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

Students cannot become collateral damage in the trade talks between the UK and EU, student leaders from across the UK and Ireland told the chief negotiator for the European Commission, Michel Barnier, today. The delegation included NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh, Union of Students Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and the UK’s National Union of Students […]

Posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Staff have voted for a second round of strike action as part of disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. NUS-USI has expressed solidarity with University and College Union (UCU) members after they voted to strike on multiple dates throughout February and March this year. Lecturers and support staff at NI’s two universities will take […]

Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Politicians today attended an event in Stormont featuring leading student representatives and representatives of academic staff to hear why a rise to tuition fees is not the answer to solving the funding shortfalls in Northern Ireland’s third level education sector. On 17 January, Arlene Foster, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Politics, said that the […]

Posted Thursday, February 13th, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh, said: “As the UK leaves the EU today, NUS-USI remains committed to making sure that the rights of current and future students in Northern Ireland are protected. “Northern Ireland did not vote for Brexit, and neither did young people. We have been reassured that there will be no hard border on […]

Posted Friday, January 31st, 2020