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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students  

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2018/19 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 17,500 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

 

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

 

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2018/19 academic year include:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Consent Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre
  • First Aid Responder Course

 

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found at: http://su.nuigalway.ie/su-services/su-life-skills/

 

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.”

 

Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

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Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

As luxury student accommodation appears across the city, it seems students would be better off taking out a mortgage instead of renting in the current climate.

Today, NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union have strongly criticised prices of ‘luxury’ student accommodation popping up across the city. This comes after new student accommodation has been advertised on the market at €250 per week in the city centre and from another complex directed towards students on Bohermore at a price of €200 per week.

Aaron Burke, President of GMIT Students’ Union, said: ‘Students are not cash cows and this can bring extreme pressure on both parents and students, especially when people are struggling to stay in college. The rate of the grant has not increased since 2012 yet rental prices have increased year on year for six years straight. This kind of accommodation far exceeds the already high rental prices that exist in the city.’

Megan Reilly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, added; ‘We cannot stand by these luxury student accommodation providers taking advantage of the current crisis. At this rate, people could be paying up to €1,250 a month for one room in one apartment; some people wouldn’t even pay that on their mortgage monthly. At the other end of the spectrum we have students who are living in hostels or commuting hours to go to college because they can’t afford to live in Galway.’

Both Unions, together with the One Galway Movement, are planning a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to shed light on the need for purpose built student housing and social housing in general.

Applications Open for SU Cloakroom and Engineering Desk Jobs

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Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Engineering Building Information Point for the 2018/19 academic term.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students’ Union by email only to joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie before 5pm on Monday 27th of August. 

Full job description is available here: Job Description SU Engineering Desk Staff

Late applications will not be accepted.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom will be open 9am-6pm Thursdays & Fridays during term time. The Engineering Desk will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday from Monday 3rd September 2018.

Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours. 

Please note: You must be available for training on Wednesday 29th August and be prepared to start work from Friday 31st August 2018. 

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2018/19. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2017/18 – Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

Application forms for the 2018/19 fund are available from the Students’ Union website here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2018 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th of September 2018.

Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Megan Reilly, Students’ Union President said:

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

For more information contact:

Megan Reilly, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502

Attached Photo: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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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 2018/19 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious 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 the needs of all tenants. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ie

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

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

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly 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 at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie

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.”

More accommodation tips and advice are available here. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially filed a case against Galway student accommodation provider, Cúirt na Coiribe, through the Residential Tenancies Board. Cúirt na Coribe increased their average rates by 18% for the coming academic year – a decision that was communicated to current student residents while they were sitting their summer exams. The decision to file this case follows Eoin Ó Broin’s (Sinn Féin TD) Private Members Bill – The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 – passing in May.

Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “Following advice from public representatives, University colleagues and our own counsel we have filed a case through the Residential Tenancies Board against Cúirt na Coiribe Galway. NUI Galway Students’ Union will represent a 2017/18 tenant of Cúirt na Coiribe who was a victim of the 18% rent increase. We hope that this case will send a strong message to other student accommodation management companies across the country that students and their families will not stand by and allow their education to be put at risk due to the ever increasing cost of accommodation imposed by these companies. NUI Galway cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been engaging with housing spokespersons such as Eoin Ó Broin TD (Sinn Féin), Darragh O’Brien TD (Fianna Fáil), Minister Seán Kyne, Catherine Connolly TD and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and will continue to fight to hold management companies to account through collaboration with all relevant officials and parties.

Pictured: NUI Galway Students taking part in the #CúirtShakedown protest in May

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

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Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.

 

Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.

 

President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”

 

Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)

 

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

NUI Galway Students’ Union is today encouraging members of the Oireachtas to vote in favour of the Student Accommodation Bill before the Dáil. The amendment would give students living in student-specific accommodation, under licence, access to the Residential Tenancies Board and inclusion in the rent pressure zones. The current situation has resulted in students rents rising, in some instances, by 18% per annum.

Until this issue is legislated for, students of NUI Galway can neither budget nor plan for their future as they have no certainty regarding the level of rent that they will be paying. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Cúirt Na Coiribe, which increased its rent by 18% between 2017/18 and 2018/19 rates.

Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “This Bill is an encouraging step by members of the Dáil to recognise and rectify the legal loophole which allows for students, some of the most financially vulnerable in Ireland, to be the ones exposed and exploited to the most insidious rent increases year on year”

“A study on the 8 main purpose built student accommodations in Galway carried out by NUI Galway Students’ Union has found that whilst student rent had remained relatively static from the period of 2009 to 2014, it has since increased by an average of 35% between 2014/15 to 2018/19.”

“At a time when the government recognises the need to protect the right to education, the lack of affordable and protected accommodation dilutes this right for those who simply can’t afford it. NUI Galway is a University comprised of students from all across the island of Ireland and the world. We cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

 

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €20,500 for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €20,500 for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union donated €20,500 to Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! after their year of charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, 5k runs, cake sales, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!

 

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

 

Domestic Violence Response is a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic violence in Galway County.

 

Elizabeth Power of Domestic Violence Response said: “NUI Galway students are making a direct positive impact on the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds in Galway City and County as our service provides a lifeline for women and children who struggle to cope with abuse in their lives.”

 

AMACH! is a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county.

 

Maria Molloy, Chairperson, of AMACH! LGBT Galway said: “AMACH! LGBT Galway are delighted and honoured to have been chosen for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Fund.  Money raised by the students will allow the continued growth of Teach Solais, LGBT+ resource centre, a health promotion hub and social space for members of the LGBT+ and the wider community to utilise.”

 

Pictured left to right: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).

Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe

 

Summer Lockers on Sale Now

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€10 Summer Lockers on sale from the SU Office from 10am on Wednesday 23rd May.

Available from Wednesday 23rd May to Friday 17th August 2018.

Call to the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm

For more information contact su.reception@nuigalway.ie