The University of Aberdeen has launched a new scholarship scheme in a bid to support refugees seeking higher education.
The Shining Lights initiative will offer funding for a mix of undergraduate and taught postgraduate places for at least four students in its initial stages.
Covering tuition fees, accommodation and support for living costs, the four scholarships will support refugees who have chosen to come to the UK.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor said the initiative was launched as ‘something practical’ for the university to offer in the wake of reports of refugees fleeing conflict.
He said: "Our community of students and staff has been shocked and saddened over recent months by the plight of those fleeing violence and repression, and we want to do something practical to help.
"Access to higher education is vital, not only in benefiting the individual student, but in influencing thinking and aspiration, and in changing society."
Professor Diamond added that the university hoped to expand the scholarship scheme to support more refugees in the future.