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NUI Galway Summer Exams 2016

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NUI Galway Summer Exams 2016 

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. Exam timetables are available on the Exams Office Website

Exam Results: 

Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released from Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 24th June 2016.

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday, 1st July 2016.

Exam Result Appeal Deadlines & Online Application. 

Exam Result Recheck Deadlines & Online Application.

Repeat/Autumn Exams: 

Will take place Tuesday 2nd – Friday 12th August 2016. The repeat/Autumn exam timetable will be released online at 4pm on Friday 8th July 2016.

The Library will have extended opening hours for the Repeat Exams Mon 25th July – Sat 13th August: Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun Closed

Extra Study Space for Summer Exams 2016: 

Saturday 16th April 08:00-22:00

Arts/Science Concourse:

Tyndall Theatre

Sunday 17th April – Wednesday 11th May 08:00-22:00

Arts/Science Concourse:

Tyndall, O’Flaherty, D’Arcy Thompson, Kirwan, Larmor & Dillon Theatres

Engineering Building:

ENG-G018 & ENG-G047

Student Health Unit Extended Opening Hours 

From Monday 25th April the Student Health Unit will have extended opening hours for exam emergencies 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.

Need Help?

• With your subjects? Check the SU Grinds Register 

• With Maths? Contact the SUMS FREE Maths Support Centre

• With Essays? Contact the FREE Academic Writing Centre

• With Programming? Contact Computer DISC for FREE help

Exam Success/De-Stress Programme Mon 18th April-Fri 29th April:

FREE Relaxation/De-stressing/Mindfulness

• 11:00-11:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

• 13:00-13:30 Mindfulness in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

• 17:00-17:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

FREE Physical Activity Programme for Exam Success

• 09:00-09:35 Virtual Spin in the Kingfisher Ground Floor Studio D

• 13:00-14:00 Mon & Thurs 5k Walk/Run meet outside Kingfisher

• 13:00-15:00 Corrib Village Cages available for a kick about

• 16:00-16:35 Virtual Body Balance in Kingfisher Upstairs Studio C

The Student Counselling Service will also have extra staff for their drop in service 14:00-16:00 each day – no appointment necessary.

More Exam Tips & Information 

 

 

We Are Recruiting: Bar Operations Manager

News & Events

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED


NUI GALWAY STUDENTS’ UNION COMMERCIAL SERVICES LTD.

JOB DESCRIPTION

As part of an exciting strategic refurbishment of the NUIG campus Bar venue, the position of Bar Operations Manager is being recruited for. The rebranded venue will have several new food concepts and corporate event business.  The College Bar is the main social and entertainments venue on the NUI Galway campus, playing host to clubs, societies and class parties in a safe and friendly environment. It also has a substantial Restaurant and Café business. It is operated by the NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd and comprises one part of the company’s wider operations.

Job Title:  Bar Operations Manager

Purpose of Job:

The Manager will be responsible for maximizing the performance of the unit and those employed therein, including event management, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, sales and financial performance.

Main Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Manage the operation of the bar to ensure consistent positive customer experiences through the implementation of service standards and KPIs.
  • Effectively lead, motivate, develop and manage the team, aligning individuals’ goals and objectives to those strategic to the success of the organisation.
  • Maintain and develop policies, systems and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the business.
  • Oversee the development and consistent delivery of the food and beverage offering.
  • Promote, sell and deliver student and corporate events at this iconic campus venue.
  • Work closely with the accounts department to ensure set budgets and financial targets are achieved.
  • Manage a calendar of marketing and promotions activities to maximise the venues sales and profile.
  •  Regular reporting to senior management on College Bar operations and performance.

 

Required Skills & Experience:

This operational role requires the ideal candidate to have a minimum of 5 years previous management experience in both busy Bar & Restaurant environments. Excellent interpersonal, organisational, leadership and management skills are essential.

  • Event Management experience, in both sales and event delivery, minimum 2 years.
  • A passion for food and extensive experience in current food trends.
  • Good ability to manage pressurised situations and busy periods.
  • Demonstrates success and leadership in operational excellence, customer satisfaction and employee development.
  • Experience of managing budgets, cost controls and profitability.
  • Excellent customer care skills and a commitment to providing excellent standards of customer service.
  • Computer literacy, excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language.

Desirable

  • Workable knowledge of or willingness to learn Irish

Salary:  Negotiable

College_Bar_LogoTo apply, please submit a letter of application, along with your current CV and at least two referees to recruitment@su.nuigalway.ie.

Closing date for applications is the 24th of June 2016.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd.is an equal opportunities employer.

 

Students Launch Annual Report with €22,500 Donation to Charities

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union launched their annual report celebrating a great year of student activism. The report outlines all the activities the SU has been involved in throughout the academic year including their charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!

Copies of the annual report can be obtained from the SU Office and online here. 

All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

Phelim Kelly, Students’ Union President said:

“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”

Cathy Connolly of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union. As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”

 

21 innovative new projects showcased at NUI Galway

News & Events

21 new projects funded by the NUI Galway/NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE innovation initiative were showcased on Thursday, 12 May 2016 in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway.

EXPLORE is a dynamic model for innovation delivery that has been piloted by NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union since early 2012.The first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education, EXPLORE facilitates NUI Galway students and staff to work as equal partners to trial new ideas. The EXPLORE process breaks down traditional hierarchies in higher education, and enables participants to work differently with each other.

To date, EXPLORE has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600
NUI Galway students and staff, and off-campus partners.
EXPLORE projects have gone on to secure prestigious external funding of over €290,000.

The EXPLORE projects showcased yesterday span a diverse range of themes, including health, schools outreach, creativity, local history, mediation, digital skills and much more.

Tingyi Koh and Paul Choi, undergraduate medical students at NUI Galway, from the Do-It-Yourself Laparoscopic Trainer EXPLORE project talked at the event about how they developed a surgery simulation tool on a budget to improve the technical skills of undergraduate medical students with an interest in surgery as a career.

Dr. Ray Butler from the NUI Galway Centre for Astronomy spoke about the Loss of the Night in Galway EXPLORE project, which aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/night sky quality measurement campaign, which may help Galway become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.

According to Prof. Chris Curtin, Vice President for Innovation and Performance, NUI Galway,EXPLORE is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. We are delighted that the EXPLORE programme won the Community Awareness Award at the National Student Achievement Awards 2016. These awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: EXPLORE is a proven model for enabling innovation. We’re proud to have been the first higher education institution in Ireland to run a programme such as EXPLORE. It’s encouraging that two concepts central to EXPLORE, namely ‘students as partners’ and ‘students as co-creators’, feature as key principles in the new Higher Education Authority report on student engagement.” (http://www.hea.ie/sites/default/files/enhancing_student_engagement_in_decision_making_1.pdf)

The keynote address at the event was given by Dr Easkey Britton, world-renowned Irish big-wave surfer, scholar and social change-maker. Dr. Britton is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Social Change at NUI Galway investigating nature-based solutions to health and wellbeing. She spoke about using one’s passion to bring about positive social change and the Waves of Freedom organisation that she co-founded (http://easkeybritton.com and http://wavesoffreedom.org/).

Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union said: “EXPLORE makes it easy for students and staff at NUI Galway to work together and bring new ideas to life. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.”

ENDS

www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore
@EXPLOREnuigsu
#EXPLOREnuig16

About EXPLORE

EXPLORE was initiated in early 2012 by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway.
It provides seed funding and support to NUI Galway students and staff partners to work in equal partnership to bring new ideas to life to benefit NUI Galway and the wider community. To date, EXPLORE has
funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff, and these projects have gone on to raise more than €290,000 of additional funding.

EXPLORE is funded by NUI Galway, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and Galway County Council.

 

EXPLORE Innovation Showcase NUI Galway 12th May 2016

News & Events

22 projects seed funded by the NUI Galway/NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE innovation initiativewill be showcased on Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 12:45-14:00 in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway.

EXPLORE is a dynamic innovation model that supports NUI Galway students and staff and external organisations to collaborate as equal partners to bring about positive change on campus and in the wider community. It was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway in early 2012 and has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff. These projects have gone on to raise over €290,000 funding to date.

EXPLORE is based on the ‘Students as Partners’ and ‘Students as Co-creators’ concepts, both of which feature as key elements in the new Higher Education Authority report entitled ‘Enhancing Student Engagement in Decision-making’, published on 14 April 2016.

The EXPLORE programme won the Community Awareness Award at the National Student Achievement Awards 2016 in Dublin Castle on 28 April. These awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.

The showcase event on 12 May will see this year’s 22 EXPLORE projects exhibiting their innovative projects. The keynote address will be given by Dr Easkey Britton, surfer, social activist and scientist, who will talk about using one’s passion for social good and the Waves of Freedom organisation she co-founded (http://easkeybritton.com and http://wavesoffreedom.org/).

As part of the build up to the event, a mini Pi-Bot Arduino robot built via the new MakerSpace at the NUI Galway Hardiman Library will set out shortly from the Hardiman Library and aim to arrive at the Aula Maxima in time for the EXPLORE showcase on 12 May. The Pi-Bot is a prototype that has been created as part of an EXPLORE project with the aim of exposing Physics secondary school students to electronics, photonics and robotics in an interactive and fun way.See the Pi-Bot’s progress via @EXPLOREnuigsu and @nuigmakerspace.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly says:“EXPLORE is a proven model for enabling innovation. It has brought hundreds of NUI Galway students and staff together to work on over 100 projects to benefit the entire community. This year’s EXPLORE student and staff partners have co-created some inspiring new projects. We’re looking forward to seeing these projects showcase their work on 12 May.”

Keywords: Social Innovation, Innovation in Higher Education, Students as Partners, Students as Co-creators, Student Engagement

www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore
@EXPLOREnuigsu
#EXPLOREnuig16

 

NUIG Summer Holiday Arrangements

News & Events

Summer Holiday Arrangements

  • From Thursday 12th of May the SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm. Closed Monday 6th June & Monday 1st August for Bank Holidays.
  • From Monday 30th of May the Student Health Unit will only be seeing Postgrad & Masters students. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Mon 6th June & Mon 1st August for Bank Holidays.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-3pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday. The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Sunday 5th June and 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 6th June.
  • The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday.
  • The College Bar will be open 8.30am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 8.30am-12am Friday. Closing 6pm Friday 3rd June and reopening 8.30am Tuesday 7th June for Bank Holiday. The College Bar will be closed for renovations from the Tuesday, 5th of July to the 29th of August.
  • Caife na Gaeilge will close on Friday 13th May for the summer.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 6th May.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 6th May and will re-open at 11am on Monday 5th September.
  • The Library and Reading Room will be open throughout the summer. More details on opening hours here. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday. Extended opening hours for Repeat Exams Mon 25th July-Sat 13th August.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.
  • Teaching begins on Monday 5th of September for all years. View ACADEMIC CALENDAR.
  • Lockers go on sale online at 10am on Monday 29th August from the SU Website.
  • Here’s our guide to what’s going on in Galway this summer. 

SU Weekly Email 33 – 5th May 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your LAST weekly email from your Students’ Union for the 2015/16 academic year! 

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 13th May 2016

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 13th May 2016. Any items left in your locker after that will be disposed of.

Lockers for 2016/17 will go on sale on the SU Website at 10am on Monday 29th of August.

We are running a competition to find a NEW NAME for The College Bar!

As part of the redevelopment of the College Bar this summer we are looking to incorporate the building’s very unique history into its new name. The College Bar building has a very varied history, from being a Bonded Whiskey Store to a Copper Factory. You could win a set of TDK smartphone wireless headphones!

Follow this link to see a summary of the building’s history and to enter the competition https://thecollegebar.wordpress.com/

Staying in Galway for the Summer?

You will be flat out! Here’s our guide to everything going on in Galway this summer. Yay summer!

SU Second-hand Bookstore Clear-out

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any book belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 5pm Friday 13th May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free. We will be accepting books again at the end of August.

Leaving Galway for the Summer? Don’t want anything you leave behind to go to waste? Like to help out those in need in Galway?
The NUIG Rover Society are holding a collection of unwanted items that may be of use to Galway’s Homeless that might otherwise end up in the bin. They’re collecting a range of unwanted items including old clothes or blankets and unopened food stuff.

Drop offs and collections will take place on campus and around the city in different student accommodation spots. The full set of details can be found here on their Facebook event page – Click Here – so take a look to see how you could help out before heading home or away for the summer!

Ravelóid Music Festival Discount for NUIG Students!

Get your tickets for Ravelóid for just €99 by using the discount code NUIG@Rav3 before Thursday 12th of May (instead of €129 full price). www.raveloid.ie

No more ISIC Cards

Sadly we will no longer be offering the ISIC Card processing service in the SU. We will continue to issue Student Leap Cards all summer long and next year for just €15 to get you loads of discounts AND we take your photo. More info.

SU Card Reminder

Remember to cash in any points on your SU Card and spend any balances before you leave for summer. You can access your SU Card account through the SU Website: http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/su-card

Although your card will still work in September, points cannot be carried forward to next year. Cash balances will be unaffected. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Exam Results

Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released from Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 24th June 2016.  

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday, 1st July 2016. 

Looking for a job?

Kickstart your search 9.30am-2pm Thursday 12th May in AC201 with the Career Development Centre.

Register online now to attend for free: https://nuig.gradireland.com/home.html

Travel Vaccines Shortage

Travel Vaccines are currently unavailable in the Student Health Unit due to a nationwide shortage. Please visit the Tropical Medical Bureau in Eyre Square or on www.tmb.ie or phone them on 091 547553 for information on countries and vaccines required. If you have a Student Leap Card (available from the SU) you can get a 10% discount on vaccines from the Tropical Medical Bureau.

The Year Ahead

The Academic Calendar for 2016/17 is available here.

Summer Holiday Arrangements

  • From Thursday 12th of May the SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm.
  • From the 1st of June the Student Health Unit will only be seeing Postgrad & Masters students. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-3pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The College Bar will be open 8.30am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 8.30am-12am Friday. The College Bar will be closed for renovations from the 7th of July to the 10th of August.
  • Caife na Gaeilge will close on Friday 13th May for the summer.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 6th May.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 6th May and will re-open at 11am on Monday 5th September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.

Teaching begins on Monday 5th of September for all years.

Join the Galway 2020 Volunteer Programme

The highly successful volunteer programme is back with a bang and we’re looking to form an army of volunteers to get involved in the final 6 weeks of the Galway 2020 bid. Volunteer Meetup on Thursday 12th May at 6pm in the Galway 2020 hub, St. Augustine Street, Galway. 
Let us know you’re coming by emailing info@galway2020.ie with ‘Volunteer’ in the subject line.

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am This Saturday 7th May

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

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-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm during the summer.

Thank You!

We would just like to thank everyone for a great year and remember that the current SU Officers are still working for you until the 30th of June. The newly elected officers will take up office on the 1st of July. We hope you all have a great summer. The Weekly Email will be back in September!