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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

Responding to an announcement by the Department for the Economy, NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has welcomed the proposed measures and called on the Department to ensure the method for deciding all qualifications is made clear to students as soon as possible. He said, “I am pleased that the Economy Minister has given this direction for […]

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2020

Ellen Fearon has, this afternoon, been elected as the new President of NUS-USI, at NUS-USI’s annual conference which was held online for the first time. The new president will begin their term on 1 July 2020. Following changes to NUS-USI’s constitution last year, the new president will serve for two years, unlike previous presidents who […]

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

In a meeting of the Communities committee today a number of Members raised the problems facing students who have been made unemployed as a result of the crisis, and student renters in hardship. NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh said, “We are grateful to the MLAs who have brought the difficulties facing students to the Minister today […]

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2020

Following a vote in Belfast City Council on 2 March 2020 which calls on the Economy Minister to rule out a rise in tuition fees, President Robert Murtagh said: “I am delighted that Belfast City Council has passed this motion recognising the value that students bring to the city and reassuring them that the Council […]

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020