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GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway Residents

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GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway Residents

GMIT Students’ Union and NUI Galway Students’ Union today reject local resident and councillors opposition to the development of high end student accommodation in Galway. The resistance comes as plans to replace the Westwood Hotel with 400 beds for students have been met with heated opposition from 200 Newcastle and Dangan residents with support from local councillors.

GMIT Students’ Union Mark O’Brien stated, “The language used by residents that there shouldn’t be student accommodation in ‘our estates’ is a classic example of Not In My Backyard. Students have proven themselves to be valuable assets to any local community, and contribute to the local economy everyday. We feel that councillors jumping in on this discriminatory blockade should have heard all sides of the story first. We have an accommodation crisis spreading through families, students and other groups with rents going through the roof. This number of beds will alleviate the pressure from the 20,000 students in GMIT and NUI Galway scrambling for somewhere to sleep.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “A few years ago redevelopment and increasing capacity of Trinity Hall in Rathgar was met with resistance of the local community protesting against over-concentration of students in that area. Today, the Hall that accommodates 1,000 students is well integrated into community and offers student housing in a convenient location. Diverse and well-balanced local communities have a great potential for regeneration, civic activities and engagement.”

President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Michael Kerrigan, commented, “With the integrated national approach to student accommodation reflected in regional policies, we believe that both the Council and An Bord Pleanála have been equipped with tools to ensure balanced development of the communities and take a strategic approach to spatial distribution and concentration of particular social groups, particularly students, who are particularly vulnerable group facing the housing crisis.”

The National Student Accommodation Strategy published in July identifies the importance of providing dedicated and additional student accommodation to avoid putting additional pressures on the private rental sector, particularly in and around the many universities and third-level institutions in urban areas, and puts actions in place to end the shortage. The Union of Students in Ireland have indicated concern with pockets of residents looking to prevent student accommodation being constructed in local areas, and urge residents to be mindful of damaging stereotypes of students.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Wins at National Student Achievement Awards

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NUI Galway Students’ Union won two prizes at the National Student Achievement Awards which took place in Dublin Castle last night. The EXPLORE Programme won first prize in the Community Awareness Award category and the CÉIM programme took top honours in the Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award.

The EXPLORE innovation initiative supports NUI Galway students and staff to collaborate as equal partners to bring about positive change on campus and in the wider community. It was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway in early 2012 and has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff. These projects have gone on to raise over €285,000 funding to date.

CÉIM is an academic peer learning programme which NUI Galway Students’ Union established in 2013. The aim of the programme is to support 1st year students to transition successfully to university, to succeed academically, and to develop networks and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics in 2013 and introduced in the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies in 2015. It will be offered to 20 percent of 1st year students in the next academic year.

The impact to date of the CÉIM programme is very encouraging with 80% of 1st years surveyed in 2014/15 saying it helped them settle into university. Regular CÉIM attendees achieved 9% higher grades in 2014/15 than irregular or non-attendees and were much more likely to pass the year. The Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award was awarded by CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland.

Mr. Boland noted that “CÉIM is innovative and invigorating and shows a depth of work and understanding worthy of any project in higher education.”

The Student Achievement Awards took place in Dublin Castle last night. The Awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to be recognised for its work in the areas of Community Awareness and Student Engagement. As a Students’ Union, everything we do is student centred and we endeavour to ensure that our members are equipped with the skills to achieve their full potential in University, and to be in a position to participate in, and contribute to, their community”

“CÉIM has been a hugely successful programme and has been an enormous benefit to students in NUI Galway. We look forward to making it available to more students in the coming years”

“EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. It has brought NUI Galway students and staff together to work on hundreds of projects that have benefitted the entire community and we look forward to watching its progress”

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SU Weekly Email 21 4th February 2016

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Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUIG SU Galway West-South Mayo General Election Hustings 6pm TONIGHT

We are hosting a General Election Hustings from 6pm tonight Thursday 4th of February in AM250 the O’Heocha Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building. This is your chance to meet and question the Galway West-South Mayo Candidates about why they are running for election and why they think you should vote for them. There are 10 candidates confirmed to attend tonight and we will be live tweeting the hustings @NUIGSU #MakeASmartVote More Information.

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day This Saturday

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out 3pm -5pm.

NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 8-12 February

Monday 8th February

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5. NEW SHOW! 

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 9th February

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

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Wednesday 10th February

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

5pm-7pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension. 

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Males) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

8pm Lit & Deb discussion “Should Sexual Consent be incorporated into the University Curriculum?” Kirwan Theatre 

Friday 12th February

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

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 & 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.

All Week: FlirtFM Podcast Series of interviews with NUI Galway students, staff and community agencies discussing sexual consent and supports available to students who may have experienced sexual assault. 

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie and www.nuigalway.ie/safecampus 

By-Election of Convenor of College of Engineering & Informatics – Nominations Close 5pm TOMORROW

We are holding a by-election to fill the recently vacated post of Convenor of the College of Engineering and Informatics. The term of office for this position will be from 15th February to 30th of June 2016.

Nominations are now open and nomination forms are available from our website here and the SU Office.

Nominations close at 5pm TOMORROW Friday 5th of February. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by this deadline. Late nominations will not be accepted. 

Election Day polling: 11am-3pm Monday 15th February in the foyer of the Engineering Building. Only students of the College of Engineering & Informatics can vote in this election. You must bring College ID to vote. 

If you are interested in running for election and would like more information please contact Phelim on su.president@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Tickets

€10 NUIG Student Tickets now on sale in the SU & SU Engineering desk for Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February Main Stand.

Focus Group Participants Required – FREE LUNCH!

Galway is applying to be the 2019 European Youth Capital and we need your help! We want the chance to show Europe how amazing Galway is for young people and in the process make Galway even more amazing for young people. We will be holding one hour focus groups, with free lunch thrown in,  to get your thoughts and opinions on all things Galway. If you wish to take part please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with your name, phone number and the group that suits you best to attend:

  • 1pm-2pm Thursday 11th February
  • 12pm-1pm Friday 12th February
  • 1pm-2pm Wednesday 17th February
  • 2pm-3pm Thursday 18th February

SU Council Chair Election #NUIGSU16

Nominations will open at 10am on Monday 15th February 2016 for the position of SU Council Chair for 2016/17.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Monday 22nd February 2016 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year on Monday 29th of February 2016. 

Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. More Information.

Give Blood at NUIG

12pm-3.30pm Tuesday 16th February, Wednesday 17th February and Thursday 18th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. www.giveblood.ie

Will You Shave or Dye this February?

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Are you ready to #MakeASmartVote 

Register to vote for the general elections now! The closing date for the supplemental register is Tuesday February 9th. Galway City Council will have a Garda present in their office to get you on the register in time for the general elections. 

If you have any questions in relation to voter registration please contact Phelim the SU President on su.president@nuigalway.ie 

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 35 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 5th of March 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Life Skills Courses – some spaces left

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course €1011th & 12th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office 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 23rd of February. 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Support the Geec

The Galway energy-efficient car (better known as the Geec) is an eco-car designed and built by engineering students from NUI Galway. You can follow their progress on their new website here: http://thegeec.ie/

NUI Galway Cancer Research & Awareness Evening

There will be a free Cancer Research and Awareness evening 7pm-9pm Thursday 11th February in Áras Moyola. All are welcome. For more information contact nuigalwaycanceraware@gmail.com

NUIG Management Masters Programme Info Evening 6pm Thurs 10th March CA118

Hear from graduates of the MSc International Management, MSc Strategy, Innovation & People Management, MSc Human Resource Management. Hear from Programmed Directors and learn about professional accreditation with CIPD. FREE FOOD! Email Gerry.campbell@nuigalway.ie to register

UnGoogle-able Quiz

The UnGoogle-able Quiz is being held on the Tuesday the 9th of February in the back of the College Bar at 19:30. Teams of four €5 a head, please arrive early to secure a table for your team.

Strength in numbers: Teaming up to improve the health of young adults with type 1 diabetes Thurs 23rd June 10am-4pm NUIG

This innovative meeting will involve key stakeholders from Ireland and around the world involved in young adult diabetes care. The event will be free to attend and will be of interest to people using, delivering and planning young adult diabetes services. Registration will open in March 2016. #T1DSINs2016

FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 23rd February in the Aula Maxima (Lower) See times of classes below:

10:45am – 11:30am – All Students Welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – All Students Welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All Students Welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-Registeration Required Here.

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway

Free Anxiety Management Workshops

Learn to manage stress and workload during the college term. This free 4 week group workshop aims to explore tools and techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety during your college year. Facilitated by Aisling Reidy Student Counsellor it starts Wednesday 17th February 2pm-3.30pm in AMBE (Psychology Wing) GO66 Training Room 2. This course is free but please book early as it’s limited to 20 people.

To sign up contact aisling@optimum-health.ie

Roinn do chuid tuairimí linn.

an 3ú Scéim Teanga de chuid na hOllscoile (2016-2019) á hullmhú faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003.  Is é bunchuspóir an Achta a chinntiú go mbeidh fáil níos mó ar sheirbhísí poiblí d’ardchaighdeán, trí mheán na Gaeilge. 

An bhfuil moltaí agat faoi sheirbhísí Gaeilge in OÉ, Gaillimh?

Má tá, seol do chuid moltaí ar ríomhphost chuig: lisa.nifhlatharta@oegaillimh.ie roimh 12 Feabhra, 2016

Tuilleadh eolais:                www.nuigalway.ie/sceim_na_hollscoile/index_irish.html

                                                www.nuigalway.ie/vision2020

                                                www.coimisineir.ie

Share your thoughts with us!

The University’s Third Language Scheme (2016-2019) will be prepared in accordance with the Official Languages Act, 2003, the primary objective of which is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through the medium of Irish.Do you have suggestions regarding the provision of Irish language services in NUI Galway?

If so, send them via email to: lisa.nifhlatharta@oegaillimh.ie before Friday, 12 February, 2016

More information:          www.nuigalway.ie/sceim_na_hollscoile/index_irish.html

                                                www.nuigalway.ie/vision2020

                                                www.coimisineir.ie

Sin Newspaper Issue 8

Read it Online Here.

Insight 2016 applications now open.

Learn about and tackle poverty, inequality and climate change in Ireland & Tanzania. Closing date for applications 12th February. http://www.developmentperspectives.ie/insight/

Suas Conference – free to attend! Global Citizenship in Higher Education conference on Tuesday 23rd February.

Suas Educational Development, Campus Engage, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh are organising this event to bring together students, student societies, academics, civic engagement staff, student unions and NGOs and all those who are interested in promoting Global Citizenship in higher education.

Join us to meet a great range of people working in this area, share your ideas and experience and explore possibilities for your campus or your work.

The conference takes place from 9.30 – 4pm on Tuesday 23rd February in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8 (near Heuston Station). A limited number of travel bursaries are available to allow students travelling from outside of Dublin to join us for the event. To apply for a travel bursary please email deirdre@suas.ie Also bursary’s from ALIVE for travel (alive@nuigalway.ie).

You can register for this event through Eventbrite HERE.

Complete the National Student Survey

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduate
  • Taught Postgraduates

Log on to www.studentsurvey.ie to complete the survey.

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 Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

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NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting a hustings for all Galway West – South Mayo candidates for the upcoming General Elections. The Hustings will take place in NUI Galway on February 4th at 6pm. Galway students’ unions registered over 9,000 students to vote this year alone. Both NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union are working together to get students mobilised for the elections.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has teamed up with smartvote.ie to help students make an informed vote in the general elections and aim to build on the momentum from the Marriage Equality Referendum last May.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “Students are ready. Last May we saw just how powerful the student vote is and we will vote for the candidates/parties who have our best interests at hand. We have registered so many students that candidates simply must engage with us. Third level funding is at the top of our manifesto and we cannot be side-lined in the next government. We are delighted to work with GMIT Students’ Union on the general election. We have been working together on this since July in our pre-budget lobbying and will continue to do this even after the election result.”  

NUI Galway Students’ Union will in collaboration with GMIT Students’ Union run with the national #MakeASmartVote campaign which has been trending over Ireland with the national student hustings. Smartvote.ie has been described as a tinder for politics enabling young people and students to make an informed vote on the various issues facing Ireland’s youth today. Speaking on Smartvote Phelim Kelly said “One of the major problems with political engagement for young people is that they are not sure who or what party they should vote for. Smartvote will match the student with the candidate who has the similar ideals as them and will really give students an ownership of their vote. I am really excited to see how this will affect the election results.”

GMIT Students’ Union will host a hustings for all Galway East candidates the following week on Tuesday February 9th at 6pm. GMIT Students’ Union President Michael Kerrigan added “The student voice is louder than it has been in years, these hustings will give students a chance to raise issues as well as helping them to decide who best to vote for.

Updated event information including list of attendees can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/725831710852159/

 

NUIG SU SHAG Week 2016

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NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 2016

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2016

Monday 8th February/Dé Luain, an 8 Feabhra

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5. NEW SHOW! 

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 9th February/Dé Máirt, an 9 Feabhra

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

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Wednesday 10th February/Dé Céadaoin, an 10 Feabhra

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

5pm-7pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension. 

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February/Déardaoin, an 11 Feabhra

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Males) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

8pm Lit & Deb discussion “Should Sexual Consent be incorporated into the University Curriculum?” Kirwan Theatre 

Friday 12th February/Dé hAoine, an 12 Feabhra

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

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 & 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.

All Week: FlirtFM Podcast Series of interviews with NUI Galway students, staff and community agencies discussing sexual consent and supports available to students who may have experienced sexual assault. 

Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie and www.nuigalway.ie/safecampus 

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SHAG week 2016 is brought to you by a collaboration of NUI Galway Students’ Union and USI with NUI Galway School of Psychology, FlirtFm, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, NUI Galway School of Drama, Theatre and Performance, ALIVE and other specified partners.

#NUIGSafeCampus #SmartConsent

SU Weekly Email 19 21st January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 12pm-3pm this Weds 27th Jan

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January in Áras na Mac Léinn. This event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies and internships/training companies to help you plan your best summer ever!

Exhibitors Include: Alive NUI Galway, Bank of Ireland, AIESEC Ireland, Camp Leaders Ireland, Campus France Ireland, Junior Chamber International, Partnership International, SAYIT J1 USA, TaxBack.com, Travel Bug Ltd., USIT Ireland.

Market Stalls (because you can’t plan your summer on an empty stomach!): The Dough Bro’s Pizza, Boxty’s Load It, Men at Wok, The Pancake Factory, Brown Bag Donuts.

NUIG Alumni Election Today
Voting takes place today Thursday 21st of January from 11am-11pm by email vote to elect the NUIG Alumni member of Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway.

All NUI Galway Alumni who have registered with the Alumni Office should receive an email from the Alumni office this morning with a link to vote.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm thisTues 26th January

This event is open to everyone who wishes to #MakeASmartVote in the upcoming General Elections. The hustings will be hosted by the USI at 7pm Tuesday 26th January in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, NUI Galway.
Each political party has been invited to send a representative to represent their party’s views on the defining issues facing students.Students and youth organisations will be able to submit questions in advance or via social media on #MakeASmartVote and candidates will be announced as they are confirmed!

More Information.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets €5 on Sale NOW!

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Take 2 Minute Survey & Win €50 SU Card Credit

Please take two minutes to complete our survey about the Students’ Union Website and you could win €50 SU Card credit to spend in the College Bar, Smokey’s, the SU Shop, the Wall or Caife na Gaeilge! Take Survey.

Exam Results
Semester 1 Exam Results will remain “provisional” until exam boards meet at the end of semester 2. The Examinations Office does not release provisional results. 
Provisional results for Semester 1 exams may be available to students via Blackboard. Please note that not all students will receive provisional results for Semester 1 exams. If provisional results are not available to you via Blackboard by the first week in February, please consult with your lecturer for advice. Undergraduate Results: Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released between Tuesday, 14th and Friday 24th June by the Exams Office

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday 1st July.

NUIG Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale now in the SU

  • Connacht vs Enisei-STM 3pm Saturday 23rd January 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 3pm Saturday 30th January 2016 €10

EIPIC Free Screening TONIGHT!

Cuirfidh TG4 & UCÉ fáilte romhat chuig taispeántas ar shraith nua teilifíse EIPIC.
TG4 & BAI invite you to a preview of the brand new drama series EIPIC. Refreshments will be served. 
The free viewing takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st of January in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 27th 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

New Smoke-Free Zones

Would you like to be a Smoke-Free Ambassador and help spread the word about our new smoke-free zones? Please click here to register your interest.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training now! 

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February. 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Life Skills 2016 Enrolment Now Open

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course

You can sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

FREE Time Management Workshop 6.30pm Tues 26th Jan

Gain control of your time and life in this 1 hour workshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th January in AC202. Spaces are free but limited. Book your space with james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie or just show up on the night.

NUI Galway we need your heads! (Again!)

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Election Countdown

Nominations open soon for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections! If you are interested in running for one of the 15 SU Officer positions please give us a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie or see our website for more information. 

#NUIGSU16

Galway Talk to Your TD Training this Sunday 10.30am

The Abortion Rights Campaign along with Galway Pro-Choice are offering you a FREE training in how to talk to your elected representatives. The ‘Talk to your TD Training’ will give you the skills that you need in the run up to the General Election to ensure that #Repealthe8th is a RED LINE ISSUE. More information.

Societies Spring Programme Launch

At 1pm on Monday 25th of January the Societies Office will launch their 2016 Spring Programme and their 2015 Yearbook in the Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn. All are welcome to attend – RSVP socsbox@socs.nuigalway.ie

Morning Galwayville – the Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn NUIG  Wednesday January 27th  6:30am – 10am– MC Hector Ó hEochagáin

There is a global awareness of the mental and physical health benefits in early morning dancing. Events are being held all over the world where people get up early and dance before work and its becoming an extremely popular and common event in big cities. Dancing is a way to exercise, connect to your deepest self, to feel free, to let go of pent up energy and one of the best ways to start a day. We are organising this morning session for those of you who would like to “dance your way into the day” full of health and vitality. It is obviously a sober event and there will be yoga, massage, healthy snacks and drinks and all kinds of wonderful things there. The event starts at 6:30am – 10am. Costs are €3 for students and €10 for others. Includes DJ Will Softly, herbal teas/healthy snacks from The Secret Garden Café and free Yoga with Paul Hardiman at 7am and 8:30am – one energetic class and one deep slow stretchy class

FREE Facilitated Support and Skills Groups Book Now Via Email

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 25th Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Tues 26th Jan

6pm – 7pm

MY123

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

Nominations close 12pm TOMORROW for election of a Postgrad Student to Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway

Nomination are to be received in writing ( Gearóid Ó Conluain in Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.

More Information.  

Volunteers Needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 6th of February.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

NUI Galway’s Undergrad Research Conference will take place on 23 March, 2016. Registration is now open for attending and presenting at the conference. To find out more please visit our website.

We are also looking for enthusiastic undergraduates who would like to volunteer for the organising committee! In addition to meeting great like-minded people from across a wide range of disciplines on campus, all committee members will be awarded an ALIVE certificate for their participation. You will gain experience in behind the scenes, learning what it takes to run a conference – great addition to any CV! Contact us today to get involved at: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover 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.

You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or just turn up and register on the day.

Pat Kenny Show 8th Amendment Debate this Friday

NUI Galway’s Literary and Debating Society will debate the 8th Amendment live on Newstalk radio’s Pat Kenny Show this Friday, 22nd January from 10.30am to 12.30pm from the Radisson Hotel, Galway. The Pat Kenny Show would like to invite NUI Galway students to come along and be part of a live audience during and after the debate.

If you are interested in coming along please email Gwen O’Sullivan at NUI Galway’s Press Office on gwen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie

Student participants needed for mindfulness study

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 and will be in with a chance to win a €100 voucher

For more information and to complete the screening form here

‘Germans and Jews Today: Living with the Holocaust?’

Public Lecture by Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar & Deputy President 6.30pm Wednesday, January 27 in  Máirtín Ó Tnúthail Lecture Theatre, AM150, Arts Millennium Building.

More information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/mooreinstitute/

Ros na Rún Auditions

Ros na Rún will be holding open auditions on Friday 29th January in room 211 in Áras na nGael, NUI Galway. Contact 091-558400 or e-mail mairenic@rosnarun.com for further details.

Calling all Students – Get your work published in Hot Press and win other great prizes!

Write Here, Write Now is an exciting writing competition that aims to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country. All you have to do is write a story of Ireland in no more than 500 words – you can be as creative as you like! For further information go to http://www.hotpress.com/writeherewritenow/ and don’t miss out this exciting opportunity to get ahead in the writing game! 

4 Spaces Available on Global Awareness Programme

The Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project based on 4 of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project on an Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala or South Africa.

More Information.

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 18 14th January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Give Blood Tonight

Blood supplies are running dangerously low in Ireland. If you can, please donate blood tonight 5pm-8.30pm in the Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Galway. The recent restrictions on female donors have now been lifted. More Information.

Clubs Day TODAY

Make sure to call in to the Sports Centre today 10am-5pm to see what the many sports clubs on campus have to offer you this semester. You can also join Sports Clubs at any time during the year online HERE.

Michael Bugler Memorial Mass

The lunchtime Mass at 1.10pm on Tuesday, 19th January in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway will be offered for 2BCL student, Michael Bugler, R.I.P. and for his family and friends. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. All are welcome. A Book of Condolence is open at the Chapel this week if you wish to sign it.

At this time of bereavement and loss, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff or to contact the Student Support Services available on campus here.

Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Weds 27th January

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 18th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 19th Jan

6pm – 7pm

O’Flaherty Theatre

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 20th Jan

5pm-6pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Weds 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

NUIG Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale now in the SU

  • Connacht vs Enisei-STM 3pm Saturday 23rd January 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 3pm Saturday 30th January 2016 €10

SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling

1 Day Bar Skills Course

2 Day ASIST Course

8 Week Yoga Course(Beginners Course FULL – Space available Intermediate only)

10 Week Sign Language Course

Sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card

Nominations open for election of a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway

Nomination are to be received in writing ( Gearóid Ó Conluain in Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.

More Information.  

Volunteers Needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 6th of February.

Smoke-Free Zones

NUI Galway is now a partially smoke-free campus – with two smoke-free zones in the north and south campus.
To see why we’re going smoke-free click on the video here. 

More information.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm Tues 26th January

This event is open to everyone who wishes to #MakeASmartVote in the upcoming General Elections. The hustings will be hosted by the USI at 7pm Tuesday 26th January in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, NUI Galway.
Each political party has been invited to send a representative to represent their party’s views on the defining issues facing students.Students and youth organisations will be able to submit questions in advance or via social media on #MakeASmartVote and candidates will be announced as they are confirmed!

More Information.

EIPIC Free Screening

Cuirfidh TG4 & UCÉ fáilte romhat chuig taispeántas ar shraith nua teilifíse EIPIC.
TG4 & BAI invite you to a preview of the brand new drama series EIPIC. Refreshments will be served. 
The free viewing takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st of January in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

Election Countdown

Nominations open in 31 days for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections! If you are interested in running for one of the 15 SU Officer positions please give us a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie or see our website for more information. 

#NUIGSU16

Free Once-Off Academic  Workshops to Enhance Exam Performance

$1·         Time Management 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th of January                       

$1·         Study Skills 6.30pm-7.30pm Wednesday 3rd February                                     

$1·         Presentation Skills 6pm-8pm Wednesday 17th February

Further information and booking email james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Morning Galwayville – the Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn NUIG  Wednesday January 27th  6:30am – 10am– MC Hector Ó hEochagáin

There is a global awareness of the mental and physical health benefits in early morning dancing. Events are being held all over the world where people get up early and dance before work and its becoming an extremely popular and common event in big cities. Dancing is a way to exercise, connect to your deepest self, to feel free, to let go of pent up energy and one of the best ways to start a day. We are organising this morning session for those of you who would like to “dance your way into the day” full of health and vitality. It is obviously a sober event and there will be yoga, massage, healthy snacks and drinks and all kinds of wonderful things there. The event starts at 6:30am – 10am. Costs are €3 for students and €10 for others. Includes DJ Will Softly, herbal teas/healthy snacks from The Secret Garden Café and free Yoga with Paul Hardiman at 7am and 8:30am – one energetic class and one deep slow stretchy class

NUI Galway Campus Online Forum

The Computer Society Online Forum Working Group are looking at setting up an online forum for the NUI Galway Campus to facilitate discussion, voting and debating, thus improving communication. Please fill out this survey to aid in our research.

http://goo.gl/forms/YT1Cghj4lV

FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 19th January in the Aula Maxima (Upper)

Class Title: Relaxation and Confidence

See times of sessions below:

10:45am – 11:30am – Students – All welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Students – All welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-registration required visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/january-mindfulness-classes-relaxation-and-confidence-tickets-20726768322

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway

Student presenters wanted for the national “Student Talks” conference on March 9th 2016 in UCD, Dublin.

Student Talks is an exciting new national conference series designed for students (think Ted Talks but for Students).

The conference is a half day long, with Student Presenters, Expert Speakers and Networking breaks scheduled throughout.

Student presenters each give a six minute presentation on their chosen subject. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and it’s free to attend. We’ll be arranging buses to get you there too so register now!

Benefits of presenting:

  • Great experience and opportunity to present your work at a national conference
  • Improve your CV, and career profile
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded people.
  • You could win overall Student Talks Presenter Award and prize bundle

If you would like to PRESENT, ATTEND or VOLUNTEER at the Student Talks conference check out studenttalks.ie for all the details.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover 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.

You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or just turn up and register on the day.

Reclaim 1916 Poetry Competition

Closing date for entries 29th February. First Prize €1,000. More Information.  

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 Ambassadors

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 ambassadors for their event, “RTÉ Reflecting the Rising” which will take place in 75 indoor and outdoor venues around Dublin on Easter Monday 28th March between 11am and 6pm.

This will form part of the government’s official centenary programme with locations including St. Stephen’s Green, the Gaiety Theatre, the Mansion House, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, the Four Courts, Smithfield Square and Collins Barracks. If you are interested in taking on one of the volunteer roles on the day, please email your name and phone number and your preferred role (1916 Ambassador/Walking Tour Host) to 1916@RTE.ie  

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 extended deadline is January 31st, 2016http://www.sgps.ca/thelamp/

Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Closing Date 28th of January

This annual drugs education competition aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug use. More information about the competition can be found at www.drugs.ie/awards  

What will you do in 2016?

Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 19th January

Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 27th January

Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 6th February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & Irish Cancer Society

Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 18th February

Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 23rd February 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 27th February

Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th February

Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

ASIST Course now enrolling

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

The 2 day course will take place 9am-5pm Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February in Áras na Mac Léinn and you must attend both days.

The course is free but there is a €10 deposit required to reserve your place. Spaces are limited – sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

Learn Sign Language in 2016
Registration is now open for our 10 Week Basic Sign Language courses in 2016. The course cost is €40 (usual price €75) and you can pay in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card.

Course options are: 
• 12pm-1pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March)
• 1pm-2pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March)

• 6pm-7pm Wednesday (20th January-23rd March)
• 6pm-7pm Thursday (21st January-7th April)

SU Life Skills Yoga Now Enrolling

The next SU 8 week Ashtanga yoga course is on Thursday 21st January – Thursday 10th March 2016.

The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks and you can pay the course fee in the SU Office now Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. To pay by credit card please phone 091 524810.

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers – COURSE FULL
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

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.

NUI Galway SU Freshers’ Fair Weds 16th September 2015

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 

There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wallplanners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, boxty, sausages and sushi. Flirt FM will be supplying the tunes and Galway 2020 will be in to tell you how to get involved in Galway’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2020. 

Looking for a job? Bring your CV with you on the day as Real Nation will be recruiting promotional staff at the event. 

Attending the fair are: 

Abroad Internships

Bus Éireann

Citlylink

Click

Flirt FM

Galway 2020

JustEat.ie

Kingfisher

Real Nation

Student Leap Card 

The Dough Bros Wood-Fired Pizza

Travel Bug Limited

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

Vodafone

Zenith Hairdressing 

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SU Weekly Email 29 – 9th April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter Gig This Monday! Limited tickets left.

Our last comedy gig of the year is Al Porter at 8pm on Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office. Al Porter just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street so make sure you get your tickets quick! Please note that this is a replacement gig for our earlier advertised David O’Doherty gig.

Voter Registration Drive Wednesday 15th April

Are You Registered to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May yet?

Check your details are on the Register of Electors here: www.checktheregister.ie

If they are not present or your details are incorrect the deadline to get on the supplemental register is Tuesday 5th May. This Wednesday 15th April in Smokey’s Café we will have a Guard present 12.30pm-2.30pm to stamp forms so you can get registered to vote. Make sure you bring your Passport or Driver’s Licence.

If you won’t be in Ireland to vote on the 22nd of May the deadline to register for a Postal Vote is Saturday 25th April.

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

Vote in the SU Elections Thursday 16th April

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16. The election of these final 3 officers will take place on Thursday 16th April 11am-4pm at Smokey’s Café. Please bring your College ID with you to vote.

Please note that only Clubs’ Captains can vote in the Clubs Captain election and only students from the School of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences can elect their convenor. All registered students can vote in the Mature Students Officer election.

If you won’t be on campus to vote on Thursday there will be a Remote Vote option available and registration for this will open shortly on the SU Website (does not apply to Clubs’ Captain Election).

Time for a spring clean?

FREE Electrical recycling day at NUI Galway 9am-5pm Wednesday 15th April beside the Orbsen Building. They will take anything with a plug or a battery!

Exam Timetables now available online HERE.

Semester 2 exams are scheduled for Monday, 27th April to Wednesday, 13th May 2015 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session.

1. Check your personal exam timetable online

2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam.

3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).

If you have accessed your Timetable & you experience the following (1) cannot see your modules (2) some modules showing and other modules missing, please contact sid@nuigalway.ie with your missing modules I.e. course instance code, module code and student ID and we can schedule you for late entry seating or alternatively call in to SID Aras Ui Chathail between 9am-12:30pm & 2pm- 4 pm to be scheduled.

Rails Girls Galway is back!

Free 2-days workshop to learn Web app development on 27th and 28th of June.  Apply now http://railsgirls.com/galway and tell your friends! Registration deadline 31st May

18 to 24 year old males with either a full or provisional driving licence needed for psychology study TODAY 11am-6.30pm

Participation is for 20 minutes and takes part in the Psychology building on the second floor in room 2073. Participants are automatically in a draw for a €40 One for All voucher and they can get credits for their psychology course. To participate please text on 086 3691115.

How are you sleeping?

SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s Youth Website, is looking for volunteers for a snooze challenge. SpunOut are launching a new campaign in April around tips and tricks for a better nights sleep and they need your help. Just email john@spunout.ie for more details. 

International Clinical Trials’ Day National Writing Competition

This competition is open to everyone wishing to provide a perspective on clinical trial research, including patients, clinicians, researchers, academia and industry. The 800 word article must convey the importance and value of conducting clinical trial research to a general audience. 1st Prize is an iPad Air and publication in the Irish Times. Deadline 5pm Friday 6th May.

More Information.

 

Want A Better, Healthier and Wealthier Lifestyle? 

Young Entrepreneur Exhibition at 4pm sharp on Tuesday 14th April in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn – only 100 spaces available. Successful and motivational guest speaker. €100 draw! For more information contact: a.gaida1@nuigalway.ie

Workshops in writing, poetry and journalism are being run as part of this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

The workshops include programmes such as Editing Fiction with Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly, Journalism with Olaf Tyaransen and A Guide to working Freelance in Arts Media with Sinéad Gleeson.

Spaces are filling up so booking early is important to avoid disappointment.

More information on all of the workshops available during Cúirt can be found at http://www.cuirt.ie/workshops

Nominations are now open for the USI Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is an annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. Nomination deadline is 5pm 14th April.http://usi.ie/awards/

Console Memorial Walk 2pm Sunday 12th April

Join the Console Memorial Walk to walk in memory of our loved ones who have died by suicide at 2pm on Sunday 12th April. Pat Divilly the Console Youth Mental Health Ambassador will start the walk at the Claddagh Hall. For sponsorship cards contact Margaret on 087 9500380. http://console.ie/

Student Summit 2015

The USI Student Summit is Ireland’s largest Entrepreneurship and Innovation event just for students. On the evening of April 14th, student entrepreneurs and Ireland’s finest start-ups and innovative business leaders will converge in the Round Room, Mansion House, for the USI Student Summit 2015.
Get Tickets Here.

Women Entrepreneurs Around The World – Free Event

11am-12.30pm Friday 17th April in Room 110 Cairnes Building More Information.

How have events in your life affected your travel patterns? 

Take the CONSENSUS Mobility Biography survey to record your travel history and inform policies for sustainable transport. The survey takes just 15 minutes and is available at: surveysoftware.net/hostss/nuigalway.htm

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.