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Asylum seekers

We offer a variety of support for students who may be asylum seekers.

An asylum seeker is someone who has applied for asylum and is waiting for a decision from the UK government. If you have previously applied for asylum and received a decision, then you are technically no longer an asylum seeker.

Specialist advice

Lena Smith is our dedicated member of staff for students with an asylum-seeking status and will be your first point of contact.

Lena can help you with:

  • referral to a trauma specialised counsellor
  • support with academic-related issues including liaising with your academic department and course tutor
  • signposting to other Cardiff University services including help to apply for Student Finance if you become eligible during your studies
  • referrals to charities and other potential sources of funding
  • simply just someone to talk to if you need to.

Counselling support

Kathryn Lock is the dedicated contact for students with an asylum-seeking status who would like to know more about accessing counselling and wellbeing support at the University. Kathryn acts as a first point of contact for any students who have questions about accessing support with their mental health and wellbeing.

These are some of things Kathryn can help with:

  • talking you through the support that is available within counselling, health and wellbeing service
  • guiding you through accessing support resources online
  • helping you to complete your application for counselling and wellbeing if needed
  • signposting you to external support agencies where available
  • access to specialised trauma counselling.

You can find out more about our counselling, health and wellbeing service on the student intranet.

Contact us

You can contact Lena and Kathryn through Student Connect.

Student Connect

Living in Cardiff

Cardiff is recognised as a City of Sanctuary and is committed to:

  • Encouraging an acceptance of people’s culture, skills and differences and viewing them as a positive addition to the city.
  • Demonstrating a shared commitment to promoting an environment of sanctuary throughout Cardiff where people feel supported and welcomed.
  • Creating relationships, community cohesion and inclusion.

There are a number of organisations in Cardiff that can offer you support. These include:

Cardiff STAR (Student Action for Refugees)

A student society committed to welcoming refugees and standing up for human rights. Cardiff STAR is involved in campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering. One of their campaigns is to achieve University of Sanctuary status - an initiative to embed a culture of welcome to those seeking asylum at Cardiff University.

Refugee and Asylum Seeker voices are essential in this process. Get in touch with STAR if you would be interested in working with them on this project. You can join the Cardiff STAR Facebook group or join the Cardiff STAR Student Volunteering group on Facebook.

Welsh Refugee Council

The Welsh Refugee Council empowers asylum seekers and refugees to build new futures in Wales and help create a society where respect and equality for all comes first. They have an office in Cardiff.

Oasis Cardiff

Oasis Cardiff is a non-profit charity that aims to help refugees and asylum seekers integrate within their local community in Cardiff.