ITCSU & WITSU DEVELOPING INCLUSIVE & COLLABORATIVE STUDENTS' UNION

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IT Carlow Students’ Union and Waterford IT Students’ Union have met again today regarding the development of a Students’ Union for the Technological University South East, Ireland. Both Students’ Unions are committed to continuing discussions of our shared values and goals to develop a multi-campus Students’ Union that takes the needs of all our students into consideration.

The combined Students’ Union teams have met on numerous occasions to ensure that the students of Waterford Institute of Technology and the Institute of Technology Carlow are represented throughout the process. ITCSU & WITSU invited the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to engage in and support the development of a Students’ Union that represents the multi-campus regional spread of our members.

Research has been undertaken by members of both Students’ Unions on national and international models to develop a best practice system that will enhance the discussions around the development of a new Technological University Students’ Union.
WITSU and ITCSU are determined to ensure students are constantly represented in all changes that will take place, including referring to the importance of an independent and autonomous Students’ Union. Together our Students’ Unions have continuously worked to ensure student representation through each Governing Body, which is the highest decision making level within each Institution.

It is imperative to WITSU & ITCSU that students are at the centre of the discussions involving the development of the new Technological University. Both are committed to developing a strong, inclusive and collaborative Students’ Union.

Minister for housing says “Students are political force”

On the morning of the 11th of April, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy presented amendments to the Residential Tenancies Bill, which writes into law that students in PBSA will no longer see hikes of above 4% year on year Students will fully be able to avail of RTB protections, starting in July.

It has been clarified that college owned accommodation would also be covered in the legislation.

USI welcome the legislation, however note with caution that rents have already reached unaffordable heights with most new builds coming into the market at €230+ per week.

We will continue to fight on this issue 

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