Students’ Union Welcomes University of Sanctuary Designation

Students’ Union Welcomes University of Sanctuary Designation

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Students’ Union Welcomes University of Sanctuary Designation

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union has today welcomed the designation of NUI Galway as an official University of Sanctuary. The University of Sanctuary campaign is an initiative to make NUI Galway more inclusive to refugees, asylum seekers and members of the Irish Travelling Community. Scholarships have now been offered to members of these marginalized groups to attend the University.

 

The campaign began in 2016 and was student led from it’s inception. The Students’ Union has been involved in the process through running awareness campaigns and sitting on the steering committee. The designation will improve access, inclusion and visibility of students from ethnic minority communities at NUI Galway.

 

Clare Austick, Students’ Union President said: “We are so proud that NUI Galway is now an official University of Sanctuary. This campaign has been student led from the beginning and the Students’ Union has been proud to support it. It’s so important that the University is seen as a welcoming and accessible space for all our students from every background and circumstance.”

 

Pictured (left to right): Imelda Byrne, Joseph Nyirenda, Mayor Mike Cubbard, Aidan Harte, David Stanton (Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration), Suzanne McKane, Ciaràn Ó hÓgartaigh, Tiffy Allen, Anne Scott, Clare Austick

 

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