Author: Daniel Waugh

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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USI said the J1 changes is disappointing and will decrease the number of students travelling abroad

The Union of Students in Ireland said the J1 changes announced today is hugely disappointing and will decrease the number of students travelling abroad for the summer. The changes made to the J1 programme means that Irish students will now have to secure a job in America before they apply for the J1 visa. “When the J1 programme was launched we saw a surge of Irish students travelling to the USA on a working summer visa,” The Union of Students in Ireland President, Kevin Donoghue, said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for personal development through refining independent skills and experiencing another culture. Geographic...

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Chats for Change Campaign Launched to Help Students Feeling Down

Over 1/3 of Students Feel down Every day and Most of them Find Comfort in Food More than a third of Irish Students feel down every day and most of them find comfort in food, according to new information released today by the Union of Students in Ireland. 36% of students feel down every day and the most common thing they do when feeling down is eat chocolate, cakes, crisps or ‘treat’ foods. 83% of students said talking to someone helped when they’re feeling down, which is why the USI is launching their ‘Chats for Change’ campaign with Please...

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The Union of Students in Ireland will Consider Running Someone Against Senator Ronan Mullen if he “Continues to Represent Hateful Views”

Senator Ronan Mullen The Union of Students in Ireland has criticised Senator Ronan Mullen’s recent interruption of the same sex marriage bill as it passed in the Seanad, and said it will consider running someone against him if he continues to represent hateful views. The USI also criticised Senator Mullen’s stance on abortion, saying his comments were unfounded and inaccurate. Over 10,000 women joined the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday the 26th September. Despite this, Senator Mullen spoke about the “grizzly realities” of abortion and said “the momentum to further legalise abortion in Ireland is largely a media swell rather than any ground swell, as the rather modest turn out at the protest showed.” Ronan Mullen was elected to the Seanad in the National Universities of Ireland constituency in July 2007. Every University and college across Ireland that held a referendum on their stance on the subject of same sex marriage voted yes. “Senator Ronan Mullen is no stranger to controversy,” Kevin Donoghue, Union of Students in Ireland president, said, “But his uncompromising, enduring and extremely vocal views on major social and political issues such as same sex marriage, civil partnerships, abortion and his opposition to the Children and Family Relationships Bill, are extremely damaging and hurtful to young people. His association with the Iona Institute, who rely on invalid interpretations of data to back their claims,...

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The Union of Students in Ireland Slammed Ógra Fianna Fáil for their Loan Scheme Proposal

The Union of Students in Ireland has slammed Ógra Fianna Fáil for proposing an income-contingent loan scheme for the Irish 3rd level education system at the gates of Trinity College on Friday the 23rd October. USI said the loan system is overwhelmingly intimidating and will deter students from applying to college.     Ógra Fianna Fáil said “a pragmatic approach to our declining 3rd level system is needed – one that provides a good quality education that is free at point of access and that makes higher education affordable to students.” However, the USI said that an already broken loan system will only further fracture the structure of the Irish education system.   In supposed times of recovery, 30,000 people have already emigrated from Ireland this year alone. The USI said this loan system will only push people further away and outlined that other countries in Europe offer better pay and lower registration fees, making the cost of education cheaper abroad.   “The federal 3rd level loan system did not work in the UK or the USA. It would be impractical and illogical to introduce an already broken loan scheme to Ireland.” Kevin Donoghue, preside of Union of Students in Ireland, said. “For the majority of students that struggle to find a well-paid job straight out of college, this debt can be overwhelmingly intimidating – like a huge bet...

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