March 2014

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Saturday 29th March 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards Ceremony 

Measles in NUI Galway 28th March 2014

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Measles in NUI Galway

The Department of Public Health has been notified of two confirmed cases of measles in students at NUI Galway.

Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious complications. The only way to prevent measles is by vaccination.

Any student who has not had two doses of MMR vaccine should be vaccinated as soon as possible.

Handwashing helps stop the spread of infectious diseases.

If you have a skin rash, high temperature, cough, runny nose or red or watery eyes please stay at home until 4 days after the onset of symptoms and you are well again. You should also contact your G.P. by phone if you are unwell.

Unvaccinated housemates of cases of measles will need to stay at home for a number of days depending on when they were exposed. This is to avoid transmitting measles to others.

More information on measles is available at http://www.hpsc.ie/hpsc/A-Z/VaccinePreventable/Measles/Factsheet/

Diarmuid O’Donovan MD FFPHMI
Director of Public Health

SU Weekly Email 27th March 2014

Weekly Email

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your vote today Thursday 27th March. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling station in Smokey’s 11am-4pm and vote to elect your Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 . Alternatively vote online between 11am-4pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote. Please note that only Clubs’ Captains may vote for the Clubs’ Captain position and remote vote is not available for this. Votes will be counted once polls have closed in SC200A.

 

Do you think this campus could be better?
Do you think the Students’ Union could represent better? 
Do you want to make a difference towards this universities strategic plan? 
Then please take five minutes this evening to complete this short survey that will be used along with other qualitative and quantitative methods to create a document telling the university how Students see “NUI Galway towards 2020”. 
You can positively impact this university, your university into the future. Please Share and please participate. 5 minutes is all it takes. Do some useful procrastination!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Towards_a_better_NUIGalway_2020

 

Examination Advice for Students – Mobile Phones Not Permitted in the Exam Hall

Be aware of Examination Regulationsand review them before your exams.

Mobile phones will be confiscated for the duration of the exam and a fine of €20 will apply in each case. Abreach of exam regulationswill apply. The possible penalties are as follows:

(a) Letter of reprimand
(b) 5% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(c) 10% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(d) Zero mark for the relevant module
(e) Zero mark for the relevant module with a cap on the mark for the repeat (if a repeat sitting is allowed by the Marks and Standards for the programme) of a pass mark for the relevant programme.

View a short Examination Advice video

 

Sin Issue 12

The final issue of Sin for the 2013/14 academic year is available to read onlinehere. Well done to Jess and all the Sin team on a great job this year.  

 

Postgrad-Aoke

Postgrad Karaoke is back at 8pm this Friday 28th March in the College Bar. All performers will be rewarded for their efforts!

 

Is Mentoring for me and, if so, how do I become a Mentor?

If you remember how it felt to be a first year student and found coming to University a bit daunting then mentoring is for you.  You can help 1st year and new students engage with academic and social activities.

If you are interested please fill out the application form at: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg555We will be closing the application on Friday 28th March this year as we would like to meet all prospective mentors for an hour on 4th April.  All volunteers will be required to confirm their place on the 4th April and therefore we will not be accepting volunteers after that date.

The aim of the Mentoring Programme in NUI Galway is to integrate students to University life (socially and academically) as quickly and easily as possible. 

 

Connacht vs Munster Tickets

Connacht vs Munster 18:15 Saturday 19th April 2014. €15 NUI Galway Student Tickets on sale11am Tuesday 1st April from the SU Office.

 

Moving Out?

If you are leaving Galway and cannot take all your stuff, you can drop off your quality unwanted items to the Alive Office in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn on the following dates and times and they will be donated to Gorta:

  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 3rd April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 17th April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 1st May
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 8th May

They want: clothes, shoes, books, accessories, jewellery, household items, DVDs and CDs. They can’t accept toys, electrical or nursery items. Gorta needs your help to fight world hunger.

 

Eva Bartlett: Human Rights Activist talks on Gaza

8pm Friday 28th March 2014 in The Imperial Hotel, Galway. All Welcome. Further Details.

 

Grinds Register

If you are interested in giving or getting Grinds visit our Grinds Register for all the information you need http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/grind_adverts/

 

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or sellinghttp://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Need Help?

With Maths: SUMS

With Computer Programming: Computer Disc

With Writing: Academic Writing Centre.

With Legal Issues: FLAC

These services are all FREE!

Social media – how does it shape your life?

From Twitter to Tumblr, nowadays our online identities are as real as our offline ones. The following survey examines social media use among NUIG students. It’s quick, confidential and an easy way to have your say about the role of social media in our lives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HHDZ8T               

Galway Simon Gigs 10th April

The Galway Simon Gigs is the first variety show in aid of the Galway Simon Community run by Michael Kiernans of LiveMicsWorld.com . The idea behind it is to raise much needed funds for the homeless while giving talented artists a chance to showcase themselves at The Quays Bar. Gig takes place on April 10th starting from 8 till late. Tickets €5 for Students. More information and Line Up.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 20th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Rock the Prom – 5pm TODAY – TICKETS €10

  • Labrinth
  • Gorgon City
  • DJ Byrno and Graham Doherty
  • Gin ‘n’ Juice
  • You

The 2014 NUI Galway Rock the Prom will take place from 5pm TODAY Thursday the 20th of March in Leisureland in sunny Salthill. Tickets are just €10 and are on sale from the Students’ Union now. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway students only. ID required. Indoor event with full bar.

Remembrance Mass for the late Mark Casey

Seán, Declan, Catherine and the entire NUI Galway Students’ Union wish to thank and pay tribute to all the students of the University who assisted in the search for the late Mark Casey (1st Arts) in Limerick City, and were a massive support to Mark’s family and friends during what was a very difficult time. We also wish to thank the University community and the support services, especially Fr. Barry and Fr. Patrick, the Chaplains, for their compassion, assistance and understanding. Mark was laid to rest on Tuesday in his native Killeigh, Co. Offaly following his funeral mass. This coming Monday, 24th of March, Mass will be offered for Mark, his family, classmates, friends and all who were involved in the search at the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway at 1.10pm. May He Rest In Peace. We also ask you to continue to remember in your thoughts and prayers Limerick Institute of Technology Students’ Union Vice President and Welfare Officer, Steven Kavanagh, who is still missing in Limerick, and his family and friends and Nathan Forde, from Galway, who is also missing, and his family and friends.

Vote on Thursday 27th March

Please make sure you use your vote on Thursday 27th March. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling station in Smokey’s 11am-4pm and vote to elect your Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 . Alternatively vote online between 11am-4pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote. Please note that only Clubs’ Captains may vote for the Clubs’ Captain position and remote vote is not available for this. Votes will be counted once polls have closed in SC200A.

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 2.30pm Friday 14th March 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor). 
http://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/timetables/semester2.html

 

Connacht vs Munster Tickets

Connacht vs Munster 18:15 Saturday 19th April 2014. €15 NUI Galway Student Tickets on sale11am Tuesday 1st April from the SU Office.

 

Grinds Register

If you are interested in giving or getting Grinds visit our Grinds Register for all the information you need http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/grind_adverts/

 

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or sellinghttp://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Need Help?

With Maths: SUMS

With Computer Programming: Computer Disc

With Writing: Academic Writing Centre.

With Legal Issues: FLAC

These services are all FREE!

 

Welcome to the Travel Survey 2014 – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NUIGtravel14

The information you provide will be used to determine what factors most influence the mode of transport for travel to the University. The survey will help identify which infrastructural changes have been of most benefit in promoting sustainable travel choices, and pinpoint the changes that are most likely to encourage smarter travel into the future.

This survey is being conducted as part of a master’s thesis. The results of which will be available through the University at the end of May this year.

The survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete. Questions marked with an * must be completed before you can move on. The information you provide in this survey is confidential.

Thank you in advance for your time. Please feel free to contact us should you have any queries or suggestions in relation to the survey or the project: nuigalwaysurvey@gmail.com

 

Student Talks Wednesday, March 26th 3.30 to 4.30 pm

The inaugural Student Talks Conference place will take place in the Thomas Dillon Theatre. Attendance is free and the conference will be opened by the NUI Galway President, Dr. James Browne.

On the day, the following Student Talks will be given:

Speakers and Talks Title

$1·         Tatiana Kelly (Law): “Privilege or Punish: Exploring Sanctions and Sentencing Principles for White-Collar Criminals in Ireland.”

$1·         Nik Thaker (Information Technology):Evaluation of existing pedagogy styles in Higher Education Institutions in relation to modern ICT implementation and propose which support services may be required.”

$1·         Kate Fi (Psychology):Survey of GP’s in Ireland on the prescription of placebo medication and/or treatments, and if GP’s think it ethically acceptable.”

$1·         Sinead O’Malley (UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre): “The Experience of Imprisonment for Incarcerated Mothers and their Children in Ireland.”

$1·         Reduan Atan (Engineering): “Extreme Wave-Structure Interaction.”

$1·         Naomi DuBois (Psychology):Investigating the temporal and phase structure of oscillatory mechanisms in auditory binding.”

$1·         Pishoy Gouda (Medicine): “Irish Brain Drain: Migration Intentions of Irish Medical Students.”

$1·         Deborah McNamara (Psychology): “Eyes Wide Shut: The effects of eye-closure, focused meditation & context reinstatement on eyewitness memory.”

Please come along and show your support! We look forward to seeing you all there!

For any other information email brianslattery@studenttalks.ie

 

NUI Galway Disability Awareness Week 24th-27th March

More information on events.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Whats Happening

5pm Final Judging session for NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Monday 17th March 2013

Whats Happening

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday – SU Office is closed.

SU Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result

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SU Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result

I , Ben Archibald, returning officer for the part time elections at NUI, Galway Students’ Union, declare the following results:

Referendum.
Proposition:
That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports all measures that extend to homosexual couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including, but not limited to, supporting a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.
YES: 2,214
NO: 114
Proposition is approved.

Equality Officer
Burke, Enoch 113
Melvin, Rebecca 2091
Re-open nominations 56
TVP: 2260
Quota: 1131
Rebecca Melvin declared elected

Convenor for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
Sarah Kelly 458
Leah Scanlan 338
Re-open nominations 50
TVP: 86
Quota: 424
Sarah Kelly declared elected

Convenor for the College of Engineering and Informatics
Oisín Moloney 141
Katie Monahan 87
Re-open Nominations 18
TVP: 246
Quota: 124
Oisín Moloney declared elected

Convenor of the College of Science
Joanne Duffy 500
Re-open Nominations 46
TVP: 546
Quota: 274
Joanne Duffy declared elected

Convenor for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law:
Megan Reilly 281
Re-open Nominations 59
TVP: 340
Quota: 171
Megan Reilly declared elected

Societies Chairperson:
Patrick O’Flaherty 25
Re-open Nominations 6
TVP: 31
Quota: 16
Patrick O’Flaherty declared elected

Postgraduate Officer
Isaac Burke: 13
Cian Moran: 210
Re-open Nominations: 11
TVP: 234
Quota: 118
Cian Moran declared elected

Mature Students Officer
Michelle Mitchell: 2,002
Re-Open Nominations: 157
TVP: 2159
Quota: 1080
Michelle Mitchell declared elected

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements

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Saint Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Please note that the following will be closed on Tuesday 17th March 2015 for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

  • The SU Office
  • The SU Cloakroom
  • The SU Shop
  • The Student Health Unit
  • The James Hardiman Library
  • The College Bar
  • Caife na Gaeilge
  • The Hub
  • The SU Engineering Desk

The Reading Room will be open as usual. Smokey’s Café and The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours. 

 

SU Weekly Email 13th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and 4 College Convenors for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage. Votes will be counted tomorrow from 9am in Meeting Room 1 & 2 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Follow #nuigsu14 on Twitter for live updates. SU Election & Referenda Results so far.

 

Rock the Prom – Tickets on Sale Now

  • Labrinth
  • Gorgon City
  • DJ Byrno and Graham Doherty
  • Gin ‘n’ Juice
  • You

The 2014 NUI Galway Rock the Prom will take place from 5pm on Thursday the 20th of March in Leisureland in sunny Salthill. Tickets are €35 and are on sale from the Students’ Union now. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway students only. ID required. Indoor event with full bar.

 

Notice of Election – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Clubs’ Captain

As no nominations were received for the positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 a further election will be held to fill these positions. 
Nominations OPEN 10am this Thursday 13th March 2014. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and SU Office at this time. 
Nominations CLOSE 5pm Wednesday 19th March 2014. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU office – late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Canvassing begins 6pm Sunday 23rd March. 
ELECTION DAY: 11am-4pm Thursday 27th March 2014. Votes will be counted once polls have closed. 

Full election rules etc. are available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane? Registration Deadline Thursday 20th March

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

 

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 2.30pm Friday 14th March 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor). 
http://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/timetable.html

 

Sin Issue 11

Issue 11 of Sin is out now and you can read it online here.

Teastaíonn do chuid tuairimí uainn maidir leis an nGaeilge san Ollscoil/We want your vision for the Irish language in the University

Cuirtear fáilte romhat teacht chuig na ceardlanna comhairliúcháin thíos chun do chuid tuairimí maidir le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge san Ollscoil a roinnt linn.

Ceardlann do Mhic Léinn Déardaoin, 20 Márta, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge

You’re invited to attend the workshops listed below to share your opinions on how we can increase engagement in the Irish language in the University.

Irish language workshop for StudentsThursday, 20th March, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge

 

Plan Your Summer Abroad with SayIt

Our SayIt visa professionals will be visiting NUI Galway on Thursday the 20th of March 2014 to get you on your way to the summer of a lifetime in the USA! Pop down to our stand in the Áras Mc Léinn building  between 11am and 4pm to find out what the SayIt J1 USA Visa Programme is all about! How do I get a job? Where can I go? When can I go? How long can I stay for? How much will it cost? What if I fail my exams? We can answer all these questions and more! Hope to see you on the day!

Complete the National Student Survey – Deadline this Sunday

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.

 

Cyclists and non-cyclists! 

We are 5 Geography students from the University of St Andrews and will be carrying out research on cycling in Galway from March 31st to April 2nd. As part of our research, we would like to invite a group of 6-8 students to a focus discussion at Kinlay Hostel to discuss their views on cycling. 

We would like to have some cycling enthusiasts and some people who don’t cycle. THERE WILL BE CAKE AND TEA. The focus group discussion will take place on Monday (31.03) or Tuesday (01.04) or Wednesday (02.04) depending on how many people sign up. If interested, please contact mlk4@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Rails Girls Galway 2014
Rails Girls is back to Galway! A *free* non-profit 2-days workshop June 20-21st, 2014 will provide a first approach to Web application development, relying on the Ruby on Rails framework and on the Rails Girls worldwide community support. Places are limited so be sure to submit your application (deadline: June 5th, 2014). Location: INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway;
More info at http://railsgirls.com/galway

Microsoft FREE StudySmart Session

Free StudySmart Session on Powerpoint presentations 1pm-2pm Wednesday 19th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here http://campus.ie/studysmart/calendar

Registration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

 

Enterprise Ireland would like to draw your attention to theStudent Entrepreneur Awards 2014

The top prize is €10,000 plus mentoring, but there are also 7 new merit awards including the ‘Roots in Research’ Award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. This award recognises the ability of an individual or group of students to spot and articulate the commercial potential of the research project they are involved in. The winner(s) will receive €5,000.Full details on the awards are available at http://studententrepreneurawards.com/prizes/and the closing date for video entries is 17th March 2014.

Saint Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Please note that the following will be closed on Monday 17th March for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

$1·         Students’ Union Office

$1·         SU Cloakroom

$1·         SU Engineering desk

$1·         James Hardiman Library

$1·         Student Health Unit

$1·         SU Shop

$1·         The Wall Café

$1·         College Bar

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Thursday 13th March 2014

Whats Happening

SU Part Time Officers Elections. Bring your college ID to vote in the polling stations on Campus for your Part Time SU officers for 2014/15. www.su.nuigalway.ie