August 2016

Month Archives

NUI Galway Students’ Union Issues Urgent Appeal to Potential Landlords

News & Events

With students returning to college this week NUI Galway Students’ Union has today issued an urgent appeal to anyone with a spare room to consider renting it to NUI Galway students this year. Under the Rent a Room Scheme you can earn up to €12,000 per annum tax free by renting a room. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are uncertain about getting into a long term arrangement.

Rooms for rent can be advertised for free on the University’s accommodation website http://www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Landlords/Charges

There are various options available to those wishing to rent a room to students including the option of digs where meals can be provided or just a straightforward rental agreement.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has now become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students. We are inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. In particular there is a huge amount of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”

For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
President
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2016/17 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 17,500 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “We are delighted to announce details of our Life Skills courses for the year ahead. Having attended these courses myself I know first-hand how invaluable the knowledge I gained has been. Whether it’s learning how to help someone who may be suicidal or gaining the skills to administer CPR. All of these courses help to provide a well-rounded education for our students whilst also helping them to make their CV’s stand out from the crowd when looking for jobs.”

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2016/17 academic year include:
• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
• Sign Language
• Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
• Cardiac First Responder Course
• Manual Handling Training
• Child Protection Training
• Yoga
• Anti-Racism Training
• ERASMUS & Complete Beginners Irish Classes
• Occupational First Aid Course

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found here.

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”

Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors Tickets on sale now

News & Events

Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors NUIG Student Tickets €15 (Bohermore Terrace) on sale now from the SU Office. Kick-off is 17:15 Saturday 3rd September.

The Students’ Union office is located upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. We are open Monday – Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm until the 26th August and 10am-5pm from the 29th August.

Please note that you must have NUI Galway student ID to purchase these tickets and gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

News & Events, Uncategorized

With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2016/17 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be careful before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits then needs of all tenants.

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
12. Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie/Accommodation”

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”
For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
President
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2016/17. Last year 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!

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

Application forms for the 2016/17 fund are available here and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 29th of August 2016. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Jimmy McGovern, Students’ Union President said:
“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

For more information contact:
Jimmy McGovern, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502
Attached Photo 1: Left to right: Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/Welfare Officer 2015/16), Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/Education Officer 2015/16), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU President 2015/16), Cathy Connolly (Galway Rape Crisis Centre) and Damien Duddy (Irish Cancer Society)