SUSI grants campaign for migrant and refugee students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Our Social Affairs Correspondent Ailbhe Conneely has this report on calls for the Government to widen access to the Student Universal Support Scheme …” (podcast)

[RTÉ – News at One, 25 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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Irish Universities providing sanctuary through education to Refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Today is World Refugee Day. Held every year on June 20th it commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee. The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, show that at least 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced within their own countries or across borders …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 20 June]

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UL to offer scholarships worth €1.8 million to refugees and asylum seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 20th, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick has announced that it will offer 15 new undergraduate scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers starting in September. This is in addition to 15 one-year mature student access certificate scholarships, which were first introduced last year for people living in Direct Provision …” (more)

[Fintan Walsh, Limerick Leader, 20 June]

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UCD Developing Fee Supports For Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 has confirmed that UCD is planning to introduce applications for fee supports for refugees and asylum seekers. UCD Access and Lifelong Learning (ALL) will serve as the initial point of contact for refugees, asylum seekers, and those with leave to remain and subsidiary protection status …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 4 February]

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Failure to deliver an education for refugees is no accident

Posted in Teaching on July 12th, 2016 by steve

International“Across the globe – from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Dupont Circle in Washington DC – more and more young people are coming to recognise a widening gap between what they aspire to achieve and what reality will deliver. Aware they are illiterate, not because of their failings but because of ours, the young are joining together in a movement demanding their right to an education …” (more)

[Gordon Brown, Huffington Post, 12 July]


With NUIG Taking Strides Forward, Trinity’s Relative Inaction on Refugee Admission is Highlighted

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of a new scholarship programme in NUI Galway (NUIG) this week highlights the noticeable lack of action taken by Trinity when it comes to the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees …” (more)

[University Times, 26 June]

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Student Grant Scheme Eligibility – Refugees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 25th, 2016 by steve

IrelandJosepha Madigan (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a scheme whereby a person who is 21 years of age, whose application is pending for refugee status, can attend college here and receive a grant for the purposes of attending college, if so, the body from which a grant may be obtained; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 June]

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‘University is one place you’re not labelled’: refugees who flee war to study

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 17th, 2015 by steve

International“German universities are helping refugee students to continue their education, and become beacons of hope for other endangered young people …” (more)

[Abby Young-Powell, Guardian, 17 December]

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Universities must do more to help refugees, says European University Association

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities across Europe have been urged to do more to admit refugee students. At a meeting of the European University Association’s Council on 23 October, the presidents of 33 national organisations for university leaders adopted a statement on refugee students and academics …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 November]

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Refugee student applications ‘testing credential checks’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

USA“Very few US universities have any policies on how they should treat qualifications held by refugees, an expert on credential evaluation has said. With millions of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the West and an estimated 10 million stateless people globally, higher education institutions face a growing number of applications to study supported by documents from war-torn countries …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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How academia should respond to Europe’s refugee crisis

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2015 by steve

International“What role do academics have in contributing to the debate over Europe’s refugee crisis? Abel Bojar writes that the crisis comes as close to a ‘natural experiment’ as it gets in the social sciences and highlights the members of four particular research disciplines – economists, political economists/political scientists, scholars of electoral and party politics, and experts in international relations and EU studies – that should rise to the opportunity …” (more)

[British Politics and Policy at LSE, 17 September]