Wednesday, March 22, 2006

USI Congress 2006

Members of the Students' Union Executive are currently at the Union of Students' in Ireland (USI) Congress, which is taking place at the West County Hotel, Ennis, County Clare. Each University which belongs to the Union, sends a particular number of delegates depending on the amount of students they represent.

Thousands of pounds are paid anually to the National Union of Students' (NUS) and USI in membership fees. Questions have to be asked about the value of such conferences, and some suggest the money could be better spent directly on students at Queen's. Graham Barton, Postgraduate Students' Officer, who is not attending the conference, regards these Unions as irrelevant. "We have to ask what benefit the average student at Queen's really gets from us being part of NUS-USI." he said.

Members of the Executive who attend the conference, will not be required to give a report on proceedings or their contribution on behalf of the students' at Queen's. One controversial motion at this years conference is on whether or not abortion should be legalised in the Republic of Ireland. It is not known how members representing Queen's students voted on this motion.

USI Timetable
USI Motions


Blogger Chris Gaskin said...

We voted against the Abortion/Murder motion.

So many errors in this post, unbelievable!

To be expected though when you are dealing with the shoddy journalism that is the Gown/Crown.

3/22/2006 6:26 pm  
Blogger Naked_Pete said...

What a usefull comment to make dear. Perhaps you might like to try addressing what these errors are, seeing as you feel so strongly?

Or perhaps its easier just to make cack-handed sweeping statements with no attempt to back them up...
no doubt a bright future in Northern Irish colloquial politics awaits you Chris!



3/23/2006 8:29 am  
Anonymous David Cather said...

Hear, hear Graham. The national organisations serve some purpose, but are largely ineffective. As for NUS-USI it's a waste of space.

On a human note I hope that any pro-abortion motion was defeated.

3/23/2006 8:33 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the beer taste any better down there?

3/23/2006 5:38 pm  

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