- The next USI Officer Board have been elected and will begin their term on July 1st. You can read the full results here. See who your next USI Officer Board are here!
- Last week USI held the annual Congress in Ennis with over 200 delegates in attendance. Have a look at how the Congress went and tag yourself in the photos here.
- Shortlisted awards for the Student Achievement Awards Ireland 2017 are now online. Click here for more information and to enter. The awards take place on April 20th in Dublin Castle.
- USI attended the NUS-USI Conference with the NUS President and discussed key issues for students in Northern Ireland.
Policy and Campaigns:
- The USI President, along with the USI Vice President for BMW Region and the President of AIT Students’ Union, presented to the Oireachtas on April 5th on the future of higher education funding emphasising the need for a publicly funded system. Tommy Broughan TD facilitated the briefing and made a strong statement calling on Fianna Fáil to take a stance.
- The USI President presented to the Parents Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (PACCS) and gained their support for publicly funded higher education.
- The USI President spoke at the launch of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) about publicly funded higher education and the need for student partnerships.
- USI welcomed the re-Introduction of postgraduate grants and encouraged students to apply early for their SUSI grants. Read the full statement here.
The Vice President for Equality and Citizenship attended the briefing for the Labour party harassment law bill, which seeks to update the law in the areas of online harassment, including with regard to revenge porn.
The Vice President for Welfare attended the 8th Taskforce meeting of the Youth mental health taskforce in Hawkins house. The Vice President for Welfare discussed third level counselling services and his recent work with the Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education in Ireland (PCHEI) and HSE and collaborations going forward.
The Vice President for Equality & Citizenship worked with young people’s LGBT+ advocacy organisation BelongTo this weekend on developing the consultation for the upcoming National LGBTI+ Strategy at a weekend residential with the National Youth Advisory group in Booterstown. National Consultations will launch on Wednesday April 12th with a Facebook live event.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs chaired the working group of the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) to determine its programme of work for the coming year
On April 6th, NStEP inducted 17 new institutions, bringing to 22 the total number of institutions and Students’ Unions involved in improving student engagement.
- USI posed for immediate ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a decade has passed since its signing in Ireland on March 30th with delegates at USI Congress. See our photos here.
The Vice President for Equality & Citizenship met with the board of ICOS (Irish Council for International Students) to discuss a collaborative event between ICOS and USI to get feedback from International Students in Ireland on their experiences of accommodation and wellbeing and what can be improved. The first International Students forum will take place on April 21st in the TCD Global Room from 5-7pm. Registration is free – just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vice President for Welfare alongside the Vice President for Campaigns meet with the head of National Office Of Suicide Prevention (NOSP) in relation to rolling out mental health training and campaigns for the third level sector.
The Vice President for Welfare attended launch of mental health first aid with Minister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee and Anne O Connor from HSE alongside head of training for Mental Health First Aid Ireland.
The Vice President for Equality and Citizenship was invited to address the annual conference of the National Learning Network and Rehab group on Tuesday 5th of April in the Gibson, Dublin. She spoke about the common platform our organisations work on in relation to education and the progression and successful transition of learners, regardless of disability or learning difficulty.
The Vice President for Welfare attended the Portlaoise Credit Union parents night to talk to parents and students about 3rd level, SUSI and accommodation.
- The Vice President for the Southern Region chaired election proceedings for IT Tralee Students’ Union elections.
The Union of Students in Ireland are proud lead partners with the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) #ItStopsNow project. The Vice President for Equality & Citizenship spoke at the Irish launch of the project in the Law Society, Dublin on Tuesday 5th of April.
Our EU partners include the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) in Cyprus, Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS), The Women’s Issues Information Centre (WIIC) in Lithuania and The Women’s Equality Commissioner, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich in Germany. Each project partner is working with higher education institutions, both staff and students, statutory agencies and NGO’s focused on combatting sexual violence and harassment against women.
The project will build a culture of zero tolerance of sexual harassment and violence in third level institutions by raising awareness through active campaigning and by developing training and policy resources for students and staff. ESHTE project actions will work to ensure there is a coherent framework driving clear reporting and disclosure mechanisms, resourcing strong support services and ensuring long-term, sustainable interventions.