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Galway Colleges Join Forces to Raise Mental Health Awareness

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Please Talk have joined forces to raise mental health awareness for students with a new campaign called ‘Mental Health Mondays’ which starts today. This awareness campaign will look at a particular theme each week that affects college students and their mental health. Topics the campaign will cover include settling into college, substance abuse, self-esteem, gambling, mental health supports and looking after your mental health.

Funding for the campaign was raised by a special screening of “Meetings with Ivor” in the Town Hall Theater Galway organised by film producer Tomas Hardiman and Town Hall Manager, Fergal McGrath.

Emma-Louise Duffy, Welfare Officer of GMIT SU said: ““This project highlights how we all have mental health and just like our bodies, some of us are in better shape than others. That’s okay. It’s about teaching people the self-awareness to identify that, and how to signpost the places that you can get care when you need it. Monday can be a hard day for students, they might be feeling homesick after leaving their family at the weekend, or worried about the week ahead. Whatever the feeling is, we want to shed some light, alert people that there are supports in place, and ultimately bring a bit of cheeriness into our students Monday morning!”

Clare Austick, Welfare and Equality Officer of NUIGSU, had this to say:

“Mental health campaigns are extremely important as there is an evident negative stigma attached to it. When you think of physical health, everyone immediately thinks of different types of sport, happiness and endorphins whereas when you mention mental health, you’re more inclined to think of the negative aspects such as depression, anxiety and suicide. It really shouldn’t be like that – everyone has mental health. If you’re feeling down, reach out and talk to someone. There are so many different support services for students to avail of.”

According to Treasa Hanniffy, National Please Talk Officer: “This campaign will highlight several areas of importance for student mental health and will remind everyone that talking to someone that you trust really helps. There is support available no matter what you are going through. For more information visit www.pleasetalk.org or call to your Students’ Union.”

SU Weekly Email 6 8th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Register to Vote TODAY! (or before the 26th October)

Our Voter Registration Drive takes place today 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn so make sure you get yourself along and get registered. We will also have loads of free stuff which is always a bonus! If you are not around call to the SU Office before the 26th of October and we will get all the paperwork sorted out for you.

#RockTheRegister

The SU Big Fat Table Quiz 7.30pm Weds 14th October

THE SU BIG FAT CHARITY TABLE QUIZ is back in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

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! 

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig this Monday 12th OctoberTickets on Sale now €5

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).

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Continues

TODAY

10.30am-12pm  Please Talk Coffee Morning in the Hub

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop in The View

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope in the Chapel

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc

8pm-10pm          Try Handball with NUIG Handball Club in the Sports Centre

Friday

All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.

Saturday

10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25. Late registration available.

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn. All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale for Connacht vs Zebre 7.30pm Friday 16th October. Tickets on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Volunteers Needed Saturday for NUIG 8k

If you have any spare time this Saturday 10th October volunteers are needed to help out with the NUI Galway 8k race on Campus in aid of Jigsaw Galway. Please email nuigalway8k@kingfisherclub.com if you can help.

Please Talk Events Today

Please Talk Coffee Morning “Chats & Laughs” Thursday 8th October 10:30am-12:00pm , The Hub, Áras Na Mac Léinn

Please Talk Vigil, Thursday 8th October 7:30pm – 8:30 pm Chapel, Light Refreshments will be provided

7UP Promotion TODAY

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-2pm today to have a go at the 7UP game challenges and get some freebies too!

Road Safety Week Freebies TODAY!

Get your free bike lights and high vis vests in Áras na Mac Léinn today from 11am while stocks last!

NUIG 8k Registration Still Open

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on World Mental Health Day Saturday 10th October at 10am. Entry fee is just €25 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Student Cycle Challenge – Win Prizes for Cycling!

The National Student Cycle Challenge will run from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd of October (Monday to Friday each week). NUI Galway students are encouraged to get together into teams of three, register online at www.cyclechallenge.ie  and then the aim is to clock up as many cycle trips as possible during the 10 day challenge ….. and win prizes! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn today 11am-3pm to find out more.

Movember – Coming to a Face Near You Soon!

Movember is coming back with a hairy bang to NUI Galway this November. If you want to get involved and donate your face or your time to support men’s health like the Facebook page here and join the NUIG team The TribesMoMen  here.

Fancy doing some volunteering?

The following events are looking for volunteers and would love it if you could help them out!

RAG: A DramSoc Original Play by Kevin Murphy

8pm Tues 13th– Fri 16th October in the Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway. Tickets €5/€8 on sale from the Socs Box.

NUI Galway Hardiman Research Scholarship scheme for PhD students now open

The Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. The Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. These are:

  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Environment, Marine, and Energy
  • Humanities in Context, including Digital Humanities
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences

For more information please see http://www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships/

The Academic Writing Centre is now open
You can drop into the AWC to get help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 1-11 and 6-8 daily (except weekends and Friday nights).
All NUIG students are very welcome.

Sin Newspaper Issue 2

Catch up on all that’s going on at NUI Galway in issue 2 of Sin newspaper here. 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.

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                1 Space Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         9 Spaces Left €15

 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.

Sin Issue 2 Is Out Now

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year.

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.

Operation Transformation Seeks Leaders

Operation Transformation is back for a 9th series and we are looking for 5 new leaders to lead the nation on the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan. This is a chance to change your life while motivating others to do the same, so why not apply today.Click ‘download application form’ to apply today here: http://ot.rte.ie/

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 5 1st October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Events 5th – 10th October #littlethings

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn. All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

Monday

11am-4pm          Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall

12.30pm               Mental Health Week Launch at the Quad

12pm-1pm          Building Resilience Workshop in The View

2pm-3pm            Strategies for Taking Study in Your Stride in The View

6pm-8pm            Juggling Workshop at the Arts Millennium Building

Tuesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-4pm            Singing with Dementia Patients in The Meeting Rooms

6pm-8pm            Seas Suas Programme Room 129 Áras Moyola

8pm-11pm          Film: The Dead Poet’s Society in The Meeting Rooms

Wednesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-3pm            Mindfulness for Daily Life Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Stress Busting Techniques Workshop in The View

6pm                       Capoeira Workshop in The Cube with Dance Soc

8pm                       Bring a Dish event in AC203 with Potter Soc

Thursday

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop in The View

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope in the Chapel

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc

Friday

All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.

Saturday

10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25.

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 OctoberTickets on Sale now €5

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).

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October                                                                      3 Spaces Left €40
  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                1 Space Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         9 Spaces Left €15

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.

Anti-Social Behaviour

It has come to the attention of both the University and the Students’ Union that more incidents regarding anti-social behaviour have occurred. We ask that all students please keep in mind their neighbours during their stay in Galway. The accommodation shortage has come to the forefront and incidences regarding anti-social behaviour are and will only make the current crisis much worse. Please exercise caution during any events you may have at home and keep noise levels to a minimum. Be a good neighbour!

Are You Registered to Vote?

Get registered to vote before the 26th October deadline. Register in the SU Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or come to our Voter Registration Drive 11am-4pm Thursday 8th October in Áras na Mac Léinn (there will be free stuff!).

Road Safety Week Freebies Thurs 8th Oct

We have loads of FREE High Vis Vests and Bike Lights to give away as part of Road Safety Week this Thursday 8th October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn (while stocks last!) #besafebeseen

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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
Classes for full degree international students who need support with academic writing and referencing are taking place as follows:
Arts Millennium building:

  • Wednesdays –  AM107  – 16:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesdays  –  AM110 – 18:00 to 20:00
  • Fridays – AM107 – 17:00 to 19:00

No pre-registration is necessary. Due to demand and class size restrictions places are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Graduate Jobs Fair12.30pm-4pm Tuesday 6th October

More than 75 actively recruiting companies across all industries will feature at the NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall, on Tuesday 6th October from 12.30pm – 4.00pm.  A student’s main objective on the day is to secure your first graduate job. Many graduate employers now recruit graduates from all academic disciplines so don’t be misled by an organisation’s name – they may have the perfect graduate opportunity for you!

Details on participating exhibitors is available from www.nuigalway.ie/careers#jobsfairNUIG

USI FREE Activist Academy this Saturday

This day long event will provide you with the skills and training needed to become a student activist. Workshops include: lobbying, fundraising, networking, working with the media, social media and how to build a community of activists. Register Now.

The Sober Society presents Funky Seomra Friday 9th October

Sober Soc aims are to create a culture that encompasses fun, exciting and interesting events in NUIG that don’t finish up with a trip to the pub.

Their first event is Funky Seomra 8.30pm-1am on Friday 9th October – a night club that includes not only amazing dance music, but massage areas, games areas, arts & crafts, chill out zone and delicious healthy cakes, snacks and herbal teas. The event takes place in The Cube Áras na Mac Léin and tickets are only €5 to members of Sober Soc who buy tickets in advance. Students and staff can become members of Sober Soc and avail of this cheap offer.

Societies Global Week 5th – 8th October

The second annual NUI Galway Global Week is taking place from October 5th-8th, with the Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall on Monday 5th of October from 11am – 4pm.

Global week aims to: A) Raise awareness of global issues B) Raise awareness of ecological issues and promote a green agenda C) Celebrate Diversity

NUIG Snowsports Challenge 6th/7th of October – Win a free trip worth €739!

Compete in teams in a series of wacky challenges to win a trip to Val D’Isere in January with the NUIG Snowsports club. Sign up in Smokies between 12-2 on Tuesday before the challenge kicks off that evening in the College Bar, it continues the following day in Monroes where the winner will be announced! Check here for all the info!

Free 8×8 Festival  5th – 9th October 2015

SUAS would like to invite you the third 8×8 Free Film festival at NUIG. 8×8 is a development-focused arts festival with a touring photo exhibition and award-winning documentary film screenings. Visit the exhibition on campus outside the library and pop along to one of the events. To secure your place register for you free tickets at stand.ie/8×8   

Participants Required for Research Study on Mindfulness

You are invited to take part in a research study which involves evaluating the effects of a 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive ability. Participants will spend 6-weeks learning about the concept and practice of mindfulness using Headspace, an app which runs on all major smartphones, tablets and web browsers. You will be provided with a free subscription to Headspace which will last for another 6 months after the study finishes if you complete all data collection. This is usually worth around €60. More information and the screening form can be found here

NUIG 8k Registration Still Open

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on World Mental Health Day Saturday 10th October at 10am. Entry fee is just €25 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Sin Issue 2 Is Out Now

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.

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.

Operation Transformation Seeks Leaders

Operation Transformation is back for a 9th series and we are looking for 5 new leaders to lead the nation on the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan. This is a chance to change your life while motivating others to do the same, so why not apply today.Click ‘download application form’ to apply today here: http://ot.rte.ie/

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 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 20 – 5th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

Monday 9th of February

12pm-3pm SHAG Packs and more at Smokey’s

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale now in the SU & Engineering Desk.

Tuesday 10th of February

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s

8pm Tinder Tuesday in the College Bar

Wednesday 11th of February

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week Roadshow in Smokey’s

1pm-4pm SHAG Week Workshops in the Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

Thursday 12th of February

8pm The Dirty Circus Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed.

Friday 13th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses

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 Console & BeLonG To.

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

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Volunteers URGENTLY needed for 2 hours for SU Charity Collection Day this Saturday 7th February

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day this Saturday 7th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Console and BeLonG To. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 1pm-3pmor 3pm -5pm this Saturday the 7th of February.

 

Education Information Evening with Galway Traveller Movement

An information evening on education will be held on Tuesday 10th February at 7pm in the Larmour Theatre hosted by NUI Galway Students’ Union and the Galway Traveller Movement. All are welcome!

Troubled by Procrastination?

There will be workshops regarding exam performance and procrastination to help you get back on track for the summer exams.

Workshops include the following:

-Failure and exam performance Tuesday Feb 10th

-Mind Mapping (a study technique clinically proven to improve concentration and grades) Wednesday Feb 11th

-Procrastination Thursday Feb 12th

All workshops will commence at approx. 6:30pm and will be held in AMB-GO43 Seminar room in the Arts Millennium building. Except for Mind Mapping which will take place in the McMunn Theatre.

All workshops are free but places are limited.

Any queries please contact Phelim your VP Education Officer at su.education@nuigalway.ie

Rainbow Week 2015

GiG Soc are hosting the following events as part of their annual Rainbow Week:

  • Rainbow Week Official Launch Party (Monday 9th Feb, IT202, 7-9pm)
  • Marriage Equality Taskforce Information Evening (Tuesday 10th Feb, AC202, 7pm) – in collaboration with NUI Galway SU. 
  • Workshop Wednesday (11th Feb, IT202, 6-9pm): Workshops include Trans 101, Sexual Health, and Supporting Someone Coming Out. 
  • RAINBOW BALL (Thursday 12th Feb, Clayton Hotel, 6.30pm – late): Full tickets €35 each, including reception on arrival, 4-course gourmet meal and a night of fabulous entertainment!

For more information contact gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

Next Blood Donation Clinics & Marrowmatch registration opportunities in Galway in February: 
• 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 12pm-3.30pm Sunday 15th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February in The Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland
You can get further details about blood donation clinics here: http://www.giveblood.ie/Where_to_Give_Blood/

Get your Bike Back!

BikeBack will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked and also deterring opportunistic thieves by a comprehensive marketing campaign. They have just launched online and are looking for feedback as a form of market research. Please like there Facebook Page and follow them on  Twitter

 

Invitation to NUI Galway Please Talk mental health initiative meeting

The new NUI Galway Please Talk mental health initiative supported by EXPLORE will be holding its first meeting at 1pm on Tuesday, 10th February, in the Space, Áras na Mac Léinn. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a committee and discuss what Please Talk can do for students at staff and any ideas attendees may have for events/initiatives. Find out more at www.facebook.com/pleasetalknuig

 

FREE Student Astronomy Night – Wed, 18 February
The next Student Student Astronomy Night, supported by EXPLORE, is taking place on Wednesday, 18th February. The event includes a brief introductory talk on astronomy and a 3D tour of the universe, followed by a trip to the on-campus Imbusch Observatory for a bit of stargazing! Places are limited. Book your place now by emailing astronomy@socs.nuigalway.ie. Find out More.

 

Survey regarding attitudes to organ donation amongst University students

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE, 2014-2015

Have you got a really sound lecturer, tutor, supervisor? The NUI Galway President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognises outstanding efforts of teaching staff to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience. Nominations close Friday 13th February.

http://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/presidentsaward/presidents_award.html

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015

Múscailt 2015 Monday 9th-Friday 13th February

Lots of free events across campus http://muscailt.nuigalway.ie/timetable

Free Meditation Sessions

Lunchtime mindfulness meditation is running every Wednesday for staff and students in the School of Psychology, room AMBE G067, 1.10pm – 1.40pm. No need to book, and sessions are free!

 

Masters of Management Disciplines fundraiser in aid of the ‘Saving Grace Charity’

11am-2pm Monday 9th of February in Friars Café in the Cairnes  Building. We would greatly appreciate any support! It is an extremely worthy cause and 100% of proceeds go to Grace and her treatments. More Information.

 

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

 

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 24th of February 2015. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website.

 

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Elections #NUIGSU15

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 19th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

SU Council Chair Election – will take place on Monday 2nd March at the last SU Council Meeting of the year.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Please Support NUI Galway’s Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Campaign 2015

All funds raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Care West, Galway Hospice and NBCRI. Please like and share the campaign Facebook Page

Timetable of Events:

  • 7pm-9pm Monday 16th February Free choral concert in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your tickets here.
  • 10am-1pm Tuesday 17th February Coffee morning and poster presentation on the work being done at NUI Galway to fight cancer
  • 2pm-5pm Tuesday 17th February NUI Galway Shave or Dye in the College Bar with Today FM, Fat Tony’s and Zenith Hairdressing. Register now to Shave or Dye by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or filling out and returning the registration form here.
  • 7pm-9pm Tuesday 17th February Public Lecture Night, Panel Discussion and Reception in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your FREE ticket here. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the events you can sign up HERE

For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Energy Night Wednesday 11th February

Energy Night is back, next Wednesday the 11th starting at 17:00 with the Careers Talk followed by the main event at 19:00, a panel discussion on the theme Smart Grid, Pushing Technology and Privacy Boundaries. This promises to be an innovative event looking into areas of energy not discussed before. For more information find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NUIGEnergyNight?fref=ts

 

New Information Point for Access, Disability and Mature Student Services

From Monday 9th of February, Access, Disability and Mature student services will have a single access point for all queries and information in relation to their services.

The information point will be located in the upstairs foyer of Áras Uí Chathail and will be open from 9am to 1pm, Mondays and Tuesdays.

The new information point will be attended by Colm O’Dwyer, who can be contacted:

 

Mature Students Clinic

There will be a drop in clinic for Mature Students 2pm-4pm every Wednesday in the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact Michelle Mitchell on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

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.