In January 2009, WIT College Management and the lecturers Union, TUI, had an industrial dispute over the payment of script corrections to lectures. The TUI withheld submitting the results and students were prevented from receiving their exam results. WIT Students’ Union held two rallies on either campus of WIT on the due date the results were to be given out. The Union organised local and national media coverage for the story, including RTE & TV3. Within hours of the rallies the TUI & WIT College Management had agreed to a settlement on the issue and students were given their examination results.
Welfare Emergency Fund
In 2009 & 2010 the Union have worked alongside Campus Services in creating an emergency Welfare Fund for students in WIT. This is where visiting companies pay to come on campus and promote themselves and all proceeds from such goes into the Welfare Emergency Fund.
Music Recording Studio College Street:
The Students’ Union, in conjunction with the Music Society in College Street Campus, lobbied the WIT Buildings and Estates office for better facilities for Music Students studying in the College Street Campus. Through financial assistance from each, a new music recording studio with equipment was installed proving much needed facilities for these talented students.
Registration Fee Protests:
WITSU took 400 students to Dublin for a protest against possible increases in the registration fee. Fifteen thousand students marched through the Dublin city in solidarity against the Governments threat of an increase in the third level registration fee.
Raise & Give Week:
A total of €24,000 was raised for charity. All proceeds went to the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation and Waterford Children’s Grouplink. It was a remarkable team effort by all in the Union and the RAG Crew. It was the highest amount raised by any Students’ Union in this country.
Class Rep System:
The Union had approximately 155 Class Reps attend Class Rep Training in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross. Colm Jordan, a five time Students Union Sabbatical Officer, was the main speaker of the day. The event was a very informative and entertaining for the Class Representatives.