Author: Daniel Waugh

USI Welcomes First National Student Accommodation Strategy

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today welcomed the National Student Accommodation Strategy by the Government as new findings from the Union show 36% of students spend one to three months looking for accommodation because of the student accommodation shortage. The Strategy outlines actions to increase student accommodation in the wake of the Rebuilding Ireland, the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, to tackle national housing challenges and increase supply.   Speaking at the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “USI has campaigned for years to get the National Student Accommodation Strategy on the agenda to rectify the...

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102 Students’ Union Officers Trained

USI proudly announces 102 Students’ Union Officers from all over Ireland being trained from their national representative body. Students’ Union Training (SUT) took place from July 10th to July 14th in Athlone IT, and saw the highest attendance of Students’ Union officers from over 30 Students’ Unions. The training was in conjunction with NUS-UK and NUS-USI. SUT aims to introduce officers to their political leadership role with their Students’ Union and provide the skills and knowledge to enable officers to consider their leadership style and effectively influence and lead those around them. Within the course there are opportunities for...

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SUSI urges students to submit their student grant applications before the July 13th deadline

Calling all new applicants for SUSI grants! Remember to submit your application before the priority closing date TODAY, 13th of July.  For more information check out the SUSI website below 👇 For SUSI Support Desk:  support@susi.ie   0761 08 7874 See below from SUSI: The national student grant awarding body, SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), is urging students who have yet to submit their applications for student grant funding for the 2017/18 academic year to do so now. The deadline for applications is this Thursday, July 13th. SUSI is currently in its sixth year of operations and opened its 2017/18 online...

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Students Disappointed As Senators Fail To Reject Student Loans

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today stated concern with the failure of a Labour private members motion in the Seanad on Wednesday 12th July, to reject any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. The amendment from Government instead called that no decision be made until the Joint Committee on Education and Skills had published their recommendations.   Speaking after the vote, USI President Michael Kerrigan commented, “Not all of our Senators were brave enough to make the ambitious decision and reject an income contingent loan scheme, despite...

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Students Call On Senators To Reject Loans Scheme In Favour Of Public Investment In Education

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) today called on Senators to support a Labour private members motion this Wednesday, rejecting any move to implement an income-contingent loan scheme but instead to publicly invest in third level education. In advance of the debate, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “A decision to go ahead with an income-contingent loan scheme will increase emigration and sends a clear message to our future students: take your €20,000 debt, your degree, and get out.  Ireland currently charges the 2nd highest higher education fees in Europe after the UK, and we’ve seen in the UK that...

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