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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Access to Higher Education – Direct Provision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 5th, 2020 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to provide third level educational opportunities for residents in direct provision; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 July]

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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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If Trinity is to be Anti-Racist, it Must be Anti-Aramark – Not Run Adverts For It

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, the past number of weeks have offered a crash course in centuries of racial oppression. The death of George Floyd, and the protests that have sprung up all over the globe, provoked a mass outcry on social media in support of those fighting racism and police brutality …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 10 June]

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Aramark and UCD: A Controversial Romance, With Direct Provision At The Heart

Posted in Governance and administration on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The recent killing of George Floyd in the US and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement has exploded worldwide. It has brought direct provision services in Ireland once again into sharp focus. The controversial system for housing asylum seekers has allowed private companies to profit from the system, including Aramark, who also provide catering services on the University College Dublin (UCD) campus …” (more)

[Conor Paterson, College Tribune, 6 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 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)

[TheJournal.ie, 5 January]

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A Withering Critique of Direct Provision – Which Ignores Third-Level Entirely

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In today’s Ireland, third-level education is for many students a basic part of growing up. For most, college or university is the bridge between childhood and adulthood, and a degree is a prerequisite for many careers. Whether or not this is a good thing isn’t clear: many experts have argued that we should broaden our view of education, and that we’re too wedded to the idea of going to college …” (more)

[University Times, 15 December]

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Third-Level Education ‘Forgotten’ in New Direct Provision Report, Says USI

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

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has today attacked a new Oireachtas report on direct provision, arguing it does not do enough for students seeking asylum when it comes to access to third-level education …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 13 December]

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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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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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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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SUs at odds with USI and activists over direct provision movement

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Relations between students’ unions around the country and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are fraught over developments in campaigning against direct provision. The tensions follow a meeting of students’ union leaders in recent weeks to discuss a national, union-led campaign against direct provision …” (more)

[Peter Kelly and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 28 January]

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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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UL Students Boycott Restaurants Over Direct Provision Link

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are boycotting restaurants on campus over their links to direct provision centres …” (more)

[Clare FM, 28 November]

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University of Limerick students to boycott restaurants over direct provision link

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

Ireland“Students at the University of Limerick are to stage a boycott this Wednesday against several on-campus restaurants and cafes, due to the operator’s affiliation with the direct provision system …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 26 November]

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Aramark Off Our Campus continue protest campaign outside Westland Eats

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Aramark Off Our Campus continued their boycott campaign today with a second protest taking place outside Westland Eats. Trinity students displayed banners stating ‘Aramark Profits From Human Suffering’ and ‘Westland Eats Funds Refugee Imprisonment’ as part of the demonstration …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, Trinity News, 21 November]

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