Author: Daniel Waugh

USI Slams Increase In Trinity College Dublin Post-Graduate And International Student Fees

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) stands in solidarity with postgraduate and non-EU students in Trinity College Dublin, after confirmation that fees will rise by an arbitrary 5% by college management. Both Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) oppose the move, recognising the serious impact that this will have on the wellbeing and finances of the students affected. USI, which represents 374,000 students and students from TCD, is determined to campaign alongside these unions to reverse this hike. Michael Kerrigan, USI President, said, ‘Two weeks after the Government largely ignored the plight of...

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USI Wins At GALAS 2017

On the 21st of October, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) scooped up the award for LGBT Student Award sponsored by Accenture at the eighth annual Gay And Lesbian Awards (GALAS) 2017 in Dublin’s Mansion House with USI Vice President for Equality and Citizenship and Deputy President Síona Cahill clinching the award. Hailing from Longford, Síona Cahill is now serving her second term as USI Vice President for Equality and Citizenship and now as Deputy President managing events like Europe’s largest LGBTQ student training event in Europe, Pink Training and sits on the LGBTI Youth Strategy Oversight Committee....

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20,000 Students Received Organ Donor Cards Across Ireland

In September, USI teamed up with the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) during Freshers Weeks to hand out Organ Donor Cards in a bid to save students’ lives. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘In your lifetime, you’re three times more likely to need organ transplantation than dying in the circumstances to be considered a potential organ donor. Signing the donor card signals your willingness to allow your organs and tissues to be transplanted. USI is delighted to be linking up with the Irish Kidney Association to educate students about how having an Organ Donor Card in their wallets can save...

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‘Budget 2018 Leaving Students Behind’, Says USI

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) welcomes meaningful investment of €310 million available to 2021 to address the infrastructure needs of higher education sector, and an increase in National Training Fund levy to add €47.5m of additional investment next year. However, the union is raising concerns over any meaningful investment in improving access to education through increasing SUSI grant thresholds, or improving on-campus mental health services, declaring Budget 2018 as ‘leaving students behind’. Speaking outside the Dáil, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘No income-contingent student loans were announced today, but neither was any meaningful new funding model on...

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Students Waiting Up To 6 Weeks For Third-Level Counselling Services

‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax cuts’, Says USI The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is calling on the Government to invest in third-level mental health counselling services by ring-fencing €3m per annum to tackle future mental health crisis on campus. The urgent call comes ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10th as tax cuts dominate the outcomes of Budget 2018 due to be released tomorrow by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. USI President Michael Kerrigan said, ‘Budget 2018 should focus on improving mental health supports, and not on tax...

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