• Thanks to the kindness of everyone involved we reached our target - thank you! If you'd still like to support us further, you can do so by clicking here

One Education

A project by: YuStart


WE RAISED £10,779

from 304 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 01 Jul 2017
Help fund asylum-seeking scholarships at the University of York

Each year, graduating students campaign to raise funds for a cause that affects their campus. This year we voted to support Equal Access Scholarships with the Class of 2017 Appeal, aptly named One Education . These scholarships offer asylum-seeking students the chance to study at York, in a safe and secure place. Together we can help more students and make a huge difference to their futures.

If everyone at the University of York gave £1.50 each we would have enough to support 2 asylum seeking students for one full year!

But you don't need to be a student to get involved! Anyone can give and show their support for asylum seeking students and if you give now the University of York Alumni and friends have pledged to match all donations up to £5,000 through YuFund!

Watch Kawa's thank you video here!

The Barriers...

Asylum-seekers in the UK have already overcome many challenges; however, they still face an uphill struggle where further education is concerned. Unfortunately with no access to student loan support and with international tuition fee rates, the door of education can remain shut. What is the future going to look like if people seeking protection cannot learn the skills they need to build a future?

This is why we need your support in raising funds to provide scholarships for asylum-seeking students wishing to study here at York.

The solution...

Last year the University of York opened its doors to its first two Equal Access Scholars, Kawa and Maryam. Students like Kawa and Maryam overcome a series of almost unimaginable obstacles to study at York, like learning a new language and adjusting to a whole new life, with the Equal Access Scholarships the University has helped to make things a bit easier.

With the growing humanitarian crisis, the University of York has since pledged to give five more asylum-seeking students fee-free access to a York degree this year. However, even with their fees covered, each student needs £10,660 per year to cover their living costs and so far we have funding for just three students to join us in October as Equal Access Scholars.

Coming to university is about more than just studying. These scholarships offer the students a chance to truly engage with university life, join clubs and societies and make friends, things we can easily take for granted. The University of York has long been a place of safety for those in need, help continue this proud legacy at a time of unrest and uncertainty.

Welcome someone to York by making a donation today and by sharing our YuStart page.

We have some brilliant rewards to say thank you for your support from personalised thank yous to getting a shout out at graduation so make sure you have a look!

And don't forget to Tweet us-




1 week, 2 days ago

We wanted to share just one of our ways of saying thank you for your kindness. Below is our One Education donor banner which has pride of place in the Exhibition Centre on campus, where our fellow graduates are congregating before, and after, their special moment.

If you were an anonymous donor, we've kept your name to ourselves and thanked all 117 of you as a group.

And of course, a special thank you to those donors who gave £75 who we've highlighted in red!

Thank you all so much.

3 weeks, 5 days ago

Wow! We've reached 100% of our target. On behalf of the Class of 2017 thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. It is thanks to you that we can now provide a full scholarship to another incredibly deserving asylum seeking student in September. We are so excited to welcome them to our wonderful York community.

We have been humbled by the response to our campaign from alumni, students, staff, friends and family and hope that it inspires the Class of 2018 to follow in our footsteps next year. We look forward to seeing what they do.

Please keep sharing our project as all additional donations to One Education will of course go towards Equal Access Scholarships here at York.

1 month, 1 week ago

You have helped us reach 83% of our target, thank you SO much for your kindness. We have just over two weeks left in the One Education campaign and we're excited to reach our goal.

Two of our Class of 2017 Ambassadors got together to make a special video for all of our amazing supporters, we hope you enjoy it. Please keep sharing the project and thank you again for all of your support.


1 month, 2 weeks ago

You'll know, as a supporter of the campaign, that as a team of final year students it is our aim to leave a legacy of our time here. What better way than to open doors to other people who would not otherwise have the opportunity that we've had.

Last week we shared our appeal widely with staff at the Uni, and their response has been amazing.  One Education received 75 donations in 2 days!! To all staff who have given to our appeal in the last week - you are incredible! Thank you so much.

We've been humbled by your generosity and support which has taken us so close to achieving our goal. Just look at where we are, 3/4 of the way there.

Thank you for your help in continuing to share - together we know we will reach our goal!

1 month, 4 weeks ago

What a difference a week makes! You and our growing band of supporters have more than trebled our support – through gifts, through dedication and through sharing this great cause!

In 7 days, thanks to your generosity, we’ve leapt from 10% to 33% of our overall target. That’s an amazing £3,519! Thank you so much.

The committee that considers applications for the Equal Access Scholarships meets on 15 June, and it would be great to be able to give them the good news that you have funded an additional year’s support for someone who otherwise would not have this opportunity.

Thanks for continuing to share and ask others to help to make a bigger difference to a student at York this October.

2 months ago


We're completely blown away by the support this campaign has seen in such a short amount of time! Whether you've given £1 or £100 each gift is putting us that little bit closer to our target and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you!

We've now hit the £1,000 mark, 10% of our overall target, so please share this page with your friends, families, coworkers and anyone who may wish to give and please, keep donating. The University of York has long been a place of safety for those in need, with your help we can continue this proud legacy by welcoming at least one more asylum-seeking student to the University of York this October.

Thank you!

YuFund matchfunded £5000

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Many congratulations on reaching your target.

Fantastic cause!

Support students with their education

All the best God Bless

encourage everyone who is at the University all people to donate an amount you suggested £1.50 So you can get more refugee students there. All the best God Bless All the best Go

What a lovely idea - keep up the good work!

Great Class of 2017 Appeal! Good luck, and thanks for this chance to welcome some pretty amazing people to York for a world class education

Best of luck in reaching the target

Keep up the good work people and look forward to welcoming our new students!

All the best! My warmest regards to the organizing committee!

Lovely idea good luck x

I hope that as many people as possible are able to receive the same opportunities I have been fortunate enough to experience here at York. Good luck!

Fantastic work, I really hope you can make your target.

Yay! Well done everyone!

Good luck in generating all of the funds you need to support the aims of this project and to deliver the opportunities that will be so beneficial to the recipients of it. Great work and all the best to all involved and particularly those who's futures can be changed by it.

You're doing a fantastic thing to support a very worthy community of students who deserve the best education and recognition of their abilities. Thank you!