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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge for NUI Galway students and staff. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they reach 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge on the 23rd of March. Participants have the chance of winning prizes such as action cameras, shopping vouchers and challenge goodie packs from the National Transport Authority just by walking!

The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.

The Students’ Union is also making sure that participants stay safe by staying seen while walking as they have distributed hundreds of free high visibility items from the Road Safety Authority. Participants can still register online for the challenge at https://www.activetravellogger.ie/

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Sneaking in a short walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from study or work.”

Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer Andrew Forde said: “In the lead up to exams it’s important that students ensure they make time for regular exercise in their schedules. Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. The Challenge is a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!”

PHOTO: (Left to Right) NUI Galway Students’ Union Officers: Sabrina Vaughan, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Sarah Murphy and Megan Reilly.

SU Weekly Email 23 – 22nd February 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 11am-3pm TODAY Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • FREE Bike Clinic with An Mheitheal Rothar
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.

 

#NUIGSU18 Elections Nominations Open TODAY!

Nominations for the 3 full-time paid officer positions of President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer will open at 10am TODAY Thursday 22nd of February 2018. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th of February at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. The Election will take place 10am-8pm on Thursday the 8th of March 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 21st of March 2018 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th of March.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Nominations for this position are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 26th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week Events TODAY

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Council Chair Nominations are Open #NUIGSU18

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website. Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 26th of February at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The Election will take place at the SU Council Meeting on Monday 5th of March at 6pm in AM250 Arts Millennium Building.

PLEASE NOTE: only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

 

How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!

 

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 26th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 26th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 27th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

For More Information Contact Andrew on su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Read Sin Issue 9 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Upcoming J1 Information Sessions

  • 6pm-7pm Monday 26th January USIT Talk in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-5pm Tuesday 27th February Camp Leaders in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

 

FREE Talks this Tuesday in the Library

Citation and referencing: beginner 14:00-15:00 Tues 27 Feb

Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism 15:00-16:00 Tues 27 Feb

 

Undergraduate Research Conference presents – PUBLIC SPEAKING: HINTS & TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Worried about public speaking? If the thought of talking in a small or large group gives you worries, come along to our workshop on communication and public speaking. Facilitator Joanne Duffy will be giving a fun, interactive talk about the hints and tips that have helped her to overcome confidence challenges and go on to be strong communicator! 6pm-7pm Tues 5th March in the Meeting Room upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

NUIG Relay For Life 2018

NUIG’s Cancer Society is holding their 4th annual Relay for Life 6pm-6am on Thursday 15th March. There will be various events on the night such as the survivors lap, competitions to win amazing prizes, themed laps, movie screenings, candle of hope ceremony, plenty of food, a variety of different performances and all while raising vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society. It’s open to EVERYBODY! You can sign up online using this link.

For more information on registering your team, email: cancersoc@socs.nuigalway.ie, or message NUIG Cancer Society on Facebook

 

Registration now open for NUI Galway International Women’s Week Events 5th-9th March

 

Casting call for extras for 2 short films and a documentary

Masters students are looking for extras of all ages, ethnicities, and genders to take part in two short films and a documentary. If interested, please email s.mcevoy5@nuigalway.ie with a picture and some details about yourself.

 

Focus Group Participants Required – FREE Pizza + €10 SU Card Credit!

The University are looking for students to take part in Focus Groups looking at your thoughts and opinions on NUI Galway “the brand”.

The Focus Groups will take place on Tuesday 27th of February at the following times

  • 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • 3.45pm – 5.15pm

It will be a very laid back discussion with free pizza! If you are interested in taking part please email visit@nuigalway.ie        

 

Galway Sports Partnership FREE Activity Leader Award Course this Friday & Saturday

Normally this course is €45 per person but NUI Galway students can attend for FREE. The course is targeted a people who are looking at delivering activities (sporting/games) to groups and it would suit anyone aiming to help out at summer camps, youth groups etc. The course takes place this Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm in the Connacht hotel. If interested please contact Jason.craughwell@galwaycity.ie ASAP for application form. Application deadline 5pm TODAY.

 

NUIG First Year Ball

The NUI Galway First Year ball takes place on Wednesday 14th of March and tickets are just €30 or €15 for afters only.

 

Call to Action! We want to hear your attitudes and beliefs towards people with obesity – survey takes less than 10 minutes

We are currently conducting an online survey of the levels of obesity stigma within the student population at NUI Galway. The results will be used to test the effectiveness of various interventions to address obesity stigma.

 

Charity Concierge recruiting volunteers for Latitude & Electric Picnic

All funds raised go to provide clean water, daily meals, deworming tablets, malaria nets, health education and more to children in African countries.

 

Events at Blackstone Launchpad next week

 

Applications open for “My Thesis in 3 minutes… in French!” Contest 

If you are a PhD student and you speak French, take part to this very special competition in Dublin on 14th March in Trinity College Dublin. You will have 3 minutes to present your research to a non-specialist audience. Registration is open until Tuesday the 27th February. This contest is open to all disciplines and all nationalities, with great prizes to win!

 

Upcoming FREE Workshops

  • 1pm-2pm TODAY Transition to Employment – Employer Panel in G010 Library Lobby. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.
  • 5.30pm-7.30pm Tues 27th Feb Exam Skills & Stress Management in G010 Library Lobby. Open to all students
  • 1pm-2pm Thurs 1st March Transition to Employment – CV Workshop in Careers Seminar Room. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.

 

2018 Chinese Lantern Festival

To celebrate the Chinese New Year of Dog, NUI Galway China Society will hold a Lantern Festival Party in the Hub from 1pm on Sunday 4th of March. We will show some Chinese traditional culture, such as Chinese writing, painting and we will teach you how to cook the delicious Chinese dumplings. All students welcome! Attendance is free but you have to book your place HERE. More info at NUI Galway China Society Facebook page or email chinese@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Weekly Job Market in Bank of Ireland on the concourse – come meet Revenue, LK Shields, EY, ALISON publishing, Verve, GLG, IntertradeIreland, Lidl . Free pizza and cake!
  • Careers with Botany and Plant Science
  • Diversity after University
  • Company presentations by Lidl and Wayfair
  • Career Options with Arts Fair
  • Careers in Creative Industries
  • Interview Skills Workshop

 

Want to win a 32GB iPad and make NUI Galway a better place?

Take 10 minutes to complete the National Student Survey now! The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergrad students, and students on Taught and Research Postgrad programmes. Deadline this Sunday 25th February

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)

SU Weekly Email 22 – 15th February 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2018

Mon 19th Feb

6pm GiGSoc Book Club Discussing “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Law Society & Fáilte Refugees Society Direct Provision and the Right to Work Panel Discussion in the AC201.

9pm Late & Live for SU Equality Week with Comedy Soc. FREE Comedy, Music, pints and pizza in the Bank of Ireland Theatre (beside Sult)

Tues 20th Feb

1.30pm-2.30pm Universal Design for Learning with NUIG Disability Support Services. Panel discussion and group work for lecturers and students on how to make learning materials more accessible to all students. Venue THB-G010 Moore Institute. Sandwiches, tea & coffee provided.

7pm Fáilte Refugees Society Table Quiz in the Roisin Dubh aimed at overcoming myths around refugees and asylum seekers. €5 with reduced Silent Disco entry included.

Weds 21st Feb

6pm-9pm Impacte Society Movie Night “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre with free pizza, tea and coffee.

6pm-9pm Fáilte Refugees Society “A Taste of Home” Clothes Collection in Teach Solais LGBT Resource Centre.

7pm-9pm GiGSoc Dance, dress up and drag event in IT202 with free pizza and drinks.

9.30pm GiGSoc and DramSoc Lip Sync Battle in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Thurs 22nd Feb

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. The University of Sanctuary Campaign is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of Universities welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their communities. The Campaign fosters a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 11am-3pm Thursday 22nd of February Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.

 

Give Blood Today 12pm-3.30pm in the Bailey Allen Hall

 

#NUIGSU18 Elections Nominations Open Thursday!

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare & Equality Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 21st of March 2018.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.

 

How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!

 

Want to win a 32GB iPad and make NUI Galway a better place?

Take 10 minutes to complete the National Student Survey now! The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergrad students, and students on Taught and Research Postgrad programmes. Deadline Sunday 25th February

 

SU 8 week €40 Ashtanga Yoga Course Now Enrolling

It will run from Thursday 1st March to Thursday 19th April.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-6pm

The course cost is €40 and you can pay in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524 810 to register with credit card.

 

Upcoming FREE Workshops

  • 5.30pm-7pm Tues 20th Feb Note Taking & Study Skills in G011 Library Lobby
  • 5.30pm-7.30pm Weds 21st Feb Troubled by Procrastination in G010 Library Lobby
  • 1pm-2pm Thurs 22nd Feb Transition to Employment – Employer Panel in GO10 Library Lobby. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.

 

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Weekly Job Market in Bank of Ireland on the concourse – come meet GlanAgua, Medtronic, Aldi, Mixtape Marketing, Siren (data Intelligence). Free pizza and cake!
  • Medtronic CV and Interview Skills Workshop
  • GlanAgua and Medtronic Company Presentation
  • Engineering Industry Panel Event
  • LinkedIn Workshop
  • CV Workshop
  • Transition to Employment Workshop

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

 

Run out of power in your laptop, smart phone or tablet?

You can charge it up for FREE in the NUIG Library’s new self-service charging lockers. Drop by the library foyer to try them out. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a video on how to use them just in case!

 

Sign up to the Undergraduate Research Conference – Build your CV and Skills

The Undergraduate Research Conference is a great event to be part of – you can come along and listen, or you can register to speak and share a paper or project you have worked on. It’s a fun, comfortable, and relaxed space for you to experience a conference. Friday March 16th from 10am – 2pm great food, and chance to give a short talk to a small group about an area that interests you. Great for the CV!

To sign up to attend

To sign up to speak

To join the volunteer team

 

NUIG & AIT ACS Masquerade Ball

As it will be taking during Black History Month on Friday 16th of Feb our Dress Code will be – Class meets Culture. You can choose to wear formal (Black Tie) or cultural attire. It will be a night filled with music, dance, poetry and food. This fantastic night will consist of a 3 course meal, major acts, crowning of the King and Queen and other amazing activities! It’s a night not to be missed. ID will also be required on the night. Tickets are €20 and are available in the Soc Box in NUIG. P.S – Masquerade Masks are COMPULSORY on the night

 

FREE Talk: Searching for your research topic

14:30-15:30 Thurs 22nd Feb in the Library. Register here

 

Applications for the next NUIG Explore Innovation Awards have been launched!

1st Place: €2,000, 2nd Place: €1,000, 3rd Place: €900

CLOSING DATE: 3rd March 2018

 

What Kind of Writer Are You?

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) manager Dr Ira Ruppo will be in the Library 12pm-1pm Thursday 22nd February to help you answer the question, ‘What kind of writer are you?’ Learning about your writing type can help you to manage your time as you research, draft, and edit your assignments. She can also answer any questions you have about the AWC and its services. You can find the Academic Skills Hub in the NUI Galway Library foyer, inside the electronic gates and then diagonally to your left.

 

Read Sin Issue 8 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

LibQual 2017 Survey

You may have completed our LibQual survey last year. Thanks for your feedback! So what have we done about it? Find out here

 

Blackstone Launchpad Open Day 1pm-2pm Weds 21st Feb

This event is an open day for all students to come into the Launchpad on the Concourse where they can hear the interns talk about the services provided by Blackstone Launchpad, how our mentoring works and the successful projects Blackstone has had so far. There will also be some give-aways (free food!) on the day and a creativity workshop with clay modelling to help inspire creativity.

 

Become one of Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Advocates With Overseas Placement in Vietnam or Tanzania

The SDG Advocate programme offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive change makers. The 8 month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. Closing Date: 5th March 2018

 

Are you an NUI Galway or NUI graduate living in Ireland or overseas?

Are you registered to vote in Seanad Éireann elections? The deadline to be added to the NUI Seanad voter register is Monday 26th February.

Go to http://www.nui.ie/elections/seanad-register.asp to download the registration form. It must be printed, signed and posted to the Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 or sent as a scanned copy to records@nui.ie before Monday 26th February 2018. Overseas graduates are eligible to vote in Seanad elections too.

 

NUI Galway 8K FREE Meet & Train Sessions 

The NUIG Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw Galway will be held on Saturday 10th March on the NUI Galway Campus starting at 10am at the Kingfisher Club and finishing at the Quadrangle. There are free meet-and-train sessions on at 1pm each Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and also Wednesdays at 6pm departing from the Sports Centre on the NUI Galway campus.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets On Sale Now

NUI Galway student tickets now on sale in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk for the following Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 16th Feb vs Zebre €15

 

Life Skills Courses Update

Sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524 810 to register by credit card

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)

 

Road Safety Day

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Lá na Sábháilteachta ar Bhóithre

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator + Bike Clinic

11am-3pm Thursday 22nd of February Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.

NUIG SU Equality Week 2018

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2018

Seachtain Chomhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 19th February/Dé Luain an 19 Feabhra

6pm GiGSoc Book Club Discussing “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Law Society & Fáilte Refugees Society Direct Provision and the Right to Work Panel Discussion in the AC201.

9pm Late & Live for SU Equality Week with Comedy Soc. FREE Comedy, Music, pints and pizza in the Bank of Ireland Theatre (beside Sult)

Tuesday 20th February/Dé Máirt an 20 Feabhra

1.30pm-2.30pm Universal Design for Learning with NUIG Disability Support Services. Panel discussion and group work for lecturers and students on how to make learning materials more accessible to all students. Venue THB-G010 Moore Institute. Sandwiches, tea & coffee provided.

7pm Fáilte Refugees Society Table Quiz in the Roisin Dubh aimed at overcoming myths around refugees and asylum seekers. €5 with reduced Silent Disco entry included.

Wednesday 21st February/Dé Céadaoin an 21 Feabhra

6pm-9pm Impacte Society Movie Night “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre with free pizza, tea and coffee.

6pm-9pm Fáilte Refugees Society “A Taste of Home” Clothes Collection in Teach Solais LGBT Resource Centre.

7pm-9pm GiGSoc Dance, dress up and drag event in IT202 with free pizza and drinks.

9.30pm GiGSoc and Drama Soc Lip Sync Battle in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Thursday 22nd February/Déardaoin an 22 Feabhra

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. The University of Sanctuary Campaign is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of Universities welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their communities. The Campaign fosters a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolas ar fáil ó su.equality@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 21 – 8th February 2018

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Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist This Monday €5

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 12th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 from the SU/SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds from the gig will be going to Draíocht NUI Galway. This is part of our SHAG Week events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!

Become a 2018/19 CÉIM Peer Learning Leader – Applications Close Monday

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, and meet new people in a relaxed environment. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st year and 2nd year Geography students. Benefits: develop your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; boost your CV; meet new people; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 12 February.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week

Mon 12th of Feb

  • 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View with AIDS West – no appointment necessary, results in 1 minute.
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.
  • 8pm Comedy Sex Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 all proceeds go to Draiocht.

Tues 13th of Feb

  • 10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Donation to Galway Rape Crisis Centre.
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.
  • 8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event.

Weds 14th of Feb

  • Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!
  • 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View with AIDS West – no appointment necessary, results in 1 minute.
  • 12pm-2pm AIDS West table at Smokey’s Café and Snapchat takeover
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.
  • 8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness at Sult. FREE event.

Thurs 15th of Feb

  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

#NUIGSU18 Elections

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Nominations for these positions will open on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open on Thursday the 21st of March 2018.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.

 

FREE ICE CREAM TODAY!

Today the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are on NUI Galway campus handing out FREE ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. For a chance to win come visit them outside the library for TODAY only. Follow #StudentSwitchOff for more details.

 

Read Sin Issue 8 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

A Reminder from An Garda Síochána that they have a zero tolerance approach with regards to excessive drinking, drug abuse and public disorder in Galway.

Excessive drink/drug abuse and public disorder will lead to one or more of the following:

  • Fixed Charge Notice
  • Arrest
  • Charge Sheet or Summons to Court
  • Fines of up to €1,500
  • Criminal Conviction
  • Imprisonment

The Implications of a Criminal Conviction:

  • You won’t get a J1 Visa
  • You may not get future employment
  • Expelled University for Breach of Student Code of Conduct
  • Impact on Garda vetting for future employment

Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places:

  • Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
  • This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days.
  • If you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500.
  • Don’t take the risk.

Please act responsibly and respectfully. Look after yourselves and each other.

 

Give Blood at NUIG Next Week

2pm-5.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Bailey Allen Hall organised by Sláinte Society.

 

Have You Taken the Student Survey Yet?

The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergraduate students, and students on Taught and Research Postgraduate programmes. It runs from 5-25 February, 2018.

 

FREE Event Critical Thinking: The Evaluation of Information

14:30-15:30 Thurs 15 Feb in the library. Register here

 

How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!

 

FREE Mindfulness Based Living Course starts Weds

Starts Wednesday February 14th for 6 weeks 5pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm in MY123, Áras Moyola

  • Learn skills to address anxiety and stress
  • Have better focus and concentration for study
  • Be more confident and self-aware
  • Promotes a better relationship with yourself and others

 

The Academic Writing Centre is now open
You can drop into the AWC to get help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism. Opening hours: 11am-1pm and 6pm-9pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights).

Our Editing Competition is now live, head to @AwcNUIG #EditMeNUIG Details.

 

Meet & Walk Group

There’s a new meet and walk group every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday leaving from outside the Sports Centre at 1.05pm – all welcome to join the 45 minute walk!

Do you have an idea for a product or service? 
NUIG’s EntreSoc Start-Up School is where all students are welcome to pitch ideas, form teams, and build amazing start-ups all over the course of 5 weeks. The competition will start in G018 in the Alice Perry Engineering Building at 6.30pm on Thursday 8th of February. There’s a top prize of €3,000.

 

Please complete Irish Language Education Survey/Suirbhé ar Oideachas na Gaeilge

 

Are you an NUI Galway or NUI graduate living in Ireland or overseas?

Are you registered to vote in Seanad Éireann elections? The deadline to be added to the NUI Seanad voter register is Monday 26th February.

Go to http://www.nui.ie/elections/seanad-register.asp to download the registration form. It must be printed, signed and posted to the Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 or sent as a scanned copy to records@nui.ie before Monday 26th February 2018. Overseas graduates are eligible to vote in Seanad elections too.

 

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 12th Feb 6pm – 8pm AM250 O’Heocha Theatre Arts Millennium SU Council
Tues 13th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 14th Feb 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 15th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

Contact Andrew on su.education@nuigalway.ie for more information

 

NUI Galway 8K FREE Meet & Train Sessions 

The NUIG Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw Galway will be held on Saturday 10th March on the NUI Galway Campus starting at 10am at the Kingfisher Club and finishing at the Quadrangle. There are free meet-and-train sessions on at 1pm each Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and also Wednesdays at 6pm departing from the Sports Centre on the NUI Galway campus.

 

Smart Searching for your Assignments Free Classes Begin 13th Feb 2018

The Academic Skills Hub in the library are running drop-in classes for students on Smart Searching for your Assignments. These sessions will cover:

  • Navigating the library website
  • Using library guides to identify sources for assignments
  • An introduction to databases
  • Using Google Scholar to find information

Running Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-11:30am and Thursday 2pm-2:30pm, these short sessions will be held in the library training room on the ground floor of the library. No need to sign-up. For more info contact: academicskills@nuigalway.ie

 

Transition to Employment #getjobready

Transition to employment is open to students with a disability or experiencing anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health challenges.

  1. Launch 1pm-2pm Thurs 8th Feb in GO10 Library Lobby beside soft seating.

Get support and advice as you prepare to leave college and progress in your career.

  1. Disclosure Session 1pm-2pm Thurs 15th Feb in GO11 Library Lobby beside soft seating.

Learn how/when to disclose your disability/mental health challenge during the job hunting process. Confidentiality is assured.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets On Sale Now

NUI Galway student tickets now on sale in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk for the following Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 9th Feb vs Ospreys €20
  • 19:35 Fri 16th Feb vs Zebre €15

 

Life Skills Courses Update

Sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524 810 to register by credit card

 

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 3 Spaces Left!
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 17th of February in conjunction with NUIG Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!
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.

 

Tickets for the NUIG Postgrad Ball are on Sale Now

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)

 

NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

Galway students told to switch off the lights to save energy and win prizes to combat climate change as part of national campaign

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with NUI Galway Students’ Union, NUI Galway, and NUI Galway Green Campus has today launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Galway to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum of  €1.5m over the next 3 years across Europe.

Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We’re delighted to officially launch the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign right here in NUI Galway to help students save energy. It’s great to see students taking the lead on issues like climate change and sustainability. The aim of the campaign is simple: save energy, and win prizes like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and open student return tickets from Irish Rail. All students have to do to take part is add the campaign on Snapchat on SwitchOff.ie and take part in the call to actions, which involve taking a selfie doing an energy saving action at home.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “NUI Galway Students’ Union are delighted to be involved in the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign. With the increase in awareness of sustainable living and responsibility with regards to our environment it’s critically important that students play their role in it.

“The Students’ Union along with the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) Team and the NUI Galway Green Campus team have been working together over the past few months to ensure that life on campus provides students with the opportunity to live sustainably. The attitude towards sustainable living that the Students’ Union Commercial Services have now adopted compostable cutlery, plates etc in their outlets. Living plastic free this week has been a huge eye-opener and it’s great to see the movement progressing and moving in the right direction, and ‘Student Switch Off’ will help NUI Galway along the way.”

The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to show the benefits of smart meters and saving energy. The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications. DCU, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and UCC are the four Irish universities taking part in the first year of the campaign.

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

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Notes:

  • NUI Galway Students’ Union are members of USI – the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

 

  • The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their campus accommodation. The programme has been successful in attracting up to €5m of EU funding for activities across Europe to fund a campaign in Ireland called ‘Student Switch Off’.

 

  • The targets of the Student Switch Off campaign is to reach over 219,358 students (both in private and dormitories) over the duration. 30.95 GWh primary energy savings triggered over project duration (broken down across the 3 academic years).

 

  • The programme will be co-ordinated across Europe by the National Union of Students – USI’s partner organisation in the UK.

 

  • Universities and student organisations from across Europe will take part and have received funding through the plan for the energy saving initiative.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michael Kerrigan – USI President

Mob: (087) 691 1515

Ph: (01) 905 2095

E-mail: president@usi.ie

 

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh  – NUI Galway Students’ Union President

Mob: 086 385 5502

Ph: 091 492 746

E-mail: su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

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Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) events which will include free confidential rapid HIV testing with AIDS West. The Rapid HIV Test is remarkable as it gives a HIV result in less than a minute – it is the world’s fastest HIV test. Worryingly the numbers of new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland have increased by 35% since 2011. Early diagnosis is also key, as HIV is often transmitted by people who are unaware that they are HIV Positive. The World Health Organisation estimates that 30% of people living with HIV do not know their status.

 

No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to attend the clinics 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Monday 12th or Wednesday 14th of February in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. Contact AIDS West on 091 566 266 or email info@aidswest.ie to find out more or to book an appointment if you prefer.

 

Other free events during the week include a charity comedy hypnotist gig, disclosure training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, the Dirty Circus and Sex Toy Bingo which is nothing like the bingo your Granny might attend! The free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic will have extended hours during SHAG Week. The Students’ Union will also distribute free condoms to all students.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe, consensual sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns.

 

Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to be working with AIDS West to bring this free and confidential service to campus for the first time. I would encourage people to get tested if they have concerns over their HIV Status. We’re looking forward to working with AIDS West in the future by having more regular testing on campus and also providing information and education.”

 

Manager of AIDS West, Joe McDonagh added: “We are very grateful that we have received funding from the Galway City Council Health Ireland Pobal Fund, which will allow us to roll out our Free Confidential Rapid HIV Testing service. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Infectious Disease Clinic at University Hospital Galway as we are very aware that there is considerable under detection/reporting of HIV, therefore there is a much greater need for accessible free HIV testing.”

 

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly

Vice-President / Welfare Officer

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 091 493 570 / 086 385 3659

 

Full timetable of events available here:

http://su.nuigalway.ie/shag-week/

A Message from An Garda Síochána

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A Reminder from An Garda Síochána that they have a zero tolerance approach with regards to excessive drinking, drug abuse and public disorder in Galway.

Excessive drink/drug abuse and public disorder will lead to one or more of the following:

  • Fixed Charge Notice
  • Arrest
  • Charge Sheet or Summons to Court
  • Fines of up to €1,500
  • Criminal Conviction
  • Imprisonment

The Implications of a Criminal Conviction:

  • You won’t get a J1 Visa
  • You may not get future employment
  • Expelled University for Breach of Student Code of Conduct
  • Impact on Garda vetting for future employment

Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places:

  • Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
  • This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days.
  • If you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500.
  • Don’t take the risk.

Please act responsibly and respectfully. Look after yourselves and each other.

SHAG Week

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2018

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2018

Monday 12th of February/Dé Luain, an 12 Feabhra

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm Comedy Sex Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 all proceeds go to Draiocht.

Tuesday 13th of February/Dé Máirt, an 13 Feabhra

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Donation to Galway Rape Crisis Centre.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event.

Wednesday 14th of February/ Dé Céadaoin, an 14 Feabhra

Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

12pm-2pm AIDS West table at Smokey’s Café and Snapchat takeover

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness at Sult. FREE event.

Thursday 15th of February/Déardaoin, an 15 Feabhra

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie