Author: Daniel Waugh

The Union of Students in Ireland Stresses the Importance of Bilingualism in Education and Urges Parents to Send their Children to Gaelscoileanna

The Union of Students in Ireland today spoke about the importance of bilingualism in children’s education and how parents should consider sending her children to gaelscoils or bilingual schools because bilingual children are better at problem-solving, have greater cultural awareness, and are more resistant to Alzheimer’s. “The mental gymnastics needed to constantly manage two or more linguistic systems increases cognitive flexibility and makes learning easier.” said Dr. Dora Alexopoulou from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics in the University of Cambridge. “Apart from the fact that fluency in our national language is a vibrant expression of our national...

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93% of Student Nurses Considering Emigrating when they qualify as a Nurse

The Union of Students in Ireland released new survey information today which showed that 93% of student nurses have considered emigrating when they finish college. Over 600 student nurses were surveyed across the country and 564 (92.5%) said they have thought about emigrating when they qualify as a nurse. ”If the vast majority of student nurses emigrate Ireland once they qualify, Ireland will be deporting essential skills, talent and finance,” Kevin Donoghue, USI President, said. “It’s easy to see why so many student nurses have considered emigrating once they’re qualified. A lot of those who move to England to...

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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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