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...Read More
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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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More