NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Free Rent Book & Issues Appeal to Potential Landlords
With students returning to college this week NUI Galway Students’ Union has launched their free rent book and accommodation guide for students along with an appeal to anyone with a spare room to consider renting it to NUI Galway students. Under the Rent a Room Scheme you can earn up to €14,000 per annum tax free by renting a room. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are uncertain about getting into a long term arrangement. Rooms for rent can be advertised for free on the University’s accommodation website http://www.nuigstudentpad.ie
The Students’ Union free rent book and accommodation guide offers students tips and advice on how to ensure they find accommodation that suits their needs. The guide also offers advice on how to maintain good relationships with your landlord, your housemates and your neighbours. The guide contains a free 10 page rent book and is available from the Students’ Union Office and website.
There are various options available to those wishing to rent a room to students including the option of digs where meals can be provided or just a straightforward rental agreement.
Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has now become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students. We are inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. In particular there are a huge amount of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”
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Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.
Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!
Here’s what your SU Card gets you everyday
- Collect 2 points for every €1 spent*
- Buy ten Teas / Coffee and get one free
- Special SU Card prices on drinks in Sult
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We are now recruiting two staff members for the Students’ Union Desk in the Engineering Building and the Students’ Union Cloakroom in the Library Basement.
Please note that you should only apply for this job if:
- You will be a registered NUI Galway Student for 2017/18 Academic Year
- You must be available to attend training on Wednesday 30th August and work from Thursday 31st August.
- You will be available to work 10.30am-3.30pm Monday-Wednesday and 8.30am-6.30pm Thursday & Friday.
See below detailed job description. Experience of handling cash, taking credit card payments and operating a cash register essential.
The Staff members have responsibility for the running of the NUI Galway Students’ Union desk in the Engineering Building during the academic year 2017/18 Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm and the SU Cloakroom 8.30am-6.30pm Thursday & Friday (semester 1 only). Staff will generally work between 6 and 10 hours per week. Rate of pay is minimum wage.
Send CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm on Thursday 24th of August. Late applications will not be accepted.
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 2017/18. 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 €15,400 for charity in the process!
All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2016/17 – The RNLI/Galway Lifeboats and Threshold
Application forms for the 2017/18 fund are available here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2017 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 31st of August 2017. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, 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.”
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.