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National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

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National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018, Dublin.

€2 Return Bus Tickets on sale from the SU 2pm Tuesday 25th of September. NUIG student ID required.

Bus departs from Galway Cathedral 8am sharp Wednesday 3rd of October. Return to Galway by 7pm (approx)

Spiraling costs. Rogue landlords.
27%+ increases to rent of student accommodation overnight.
Little to no deposit protection.
Damp, run down and regularly overcrowded conditions.
Box rooms with 2 beds.
Sleeping on friends couches.
Staying overnight in cars outside college.
Paying night by night in hostels.
€255+ a week or €1000+ a month.
Living out of hostels
Commuting 2+ hours to get to your first lecture.
…or not being able to attend college at all.

Students are footing the second highest fee in Europe for third level education, and we are being further locked out by the lack of, and cost of, accommodation across Ireland.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with Students’ Unions and student activists across Ireland are organising with trade unions, community groups, charities, women’s groups and political parties as part of the National Homeless & Housing Coalition. to call for urgent action during this national crisis.

Our national student protest will join the rally outside Leinster House, but first we are taking to the streets. Join us.

We need to #RaiseTheRoof on the Dáil, and wake the Government up.

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

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Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

#NUIGSU18 SU Council Chair Election Results + USI Elections

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Students’ Union Council Chairperson Election Monday 5th March 2018

Returning Officer: Andrew Forde

Candidates:

COOKE, Kenneth

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane

GARRISON, Annelise

VAUGHAN, Sabrina

Total Votes Cast: 68

Total Spoiled Votes: 0

Total Valid Votes: 68

Quota: 35

Count 1

COOKE, Kenneth 7

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 20

GARRISON, Annelise 10

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 31

COOKE, Kenneth eliminated and second preferences distributed.

Count 2

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 21

GARRISON, Annelise 12

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 35

VAUGHAN, Sabrina DEEMED ELECTED.

USI ELECTIONS 2018

TOTAL VOTES CAST: 64

TOTAL SPOLIED VOTES:0

TOTAL VALID VOTES: 64

PRESIDENT

CAHILL, Síona 59

RON 5

VP FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

HASSAN, Oisín 61

RON 3

VP FOR CAMPAIGNS

BYRNES, Michelle 62

RON 2

VP FOR THE IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

DEASY, Aoife 64

RON 0

VP FOR WELFARE

ELDER, Jessica 16

MCLEAN, Damien 34

MURTAGH, Niamh 10

SHERLOCK, Rachel 2

RON 0

VP FOR EQUALITY AND CITIZENSHIP

CUSACK, Aisling 41

HEVERIN, Anna 22

RON 1

VP FOR THE BORDER MIDLANDS AND WESTERN REGION

CLOHESSY, Barry 35

O’DONNELL, Robert 28

RON 1

SU Weekly Email 21 – 8th February 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist This Monday €5

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 12th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 from the SU/SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds from the gig will be going to Draíocht NUI Galway. This is part of our SHAG Week events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!

Become a 2018/19 CÉIM Peer Learning Leader – Applications Close Monday

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, and meet new people in a relaxed environment. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st year and 2nd year Geography students. Benefits: develop your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; boost your CV; meet new people; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 12 February.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week

Mon 12th of Feb

  • 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View with AIDS West – no appointment necessary, results in 1 minute.
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.
  • 8pm Comedy Sex Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 all proceeds go to Draiocht.

Tues 13th of Feb

  • 10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Donation to Galway Rape Crisis Centre.
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.
  • 8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event.

Weds 14th of Feb

  • Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!
  • 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View with AIDS West – no appointment necessary, results in 1 minute.
  • 12pm-2pm AIDS West table at Smokey’s Café and Snapchat takeover
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.
  • 8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness at Sult. FREE event.

Thurs 15th of Feb

  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

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 Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! 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

 

#NUIGSU18 Elections

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Nominations for these positions will open on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open on Thursday the 21st of March 2018.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.

 

FREE ICE CREAM TODAY!

Today the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are on NUI Galway campus handing out FREE ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. For a chance to win come visit them outside the library for TODAY only. Follow #StudentSwitchOff for more details.

 

Read Sin Issue 8 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

A Reminder from An Garda Síochána that they have a zero tolerance approach with regards to excessive drinking, drug abuse and public disorder in Galway.

Excessive drink/drug abuse and public disorder will lead to one or more of the following:

  • Fixed Charge Notice
  • Arrest
  • Charge Sheet or Summons to Court
  • Fines of up to €1,500
  • Criminal Conviction
  • Imprisonment

The Implications of a Criminal Conviction:

  • You won’t get a J1 Visa
  • You may not get future employment
  • Expelled University for Breach of Student Code of Conduct
  • Impact on Garda vetting for future employment

Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places:

  • Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
  • This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days.
  • If you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500.
  • Don’t take the risk.

Please act responsibly and respectfully. Look after yourselves and each other.

 

Give Blood at NUIG Next Week

2pm-5.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Bailey Allen Hall organised by Sláinte Society.

 

Have You Taken the Student Survey Yet?

The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergraduate students, and students on Taught and Research Postgraduate programmes. It runs from 5-25 February, 2018.

 

FREE Event Critical Thinking: The Evaluation of Information

14:30-15:30 Thurs 15 Feb in the library. Register here

 

How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!

 

FREE Mindfulness Based Living Course starts Weds

Starts Wednesday February 14th for 6 weeks 5pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm-8:00pm in MY123, Áras Moyola

  • Learn skills to address anxiety and stress
  • Have better focus and concentration for study
  • Be more confident and self-aware
  • Promotes a better relationship with yourself and others

 

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: 11am-1pm and 6pm-9pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights).

Our Editing Competition is now live, head to @AwcNUIG #EditMeNUIG Details.

 

Meet & Walk Group

There’s a new meet and walk group every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday leaving from outside the Sports Centre at 1.05pm – all welcome to join the 45 minute walk!

Do you have an idea for a product or service? 
NUIG’s EntreSoc Start-Up School is where all students are welcome to pitch ideas, form teams, and build amazing start-ups all over the course of 5 weeks. The competition will start in G018 in the Alice Perry Engineering Building at 6.30pm on Thursday 8th of February. There’s a top prize of €3,000.

 

Please complete Irish Language Education Survey/Suirbhé ar Oideachas na Gaeilge

 

Are you an NUI Galway or NUI graduate living in Ireland or overseas?

Are you registered to vote in Seanad Éireann elections? The deadline to be added to the NUI Seanad voter register is Monday 26th February.

Go to http://www.nui.ie/elections/seanad-register.asp to download the registration form. It must be printed, signed and posted to the Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 or sent as a scanned copy to records@nui.ie before Monday 26th February 2018. Overseas graduates are eligible to vote in Seanad elections too.

 

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 12th Feb 6pm – 8pm AM250 O’Heocha Theatre Arts Millennium SU Council
Tues 13th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 14th Feb 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 15th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

Contact Andrew on su.education@nuigalway.ie for more information

 

NUI Galway 8K FREE Meet & Train Sessions 

The NUIG Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw Galway will be held on Saturday 10th March on the NUI Galway Campus starting at 10am at the Kingfisher Club and finishing at the Quadrangle. There are free meet-and-train sessions on at 1pm each Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and also Wednesdays at 6pm departing from the Sports Centre on the NUI Galway campus.

 

Smart Searching for your Assignments Free Classes Begin 13th Feb 2018

The Academic Skills Hub in the library are running drop-in classes for students on Smart Searching for your Assignments. These sessions will cover:

  • Navigating the library website
  • Using library guides to identify sources for assignments
  • An introduction to databases
  • Using Google Scholar to find information

Running Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-11:30am and Thursday 2pm-2:30pm, these short sessions will be held in the library training room on the ground floor of the library. No need to sign-up. For more info contact: academicskills@nuigalway.ie

 

Transition to Employment #getjobready

Transition to employment is open to students with a disability or experiencing anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health challenges.

  1. Launch 1pm-2pm Thurs 8th Feb in GO10 Library Lobby beside soft seating.

Get support and advice as you prepare to leave college and progress in your career.

  1. Disclosure Session 1pm-2pm Thurs 15th Feb in GO11 Library Lobby beside soft seating.

Learn how/when to disclose your disability/mental health challenge during the job hunting process. Confidentiality is assured.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets On Sale Now

NUI Galway student tickets now on sale in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk for the following Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 9th Feb vs Ospreys €20
  • 19:35 Fri 16th Feb vs Zebre €15

 

Life Skills Courses Update

Sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524 810 to register by credit card

 

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 3 Spaces Left!
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 17th of February in conjunction with NUIG Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!
You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

 

Tickets for the NUIG Postgrad Ball are on Sale Now

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

 

NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

Galway students told to switch off the lights to save energy and win prizes to combat climate change as part of national campaign

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with NUI Galway Students’ Union, NUI Galway, and NUI Galway Green Campus has today launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Galway to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum of  €1.5m over the next 3 years across Europe.

Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We’re delighted to officially launch the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign right here in NUI Galway to help students save energy. It’s great to see students taking the lead on issues like climate change and sustainability. The aim of the campaign is simple: save energy, and win prizes like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and open student return tickets from Irish Rail. All students have to do to take part is add the campaign on Snapchat on SwitchOff.ie and take part in the call to actions, which involve taking a selfie doing an energy saving action at home.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “NUI Galway Students’ Union are delighted to be involved in the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign. With the increase in awareness of sustainable living and responsibility with regards to our environment it’s critically important that students play their role in it.

“The Students’ Union along with the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) Team and the NUI Galway Green Campus team have been working together over the past few months to ensure that life on campus provides students with the opportunity to live sustainably. The attitude towards sustainable living that the Students’ Union Commercial Services have now adopted compostable cutlery, plates etc in their outlets. Living plastic free this week has been a huge eye-opener and it’s great to see the movement progressing and moving in the right direction, and ‘Student Switch Off’ will help NUI Galway along the way.”

The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to show the benefits of smart meters and saving energy. The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications. DCU, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and UCC are the four Irish universities taking part in the first year of the campaign.

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

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Notes:

  • NUI Galway Students’ Union are members of USI – the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

 

  • The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their campus accommodation. The programme has been successful in attracting up to €5m of EU funding for activities across Europe to fund a campaign in Ireland called ‘Student Switch Off’.

 

  • The targets of the Student Switch Off campaign is to reach over 219,358 students (both in private and dormitories) over the duration. 30.95 GWh primary energy savings triggered over project duration (broken down across the 3 academic years).

 

  • The programme will be co-ordinated across Europe by the National Union of Students – USI’s partner organisation in the UK.

 

  • Universities and student organisations from across Europe will take part and have received funding through the plan for the energy saving initiative.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Michael Kerrigan – USI President

Mob: (087) 691 1515

Ph: (01) 905 2095

E-mail: president@usi.ie

 

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh  – NUI Galway Students’ Union President

Mob: 086 385 5502

Ph: 091 492 746

E-mail: su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Weekly Email 5 – 28th September 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

March With Us On Wednesday!

Join us to march for publicly funded education and investment in the grant this Wednesday the 4th of October in Dublin and don’t take no for an answer! €2 return bus tickets are on sale now from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and your SU Officers. Buses leave the Cathedral at 9am on Wednesday and we will be back to Galway at approx. 7pm.

Please join the Facebook Event page here and invite your friends!

€5 Tickets for Neil Delamere

Our next €5 comedy gig is Neil Delamere & Gearóid Farrelly at 8pm on Monday 9th of October and tickets are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building desk now. Congratulations to Sophia Arndt who won a pair of tickets in our competition last week!

Free Fee Course Withdrawal Deadline TOMORROW (Friday)

The deadline to withdraw from your course without incurring any fees is this Friday 30th of September.

If you are thinking about withdrawing please contact the SU Officer Andrew if you need to chat about your options on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Life Skills Update

  • Cardiac First Responder Course  €40 (9am-1.30pm Thurs 2nd Oct)
  • Building Resilience & Managing Stress FREE Course (2pm-4pm Weds 11th Oct)
  • Anti-Racism Training  €5  (10.15am-1.30pm Weds 25th Oct)
  • Disclosure Training  FREE Course (10am-1.30pm Tues 7th Nov)
  • Occupational First Aid Course  €100 (9am-5.30pm Fri 3rd Nov, Fri 10th Nov & Fri 17th Nov)
  • Child Protection Training  €15 (1pm-5pm Fri 24th Nov or 9.30am-1,30pm Sat 25th Nov)

More information is available here: http://su.nuigalway.ie/su-services/su-life-skills/

FAF Applications Close on Monday

Reminder: online applications for the Financial Aid Fund close this Monday 2nd of October at 12noon.

Sin Issue 2

Read issue 2 of Sin newspaper online HERE. If you are interested in helping with Sin drop a line to editor@sin.ie

Poster Making Tomorrow

Our last poster making workshop for the March for Choice on Saturday takes place at 5pm tomorrow Friday 29th September in the Art Room upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn – there will be glitter! We’ve just 9 NUIG €2 return bus tickets to Dublin for the march left on sale in the SU Office. NUIG student ID required.

Free High Vis

Call up to the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk next week to get your FREE high vis goodies – be safe, be seen!

Connacht Rugby Cheap Tickets!

We are selling reduced rate NUI Galway student tickets from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk for the following matches:

  • Connacht vs Worcester €20         Saturday 21st October
  • Connacht vs Munster     €20         Friday 27th October
  • Connacht vs Cheetahs   €20         Saturday 4th November

NUI Galway student ID Required.

NUIG Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm Tues 10th October

We’ll be filling our HUGE VINTAGE SALE, with only the best ON TREND 80s+90s wavy garms at teeny tiny prices! We’ll be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportswear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts…. +so much more!

Student Leap Cards still UNAVAILABLE

Sorry but our Student Leap Card machine is not working so we can’t issue any cards. We will update on our Facebook/Twitter when this is fixed.

Karaoke Tomorrow!

Our Karaoke night returns to Sult from 9pm tomorrow night Friday 29th of September and there will be loads of special offers to keep you vocal.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Andrew 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.

FREE 4 Week Positive Mind-set and Resilience Course

Starts 5pm-6.30pm Wednesday 11th October in Room AMB 1064: 1st floor Psychology wing, Arts Millennium Building.

Admission Free. Book your space here.

Help us raise money for Charity!

This year we will be raising money for Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! but we need your help! Domestic Violence Response is a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic violence in Galway County. AMACH! is a volunteer run organisation which represents and advocates on behalf of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Galway city and county. If you have any time to volunteer or have any wild ideas for a fundraising event then please get in touch with us! Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or join the discussion in our Ents Facebook group here.

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Graduate Jobs Fair – 3 October, Bailey Allen Hall – download the app Careers Fair Plus
  • SAP,  Sabis, Deloitte Luxembourg, BMS, First Derivatives,  Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PwC, RBK Presentations and Employer in Residences
  • Accenture CV Review
  • Science Career Meet-up

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

Create A Collage to help you Visualise Your Positive Future!

6pm-7pm or 7.15pm-8.15pm Wednesday 11th October in AC 203 on Concourse.

Admission Free. Book your space here.

NUIG Athletics Club Table Quiz
8pm Wednesday 4th October at Sult. €5 per person or €20 per table of four. Prizes for the winning team.

NUIG Global Lounge

The Global Lounge will be taking place this Saturday 30th of September in The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn from 12pm-3pm. This is a place for students to call in, relax, enjoy FREE tea/coffee, biscuits, and other delicious treats, and get to meet new people!

More info here or email: nuigcommunityconnector@gmail.com

NUIG Graduate Jobs Fair 12.30pm-4pm Tues 3rd Oct.

90+ Employers from sectors including Business, Law, Science, Arts, Technology, Health Sciences and Engineering. Download the Career Fair App called Careers Fair Plus to view employer information, floor plan, filter employers by sector, tag your favourite employers and get career advice on how to present yourself to employers .

Want to work in America next summer?

Bring your favorite hobby, sport or interest to an American summer camp and get paid to do it! The Camp Leaders team will be hosting a J1 summer camp presentation at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd of October in ‘The View’. For more info click here.

Love Your Mug Workshop

1,000,000 disposable cups are used and discarded every day. Be part of the solution by taking part in our #loveyourmug FREE workshop 1pm Wednesday 11th October in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn. The first 10 people will get a FREE ceramic take-away mug which you can design yourself. (€5 thereafter)

Examining the role of incentives in clinical trials; a study on third-level students

My name is Colum Devine and I am a final year Biomedical Science student. As part of my Final Year Project, I will be conducting a survey on third-level students. It only takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and your participation would be greatly appreciated! Just follow this link!

Attention students with diabetes treated with Insulin

It isn’t always easy managing your diabetes, keeping a record of all your blood glucose (BG) results and understanding how your activities impact upon them. Wouldn’t it be great to take some of the hassle out of your diabetes management with a system that helps you understand how everyday activities affect your BG? The CONTOUR®NEXT ONE meter and the CONTOUR®DIABETES app seamlessly connect to do just that. Available now for FREE in the Student Health Unit and Matt O Flaherty’s Pharmacy on campus.

You can also order the meter for free online at: https://www.contournextone.ie/

Stressed?

Sign up now for our FREE workshop on building resilience and managing stress 2pm-4pm Wednesday 11th of October.

More Information.

Win Electric Theatre & Garden and 44 Wristbands

Follow us on Instagram and add us on Snapchat (@nuigsu) to find out how!

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre (reopens on 2nd of October)

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

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 Sult 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 Is On The March!

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NUI Galway Is On The March!

Join us to march for publicly funded education and investment in the grant on Wednesday the 4th of October in Dublin and don’t take no for an answer.

Education Is… Is a USI campaign calling on the Irish government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third level education model. An income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding. This system will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education.

€2 return bus tickets to the march on sale from the Students’ Union Office and Students’ Union Engineering Desk. NUI Galway student ID required.

Bus departs Galway 9am Wednesday 4th of October from The Cathedral. Return to Galway at 7pm (approx).

SU Weekly Email 3 – 14th September 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist 8pm this Monday 18th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy at 8pm this Monday 18th September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).Warning: This show is not for the easily offended – get your tickets quick as this is always a sell-out event!

Learn Sign Language:10 Week Course just €40 starts Tuesday!

  • Tuesday 12pm-1pm (FULL)
  • Tuesday 1pm-2pm
  • Wednesday 6pm-7pm (FULL)
  • Thursday 6pm-7pm

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card.

Last Chance to Win €500!

Everyone that fills out our accommodation survey at the link below before Friday 15th September will be entered into our draw and we are offering to pay one person’s first month’s rent (Max €500) or €500 if the person hasn’t found accommodation yet.

Survey Link.

€5 for 2 week Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence Course

Starts this Tuesday

Connacht Rugby Cheap Tickets!

We are selling reduced rate NUI Galway student tickets from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk for the following matches:

  • Connacht vs Cardiff         €15         Saturday 23rd September
  • Connacht vs Worcester €20         Saturday 21st October
  • Connacht vs Munster     €20         Friday 27th October
  • Connacht vs Cheetahs   €20         Saturday 4th November

NUI Galway student ID Required.

Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) FULL – Waiting list only
  • Sign Language Limited Spaces Left
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga – Beginners Course Full – Limited spaces on Intermediate
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • Occupational First Aid Course

Read Sin Issue 1 Here!

Sin is your campus newspaper with all the news you need to know about life at NUI Galway and beyond. The Sin newspaper editor Sorcha is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop a line to editor@sin.ie

NUI Galway Is On The March!

Join us to march for publicly funded education and investment in the grant on Wednesday the 4th of October in Dublin and don’t take no for an answer.

Education Is… Is a USI campaign calling on the Irish government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third level education model. An income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding. This system will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education.

€2 Bus Tickets to March for Choice in Dublin

We are selling €2 return bus tickets for NUI Galway students wishing to travel to the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday 30th of September. Bus tickets are for NUI Galway students only and will be on sale from the Students’ Union office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

The bus leaves from the Quad at 9.30am sharp and will be returning from St Stephen’s Green at 5pm on Saturday 30th of September.

For more information contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

Financial Aid Fund Information Sessions

The Financial Aid Fund (FAF) is aimed at tackling educational disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. Applications are open now until the 2nd October; more information here: here.

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the following short 30 minute information sessions on How to apply for the Financial Aid Fund which will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 19th September 1pm & 5pm in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
  • Wednesday, 20th September 1pm & 5pm  in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
  • Thursday, 21st September 1pm & 5pm in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building

The SU Meal Plan Service

The Students’ Union are now offering free meal plans through our website with a range of options like high-calorie, low-calorie and vegetarian to cater for your needs. New recipes will be uploaded every week for the entire 1st semester!

Win €1,100 to Spend on Books!

National Book Tokens are giving away €1,100 in their massive Book Bursary. Students can be nominated – or they can nominate themselves. The competition closes on Thursday 19th October. Enter HERE. National Book Tokens can be spent in thousands of bookshops and online.

Lockers On Sale Now

You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and you can either pay online and collect your key at your leisure OR you locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same. PLEASE NOTE: after the 3 days your reservation expires if you don’t call in to pay.

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

ALIVE Welcome Workshop

5pm Tuesday 19th September in the View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Snacks will be provided and all are welcome!

Check out NUI Galway’s new online Academic Skills Hub
Get handy tips and information on:
– Studying at NUI Galway
– How to take notes and do research
– IT and digital skills
– Doing assignments and exams

Careers Centre Events this week

  • Employer Presentations, workshops and more from Deloitte, Dell, Accenture and First Derivatives.
  • Your Degree in Science – What next?
  • Your Degree in Arts – What next?
  • Pop-up CV/Career query clinic for School of Nursing & Midwifery and School of Health Sciences.

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

#MondayMassage

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Student rate 30 min €20, 1 hour €30. Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50. Advance booking is essential, call or text Mick on 086 837 8589 to book.

Could you be one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs?

IBYE is a programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 with either an innovative idea for a new business or an already existing business.  Now in its 4th year, IBYE has an investment fund of up to €2 million. The closing date to enter this year’s competition is Friday, 29th September 2017 and there is a €50,000 county investment fund on offer to local winners and runners-up in every single county www.ibye.ie

Comedy Hypnotist Tickets Winner

Congratulations to Rachel Guckian who correctly told us that Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh is the SU President. Thanks to everyone that entered our competition. Further congratulations to Fionnuala Horkan who won our recent Orientation competition draw and wins free tickets to all our comedy gigs this semester.

Student Leap Cards UNAVAILABLE

Sorry but our Student Leap Card machine is not working so we can’t issue any cards. We will update on our Facebook/Twitter when this is fixed.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Andrew 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.

GCN Town Hall Talks

We are co-hosting a discussion on bi+ visibility in Ireland, both within and beyond the LGBT+ community, and the specific issues facing bi+ people here with Bi+ Ireland, GCN and the National LGBT Federation 7.30pm-9.30pm Friday 22nd of September in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.

NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn every Tuesday & Wednesday evening 5pm-7pm from Tuesday 12th of September. The clinic is by appointment only on a first come, first served basis. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.

Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!

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 Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

 

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

News & Events

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

News & Events

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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