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USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland.  We are a membership organisation – our members are our affiliated Students’ Unions around Ireland, North and South.


USI is a democratic organisation. The supreme authority of the Union is the Congress, which is representative of each affiliated students’ union, apportioned according to the size of the student body in each union. Each union also sends one voting member  to the National Council – the executive body of the organisation.  Issues relating to governance are delegated by the National Council to a Governance Committee.  Day to day management and policy execution are delegated by the USI Congress to an elected committee of Sabbatical student representatives called the Executive Team.

Northern Ireland

A trilateral arrangement exists between USI, the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom and NUS-USI, the Student Movement in Northern Ireland.  NUS-USI was formed in 1972 to ensure that all students in Northern Ireland could be members of the national union movement without distinction as to personal political or religious beliefs, particularly on the Northern Ireland constitutional question.  Check out the NUS-USI Website

Our members

Our members are the students’ unions recognised by the colleges below.  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’

Southern Region: Border, Midlands & Western Region:
·      Carlow College ·      Cork Institute of Technology ·      Institute of Technology Carlow ·      Institute of Technology Tralee ·      Limerick Institute of  Technology ·      Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary ·      Limerick Schoolof Art & Design ·      Templemore College of Further Education ·      University College Cork ·      Waterford Institute of Technology ·      Athlone Institute of Technology ·      Dundalk Institute of Technology ·      Galway Mayo Institute of Technology ·      Galway Mayo Institute of Technology – Castlebar ·      Institute of Technology, Sligo ·      Letterkenny Institute of Technology ·      National University of Ireland, Galway ·      National University of Ireland,Maynooth ·      St.Angela’s College, Sligo


Dublin Region: Northern Region: 
·      Dublin City University ·      Technological University Dublin ·      Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology ·          National College of Ireland ·      National College of Art and Design ·      Trinity College Dublin ·      Belfast Metropolitan College, ·      North Western Regional College ·      Northern Regional College ·      Queen’s University, Belfast ·      South Eastern Regional College, ·      South Western Regional College ·      Southern Regional College, ·      St Mary’s University College, Belfast ·      Stranmillis University College, Belfast ·      Ulster University


  • A ‘candidate member’ is a term of convenience which refers to a students’ union which has completed the process of democratically verifying their intention to join USI but which has not yet been ratified by the National Council.  That member has a right of participation and engagement within rules set by the USI President.
  • A ‘departing member’ is a term of convenience used to describe a member which has democratically verified their intention to leave USI but which is not engaged with USI. That member has declined the right of participation in the national union.

USI Branding Guidance

USI’s logo is a registered trade mark and may not be used without USI’s express written permission. Click here to download the >> USI Brand Guidelines. Now you’ve read those carefully, please find the logos you need.  Please don’t stretch them.

White USI Logo

Green USI Logo

Orange USI Logo

Blue USI Logo

USI Logo Normal






USI Bank Details

USI’s bank details may be requested by email to:


  • General Manager: Ben Archibald |
  • Administrator: Denise Glover  |
  • National Student Engagement Programme Manager: Oisín Hassan |
  • National Student Engagement Programme Training Co-Ordinator: Dr Jeffrey Cox |
  • Student Mental Health Project Manager: Sarah Hughes |
  • Public Relations & Communications Manager: Martina Genockey |

Governance Committee

Chair of Governance Committee: Shane F McCarthy

External Members:  

Aoife Prendergast

Siobhán Fearon

Richard Hammond



Gareth I J Williams

Regulatory Information

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.

Address to which correspondence may be sent:

Ceann Áras na Mac Léinn
12 Shamrock Villas
Harold’s Cross
Dublin 6W
D6W XH75