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 email@example.com.
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
Summer Holiday Arrangements
- From Thursday 12th of May the SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm. Closed Monday 6th June & Monday 1st August for Bank Holidays.
- From Monday 30th of May the Student Health Unit will only be seeing Postgrad & Masters students. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Mon 6th June & Mon 1st August for Bank Holidays.
- Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday.
- The Wall Café will be open 8am-3pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday. The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Sunday 5th June and 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 6th June.
- The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday.
- The College Bar will be open 8.30am-8pm Monday-Thursday and 8.30am-12am Friday. Closing 6pm Friday 3rd June and reopening 8.30am Tuesday 7th June for Bank Holiday. The College Bar will be closed for renovations from the Tuesday, 5th of July to the 29th of August.
- Caife na Gaeilge will close on Friday 13th May for the summer.
- The SU Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 6th May.
- The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 6th May and will re-open at 11am on Monday 5th September.
- The Library and Reading Room will be open throughout the summer. More details on opening hours here. Closed Monday 6th June for Bank Holiday. Extended opening hours for Repeat Exams Mon 25th July-Sat 13th August.
- SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.
- Teaching begins on Monday 5th of September for all years. View ACADEMIC CALENDAR.
- Lockers go on sale online at 10am on Monday 29th August from the SU Website.
- Here’s our guide to what’s going on in Galway this summer.
NUI Galway Students’ Union won two prizes at the National Student Achievement Awards which took place in Dublin Castle last night. The EXPLORE Programme won first prize in the Community Awareness Award category and the CÉIM programme took top honours in the Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award.
The EXPLORE innovation initiative supports NUI Galway students and staff 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 €285,000 funding to date.
CÉIM is an academic peer learning programme which NUI Galway Students’ Union established in 2013. The aim of the programme is to support 1st year students to transition successfully to university, to succeed academically, and to develop networks and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics in 2013 and introduced in the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies in 2015. It will be offered to 20 percent of 1st year students in the next academic year.
The impact to date of the CÉIM programme is very encouraging with 80% of 1st years surveyed in 2014/15 saying it helped them settle into university. Regular CÉIM attendees achieved 9% higher grades in 2014/15 than irregular or non-attendees and were much more likely to pass the year. The Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award was awarded by CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland.
Mr. Boland noted that “CÉIM is innovative and invigorating and shows a depth of work and understanding worthy of any project in higher education.”
The Student Achievement Awards took place in Dublin Castle last night. The Awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to be recognised for its work in the areas of Community Awareness and Student Engagement. As a Students’ Union, everything we do is student centred and we endeavour to ensure that our members are equipped with the skills to achieve their full potential in University, and to be in a position to participate in, and contribute to, their community”
“CÉIM has been a hugely successful programme and has been an enormous benefit to students in NUI Galway. We look forward to making it available to more students in the coming years”
“EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. It has brought NUI Galway students and staff together to work on hundreds of projects that have benefitted the entire community and we look forward to watching its progress”
What’s on in Galway this Summer:
Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 7th May 2016
Reel Lives Film Fiesta Monday 9th – Friday 13th May 2016
Galway Early Music Festival Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th May 2016
Pint of Science Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th May 2016
Little Cinema Galway 6th Birthday 9pm Wednesday 26th May 2016
Féile Scannán na Reábhlóide Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May 2016
Galway African Film Festival Friday 27th-Sunday 29th May 2016
Galway Juggling Convention Friday 27th-Sunday 29th May 2016
Conamara Bog Week Sunday 29th May – Monday 6th June 2016
Irish Garden Party at NUIG 12pm-4pm Wednesday 1st June 2016
Salthill Devon National 5 A Sides Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June 2016
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 1st June 2016
ALá Participatory Theatre FREE Mini Festival Friday 10th & Saturday 11th June 2016
Cong-Galway Sailing Race Saturday 11th June 2016
Street Feast Sunday 12th June 2016
Circus in the Park Sunday 12th June 2016
Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 12th June 2016
Galway Bike Week Sat 11th – Sun 19th June 2016
Longest Day Swim Sat 18th June 2016
Our Place @Merlin Woods Sat 18th & Sun 19th June 2016
Challenge Galway Triathlon Sunday 26th June 2016
Colours Fringe Festival Mon 27th June – Sat 2nd July 2016
Seafest Thursday 30th June – Sunday 3rd July 2016
Westside Arts Festival Mon 4th – Sat 9th July 2016
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 6th July 2016
Galway Film Fleadh Tues 5th – Sun 10th July 2016
Galway Fringe Festival Sun 9th – Mon 25th July 2016
Galway International Arts Festival Mon11th – Sun 24th July 2016
Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 25th July- Sunday 31st July 2016
Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Saturday 6th August 2016
Galway Pride Festival Monday 15th – Sunday 21st August 2016
National Heritage Week Sunday 20th – Friday 26th August 2016
Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Fri 19th – Sun 21st August 2016
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 2016/17. Start your countdown!
Táímid ag lorg daoine díograise dár bhfoireann!
Are you an enthusiastic, fun and customer service focused person? Are you professional and take pride in your work? Would you like to earn some money during the University year?
The College Bar & Smokey’s Café will undergo an exciting refurbishment over the summer with a new food concept ready for the beginning of next term. We are interviewing now, for both part-time and full time positions to join our team in August 2016.
To apply you need to have either:
Previous restaurant/retail work experience
Previous bar work experience
If you have either of these and you want to be part of a busy team fill out the online application form at this link https://sunuig.typeform.com/to/mnOtlw.
Closing date for applications is the 24th of April.
Do Chomhaltas, Do Sheirbhísí