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Friday 30 September 2016

'UK vote has thrown my education plans into total disarray'

Jane O'Faherty

Published 08/07/2016 | 02:30

Fiachra Lynam from Wexford was hoping to continue his studies in Manchester Photo:
Mary Browne
Fiachra Lynam from Wexford was hoping to continue his studies in Manchester Photo: Mary Browne

Britain's decision to leave the EU has sent one Irish student's plans "into disarray".

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Fiachra Lynam had hoped to continue his studies in England, but says he is uncertain about how he can do this if the UK commits to leaving.

Originally from Wexford, Fiachra (19) studies theatre performance in Kinsale College, and intends to move on to the University of Salford, Manchester, in 2017.

But the threat of a Brexit in the next two years means he is worrying about his future.

"It's really thrown my whole five- to ten-year plan into disarray," Fiachra told the Irish Independent. "My plan was to go to Salford, get my degree and find work, but now I have to reorganise that and look at different options."

The University of Salford has a partnership with Kinsale College, which would have made it the clear next step for Fiachra.

At present, tuition fees for a full-time undergraduate course at the University of Salford are £9,000 (€10,500).

However, students from the UK and the EU are currently eligible for financial assistance from Student Finance England.

Fiachra says the big worry for many like him is the financial impact that Brexit could have on foreign students.

"We are confused about how we are going to be affected, especially in terms of fees. I'm just terrified it's going to make everything a lot more expensive," he added.

Irish Independent

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