Continuation and expansion of Student Support Scheme for asylum seekers in the international protection system announced by Minister Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, today (Friday, 27 August 2021) announced further improvements to the Student Support Scheme for eligible students in the international protection system to access third-level education for 2021/2022 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 27 August]

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Trinity’s path to becoming a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Governance and administration on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has become the sixth university to have received the University of Sanctuary Award by the People of Sanctuary Ireland, an initiative which has been running since 2016. The aim of the initiative is to encourage universities and other higher education institutions to promote a welcoming culture for the asylum seekers. To achieve the status of University of Sanctuary, Trinity first needed to prove that they have been educating the community about the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees and have created a steering group to promote long-lasting efforts at inclusion …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 4 February]

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Trinity awarded University of Sanctuary status

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has been awarded the status of University of Sanctuary for its work in promoting the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. The status is awarded by People of Sanctuary Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 1 February]

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Five-fold rise in number of direct provision students qualifying for Susi grants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The number of students in direct provision who will qualify for the Susi grant for third level education has increased five-fold after Government changes to qualifying criteria. Last year just five students qualified for Susi (Student Universal Support Ireland) grants for either fees or maintenance or both but 25 students have qualified in the 2020/2021 academic year following a review of the support scheme …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 23 November]

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The Department of Education loosening third-level grant requirements for asylum seekers is a step in the right direction, but not enough

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“While students in direct provision no longer need to attend school in Ireland for three years, or obtain a Leaving Certificate to qualify for a college grant, structural inequalities in the education system persist for asylum seekers …” (more)

[Grace Gageby, Trinity News, 2 October]

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Asylum seeker with top grades denied Queen’s university place

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 19th, 2020 by steve

“An asylum seeker who received top grades in his A-levels has said he cannot take up his place at Queen’s University because he is not eligible for a student loan or grant …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 18 September]

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University places for asylum seekers ‘not even a drop in the ocean’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A revised education support scheme for asylum seekers has been described as too narrow, with a ‘minuscule’ number of places available at third level and no central government funding. That is according to Angela Flynn, a member of the university of sanctuary working group at UCC and president of the Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Maresa Fagany, Irish Examiner, 31 August]

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Easing College Grant Rules Means Little to Asylum Seekers With Deportation Orders

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week, the government announced that students living in direct provision will no longer have to have spent three years in the Irish education system or have completed the leaving certificate to qualify for a college grant. On first reading, this seems like an encouraging development – and a vindication of Higher Education Minister Simon Harris’s commitment to use the Department of Higher Education as a driver of ‘social cohesion’ …” (more)

[University Times, 16 August]

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Asylum seekers without Leaving Cert now eligible for third-level grant

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Young asylum seekers no longer have to spend three years in the Irish school system in order to qualify for educational support at third level, the Government will announce. The latest revision to the student grant scheme for young people in direct provision, to be announced today, means asylum seekers will no longer need to have completed the Leaving Cert or have spent three years in an Irish school to be able to apply for a student grant when moving into third level …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 10 August]

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Student Grant Scheme – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGary Gannon (Dublin Central, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the SUSI requirement will be reduced for students who have applied for asylum, subsidiary protection or leave to remain here from three years in a school here to two years reflecting the duration of the leaving certificate …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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DCU announces multiple new scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has announced 15 additional scholarships for refugees, bringing the total number to 30 for the 2020 academic year. The announcement, which comes days before World Refugee Day, will allow more Irish-based refugees’ and asylum seekers to access higher education …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally,, 18 June]

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The Deal Is Done: End to Direct Provision, Changes in Higher Education and Greener Policies

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 15th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A deal for a Government programme has been finalised by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and The Green Party, with Micheál Martin set to take on the role of An Taoiseach before it is rotated to Leo Varadkar in 2022. The programme for government includes the abolishment of the Direct Provision system and changes in governance for the Higher Education sector …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 15 June]

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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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