University of Sanctuary Scholarships for Online Study: Applications Open

Last week, Dublin City University (DCU) announced a total of 20 new scholarships to mark World Refugee Day. This announcement builds further on DCU’s designation as Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary.

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Five scholarships support campus-based undergraduate study and five will be provided for online study for Irish-based refugees and asylum seekers through DCU Connected. world-refugee-day-photos-download-1-1080x675A further ten scholarships are offered through a strategic partnership with FutureLearn.  The DCU-FutureLearn scholarships will enable Irish-based refugees and asylum seekers to access short online courses on FutureLearn’s upgrade model and will enable recipients to pursue Certificates of Achievement.

To date, there have been more than 60 scholarships offered by DCU to people from a refugee or asylum-seeking background through either undergraduate on-campus study or online distance learning. A number of these scholarships have been supported through philanthropic contributions from supporters of DCU Educational Trust. The President of Dublin City University, Professor Brian MacCraith said:

“The awarding of these scholarships indicates the strength of DCU’s commitment to our status as a University of Sanctuary, and to the values of social justice and inclusion. I am particularly delighted that our partnership with FutureLearn has allowed us to harness the power of online learning to provide educational access to students from our refugee and asylum seeker communities.” 

Professor Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning said:

 “These scholarships build on DCU’s strong commitment to promoting access to higher education and our considerable expertise in designing new models of online learning. In November, DCU will be hosting the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning in the Convention Centre Dublin.” 

Mark Lester, Managing Director, Universities and Educational Partnerships at FutureLearn commented:Unknown

“Our mission at FutureLearn is to transform access to education so we’re delighted to be part of this initiative from DCU and to be extending our relationship with a partner who’s aligned with our mission.” 

Applications are also sought for the innovative MA Refugee Integration, a one year full time course; offering two partial scholarship, worth €4,000 each, to cover 50% of fees. The closing date for the DCU Connectedand DCU-FutureLearn Scholarshipsis Monday 12th August. You can read more information about the Scholarships and find the application formon the following DCU Connected webpage:

https://www.dcu.ie/connected/university-sanctuary.shtml

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Free Webinar for Refugee Week: Exploring the Transition Experiences of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Studying Online

Dublin City University (DCU) is Ireland’s first University of Sanctuary and this week we have a full programme of activities to support Refugee Week. Over the past 2-years our DCU Connected Scholarship initiative for refugees and asylum seekers has been very successful and on Friday as part of Refugee Week the Open Education Unit in the NIDL will be offering a free webinar sharing some of our lessons and experiences. The webinar will be of particular interest to educators, organisations and other institutions wishing to better understand how to harness the potential of online learning to open up educational opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Title: Exploring the Transition Experiences of Refugees and Asylum Seekers to Online Learning with DCU Connected

Facilitators: Orna Farrell, Lorraine Delaney and Colum Foley

When: Friday 1st February 1:00-2:00pm GMT

How: Login to our online classroom 

Abstract:

Dublin City University (DCU) was granted the status of “University of Sanctuary” in December 2016.  Forty two scholarships were granted to refugees and asylum seekers by the University, of which fourteen were provided by DCU’s online education platform, DCU Connected. This session will report on the journey undertaken by a team within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning as they put in place the framework needed to support these scholars and the related research study which explores the nature of the transition experiences of University of Sanctuary Scholars to online distance learning. A longitudinal qualitative study is designed to seek a greater understanding of these learners’ experiences in the early stages of the study lifecycle, and of how their transition into higher education can be facilitated to enhance student success. The data collection technique is semi-structured online interviews conducted annually, and the first round of interviews has recently been conducted. The data-led analytical approach for this study is Braun and Clarke’s (2006) six phases of thematic analysis. The next phase of the research project involves the analysis of the first phase of interview data and the generation of preliminary findings.

Download DCU’s full programme of activities for Refugee Week.