A unionist student has said attitudes need to change at Queen's University to make people who share his views feel welcome on campus.
Matthew Bell (21) from west Tyrone has been studying history and politics, is an officer with the Young Unionists at Queen's, but admitted he is finding it sometimes difficult to find a foothold for his beliefs.
While the university has always denied that the institution is a 'cold house' for unionists, it can still be an uncomfortable place for Matthew, a former pupil at Omagh Academy.
"Queen's University itself is largely fine. It would be a stretch to say all of the administrative staff, all of the lecturers and all of the various other employees are actively fighting against unionism," he wrote on Challenges NI, an online platform for young voices in Northern Ireland.
"However, when unionists state that Queen's University is a cold house for them, we are trying to discuss the Students' Union, its leadership and the general attitude of certain students around campus. These issues haven't been addressed.
"I have sat on the Students' Council and I am constantly left in a state of bemusement at the attitudes." Mr Bell noted how the current Students' Union President, Grian Ni Dhaimhin, had posted on social media in the past expressing her apparent support for militant republicanism.
He also claimed two other full-time officers of the Students' Union executive regularly show support for socialist republican activist group 'Lasair Dhearg' via social media.
"Irish nationalist student councillors consistently put forward motions which are nothing but an insult to the unionist community on campus," he said.
"The latest example being a motion which attempts to ban the British military and PSNI from appearing on campus, a blatant insult to any student, regardless of political views, who intends to join the armed services or police upon graduating.
"There are 'student bars' where unionists, and in particular Protestants, refuse to enter as they have a genuine fear of being the victim of sectarian abuse."
In June members of Lasair Dhearg 'renamed' Queen's as 'Mairead Farrell University Belfast' in a stunt to remember a former student who was shot dead in Gibraltar in 1988 while engaged in IRA activity.
"Two other incidents that Queen's Ogra Sinn Fein were engaged in have gone unpunished by the Students' Union," he added. "During Freshers Fair 2019, the Ogra Sinn Fein stand displayed a 'Brits Out' sign. And Sinn Fein posters are consistently displayed on lampposts.
"Strictly speaking, these posters shouldn't be erected outside election time and constitute littering because they do not have planning permission. These posters represent an attempt to mark territory.
"There are fewer ways to create a more unwelcoming atmosphere for unionists.
"Queen's University as an institution might not be a cold house for unionism now but the Students' Union and attitudes on campus are certainly sending us head-on into an ice age."
Queen's University has been contacted for comment.