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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Aramark Responds to ‘Aramark off UCD Campus’ Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In response to the launch of the campaign to boycott Aramark on UCD campus, Aramark have released a statement to the University Observer. Aramark provide catering for three out of the 35 direct provision centres in Ireland. The boycott campaign has been set up by students who believe Aramark are profiting from a system in which asylum seekers are ill-treated …” (more)

[Aoife Hardesty, University Observer, 9 February]

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Aramark Off UCD Campus set to Officially Launch Campaign on Wednesday

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off UCD Campus, a student group formed to boycott the presence of catering company Aramark on campus, due to their involvement with the Direct Provision system, is set to officially launch their campaign on Wednesday, 7th February. Students first began to boycott the canteen in the Gerard Manley Hopkins building last November …” (more)

[College Tribune, 6 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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UCD students to launch boycott of Aramark campaign on February 7

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at University College Dublin (UCD) are launching a campaign to boycott the catering company Aramark on February 7. The students are lobbying for UCD to end ties with the business, who caters for three direct provision centers across Ireland. A representative for the lobby group spoke to Trinity News …” (more)

[Seana Davis, Trinity News, 27 January]

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USI Protest Against Aramark Due To Mistreatment In Direct Provision Centres

Posted in Life on January 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have staged a protest outside of retailer Avoca on Suffolk Street, Dublin, in protest against the Aramark-owned company’s connections to direct provision centres in Ireland. Students of Trinity College Dublin also organised a boycott of the Aramark-run caterer on campus, Westland Eats, in November …” (more)

[Samantha Calthrop, UCC Express, 17 January]

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Students to Protest Outside Hamilton Cafes

Posted in Governance and administration on January 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students will protest outside the Westland Eats food outlets in the Hamilton building – run by Aramark, the company criticised for its involvement in direct provision centre – in its ‘first direct action’ on Trinity campus. The protest will take place next Wednesday and is being run by the Aramark off our Campus campaign group, which aims to end Trinity’s contract with the company …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy and Niamh Egleston, University Times, 16 January]

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USI protest against Avoca over direct provision ties

Posted in Governance and administration on December 24th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) held a protest today outside Avoca on Suffolk Street due to its ties with Aramark. The USI is calling on Avoca to end its ties with Aramark, the company that provides food to direct provision centres in Cork, Limerick and Meath. Aramark bought Avoca in 2015 from the Pratt family for €59.9 million …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan, Trinity News, 23 December]

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Students to Protest Avoca and Aramark over Direct Provision Links

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students Ireland (USI) have announced that they are to protest outside Avoca on Suffolk Street in Dublin this Saturday. The action is to highlight to shoppers the ties that Avoca has with Aramark, a global company who owns Avoca. The Union are calling for Avoca management to cut ties with Aramark in the New Year as part of Avoca’s New Years Resolution. Aramark run three direct provision centres in Ireland as well as providing much of the catering services within UCD …” (more)

[College Tribune, 20 December]

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USI to Protest Against Avoca’s Links to Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Avoca is owned by Aramark, which provides food to direct provision centres. The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) will hold a protest outside Avoca on Saturday. The national union is calling on the company to end its relationship with Aramark, a US company that provides food in direct provision centres …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 19 December]

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UCD Students Begin Boycott of Aramark Catering

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students in UCD are boycotting campus food services supplied by Aramark Catering, because of the company’s work with Direct Provision housing. In 2013, Aramark secured the tenure to create an International Food Court in Gerard Manley Hopkins building, above the Global Lounge …” (more)

[College Tribune, 26 November]

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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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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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