What is USI ?

USI is the national representative body for the more than 360,000 affiliated students in third level education on the Island of Ireland.  We are a membership organisation – our members are our affiliated Students’ Unions around Ireland, North and South.


USI is a democratic organisation. The supreme authority of the Union is Comdháil (Congress), which is representative of each affiliated students’ union, apportioned according to the size of the student body in each union. Each union also sends one voting member to Comhairle Náisiúnta (National Council) – the executive body of the organisation.  Issues relating to governance are delegated by the National Council to a Governance Committee.  Day to day management and policy execution are delegated by USI Comdháil to an elected committee of Sabbatical student representatives called the Coiste Gnó (Executive Team).

Northern Ireland

A trilateral arrangement exists between USI, the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom and NUS-USI, the Student Movement in Northern Ireland.  NUS-USI was formed in 1972 to ensure that all students in Northern Ireland could be members of the national union movement without distinction as to personal political or religious beliefs, particularly on the Northern Ireland constitutional question.  Check out the NUS-USI Website

Our members

Our members are the students’ unions recognised by the colleges below.  Not every student body in Ireland is eligible for membership according to our constitution.  We refer to our members as ‘Member Organisations’ or MOs’.  Individual students gain their membership of USI through their membership of a local students’ union.  We refer to individual student members as ‘Ordinary Members’


NUS-USI Region

  • Belfast Metropolitan College SU
  • Queen’s University, Belfast SU
  • Ulster University SU
  • St Mary’s University College Belfast SU
  • Stranmillis University College Belfast SU
  • College of Agriculture, Food and the Rural Economy SU
  • Northern Regional College SU
  • North West Regional College SU
  • Southern Regional College SU
  • South West College SU
  • South Eastern Regional College SU

Dublin Region

  • Dublin City University SU
  • Technological University Dublin SU
  • National College of Ireland SU
  • Trinity College Dublin SU
  • National College of Art and Design SU
  • Institute of Art, Design and Technology SU


Southern Region

  • Carlow College
  • University College Cork SU
  • Technological University of the Shannon SU
  • Munster Technological University Cork SU
  • Munster Technological University Kerry SU


Border, Midlands and Western Region

  • Atlantic Technological University SU Galway-Mayo
  • Atlantic Technological University SU Donegal
  • Atlantic Technological University SU Sligo
  • Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh
  • Technological University of the Shannon SU
  • Maynooth SU
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology SU
  • St Angela’s College Sligo SU



Governance Committee

Chair of Governance Committee: Dr Shane F McCarthy

President: Chris Clifford

National Council Members:

  • Brian Jordan (TUDSU)
  • Isobel Kavanagh (MTU Cork SU)
  • Niamh Kennedy (TUSSU)
  • Thomas O’Dowd (DCUSU)

External Members:  

  • Peter O’Neill


Gareth I J Williams

Legal Counsel

Richard Hammond SC, Hammond Good LLP

Regulatory Information

The Union of Students in Ireland is an unincorporated entity and is neither registered as a company nor as a charity. It is a confederal organisation, created by and funded by Students’ Unions jointly through its National Council, which serves as the National Executive body of the organisation.

Address to which correspondence may be sent:

Ceann Áras na Mac Léinn
12 Shamrock Villas
Harold’s Cross
Dublin 6W
D6W XH75