NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has expressed solidarity with Trinity College Dublin students who have been opposing the imposition of a new €450 charge for re-sits. Olivia stated that the university must reverse its decision and engage pro-actively with students to address concerns that they have. NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “It is absolutely appalling that […]

Posted Thursday, March 15th, 2018

NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has said the budget for Northern Ireland announced yesterday has to result in the Department for the Economy re-prioritising its funding to invest more of its allocation into HE and FE. Olivia said such a move is crucial to increase opportunity and grow the economy here, and also said that the […]

Posted Friday, March 9th, 2018

NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has given her support to a letter from Alliance for Choice to Westminster Minister for Women and Equalities Amber Rudd, calling for significant reform of Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “NUS-USI supports Alliance for Choice and I strongly welcome this letter being sent to the Westminster Women […]

Posted Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Over the past few weeks a number of conferences have taken place, and NUS-USI officers have been elected at these respective conferences. On 13 February Women’s Conference was held at Ulster University in Belfast, on 14 February LGBT Conference was held at QUBSU, on 15 February Disabled Students’ Conference took place at NUS-USI’s office and […]

Posted Friday, February 23rd, 2018

NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has given the backing of NUS-USI student movement to University and College Union members who are taking strike action in the coming days regarding pensions. Olivia along with the President of Ulster University Students’ Union Kevin McStravock, and the President of Queen’s University Students’ Union Stephen McCrystall, have jointly written to […]

Posted Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Student Leaders from Northern Ireland, the rest of the UK, and from Ireland today held a meeting with Dr Andrew McCormick, the newly-appointed Director General of International Relations in the Northern Ireland civil service. The delegation met Dr McCormick as part of their trilateral meeting in Belfast, which brings together student presidents from NUS, USI […]

Posted Friday, February 9th, 2018

NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has encouraged people to sign the online petition from Love Equality in support of marriage equality. Olivia said that Northern Ireland must send out a message that it is a welcoming and respectful place, and that delivering marriage equality immediately would help demonstrate this. The petition can be found at […]

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Ahead of tomorrow’s closing date for the Department of Finance’s Northern Ireland budget outlook consultation, NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes has stated the paper paints a picture of scorched-earth budgetary policy that must be robustly opposed. NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “This budget document offers little other than a scorched earth vision of devastating cuts which […]

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018

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