NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation
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 2017/18 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:
- Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
- Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
- When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
- 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.
- 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.
- Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
- Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
- Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
- 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 Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh 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.
GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway ResidentsNews & Events
GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway Residents
GMIT Students’ Union and NUI Galway Students’ Union today reject local resident and councillors opposition to the development of high end student accommodation in Galway. The resistance comes as plans to replace the Westwood Hotel with 400 beds for students have been met with heated opposition from 200 Newcastle and Dangan residents with support from local councillors.
GMIT Students’ Union Mark O’Brien stated, “The language used by residents that there shouldn’t be student accommodation in ‘our estates’ is a classic example of Not In My Backyard. Students have proven themselves to be valuable assets to any local community, and contribute to the local economy everyday. We feel that councillors jumping in on this discriminatory blockade should have heard all sides of the story first. We have an accommodation crisis spreading through families, students and other groups with rents going through the roof. This number of beds will alleviate the pressure from the 20,000 students in GMIT and NUI Galway scrambling for somewhere to sleep.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “A few years ago redevelopment and increasing capacity of Trinity Hall in Rathgar was met with resistance of the local community protesting against over-concentration of students in that area. Today, the Hall that accommodates 1,000 students is well integrated into community and offers student housing in a convenient location. Diverse and well-balanced local communities have a great potential for regeneration, civic activities and engagement.”
President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Michael Kerrigan, commented, “With the integrated national approach to student accommodation reflected in regional policies, we believe that both the Council and An Bord Pleanála have been equipped with tools to ensure balanced development of the communities and take a strategic approach to spatial distribution and concentration of particular social groups, particularly students, who are particularly vulnerable group facing the housing crisis.”
The National Student Accommodation Strategy published in July identifies the importance of providing dedicated and additional student accommodation to avoid putting additional pressures on the private rental sector, particularly in and around the many universities and third-level institutions in urban areas, and puts actions in place to end the shortage. The Union of Students in Ireland have indicated concern with pockets of residents looking to prevent student accommodation being constructed in local areas, and urge residents to be mindful of damaging stereotypes of students.
Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews.
Sin.ie is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.
The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.
- Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
- Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
- Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
- Update Sin.ie website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
- Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout.
- Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
- Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
- Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time
€500 stipend per issue.
Applications by cover letter and CV to:
Closing date: 5:00pm Monday 17th July 2017
Interviews: Friday 28th July
New NUI Galway Students’ Union President Takes Office
Dublin native and medicine student Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh has been elected President of the Students’ Union in NUI Galway. Following his year as the Convenor for the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Lorcán has now taken up office as President.
The President co-ordinates the activities of the Students’ Union and works with University Management to achieve the best academic environment and quality of life for 17,500 NUI Galway students. The President is responsible for Union finances, co-ordination of Union campaigns and acts as the chief spokesperson of the Union. They oversee the Commercial Services of the SU, uphold the Constitution and look after the day to day running of the SU with staff members.
Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Over the past 4 years of college I have gained invaluable experience through society, charity and Students’ Union activities and I hope to transfer these experiences and skills to my new position as President. I cannot describe just how humbled I feel at the generosity of NUI Galway’s students to trust me and elect me as their President. I am excited to get working with my team and look forward to the year ahead.”
Lorcán will be joined by Andrew Forde who has been elected to the positon of Vice-President/Education Officer and Megan Reilly the new Vice-President/Welfare Officer. Andrew is from Moycullen and a graduate of the School of Law. Megan is from Drogheda and a Commerce graduate. Megan previously served as the SU Equality Officer and also as the SU Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law. All look forward to their terms in office and working with the rest of the team of SU officers and staff.
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.”
NUI Galway Commits to Introducing Anonymous Marking for new Academic Year
On Thursday the 20th of April, NUI Galway’s Academic Council approved a proposal to introduce Anonymous Marking of exams commencing in the next academic year (2017-18). No student’s name will appear on the formal examination papers and students will only be identified by their unique student ID Number.
Students’ Union Vice President / Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said:
“Thousands of students have just completed their Leaving and Junior Cert exams anonymously whilst students at NUI Galway are still writing their names on their exams. I am delighted with the successful outcome of our yearlong campaign to introduce anonymous marking for NUI Galway students from September. Anonymous marking will remove the potential for any bias or unfair favouritism.”
NUI Galway’s Vice President for Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan said:
“I share in the enthusiasm for the adoption of anonymous marking and acknowledge the drive and support from the Students’ Union for this initiative. I am pleased also by the support of colleagues on Academic Council and that of academic staff in adopting the new policy.”
The policy is as follows:
- No name appears on the formal examination paper. The examiner marks the paper without visibility of the student name and uses the student ID as the identifier.
- Continuous assessment, course work, laboratory practical’s or any form of Assessment other than the formal written exam would be marked as normal, i.e., anonymous marking would not apply.
- The examination papers will have a flap where students write their names. These flaps will be opened only where there are issues with identifying the student.
Exam Results ,Consultation Days and Repeats 2017
Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release from 16th to 23rd June 2017.
Undergraduate Consultation Day: 30th June
Undergraduate Appeals Deadline: 5th July
Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release on 4th July.
Postgraduate Consultation Day: 7th July
Postgraduate Appeals Deadline: 12th July
The Consultation Day is an opportunity for both academic staff and students to meet and discuss results.
If you have queries regarding your exam results, please attend the Consultation Day and discuss your results with the relevant Academic Discipline/School. Please contact the School in advance, in order to ensure a member of the School’s staff will be available to meet you.
Many members of Academic Staff may be away from their desks after Consultation Day for research, academic business or vacation therefore, if you wish to discuss your exam results with your lecturer, this is the best day to do so.
Details on how to Appeal any results are available here.
Details on how to get an exam Recheck are available here.
Repeat/Autumn Exams are scheduled to take place Tuesday 8th – Friday 18th August 2017.
Repeat/Autumn Exam results are due out on the 1st of September for Undergrads and the 12th of September for Postgrads.
The Library will have extended opening hours during the Repeat Exams.
Hanging around NUI Galway for the summer?
Ag fanacht thart ar OÉ Gaillimh don samhradh?
€10 summer lockers go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Wednesday 17th May.
Beidh taisceadáin samhraidh ar díol ar €10 ó Oifig an Chomhaltais ó 10 r.n., Dé Céadaoin, an 17 Bealtaine.
Available Wednesday 17th May to Monday 21st August.
Ar fáil ó Dé Céadaoin, an 17 Bealtaine, go dtí Dé Luain, an 21 Lúnasa.
2017/18 Lockers go on sale 10am Monday 28th of August on SU Website.
Beidh taisceadáin don bhliain 2017/18 ar díol ó 10 r.n., Dé Luain, an 28 Lúnasa ar láithreán gréasáin an Chomhaltais.
Big news! We have been nominated for THREE Awards in the Online Marketing in Galway Awards 2017!
We have been nominated for:
- Best Digital Marketing
- Best Website
- People’s Choice Award (this is where you come in!)
If you have a minute to spare please give a quick click and vote for us at the link below under PEOPLE’S CHOICE >10 EMPLOYEES – we would really appreciate it!
Voting closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 24th May 2017.
Oh and feel free to join us for the awards night on Friday 26th of May. Limited number of €10 student tickets are available now.
NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2017
- The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Thursday 11th of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 5th June and Mon 7th Aug (Bank Holidays)
- The Student Health Unit will only see Postgrad & Masters students from Monday 29th of May. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Closed Monday 5th June and Monday 7th August (Bank Holidays)
- The Library will be open as follows: 15th May-23rd July Mon-Fri 08.30-17.30 Closed Sat/Sun Closed Mon 5th June (Bank Holiday). 24th July-13th Aug Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday Closed, Closed Monday 7th August Bank Holiday. 14th Aug-27th Aug Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30, Closed Sat/Sun.
- The Reading Room will be open as usual.
- Computer Suites – check availability here.
- Caife na Gaeilge will be closed from Friday 5th of May for the summer.
- Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12.30am Fridays. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- Smokey’s Café will close at 6pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
- The Wall Café from Monday 15th May summer hours will be Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Open 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 5th June.
- The SU Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 5th May and will reopen in September.
- The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Wednesday 10th May and will reopen in September.
- SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.
Teaching begins on Monday 4th of September for all years.
The academic calendar for 2017/18 is available here.
What’s on in Galway this Summer:
Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 6th May 2017
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 10th May 2017
Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 12th – Sun 14th May 2017
Reel Lives Film Festival Weds 17th-Fri 19th May 2017
Galway Early Music Festival Fri 19th – Sun 21st May 2017
Friends of Merlin Woods Biodiversity Week Mon 22nd – Sun 28th May 2017
Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Weds 24th – Sun 28th May 2017
Forest Days Galway Fri 26th – Sun 4th June 2017
Shantalla Festival Weekend Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017
Galway African Film Festival Fri 26th-Sun 28th May 2017
Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017
Conamara Bog Week Sun 28th May – Mon 5th June 2017
Galway Juggling Convention Fri 2nd – Mon 5th June 2017
Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 3rd June 2017
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 7th June 2017
Galway Bike Week Sat 10th – Sun 18th June 2017
Cong-Galway Sailing Race Saturday 10th June 2017
Street Feast Sunday 11th June 2017
Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge Fri 16th-Sun 18th June 2017
Longest Day Swim Sat 17th June 2017
Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 18th June 2017
Dip in the Nip for Charity Sunday 18th June 2017
Give Blood in Galway 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th & 29th June 2017
Seafest Fri 30th June – Sun 2nd July 2017
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th July 2017
Galway Film Fleadh Tues 11th – Sun 16th July 2017
Westside Arts Festival Tues 11th – Sat 15th July 2017
Give Blood in Galway 11th, 12th & 13th July 2017
Galway Fringe Festival Sat 15th – Sun 30th July 2017
Soapbox Science Galway Sat 15th July 2017
Galway International Arts Festival Mon 17th – Sun 30th July 2017
Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 31st July- Sun 6th August 2017
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Galway Pride Festival Fri 11th – Sun 20th August 2017
Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Saturday 12th August 2017
Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Fri 18th – Sun 20th August 2017
Galway Heritage Week Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th August 2017
Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!
There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVEwebsite for volunteering opportunities.
If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2017/18. Start your countdown!