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
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.
For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,
email@example.com, 091 494290
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
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
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!
Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Total Poll 1,145
Spoiled Votes 72
Total Valid Poll 1,073
Mc AREAVEY 459
Clíodhna Coyle Deemed Elected.
Total Poll 1,149
Spoiled Votes 40
Total Valid Poll 1,109
Megan Reilly deemed elected
Total Poll 19
Spoiled Votes 0
Total Valid Poll 19
Patrick O’Flaherty deemed elected.
Total Poll 20
Spoiled Votes 0
Total Valid Poll 20
Caitlin Jansen deemed elected
Total Poll 60
Spoiled Votes 4
Total Valid Poll 56
Cillian Moran deemed elected.
Mature Students’ Officer
Total Poll 1,149
Spoiled Votes 67
Total Valid Poll 1,079
Damian Duddy deemed elected.
Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
Total Poll 333
Spoiled Votes 5
Total Valid Poll 328
MACCHON CARRAIGE 168
Ciarán MacChoncarraige Deemed Elected.
Convenor of the College of Science
Total Poll 321
Spoiled Votes 12
Total Valid Poll 309
MC BREARTY 140
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
MC NICHOLAS 16
Ó CURRAOIN 66
MC NICHOLAS 16
Ó CURRAOIN 66
MC NICHOLAS 17
Ó CURRAOIN 71
Ó CURRAOIN 74
Ó CURRAOIN 82
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
Ó Maoileannaigh 58
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh deemed elected
Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics
Total Poll 189
Spoiled Votes 5
Total Valid Poll 184
Tim Murphy Deemed Elected