Blog Archive

Rachel Watters   In two days’ time, voters across the Republic of Ireland will go to the polls to cast their ballots in the referendum on repeal of the 8th Amendment. This is a generation-defining referendum and polls say the result will be tight. As NUS-USI Women’s Officer elect, I want to urge all students […]

Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Brexit was not my choice. It wasn’t the choice of 56% of the population of Northern Ireland, it wasn’t the choice of people my age and it wasn’t the choice of my parents. Yet here we are, being forced to leave the European Union against our will. Among those who strongly believed immigration was good […]

Posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Being Transgender Non-Binary at Queens By Jay Prebble, Contributor I am transgender non-binary. For those who haven’t heard that term before, it means that my gender is neither male nor female. I have felt different my entire life. I never quite fit in with either the boys or the girls. I couldn’t identify with either. […]

Posted Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

CW- Domestic Violence By Olivia Potter-Hughes, NUS-USI President For anyone who knows me, I do not generally shy away from personal conversations. I have always been if anything, a bit of an over sharer and somewhat lacking in a filter around my opinions and experiences. When I ran for NUS-USI President, I gave a speech […]

Posted Sunday, December 10th, 2017

By Jay Prebble, student at Queen’s University Belfast (pronouns they/them) Transgender (including non-binary people) come from all walks of life and backgrounds. We are a diverse, creative, productive group of individuals and despite increased visibility in recent years the trans community in Northern Ireland continues to face discrimination and marginalisation. The suffering experienced by the […]

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017

By Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha, Leas-Uachtarán don Gaeilge (USI Vice President for Irish Language) I’m not a hugger, which I consider one of my innate personality traits. Thinking of coming in for a good old rib-crusher? To be honest, I’d rather the handshake, formal as that might be. Hugs to me signify something special, something shared, […]

Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017