NUI Galway Becomes a University of Sanctuary

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway has become Ireland’s sixth third-level institute to receive University of Sanctuary status for efforts made to include asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 19 September]

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USI Demands SUSI Exemption for Students in Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called for an exemption to SUSI residency rules for asylum seekers living in direct provision, in an address to the Oireachtas Committee for Education and Skills …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 12 September]

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Leaving Cert students in direct provision face barriers to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Stanley Petlane joined the more than 58,000 Leaving Cert students around the country in nervously opening the envelope containing his exam results on Tuesday morning. He was relieved he had done well and pleasantly surprised by his high score in physics …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 13 August]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 28th, 2019 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if residents of an accommodation centre are eligible for a SUSI grant or other educational grants …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 26 June]

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DCU Launches New Scholarships for Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University (DCU) has announced 20 new scholarships for asylum seekers, including five offering fee waivers for on-campus undergraduate degrees. A tweet from DCU yesterday said the new scholarships, which will offer 15 online courses to refugees and asylum seekers and 5 fee waivers …” (more)

[Andy Keenan, University Times, 21 June]

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IUA and the Irish Refugee Council welcome changes to a Support Scheme to allow more young people in direct provision enter Irish higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“To mark World Refugee Day, the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) are delighted to jointly welcome a rule change in the Department of Education and Skills Student Support Scheme for students living in direct provision, which will allow a greater number of young people in or having come through direct provision to gain a financially supported place in an Irish university …” (more)

[IUA, 20 June]

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Criteria eased for asylum seekers to attend third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has lowered the eligibility criteria for a scheme which enables asylum seeker students to go on to third level education here. The change comes amid criticism that the programme was too restrictive. School leavers applying to the Student Support Scheme must now have spent three years in the Irish education system, as opposed to five years as was previously required …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 4 June]

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Ministers announce Student Support Scheme for Asylum Seekers to continue for coming year

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (4 June, 2019) announced a grant support scheme for asylum seekers in third level education will continue for 2019/20. The Pilot Student Support Scheme, which was introduced in 2015, will be open for prospective students who are in the broad international protection system …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 4 June]

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University of Limerick students greet Taoiseach with protest against Direct Provision

Posted in Governance and administration on May 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was greeted by a silent protest at the University of Limerick this Thursday lunchtime. Students were demonstrating against the continued use of Direct Provision in Ireland, with UL student life welfare officer Lorcan O’Donnell describing it as ‘inhumane’ …” (more, video)

[Nick Rabbitts, Limerick Leader, 2 May]

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Trinity joins universities that give asylum seekers and refugees free tuition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin is the latest Irish university to offer free fees and other supports to students living in direct provision to help them pursue third-level education. The university’s academic council has approved four four-year scholarships, for each of the next four years, for asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 April]

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Students’ Unions Are Tackling Direct Provision Together – But Without USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the come-down from a momentous victory, freed from the focus on the repeal of the eighth amendment, the student movement has already joined a wider variety of protests this year, urging action on climate change or bewailing the state of Ireland’s sex education …” (more)

[University Times, 21 January]

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Trinity to Offer More Places for Students in Direct Provision By September

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The College has established a working group aiming to offer a Trinity undergraduate education to students living in direct provision by next September, The University Times has learned. The working group will explore options for opening up College’s education to those in direct provision …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 18 January]

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University Council to Discuss Trinity’s University of Sanctuary Prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“University Council will discuss the prospect of Trinity becoming a University of Sanctuary, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced in an address to staff and students this evening. Prendergast said that the President of Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU), Shane De Rís, would present to University Council on the possibility of Trinity becoming a University of Sanctuary …” (more)

[Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 19 November]

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DCU student facing deportation granted stay until February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A student at DCU who was facing deportation has been granted a stay until February 2019. Shepherd Machaya is a beneficiary of DCU’s University of Sanctuary status, a scheme that offers scholarships to ten asylum seekers every year …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 4 November]

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DCU student Shepherd Machaya’s deportation order extended following extensive campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The deportation order for DCU student Shepherd Machaya has been extended until February, according to Dublin City University Students’ Union (DCUSU) President Vito Moloney-Burke. Machaya received the news today at a meeting with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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University of Limerick students call for end to direct provision system

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to call on the university to reconsider its contract with a campus food service provider due to its ties to the direct provision system. Aramark Ireland, which provides services to three direct provision centres in Ireland, runs seven restaurants and cafes on the UL campus …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 22 October]

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DCU president adds voice to calls on Justice Minister for review of deportation case of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“DCU president Professor Brian MacCraith has added his voice to the calls on Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for a review of the case of a Zimbabwean student under deportation order. Shepherd Machaya is a second year student on a degree programme in management of information technology and information systems at DCU …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly and David Fleming, Independent, 19 October]

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DCU students campaign against deportation of ‘model citizen’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University are campaigning to prevent the deportation of a scholarship student who is mid-way through his college degree …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 October]

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DCU students campaigning to prevent deportation of student

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Dublin City University have begun a campaign on social media to prevent the deportation of an asylum seeker student at the college. According to the college’s students’ union, Shepherd Machaya has been issued with a deportation order which requires him to leave the state by next Sunday …” (more)

[Emma O Kelly, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Teen who taught herself English, translated school books and received star results criticises ‘restrictive’ asylum-seeker education scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A young woman who taught herself English and translated two year’s worth of exam books has criticised the Government’s ‘restrictive’ education scheme for asylum seekers. Juliana (18) moved to Ireland from Albania with her mum, dad and brother when she was 14-years-old …” (more)

[Olivia McGill, Independent, 23 September]

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