Ahead of NUS-USI’s annual conference tomorrow and Wednesday, the organisation’s president Fergal McFerran has said that investment in students is essential to build for the future and deliver crucial economic growth here. He added that if an end to tuition fees and inflationary increases in student support are not delivered, the economy here could struggle […]

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Today NUS-USI joined The Rainbow Project, Here NI, Cara-Friend, the trade union movement and Amnesty International NI to launch ‘Love Equality NI‘, a new campaign for civil marriage equality in Northern Ireland. The campaign launch took place at the LGBT centre in Belfast as campaigners, activists and supporters came together to say with one voice […]

Posted Friday, April 15th, 2016

Following the recent news that the number of nurse training places here is increasing by 100, NUS-USI has issued a call that the student nursing and midwifery bursaries must rise with inflation as many nursing and midwifery students struggle to make ends meet. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said: “It is essential that the financial support […]

Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2016

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