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21 innovative new projects showcased at NUI Galway

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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.”

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About EXPLORE

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.

 

EXPLORE Innovation Showcase NUI Galway 12th May 2016

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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

www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore
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NUIG Summer Holiday Arrangements

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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 Wins at National Student Achievement Awards

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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”

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Summer In Galway

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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!

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team!

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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

Or

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

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NUI Galway Student Leaders Celebrated

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NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway celebrated 41 CÉIM peer learning student leaders on Wednesday, 12 April.

The CÉIM peer learning programme was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st year students transition successfully to university, succeed academically and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted in 2013 in collaboration with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics and with the School of Law in 2015. Due to its success to date, the programme will be rolled out further in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies in 2016/17.

CÉIM is based on the well-evidenced Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) model used in over 30 countries. Student leaders from higher years facilitate weekly study sessions for small groups of 1st years, creating peer-led learning communities where it’s easy to ask questions.

The 41 students who acted as CÉIM leaders in 2015/16 are studying Engineering and Law, and they have each volunteered 40-60 hours since September 2015 to assist 1st years.

According to NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, “Peer learning is not an activity that is traditionally associated with Students’ Unions. We’re delighted to be leading the way in this regard in Ireland. CÉIM is proof that there is a lot to be gained by students’ unions, university staff and higher year students partnering to support 1st years as they transition to university.”

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.

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For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,

amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie, 091 494290

Website: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim
Video:
http://bit.ly/20AOclT

Pictured:
1. NUI Galway CÉIM peer learning student leaders 2015/16 with staff seated L-R Órla O’Donoghue, CÉIM Administrator, NUI Galway Students’ Union; Dr Annette Harte, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics; Dr Rónan Kennedy, Class Adviser for 1st Year BA in Law; Phelim Kelly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union; and Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan

2. NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, speaks at the CÉIM Leader Celebration 2015/16. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan

 

The Big Bang Party

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653-Big-Bang-Party-PosterNUI Galway Students’ Union & the NUIG Science Class Reps present The Big Bang Party

8.30pm Thursday 7th April in the College Bar FREE ENTRY. The last big session before the end of the semester is going to a massive beach party! There’ll be laid back tunes, limbo, finger food, exotic refreshments, a raffle, Giant Jenga, spot prizes and a FREE after party in Electric.

All funds raised on the night will go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society

 

The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz II

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652-Big-Fat-Quiz-IIIn aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

8.30pm Wednesday 6th April in the College Bar

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up now in the SU Office

Finger food, passes for Electric/Four Four & Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

 

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Part Time Officer Election Results 2016

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Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Total Poll 1,145

Spoiled Votes 72

Total Valid Poll 1,073

Quota 537

COYLE 537

Mc AREAVEY 459

Clíodhna Coyle Deemed Elected.

Equality Officer

Total Poll 1,149

Spoiled Votes 40

Total Valid Poll 1,109

Quota 555

FINN 495

REILLY 576

RON 38

Megan Reilly deemed elected

Societies Chairperson

Total Poll 19

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 19

O’FLAHERTY 15

RON 4

Patrick O’Flaherty deemed elected.

Clubs’ Captain

Total Poll 20

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 20

Quota 11

CONNOLLY 1

DOWLING 4

JANSEN 15

RON 0

Caitlin Jansen deemed elected

Postgraduate Officer

Total Poll 60

Spoiled Votes 4

Total Valid Poll 56

Quota 29

MORAN 50

RON 6

Cillian Moran deemed elected.

Mature Students’ Officer

Total Poll 1,149

Spoiled Votes 67

Total Valid Poll 1,079

Quota 540

DUDDY 944

RON 135

Damian Duddy deemed elected.

Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies

Total Poll 333

Spoiled Votes 5

Total Valid Poll 328

Quota 165

CURLEY 63

HEFFERNAN 65

MACCHON CARRAIGE 168

MAGAN 24

RON 13

Ciarán MacChoncarraige Deemed Elected.

Convenor of the College of Science

Total Poll 321

Spoiled Votes 12

Total Valid Poll 309

Quota 155

1st Count

AUSTICK 98

CEBURNYTE 67

MC BREARTY 140

RON 4

2nd Count

AUSTICK 121

MC BREARTY 162

Christopher McBrearty Deemed Elected.

Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law

Total Poll 240

Spoiled Votes 6

Total Valid Poll 234

Quota 118

1st Count

BURKE 57

DEANE 24

LARKIN 15

MC NICHOLAS 16

Ó CURRAOIN 66

TANSEY 51

RON 5

2nd Count

BURKE 57

DEANE 24

LARKIN 15

MC NICHOLAS 16

Ó CURRAOIN 66

TANSEY 51

3rd Count

BURKE 58

DEANE 25

MC NICHOLAS 17

Ó CURRAOIN 71

TANSEY 55

4th Count

BURKE 60

DEANE 28

Ó CURRAOIN 74

TANSEY 58

5th Count

BURKE 70

Ó CURRAOIN 82

TANSEY 61

6th Count

BURKE 81

Ó CURRAOIN 116

Diarmuid Ó Curraoin deemed elected

Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences

Total Poll 61

Spoiled Votes 0

Total Valid Poll 61

Quota 31

Ó Maoileannaigh 58

RON 3

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh deemed elected

Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics

Total Poll 189

Spoiled Votes 5

Total Valid Poll 184

Quota 93

1st Count

AWOPONLE 74

FINNERTY 24

MURPHY 82

RON 4

2nd Count

AWOPONLE 83

MURPHY 92

Tim Murphy Deemed Elected