Government should support students in Direct Provision progress to third level – O’Loughlin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration Fiona O’Loughlin TD has raised concern over the treatment of second level students in Direct Provision who wish to progress to third level …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 17 August]

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Govt extends college grants scheme for asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A college grants scheme for asylum seekers is being extended. The Education Minister Richard Bruton today announced the pilot student grant programme will continue for the new college year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 10 August]

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Scholarships to be given to people in Direct Provision as UL becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. The university is awarding 17 academic scholarships to people aged 22 who live in Direct Provision …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 19 June]

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Third Level Admissions Assistance – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 23rd, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way he will facilitate greater access to third level education for young asylum seekers as recommended in the McMahon report in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 February]

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Dublin City University designated as a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has been designated as a ‘University of Sanctuary’ in recognition of a range of initiatives demonstrating commitment to welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into the university community and to fostering a culture of inclusion for all. DCU is the first Irish university to receive this designation …” (more)

[DCU, 21 December]

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No asylum in Ireland’s education system

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“You’ve fled war and poverty. You’ve taken your children across the sea on a rickety boat and hoped to survive. After many sleepless, hungry distressed months, you find yourself in Ireland and thank your lucky stars that your children will have an opportunity to get a good education …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 25 October]

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Third Level Education – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandGerry Adams (Louth, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if asylum seekers who arrived here as children and have completed their second-level education and leaving certificate will be permitted to attend third-level educational institutions; and to set out the financial supports they may be eligible to apply for …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 September]

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Star student is granted the right to remain in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An asylum seeker who received anonymous donations of about €20,000 to pay for her first year at Trinity College Dublin has been granted the right to remain in Ireland …” (more)

[David Looby, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Just two asylum seeking students get grants for third-level accessibility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only two asylum-seeking students have benefited from a scheme aimed at making third-level education accessible for those already living here long term. The Department of Education received 39 applications for student supports under the scheme announced last August …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 23 May]

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Asylum seeker says being in university is ‘a dream come true’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“An asylum seeker who was at the centre of controversy surrounding access to third-level education has described how being in university is a ‘dream come true’ …” (more)

[Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 21 November]

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Asylum seekers to receive student grants for first time

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Third-level student grants will be available to asylum seekers for the first time from next month under changes announced by Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan. The changes were recommended by High Court judge Bryan McMahon in his recent report on the direct provision system and will be rolled out on a pilot basis initially …” (more)

[Fiach Kelly, Irish Times, 28 August]

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Students in Protection System to Gain Access to Student Supports from September 2015

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today announced that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015. The proposal has long been advocated by Minister O’Sullivan and was one of the recommendations …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 28 August]

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Stop the nitpicking over the provision of third level opportunity for asylum seeker students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The bureaucracy and unnecessary delay involved in waiving college fees for those asylum seeker students who qualify for entry to third level education is a disappointing development. It adds to the stress experienced by students and their families at a time when they should be celebrating …” (more)

[Irish Times, 27 August]

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Asylum seekers may receive funding for college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority has said it will ‘look sympathetically’ on funding college places for asylum seekers this year. However, it will ‘need clarity’ from the Minister for Education on plans to allow them access third-level in the same way as European Union nationals …” (more)

[Kitty Holland, Irish Times, 26 August]

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Asylum-seeking students are valuable for our future

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Anyone who wants an economically strong Ireland should give quiet thanks to Anna Kern. The Ukrainian-born student achieved close to the highest possible marks on her Leaving Cert last week – 575 – and yet, due to the utter absurdity and short-sightedness of asylum and immigration policy here, did not qualify for funding for third-level education …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 20 August]

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Ukrainian student to get RCSI place without fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will on Monday offer Ukrainian asylum-seeking Leaving Cert graduate Anna Kern a place on its physiotherapy course free of charge …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 15 August]

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Asylum seekers to get chance of third-level with free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of asylum seekers could be given the chance of a third-level education by the removal of annual fees upward of €15,000 a year after Government backing for a plan to support them. The move will also make attendance more financially manageable for those who have already started college with the assistance of charity or sponsorship, as they will also qualify for free tuition and access to grant support …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 15 August]

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Direct provision student who received 575 points told to accept college offer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaving cert student living in direct provision has been told to accept a CAO offer of a college place on Monday, although doubts remain over how exactly she will be able to attend university …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 14 August]

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Call for asylum seeker access to third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A Limerick school principal has called on the Government to introduce financial supports for teenagers living in the Direct Provision system who wish to enter third level education …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 12 August]

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Students in direct provision working hard for college place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Leaving Certificate exams are almost finished. It’s a difficult time for any student, but for asylum seekers living in direct provision there is another layer of stress. For two Galway students, the exams have been a particularly arduous time …” (more)

[Sinead O’Shea, Irish Times, 18 June]

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