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Representing You

Your Student Officers are working hard to represent you and your needs to the University and lobby the Government on priority issues for students.

Recent successes have included:

  • In 2022, we lobbied strongly for a financial intervention package that would help and support ALL students. As a result the University announced it would provide:
    • A cash payment was to students both undergraduate and postgraduate (approximately 21,400 students) of £150. This payment was made in January 2023.
    • A cash payment of £400 was made to students with a household income of less than £25k (which amounts to 3,600 students).
    • An increased amount of funding in the Student Hardship Fund of £600.
    • Library fines will be waived for the Academic Year 22/23.
    • £47 Graduations fees were waived in December 2022 and Summer 2023.
    • Disciplinary fees will be halved - a positive first step in our long-term lobbying aim of having them abolished.

Over and above this, we are: 

  • Joining forces with our national students’ union, NUS-USI, in their ‘Cost of Survival’ campaign, calling on the NI Executive to provide: 
    • Cost-of-Living Payment for all students in further and higher education 
    • Rent freeze in the private sector and purpose-built student accommodation 
    • Free public transport for all students, as well as fuel payments and increased mileage rates 
  • Lobbying the NI Executive for: 
    • Distinct fuel bursary (£400 for students directly) 
    • Changes in landlords’ responsibility to create energy efficient homes 

We’ll keep you updated on progress here and on our socials. Make sure to follow us for updates: FacebookTwitterInstagram and TikTok.

And if you would like to get involved in the campaign click here.