NUS-USI and UCU representing both students and academic staff in higher education reiterate our joint opposition to any increase in tuition fees in NI. The answer to the funding of higher education institutions is not to place an additional financial burden on to students. There is currently a student mental health crisis with debt and […]

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has welcomed the return of the Northern Ireland Assembly after agreement was reached on the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ Deal. The Northern Ireland Assembly is due to reconvene on Saturday 11 January at 1pm. MLAs will elect a First and Deputy First Minister, followed by a new Executive. Robert said, “Northern […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020

NUS, USI and NUS-USI representing approximately 7.5 million students across the UK, and the island of Ireland have issued this statement in solidarity with students, staff and the public in India who are protesting the new Citizenship Amendment Act. “We utterly condemn the brutal and violent crackdown on peaceful protests led by students in India. […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has responded to the vote in the Houses of Commons on 8 January, which saw an amendment fail that would have compelled Westminster to seek full involvement in the Erasmus+ programme after the implementation period. He said, “We regret the British government’s decision not to support this clause, but it does […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020

He said: “I want to express my solidarity with all healthcare workers that are taking industrial action. I fully support this strike action and the demands for pay parity with the rest of the UK and safe staffing levels. “There are just under 2,800 unfilled nursing posts within the health service in Northern Ireland. This […]

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

As parties meet today at the beginning of a fresh talks process, NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has said that politicians must take this opportunity to restore the Stormont government and deliver for young people in Northern Ireland. He said, “This election saw a huge increase in the number of young people and students choosing to […]

Posted Monday, December 16th, 2019

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has expressed his support for UNISON healthcare workers taking industrial action over pay and staffing levels. He said: “I want to express my solidarity with UNISON on the industrial action that they are taking. I fully support this strike action, and I hope that the department understands that workers are taking […]

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2019

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh offers support to university staff as the eight-day strike comes to an end.

Posted Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Staff at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University have voted for strike action as part of disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions.

Posted Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Students in NI call for an end to the marketisation of education, greater investment in the NHS, and a commitment to equality and human rights.

Posted Wednesday, November 6th, 2019