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

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