The National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI) was established in 1972 under a unique arrangement where both the British and Irish national student unions, National Union of Students (NUS) and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) respectively, jointly organised in Northern Ireland to promote student unity across the sectarian divide.

The original agreement was revised in 2012. This resulted in the current trilateral agreement which was signed by the presidents of NUS, USI and NUS-USI at an event held at Parliament Buildings, Stormont in 2012 which took place to celebrate 40 years of collaboration between the national unions.

The trilateral committee meets three times annually; once in London, once in Dublin and once in Belfast. The committee comprises the presidents of NUS, USI and NUS-USI, and is attended by a manager from each.

You can find a copy of the trilateral agreement here.

Here is a document written by Ciarán Hanna on ‘The Organisation and Development of NUS and USI in Northern Ireland – 1970–1990’

Here is ‘A brief political overview – 1972-2012’ which was put together for the 40th anniversary of NUS-USI.

NUS-USI now represent the interests of around 200,000 students in Northern Ireland and campaigns on their behalf in many different fields such as student hardship, health, prejudice and accommodation.

We also provide an infrastructure that helps individual students’ unions in the North of Ireland to develop their own work through our research, training and development functions.

Take a look at our Facebook page to see some historical shots of the student movement in Northern Ireland.

How to find us

Address: Floor 2, 42 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HN

We've moved, from 29.02.20 our new address is:

NUS USI, 18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS


Our team

NUS-USI Elected Officer NUS-USI colleagues

Ellen Fearon

NUS-USI President

Corrine Heaney

Campaigns Director



Nora Duncan

Campaigns, Communication and Development Consultant


Sarah Laverty

Campaigns and Influencing Consultant

Our governance

NUS-USI’s constitution

The constitution is the governing document of NUS-USI.  Any amendment to the constitution must be submitted to NUS-USI conference, and requires a two thirds majority of delegates in attending conference.

To see a copy of the latest constitution which was amended at NUS-USI conference 2017 click here.

NUS-USI’s student leadership

NUS-USI is led by the president who heads up the regional executive committee (REC).  The president is responsible for the overall direction of the work of the REC, NUS-USI regional council, NUS-USI conference and any ad-hoc working groups. The president is a paid position, and elections take place for this role annually at NUS-USI conference.

The remaining members of the REC are volunteers.  These positions provide an opportunity for students to develop skills that transfer effectively to the workplace.

The further education officer, welfare officer, campaigns & citizenship officer and environmental awareness officer are also up for election at NUS-USI conference annually.  NUS-USI women’s, LGBT and disabled students officers are elected at their respective conferences, where liberation committees are also elected to support the work of each liberation officer.

NUS-USI’s trustee board

Responsibilities of the board of trustees include the management and administration of NUS-USI; the budgets of NUS-USI and the appointment of a returning officer to steering committee.  The board is only able to overrule administrative implications of decisions of conference, council, the executive and committees based on financial risk or legal requirements, however, does not have any power to overrule or amend policy or constitutional changes.

The trustee board consists of not more than three lay trustees; not more than three student trustees; and not more than four REC trustees, one of whom is the NUS-USI president.

The student trustee positions provide an opportunity for students to develop skills that transfer effectively to the workplace.

NUS-USI’s steering committee

Steering committee is responsible for the calling of NUS-USI conference, drafting commissions, credentials, elections, the conference order paper and disputes.  NUS-USI elections are the responsibility of the returning officer who sits on steering.

There are three members of steering, two of whom are elected at NUS-USI conference: the remaining member, the returning officer, is appointed by the board of trustees and ratified at regional council.