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European Student Convention underway at NUI, Galway

The Union of Students in Ireland has kicked off the 33rd European Student Convention at NUI, Galway Students’ Union.  The event, focused on European Student Mobility, access and Brexit, has attracted eighty student leaders from across Europe to Galway. The event coincides with Seachtain na Gaeilge, the Irish Language appreciation and promotion festival, as well as the thirtieth anniversary of the ERASMUS programme and International Women’s Day – all of which create foci to the event. The Union of Students in Ireland secured the convention out of sequence – the event normally shadows the European Council presidency – but delegates were happy to fly in to Galway in advance of the European Student Union Board Meeting which will take place in Malta. Speaking at the opening session, USI President Annie Hoey paid tribute to the work of students’ unions across Europe, and expressed her hope that the week in Galway would lead to hard work, shared perspectives and real outcomes for the students of Europe. The convention is supported by the Higher Education Authority, NUI Galway Students’ Union and...

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Protected: Expiry Ballot 2017

Instructions for this process Below you will find the list and full text of all the policy due to expire at USI Congress 2017. Below that you will find the priority ballot form, which should be filled in by the President of your students’ union.  Only one form will be accepted per member organisation. To use the form you should fill in all the requested details and click the box beside the name of the ten policies you would like to prioritise for debate and renewal into the policy file for another three years. Then click ‘register’ and the results will be sent to USI.  An email receipt will then issue to you. Policies due to expire which are not prioritised will not be debated at Congress, and will fall.   Policies Due to Expire ACADEMIC AFFAIRS & QUALITY ASSURANCE   14 AAQA 1   USI/NERI THIRD-LEVEL FUNDING POLICY Congress notes: Congress policy 11/ ED 11 mandating Officer Board to compile a single comprehensive and researched document on the public-funding model proposed through various USI policies. Congress applauds: The securing of research support from the Nevin Economic Research Institute on areas of shared concern, including initially the development of a public-funding policy for third-level on behalf of USI, as part of the SIPTU-USI Agreement. Congress believes: This provides USI with credible, well-researched and solutions-based policy for which to advance the...

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ESU – The European Students’ Union

USI is a member of The European Students’ Union (ESU). ESU is the umbrella organisation of 44 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 38 countries. The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing. Its member organisations are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.   The aim of ESU The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European...

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FAQs on Fees, Withdrawals and Disputes

Can I arrange to pay my fees in installments? Most higher education institutions will facilitate some form of installment plan for fees. At a minimum, colleges that allow for installments will allow you to split the €3,000 into two payments of €1,500. Some institutions will allow for more payments of smaller amounts, totalling no more than €3,000.   Your best bet here is to contact someone within your college’s fees or finance department. A simple Google search will sort you out.   How can I change course? It may well transpire that your course wasn’t what you thought it...

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When thinking of withdrawing from college…

It’s perfectly normal to wonder whether or not it’s right for you to stay in college. Course choices made at 17 might not make sense; college might not be what you thought it would be; or maybe your circumstances have made it difficult. Below are some important tips to keep in mind when considering what to do:   Be aware of fee and grant issues Your decision to withdraw from college might create consequences for fees and financial supports, if you decide to come back to college at a later point. This sounds a little daunting, but a bit...

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