Union of Students in Ireland celebrates Anniversary of Marriage Equality with an #iPropose Campaign

  The Union of Students in Ireland celebrated the first anniversary of marriage equality outside the Department of An Taoiseach on the 23rd May with an #iPropose themed campaign. At the #iPropose campaign, USI illustrated the issues that are still blocking LGBT equality with props of engagement rings and messages, directed to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, such as “#iPropose an end to the blood ban”; “#iPropose an extension of Gender recognition to those under 18”; and #iPropose hate crime legislation be introduced.” The Union of Students in Ireland said the first year anniversary should be celebrated as a moment...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Advises Leaving Cert Student on Making the Right CAO choice

   USI President, Kevin Donoghue The Union of Students is advising students filling out their CAO forms on how to make the right course and college choice. For many students, filling out their CAO form can be quite daunting as it carries the risk of making the wrong choice, and it having a negative effect on their future. The change of mind deadline is the 1st July for the CAO choices and USI is encouraging second level students and mature students to think carefully about their options before committing to a course. The SUSI online student grant application system...

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USI, HEA and QQI join forces to put students at the centre of their learning

  The first meeting of the National Student Engagement Project Pilot (NStEP) was held today in the Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI) offices on Lower Mount Street. The project working group aims to put students at the centre of their learning experience by giving them the relevant training to work on initiatives with staff, give feedback to the staff and empower them to engage in college structures.   The project is a collaborative initiative of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), QQI and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to give effect to the recently launched Principles for Student...

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USI said the number of staff on zero-hour contracts at third level is unacceptable

The Union of Students in Ireland has said the number of lecturers on zero-hour contracts is unacceptable and is calling on both third level institutions and the government to address precarious work practices in higher education. A government-commissioned report has outlined that up to two thirds of lecturing staff in some higher education institutions are not full-time or permanent. “Successive governments have failed to properly invest in third level and there were savage cuts to the sector in recent years. Students and staff are bearing the brunt of these cuts and that is highlighted in the report released today.”...

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The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the programme for government for not prioritising Higher Education Funding

Kevin Donoghue, USI President The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised the programme for government for not prioritising higher education funding in Ireland and said the programme is a box-ticking exercise to satisfy policy makers and academics, but like the numerous reports and groups set up before to analyse the issues, there is no action being taken to rectify the problems. USI said the programme for government, which was managed by Fine Gael and some independents, has repeated the mistakes of the last government – primarily, delaying decisions and, in turn, actions, relating to Higher Education funding. “The...

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