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Student Council

Student Council in its present form began in 2014 in order that CUI might have an authentic student voice in its governance and strategy.

It is made up of Northern and Southern co–chairs plus representatives from all four provinces: two from Ulster, two from Leinster and one each from Munster and Connacht. It meets four times per year and also meets with all the local CU leaders annually in a President’s Forum.

There are three strands to the Student Council work:

  • Information: it is a place where the Director can inform the student representatives of current issues facing CUI.
  • Analysis: it gives the student representatives an opportunity to analyse the effectiveness of CUI from a student perspective and offer feedback on recent initiatives. Sometimes this feedback may be based on a wider survey carried out regionally amongst students.
  • Participation: it allows students, through their representatives to place issues on the agenda of CUI staff and Board, to ask for guidance and to suggest areas for further consideration by the Movement. The Student Co–chairs sit on the CUI Board.


Recent initiatives undertaken by the Student Council include:

  • a Day Conference for final year students and recent graduates;
  • a pilot mission partnership with GBU Italy
  • a request that CUI Board examine the implications fro the Movement of recent developments in gender politics


CUI Student Council 2016–2017 Chair Persons

Yasmin Finlay
University College Dublin

Leo Hacking
Queen University Belfast


Region Representatives


Katherine Martin
Trinity College Dublin

Gavin Rothwell
Trinity College Dublin

South and West

Kerry McCallum
National University Ireland, Galway

Ciara Meikle
University of Limerick


Eleanor McCollum
Ulster University, Magee

Sarah Kernaghan
Queens University Belfast