DIT Students' Union Wins Best Delegation At USI Congress
16th April 2012: DIT Students' Union has been awarded Best Delegation at the Union of Students in Ireland's annual National Congress in Ballinasloe. This is DIT Students' Union's fourth consecutive year to win the award - an unprecedented achievement.
President Michael D. Higgins meets some of the DIT delegates at the USI congress in Ballinasloe
USI National Congress meets annually to debate and approve national policy. Approximately 30 colleges from around the country were represented by almost 300 delegates.
There were 18 DIT students on the delegation, which triumphed over delegations from other colleges including TCD, UCD, UCC and NUIG.
DIT Students' Union President, Ciarán Nevin, said; "Students can be very proud of this achievement, which recognises the respect that their Students' Union commands on a national level. Students of today will be responsible for cleaning up the mess that we as a country have found ourselves in. It is vitally important that students engage in the political process and make their voice heard."
DIT Students' Union submitted five motions, while it co-sponsored a number of motions, including;
- Technological University Status
- Reform of the Irish Constitution
- Continued Improvements to Lecturing Standards in HEI's
- Implementation of the HEA report from the Working Group on Student Contribution
- Students with Learning Disabilities
New DITSU Website Recognised as Best SU Website in Ireland
DIT Students' Union also won the Best Students' Union Website award for its new website which is to be officially launched on the 3rd of May. The judges were hugely impressed with the new website, which is in the final stages of construction.
For more information, visit new DIT Students' Union Website
Guest of Honour - President, Michael D Higgins
The four day conference was attended by a number of informative guest speakers, with President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, addressing Congress as Guest of Honour. President Higgins challenged the national students’ union to be to the fore in “rebuilding Ireland…with an inclusive citizenship and creative society ”, constituting a real republic, according to President Higgins.
Addressing a packed congress floor with over 300 student leaders, delegates and guests, President Higgins urged the national students’ union to be “as imaginative and creative in rebuilding our country” as possible. President Higgins continued to commend the USI as an organisation that has left “an indelible mark on higher education and also on graduates [through] the benefits of its campaigns, its advocacy and representation”.
DIT Team Talk at USI Congress 2012
DITSU wins best delegation at USI Congress 2012