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USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 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.

Democracy

USI is a democratic organisation. The supreme authority of the Union is the 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 the 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 the USI Congress to an elected committee of Sabbatical student representatives called the 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’

 

Our member organisations

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
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow SU
  • University College Cork SU
  • Limerick Institute of Technology SU
  • Waterford Institute of Technology SU
  • Munster Technological University Cork SU
  • Munster Technological University Kerry SU

 

Border, Midlands and Western Region

  • Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology SU
  • National University of Ireland, Galway SU
  • Athlone Institute of Technology SU
  • Maynooth SU
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology SU
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology SU
  • Institute of Technology Sligo SU
  • St Angela’s College Sligo SU

 

Staff

  • General Manager: Ben Archibald | ben.archibald@usi.ie
  • Administrator: Denise Glover  | denise.glover@usi.ie
  • National Student Engagement Programme Manager: Oisín Hassan | nstep@usi.ie
  • National Student Engagement Programme Training Co-Ordinator: Dr Jeffrey Cox | nsteptraining@usi.ie
  • Student Mental Health Project Manager: Sarah Hughes | mentalhealth@usi.ie
  • Public Relations & Communications Manager: Martina Genockey | pr@usi.ie

Governance Committee

Chair of Governance Committee: Shane F McCarthy

External Members:  

  • Aoife Prendergast
  • Siobhán Fearon
  • Richard Hammond

Accountant

Gareth I J Williams

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:

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