Author: Daniel Waugh

Union of Students in Ireland praises UCC Students for voting to repeal the 8th

  Annie Hoey, USI Vice President, in UCC yesterday talking to students about Repealing the 8th The Union of Students in Ireland praised UCC students this morning for voting in favour of campaigning to repeal the 8th amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann. A referendum took place across UCC campus on Monday & Tuesday of this week with thousands of students queuing to cast their votes. Students were asked “Should UCC Students’ Union campaign to repeal the 8th Amendment of Bunreacht Na hÉireann?” and the total valid poll was 3,363 – 2,837 of which voted ‘yes’, meaning the vote passed...

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Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education Joins the Union of Students in Ireland

Today Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education joined the Union of Students in Ireland. Coláiste Dhúlaigh is a post-Leaving Certificate college in Dublin, and has campuses in Coolock, Raheny, Kilbarrack, and Malahide. It boasts 30 full-time courses and a large part-time provision of day and evening courses. “We are delighted to have Coláiste Dhúlaigh onboard as an affiliated college of USI,” Kevin Donoghue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, said, “USI represents post-secondary, and not just third-level, students. We are hopeful Coláiste Dhúlaigh will be one of many. We are the student movement and a movements’ strength...

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The Union of Students in Ireland said Ireland must not follow Britain in Excluding Creative Subjects from School

The British government announced their plans for a new school league table which excludes creative subjects on third of November. Nicky Morgan, the British Education Secretary, said schoolchildren who focus exclusively on arts and humanities-style subjects risk restricting their future career path. The Union of Students in Ireland said Ireland must not follow in Britain’s footsteps because art education enables social mobility, is a creative outlet and expression, and schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing and maths. “The British government may think the arts is a frivolous part of the educational...

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The Spike in Rental Costs Could Push Students Away from Third Level Institutions

According to the Rental Report by Daft.ie released today, ‘Quantities, not prices are where the problems lie in the Irish rental market’ but the Union of Students in Ireland said the peaking rental costs in Ireland from the supply and demand ratio could push students out of the private rental sector and away from third level institutions. According to the latest quarterly report by Daft.ie, rents rose nationwide by an average of 3.2% in the third quarter of 2015, the largest three-month increase since early 2007. Supply on the market is at its tightest on record, with just over...

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Sport can be a Key Player in Academic Success, improving Brain Function, Memory and Employability

Being involved in sports at college can greatly improve your academic success, by improving brain function, memory and even employability, according to the Union of Students in Ireland, who are urging students to get involved in exercise. Sports at college can improve your future by refining employer-friendly skills like teambuilding, communications, interpersonal skills and goal-setting. More training also means less drinking and less alcohol-related diseases, and endorphins are a great natural way to tackle stress and focus on studies. “There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active at college.” Kevin Donoghue, President of the Union of Students...

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