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Nomination to Important Roles within USI

Nominations are now open for the positions of: Chair of National Council / Comhairle Náisiúnta Deputy Chair of National Council / Comhairle Náisiúnta Members of the Steering Committee The deadline for nominations will be 12 August 2022 at 13.00 Candidates for these positions must be former but not current members of USI and must have attended USI Congress. These positions are remunerated per meeting. Nominations are online at https://congress.usi.ie

USI backs call for an urgent increase to postgraduate research stipends

The Union of Students in Ireland has backed a call by a PhD student collective to the Minister for Higher Education, funding agencies and higher education institutions across Ireland, for an urgent increase to postgraduate research stipends. USI Vice President for Postgraduate Affairs, Waqar Ahmed, has signed an open letter from the newly formed PhDs’ Collective Action Union (PCAU) requesting a meeting between the group’s Acting President and the various PhD funding agencies to discuss how stipends can be brought to a liveable and equitable level. As USI has stated on numerous occasions, PCAU says the current PhD stipend is…
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Delay to release of Leaving Cert. results will have a negative impact on students

Clarity provided on when the Leaving Certificate results will be released is welcome, but the lateness of the publication date will have a negative impact on students, says the Union of Students in Ireland. The long-awaited announcement by the State Examinations Commission confirmed that students will receive their results on September 2, with CAO offers expected on September 5. Reacting to the announcement, USI Deputy President and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Megan O’Connor said: “This date – almost a month later than usual – is going to have a significant negative impact on students and higher education institutions across the country. It will have a hugely…
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USI statement on violent homophobic assaults against LGBTQ+ community

The Union of Students in Ireland is horrified by the escalation of violent homophobic assaults against the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland, the latest being an attack against a lesbian couple in Dublin last week. These attacks show yet again the work that remains to be done in Ireland for LGBTQ+ equality and the need for incidents like these to be treated extremely seriously. USI Vice President for Equality and Citizenship, Bukky Adebowale said: “This horrific assault is just the latest violent incident perpetrated on people peacefully going about their lives. Homophobic violence is all too common, and work needs to…
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