Apr 16, 2024

National Students Action Group currently occupying the Department of Finance to demand action on student cost-of-living and accommodation crisis

Issued on behalf of the National Students Action Group by the Union of Students in Ireland at 1.30pm on 16.04.24 Members of the National Students Action Group, including students from a number of universities and colleges and the Union of Students in Ireland, are currently occupying the Department of Finance demanding to deliver a letter directly to Minister Michael McGrath or Minister Paschal Donohoe. The letter outlines the terrible...

Apr 15, 2024

Union of Students in Ireland welcomes scrapping of Green Paper on Disability Reform, hard fought for by disability activists

The Union of Students in Ireland congratulates everyone involved in the Scrap the Green Paper coalition for its success in campaigning for Government not to go ahead with the changes to disability payments. USI is completely opposed to the changes that disability groups said would not help break down the barriers that face people trying to enter the workforce and would only leave them financially worse-off. In opposing the green paper, USI...

Apr 9, 2024

Taoiseach Simon Harris must show students of Ireland that he is not ‘all talk’ on accommodation crisis and soaring cost of going to college

Now is the time for Taoiseach Simon Harris to prove to the students of Ireland that he is not just ‘all talk’ by delivering long overdue and badly needed change to our higher education system, says the Union of Students in Ireland. USI has met with Simon Harris on numerous occasions since he was appointed Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in June 2020, but has not seen any real change to improve the...

Mar 26, 2024

USI Coiste Gnó 2024-2025 election results

The results of the 2024/2025 USI Coiste Gnó elections have just been announced at USI Comhdháil in the Clayton Hotel, Sligo. The team for next year will be... President Chris Clifford (USI CG) Vice-President for Academic Affairs Bryan O’Mahony (USI CG) Vice-President for Welfare Niamh Doherty (MTUK SU) Vice-President for Campaigns Nathan Murphy (USI CG) Vice-President for Equality & Citizenship Aoife Hynes (USI CG) Vice-President for...

Mar 20, 2024

Students have no confidence in this Government and Taoiseach’s resignation should trigger general election

The Union of Students in Ireland is joining calls for an immediate general election, saying students have no confidence in the Government and now is the time for change, with Leo Varadkar announcing his resignation today. Students have told USI clearly that they have no confidence in this Government to take the action that is badly needed on student issues, and Students’ Union officers voted in favour of a no-confidence motion at a recent...

Mar 5, 2024

What we’ve done with the website

We updated the USI website in late February 2024. Good bits It's now fully mobile responsive, has an improved UX and UI and exceeds contrast standards for visual impairment. It's way faster and uses half the bandwidth it did before It incorporates our most active social media content Less good bits It's not yet fully screen reader friendly (it works but it's irritating to use) but we're working on this as a critical priority. Bad bits It's...

Feb 19, 2024

Initial Nominations for USI Executive Team 2024

President Clifford, Chris (Union of Students in Ireland) MTUKSU; TUSSU; ATUSUD; CMLOG; NCADSU; TCDSU; TUDSU; ATUSUGM; DCUSU; MSU; UCCSU Crossen, Eoin (Dublin City University Students' Union) MTUCSU; QSU; TCDSU; ATUSUD; MTUKSU; NCADSU; TUDUS; TUSSU; IADTSU; DCUSU; CMLOG; NCISU; UUSU; MSU; UCCSU Jordan, Brian (Technological University Dublin Students' Union) TUDSU; MSU Re-Open Nominations (Obligatory Alternative) Vice-President for Academic...

Feb 15, 2024

TCDSU protest, supported by the USI, demands Government action on student accommodation, mental health and cost of living

TCDSU and USI officers occupy the Department of Further and Higher Education offices A Trinity College Students’ Union-organised protest, supported by the Union of Students in Ireland, today (Thursday, February 15) is demanding Government action on issues that are leaving students in crisis. TCDSU, USI and Trinity students are assembling at Front Square at 11.11am this morning and march to the Department of Further and Higher...

Feb 14, 2024

Student Digs: National Survey 2023 report published

Students and homeowners renting out rooms both feel more secure and comfortable when there is a written agreement between the parties, according to the findings of Student Digs: National Survey 2023, published today by the Union of Students in Ireland. The research carried out among students that currently, or recently, lived in digs found that 66 per cent of the respondents have a written contract with the homeowner and that in 68 per cent...

Jan 25, 2024

“Government engaging in smoke and mirrors in relation to student accommodation” – USI

Government is engaging in smoke and mirrors in relation to student accommodation by announcing and reannouncing the same ‘news’ and ‘policies’ without any concrete plans or information, according to the Union of Students in Ireland. Last Friday, Minister Simon Harris, Minister Darragh O’Brien and Minister Pascal Donohoe held a publicity event in DCU and sent out press releases stating that they would “unveil plans for 500 student...

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Student Achievement Awards 2024

The Student Achievement Awards will take place on 2 May 2024. They will celebrate the contribution students from across Ireland have made to the student community and Irish society in the past year.

Now celebrating their 11th year, the awards are fully owned and managed by the Union of Students in Ireland on a not-for-profit basis and there is no charge for any application or nomination.


We’re the representative organisation for students in third level education on the island of Ireland. We represent the interests of more than 360,000 students in 24 colleges, North and South.

Coiste Gnó / Executive team


There are many ways to get involved in USI. Ask your Students’ Union for information about our events and our campaigns to play your part in your island-wide union.