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Beth for USI President

For the unabridged plain text manifesto with more action points and detail – see here.

Supporting Students’ Unions:

  • Create open lines of communication between all Coiste Gnó officers and MO Officers.
  • Commit to providing a USI Calendar at the beginning of the year
  • Centralise sabbatical communications to increase officer engagement.
  • Ensure that I am in regular communication with all officers.
  • Provide SU’s with a database of industry contacts and diverse trainings.
  • Create a centralised location for Comhairle Náisiúnta (CN) documentation.
  • Provide information for officers on how to engage with working groups and CN.

Engaging with Students

  • Re-establish the focus groups for students in minority groups and establish similar focus groups for policy remits.
  • Establish regional student activist groups.
  • Ensure that all USI events are advertised a minimum of one month in advance.
  • Increased communication with student societies.
  • Produce a social media strategy review.

Team Management

  • Ensure that plans of work are completed as a team.
  • Provide Comhairle Náisiúnta with an overall team plan of work.
  • Include “Plan of Work Updates” in the agenda of our weekly Monday Morning Meetings.
  • Change the culture of needing presidential oversight on every decision
  • Give the Coiste Gnó the confidence to be creative in their work
  • Ensure that a procedures manual is brought before Comhairle Náisiúnta.
  • Begin the process of role reviews for the Regional VPs and the VPPGA.
  • Ensure the Coiste Gnó are sitting on committees relevant to their remits
  • Ensure that Coiste Gnó officers are not being used for their expertise by other organisations at the expense of their ability to engage with students.

SU Autonomy

  • Ensure that the USI has information in relation to the structures and funding of every Member organisation through data collection.
  • Develop a long term strategy for a task force composed of SU representatives and SU staff dedicated to the issue of SU autonomy.
  • Continue to advocate for SU funding to come from a centralised body such as the HEA.

Publicly Funded HE

  • Work with the VP Campaigns and NUS-USI President to develop a long term strategy for achieving publicly funded higher education inclusive of students in the North
  • Strengthen connections with trade unions
  • Establish a designated portal for student feedback on all campaign actions.
  • Empower students by educating them on what the Cassell’s Report is and why it is so important to the future of higher education.
  • Work with the VP for Campaigns to ensure that there are strong actions allowing students to productively engage with the issue of the Cassell’s Report.
  • Ensure that updates are provided following any conversations with the DFHERIS.
  • Support students’ unions in their work lobbying for the reduction of international students’ fees
  • Establish an International Student Focus Group.
  • Ensure that the unique struggles faced by students in creative arts courses are highlighted.
  • Ensure that we establish formal partnerships with trade unions such as Praxis, that represent students in the Creative Arts sector.

Accommodation.

  • Highlight the need for cross-departmental meetings to discuss the issue of the student accommodation crisis.
  • Fight for TU’s and to have access to borrow funds to build affordable PBSA.
  • Demand increased rental protections for students and fight for an immediate rent freeze for all students.
  • Advocate for an updated version of the Student Accommodation Strategy.
  • Support the development of student co-operative housing.
  • Assist Students’ Unions and students with the coordination of rent strikes where needed.
  • Update the USI Student Accommodation Position Paper.
  • Submit planning applications against any unaffordable PBSA

Political Engagement

  • Highlight the benefits of divestment and ensure that MO’s are provided with educational resources surrounding this work.
  • Lobby the government to ensure that any additional protections offered to Ukrainian student asylum seekers are extended to all student asylum seekers.
  • Develop a strategic paper outlining what to do when a student is given a deportation order.
  • Lobby for the extension of domestic fee status to all students who are asylum seekers.

Postgraduate Students

  • Update the USI Postgraduate Workers Rights Charter and lobby for it to be formally recognised.
  • Ensure that all officers are engaged and informed on postgraduate issues.
  • Utilise the data compiled from the Postgraduate Student Survey to lobby for an end to stipend disparity across all HEI’s.
  • Ensure that a postgrad specific mental health campaign is developed to be rolled out annually.
  • Compile data on the postgraduate specific supports offered by all of our MO’s
  • Ensure that the VP Welfare and VPAA co-ordinate postgraduate specific training.
  • Assist our MO’s with the development of further postgraduate representative positions.
  • Establish connections with postgraduate student societies in the event of an MO having no formally recognised postgraduate representative.

 

Gaeilge

  • Ensure that the work of the LUdG is no longer filled with translational duties and instead USI’s translational work is sent out of house.
  • An increase in all campaign materials as Gaeilge to be provided to MO’s.
  • Ensure all MO officers are able to attend Gaeilge Working Group.
  • USI support for grassroots organisations fighting to promote the Irish language.
  • The development of an Irish language strategy paper.
  • Irish language lessons for Coiste Gnó members who would like to learn Gaeilge.

 

NUS-USI

  • Ensuring that USI Officers attend all large scale NUS-USI events and protests
  • Ensuring policy officers visit campuses in the NUS-USI region
  • Investigate the possibility of reducing Comhdháil fees for MO’s in the NUS-USI region to facilitate their attendance at Comhdháil.
  • Ensure that there is at least one collaborative USI and NUS-USI campaign aimed specifically at FE engagement in USI.
  • Link all campaigns that are applicable to both regions.

Technological Universities

  • Facilitating the Mergers Working Group at Comhairle Náisiúnta and ensuring that we come up with monthly action items
  • Lobbying the DFHERIS for increased funding to ensure that support services are available to all students, no matter which campus they are studying on.
  • Continuing the fight for TU’s to have access to the same funding for accommodation building as their university counterparts.
  • Provide a constitutional toolkit for Students’ Unions who are undertaking constitutional referenda to facilitate the merging of their unions.
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