Responding to new restrictions which require universities and colleges to move to online learning in most cases, NUS-USI President Ellen Fearon said, “I welcome the move to online learning for university and college students in all courses except where it is unavoidable. This is in line with recommendations from SAGE, and while in-person teaching is a […]

Posted Thursday, October 15th, 2020

The student leaders of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom have today written to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis MP, to request an urgent meeting following the Internal Market Bill passing its Second Reading in the House of Commons. The Minister had previously confirmed that current British Government strategy on Brexit […]

Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Responding to the news that GCSE students will now receive their teacher predicted grades, and A Level students will receive the higher of their teacher predicted or CCEA awarded grades, NUS-USI President Ellen Fearon said: “I welcome the decision today that students will now be able to receive their teacher predicated grades at both A-Level […]

Posted Monday, August 17th, 2020

Responding to the news that 37% of  estimated grades allocated by teachers to NI’s A-level and AS level students were lowered, NUS-USI President Ellen Fearon said: “I am immensely proud of every single student in Northern Ireland who is receiving A Level results today. These learners have had to endure unprecedented stress and anxiety over the […]

Posted Thursday, August 13th, 2020

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Posted Monday, July 27th, 2020

NUS-USI welcomes Ellen Fearon as she starts her 2 year term of office. Ellen was elected at NUS-USI’s conference on Thursday 23 April by representatives of Northern Ireland’s students’ unions. Upon her election Ellen promised to “build a grassroots, mass movement of students, learners and apprentices across NI.” Ellen is a former Law & Politics […]

Posted Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced an additional £1.4million to alleviate student hardship, bringing the total available to £5.6million in the 2020/21 financial year. NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has welcomed the news, saying that it will offer support to the most vulnerable students. “We welcome today’s announcement of an additional £1.4 million for student hardship, […]

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

The president of NUS-USI and NUS Women’s Officer have backed an Alliance for Choice campaign calling on Sinn Féin MLAs to withdraw support for a DUP motion to restrict all “non-fatal anomalies” abortions. The DUP motion is tabled for debate at Stormont on Tuesday 2nd June and Sinn Féin have proposed a supportive amendment. NUS-USI […]

Posted Monday, June 1st, 2020

On 19 May the Finance Minister announced £1.4 million in funding for student hardship to support them throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Responding, NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh said, “We welcome today’s announcement of £1.4 million for student hardship, which we hope will relieve some of the difficulties faced by the most vulnerable students. “Students have faced […]

Posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

The president of NUS-USI, Robert Murtagh, has backed a call by the Economy Minister for more national support for the local higher education sector. He says that students need a Student Safety Net and the UK government needs to commit additional funding to support the sector. “The higher education sector in NI is facing real […]

Posted Monday, May 4th, 2020