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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Only two asylum seekers qualify for grant to support third-level education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“15 asylum seekers sought a grant to attend third-level education in 2016, and two were successful. The number of those who applied also dropped from 39 in 2015 to 15 in 2016. The grant scheme is operated by the Department of Education to offer financial aid to school leavers who are in the protection scheme or have come through it …” (more)

[Niamh Keating, Trinity News, 15 September]

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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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