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USI responds to UCD Irish student place rationing proposal

The Union of Students in Ireland has responded to University College Dublin’s warning that more fee-paying foreign students will be sought to meet shortfalls in college funding. “USI has warned for many years that underfunding of higher education in Ireland would result in colleges seeking to exploit students from outside the EU as a cash crop.  We deplore that we’ve come to this situation, and so whilst we despair at the content, we welcome the candour of Professor Deeks’ statement, who has finally said out loud what we’ve warned for years. We’ve been clear that underinvestment would lead to a reduction in places available to students from inside the EU, including Ireland, EU students are shifted to make more room for the more lucrative students from overseas. Colleges are more than ever in the business of filling classrooms, and the rules allow non-EU students to be shaken down for much more money than EU students. Students from overseas pay enormous fees to study in Ireland, and Brexit may well make Ireland even more attractive. – USI has always welcomed students from across the world, and entirely understands the attractiveness of Ireland as a place to study.  We are concerned by the prospect of students from overseas being exploited to alleviate the underinvestment in Ireland. As supporters of the local economy in this country, we worry that we are in...

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Hiring: USI Student Mental Health Project Manager

 STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT MANAGER Pilot – 9-months initially, with a view to roll-out for a longer period. Job Title: Student Mental Health Project Manager Salary €35,000 p/r Responsible to General Manager Place of Work Dublin (with work in educational institutions across Ireland) Hours of work 37 hours per week – Monday to Friday Period of Contract Initially fixed term for 9 months with a view to roll-out after initial report. Additional Hours The post holder will also be required to work occasional evenings and / or weekends to meet organisational objectives.  In appropriate circumstances a time-off-in-lieu system will...

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USI offers advice for students leaving private rented accommodation; partners with Property Button Home Hub service.

The Union of Students in Ireland has issued guidance for students anxious to have a trouble-free departure from their current accommodation – and joined forces with Property Button to help prepare students make their next move hassle free. With the exam season coming to an end, it’s important to prepare to vacate your accommodation in good order – giving the owner nothing to complain about – and more importantly making sure you get that all-important deposit back. There are seven simple steps that everyone should follow to return the place in order and avoid any deposit deductions: make sure...

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We’re Hiring

The Union of Students in Ireland is now recruiting two staff to join its Dublin-based operation. Applying Candidates should apply by forwarding a CV and a letter stating the title of the role applied for and outlining your suitability for the role (with adherence to the tasks and criteria) to arrive by 1pm on Friday 2nd June 2017, to: The Recruitment Officer The Union of Students in Ireland Portview House Thorncastle Street Ringsend Dublin 4 Or by email to The subject line should state your name and the reference code for the job. The Roles are: Public Relations...

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USI Launches Energy Saving Push

Students Across Europe To Receive  €1.5m To Save Energy On Campuses The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has announced the launch of a of a major European energy efficiency and energy saving programme for students in Ireland, supported by the European Union. The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the SU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their accommodation.  The programme has been successful in attracting up to €1.5m of EU funding for activities across Europe. USI will receive funding to run an innovative Student Switch...

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