USI is a democratic organisation. The bodies which ensure the student voice is supreme in the Union are these:
Comhdháil / Congress
Comhdháil is the supreme policy making body of the Union. It makes policy, establishes the principles of the organisation and can amend the constitution. It is composed of representatives from each member students’ union, apportioned according to the size of the student body in each union.
Comhairle Náisiúnta / National Council
Comhairle Náisiúnta is the executive body of the Union. It meets at least eight times annually and is representative of the leadership of each students’ union from all over Ireland, North and South. It meets at various locations all over Ireland.
The Executive Team (formerly Officer Board) is the committee of officers elected by the Congress to enact and realise the policies of the union. Where Congress fails to elect a member of the Officer Board, elections can be held at the National Council.
Governance Committee is charged by the Comhairle Náisiúnta with the oversight of USI’s Governance structures, and USI’s continued journey towards compliance with best governance practice.