of (at least 1 day per week for 3 – 6 months)  
  • Attending induction training   
  • Receive regular and frequent supervision from your tutor, or another member of the university staff, who can support you with your placement  
  • Following CoSS policies and procedures and the CoSS Code of Conduct  

If you are interested in a placement with CoSS, please contact Alexi Dimond on [email protected] 

Research project guidelines

We are occasionally able to support research projects, although our capacity to do so is limited. We will only consider collaboration with researchers who meet the following criteria:  

  • The research will add value and bring benefit for people with lived experience of seeking sanctuary  
  • It will be of good quality, necessary and ethical
  • It will be practical and proportionate, in terms of the commitment expected of CoSS staff, volunteers and people seeking sanctuary  
  • The research questions and the project as a whole should be created and led by or, minimally, co-produced with people with lived experience of the asylum process and migration to the UK  
  • There should be proper funding for any participants, to cover their expenses and to pay for their time (when possible under asylum and immigration law), at a fair rate of pay.  

If you wish to discuss a research project with CoSS, please contact Tom Martin on [email protected]