NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes, NUS-USI Women’s officer Hannah Rooney, NUS-USI LGBT officer Conor Loughran and NUS-USI Disabled student’s officer Richard Moorhead and NUS-USI Regional Council have written to MLAs and political parties calling on them to deliver equality in Northern Ireland. Following the letter, Olivia is in the process of holding meetings with politicians to […]

Posted Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Following news today that international students boost the Northern Ireland economy to the value of £170m, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has said that students’ concerns about Brexit must be acted upon to try and ensure there’s no decrease in international students here post-Brexit. This figure comes from a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute […]

Posted Friday, January 12th, 2018

On the day that a budget bill for Northern Ireland is being put though Westminster, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said politicians must wake up to the need for an immediate deal on devolution here. She said a lack of a government here, coupled with Brexit, could leave thousands of students and young people feeling that […]

Posted Monday, November 13th, 2017

Student representatives from further education colleges and universities in Northern Ireland met today with the Love Equality Coalition. They discussed the current situation of the campaign for civil marriage equality in the North and how the student movement here can show their continued support. Love Equality is The Campaign for Civil Marriage Equality in Northern […]

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017

Every year we host a Apprentice engagement tour in partnership with the National Society of Apprentices NI (NSoANI). This year we travelled across NI visiting eight college campuses and met with over 250 apprentices and training for success students. We discussed the issues that apprentices and TfS students face both in college and in the […]

Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017

On Wednesday 25 October 2017 NUS-USI hosted a student governor networking and development day, funded by Department for the Economy. The six student governors from all FE colleges attended. We covered the roles and responsibilities as a student governor, effective communication, handling paperwork and how to have courageous conversations. Olivia Potter-Hughes, NUS-USI President also hosted […]

Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Student leaders from the UK, Ireland and Northern Ireland today issued a joint statement condemning the chaos which currently exists in Northern Ireland regarding Brexit and the impact of devolution stalemate there. NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes, NUS President Shakira Martin and USI President Michael Kerrigan held a student summit in London today and issued this […]

Posted Friday, October 20th, 2017

In light of recent developments regarding Bombardier, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has expressed solidarity with staff, the trade union Unite, and she emphasised the need to protect the apprenticeship places there. NUS-USI and the National Society of Apprentices in Northern Ireland have been visiting FE campuses across Northern Ireland this week and have met with […]

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The new academic year has begun and over the last month NUS-USI has been busy visiting around 30 freshers’ fairs across Northern Ireland. Our student activists were thrilled to have the chance to meet new and returning students, and to find out about the issues which are important to them in the year ahead. In […]

Posted Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Following the publication of National Society of Apprentices survey findings which show that one in six apprentices surveyed do not get paid for offsite training, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said it is essential that all apprentices are paid for this training. Olivia said that she was deeply concerned with apprentice pay and conditions, and said […]

Posted Monday, September 18th, 2017