Colleges Should Open Accommodation to Direct Provision Students, Says USI

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2020 by steve

“Universities should use their empty accommodation to house direct provision residents and other ‘vulnerable’ students, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said. The call comes after the Department of Justice and Equality wrote to university presidents urging them to provide alternative accommodation for students in direct provision …” (more)

[Molly Furey, University Times, 17 April]

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Student campaign ‘not a factor’ in decision to leave Trinity, say Aramark

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The catering company Aramark, who until recently operated cafés in Trinity’s Hamilton building have said that the student campaign Aramark Off Our Campus ‘was not a factor’ in the company’s decision to end their contract with College in December …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 22 January]

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Another Week, Another Deportation Case at Third-Level. When Will the State Learn?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level’s airwaves were taken up by a dishearteningly familiar conversation this week when yet another student – Hamza Khan, a University of Sanctuary scholar in University College Cork – looked down the barrel of a deportation order against him and his family. This time, the government backtracked quite quickly, with Tánaiste Simon Coveney informing the family that the government would review their case …” (more)

[University Times, 19 January]

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Immigration campaigner revokes bequest to UCC over Khan family support

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Immigration campaigner Áine Ní Chonaill has said she is revoking a bequest worth ‘several hundreds of thousands’ of euro to University College Cork (UCC) over its support for a family seeking asylum in Ireland. The founder of Immigration Control Platform, which wants tougher immigration rules, said she made her will in 2009, leaving almost her entire estate to the university, where the former Cork school teacher studied …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 17 January]

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UCC gives update on Khan family deportation

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork’s Students’ Union and Sanctuary Working Group have issued a joint statement in relation to the Khan family’s deportation order. Four brothers Hamza, Zubair, Umair and Mutjuba Khan, along with their sister Shazadi and parents Mubeen and Hina Mubeen, were facing deportation from Ireland after being refused international protection …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, EchoLive, 17 January]

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Cork school and wider community celebrate: Minister to review asylum application of Cork-based family facing deportation

Posted in Life on January 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The justice minister has pledged to review the asylum application of a Cork-based family facing deportation. The Khan family have been living in direct provision since arriving in Ireland from Saudi Arabia in 2017 …” (more)

[EchoLive, 15 January]

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Solidarity Demonstration Mounted At UCC In Support Of Hamza Khan And His Family

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Hamza Khan and his family have been issued with a deportation order. Staff and students gathered at the college to support the Khan family in a demonstration organised by the college’s student union …” (more)

[Red FM, 14 January]

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Student living in Direct Provision says jail would be ‘better than being here’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on January 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“An asylum seeker in Direct Provision has highlighted how difficult it can be to undertake third-level education while living in unsuitable accommodation. Lesley Mkoko (51) is a mature student in his second year studying sociology at University College Dublin (UCD) through the University of Sanctuary scheme …” (more)

[, 5 January]

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USI Calls for National Framework on Students’ Union Autonomy

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on the government to recognise the autonomy of students’ unions, arguing a national framework is a necessity if students are to hold their colleges to account …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 20 December]

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A Withering Critique of Direct Provision – Which Ignores Third-Level Entirely

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In today’s Ireland, third-level education is for many students a basic part of growing up. For most, college or university is the bridge between childhood and adulthood, and a degree is a prerequisite for many careers. Whether or not this is a good thing isn’t clear: many experts have argued that we should broaden our view of education, and that we’re too wedded to the idea of going to college …” (more)

[University Times, 15 December]

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Third-Level Education ‘Forgotten’ in New Direct Provision Report, Says USI

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has today attacked a new Oireachtas report on direct provision, arguing it does not do enough for students seeking asylum when it comes to access to third-level education …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 December]

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DCU student issued with deportation order

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 31st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Mehwish Saquib, a student at Dublin City University (DCU) has stated on Twitter that she has this morning received a deportation order from the Department of Justice. Saquib described the news as ‘devastating – for me and my family’ …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 30 October]

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DCU students create petition to stop deportation of fellow student

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University (DCU) are urging the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to stop the deportation of a fellow student. An online petition has been launched today by its Students Union to prevent Mehwish Saqib from being deported …” (more)

[Michelle McGlynn,, 2 October]

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NUI Galway Becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has become Ireland’s sixth third-level institute to receive University of Sanctuary status for efforts made to include asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Leaving Cert students in direct provision face barriers to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Stanley Petlane joined the more than 58,000 Leaving Cert students around the country in nervously opening the envelope containing his exam results on Tuesday morning. He was relieved he had done well and pleasantly surprised by his high score in physics …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if residents of an accommodation centre are eligible for a SUSI grant or other educational grants …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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DCU Launches New Scholarships for Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced 20 new scholarships for asylum seekers, including five offering fee waivers for on-campus undergraduate degrees. A tweet from DCU yesterday said the new scholarships, which will offer 15 online courses to refugees and asylum seekers and 5 fee waivers …” (more)

[Andy Keenan, University Times, 21 June]

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IUA and the Irish Refugee Council welcome changes to a Support Scheme to allow more young people in direct provision enter Irish higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To mark World Refugee Day, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are delighted to jointly welcome a rule change in the Department of Education and Skills Student Support Scheme for students living in direct provision, which will allow a greater number of young people in or having come through direct provision to gain a financially supported place in an Irish university …” (more)

[IUA, 20 June]

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Criteria eased for asylum seekers to attend third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has lowered the eligibility criteria for a scheme which enables asylum seeker students to go on to third level education here. The change comes amid criticism that the programme was too restrictive. School leavers applying to the Student Support Scheme must now have spent three years in the Irish education system, as opposed to five years as was previously required …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 4 June]

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