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NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has labelled an almost 60% cut by the Department of Health to nursing funding, which will impact on course provision in Northern Ireland, as disgraceful. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said: “I am appalled that any unelected government official could make a decision of this scale with little or no consultation with […]

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Student leaders voice collective concern regarding Brexit The leaders of the student movement from Great Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland met today in Belfast to discuss shared concerns in relation to the UK government’s proposed exit from the European Union. Fergal McFerran and Olivia Potter-Hughes (President and President-elect of NUS-USI, the student movement in Northern […]

Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has said that one of the key stories of the general election is the massive increase in the turnout of student and young people. He said it’s vital that politicians listen to students and deliver their objectives and he outlined the need for freedom of movement for students across the EU […]

Posted Friday, June 9th, 2017

NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has encouraged students to vote in the general election on Thursday, saying if students don’t, they wouldn’t have the chance to shape the future they wish to see. In early May, NUS-USI delivered thousands of leaflets and conducted a mass canvass around Northern Ireland to encourage students to register to vote […]

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

A staged equal marriage ceremony will be held at the steps of the Assembly at Stormont today, 22nd May at 1pm to mark the second anniversary of the successful marriage equality referendum in the Republic of Ireland. The event has been arranged by student activists to celebrate the second anniversary of the referendum but also […]

Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017

NUS-USI will be attending the An Dream Dearg rally on Saturday in Belfast to add the student movement’s voice to growing calls for the creation of an Irish Language Act here. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said: “At our annual conference a number of weeks ago our members overwhelming endorsed the call for an Irish Language […]

Posted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Over the coming days, NUS-USI will be travelling across Northern Ireland, teaming up with students’ unions to encourage students to get registered to vote in the upcoming general election NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said that it is essential that students make their voice heard on the issues they care about by registering to vote and […]

Posted Monday, May 8th, 2017

  As Parliament in Westminster has formally approved Theresa May’s call for an early General Election, NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has said that while some would prefer they remained silent, students must make their voices heard as loudly as ever. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said, “It is now clear, given the events of recent days, […]

Posted Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran has said it’s crucial that there is no suspension of devolution, and that politicians must reflect carefully on their responsibility to provide mature and effective leadership. NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran said, “I believe it’s time to acknowledge that despite the strong frustration felt by many due to the current stalemate, there […]

Posted Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Olivia Potter-Hughes has been elected NUS-USI’s new President at NUS-USI annual conference at Armagh City Hotel. The new President will be commencing their term at the start of July, after the current President Fergal McFerran has served the maximum two years as President. Incoming NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes said: “This is a very challenging time […]

Posted Thursday, April 6th, 2017