University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education. The university’s academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 April]

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Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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University Council to Discuss Trinity’s University of Sanctuary Prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University Council will discuss the prospect of Trinity becoming a University of Sanctuary, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced in an address to staff and students this evening. Prendergast said that the President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Shane De Rís, would present to University Council on the possibility of Trinity becoming a University of Sanctuary …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 November]

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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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DCU student Shepherd Machaya’s deportation order extended following extensive campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The deportation order for DCU student Shepherd Machaya has been extended until February, according to Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) President Vito Moloney-Burke. Machaya received the news today at a meeting with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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University of Limerick students call for end to direct provision system

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to call on the university to reconsider its contract with a campus food service provider due to its ties to the direct provision system. Aramark Ireland, which provides services to three direct provision centres in Ireland, runs seven restaurants and cafes on the UL campus …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 22 October]

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DCU president adds voice to calls on Justice Minister for review of deportation case of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has added his voice to the calls on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for a review of the case of a Zimbabwean student under deportation order. Shepherd Machaya is a second year student on a degree programme in management of information technology and information systems at DCU …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and David Fleming, Independent, 19 October]

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DCU students campaign against deportation of ‘model citizen’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University are campaigning to prevent the deportation of a scholarship student who is mid-way through his college degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Teen who taught herself English, translated school books and received star results criticises ‘restrictive’ asylum-seeker education scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A young woman who taught herself English and translated two year’s worth of exam books has criticised the Government’s ‘restrictive’ education scheme for asylum seekers. Juliana (18) moved to Ireland from Albania with her mum, dad and brother when she was 14-years-old …” (more)

[Olivia McGill, Independent, 23 September]

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Third level access scheme for asylum seekers extended

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has said that it will continue to offer a scheme to provide third level financial supports to eligible asylum seekers, with applications being accepted from today. The terms of the scheme are the same as in previous years …” (more)

[Laura Fletcher, RTÉ News, 7 September]

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Third-level education scheme for asylum seekers stalls

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A Department of Education-run scheme to facilitate access to third level education for some student asylum seekers appears to have stalled. Two rounds of CAO offers have already been made, but the department has yet to announce the programme for the upcoming academic year …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 September]

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Asylum seeker in Waterford seeks €3,000 in public backing for university studies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student living in direct provision in Waterford has made an online appeal for money so he can continue his university studies …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 3 August]

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UL to offer scholarships worth €1.8 million to refugees and asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has announced that it will offer 15 new undergraduate scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers starting in September. This is in addition to 15 one-year mature student access certificate scholarships, which were first introduced last year for people living in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 20 June]

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UCD Developing Fee Supports For Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 has confirmed that UCD is planning to introduce applications for fee supports for refugees and asylum seekers. UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) will serve as the initial point of contact for refugees, asylum seekers, and those with leave to remain and subsidiary protection status …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 4 February]

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DCU becomes University of Sanctuary for people in Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Refugees in Direct Provision will be the focus of attention in DCU this week when the facility becomes the first designated University of Sanctuary in Ireland. A series of events will take place, including sport and language practice opportunities. Some students at the university will try to live on €21.60 cents for the week – the amount received by those in Direct Provision …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 29 January]

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‘Sanctuary’ UCC to give refugees full scholarships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from next September. Places of Sanctuary Ireland, a network of groups across the country that aims to raise awareness of asylum issues and aid refugees’ integration into Irish society by way of cultural engagement, has awarded UCC with the ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, along with Dublin City University and the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 19 January]

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Access to Higher Education: Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to allow greater access for those in direct provision to access higher and further education …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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