December 2016

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SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2017

News & Events

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available! REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 25/01/17

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 18th of February 2017 in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: The RNLI & Threshold.

You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk.

Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Please note that you must raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the Climb.
All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Wednesday 15th February 2017

You can set up an online fundraising page HERE once you are registered.
Timetable for Saturday 18th February 2017
9.30am Bus Leaves from the Quad
11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.
11.30am Climb Begins
1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick
2pm Descent begins
4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick
5.30pm Bus arrives at the Quad

What You Need
Before you can board the bus, you must have all of the following:
Walking boots (with ankle support!)
PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.
Trousers (not jeans)
Rucksack/Backpack
Waterproofs (not Ponchos)
Hat and Gloves
Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)
Spare Clothes and Shoes

 

What Will You Do in 2017?

News & Events

What Will You Do in 2017?
*Learn Sign Language
SU Sign Language 10 Week course starts 24th January
*Have the Best Summer Ever
SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Wednesday 25th January
*Raise Money For Charity
SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 4th February for the RNLI & Threshold. Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to volunteer
*Run For Election
SU Election Nominations open Thursday 16th February
*Learn To Save Lives
SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST
*Climb A Mountain
SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb Saturday 18th February

Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2017

News & Events

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2017 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 25th January 2017 in Áras na Mac Léinn with talks/presentations taking place 12pm-5pm in The View. 

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer!

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

AIESEC Ireland – International Volunteering and Internships

ALIVE  – The NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering

Amba France /Campus France – The French Embassy in Ireland

Bank Of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland – Summer Camp and resort jobs in the USA

Concern – Launching Concern World Champions competition.

Cultural Care Au Pair – Au Pair opportunities in the USA.

Global Citizen Award – EIL Intercultural learning a non-profit Irish company providing intercultural learning opportunities.

SAYIT – Plan your J1 summer.

Partnership International – Global Internships.

Serve  – Development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling poverty.

USIT  – Plan your J1 summer.

Food Stalls: 

Brown Bag Donuts

Joachim’s German Bratwurst

Men at Wok

Mick’s Crepes

Presentations in The View Upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn: 

12pm-1pm Cultural Care Au Pair: 12 Months with a family in America.

1pm-2pm Campus France: Higher Education in France: Discover French Education and Joie de Vivre! Campus France is in charge of promoting higher education and helping students to apply for French higher education institutions. Campus France Ireland is here to inform and guide you through your choices of training, help you to apply for an university or a grande école and reply to any of your questions. Do not hesitate to visit us!

2pm-3pm SAYIT Travel – All you need to know for your J1 Summer 2017!

3pm-4pm USIT: J1 Information Talk

4pm-5pm Partnership International: Global Internships

SU Weekly Email 16 – 14th December 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2016 from your Students’ Union.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 17th December 2016 to Sunday 8th of January 2017 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 9th of January 2017. Academic Dates for the rest of 2016/17 are available here. 

  • The Students’ Union Officewill close on Thurs 22nd of Dec and reopen at 10am Mon 9th of Jan 2017.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Deskwill close at 3pm on Fri 16th of Dec and reopen at 11am on Mon 9th of Jan 2017.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroomwill close at 5pm on Fri 16th of Dec and reopen at 9am on Fri 13th of Jan 2017.
  • The Students’ Union Shopwill close on Weds 21st of Dec and reopen at 8am on Weds 4th of Jan 2017.
  • Sultwill close on Weds 21st of Dec and reopen on Weds 4th of Jan 2017.
  • Caifé na Gaeilgewill close on Fri 16th of Dec and will reopen at 9am on Mon 9th of Jan 2017.
  • Smokey’s Caféwill close on Weds 21st of Dec and will reopen at 8.30am on Weds 4th of Jan.
  • The Wall Caféwill be open 9am-3pm Mon 19th Dec-Fri 23rd Dec. Closed 24th, 25th & 26th Dec. Open 9am-3pm Tues 27th to Fri 30th Dec. Closed 31st Dec & 1st Jan. Open 9am-3pm Mon 2nd Jan-Sun 8th Jan 2017.
  • The James Hardiman Library will have reduced hours Fri 16th Dec to Thurs 22nd of Dec 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat/Sun. The Library will be closed Fri 23rd of Dec to Mon 2nd of Jan inclusive.
  • The Reading Roomwill only be closed on Sun 25th and Mon 26th of December.
  • The Student Health Unit will close on Tues 20th of Dec and will reopen on Thurs 5th of Jan 2017.
  • Sin Newspaperwill be back with a new issue on Tues 10th of Jan 2017.
  • Flirt FMwill be off air from Sat 10th Dec to Sun 8th of Jan inclusive.
  • The Socs Boxwill close on Thurs 22nd of Dec and will reopen on Thurs 5th of Jan 2017.
  • The Academic Writing Centrewill close on Fri 2nd of Dec and will reopen in Jan 2017.
  • SUMSwill be closed from Mon 12th of Dec and will reopen on Mon 23rd of Jan 2017.

 

ASIST Course Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling students on our next Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Course (ASIST) which will take place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of February. The course is free but you need to pay a €10 refundable deposit to book your space. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now. Please note there are only 20 spaces available on the course which always books up fast. More Information.

 

Financial Aid Fund Applications Semester 2

Please note that applications open online on Monday 16th of January for the semester 2 Financial Aid Fund. Applications close at 12noon on Monday 30th of January. More information here.

 

Notice of By-Election

We will be holding a by-election to fill the recently vacated part-time officer post of SU Postgraduate Officer.

  • Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 12th of January. Nomination forms will be available from the SU & SU website
  • Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 18th of January. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.
  • Election Day: 11am-3pm Thursday 26th of January. Please note only registered Postgrad students may vote in this election but all students can run for this position.

If you are interested in running for this position please contact Jimmy on su.president@nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Student Leap Card Expiry

If you have one of the red Student Leap Cards this will expire on the 31st of December 2016. You can get a new card in the Students’ Union Office for just €10 now and this will be valid until the 31st of December 2017.

 

Rover Soc’s Help the Homeless Christmas Collection TOMORROW

Rover Soc is organising a Christmas collection tomorrow Thursday 15th of December where they drive by the various student residences to collect any items that you think you will no longer use or which you cannot bring home with you. More Information.

 

Yoga €40 for 8 Week Course

Registration is now open for our next 8 week yoga course which starts in January.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Credit Card on 091 524810

 

Dates for your Diary

Mon 9th Jan Teaching Begins
Tues 10th Jan Clubs Day 2
Weds 11th Jan Socs Day 2
Mon 16th Jan SU Council
Mon 16th Jan Financial Aid Fund Applications Open
Weds 25th Jan SU Working & Traveling Abroad Fair
Thurs 26th Jan Postgrad Officer By-Election
Mon 30th Jan Financial Aid Fund Applications Close 12 noon
Tues 31st Jan Deadline balance Fee Payment to avoid penalties
Sat 4th Feb SU Annual Charity Collection
Mon 6th Feb – Fri 10th Feb SU SHAG Week II
Mon 6th Feb SU Council
Thurs 16th Feb SU Full Time Election Nominations OPEN
Sat 18th Feb SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb
Thurs 23rd Feb SU Part Time Nominations OPEN
Mon 27th Feb SU Council & Chair Election
Thurs 2nd March SU Full Time Officer Elections
Thurs 9th March SU Part Time Officer Elections
Fri 17th March St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday
Sat 1st April Teaching Ends
Mon 3rd April-Sat 8th April Study Week
Mon 10th April – Sat 15th April Field Trips
Mon 17th April – Sat 22nd April Easter Holidays
Mon 24th April Exams Begin
Weds 10th May Exams End

 

Parking

Santa may be getting you a car this Christmas and if so you may need to park on campus. More information about parking on campus can be found here. Any inquiries into parking or further questions can be sent to parking@nuigalway.ie

 

Can You Braid Hair?

We are looking for some hair braiders to volunteer for a fundraising event we are holding in February for the SU Charities. Volunteers must know how to add extensions/attachments to braids. Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out.

 

NEW Library Study Break Policy

In response to feedback received from users about the 30 Minute Rule, and in an effort to reduce the instances of desk hogging, the Library is introducing a new ‘Study Break Policy’ for the monitoring and managing of study space during peak times in the Library. The policy will apply during the following periods: 01 November – 16 December 2016 and 03 April – 10 May 2017. See http://library.nuigalway.ie/usingthelibrary/studyspace/

 

Pieta House Festive Fives Saturday 31st December

Five-a-side Indoor Soccer Tournament to raise funds for Pieta House. Tournament will take place in Árus Bóthar na Trá Sports Club, Salthill, Galway Saturday 31st of December from 12pm – 8pm. One healthy day during the Christmas break won’t hurt, so, drag yourself away from your cosy fireside and get active for a great cause! Men and women welcome, all ages, all abilities – places limited, so sign up early!

Find us on Facebook: Pieta House Festive Fives or e-mail: kevinfchristie@gmail.com for more information

 

Exam Buses

Our Exam Buses run until Friday evening: Leaving University Road (Bus stop between Ward’s and Tesco Express) 08:40 & 15:40 and Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40

It’s €2 per journey – look out for the red City Direct double decker bus.

 

Exam Results

Semester 1 Exam PROVISIONAL Results will be published on Blackboard throughout January. Please check with your School/Discipline for exact release dates. These results will remain provisional until approved by the exam board.

 

Extra Study Space

The following rooms will be available for extra study space 8am-10pm until Friday 16th December

  • Thomas Dillon Theatre
  • Tyndall Theatre
  • O’Flaherty Theatre
  • Larmor Theatre
  • AC204
  • TB303
  • TB305

 

Applications open for Hardiman & Ryan PhD Scholarships

Applications now open for The Hardiman and Dr Tony Ryan PhD Scholarships which are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees.

These scholarships are for students starting their PhD in September 2017. Application deadline 17th February 2017.

 

Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

 

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

 

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 upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

 

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2017!

 

SU Weekly Email 15 – 8th December 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Exam Buses

Our Exam Buses run throughout the exams:

Leaving University Road (Bus stop between Ward’s and Tesco Express) 08:40 & 15:40

Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40

It’s €2 per journey – look out for the red City Direct double decker bus.

 

Notice of By-Election

We will be holding a by-election to fill the recently vacated part-time officer post of SU Postgraduate Officer.

  • Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 12th of January. Nomination forms will be available from the SU & SU website
  • Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 18th of January. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.
  • Election Day: 11am-3pm Thursday 26th of January. Please note only registered Postgrad students may vote in this election but all students can run for this position.

If you are interested in running for this position please contact Jimmy on su.president@nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Rover Soc’s Help the Homeless Christmas Collection Thurs 15th December

Rover Soc is organising a Christmas collection on Thursday 15th of December where they drive by the various student residences to collect any items that you think you will no longer use or which you cannot bring home with you. They might not mean anything to you, but can mean the world to any of the homeless people out on the streets of Galway. Please spare some of your time to gather those items and drop them off at the allocated times. More Information.

 

Student Leap Card Expiry

If you have one of the red Student Leap Cards this will expire on the 31st of December 2016. You can get a new card in the Students’ Union Office for just €10 now and this will be valid until the 31st of December 2017.

 

1st/2nd Year Textbooks Appeal for Refugees in Greece: Deadline to donate TOMORROW

Despite potential, refugees awaiting relocation in Greece face a great disadvantage in accessing university-level studies. Even independent learning is blocked with limited or no internet access in the camps. Please donate your used 1st or 2nd year textbooks and give these ambitious, deserving students the opportunity to continue learning. Donations can be dropped off at the Students’ Union office. They are in desperate need of maths, science and engineering texts.

For more information contact: Diana.Delbecchi@gmail.com

Deadline to Donate: Friday 9th December 2016

 

Exam Results

Semester 1 Exam PROVISIONAL Results will be published on Blackboard throughout January. Please check with your School/Discipline for exact release dates. These results will remain provisional until approved by the exam board.

 

NUI Galway President Commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

Congratulations to the CCAFS Society NUIG for all their hard work. Read more here.

 

Free Breakfast During Exams

Monday 5th – Friday 16th December after 8am Mass in the NUIG Chapel Common Room. All welcome. (Monday-Friday only).

 

Extra Study Space

The following rooms will be available for extra study space 8am-10pm:

Monday 28th November-Friday 16th December

  • Thomas Dillon Theatre
  • Tyndall Theatre
  • O’Flaherty Theatre
  • Larmor Theatre
  • AC204
  • TB303
  • TB305

Monday 28th November-Sunday 4th December

  • AC202

 

Get Involved in the I Welcome Campaign to End Direct Provision

The I Welcome campaign asks you to add your voices to the growing calls for an end to the Irish system of Direct Provision which has been condemned by the UN for breaching human rights.

  1. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says I Welcome Refugees Here and state your location. Signs are available from the SU Office or you can handwrite your sign.
  2. Upload it to your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #EndDirectProvision
  3. Tag 3 social media friends in your post to also participate in the campaign.
  4. Tag the campaign page in your post.

 

NUIG Student Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale in SU & SU Engineering Desk now for:

  • Connacht vs Wasps 17:30 Saturday 17th Dec €20 – 2 tickets left in SU Office only
  • Connacht vs Munster 17:30 Saturday 31st Dec €20 – 7 tickets left

All tickets are for Bohermore Terrace. Student ID required.

 

Applications open for Hardiman & Ryan PhD Scholarships

Applications now open for The Hardiman and Dr Tony Ryan PhD Scholarships which are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees.

These scholarships are for students starting their PhD in September 2017. Application deadline 17th February 2017.

 

Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

 

Yoga €40 for 8 Week Course

Registration is now open for our next 8 week yoga course which starts in January.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Credit Card on 091 524810

 

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

 

Would you like to use your voice to help those experiencing homelessness?
Galway Simon Community are looking for choirs and individuals to get involved in Sing for Simon which will take place on Sunday 18th December in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.
The 8 hour carolathon will be packed with music and entertainment to help raise funds and awareness to tackle homelessness in Galway.
If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Claire on 085 760 2511.

 

Free Screening of Science on Screen documentaries TODAY

There will be a free screening of two documentaries at 2.30pm today in ILAS Building near Corrib Village and all are welcome.

‘Feats of Modest Valour’, is a touching portrait of three individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and the scientists who are developing a new medical device, which could potentially halt or even cure the disease. ‘Mending Legends’, looks at the devastating effects of tendon injury on sports people and the team of scientists who are working to form the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype. Both documentaries are 26 minutes long.

 

Volunteers Needed for Hand in Hand

Volunteers are needed for an hour or two to help out with Hand in Hand the National Children’s Cancer Charity bucket collections at Eyre Square Shopping Centre on Sunday 11th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd December. Please contact Dee on 087-3295395 or deirdre@handinhand.ie if you are free to volunteer for any of these dates.

 

Creative Writing Deadline for Submissions 31st December

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com. The deadline is December 31st, 2016. https://lampjournal.com/

 

Call for submissions from NUIG students working in low pay sectors to the Low Pay Commission.

The Commission is an independent body the main function of which is to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage. The Commission is currently reviewing the allowances for board and lodgings provided for under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000.

They are looking for submissions from individual students who work in low pay sectors and may be affected by the National Minimum Wage and the board and lodging rates provided for under the National Minimum Wage. Submissions do not have to follow any specific format.

Further information

 

#MondayMassage now also on Thursdays!

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50. Every Monday in the Wellness room in The Hub. During the exams there will also be massages available on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th of December. Call or txt Mick on 0868378589 to book www.aTensionSeeker.ie

 

PC Suites Closed for Exams

Five of the twenty General Access PC Suites will be closed from 2nd to 16th December as they are being used for exams. These are: 3 PC Suites in Engineering building, IT106 and the Finnegan PC Suite. ISS will have signage on doors to direct students to other available PC suites nearby.

 

Read Sin Issue 6 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC213 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email editor@sin.ie

 

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 upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

 

Notice of By-Election

News & Events

Notice of By-Election

We will be holding a by-election to fill the recently vacated part-time officer post of Students’ Union Postgraduate Officer.

  • Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 12th of January. Nomination forms will be available from the SU & SU website
  • Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 18th of January. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.
  • Election Day: 11am-3pm Thursday 26th of January. Please note only registered Postgrad students may vote in this election but all students can run for this position.

If you are interested in running for this position please contact Jimmy on su.president@nuigalway.ie for more information.

The Postgraduate Officer is responsible for developing Students’ Union policy on postgraduate issues and lobbying for improved induction, training, services and facilities for postgraduate students. They work closely with the Vice-President/Education Officer on postgraduate related issues and encourages postgraduate involvement in the Union and in University life.

NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

News & Events

NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Wednesday the 30th of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway, along with the Students’ Union President, Jimmy McGovern, met with NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne, to discuss the divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by NUI Galway. Dr Browne applauded the efforts made by the CCAFS Society in highlighting and engaging with the university on the issue, indicating that he is committed to the divestment of fossil fuel shares.

In early November 2016, the CCAFS society submitted a petition of over 1,000 signatures, and a report highlighting the case for divestment of the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil. Dr Browne welcomed the report, and acknowledged that divestment of these fossil fuel shares is in line with the values held by NUI Galway with regard to sustainability. In pledging his support Dr Browne also indicated that he had spoken to a number of staff and students on the matter, and feels there is a real appetite for divestment. A motion for divestment will be tabled early in the New Year, which will seek full divestment of fossil fuel shares, and the implementation of an ethical investment policy.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign was delighted with a significant and positive step towards divestment:

We are thrilled with the response so far from Dr Browne, and see today’s result as a significant step towards divestment. We are looking forward to announcing NUI Galway’s commitment to divestment, and implementation of an ethical investment policy in February. We are hopeful that successes here, and in Trinity College, are the beginning of a cascade effect among Irish Universities.”

Following the meeting with CCAFS, Dr Browne congratulated the student society and the Students’ Union for its commitment to the issue of fossil fuel divestment saying:

“It is important for students to consider their role as global citizens who will shape our planet’s future.  By advocating for an ethical policy on institutional investment, the CCAFS society and the Students’ Union leadership are highlighting an important global issue which impacts on climate change, social equity and a range of important ethical issues today.  I look forward to working with our students to promote a transparent and ethical investment policy at NUI Galway, including fossil fuel divestment.”

Pictured are (left to right): Jimmy McGovern (NUI Galway Students’ Union President); Hazel Wolstenholme (CCAFS); Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President); Colm Duffy (Auditor CCAFS); Aoife Kervic (CCAFS); & Brendan Hallahan (CCAFS).

ENDS

Should you like to get further information please contact:

Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS Society

086 275 8527

ccafs.socs@nuigalway.ie

https://www.facebook.com/CCAFSsocietyNUIG/

https://www.facebook.com/fossilfreenuig/

NUIG Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

News & Events

NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 17th December 2016 to Sunday 8th of January 2017 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 9th of January 2017. Academic Dates for the rest of 2016/17 are available here. 

The Students’ Union Office will close at 2pm on Thursday 22nd of December and reopen at 10am Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 11am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 9am on Friday 13th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Shop will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen at 8am on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Sult will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Friday 16th of December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

Smokey’s Café will close on Wednesday 21st of December and will reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 4th of January.

The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Mon 19th Dec-Fri 23rd Dec. Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December. Open 9am-3pm Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December. Closed 31st Dec & 1st Jan. Open 9am-3pm Monday 2nd Jan-Sun 8th Jan 2017.

The James Hardiman Library will have reduced hours Friday 16th December to Thursday 22nd of December 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat/Sun. The Library will be closed Friday 23rd of December to Monday 2nd of January inclusive.

The Reading Room will only be closed on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th of December.

Some of the Computer Suites will be closed over the holidays for more details check HERE.

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 20th of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tuesday 10th of January 2017.

Flirt FM will be off air from Saturday 10th December to Sunday 8th of January inclusive.

The Socs Box will close on Thursday 22nd of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 2nd of December and will reopen in January 2017.

SUMS will be closed from Monday 12th of December and will reopen on Monday 23rd of January 2017.

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

See you all in 2017! 

SU Weekly Email 14 – 1st December 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Here’s our top 10 tips for the exams next week

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
    2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
    3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam. We have buses organised with City Direct for the Salthill exam venues.
    4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module.
    5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
    6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
    7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Cathal Sherlock or your College Office.
    8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
    9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
    10. Relax – you got this!

#BestOfLuckToYeLads

 

Exam Buses

If you have exams in the Salthill Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) we have arranged a bus service to Salthill each day of the exams for just €2 per journey. Buses leave the bus stop on University Road (near Wards).

 

We Need You to Take Action and Send a Letter to your TD TODAY!

At the link below you can send a letter to your TD online saying NO to €20,000+ student debts. There are also options for parents, grandparents, graduates, teachers and just generally everyone to send a letter today and say that Education is a public good which should be publicly funded. Student fees will leave many unable to access education or with a huge burden of debt at the end of their time in College. Please share this link with everyone you know – it only takes a minute to fill out.

http://usi.ie/educationis/talktoyourtd/

 

Extra Study Space

The following rooms will be available for extra study space 8am-10pm:

Monday 28th November-Friday 16th December

  • Thomas Dillon Theatre
  • Tyndall Theatre
  • O’Flaherty Theatre
  • Larmor Theatre
  • AC204
  • TB303
  • TB305

Monday 28th November-Sunday 4th December

  • AC202

 

Yoga €40 for 8 Week Course

Registration is now open for our next 8 week yoga course which starts in January.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 19th Jan-Thurs 9th March 2017

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Credit Card on 091 524810

 

Thank You!

Massive thank you to everyone that supported our Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit yesterday. We raised another €530 for the SU Charities bringing us up to €12,169 raised so far this semester for RNLI and Threshold Ireland. You can still enter our Pet Farm Selfie competition via the SU Facebook page and we have Electric and FourFour wristbands up for grabs. We’ve loads more fundraising events planned for semester two so give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you want to get involved.

 

#MondayMassage now also on Thursdays!

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50. Every Monday in the Wellness room in The Hub. During the exams there will also be massages available on Thursday 1st, Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th of December. Call or txt Mick on 0868378589 to book www.aTensionSeeker.ie

 

PC Suites Closed for Exams

Five of the twenty General Access PC Suites will be closed from 2nd to 16th December as they are being used for exams. These are: 3 PC Suites in Engineering building, IT106 and the Finnegan PC Suite. ISS will have signage on doors to direct students to other available PC suites nearby.

 

NUIG Student Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale in SU & SU Engineering Desk now for:

  • Connacht vs Benetton Treviso 15:00 Saturday 3rd Dec €15
  • Connacht vs Wasps 17:30 Saturday 17th Dec €20
  • Connacht vs Munster 17:30 Saturday 31st Dec €20

All tickets are for Bohermore Terrace. Student ID required.

 

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

 

Free High Vis

We have a limited amount of free high vis vests, running tops, armbands and bike lights available in the SU Office now. Just call up and collect what you need while stocks last!

 

Syrias Vibes Fundraiser this Friday

Syrias Vibes is a not for profit campaign funding emergency rescue services in Syria by organising gigs and parties across the country and giving people a chance to reach out and get involved. This Friday they will have a fundraising night in Electric featuring some amazing DJs including The Disconauts, Shake!, Gigantic, 110th Street, Epoch, Graham Dolan, Anthony Collins, Ger Z, Bap to the Future, and Calvin James.

 

AIDS West World AIDS Day Memorial Concert – 7pm TONIGHT

This is an open invitation to the people of Galway to come to this free concert on at 7pm on Thursday 1st of December and show their solidarity with those living with HIV and help challenge the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV. The concert takes place in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway with music from Bel Canto and Cois Cladaigh.

For more info contact 091 566266, www.aidswest.ie or  info@aidswest.ie

 

The F Word – Galway Feminist Festival

7th-10th December a four day festival of music, discussions, workshops, film, comedy and more.

 

Read Sin Issue 6 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC213 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email editor@sin.ie

 

Exam Papers

Search the Exam Papers Database here

 

Give Blood Tonight

  • 5pm-8.30pm Thurs 1st Dec at The Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Galway

 

Need Help?

With Writing – The Academic Writing Centre

With Maths – SUMS

With Computer Programming – Computer DISC

With Anything – The SU Grinds Register

 

1st/2nd Year Textbooks Appeal for Refugees in Greece: Deadline Fri 9th Dec

Despite potential, refugees awaiting relocation in Greece face a great disadvantage in accessing university-level studies. Even independent learning is blocked with limited or no internet access in the camps. Please donate your used 1st or 2nd year textbooks and give these ambitious, deserving students the opportunity to continue learning. Donations can be dropped off at the Students’ Union office. They are in desperate need of maths, science and engineering texts.

For more information contact: Diana.Delbecchi@gmail.com

Deadline to Donate: Friday 9th December 2016

 

Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

 

Bus Éireann Tickets

We sell monthly and weekly student tickets for Bus Éireann Galway city services from the SU Office. It’s €57.50 for a monthly ticket or €17.60 for a weekly ticket. We also sell student tickets for all Bus Éireann routes.

 

NEW Library Study Break Policy

In response to feedback received from users about the 30 Minute Rule, and in an effort to reduce the instances of desk hogging, the Library is introducing a new ‘Study Break Policy’ for the monitoring and managing of study space during peak times in the Library. The policy will apply during the following periods: 01 November – 16 December 2016 and 03 April – 10 May 2017.

 

NUIG Free STI Clinic – BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Please note that you must make an appointment in person in the Student Health Unit or by phoning 091 492604 before attending. The STI Clinic runs 5pm-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

 

FREE Mindful Meditation Every Wednesday 1.10pm-1.50pm

Mindful Meditation Practice for Semester 1 will take place every Wednesday from 1:10pm to 1:50pm in classroom AC202 on the concourse. All are welcome including staff, students, alumni, members of the local community and guests to campus.

 

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 upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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