Access to the UCD Community for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Refugees and asylum seekers can face many barriers to accessing study and work in higher education. These include a lack of information, advice and individual guidance sensitive to their specific needs, as well as financial and other practical barriers. This document aims to break down those barriers by providing support and opportunities to widen the participation of displaced persons seeking sanctuary in Ireland and providing access to University College Dublin as students, for work experience, or as employees, as appropriate.
An Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Working Group was therefore established to review current processes towards refugees and asylum applicants in UCD in respect of study and employment, and hosting/visits; to look at specific initiatives currently in place; and to develop guidelines for Academic and Support Units to support Refugees, Asylum Seekers, those with Subsidiary Protection and those with Leave to Remain.
Having reviewed current processes and initiatives and best international practice, a Guidelines document was developed for Academic and Support Units on access to the UCD community for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, those with Leave to Remain and those with Subsidiary Protection” and approved by the University Management Team on 20 June 2017.