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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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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