Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

    College of Sanctuary

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    TUS (formerly Athlone Institute of Technology) achieved ‘College of Sanctuary’ status in 2017 in recognition of its efforts to create a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants on campus. It was the third HEI to do so (after DCU and UL). Following this award, the institute established the Institute of Sanctuary Scholarship Programme, which runs on an annual basis. The scholarship comprises five places on the TUS Access programme, as well as five scholarships for students on undergraduate programmes. Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), University College Cork (UCC) and the University of Limerick (UL) are the only Irish third levels to have this designation.

    • What sanctuary scholarships are available?

      As part of TUS's suite of initiatives to welcome asylum seekers and refugees into the community, it offers the following sanctuary scholarships:

      · 5 sanctuary scholarships on our access programme

      · 5 sanctuary scholarships on our full-time undergraduate programmes

    • What do the scholarships comprise of?

      · Fees and students contribution charges are waived

      · Financial support in the amount of €40.00 per week for each week of the academic year, along with an additional travel bursary for students who are commuting to the Athlone campus from outside of Athlone (45 km from campus) in the amount of €40.00 per week for each week of the academic year.

      · A laptop computer under the Institute’s Laptop Loan Scheme for the duration of their academic studies, subject to the Laptop Loan Scheme prevailing.

    • Who is eligible to apply?

      In order to be eligible for a sanctuary scholarship, applicants:

      a. Must be in the international protection process, but not at the deportation stage, or residing in Ireland on the basis of stamp 4 visa, and

      b. have been offered a place on an academic programme in the Institute and

      c. are ineligible for existing state funding.

      Please note that preference is given to applicants residing in either Westmeath, Cavan, Meath, Longford, Offaly or Roscommon. However, subject to demand, places may be offered to applicants living outside of the above listed counties.

      Please note that as sanctuary scholarship recipients are expected to apply for state support as soon as they become eligible for same.

    • How to I apply?

      Contact Jenny Burke, TUS Access Officer, for more information.

      Email: jcooper@ait.ie Tel: +353 (0)90 6468123.

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