Congress is the Democratic heart of USI.

Each year hundreds of student representatives convene to elect our leadership, direct the policies and set the agenda for the moment for the years ahead. This hub (under constant construction) will hold all the information for delegates and delegation leaders.

Getting There

Congress takes place this year at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. 

 

USI Congress Opens

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USI Congress 2018 Congress Document & Timetable (Clár)

The USI Congress Document is now available online.  The R-Clár, which will be updated at the end of each session, will also appear here.

Delegates Hub

If it’s your first time at USI Congress, it can be a little bit daunting. This quick guide will explain it all.

Delegate Leaders Hub

Delegation leaders have special responsibilities before and during USI Congress. Find out more.

Writing Amendments to USI Congress motions

Writing amendments

Writing amendments can follow a very simple format.  A proposer simply replaces a whole clause. The format is very simple and exactly like a USI motion.  The proposer will have the opportunity to introduce the amendment and speak on it, and the proposer of the original motion will own the first opportunity to speak against the amendment.

Deadline for submission of amendments is Monday 12th March 2018 at 4pm.

Sample Motion:

 

FM 1 : Iceberg alerts

Proposed by : Ballybreag IT

Congress Notes:

The President of USI is a tall person

Congress further notes:

People who are tall can often see farther than shorter people

Congress mandates:

The President to give regular updates on icebergs

If a proposer wished to amend the motion, they can do so with a very simply formatted motion, identifying the motion to be amended, clearly stating the clause to be amended,  inserting the whole new clause.

 

Amendment to FM1 : Iceberg alerts

Proposed by Truetown IT

Replace clause “Congress mandates” with the following:

Congress mandates:

The President to give timely warnings on approaching icebergs, if s/he believes they pose a threat to USI’s operations.

The amendment can have as many clauses as appear necessary to the amender, but be aware that it is not normally possible to amend an amendment on the Congress floor (through procedural motions) without its nature or spirit being altered.

It is necessary to replace the whole clause, to avoid confusion or grammatical errors.

Note that it is possible to change the nature or spirit of the motion with this process, and that it does not require the agreement of the proposer, who will have an automatic right to speak against it.

Note that if an amendment would have the effect of making the motion simply fall or, it will not be accepted and will not be debated.  If it removes all mandates, it will not be accepted and will not be debated.