Hugh Increase In Teenagers Contacting Teeline Ireland For Support in 2016

TeenLine Ireland have announced that the free, national listening service for teenagers has received approximately 25,000 calls and almost 26,000 texts since January last year. The service receives between 140 – 170 calls and texts a night while an extra 1,100 calls and texts were received over Christmas. This is a significant increase on the […]

‘Chats for Change’ Packs To Be Distributed Across College Campuses

The Union of Students in Ireland will distribute thousands of ‘Chats for Change’ packs across Irish college campuses, in partnership with St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, See Change’s Please Talk, Twitter and Roberts Tea. The campaign encourages students to proactively engage with their peers about mental health through conversation.  The campaign will also include tips […]

USI Support INMO Protest As 93% Of Student Nurses Think About Emigrating

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is supporting The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) in their protest outside the Dáil calling for the restoration of incremental credit for nurses and midwives who graduated between 2011 and 2015 on Tuesday the 27th September at 11:30am. According to survey results released by the Union of […]

USI and RTB launch the Finance and Accommodation Guide to prep new Students for College

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) will be launching the 2016 Finance and Accommodation guide in Maynooth University Students’ Union on Tuesday the 30th August at 9:15am in preparation for students coming to college. The guide details the rights and obligations students have while renting in accommodation and […]

60% of Parents Get into Debt Funding Third Level Education

The Irish League of Credit Unions has launched the results of the 2016 Cost of Third Level Education Study which surveyed 1,000 Irish adults over the age of 18 with Marketing Research Company iReach. The research found that 60% of parents get into debt funding third level education; 73% of parents really struggle tocover the […]

USI Welcomes Funding For Student Housing Project Manager

The Union of Students in Ireland has welcomed the allocation of €49,000 in support of the appointment of a Student Housing Project Manager to help identify additional student housing, including ‘digs’ and lodgings in private homes, as the next academic year approaches. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, and Minister for Housing […]

Tenants Struggle to get Deposits back from Landlords

Almost two-thirds of tenants (60%) said they have found it difficult to get their deposits returned from landlords, according to a survey by Red C who surveyed over 1,000 people over the age of 18. There’s 40% less rental space available than there was this time last year, while rents have increased by over 8% […]

USI Welcomes The SUSI Grant Changes

The Union of Students in Ireland said they welcome the SUSI grant changes calling them a step forward in higher education and social mobility. At the moment, students may deduct €3,809 of their holiday earnings from family income before the assessment for grant eligibility is done, but that is being raised to €4,500 for the […]

76% Of Students Worry About Securing Employment & Only 23% Have Secured Employment When They Graduate

76% of students are worried about securing employment and only 23% have secured employment when they graduate, according to new pilot study results released today by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). USI surveyed students across Ireland and asked them how they felt about employment after they graduated. When asked ‘Are you anxious and […]

USI calls on all Political Parties to Commit to Mental Health Reform before the General Election

The Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all political parties to commit to mental health reform and suicide prevention before the General Election. The number of students reporting mental health issues has increased, but as a result of hiring restrictions most colleges can’t afford to hire extra counselling staff to meet the demand. Research by […]

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