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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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The Week in USI 8-12 May 2017

  It’s been another busy week in USI HQ, with the process of crossover now fully underway as our delegation returned this week from the 72nd Board Meeting of the European Students’ Union. The highlights include:   The President met with representative from the Consular Unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to discuss collaborations and how best to support students being safe while abroad. If you are travelling this summer download the TravelWise app, which has up to date travel information and consular advice for over 200 countries.   The President and the VP Campaigns presented...

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SUT2017 – Athlone & Belfast

USI’s Student Union Training programme is the primary advanced training programme for student officers in Ireland.  It is open to students’ unions in membership of the national union. Part 1 of SUT is for Sabbatical Officers, and will be held at Athlone Institute of Technology from 10 to 13 July 2017.  Covering all the functional activities of the students’ union, the student movement ethos and initial training for sabbatical officers on team cohesion and development, the event also presents the opportunity for student leaders to network, integrate and socialise with their peers, with a view to the formation of an effective nationally focused movement. The event is a residential training, with officers accommodated in student accommodation beside the college.  Along with the work schedule an active sports evening, exploration of the town of Athlone and social gatherings are planned for the week.  At the end of the week, the first National Council (national executive) meeting will take place. Part 2 of SUT is called SUT+ and will be held at Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union from 15 to 16 August 2017.  This event combines training with a pressure simulation – an in-tray exercise designed to expose student leaders to some of the political and interpersonal pressures they will experience throughout their term of office.  SUT+ unites student officers from across Ireland as members of the executive committee of the...

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USI gears up to recognise student achievement

The Union of Students in Ireland is gearing up today for the annual Student Achievement Awards Ireland, which aims to recognise the contribution students and their representatives have made inside and beyond the student community. The glittering awards ceremony, taking place in Dublin Castle this evening (20/04/2017) will honour students and invited guests from North and South of the island for their hard work and determination. The awards will be hosted by journalist and online personality Clare Cullen, with the keynote address by Senator Lynn Ruane.  The evening will conclude with the presentation of the President’s Award. SAAI nominations...

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New phase of Student Drugs campaign focuses on synthetic cannabinoids and mephedrone

Second phase of a student drug campaign focuses on synthetic cannabinoids and mephedrone. The second phase of a drug information campaign aimed at students was launched today by the Union of Students of Ireland (USI), in partnership with Drugs.ie and the HSE. The campaign focuses on harm reduction messaging and is aimed at young adults and students who use New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)*. This is the second step of an ongoing campaign to provide harm reduction information about NPS for students. Two posters have been designed supported by a social media campaign to give harm reduction advice and information...

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