University of Sanctuary Initiative

In June this year, the University of Limerick was designated a University of Sanctuary in recognition of its initiatives welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into its university community. UL’s President, Dr Des Fitzgerald, pledged to use the award to promote “the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees and asylum seekers for the benefit of society as a whole” and has committed to a 3-year action plan.

Under the initiative, a number of Scholarships will be made available for students on the Mature Student Access Certificate (MSAC) and the Higher Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics Programme for Adult Learners (HLLCMP) with all scholarships being offered to asylum seekers living in direct provision centres. From next year, refugees and asylum seekers currently in second-level education will also be eligible to apply for scholarships.

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