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NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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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 2018/19 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious 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 the needs of all tenants. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ie

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

  1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
  2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
  3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
  7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
  11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
  12. 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 Megan Reilly 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 at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie

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.”

More accommodation tips and advice are available here. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially filed a case against Galway student accommodation provider, Cúirt na Coiribe, through the Residential Tenancies Board. Cúirt na Coribe increased their average rates by 18% for the coming academic year – a decision that was communicated to current student residents while they were sitting their summer exams. The decision to file this case follows Eoin Ó Broin’s (Sinn Féin TD) Private Members Bill – The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 – passing in May.

Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “Following advice from public representatives, University colleagues and our own counsel we have filed a case through the Residential Tenancies Board against Cúirt na Coiribe Galway. NUI Galway Students’ Union will represent a 2017/18 tenant of Cúirt na Coiribe who was a victim of the 18% rent increase. We hope that this case will send a strong message to other student accommodation management companies across the country that students and their families will not stand by and allow their education to be put at risk due to the ever increasing cost of accommodation imposed by these companies. NUI Galway cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been engaging with housing spokespersons such as Eoin Ó Broin TD (Sinn Féin), Darragh O’Brien TD (Fianna Fáil), Minister Seán Kyne, Catherine Connolly TD and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and will continue to fight to hold management companies to account through collaboration with all relevant officials and parties.

Pictured: NUI Galway Students taking part in the #CúirtShakedown protest in May

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

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Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.

 

Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.

 

President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”

 

Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)

 

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

NUI Galway Students’ Union is today encouraging members of the Oireachtas to vote in favour of the Student Accommodation Bill before the Dáil. The amendment would give students living in student-specific accommodation, under licence, access to the Residential Tenancies Board and inclusion in the rent pressure zones. The current situation has resulted in students rents rising, in some instances, by 18% per annum.

Until this issue is legislated for, students of NUI Galway can neither budget nor plan for their future as they have no certainty regarding the level of rent that they will be paying. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Cúirt Na Coiribe, which increased its rent by 18% between 2017/18 and 2018/19 rates.

Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “This Bill is an encouraging step by members of the Dáil to recognise and rectify the legal loophole which allows for students, some of the most financially vulnerable in Ireland, to be the ones exposed and exploited to the most insidious rent increases year on year”

“A study on the 8 main purpose built student accommodations in Galway carried out by NUI Galway Students’ Union has found that whilst student rent had remained relatively static from the period of 2009 to 2014, it has since increased by an average of 35% between 2014/15 to 2018/19.”

“At a time when the government recognises the need to protect the right to education, the lack of affordable and protected accommodation dilutes this right for those who simply can’t afford it. NUI Galway is a University comprised of students from all across the island of Ireland and the world. We cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

 

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €20,500 for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €20,500 for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union donated €20,500 to Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! after their year of charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, 5k runs, cake sales, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!

 

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”

 

Domestic Violence Response is a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic violence in Galway County.

 

Elizabeth Power of Domestic Violence Response said: “NUI Galway students are making a direct positive impact on the lives of women of all ages and backgrounds in Galway City and County as our service provides a lifeline for women and children who struggle to cope with abuse in their lives.”

 

AMACH! is a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county.

 

Maria Molloy, Chairperson, of AMACH! LGBT Galway said: “AMACH! LGBT Galway are delighted and honoured to have been chosen for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Fund.  Money raised by the students will allow the continued growth of Teach Solais, LGBT+ resource centre, a health promotion hub and social space for members of the LGBT+ and the wider community to utilise.”

 

Pictured left to right: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).

Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe

 

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2018

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NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2018

  • The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Monday 21st of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 4th June and Mon 6th Aug (Bank Holidays)
  • The Student Health Unit will only see current Postgrad students from Monday 28th of May and remains an acute illness service. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Nurse available 10am-12pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Monday 4th June and Monday 6th August (Bank Holidays)
  • The Library will be open Mon 21st May to Sun 29th July & Mon 20th Aug to Sun 2nd Sept 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. Closed Mon 4th June & Mon 6th Aug (Bank Holidays). REPEAT EXAMS: Open Mon 30th July-Sun 19th Aug: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-10pm, Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Closed Bank Holiday Mon 6th Aug. Detailed opening hours are available here.
  •  The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • Computer Suites – check availability here. 
  • Caife na Gaeilge is closed for the summer.
  • Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Fridays. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • Smokey’s Café Thursday 17th & Friday 18th May Closing at 6pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th May. Starting Monday 21st May open 8.30am-5pm Monday-Friday. Closed weekends
  • The SU Shop Thursday 17th May Closing at 6pm, Friday 18th May Closing at 5pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday 19th & 20th May. Starting Monday 21st May open 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed weekends
  • The Wall Café from Monday 21st May summer hours will be Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Open Saturdays 10am-1pm.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 18th May.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Fri 18th May and will reopen in September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.

Teaching begins on Monday 10th of September for all years. 

The academic calendar for 2018/19 is available here.

SU Weekly Email 32 – 10th May 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email this year from your Students’ Union! We hope you have a great summer and the weekly email will be back in September.

 

Locker Keys Deadline 5pm Fri 18th May

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Friday 18th of May. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys (please leave the pad lock on the locker) must be dropped up to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Any lockers with deposits (Áras Moyola and IT Building) will only be refunded from the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

#CúirtShakedown

NUI Galway Students’ Union most strongly condemns the planned increases to Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation rent for the academic year 2018/19.

How To Get Involved in the campaign against #CúirtShakedown

  1. Sign the petition here
  2. Use #CúirtShakedown on social media to say no to the exploitation of NUI Galway Students
  3. Email su.president@nuigalway.ie to help out with the campaign

 

We Are Hiring!

Applications are now open for the position of Sin newspaper Editor for 2018/19. Closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 11th June. More details here.

 

Life Skills Courses 2018/19

Our Life Skills Courses will be back for the 2018/19 academic year offering a chance to further your development outside of the academic world through classes in areas such as:

Sign Language, First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Bar Skills, Self Defence, Anti-Racism Training, Disclosure Training and Yoga.

Registration will open in late summer.

 

Results & Repeat Exams

  • Undergrad Exam Results will be released between Tues 19th and Tues 26th June.
  • Postgrad Exam Results will be released Tues 3rd July.
  • The Repeat/Autumn Exam timetable will be published on Thurs 12th July.
  • Repeat Exams will take place Tues 7th – Fri 17th Aug.
  • Undergraduate Repeat Exam Results will be out Fri 31st Aug.
  • Postgraduate Repeat Exam Results will be out Tues 11th Sept.

 

Staying in Galway this summer?

Here’s our guide to what’s on to keep you busy until September! There’s loads of festivals, events and free stuff to do with plenty of volunteering opportunities too.

 

Want to get rid of unwanted items when you’re clearing out at the end of the semester?
Rover Society are doing a collection of:
Duvets, duvet covers, blankets, sleeping bags, clean clothes (in good shape), accessories, CDs, DVDs, and books. (Pillows are not being collected).
All of these will go to COPE Galway and the Irish Cancer Society.
They will be collecting from the Student Residences on Wednesday 16th May and from NUIG Campus drop-off points from Monday 7th to Friday 19th May.

Contact roversoc@socs.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Collect Your Books

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any book belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm Thursday 31st of May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free.

 

Undergraduate Awards Applications are Open

The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s leading undergraduate awards programme which recognises top undergraduate work, shares this work with a global audience and connects students across cultures and disciplines.

The programme is open to all penultimate and final year undergraduate students in a degree course, as well as those who graduated in 2017, from all disciplines. We invite students to enter both outstanding academic papers and research, as well as visual arts portfolios using our online forms. The deadline for the 2018 programme is Tuesday 12th June 2018. Global Winners are published in the annual ‘The Undergraduate Journal’, as well as being invited to the UA Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

 

Together For Yes Fundraisers & Events

 

Extra Study Space

There will be extra study space available 9am-9pm until Thursday 17th of May in the following venues:

  • O’Flaherty Theatre
  • Kirwan Theatre
  • Larmor Theatre
  • Tyndall Theatre
  • Darcy Thompson Theatre

 

Give Blood in Galway this May

  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th May         Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Weds 16th May       Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thurs 17th May        Clybaun Hotel
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th May         Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd May         Menlo Park Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Weds 23rd May       Menlo Park Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thurs 24th May        Menlo Park Hotel

 

Learn How To Walk the Tightrope!

If you’ve ever dreamed of running away with the circus Wires Crossed is one of the Galway 2020 projects that will be taking place over the summer teaching people to walk the tightrope. The aim is to have 400 people trained by 2020. Sign up here.

 

Irish Interdisciplinary Forum for Healthcare Are Recruiting

There are seven positions to be filled on their national executive team for the 2018/2019 academic year. If you are interested in applying email a short paragraph to national.exec@ireifh.com

 

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2018

  • The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Monday 21st of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 4th June and Mon 6th Aug (Bank Holidays)
  • The Student Health Unit will only see current Postgrad students from Monday 28th of May and remains an acute illness service. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Nurse available 10am-12pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Closed Monday 4th June and Monday 6th August (Bank Holidays)
  • The Library opening hours are available here.
  • Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Mon-Fri. Closed Mon 4th June and Mon 6th August.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • Computer Suites – check availability here. 
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 18th May.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Fri 18th May and will reopen in September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.
  • Teaching begins on Monday 10th of September for all years. 
  • The academic calendar for 2018/19 is available 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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

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

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

 

Summer in Galway 2018

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What’s on in Galway this Summer:

Galway Theatre Festival Fri 4th – Sat 12th May 2018

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 12th May 2018

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 16th May 2018

Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 18th – Sun 20th May 2018

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 25th – Sun 27th May 2018

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Sat 26th – Sun 27th May 2018

Conamara Bog Week Tues 29th May – Mon 4th June 2018

West End Summer Food Festival Thurs 31st May – Mon 4th June 2018

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 1st – Mon 4th June 2018

Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 2nd June 2018

Give Blood in Galway Tues 5th, Weds 6th and Thurs 7th June 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 6th June 2018

Galway African Film Festival Sat 9th & Sun 10th June 2018

Galway Bike Week Sat 9th – Sun 17th June 2018

Street Feast Sunday 10th June 2018

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 10th June 2018

Galway Simon Community Dip at Dawn 4.55am-6am Thursday 21st June 2018

Seafest Fri 29th June – Sun 1st July 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 4th July 2018

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 7th July 2018

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 10th – Sun 15th July 2018

Galway Fringe Festival Sun 15th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 16th – Sun 29th July 2018

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 30th July- Sun 5th August 2018

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 1st August 2018

Galway Pride Festival Mon 13th – Sun 19th August 2018

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 11th August 2018

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Sat 11th and Sun 12th August 2018

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th August 2018

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 ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2018/19. Start your countdown!

 

#CúirtShakedown Statement 4th May 2018

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UPDATE: 25th June 2018 NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

UPDATE: 7th June 2018 Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

UPDATE: 29th May 2018 NUI Galway Students’ Union Welcomes Private Members Bill on Student Accommodation

Friday 4th May 2018

The NUI Galway Students’ Union most strongly condemns the planned increases to Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation rent for the academic year 2018/19. Cúirt na Coiribe has housed NUI Galway students since the year 2000 and has always provided for students who have come from outside of Galway and overseas to study here. Furthermore, they have many students who return year on year to their accommodation.

The planned rent increases of 18% means a student could be paying an additional €1,000 for a nine month / 39 week lease following a change in ownership in 2018.

Today, Cúirt na Coiribe released its priority booking to current residents by email, stating that if they want to avail of this option that it opens on Wednesday 9th May and will open to the general public on the 15th May. Detailed in this email it was advised that students take advantage of this one week notice to book their place for the coming academic year “as given the high demand currently we will book out immediately once the general public apply”. The statement is clear, if you cannot afford the 18% rent increase, you will be immediately priced out of Cúirt Na Coiribe accommodation.

What this means is that today, the student residents of Cúirt Na Coiribe have returned to their accommodation from their first week of exams. Their attention will not be on their next exam, but rather, on how they can commit to an immediate increase of €1,000 to ensure they can return to Galway, have a roof over their head and continue their studies. It is these students for whom we are greatly concerned.

We are also concerned for the potential college student about to sit the Leaving cert, who is looking at college accommodation; only to realise that it is far beyond their reach. The student who has worked a part time job to save for their deposit, only to discover that they are now not going to be able to afford their accommodation anymore. Students are one of the groups most sharply affected by the accommodation crisis, and this unprecedented increase, which comes without warning or reason, seems to be a gross attempt to take advantage of that. Over half of NUI Galway students are on a grant, we see students in our offices everyday who are struggling to stay in college for financial reasons. We cannot stand by and watch students be exploited by this increase.

We are asking for affordable accommodation for all students. This increase seems nothing short of the manipulation of students under financial pressure. It is extremely concerning that these rent increases have been announced around exam time, on a Friday evening on a bank holiday with an extremely short timespan for people to get a deposit in.

We are calling on Galway City, where students are a valued part of the community, on The National University of Galway, Ireland, where students are at the heart of everything they do, and most importantly on Cúirt Na Coiribe; to recognise the striking blow this increase represents to student residents and work with us to rectify this wrong. We also call on the Government to introduce rent caps in student accommodation in line with the consumer price index.

We welcome any opportunity to sit down with the management of Cúirt na Coiribe, to discuss these increases.

#CúirtShakedown

How To Get Involved in the campaign against #CúirtShakedown

  1. Attend our protest at 1pm on Tuesday 8th of May 2018 at Cúirt na Coiribe (meet outside the Library at 12.30pm)
  2. Sign the petition here
  3. Use #CúirtShakedown on social media to say no to the exploitation of NUI Galway Students
  4. Email su.president@nuigalway.ie to help out with the campaign

All press queries should be directed to the SU President Lorcán on su.president@nuigalway.ie or phone 086 385 5502.

 

SU Weekly Email 31 – 3rd May 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Locker Keys

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Friday 18th of May. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys (please leave the padlock on the locker) must be dropped up to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Any lockers with deposits (Áras Moyola and IT Building) will only be refunded from the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Exam Tips

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
    2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
    3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam.
    4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module. iWatches are also not permitted at exams.
    5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
    6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
    7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Andrew Forde on su.education@nuigalway.ie or your College Office.
    8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
    9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
    10. Relax – you got this!

#BestOfLuckToYeAll

 

Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday 8th May

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming referendum is Tuesday the 8th of May. Here’s a handy guide to making sure that you can vote in the referendum on Friday 25th of May. You can collect voter registration forms in the SU – these need to be stamped by the Gardaí posted to your city/county council by Friday! http://www.youth.ie/vote

 

Want to get rid of unwanted items when you’re clearing out at the end of the semester?
Rover Society are doing a collection of:
Duvets, duvet covers, blankets, sleeping bags, clean clothes (in good shape), accessories, CDs, DVDs, and books. (Pillows are not being collected).
All of these will go to COPE Galway and the Irish Cancer Society.
They will be collecting from the Student Residences on Wednesday 16th May and from NUIG Campus drop-off points from Monday 7th to Friday 19th May.

Contact roversoc@socs.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Results & Repeat Exams

  • Undergrad Exam Results will be released between Tues 19th and Tues 26th June.
  • Postgrad Exam Results will be released Tues 3rd July.
  • The Repeat/Autumn Exam timetable will be published on Thurs 12th July.
  • Repeat Exams will take place Tues 7th – Fri 17th Aug.
  • Undergraduate Repeat Exam Results will be out Fri 31st Aug.
  • Postgraduate Repeat Exam Results will be out Tues 11th Sept.

 

Collect Your Books

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any book belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm Thursday 31st of May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free.

 

Extra Study Space

There will be extra study space available 9am-9pm until Thursday 17th of May in the following venues:

  • O’Flaherty Theatre
  • Kirwan Theatre
  • Larmor Theatre
  • Tyndall Theatre
  • Darcy Thompson Theatre

 

Extended Library Opening Hours This Weekend

Thanks to the library staff who have agreed to facilitate extended weekend opening hours again on following weekends:

  • 5th/6th May

The library will be open Saturdays 8.30am-9pm & Sundays 10am-9pm on these weekends.

 

Study Break Policy Back in Library

Remember if you leave your belongings unattended at a study desk for more than 1 hour other students have permission to move them to one side and use the space. Please use the “I’m taking a study break” sheets in the library to record the time you leave and come back within the hour!

 

May Bank Holiday Arrangements

  • The SU Office, SU Engineering Desk, Sult and the Student Health Unit will all be closed this Monday 7th of May for the Bank Holiday.
  • Smokey’s Café is open 10am-6pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • The SU Shop is open 10am-5pm Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • The Wall Café is open 9am-3pm Saturday, 11am-3pm Sunday & Monday.
  • The Library is open Saturday 8.30am-9pm, Sunday 10am-9pm & Monday 8.30am-10pm.
  • The Reading Room is open as usual 7am-2.30am Saturday, Sunday & Monday
  • For Computer Suite availability check here

 

Give Blood in Galway this May

  • 12pm-3.30pm Sun 13th May         Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th May         Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Weds 16th May       Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thurs 17th May        Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd May         Menlo Park Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Weds 23rd May       Menlo Park Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thurs 24th May        Menlo Park Hotel

 

Win a ‘Sold Secure’ Gold/Silver Standard bike lock

One of the best ways to prove ownership of your bike, if it’s stolen, is to have a record of its serial number and a photo of you with your bike. Smarter Travel Campus want to help motivate you to do this by offering you a chance to win a ‘Sold Secure’ Gold/Silver standard bike lock.

All you need to do to enter is fill in the form below and send a photo of you with your bike and your bike’s serial number to info@smartertravelworkplaces.ie

https://www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie/resources-events/love-your-bike-lock-it-up/win-a-sold-secure-gold-silver-standard-bike-lock/

 

At a Loose End? Here’s some Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

  • COPE Galway – Sat 5th May (Dunnes Stores)
  • COPE Galway – Sat 12th May
  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre – Fri 1st June
  • Croi Heart Foundation – Sun 10th June (Race Marshal Help)

All your hours count towards next year’s ALIVE Certificate award ceremony

Sign Up Here

 

Upcoming Together For Yes Fundraising Events

 

Funding Opportunity – Galway Bike Week – Deadline 12noon this Friday 4th May

Galway City Council and Galway County Council invite applications from organisations wishing to host a cycling event/initiative during Galway Bike Festival which takes place as part of National Bike Week, from Saturday 9th of June to Sunday 17th June 2018. Galway Bike Festival is all about celebrating and promoting cycling for transport, getting people back on their bikes and raising awareness around the health and lifestyle benefits of everyday cycling.

Funding will be made available to support local cycling events and activities as part of the Galway Bike Festival celebrations.

See https://www.facebook.com/Galway-Bike-Festival-123664367709106/ for ideas from the 2017 festival.

For applications please go to

Galway City Council: www.galwaycity.ie or

Galway County Council: www.galway.ie

 

Sin Issue 12

The last issue of Sin newspaper for this year is now out and available to read online here. Well done to Sorcha, Shannon and all the Sin team on a great year of the paper.

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)