In a meeting of the Communities committee today a number of Members raised the problems facing students who have been made unemployed as a result of the crisis, and student renters in hardship. NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh said, “We are grateful to the MLAs who have brought the difficulties facing students to the Minister today […]

Posted Monday, April 6th, 2020

Students cannot become collateral damage in the trade talks between the UK and EU, student leaders from across the UK and Ireland told the chief negotiator for the European Commission, Michel Barnier, today. The delegation included NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh, Union of Students Ireland (USI) President Lorna Fitzpatrick and the UK’s National Union of Students […]

Posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Following a vote in Belfast City Council on 2 March 2020 which calls on the Economy Minister to rule out a rise in tuition fees, President Robert Murtagh said: “I am delighted that Belfast City Council has passed this motion recognising the value that students bring to the city and reassuring them that the Council […]

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Staff have voted for a second round of strike action as part of disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions. NUS-USI has expressed solidarity with University and College Union (UCU) members after they voted to strike on multiple dates throughout February and March this year. Lecturers and support staff at NI’s two universities will take […]

Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Politicians today attended an event in Stormont featuring leading student representatives and representatives of academic staff to hear why a rise to tuition fees is not the answer to solving the funding shortfalls in Northern Ireland’s third level education sector. On 17 January, Arlene Foster, speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Inside Politics, said that the […]

Posted Thursday, February 13th, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh, said: “As the UK leaves the EU today, NUS-USI remains committed to making sure that the rights of current and future students in Northern Ireland are protected. “Northern Ireland did not vote for Brexit, and neither did young people. We have been reassured that there will be no hard border on […]

Posted Friday, January 31st, 2020

NUS-USI and UCU representing both students and academic staff in higher education reiterate our joint opposition to any increase in tuition fees in NI. The answer to the funding of higher education institutions is not to place an additional financial burden on to students. There is currently a student mental health crisis with debt and […]

Posted Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has welcomed the return of the Northern Ireland Assembly after agreement was reached on the ‘New Decade, New Approach’ Deal. The Northern Ireland Assembly is due to reconvene on Saturday 11 January at 1pm. MLAs will elect a First and Deputy First Minister, followed by a new Executive. Robert said, “Northern […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020

NUS, USI and NUS-USI representing approximately 7.5 million students across the UK, and the island of Ireland have issued this statement in solidarity with students, staff and the public in India who are protesting the new Citizenship Amendment Act. “We utterly condemn the brutal and violent crackdown on peaceful protests led by students in India. […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh has responded to the vote in the Houses of Commons on 8 January, which saw an amendment fail that would have compelled Westminster to seek full involvement in the Erasmus+ programme after the implementation period. He said, “We regret the British government’s decision not to support this clause, but it does […]

Posted Friday, January 10th, 2020