Luqman Onikosi

Yesterday my attention was drawn to the case of Luqman Onikosi, a postgraduate student at the University of Sussex, who is originally from Nigeria. Luqman has been granted temporary permission to reside in the United Kingdom based on his medical circumstances; he is suffering from Hepatitis B, for which far better treatment is available in the UK than in his home country. His immigration status is yet to be definitely resolved and in the meantime he is being treated, entirely according to established policy and practice, as an Overseas Student. He is thereforeĀ  liable to pay full Overseas Fees if he is to continue on his course, an MA in Global Political Economy, and currently can not afford to pay them.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment in further detail on Luqman’s case – not least because I don’t have much in the way of further detail to comment on – but I am happy to use the medium of this personal blog to draw the attention of readers to a crowdsourcing appeal that has started with the aim of collecting sufficient funds to enable him to continue his studies. You can find the website where you can find more information about the issues surrounding his case, and instructions on how to make a donation, here.

3 Responses to “Luqman Onikosi”

  1. From the linked web page:

    “Luqman has started the Global Political Economy M.A. programme at Sussex University. However, he has been denied access to the normal ways of funding postgraduate study as a result of his immigration status.”

    Is this correct? If so, does it imply that one can get a visa to study at a UK university (I assume that Nigerians need visas for the UK) without the corresponding funding?

    The crowdfunding page does not mention his illness.

    • OK, he came for treatment, not for study. The question remains, though, if one can sign up for studies without sufficient funding.

    • telescoper Says:

      If you go to the main page of that site you can find out more. I understand that he was an undergraduate student here some years ago and was presumably in the UK when he applied for his MA.

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