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97.8% Of IT Tallaght Students Say Yes To USI

Yesterday, students from the IT Tallaght Students’ Union (ITTSU) voted to remain with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Polls opened on Thursday the 7th of December and closed on the same day. Final result was 97.8% of ITTSU voters saying yes to USI. Speaking after the result was announced, USI President Michael Kerrigan said: “With decisions on higher education funding and the Technological Universities Bill coming down the line it’s great to see a resounding yes vote from ITTSU. ITTSU are strong activists on their campus and on a national level. We’re delighted that we will continue...

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18,000 students register to vote

Over 18,000 students registered to vote as part of National Campaign The Union of Students in Ireland has hailed a massive effort across Ireland that has seen over 18,000 students added to the register of electors ahead of a number of referendums and a possible general election taking place in 2018. The figure represents a more-than-doubling of the registration figures for 2017, which hasn’t surprised USI President Michael Kerrigan, who said: “With a decision on Higher Education funding on the horizon, a referendum on the 8th amendment and the possibility of a general election in 2018, students understand more...

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SAVES dormitory co-ordinators meet in Vilnius

The SAVES 2 energy saving project is made up of two complementary campaigns – Student Switch Off (SSO) and Student Switch Off + (SSO+). SSO is an engagement campaign taking place in university dormitories (halls of residence), whereas SSO+ engages with students in the private rented sector about smart meters and energy efficiency.  The SSO campaign requires running a number of different fun engagement activities on campus, in addition to engagement through social media, therefore there is a dedicated team of Dormitory Coordinators to run these across Europe. To ensure that we are all ready and excited to run the campaign at our participating...

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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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