The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is the national representative body for third-level students’ unions in Ireland. USI is the sole national representative body for students in Ireland. Founded in 1959, USI now represents more than 354,000 students in over forty colleges across the island of Ireland. The goal of the USI is to work for rights of students and a fair and equal third level education system in Ireland. USI has campaigned on the issue of student accommodation since the 1970s and works with the RTB, Threshold and other organisations on the issue.
Our members are the students’ unions recognised by certain colleges. Not every student body in Ireland is eligible for membership according to our constitution. We refer to our members as ‘Member Organisations’ or MOs’. Individual students gain their membership of USI through their membership of a local students’ union. We refer to individual student members as ‘Ordinary Members’.
The Union of Students in Ireland is an unincorporated entity and is neither registered as a company nor as a charity. It is a confederal organisation, created by and funded by Students’ Unions jointly through its National Council, which serves as the National Executive body of the organisation.
The Union’s structures include one incorporated entity: USIMS Ltd, a limited company which submits returns in accordance with the laws for regulation of limited companies.
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