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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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 Expenditure: Returning Emigrants and Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 12th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of providing 100 higher education places for students of returning emigrants or those that came through the direct provision service; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 11 April]

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Supports for students in the protection system to continue – Minister Bruton

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today (Friday) announced his decision to continue the Pilot Student Support Scheme for those in the protection system for 2016/17. The Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, provides supports in line with the current Student Grant Scheme to eligible school leavers who are in the protection system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 3 June]

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Student Grant Scheme – Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Pringle (Donegal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the reasons each of the 37 applications for student support under the scheme aimed at making third level education accessible for young persons in the direct provision system were rejected; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 May]

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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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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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College fees could be reduced for asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that she is determined that students who have been in the asylum system in Ireland for five years will be entitled to pay the same fees as Irish students from September …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 8 April]

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Students say Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers – survey

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A survey of 1,000 students and academic staff has found that more than half believe Ireland should be ‘more accommodating’ to asylum seekers. The survey of 1,000 people in CIT Bishopstown campus over two days in October also found that 72% believed those living in direct provision (DP) should have access to grants for third-level education …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 29 November]

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