NUS-USI, the student movement in Northern Ireland was formed in 1972 by bilateral agreement between the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom (NUS) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), to address the particular problems of representing students in Northern Ireland.
Students at an affiliated college are members of both national students' unions, and benefit from full representation in each body. The elected leader of the organisation is a full-time representative, elected as a sabbatical from one of the member colleges, and serves as a member of the USI Officer Board and the NUS National Executive Committee. An elected term is one year long (July–June). An officer within the executive of the movement may hold an officer position for a maximum of two terms.
The current President of NUS-USI is Rebecca Hall, who graduated from Queen's University Belfast in July 2013
The following short background to the historical development of the student movement in Northern Ireland attempts to place in context the relationship between local Students' Unions, the National Union of Students (NUSUK), the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the Northern (Ireland) office NUS-USI.