General Secretary Visits Northern Ireland

As NPC is officially registered as "The National Postgraduate Committee of the United Kingdom", it is important that specific work is carried out within areas of devolved activity. This has already taken place in both Scotland and Wales by implementing appropriate subcommittees. However, there has been some considerable development taking place to ensure the interests of postgraduates in Northern Ireland are included. The NPC executive are particularly pleased that there are now two affiliates in Northern Ireland this year, which is a significant step in the right direction to set up a base there.

The General Secretary, Tim Brown and an Ordinary Executive Officer, Benson Osawe, went over to Belfast in November to visit the two Universities there and also NUS-USI (the National Union of Students and Union of Students in Ireland). A number of projects have been identified that can be taken up both independently and jointly with NUS-USI. This includes lobbying the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland on funding postgraduate training from the Roberts recommendations, extending the postgraduate employment charter for those who teach and campaigning against loans for taught postgraduates are all but a few. NPC plans to include this work into its wider activity so that all areas of the UK with devolved activity are not forgotten.

Tim Brown