March 2016

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SU Weekly Email 28 31st March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Lend us a Click Please!

We have been nominated for the People’s Choice Award in the upcoming Online Marketing in Galway Awards and we need your help to win! It just takes one click to vote with no messy registration. So if you have ever found our online stuff (including this very weekly email) informative or even mildly amusing we would love your vote! Voting closes 5pm on Friday 8th April so please spread the word.

http://www.galwaymarketing.ie/awards/peoples-choice/

NUI Galway Students’ Union presentsThe Big Fat Charity Table Quiz II

In aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society 8.30pm Wednesday 6th April in the College Bar.

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up now in the SU Office.

Finger food, passes for Electric/Four Four & Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

Exam Timetables

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

The Big Bang Party Thursday 7th April

8.30pm Thursday 7th April in the College Bar FREE ENTRY. The last big session before the end of the semester is going to a massive beach party! There’ll be laid back tunes, limbo, finger food, exotic refreshments, a raffle, Giant Jenga, spot prizes and a FREE after party in Electric.

All funds raised on the night will go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society

Need Help?

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling – Starts 14th April

You can book your space by calling in to the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or by phoning 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card. The course fee is €40. The course dates are Thursday 14th April to Thursday 2nd June. Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm. Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm

Issue 12 of Sin Newspaper

Above is the link to the last issue of Sin newspaper this year. Well done to Jess and all the team on another great year of the paper!

SUSI Grant Applications for 2016/17 Open Tues 5th April

More Information.

Extra Study Space

We are currently organising extra study space for Study Week and the Exams. We will have details on our website shortly.

Complete this survey about Facebook for your chance to win an iPad mini 2!

This link below is to a survey about people’s use of Facebook, and their attitudes about products and brands.  The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your input would be invaluable.  

Click on the link and complete the survey to be in with a chance to win an iPad mini 2.  If you wish to be included in the draw, please include your student ID number, and complete the questionnaire fully.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NUIGalway_Facebook2016

For more information about the survey, please contact Dr Elaine Wallace, Marketing Discipline, J. E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway: elaine.wallace@nuigalway.ie

NUIG’s Second Climate Congress: Climate Change & Ireland Tues 5th April 11.30am-5pm

We will have three interesting speakers, and some short Ignite presentations of postgraduate students from all over Ireland presenting their work.

Speakers on the event are: Professor Peadar Kirby, Professor Emeritus of International Politics and Public Policy, University of Limerick; Emer Cosgrove, Climate Leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project; and James Nix, Director of Brussels-based non-profit Green Budget Europe.

The event is free to attend for everyone interested and lunch will be served, but registration in advance is requested at http://tinyurl.com/jhlhvpb. The event will run from 11:30-17:00 on Tuesday 5th April in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

NUIG Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme Applications are Open

Application Deadline 5th August. More Information.

Free food and a chat!

Head to the Career Development Centre Seminar Room Thursday April 14th at 1pm. No biggie, just a relaxing hour of chatting, and sharing opinions on NUI Galway Student Services advertising! All courses welcome, you don’t even have to know about marketing or advertising J everyone who shows up gets a free €10 voucher that can be used in any of the Student’s Union operated restaurants on campus like Smokey’s.

Email lauren.hurley@nuigalway.ie by Wednesday the 6th of April to let her know you will be there, so you will get the voucher. Plenty sweets and goodies on the day too!!

Under Pressure – Blood Pressure Screening 10am-2pm Weds 6th April

A free blood pressure screening day will be taking place on Wednesday April 6th from 10am-2pm on the first floor of the Hardiman Building. We are a group of second year Biomedical Science students and are organising this event in association with Croí, to raise awareness about high blood pressure, the work of Croí in the community and the importance of knowing your blood pressure. 

Come along on the day to this FREE event to get your blood pressure measured. There will be raffle prizes on the day to thank you for your participation in our project.

Fulbright Awards Info Session

The Fulbright Awards allow you to study, research or teach in the US. There will be an information session on the awards at 2pm on Wednesday 6th April in THB G010 James Hardiman Library.

Cúirt International Festival of Literature is looking for volunteers!

If you are free in Galway 17th-24th April email siobhan@galwayartscentre.ie

NUI Galway Alumni Association Writing Competition 2016

·         €1,000 prize fund

·         Winner will also be published in Cois Coiribe & Sin Newspaper

·         Essay Title: University College Galway and the 1916 Rising

·         For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

·         In conjunction with Sin Newspaper, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and the NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with 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 11am-2pm and  Tuesday–Friday 11am-3pm.

The Big Bang Party

News & Events

653-Big-Bang-Party-PosterNUI Galway Students’ Union & the NUIG Science Class Reps present The Big Bang Party

8.30pm Thursday 7th April in the College Bar FREE ENTRY. The last big session before the end of the semester is going to a massive beach party! There’ll be laid back tunes, limbo, finger food, exotic refreshments, a raffle, Giant Jenga, spot prizes and a FREE after party in Electric.

All funds raised on the night will go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society

 

SU Weekly Email 27 16th March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Exam Timetables Released TODAY

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

NUI Galway Students’ Union presentsThe Big Fat Charity Table Quiz II

In aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society 8.30pm Wednesday 6th April in the College Bar.

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up now in the SU Office.

Finger food, passes for Electric/Four Four & Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

Need Help?

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 SOLD OUT
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can book your space by calling in to the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or by phoning 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card. The course fee is €40. The course dates are Thursday 14th April to Thursday 2nd June. Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm. Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm

Issue 11 of Sin is out now

Read it online here

NUI Galway Students’ Union & the NUIG Science Class Reps present The Big Bang Party

8.30pm Thursday 7th April in the College Bar FREE ENTRY. The last big session before the end of the semester is going to a massive beach party! There’ll be laid back tunes, limbo, finger food, exotic refreshments, a raffle, Giant Jenga, spot prizes and a FREE after party in Electric.

All funds raised on the night will go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society

Increase in Smartphone Thefts in Galway

Make sure you protect your Smartphone by following these steps:

  1. Dial *#06# and save a screenshot of your IMEI number. Email the image to yourself.
  2. Keep your phone locked and enable the PIN security and phone finder features.
  3. Keep your phone out of public view – be streetwise.
  4. Don’t call or text while crossing the road.
  5. Don’t leave your phone behind in the car.
  6. Report phone theft or loss to the Gardaí and your service provider.

Fulbright Awards Info Session

The Fulbright Awards allow you to study, research or teach in the US. There will be an information session on the awards at 2pm on Wednesday 6th April in THB G010 James Hardiman Library.

NUI Galway Alumni Association Writing Competition 2016

·         €1,000 prize fund

·         Winner will also be published in Cois Coiribe & Sin Newspaper

·         Essay Title: University College Galway and the 1916 Rising

·         For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

·         In conjunction with Sin Newspaper, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and the NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies.

Scholarships Available for 11th Cinema Human Rights & Advocacy Summer School

The Summer School takes place 16th-25th June and the scholarship application deadline is 30th April. Apply here.

PhD Write Up Bursaries

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.  These write-up bursaries will be tenable for up to a three-month period and will be worth €1,000 per month.   

Completed applications (application form and form B) must be received by the College office on or before 17:00 Friday, 29 April 2016.

More Information.

NUI Galway Climate Congress 2016 Speakers Needed

This year we are hosting a competition for postgraduate and early stage researchers to showcase their research. Instead of a boring poster or long, drawn-out talk we want you to give an Ignite talk.

An Ignite talk consists of 20 slides, the slides automatically advance every 15 seconds meaning you have 5 minutes to present your research!

The theme for the Ignite talk is “New voices in Climate Change research”.

The prize for the best talk will be a certificate of your achievement plus €100! If you wish to enter please send a brief outline of your research plus the topic of your presentation to ccafs@socs.nuigalway.ie. The deadline for submission is 20/03/16 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance on 23/03/16.

Event Link.

Call for Abstracts for 5th Annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference (LPRC).

The closing date for abstract submissions is April 29th and these can all be sent to LPRC2016@gmail.com The conference takes place on the 25th of May. More Information.

Common Suspicious Thoughts Research Study
My name is Meagan Lynch and I am a final year student in the School of Psychology. As part of my final year research project I am examining how people respond to common suspicious thoughts. I’m inviting all students in NUI Galway to take part as I need responses from a wide range of people.

NB!  – Undergraduate Psychology students will receive course credits for taking part (1 – 3 credits) so for you this is a great way to start earning research participation credits.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact me for further information – m.lynch21@nuigalway.ie

Ravelóid Early Bird Ticket Offer Ends this Friday

Ravelóid is a new unique summer festival in which people will come together to celebrate today’s Irish language culture – music, dance, comedy, drama, sport, literature and more – and to enjoy the wonder and diversity of our beautiful world. The Festival takes place 10th & 11th June in Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Dublin. More info.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Everyone excited? Only one week left until the Conference. We are looking forward to meeting all students who have been working hard on their wonderful research ideas that will be shared next Wednesday, the 23rd of March. Those who are still undecided, we hope you have been encouraged by the extended date for the submission of the abstracts, which is now Friday, the 18th of March. Also, those of you who are thinking of attending without presenting, please come along to support your fellow students from across a range of disciplines and get immersed in a well of inspiration, brainstorming, and researching.

We want to thank you all for your hard work that you have dedicated to researching and preparing for the Conference and also your interest in coming along and attending. Don’t forget the date to submit the abstracts, if you haven’t done it yet. Whether you are presenting or not, we would ask you each to register to attend on the website. If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact us: undergradconference@nuigalway.ie.

Participants Wanted for TV Show

We are currently looking for outgoing pairs who would like to get involved in this new exciting series! We are looking for all sorts of couples who want to have an honest conversation and find out the answers to those questions on their mind:

  • Exes
  • Current Couples
  • Potential couples (online daters, friends who might want more etc.)

Email us now at 20questions@truenorth.tv to find out more.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to http://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am Saturday 7th May

Registration is now open http://dil.pieta.ie/ Raising funds for Pieta House.

Easter Holiday Arrangements

  • Lectures/Teaching:  Please note that teaching (for students other than Clinical Medical Students) ends on Sat 19th March and resumes on Mon 4th April until Sat 16th April.
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant take place Mon 21st March-Weds 23rd March and Weds 30th March – Fri 1st April.
  •  James Hardiman Library: Closed Fri 25th March – Mon 28th March inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: Open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: Closed Thurs 24th March -Tues 29th March inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: Closed Thurs 24th March-Tues 29th March inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: Closing at 18:30 on Weds 16th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Mon 4th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: Closing at 15:00 on Weds 16th March and will reopen 11:00-14:00 on Mon 4th of April
  • The College Bar: Closed Thurs 24th – Mon 28th March inclusive. Opening Hours Tues 29th March-Fri 1st April 08:30-18:00 with Deli Service only. 
  • Smokey’s Café: Thurs 24th 08:30-18:00. Closed Fri 25th to Mon 28th March inclusive. Tues 29th to Thurs 31st March 08:30-20:00.
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Mon 21st – Weds 23rd 09:00-15:00. Closed Thurs 24th March – Sun 3rd April inclusive. Reopens Mon 4th April 09:00-15:00.
  • The SU Shop: Thurs 24th March 08:00-17:00, Closed Fri 25th March- Mon 28th March inclusive.
  • The Wall Café: Closed Sun 27th March. Mon 28th March 11:00-15:00.
  • Academic Writing Centre: Closing for Easter on Fri 18th March and re-opening on Mon 4th April

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Thursday 17th of March:

The Library, the Academic Writing Centre, the SU Office, the SU Shop, the Student Health Unit, the College Bar, Caife na Gaeilge and Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 10:00-15:00. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The SU Cloakroom and the SU Engineering Desk will both close on Wednesday 16th March and reopen on Monday 4th April after St. Patrick’s Day & Easter.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with 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 11am-2pm and  Tuesday–Friday 11am-3pm.

The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz II

News & Events

652-Big-Fat-Quiz-IIIn aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

8.30pm Wednesday 6th April in the College Bar

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up now in the SU Office

Finger food, passes for Electric/Four Four & Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

 

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Part Time Officer Election Results 2016

News & Events

#NUIGSU16

Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Total Poll 1,145

Spoiled Votes 72

Total Valid Poll 1,073

Quota 537

COYLE 537

Mc AREAVEY 459

Clíodhna Coyle Deemed Elected.

Equality Officer

Total Poll 1,149

Spoiled Votes 40

Total Valid Poll 1,109

Quota 555

FINN 495

REILLY 576

RON 38

Megan Reilly deemed elected

Societies Chairperson

Total Poll 19

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 19

O’FLAHERTY 15

RON 4

Patrick O’Flaherty deemed elected.

Clubs’ Captain

Total Poll 20

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 20

Quota 11

CONNOLLY 1

DOWLING 4

JANSEN 15

RON 0

Caitlin Jansen deemed elected

Postgraduate Officer

Total Poll 60

Spoiled Votes 4

Total Valid Poll 56

Quota 29

MORAN 50

RON 6

Cillian Moran deemed elected.

Mature Students’ Officer

Total Poll 1,149

Spoiled Votes 67

Total Valid Poll 1,079

Quota 540

DUDDY 944

RON 135

Damian Duddy deemed elected.

Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Total Poll 333

Spoiled Votes 5

Total Valid Poll 328

Quota 165

CURLEY 63

HEFFERNAN 65

MACCHON CARRAIGE 168

MAGAN 24

RON 13

Ciarán MacChoncarraige Deemed Elected.

Convenor of the College of Science

Total Poll 321

Spoiled Votes 12

Total Valid Poll 309

Quota 155

1st Count

AUSTICK 98

CEBURNYTE 67

MC BREARTY 140

RON 4

2nd Count

AUSTICK 121

MC BREARTY 162

Christopher McBrearty Deemed Elected.

Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law

Total Poll 240

Spoiled Votes 6

Total Valid Poll 234

Quota 118

1st Count

BURKE 57

DEANE 24

LARKIN 15

MC NICHOLAS 16

Ó CURRAOIN 66

TANSEY 51

RON 5

2nd Count

BURKE 57

DEANE 24

LARKIN 15

MC NICHOLAS 16

Ó CURRAOIN 66

TANSEY 51

3rd Count

BURKE 58

DEANE 25

MC NICHOLAS 17

Ó CURRAOIN 71

TANSEY 55

4th Count

BURKE 60

DEANE 28

Ó CURRAOIN 74

TANSEY 58

5th Count

BURKE 70

Ó CURRAOIN 82

TANSEY 61

6th Count

BURKE 81

Ó CURRAOIN 116

Diarmuid Ó Curraoin deemed elected

Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Total Poll 61

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 61

Quota 31

Ó Maoileannaigh 58

RON 3

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh deemed elected

Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics

Total Poll 189

Spoiled Votes 5

Total Valid Poll 184

Quota 93

1st Count

AWOPONLE 74

FINNERTY 24

MURPHY 82

RON 4

2nd Count

AWOPONLE 83

MURPHY 92

Tim Murphy Deemed Elected 

Easter Holiday Arrangements 2016

News & Events

Easter Holiday Arrangements 2016 

  • Lectures/Teaching:  Please note that teaching (for students other than Clinical Medical Students) ends on Saturday 19th March and resumes on Monday 4th of April until Saturday 16th of April.
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant take place Monday 21st March-Wednesday 23rd March and Wednesday 30th March – Friday 1st April.
  •  James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 25th March – Monday 28th March inclusive.
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter.
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 24th March -Tuesday 29th March inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 24th March-Tuesday 29th March inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Wednesday 16th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 4th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Wednesday 16th March and will reopen 11:00-14:00 on Monday 4th of April
  • The College Bar: Closed Thursday 24th – Monday 28th March inclusive. Opening Hours Tues 29th March-Fri 1st April 08:30-18:00 with Deli Service only.
  • Smokey’s Café: Mon 21st-Thurs 24th 08:30-18:00. Closed Fri 25th to Mon 28th March inclusive. Tues 29th to Fri 1st April 08:30-18:00.
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Mon 21st – Weds 23rd 09:00-15:00. Closed Thursday 24th March – Sunday 3rd April inclusive. Reopens Monday 4th April 09:00-15:00.
  • The SU Shop: Mon 21st-Thurs 24th March 08:00-17:00, Closed Fri 25th March- Mon 28th March inclusive. 29th March-1st April 08:00-17:00
  • The Wall Café: Closed Sunday 27th March. Monday 28th March 11:00-15:00.
  • Academic Writing Centre: Closing for Easter on Friday 18th March and re-opening on Monday 4th April

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements 2016

News & Events

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

Please note that the following will be closed on Thursday 17th March 2016 for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

  • The SU Office
  • The SU Cloakroom (Closed until Monday 4th April)
  • The SU Shop
  • The Student Health Unit
  • The James Hardiman Library
  • The Academic Writing Centre
  • The College Bar
  • Caife na Gaeilge
  • The SU Engineering Desk (Closed until Monday 4th April)
  • Smokey’s Café

The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 10:00-15:00

SU Weekly Email 26 10th March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

VOTE TODAY!

Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU Part Time Officers for 2016/17. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations are in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Society Auditors please note that you may only vote for the SU Societies Chairperson in An Bhialann 10am-6pm or at the auditors meeting in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 6pm-7pm or in Áras na Mac Léinn 7pm-8pm.

Club Captains please note you may only vote for the SU Clubs Captain in An Bhialann 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm or at the Captains meeting 1pm-2pm upstairs in the Sports Unit.

Remote Vote option is not available for Socs Chair or Clubs Captain election.

#NUIGSU16

Easter Break & Teaching

Please note that teaching (for students other than Clinical Medical Students) ends on Saturday 19th March and resumes on Monday 4th of April until Saturday 16th of April. Field Trips where relevant take place Monday 21st March-Wednesday 23rd March and Wednesday 30th March – Friday 1st April. More Information.

#NUIGSU16 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Jimmy McGovern, Vice-President/Education Officer Cathal Sherlock and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Daniel Khan. Aaron Reeves was also elected as your SU Council Chair for the year ahead. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now condemn the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and call for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs.

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Need Free Legal Advice?

FLAC Society are running Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday Evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue.

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can book your space by calling in to the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or by phoning 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card. The course fee is €40. The course dates are Thursday 14th April to Thursday 2nd June. Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm. Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm

NUI Galway Alumni Association Writing Competition 2016

·         €1,000 prize fund

·         Winner will also be published in Cois Coiribe & Sin Newspaper

·         Essay Title: University College Galway and the 1916 Rising

·         For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

·         In conjunction with Sin Newspaper, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and the NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to http://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

NUIG Becomes Hogwarts this Weekend

PotterFest at NUI Galway.

Free One-hour Exam Preparation Workshop

18:30-19:30 Tuesday 15th March in Room GO11 in the main Library lobby beside the soft seating. No need to book, all are welcome! Learn how to: Focus, Prioritise, Plan and Remain Calm

NUIG 5k 6pm Tuesday 22nd March

The NUIG Sports Office are organising a free timed 5K for all students and staff who wish to participate. Open to all levels of ability. More information.

FREE Workshops with the Academic Writing Centre

Workshop 1: ‘How to Plan, Structure and Write an Essay’ 5pm Friday 11th March 2016

Register Here.

Workshop 2: ‘The Complete Essay Writing Process’ 4pm Monday, 14 March 2016

Register Here.

Note: The AWC will remain open until 18 March 2016 and will re-open after the Easter break, on 4 April.

The Crisis of Mental Health in Ireland: It’s time for radical change 

At 7pm on Wednesday 23rd March, NUI Galway will be delighted to welcome Niall Breslin, better known as ‘Bressie’, and Dr Paul D’Alton, Clinical Psychologist to discuss current challenges and the future of mental health in Ireland. The event will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Egan, School of Psychology, NUIG and is free of charge. 

More Information.

Have you volunteered this year?

Add it to your CV with the NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering from President Jim Browne – Apply Now!  All volunteering at home, on campus, in Galway or international is recognized. Just log on with your student ID and password to tell us all about it and then come celebrate!

Please note the application deadline is over Easter Break! Apply online at www.nuigalway.ie/alive by the deadline of Monday 29th March 2016, 5.00pm.  To connect with the Presidential Award organisers please email alive@nuigalway.ie for advice and any questions.  The Ceremony will be held after Easter during the last week of term on Tuesday 12th April at 11:30am in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

Updated Engineering Desk Opening Hours

Please note that the Students’ Union desk in the Engineering Building will now be open Monday 11am-2pm and Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Only two weeks left until the Conference! The date is fast approaching and we are getting very excited about all the fantastic research ideas that will be shared on the day. Come along and explore research skills from all disciplines as well as meeting like-minded people to get inspired. For those of you thinking of presenting we have extended our deadline for submitting abstracts to next Friday, 18th of March.

We believe that everyone can make a change; it depends on your motivation and the hard work that you put behind your unique ideas. So keep up the good work and we are looking forward to meeting all of you soon. Also, if you present your idea and/or attend the conference, please make sure you register on the website. Contact us at undergrad.conference@nuigalway.ie for any questions or queries.

Have a great idea for an app, product or service?

Apply to The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition by April 7th at http://www.theirelandfunds.org/bpc

Candidates will have an opportunity to develop their business ideas and compete for a chance to win up to €16,000 in cash prizes and other supports.

 

Are you in Galway? Do you walk or cycle to college? Do you feel safe?

If yes, this is the study for you. This study is looking at Galway’s walking and cycling infrastructure through using the app Strava to monitor peoples travel patterns across Galway and ultimately highlighting infrastructural deficits in the city.

If you wish to participate in the study, you can do the survey here. On completion of the survey, you will receive an email telling you how you can record trips. 

Thank you so much for your time, it is appreciated. If you would like more information you can email galwaystravavolunteers@nuigalway.ie

Sin Newspaper Issue 10: The Election Special

Read all about it here.

Need Help?

Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am Saturday 7th May

Registration is now open http://dil.pieta.ie/ Raising funds for Pieta House.

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Thursday 17th of March:

The Library, the Academic Writing Centre, the SU Office, the SU Shop, the Student Health Unit, the College Bar, Caife na Gaeilge and Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 10:00-15:00. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The SU Cloakroom and the SU Engineering Desk will both close on Wednesday 16th March and reopen on Monday 4th April after St. Patrick’s Day & Easter.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with 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 11am-2pm and  Tuesday–Friday 11am-3pm.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Full Time Officer Election & Referenda Results 2016

News & Events

Referendum Result Direct Provision: The Referendum has passed

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

Yes: 1963
No: 505
Total Poll: 2544
Spoils: 76
Total Valid Poll: 2468

Referendum Result Drug Policy: The Referendum has passed. 
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”
Yes: 1609
No: 892
Total Poll: 2532

President Election Results: Jimmy McGovern Deemed Elected

Total: 2543
Valid: 2490
Quota: 1246
RON: 111
McGovern: 2005
Moran: 374

JIMMY McGOVERN DEEMED ELECTED.

Vice-President/Education Officer Election Results: Cathal Sherlock Deemed Elected

1st Round:
Niall Gaffney: 773
Niamh Keane: 694
Cathal Sherlock: 1022
Total: 2543
Spoils: 31
Total Valid Poll: 2515
Quota: 1257
RON & KEANE ELIMINATED

2nd Round:
Niall Gaffney: +255 (1028)
Cathal Sherlock: +233 (1256)
SHERLOCK DEEMED ELECTED

Vice-President/Welfare Officer Election Results: Daniel Khan Deemed Elected

Total: 2544
Cat Ryan: 982
Daniel Khan: 1475
Spoil: 34
Valid: 2509
Quota:1255
Ron: 52

KHAN DEEMED ELECTED

SU Weekly Email 25 3rd March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

VOTE TODAY!

Make sure you vote today to elect the SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer & Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2016/17. Voting also takes place today in the two referenda. Bring your College ID and vote in the following locations:

  • 10am-7pm An Bhialann
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-4pm Engineering Building

If you registered for a Remote Vote you must log on to www.su.nuigalway.ie to vote between 10am-8pm today.

The vote count will take place tomorrow Friday 4th March in the View from 9.30am. Follow us on Twitter @NUIGSU for live updates on the #NUIGSU16 count action!

Repeat Exam Fee Increase Update

Following the SU Council meeting on Monday night the Students’ Union opposes the increase in the repeat exam fees as circulated by Mary Dooley last Thursday. The Students’ Union will lobby for a reverse of this fee and for a pay per module scheme with a cap of the original fee of €195. This is “in line” with other Irish universities. 

Sin Newspaper Issue 10: The Election Special

Read all about it here.

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5 THIS MONDAY!

Our last NUI Galway Students’ Union comedy gig is Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks) and Fred Cooke (The Fear) at 8pm on Monday 7th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 with all proceeds going to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale soon from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

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Vodafone Campus Tour TODAY from 10.30am

Vodafone College Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG TODAY Thursday 3rd March from 10:30am-4pm. Try the Grab and Win game on the day where you can win Spotify vouchers, top up vouchers and Power Banks.

Part Time SU Officer election nominations are now CLOSED!

Nominations are now closed for the part time voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs’ Captain, Mature Students Officer and the five College Convenors for 2016/17. The election will take place next Thursday 10th March 10am-8pm.

#NUIGSU16

Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to http://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

SU Council Chair ElectionResult

Congratulations to Aaron Reeves who was elected SU Council Chairperson for 2016/17 on Monday.

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Digital Champions Create Workshop

A fun, interactive and hands-on FREE workshop where you’ll get the chance to create your own video and audio resources! Tuesday March 8th at 12 noon in the CELT Studio (Arts Millennium Building)

www.DigiChampsNUIG.com

Need Free Legal Advice?

FLAC Society are running Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday Evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue.

Calling All Student Parents!

As part of our Explore project, Accommodating Babies on Campus (ABC), we are asking you to take part in a new initiative in NUI Galway which aims to find out more about the experience of student parents and students who are pregnant. So, let us know what you think by completing our two minute survey! We’d love to hear from you so if you need any more information or would like to get involved with ABC please contact me at r.underwood1@nuigalway.ie.

SURVEY LINK

Good Morning NUIG – FREE Events!

A series of early morning dance classes, fitness and meditation workshops designed to get your day off to a positive start running until the 15th of March.

More Information.

Laurence McKeown in conversation with Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh  6.30pm TONIGHT

On the 35th anniversary of the Republican Hunger Strike of 1981, Laurence McKeown – Irish author, playwright, screenwriter, and former volunteer in the IRA, who took part to the 1981 Hunger Strike, will be interviewed by Doctor Niall Ó Dochartaigh. The discussion will be around the theme of memory, commemoration and the legacy of the past.  

More Information.

Looking for male students to take part in a 15 minute Psychology study!
Male students required for a quick 15 minute Psychology study on personality and behaviour. All participants will get a FREE €5 voucher for the Bialann!
If you wish to take part in the study, you can sign up directly via the following link or by emailing me at s.madden8@nuigalway.ie

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

National Tree Week Talk 1.10pm Tues 8th March

To celebrate National Tree Week, Laura O’ Connor, NUI Galway gardener, will give a talk on the newly planted trees on campus at 1.10pm on Tuesday 8th March at the side of Engineering Building. Information on planting, maintenance and identification will be covered. All tree lovers and huggers welcome! More info from laura.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Are you in Galway? Do you walk or cycle to college? Do you feel safe?

If yes, this is the study for you. This study is looking at Galway’s walking and cycling infrastructure through using the app Strava to monitor peoples travel patterns across Galway and ultimately highlighting infrastructural deficits in the city.

If you wish to participate in the study, you can do the survey here. On completion of the survey, it will link you to a document which brings you step by step through the process of downloading and using Strava for this study.

Thank you so much for your time. If you would like more information you can email galwaystravavolunteers@nuigalway.ie

Mindfulness Classes for all Students with Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Gelong Thubten
Wednesday, 9th March in the Aula Maxima Lower. Class Title: Deepening our Mindfulness through the technique of Breathing followed by a reflection practice on – Cause and Effect – the importance of ethical living

To register attendance and for further information visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway
For those attending for the first time, there is an opportunity to cover the previous two sessions from January and February at the 12pm Beginners class.

Class Schedule for Wednesday, 9 March, 2016:

  • 8.15am – 9:00am
  • 10.45am – 11.30am
  • 12:00pm – 12.45pm (Beginners)
  • 13.15pm – 14:00pm
  • 17: 00pm – 17:45pm

Community Attitude Survey

We are second year Biomedical Science students in NUIG. We would be very grateful if you could fill out our survey. We are hoping to analyse community attitudes towards mental health as part of a Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) project in conjunction with the charity Positive Mental Health. This survey is short and completely anonymous so please answer the questions honestly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please Note: throughout this survey questions will reference “mental illness”, this refers to any type of Mental Health issue.

Please find the link to our survey here.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Only three weeks left until the Conference! We hope to see all of you there to present or attend in the inspiring and stimulating environment of our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Also don’t forget, there are just two weeks left until Tuesday the 15th of March to submit your abstracts. We are looking forward to hearing ideas and research options that you have in mind. Explore your interests and the university facilities to carry out research for your project. The conference will give you the scope to learn, grow and encourage one another from all disciplines.

We believe that undergraduate students have a lot to contribute in the academic research fields. If you wish to present your idea and/or attend the conference, please make sure you register on the website. Also if you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact us: undergrad.conference@nuigalway.ie.

Male Students under 25 Required for Study

I am conducting research as part of my final year Psychology degree and wish to invite all male students under the age of 25 who currently hold a driver’s licence to take part in a study “Examining driving behaviour in a simulated environment” The study takes place in the Psychology building and shouldn’t last longer than 40 minutes. 

Students who take part will receive a free €5 voucher for An Bhialann  and will get to experience driving in the Psychology department’s state of the art driving simulator!

If you have any queries or wish to take part, email me at k.tijunaitis1@nuigalway.ie.

Interested in winning stuff just by walking around the place?

Registration is now open for the 2016 Marchathon.

1. Register your team of 3 on the website below.

2. Team takes 10,000 steps each day 7-11 March.

3. You WIN STUFF!

www.marchathon.ie

Need some space?

Workbench Galway, a free, drop in co-working space is located on the 1st floor of the Bank of Ireland in Mainguard Street, Galway. Workbench Galway offers state of the art workspace facilities including a free co-working space for up to 12 start-up businesses which is open 9am–5pm Monday–Wednesday, and 9am–8pm Thursday and Fridays. It has free WiFi, coffee and tea for anyone using the space.

Startups can also make use of the workbench for meetings and breakout sessions with two meeting rooms, a boardroom and an informal seating area with screens that can be used for presentations or utilised as a marketing tool to promote upcoming events.  Other services offered to businesses from Workbench Galway include space to exhibit and present products from or to hold private client or staff meetings and the area is also available for businesses to hold breakfast or evening events from. For more information contact: annie.claffey@boi.com

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System – Vote TODAY

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns the Direct Provision System for asylum seekers.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use – Vote TODAY

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

Strictly Scrum Dancing 

As a part of the 100minds project we are organising a Tag Rugby Tournament in order to raise money for ChildLine. Every cent is going directly to the charity and if you can’t make the event there is an after-party in Electric that night and wristbands are on sale in the Students’ Union office for €5. More Information.

Celebrate Chinese New Year This Sunday

Join the NUI Galway Chinese Society for their Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th March, in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact chinese@socs.nuigalway.ie

Strictly Come DanSoc Wednesday 9th March

Tickets are on sale now for Strictly Come DanSoc on Wednesday 9th of March and two of the Students’ Union team will be taking part in the event to raise money for the SU Charities. Rebecca our SU Education Officer and Noelle from the College Bar will both be busting moves and throwing shapes so please some along and support the event if you can! More Information.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with 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.