Author: Daniel Waugh

This Week in USI May 14th – 19th, 2017

General: USI are finalists for 3 awards at the Social Media Awards Ireland for: Best Non-Profit/Organisation Twitter account,  Best Business Twitter Campaign and Zero Budget Social Media Campaign. See the full list of finalists here. Policy and Campaigns: The Vice President for Academic Affairs met with the Higher Education Authority as part of an early-stage consultation into the HEA’s new strategic plan to 2021 This week, consultations were held regionally in NUIG (Galway Region), Waterford (Edmund Rice Resource Centre) and Dundalk (at the Dundalk Outcomers Centre). If you would like to particpate in the final youth consultation tomorrow (Saturday 20th) in...

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USI Joins The Healthy Ireland Network

The Healthy Ireland Network initiative was launched in Dublin Castle on the 18/05/2017. The Healthy Ireland Network launch was opened by former Irish Rugby International and current chair of the Healthy Ireland council Keith Woods, followed by contributions from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Health Promotion Minster for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoron Kennedy. The Purpose of the Healthy Ireland Network is: To establish and grow an empowering National movement through which Health and Well-being is seen as an individual and collective responsibility To support, advocate and ensure the Healthy Ireland message is spread, understood...

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Plan to Mortgage Ireland’s Education Future a Costly Mistake, Say Students.

The Union of Students in Ireland has rejected claims that student loans are an effective way to fund Irish third level education. As a technical group prepares to brief the Oireachtas on how an income-contingent loan scheme would work in Ireland, student leaders have pointed to evidence that a loan scheme would be expensive to set up, would spur on a new emigration ‘brain drain’ and would disproportionately punish public-sector employees and workers outside the highest earning professions. Speaking in advance of the presentation to the Oireachtas, the President of USI Annie Hoey said, “Less than a month after...

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This Week in USI April 22nd – 28th, 2017

General: Last week USI held the Student Achievement Awards Ireland in Dublin Castle with loads of awards handed out to incredible student leaders. Tag yourself in the photos! USI have been nominated for 3 awards at the Social Media Awards Ireland for: Best Non-Profit/Organisation Twitter account,  Best Business Twitter Campaign and Zero Budget Social Media Campaign. See the full list of nominations here: http://sockies.ie/2017-nominations/ USI President and Vice President for BMW Region attended the NUS Conference. Policy and Campaigns: This week the USI encouraged students to engage in a campaign to call for Ibrahim Hallawa’s release from imprisonment in Egypt....

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USI Calls For Further Supports In Second-Level To Reduce College Dropout Rates

USI called on the need for further supports to be made available to second-level guidance counsellors to support school-leavers in making the jump to third level ahead of the report published today by the Higher Education Authority based on students progressing from first to second year between the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years which showed more than 6,000 students drop out of first year. USI Deputy President Jack Leahy said, “Students were telling us that even though they may have attended open days and studied prospectuses, the course they were studying was often quite far from what they had...

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