NUS-USI has launched an initiative to encourage students from Northern Ireland studying elsewhere to sign up for a postal or proxy vote in the forthcoming Assembly election. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has issued guidance to students’ unions in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to promote information on how students from Northern Ireland can gain a […]

Posted Friday, April 8th, 2016

NUS-USI has gained a very significant win on student funding, which delivers the creation of taught postgraduate loans. It is a tuition fee loan, will be non-means tested, and will be up to the value of £5,500. President of NUS-USI Fergal McFerran said: “It has become increasingly difficult for people to be able to fund […]

Posted Thursday, March 24th, 2016

On National Apprenticeship Week, and on the day that the UK Chancellor is announcing the budget, NUS-USI has called for all political parties to commit to increasing investment in apprenticeships and in further education here. NUS-USI continues to support the ongoing work of the National Society of Apprentices in Northern Ireland which was established in […]

Posted Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Following today’s publication of the Department for Employment and Learning’s paper on the big conversation on higher education funding, NUS-USI says that the paper must be seen as a test of character for any future Executive. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran says the paper now provides political parties an opportunity to outline how ambitious they can […]

Posted Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

NUS-USI has secured a win on part-time undergraduate higher education student funding in Northern Ireland. NUS-USI, working alongside students’ unions has helped ensure that tuition fee grants are retained and also helped deliver a new non means tested top up fee loan for part-time undergraduate study. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said: “This is an extremely […]

Posted Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

NUS-USI hosted its annual LGBT conference at Belfast Met TQ campus on Wednesday 17 February. Here are photos from the event. Colin Chan, NUS-USI LGBT officer welcomed delegates to the event. Delegates enjoyed workshop sessions that were held throughout the day. Ellen Murray, SAIL NI hosted an informative plenary on transgender awareness in Northern Ireland: […]

Posted Friday, February 19th, 2016

NUS-USI hosted its annual women’s conference on Tuesday 16 February in the Canada Room at Queen’s University Belfast. Here are photos from the event. The conference hosted elections, discussions and workshops. Jo Gowers, NUS-USI Women’s officer welcomed delegates from QUBSU, UUSU, St Mary’s and Belfast Met to conference. Clare Bailey, Deputy Leader of the Green […]

Posted Friday, February 19th, 2016

  With the upcoming referendum on the U.K.’s membership of the European Union likely to be held before the end of the summer this year, we’ve partnership with EU Debate NI, a project of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building to host an event which will examine the potential impacts of remaining in, or […]

Posted Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Yesterday, Thursday 11 February 2016, Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union held a constitutional referendum on its membership of NUS-USI. We are delighted to report that Queen’s students voted overwhelmingly in favour of reaffirming their students’ union’s affiliation to NUS-USI with a 93% vote in favour. Commenting on the news, NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said: “I’m […]

Posted Friday, February 12th, 2016

NUS-USI has launched its student manifesto saying that to deliver a vibrant and prosperous society our politicians must place students at the centre of decision-making in Northern Ireland. NUS-USI launched the Owning Our Future manifesto asks document today at the Belfast Metropolitan College building in Titanic Quarter. The manifesto focuses on education, work and society, […]

Posted Friday, February 5th, 2016