A young Tipperary lady has been elected as the new Vice President and Welfare Officer of the Union of Students in Ireland.
Denise McCarthy, from Ardobreen, Golden, is the daughter of Denis and Mary McCarthy, and prior to her election has served in the students’ union in WIT.
Denise went to WIT to student Social Care, and following the four year course was elected Welfare Officer at the South East college. After two years in that position Denise was elected as Welfare Officer with the national body for students at the April congress of USI. She began her work on July 2.
Now based in Dublin, Denise is working with a big team of people and says it is a great experience. She is eager to get started and introduce some new initiatives, policies and national welfare campaigns.
The role of USI Welfare Officer involves supporting local college welfare officers in carrying out their campaigns, rolling out national welfare campaigns, such as Mental Health Week, and working with relevant organisations on welfare policy.
Denise, who is 24, is a Social Care graduate from Waterford Institute of Technology.
Speaking to The Nationalist she said USI are also looking into releasing a finance guide for students. There is a lot of talk about fees, she points out, but it is important educate students on budgeting and saving.
A lot of students experience issues with rented accommodation, and Denise’s first campaign will be to release an accommodation guide in August. The key thing is to educate students as well as possible so that if something does happen they can deal with it.
Denise would like all sixth year students who will be going to college this autumn to know that there are student unions in all colleges and they provide support to them with everything from having a bad day to struggling with college work. She urges students with problems to go to their students’ union because they can help in so many ways.