Student Housing Problems – NI

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2021 by steve

Gerry Carroll (People Before Profit Alliance): Shortly, representatives from the National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) will gather outside this Building to express their concern about how students have been once again sidelined and left behind during the pandemic. I salute them on their No Keys, No Degrees campaign and will briefly mention some of the issues they are highlighting …” (more)

[Northern Ireland Assembly, 18 October]

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O’Dowd criticises Economy Minister’s refusal to meet with student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 22nd, 2021 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has criticised Economy Minister Diane Dodds for refusing to meet with the Students Union NUS-USI following a recent request from the student’s representative body for a meeting. The party’s spokesperson on Higher and Further Education said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 22 April]

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NUIG Students’ Union calls on local TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the Education for All campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organisation that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris asking him to take action on a number of key areas …” (more)

[Michael Malone, Galway Daily, 21 September]

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Coronavirus: Queens University to hold virtual graduation ceremonies

Posted in Governance and administration on May 3rd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) will not hold graduation ceremonies on its campus this summer. The university emailed students at the weekend to tell them it will hold ‘virtual’ ceremonies for students due to graduate instead …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 3 May]

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Belfast’s students backing university staff as 14 days of strikes begin over pay and pensions

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“Students joined forces with university staff in Belfast yesterday as staff started 14 days of strike action. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University were among those calling for action yesterday on pay and pensions …” (more)

[Allan Preston, Belfast Telegraph, 21 February]

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UUSU Vote to Remain Members of NUS-USI

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2018 by steve

“In a whopping 90.2%–9.8% result, Ulster University Students’ Union have voted to remain members of NUS-USI. Voting took place this week from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th November across all UU Campus’. Members and Officer Board of the trilateral agreement flocked to Ulster University throughout the week to campaign in favour of the long standing membership and outline its benefits to students around campus …” (more)

[USI, 16 November]

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Student hardship fund cuts are branded ‘unacceptable’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“A £1.3m cut to a hardship fund for students has been described as ‘absolutely unacceptable’ by their main representative body. The hardship fund was set up to help Northern Ireland’s poorest students at our six further education colleges …” (more)

[Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph, 9 September]

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Student unions pressure Stephen Farry over cuts to student hardship fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 8th, 2014 by steve

“Student union leaders have called on Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry to reverse cuts to a fund to help struggling students …” (more)

[BBC News, 8 September]

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Students to lobby for ‘fairer deal’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2012 by steve

“Students campaigning against ‘savage cuts’ to their financial support are to hold a day of action in Northern Ireland next month, it has been revealed. They will lobby Stormont assembly members on November 21 to protect the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), the National Union of Students said …” (more)

[Herald, 25 October]

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NUS USI Referendum

Posted in Governance and administration on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“On Tuesday 23 October, along with the second round of QUBSU Student Council elections, there will be a referendum held on Queen’s online to decide on our affiliation with NUS USI …” (more)

[Megan Liddy, The Gown, 22 October]

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Mc Guiness at reception to honour umbrella body for student unions

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2012 by steve

“The Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guiness has spoken at a reception to celebrate the history of NUS-USI NI, the umbrella body for student unions in Northern Ireland …” (more)

[Ciaran Hanna, Studenty_Belfast, 31 May]

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Student call on work placements

Posted in Life on April 24th, 2012 by steve

“Plans to increase work placements for students must lead to real jobs and not cheap labour, their representatives have said. Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry launched a higher education strategy aimed at boosting teaching and learning, but also to help meet the needs of industry …” (more)

[Herald, 24 April]

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