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 email@example.com 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)
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?
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com for more information
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.
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.
Brown Bag Donuts
Joachim’s German Bratwurst
Men at Wok
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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).
Should you like to get further information please contact:
Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS Society
086 275 8527
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!
NUI Galway Students’ Union presents The Ultimate Study Break: Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Pet Farm Visit
11am-4pm Wednesday 30th November 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn
There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs and a llama along with plenty of cake, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM
All funds raised go to RNLI Ireland and Threshold.
Cake Sale is 11am-4pm (while stocks last!)
Pet Farm is 12pm-2pm
Raffle Draw in SU office at 4pm
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/573612759499602/
Are you registered to vote?
We are holding a Voter Registration Drive at NUI Galway on Wednesday 16th November and want to get as many students as possible signed up to vote! The deadline to return the completed form to your City/County Council is 5pm on Friday 25th of November.
Registration forms are available NOW from the Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Class Reps and SU Officers will also be distributing them around campus.
If on the 15th of February 2017 you will be aged 18 or over you are entitled to a vote so make sure you are registered!
Fill out your form and drop it back to us and we will even post it off for you!
If you are already registered to vote please make sure your details appear correctly on www.checktheregister.ie
NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses 2016 with City Direct Bus Company
€2 Per Journey
Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel)
Monday 5th December-Friday 16th December
Leaving University Road
Leaving Salthill (Leisureland)
*Extra Service Tuesday 6th December ONLY: Leaving University Road 12:10 & Leaving Salthill 15:10*
NUI Galway Students Demand Divestment of University Fossil Fuel Shares
On Tuesday the 22nd of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway will present a petition of over 1,000 signatures to University President, Dr Jim Browne. The CCAFS society have recently published a report on their findings with regards to fossil fuel investments in the University, highlighting the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil.
NUI Galway, a bastion of sustainability research and development, directly funds fossil fuel companies. These companies are responsible, in no small part, for the climate challenges we face today. Considering the fact that 80% of fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, coupled with the fact that fossil fuel assets will soon become stranded, the students of NUI Galway have taken the initiative and demanded change. So far their efforts have fallen on deaf ears, but the CCAFS society are hopeful that the constructive way in which they have approached the issue will encourage the University to engage in negotiation on the issue.
The students began the campaign a year ago, and have been working ever since to engage with the University.
Auditor of the CCAFS Society, and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign, Colm Duffy, highlighted why it is important for NUI Galway to take the lead among Irish Universities on this issue:
“If it is wrong to wreck the planet, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Our University has praised the efforts of its researchers in their work on sustainability, and rightly so. However, it is hypocritical to, on the one hand, seek to be a global leader in sustainability, and on the other directly fund the efforts of fossil fuel companies. There is a real opportunity for NUI Galway to take the lead here, and possibly start a cascade effect among Irish Universities”.
NUI Galway Students’ Union fully support the campaign for divestment.
Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern added:
“NUI Galway Students’ Union support the demands for NUI Galway to divest from fossil fuels. Our unique campus is home to some of the most educated minds in our society, and with that education should come civic and social responsibility, and leadership in social change. Our University must lead by example in working toward the betterment of our environment and planet. We encourage all students and staff to engage with this campaign.”
Should you like to get further information, or view the NUIG Fossil Free report, please contact:
Auditor CCAFS Society
086 275 8527