Former RGS pupil to campaign for students’ rights in Ireland

Kris Opening the UCC Student Common Room @ Cross Over Ceremony

A FORMER Ramsey Grammar School student is set to become the first unanimously elected southern area officer in the history of the Union of Students in Ireland.

The Union of Students’ in Ireland (USI) represents more than 250,000 students across the 32 counties.

Kris McElhinney (pictured left), of Greenlands Avenue, Ramsey, was recently elected to direct the affairs of southern students as southern area officer

In the 50th year of USI, he will be involved in leading and energising a range of campaigns including lobbying the Oireachtas (parliament) for better funding for higher education institutions, action on student accommodation and better support services for students.

Currently president of the National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC), Kris is not unaccustomed to student politics having previously served as societies president during the final year of a history and politics degree and having sat on the board of the Irish National Society Awards.

A recent graduate, Kris is expected to take up office when he steps down as president of UCC on July 1 following a successful year representing students on committees with senior management and directing the business affairs as chief financial officer.

Kris said: ‘My focus from July will be on ensuring wider and improved access to education.

‘USI will continue to fight for all students in third level, as well as prospective returners to education who, after leaving school, may have embarked on family life or entered full-time employment.’

He added: ‘I want to see educational inequality replaced by proper funding for all people to pursue further studies. The more people in our society that can pursue opportunities in education, the greater the socio-economic benefits to everyone.’

As printed in the Isle of Man Examiner Published Date: 03 June 2008 – Link

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