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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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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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