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By NUS-USI Women’s Officer Jill McManus The year 2018 set the scene for a rising tide of feminist activism around sexual violence and harassment, with several high-profile sexual assault cases in Northern Ireland and Ireland, Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony to the US Senate and the #MeToo movement making sexual violence a prominent discussion for […]

Posted Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Since the overwhelming referendum result to repeal the 8th Amendment on 26th May 2018, abortion law in Northern Ireland has been under the spotlight. And rightly so. It should appall us that we live with a status quo which sees 28 people a week travel to Great Britain to access abortion services and an unknown […]

Posted Friday, March 8th, 2019

By NUS-USI Welfare Officer JD Armstrong This year marks six years since I first stepped through the doors of the Belfast Metropolitan College, and my life has changed in ways I never really expected it to. I came in rather closed off from the world, with very few friends to speak of, and little self-confidence […]

Posted Monday, October 29th, 2018

By John-Daniel Armstrong, NUS-USI Welfare Officer In March of 2017, I hit an all-time low point in my life, with little hope for the future, about to make the worst decision of my life, I attempted suicide. It wasn’t a complete shock to me that I ended up in that position, because I’d been left […]

Posted Monday, September 10th, 2018

Brexit, the term coined for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the EU, is now a very real threat. The triggering of Article 50 means it’s supposedly happening, no matter what form of deal is struck on the 29th March 2019. More than 30 million people cast their vote in the […]

Posted Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By Conor Loughran NUS-USI LGBT+ Officer On the night of Friday 27th July 2018 NUS-USI won an award for our contributions to the LGBT+ community in Belfast over the past year. It was my honour as LGBT+ Officer to receive the award, something which affirms for me that the past year of volunteering and hard […]

Posted Monday, July 30th, 2018