Current CSSI Links/Working Relationships with other Organisations (as at October 2015)

Links with the following sectors/organisations are established as one member is nominated from each to be a member of the CSSI Board (Purpose of each contained in Appendix 1):

NASPA Exchange Agreement

AMOSSHE

EUROPEAN COUNCIL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS (ECSTA)

International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS)

Board of Irish College Societies (BICS)

College Aware

Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS)

Access Made Accessible

Campus Engage

Chaplains’ Network

Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN)

Irish Council for International Students (ICOS)

Irish Student Health Association (ISHA)

Irish Association of University & College Counsellors (IAUCC)

Mature Students Ireland

Student Sport Ireland

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

National Union of Students (NUS)

Irish Universities Student Services Network (IUSSN)

NASPA Exchange Agreement

An International Education Exchange Agreement was signed between CSSI and NASPA  Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education in January 2011 with the term of the Agreement from January 2011 – December 2014 which then automatically renewed for an additional four year period, which will end in December 2018.

AMOSSHE

Links to AMOSSHE are being explored further

 The European Council for Student Affairs (ECStA)

CSSI now hold one of three Vice-Presidency roles on ECStA (since October 2014)[Annual membership fee of this organisation]

Objectives

The European Council for Student Affairs – ECStA is an independent and autonomous umbrella organization aiming to promote the social infrastructure at all higher education institutions of Europe.

The ECStA is in particular promoting the cooperation between organizations responsible for this sector within Europe aiming to increase the understanding of the differences regarding the social infrastructure of higher education.

The ECStA is also promoting the mobility of students in Europe within the area of the Bologna process.

International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS)

CSSI registered as a new member

 IASAS, the International Association of Student Affairs and Services, is a worldwide association of University professionals working in the area of student services. IASAS has more than 1200 individual and institutional members representing 75 countries on five continents. IASAS was born from the need to consolidate the knowledge and professionalism of the student affairs staff who work to provide students with residential services, study support, sport and cultural activities that create the optimal conditions for the university life and help develop the potential of each student. Since 2013 IASAS has been based in Brussels, as a legally recognized entity under Belgian law.

Board of Irish College Societies (BICS)

BICS is a national organisation, constituted in 1995, dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland’s Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education. The Board is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them.

During the course of the past eleven years, the Board has met many of its objectives, in particular the exchange of information, and most successfully, the inauguration of the National Society of the Year Awards. BICS also acts as an information resource and support mechanism for society administrators throughout the country promoting the sharing of ideas and the implementation of best practice.

College Aware

College Awareness Week 23-29 November 2015

The aim of College Awareness Week is to celebrate the benefits of going to college, to support students to become ‘college ready’ and to showcase local role models who attend college.  All activities – whether large or small – make a valuable contribution to this nationwide campaign

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Association of Higher Education Careers Services (AHECS)

This is the representative association for careers advisory and placement professionals in higher education in Ireland. Its mission is to lead, support and facilitate collaboration among higher education careers services throughout Ireland and be the recognised authority on graduate career development, learning and employability. Included among our members are 27 Universities, Higher Education Institutes and Institutes of Technology.

Access Made Accessible

In 1996 the Access Made Accessible (AMA) group, a national network of Access Officers from a variety of institutions, was established to provide a forum for discussion, mutual support and the sharing of experience and information for those involved in access. The group meets on a regular basis with a view to exploring ways of developing areas of co-operation between third-level institutions and minimizing duplication of effort.

Campus Engage

The Campus Engage National Network has been set up to promote civic engagement as a core function of Higher Education on the island of Ireland, by better enabling Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), their staff and students across all disciplines, to engage with the needs of the communities they serve.  This will be achieved through:

  • Promoting innovative teaching and learning and other activities in the area of civic engagement
  • Undertaking research to build an evidence base for the positive social impact of civic engagement activity
  • Developing resources and offering capacity building training
  • Building awareness on the role of HEI civic engagement with potential stakeholders and policy makers in third level education
  • Facilitating the creation of opportunities for community-university partnerships
  • Supporting campus-community volunteering opportunities
  • Promoting debate to inform our national policy framework for civic engagement

Chaplains’ Network  

The Chaplains’ Network @ Third Level is a professional association committed to assisting those in higher education in living, sharing and expressing their faith. It is dedicated to developing a practice of Christian witness in higher education and pastoral care to all. It witnesses to inter-faith dialogue and mutual support and solidarity among chaplains at Third Level. (www.chaplaincy.ie/chaplains-network is no longer available)

Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN)

The Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) is the professional organisation for Disability Officers who are primarily responsible for supporting learners with disabilities in Higher Education in Ireland. We provide a forum for the sharing of expertise and the development of knowledge and skills in this area. We work towards the development of professional standards and best practice and collaborate on the development of policies and procedures for the inclusion of learners and staff with disabilities in Higher Education Institutions.  DAWN is made up of all Universities in Ireland, all Institutes of Technology and other third level Colleges

Irish Council for International Students (ICOS)

The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) is an independent non-profit network of educational institutions, NGOs and individuals interested in international education and working with government and other agencies to promote good policies and best practice in relation to the recruitment, access and support of international students in Ireland.

The mission is to be the leading independent organisation advocating for the rights of international students in Ireland. ICOS will collaborate with its members, student organisations and government agencies to ensure that international education policy and practice in Ireland is quality driven and remains firmly focused on the educational and social needs of all students.

Irish Student Health Association (ISHA)

The Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) is the organisation comprising all those involved in the delivery of health services to third level students in Ireland. Membership is open to all colleges on the CAO list, about 48 in all, although many smaller colleges do not have student health services.

Many 3rd Level colleges have services to cater for the health needs of their students on campus. They are staffed by practice nurses who are direct employees of the college and by doctors, many of whom are contracted to work in the service. The larger colleges have large teams of full time staff. The majority have smaller organisations.

The Doctors group under the ISHA is called the Doctors Association for Student Health (DASH) and consists of all doctors (GP’s) involved in health services for third level colleges.
The nurses group under the ISHA is called the Nurses Association for Student Health (NASH) and is linked with the practice nurse groups and the INO.

Irish Association of University & College Counsellors (IAUCC)

The IAUCC is the representative body of Counsellors in Third level Colleges in Ireland. It provides support, and facilitates ongoing training for counsellors in 3rd level colleges. It liaises with statutory bodies and other relevant agencies on student issues.

Mature Students Ireland

Mature Students Ireland (MSI) is a national network of Higher Education Institutes in Ireland working for the improvement of services for mature students. MSI membership includes Mature Student Officers, Mature Student Access Coordinators and others working for the welfare of mature students in Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and Colleges of Education. MSI’s remit relates to full-time mature students only.

Student Sport Ireland

As the governing body of third level sport in Ireland Student Sport Ireland’s vision is to work in partnership with national and international bodies identifying pathways for college communities to participate, compete and develop through sport and physical activity. Student Sport Ireland’s mission is to promote and develop third level sport in Ireland.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

USI is the national representative body for the 354,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland.  We are a membership organisation – our members are our affiliated Students’ Unions around Ireland, North and South.  USI is a democratic organisation. The supreme authority of the Union is the Congress, which is representative of each affiliated students’ union, apportioned according to the size of the student body in each union. Each union also sends one voting member to the National Council – the executive body of the organisation.

National Union of Students (NUS)

The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions.  We are a confederation of 600 students’ unions, amounting to more than 95% of all higher and further education unions in the UK.  NUS champions students to shape the future of education – and create a better world.  We promote, defend and extend student rights.

Irish Universities Student Services Network (IUSSN)

The Irish Universities Student Services Network (IUSSN) comprises the Heads of Student  Academic and Support Services/Dean of Students  in the seven Irish universities.  This group has been operational for a number of years.  Student Academic and Support Services play a vital role in university life, contributing to both the living and learning experience of students on campus  and including  academic, social, financial and personal supports  to  students and potential entrants to enable them to succeed and flourish in higher education.