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 2016/17 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:
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 Jimmy McGovern 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.”
For more information, contact:
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2016/17. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!
All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.
Application forms for the 2016/17 fund are available here and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 29th of August 2016. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.
Jimmy McGovern, 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:
Jimmy McGovern, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502
Attached Photo 1: Left to right: Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/Welfare Officer 2015/16), Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/Education Officer 2015/16), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU President 2015/16), Cathy Connolly (Galway Rape Crisis Centre) and Damien Duddy (Irish Cancer Society)
We are Recruiting: Sin Editor
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.
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 Newspaper and Website content – Source articles for newspaper and website.
- 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.
- Ensure consistent design and layout.
- Maintain a clear brand image.
- Develop links with other College Newspapers 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 Tuesday 2nd August 2016
NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured an agreement from the University to install gender neutral bathrooms in each building on campus. The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible.
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to ensure a more inclusive campus for all students and staff. Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in. NUI Galway Students’ Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured gender neutral bathrooms for the staff and students of NUI Galway. This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured funding for an on campus Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic which will commence operation at the start of the new academic year. From September NUI Galway students will be able to get tested for STI’s for free at the clinic which will operate from the Student Health Unit.
Funding for the clinic was secured by the Students’ Union through the University’s Student Projects Fund. This means the 17,500 NUI Galway students will have easier access and shorter waiting times for STI tests.
The rates of STI’s in Ireland is still greatest among the under 25 age bracket. There are 25 different types of STI’s which include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and pubic lice. Many people with STI’s do not display symptoms which is why it is so important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STI’s can have long term complications such as infertility and can be passed on even when you don’t display any symptoms.
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns. The Students’ Union also distributes free condoms all year round.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured funding for the STI Clinic on campus. We aim to encourage students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and to be comfortable talking about it. It is vital that such issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly.”
NUI Galway Summer Exams 2016
Semester 2 (2015/2016) exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. Exam timetables are available on the Exams Office Website
Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released from Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 24th June 2016.
Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday, 1st July 2016.
Will take place Tuesday 2nd – Friday 12th August 2016. The repeat/Autumn exam timetable will be released online at 4pm on Friday 8th July 2016.
The Library will have extended opening hours for the Repeat Exams Mon 25th July – Sat 13th August: Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun Closed
Extra Study Space for Summer Exams 2016:
Saturday 16th April 08:00-22:00
Sunday 17th April – Wednesday 11th May 08:00-22:00
Tyndall, O’Flaherty, D’Arcy Thompson, Kirwan, Larmor & Dillon Theatres
ENG-G018 & ENG-G047
Student Health Unit Extended Opening Hours
From Monday 25th April the Student Health Unit will have extended opening hours for exam emergencies 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.
• With your subjects? Check the SU Grinds Register
• With Maths? Contact the SUMS FREE Maths Support Centre
• With Essays? Contact the FREE Academic Writing Centre
• With Programming? Contact Computer DISC for FREE help
Exam Success/De-Stress Programme Mon 18th April-Fri 29th April:
• 11:00-11:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)
• 13:00-13:30 Mindfulness in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)
• 17:00-17:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)
FREE Physical Activity Programme for Exam Success
• 09:00-09:35 Virtual Spin in the Kingfisher Ground Floor Studio D
• 13:00-14:00 Mon & Thurs 5k Walk/Run meet outside Kingfisher
• 13:00-15:00 Corrib Village Cages available for a kick about
• 16:00-16:35 Virtual Body Balance in Kingfisher Upstairs Studio C
The Student Counselling Service will also have extra staff for their drop in service 14:00-16:00 each day – no appointment necessary.
APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
NUI GALWAY STUDENTS’ UNION COMMERCIAL SERVICES LTD.
As part of an exciting strategic refurbishment of the NUIG campus Bar venue, the position of Bar Operations Manager is being recruited for. The rebranded venue will have several new food concepts and corporate event business. The College Bar is the main social and entertainments venue on the NUI Galway campus, playing host to clubs, societies and class parties in a safe and friendly environment. It also has a substantial Restaurant and Café business. It is operated by the NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd and comprises one part of the company’s wider operations.
Job Title: Bar Operations Manager
Purpose of Job:
The Manager will be responsible for maximizing the performance of the unit and those employed therein, including event management, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, sales and financial performance.
Main Responsibilities & Duties:
- Manage the operation of the bar to ensure consistent positive customer experiences through the implementation of service standards and KPIs.
- Effectively lead, motivate, develop and manage the team, aligning individuals’ goals and objectives to those strategic to the success of the organisation.
- Maintain and develop policies, systems and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the business.
- Oversee the development and consistent delivery of the food and beverage offering.
- Promote, sell and deliver student and corporate events at this iconic campus venue.
- Work closely with the accounts department to ensure set budgets and financial targets are achieved.
- Manage a calendar of marketing and promotions activities to maximise the venues sales and profile.
- Regular reporting to senior management on College Bar operations and performance.
Required Skills & Experience:
This operational role requires the ideal candidate to have a minimum of 5 years previous management experience in both busy Bar & Restaurant environments. Excellent interpersonal, organisational, leadership and management skills are essential.
- Event Management experience, in both sales and event delivery, minimum 2 years.
- A passion for food and extensive experience in current food trends.
- Good ability to manage pressurised situations and busy periods.
- Demonstrates success and leadership in operational excellence, customer satisfaction and employee development.
- Experience of managing budgets, cost controls and profitability.
- Excellent customer care skills and a commitment to providing excellent standards of customer service.
- Computer literacy, excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language.
- Workable knowledge of or willingness to learn Irish
To apply, please submit a letter of application, along with your current CV and at least two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date for applications is the 24th of June 2016.
NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd.is an equal opportunities employer.
NUI Galway Students’ Union launched their annual report celebrating a great year of student activism. The report outlines all the activities the SU has been involved in throughout the academic year including their charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!
Copies of the annual report can be obtained from the SU Office and online here.
All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.
Phelim Kelly, Students’ Union President 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.”
Cathy Connolly of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”
John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union. As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”
21 new projects funded by the NUI Galway/NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE innovation initiative were showcased on Thursday, 12 May 2016 in the Aula Maxima at NUI Galway.
EXPLORE is a dynamic model for innovation delivery that has been piloted by NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union since early 2012.The first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education, EXPLORE facilitates NUI Galway students and staff to work as equal partners to trial new ideas. The EXPLORE process breaks down traditional hierarchies in higher education, and enables participants to work differently with each other.
To date, EXPLORE has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600
NUI Galway students and staff, and off-campus partners. EXPLORE projects have gone on to secure prestigious external funding of over €290,000.
The EXPLORE projects showcased yesterday span a diverse range of themes, including health, schools outreach, creativity, local history, mediation, digital skills and much more.
Tingyi Koh and Paul Choi, undergraduate medical students at NUI Galway, from the Do-It-Yourself Laparoscopic Trainer EXPLORE project talked at the event about how they developed a surgery simulation tool on a budget to improve the technical skills of undergraduate medical students with an interest in surgery as a career.
Dr. Ray Butler from the NUI Galway Centre for Astronomy spoke about the Loss of the Night in Galway EXPLORE project, which aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/night sky quality measurement campaign, which may help Galway become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
According to Prof. Chris Curtin, Vice President for Innovation and Performance, NUI Galway,“EXPLORE is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. We are delighted that the EXPLORE programme won the Community Awareness Award at the National Student Achievement Awards 2016. These awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “EXPLORE is a proven model for enabling innovation. We’re proud to have been the first higher education institution in Ireland to run a programme such as EXPLORE. It’s encouraging that two concepts central to EXPLORE, namely ‘students as partners’ and ‘students as co-creators’, feature as key principles in the new Higher Education Authority report on student engagement.” (http://www.hea.ie/sites/default/files/enhancing_student_engagement_in_decision_making_1.pdf)
The keynote address at the event was given by Dr Easkey Britton, world-renowned Irish big-wave surfer, scholar and social change-maker. Dr. Britton is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Social Change at NUI Galway investigating nature-based solutions to health and wellbeing. She spoke about using one’s passion to bring about positive social change and the Waves of Freedom organisation that she co-founded (http://easkeybritton.com and http://wavesoffreedom.org/).
Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union said: “EXPLORE makes it easy for students and staff at NUI Galway to work together and bring new ideas to life. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.”
EXPLORE was initiated in early 2012 by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway.
It provides seed funding and support to NUI Galway students and staff partners to work in equal partnership to bring new ideas to life to benefit NUI Galway and the wider community. To date, EXPLORE has funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff, and these projects have gone on to raise more than €290,000 of additional funding.
EXPLORE is funded by NUI Galway, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and Galway County Council.
22 projects seed funded by the NUI Galway/NUI Galway Students’ Union EXPLORE innovation initiativewill be showcased on Thursday, 12 May 2016 from 12:45-14:00 in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway.
EXPLORE is a dynamic innovation model that supports NUI Galway students and staff and external organisations to collaborate as equal partners to bring about positive change on campus and in the wider community. It was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway in early 2012 and has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff. These projects have gone on to raise over €290,000 funding to date.
EXPLORE is based on the ‘Students as Partners’ and ‘Students as Co-creators’ concepts, both of which feature as key elements in the new Higher Education Authority report entitled ‘Enhancing Student Engagement in Decision-making’, published on 14 April 2016.
The EXPLORE programme won the Community Awareness Award at the National Student Achievement Awards 2016 in Dublin Castle on 28 April. These awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.
The showcase event on 12 May will see this year’s 22 EXPLORE projects exhibiting their innovative projects. The keynote address will be given by Dr Easkey Britton, surfer, social activist and scientist, who will talk about using one’s passion for social good and the Waves of Freedom organisation she co-founded (http://easkeybritton.com and http://wavesoffreedom.org/).
As part of the build up to the event, a mini Pi-Bot Arduino robot built via the new MakerSpace at the NUI Galway Hardiman Library will set out shortly from the Hardiman Library and aim to arrive at the Aula Maxima in time for the EXPLORE showcase on 12 May. The Pi-Bot is a prototype that has been created as part of an EXPLORE project with the aim of exposing Physics secondary school students to electronics, photonics and robotics in an interactive and fun way.See the Pi-Bot’s progress via @EXPLOREnuigsu and @nuigmakerspace.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly says:“EXPLORE is a proven model for enabling innovation. It has brought hundreds of NUI Galway students and staff together to work on over 100 projects to benefit the entire community. This year’s EXPLORE student and staff partners have co-created some inspiring new projects. We’re looking forward to seeing these projects showcase their work on 12 May.”
Keywords: Social Innovation, Innovation in Higher Education, Students as Partners, Students as Co-creators, Student Engagement