Author: Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

Business Employment Scheme for Students (BESS) to launch at Letterkenny I.T

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Student Union, in conjunction with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, will officially launch the Business Employment Scheme for Students (BESS) on campus at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), on Monday 21 September, 2015. The BESS initiative, a brain child of the Student Union President, Dylan McGowan, has been developed to enable students and businesses engage with each other, for the purpose of providing part-time or temporary jobs for students. This pilot programme hopes to assist local businesses, by providing the local business network with access to LYIT students, who may be...

Read More Celebrates! has reach over 100 homes live on the website at once!   In recent days, the Union of Students in Ireland distributed 21,000 flyers advertising the ‘rent-a-room relief’ scheme around university areas. This scheme allows homeowners to benefit from a tax-free €12,000 relief if they take in a lodger.   USI president Kevin Donoghue said within a day, 30 new householders had expressed an interest in the scheme. He said it was often from families whose children had left home and who now had a room free.   “One taxi driver said to me it was ‘empty nest...

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We’re Looking for a Communications Executive

Union of Students in Ireland: Communications Executive The Union of Students in Ireland now wishes to recruit a Communications Executive with responsibility for general communications to multiple publics, with a special responsibility for communication to elected representatives, political parties and their staffs. The successful candidate will have experience in communicating to a wide range of publics on social and political issues, with a proven record in writing for printed and online publications, press relations and monitoring of outcomes from communications. The successful candidate will have an excellent standard of written and spoken English. The candidate will report to the...

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Leaving Cert Isn’t A Measure of Who You Are as a Person

The Union of Students in Ireland says that the Leaving Cert isn’t a measure of who you are as a person. USI President Kevin Donoghue says that it’s important to keep the results in context. “The important thing is to keep in mind that while it will be an exciting morning for some people, there are options available there if things don’t work out your way. “It is important to remember, no matter how good or bad it is tomorrow, the Leaving Cert isn’t a measure of who you are as a person or how capable you are as...

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USI urges students families to secure accommodation

USI urges students families to secure accommodation ASAP   USI President Kevin Donoghue has urged families to get ahead of the curve on student accommodation by seeking and securing places for the semester ahead. Speaking during a leaflet drop to promote USI’s free rooms listing website ‘’, Donoghue explained:   “The earlier you secure your bed for the year, the more chance you have of getting good accommodation close to your college.  It stands to reason that good places closer to your chosen college will fill up first – after that you may need to make compromises on quality,...

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