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22 Innovative New Projects funded by EXPLORE

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22 Innovative new projects funded by EXPLORE

The EXPLORE innovation programme, a joint initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway, recently awarded funding to 22 innovative new projects to be piloted in Galway.

Now entering its fifth year of operation, EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to step out of their traditional roles and work together as equal partners to bring new ideas to life. The new projects receiving EXPLORE funding involve over 145 students, staff and external partners and span areas as diverse as peer-to-peer mediation, history, healthcare, schools outreach, the environment, and technology.

EXPLORE is the first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education and to date has supported over 100 new projects involving more than 600 participants. 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.

Phelim Kelly, NUI Galway Students’ Union President says: “It is very encouraging to see the growing interest in EXPLORE both from staff and students, and also locally and nationally. EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. The ongoing success of former EXPLORE projects in a wide variety of areas is extremely encouraging, and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of the projects that have just been awarded funding.”

Prof. Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation & Performance, NUI Galway adds: “The EXPLORE initiative is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. EXPLORE is part of a wider initiative at NUI Galway to foster an innovative, ideas culture where students and staff are encouraged to come up with ideas and run with them.”

Examples of projects recently awarded EXPLORE funding:

Loss Of the Night in Galway (LONG)aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/sky quality measurement campaign by engaging the student body to conduct a large-scale volunteer survey of the night sky brightness using low-light-capable mobile phone cameras that many students already possess. Loss of nocturnal darkness, through excessive and badly executed artificial lighting, is recognised by the EU as harmful to public health, disruptive to animal behaviour, and a costly waste of energy and public money. Results will be processed into maps and time-series. Prompted by the project results, Galway could set out to become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
Lead student partner: Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner: Dr Ray Butler

CampusCreate – aims to encourage creativity on the NUI Galway campus in a fun and engaging way. During the 12 weeks of Semester Two ‘Creative Challenges‘ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and through the website campuscreate.eu using the hashtag #CampusCreate. Each week will have a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the themed challenge. Participants can interpret the ‘Creative Challenges’ in whatever way they like and upload their creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mashups, remixes etc. 

The project has the potential to tie in with the Galway 2020 campaign, and could likely be applied to other campuses/cities. 
Lead student partner: Sally McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr Tony Hall & Dr Fiona Concannon

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)   

This project aims to mark the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City. All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year, and this marks NUI Galway’s contribution. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

Lead student partner: Emer McHugh

Lead staff partner: Dr Lindsay Reid

ENDS

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

amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie, 091 494290

– Clodagh Barry, EXPLORE Founder, NUI Galway Research Office,
clodagh.barry@nuigalway.ie, 091 492860

www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

Pictured: New EXPLORE participants 2015-2016

NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

The Students’ Union office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

The Library will be closed Thursday 24th December to Sunday 3rd January (inclusive)

The Reading Room is closed Friday 25th & Saturday 26th December & Friday 1st January. Open 07:00-midnight 21st Dec-3rd Jan. 

PC Suites willl be closed from 17:00 Thursday 24th December and will remain closed 25th, 26th, 27th December & 1st January. 

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 6th January.

The SU Cloakroom will close at 6.30pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 11th January

The SU Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 11th December and will reopen at 11am on Monday 11th January

The College Bar will close at 3pm on Monday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The Hub will close on Friday 11th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

Caife Na Gaeilge will close at 3pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8am-5pm)

Smokey’s Café will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8.30am-5.30pm)

The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Monday 21st-Wednesday 23rd December. Closed Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th December. Open 10am-4pm Monday 28th December, 10am-12.30pm Tuesday 29th December, 10am-4pm Wednesday 30th December. Closed Thursday 31st December & Friday 1st January. Open 9am-6pm Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th January.

SUMS will close on Friday 11th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January.

Computer DISC will close on Friday 4th December and re-open on Monday 18th January.

The Academic Writing Centre is closed and will reopen in late January.

The Socs Box will be closing on Friday 18th December.  

Flirt FM 101.3 FM will be finishing on Friday 11th December and will be back on the air Monday 11th January. 

Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tuesday 12th January. 

You can view the Academic Calendar for 2016 HERE 

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2016!

SU Enterprise Awards Closing Date

Whats Happening

SU Weekly Email 9 29th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Financial Aid Fund Applications Deadline 12pm this Monday 2nd November

Applications close 12 noon Monday 2nd November and you must apply online here.

Students following a full time course of at least one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification can apply to the fund.  

Students are only eligible to apply once in the academic year to the Financial Aid Fund. More information is available here.

If you have any queries please contact the Financial Aid Fund on  financialaid@nuigalway.ie

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

Mon 2nd Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous) & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk (3pm-4pm)

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. SOLD OUT.

Tues 3rd Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokeys with Student Quiz Interview “Did you know?” Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

12.30pm-2.30pm Consent Workshop (Females)

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

6pm-9pm Free Screening of Movie “The Hunting Ground” in the Lower Aula and Panel Discussion on Sexual Consent, Harassment & Supports in NUI Galway

Weds 4th Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

Evening Residence Run – Gort na Coiribe & Cuirt na Coiribe

Thurs 5th  Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Condom Challenge and Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous)

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

5pm-7pm Consent Workshop (Male)

Evening Residence Run – Corrib Village

Friday 6th Nov

1pm-3pm Consent Workshop (Female)

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

For more information and to sign up for the Consent Workshops contact Jimmy on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Issue 4 of Sin Newspaper

Read it Online now. If you are interested in helping with the paper email editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Connacht vs Edinburgh €10 Tickets on Sale Now

We now have €10 NUIG Student tickets for Connacht v Edinburgh on Saturday 31st of October at 6:45pm in Sportsground. Tickets on sale Mon-Fri 10am-5pm in SU and Mon-Fri 11am-3pm from SU Engineering Desk.

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         1 Space Left €15

NUIG Pink Ladies Night

7pm Tuesday 10th November in the College Bar with pop-Up Beauty Salon with hair, makeup and nails. Pink bubbles, Chocolate Fountain, Rugby players getting waxed, DJ, raffle and your MC for the night Mr Steve Bennett. What more could you ask for! Raising funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Over 18’s Event. NUI Galway ID Required.

NUI Galway Smart Consent Launch and Documentary Film Night, “The Hunting Ground”. 

Come along to the Aula Maxima Quadrangle Tuesday the 3rd of November at 6pm for the Launch of the Smart Consent Campaign and screening of the award winning documentary, “The Hunting Ground”.  The film highlights how students were activated to get justice for their cause, took their case and won! NUI Galway is proud to be addressing sexual assault research findings that indicate that 25 % have experienced sexual assault through the launch of Smart Consent. Through the Film NUI Galway seeks to demonstrate that justice will be found here and work towards a safe campus.  NUI Galway truly care about students safety, health and wellbeing. It will be accompanied with a Panel of NUI Galway people and Community Organisations (HSE, Garda, etc.) to share with students and staff that there is a Policy and every effort will be made to be there for students. For more information or to volunteer to support the event email alive@nuigalway.ie and http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/welfare/itemlist/category/138-consent

NUIG Postgrad Open Day Weds 11th Nov

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 11th November 2015 in the Bailey Allen Hall (Student Centre/Áras na Mac Leinn).

The event will run from 12pm-4pm, with short presentations taking place during the day also, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research.

There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services. More information at www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day

You can pre-register to attend online now at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg58c33 or just turn up and register on the day.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

8pm tonight Thursday 29th of October and 8pm Friday 30th October NUIG DramSoc present “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” in The Bank of Ireland Theatre. Tickets €5/€8 available from the Socs Box.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2pm Sunday 15th November Salthill Hotel, Galway.

Enrol Now for Free Workshops & Support Groups

Places are still available next week in free workshops and groups organised for students by the counselling service.

Once Off Workshop:

Managing mood                                               Thurs  5th Nov  5-6.30pm

Support groups running for 4 sessions:

Assertiveness                                                    Weds 4th Nov  4-5.30pm

Fed up Feeling Down                                     Tues 3rd Nov 6.30–8pm

Focusing on Study and Exam Prep            Mon 2nd Nov  4–5.30pm

Anxiety Management                                    Wed 4th Nov 2.30–4pm

Mental Fitness and Resilience                    Mon 2nd Nov 2.30-4pm

Belonging Group for isolated Students   Mon 2nd Nov 7-8.30pm

For more details and to sign up contact: mailto:geraldine.connolly@nuigalway.ie  or mailto:james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

TEDx Galway Needs Volunteers

TEDxGalway is a localised TED event to be held in January/February 2016, which is independently organised inspired by TED talks.

We’re looking for creative and energetic volunteers to join our team to make this event happen and make it great!

Volunteers Will Help With:

– Event production

– Social Media Promotion

– Booking Speakers

– Audio Visual Production

If you’re interested, please declare your interest on www.TEDxGalway.org or if you have further queries, please contact conorstitt@gmail.com

 SU Charities

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. We are planning a load of fundraising events throughout the year but need your help! If you want to help us out or have an idea for an event just give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie There’s more information on our plans available here.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 2nd Nov

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 2nd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 3rd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep  Training 2

Weds 4th Nov

6pm – 7pm

ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 5th Nov

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

 

NUI Galway SU Big Fat Charity Table Quiz

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents: 

THE SU BIG FAT CHARITY TABLE QUIZ

in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

7.30pm Wednesday 14th of October in the College Bar

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY! 

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW! Spaces are limited. 

10 Rounds of questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers

Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet! 

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society throughout 2015/16. To get involved in our fundraising events just contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding

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Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding

The NUI Galway Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community.

Up to €900 is available per project.

This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more!

Closing date: Tuesday 20th October 2015.

Find out more and apply now at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore 

*EXPLORE BRAINSTORMING SESSION 6pm-7.30pm Monday 5th October CA107 St Anthonys, Cairnes Building*

The Entrepreneurship and Enactus societies at NUI Galway are running a brainstorming event aimed at stimulating creative and innovate idea generation ahead of the EXPLORE project deadline on 20 October. Ideas generated can be turned into projects for EXPLORE and Enactus competitions.
Anyone is welcome to attend who wants to be involved in making a sustainable difference through innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. It will be an interactive event with mentors from academia and business, so come and be part of the action!
When? Monday 5th October 6pm-7.30pm
Where? CA107 St. Anthonys, Cairnes Building.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents David O’Doherty

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David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th October

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale NOW from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm) 

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty, the Lidl Enya, the broken Bublé, is delighted to present a new hour of talking and songs played on a stupid keyboard from 1986.

Life is like a box of chocolates, but one where somebody else has eaten all the chocolates. And replaced them with mouse heads and dishwasher tablets.

SU Weekly Email 4 24th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUIG SU Bus to March for Choice this Saturday

There will be a bus leaving the Quad at 10.30am this Saturday to go to the March for Choice in Dublin. The 4th annual March for Choice will mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The march will kick off at 2pm in Dublin at the Garden of Remembrance (assembling from 1.30pm), and participants are asked to bring a wheelie case if possible to make the effort and sound of travel abundantly clear!

After the march the bus will be leaving Merrion Square at 5pm sharp to return to Galway. Places on the bus are free but are on a first come, first served basis and NUI Galway ID is essential.

Reminder: Registration deadline is Wednesday 30th September.

You must be registered and have your semester one modules selected by that time. If your record states that you are “pre-registered” this means that you are NOT registered and you must register ASAP! Queries to reghelp@nuigalway.ie or check www.nuigalway.ie/reg

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Tues, 20 Oct 2015. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th October

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale soon – keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter for details!

NUIG 8k €20 Early Bird Registration Closes TOMORROW

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Life Skills 2015 – some spaces left

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November
  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November
  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Give Blood

  • 5pm-8.30pm TONIGHT Thursday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sunday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 29th September, Wednesday 30th September & Thursday 1st October in Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland

Ball in the Bar TONIGHT!

Please support the Ball in the College Bar tonight from 8.30pm in aid of providing humanitarian relief to the refugees in Calais. Admission is €5, there will be a band and a DJ along with prizes for the best dressed. Over 18’s NUIG ID required.

Postgrad Events this Friday

There will be a free walking tour of Galway for NUI Galway Postgrad students this Friday with Cian Moran the SU Postgrad Officer. Meet outside the Galway City Museum at 11am. From 8pm there will be a Postgrad Party in the College Bar with Karaoke and lots of surprises. Contact su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie for more information.

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration: http://www.suas.ie/take-course

The 2016-2017 Irish Fulbright Awards are Open for Applications

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards.  The Fulbright awards are grants for Irish or EU citizens (resident in Ireland for three or more years) to study, research, or teach in the U.S. The awards include a monetary grant, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, and visa administration. Applications are due by Friday, 30th October 2015 and more information can be found on the Fulbright website: www.fulbright.ie.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm

IT250

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct

6pm-8pm

Kirwan Theatre

Concourse

SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct

6pm-7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Please Talk Art Exhibition Launch Invite

Please Talk will be launching their society with  Art Is A Wound Turned Into Light at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th September in Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUIG. This Art exhibition involving Galway based artists highlights the therapeutic and communicative value of art in area of mental health. Political commentator Jonny Fallon shall be speaking at the launch and all are welcome.       

Participants Needed to Break a Guinness World Record this Saturday

Run just 100 meters in the 12 hour relay this Saturday 26th September 9am-9pm at the running track in Dangan. Boost your mental and physical health and break the Guinness World Record at this FREE Event.

All levels of fitness welcome!

Interested? Please book your FREE tickets here.

Anxious About Public Speaking or Meeting People?

The Participate programme might help. Participate is a free online programme for shyness and social anxiety.

The programme uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques and is similar to programmes that have been run successfully in NUI Galway and elsewhere in the past. 

All students of NUI Galway are being e-mailed with this link to the Participate website (http://participate.nuigalway.ie).  You can visit the site, test your social anxiety, and see how the programme works.  If you want, you can then apply to do the programme. For more information contact Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh eamonn.odochartaigh@nuigalway.ie

Have you booked your place in Galway’s last Startup Weekend of the year?

The weekend is all about learning, trial and error and meeting great people! The event starts Friday week on Friday 2-4 October 2015. Tickets are almost sold out, so we advise you book soon. Technical roles are really filling up. 

You can find all details here http://www.up.co/communities/ireland/galway/startup-weekend/7145

Call for Submissions!  The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2016 issue (Volume 6)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com.  The deadline is December 31st, 2015! 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 3 17th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Accommodation Problems Survey

Please help us try to solve your accommodation issues by taking 1 minute to fill out this survey

Be Aware: Student Houses Targeted by Burglars.

There has recently been a number of reported burglaries to students’ houses near NUI Galway. If you come home to find that your house has been robbed, do not enter the property. Call to a neighbour’s house and ring 999/112. Explain what has happened and wait for the Gardaí to arrive. We urge you to protect your property as much as possible.

When you are not at home:

  • Lock the front and back doors
  • Close all windows
  • Leave some lights on in the house, upstairs and downstairs
  • If possible, lock all bedroom doors
  • Do not leave cash in the property
  • Do not leave bikes unlocked outside the property
  • And very importantly, if you have a house alarm – USE IT.

Also, it is advised by the Gardaí to take note of all serial numbers on laptops and other valuable devices. Save your important files and college work on an additional device, and take photos of the valuable items you own (including bikes).Following the above will make your home less of a target.

You can speak to your Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Jimmy McGovern for more information su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Learn Sign Language in just 10 weeks for only €40! 
SU sign language courses start next week and are filling up fast:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm (6 spaces left)
Tuesday 1pm-2pm (7 spaces left)
Wednesday 6pm-7pm (2 spaces left)
or 
Thursday 6pm-7pm (5 spaces left)

Register and pay now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

SU Card

Have you picked up your FREE SU Loyalty card yet? It magically transforms points into free teas/coffees, College Bar dinners and cash! You can pick one up from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

Lockers – Just 316 Left!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
EAP classes provide support with academic writing and referencing. The classes are free for full degree registered students and will start on Wed 23rd September 2015 for 8 weeks.

Classes will take place from 16:00 to 18:00 in AM107 and from 18:00 to 20:00 in AM110

All interested students need to fill out this link in order to register. 

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Talk on the BDS Campaign on Monday

On Monday 21 September in AC202 on the NUI Galway Concourse at 7pm, Riya Hassan of the Palestinian BDS National Committee will give a talk hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Society on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid. More Information.

College Campus Radio FlirtFM turns 20 with a series of special events running 25th -26th September

On Friday 25th there’s a meet-up in NUI Galway College Bar at 19:00, and later a silent disco in the Roisín Dubh, with Flirt FM DJs.

On Saturday the 26th make a name badge in Áras na Mac Léinn from 12 midday, then enjoy a free lunch at 12:30. There will be a live radio show on Flirt FM 101.3 from 13:00 – 17:00 where current and ex volunteers and staff chat about their time at the station. At the same time, former Flirt FM presenters will be talking about what the station meant to them in their career paths upstairs in The View, then there’s a launch reception at 17:00 for a documentary on the history of the station. There’s also an Eventbrite ticketed dinner at The Salthill Hotel.

These events are open to past & current volunteers, NUI Galway students, listeners and friends, and you can find out more at http://www.flirtfm.ie/articles/2015/8/flirt-turns-20/

Flirt FM 101.3 is Galway City’s award winning Student, Community & Alternative Station, based in NUI Galway since September 1995. With two paid staff, the station is home to up to 150 volunteers annually and up to 800 studio guests each year.

Give Blood in September

Please Give Blood in The Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September 5pm-8.30pm and Sunday 27th September 12pm-3.30pm.

Galway Culture Night this Friday

There are loads of FREE events on this Friday 18th September for Galway Culture Night. Plan your free evening of entertainment here: http://galwayculturenight.com/

ComputerDISC: Opening Thursday September 24th 2015

ComputerDISC (Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre) is a free resource for all NUIG students that are enrolled in computer programming or software development courses. The purpose of the centre is to provide support to students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels. It is designed to complement the lectures, tutorials, labs and other supports that are available to students. ComputerDISC is located in room 205 on the first floor of the Information Technology building. Students can drop in at any time during the opening hours as no appointments are necessary. Further information can be found on www.computerdisc.it.nuigalway.ie

FREE Meet and Train Sessions for the NUIG 8k

Free meet and train sessions every Monday & Wednesday at 1pm & 6pm for those preparing for the NUIG 8k on 10th October. 2k or 4k options and all levels of fitness welcome. Both runners and walkers accommodated. Contact Kingfisher reception for details on 091 540300.  The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Join the NUIG Bioblitz Team

NUI Galway won the Intervarsity Bioblitz last year & now it is time to defend our title! Running over 24 hours from 5pm on the 24th to 5pm on the 25th Sept, we are looking for people to help survey and identify as many species as possible on campus. We also need help with organisation, so all assistance is welcome! If you would like to participate in this unique event please email greencampus@nuigalway.ie

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling http://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – START NEXT WEEK!
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course – NEXT WEEK!
  • Irish – START NEXT WEEK!

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration: http://www.suas.ie/take-course

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year including our charity fundraisers. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

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