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The Weekly Email – 10th October, 2013

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World Mental Health Day Thursday 10th October

To mark World Mental Health Day, the SU, in conjunction with the Counselling Service, the Chaplaincy and Health Promotion Unit will be presenting a series of 10 minute presentations before lectures on the topic of ‘Empowerment’.

8k Fun Run This Sat 12th October for Jigsaw

An 8k Fun Run for NUI Galway Alumni, students and friends will be held on the grounds of NUI Galway at 10am, Saturday 12thOctober. You can sign up now in the SU office and pick up a sponsorship card. To register online and for further information go to:
https://www.kingfisherclub.com/nuigalway8k.html (note online signup closes midnight, Thursday, 10 October)

Participation in the 8K fun run section of the event costs €20. The official charity partner for this event is Jigsaw Galway.

Join the Welfare Crew

The Welfare Crew will be meeting on Monday 14th October at 6pm in the SU Office. Any queries should be sent to Declan Higgins, VP/Welfare Officer: – su.welfare@nuigalway.ie.

Open House Galway 10th-13th October

Open House, Galway’s Architectural Festival, shows off the best of our Architectural heritage in Galway City and County. Even better all the events are FREE!

Code Ninja – Learn to code, create Apps, win prizes

With the app economy now credited with having created nearly 800,000 jobs in the EU according to a recent study can you afford not to get involved in creating Apps with Code Ninja? Register here:  https://codeninja.ie/  The first meeting will take place on 21st October 2013.

Challenge Ageism and Prevent Elder Abuse – Free Workshop

Age Action Ireland, in association with Cosc (The National Office for the prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence), are holding an interactive intergenerational workshop in Galway that aims to raise awareness of ageism and elder abuse and what you can do to help prevent it. Galway: 24th October 2013 – People’s Resource Centre, Saint Clare’s Walk, Merchants Road, Galway City, 11am – 3pm

This is a free workshop with lunch provided. Registration is essential.

You can register online herePlease register by 4pm on Tuesday 15th October.

Class Reps Training Thurs 10th October

Class Reps Training will take place on Thursday 10th October 6pm-9pm (Venue to be confirmed).

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 Catherine Breslin at su.education@nuigalway.ie.

Life Skills – Sign up now!                  

  • Cardiac First Responder – Thursday 31st October €40– 4 spaces left

  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course 1st, 8th and 15th November €100 (usual price €200)

  • Door Security Procedures (FETAC Level 4) – 3 day course 8th – 10th November €110

  • Manual Handling Course – Friday 29th November €30

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Suas Overseas Volunteering Information Session 14th Oct 7pm

The Suas Volunteer Programme has been running since 2002, with third level students travelling to India and East Africa for 10 weeks during the Summer to act as Teaching Assistants in local schools and Education Centers. Information session Monday 14th of October at 7pm in the Large Acoustic Room in Aras na Mac Leinn featuring past volunteers! For more information see https://www.suas.ie/volunteer-overseas

Find out how many cheeseburgers you drank last month, and be in with a chance to win a Google Nexus 7 Tablet!

Everyone who completes the e-PUB between Monday, 7th of October, and Monday, 4th of November, 2013 and confirms completion* will be entered into a draw for a fantastic array of prizes. Winners will be contacted by email. Click here to start. https://interwork.sdsu.edu/echug/ie/?id=NUIGalway&hfs=true

1st prize Google Nexus 7 tablet; 2nd prize Dinner for 2 in Rouge; 3rd prize One hour massage; 4th prize €20 Print That voucher (3 prizes) *when you have finished doing e-PUB, you will have an opportunity to confirm your completion and an automatic email will be sent to us. It does not contain any personal information, only your name and email address.

Sin Issue 3 Out on Tuesday

If you want to get involved in Sin give Jess the Editor a shout on editor@sin.ie  Read Sin here.

Connacht Heineken Cup Match This Friday

We now have tickets on sale in the SU Office for Connacht Rugby vs Saracens for just €15. This Heineken Cup match takes place on Friday 11th October at 8pm in the Sportsground. Please note that you can only get the €15 NUIG Student tickets from the SU office – they won’t be on sale at the gatefor this price.

Have a good idea? How about €1,000 to make it happen? – Applications Close Friday 11 October

The EXPLORE innovation initiative is currently seeking applications from students, but applications close on Friday 11 October. If you have an innovative idea which involves teaming up with a member of NUI Galway staff, we may be able to award you funding of €1,000 as well as providing support to put your idea into action. EXPLORE has already funded dozens of projects involving over 200 staff and students since its launch in 2012. This is a great way to develop new skills, boost your CV, work with your lecturers, expand your network and much more. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore or contact Emmet, EXPLORE Coordinator, at emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair

The Fair will take place between 12pm and 3pm on Wednesday 30th of October in the Bailey Allen Hall. This free event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, travel insurance, internship and training companies to help you plan your summer.

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Books – Buy & Sell

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

Student Travelcards – Available Now

The shiny new travelcards are now available from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2014.

Lockers – 421 Lockers still available!

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

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

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


NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair


The Fair will take place between 12pm and 3pm on Wednesday 30th of October in the Bailey Allen Hall. This free event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, travel insurance, internship and training companies to help you plan your summer.


What is Student Connect?


Basically it’s a programme where students help students!
Do you remember how it felt to be a first year student? Did you find coming to University a daunting experience? Did you know who to ask if you had a difficulty? If the answer to these questions is yes then you could help us with our peer mentoring programme.

The aim of Student connect is to provide a friendly and caring introduction to NUI Galway for first-year students through the facilitation of student-to-student help and encouragement. The benefits of the programme are two-fold: Students have an experienced student to contact if they encounter any difficulties and first year students meet a new group of friends. Your mentor is a 2nd or 3rd year student who has been in the same position as you and can answer and queries you have in relation to starting your new life in University.

How does Student Connect Work?

You will be allocated a mentor at orientation. After meeting our mentor they will bring you and your group on a campus tour and take you for a cup of coffee to chat about the University. Your mentor will give you their mobile number and email address and will contact you a important time throughout the year. They can introduce you into Clubs/Societies and you can contact them to discuss any issues that might be of concern to you. Your mentor will meet you and your group for a second time about 4 weeks into the first semester to check in with you and see how your are doing.

For further info go to the Student Services Website

SIN Newspaper Volunteers


As Galway’s only student newspaper, Sin provides the best opportunity for students to get involved in journalism, photography, design, and other areas of newspaper production. But why contribute? Well there are lots of reasons: there’s the chance to gain experience that will prove valuable and rewarding later on in your career, but also in many other aspects of life; you’ll meet new people, many of whom share some of your interests. There’s also the chance to work with a great group of contributors who’ll teach you invaluable information about the media; Sin provides its contributors with a wide audience, and finally you get your name in print, something that people in print journalism value the most. Sin has a print run of 6000, is out every two weeks, on average is about 28 pages long, and is distributed on campus as well as to many locations in Galway City. To get involved is easy, meetings are held every week, and all are welcome. Contact editor@sin.ie for more information. 

Flirt FM (Campus Radio)


Flirt FM 101.3 is the award-winning student radio station for Galway city. Part of a 23 station national network of community radio stations, we’ve been broadcastng from NUI Galway since September 1995.
With just two paid staff, the station is composed of (up to 120 during term) student volunteers (this is where you com in!).

On air weekdays throughout the year, we have a full-time term schedule of 100 hours, and a reduced academic holiday schedule of 70 hours. You can expect extended coverage of important campus events from the SU elections to event weeks and student issues. We have a dedicated news site at https://www.flirtnewsfeed.com/ to help you keep up with campus happenings.

So what do we sound like? Well, certainly not your average station. Flirt FM is by, of and for the third-level students of Galway; providing an alternative to locally available commercial radio in fact we’re the only dedicated alternative station outside of Dublin. In addition to tuning in on 101.3fm you can listen online and message us at flirtfm.ie, friend us on Facebook, Last Fm, Twitter, Mixcloud and text us on 085 180 1013.

If you’re interested in volunteering complete our online application form.
Whether your interest lies in production, technical work, interviewing, promotion, research, editing or presenting we’d like to hear from you.
Working at the station has many perks; it’s a great social network, you can get an ALIVE certificate, you’ll never worry about speaking in public again, and crucially, if you’d like to work in broadcast the experience and skills you will pick up along the way are invaluable.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities


What is the ALIVE Student Volunteering Programme?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) was established by the University to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that NUI Galway students make by volunteering either at home, in Galway or within the University community itself.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

As an NUI Galway students you can volunteer with a huge variety of community organisations, including:

  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Gaf Youth Café
  • Homework Clubs
  • Simon Community

The list is endless! Log on to www.nuigalway.ie/alive to see the latest opportunities.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain life experiences and skills
  • Meet interesting people Have fun!
  • Gain work experience
  • Give back
  • Be an agent of social change
  • Broaden your horizons
  • For the challenge

Volunteering is a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities, to understand and appreciate the diversity of our society and to work in partnership with communities for mutual benefit.

NUI Galway ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering

Get your ALIVE Certificate when you volunteer, it is a great addition to any CV. The ALIVE Certificate recognises your volunteering at home, in Galway, abroad or on campus, including: Student Connect Mentoring, Societies, Clubs, Access, Flirt FM, Class Reps and community organisations.

For further information contact:

Lorraine Tansey,
Student Volunteer Coordinator
Email : alive@nuigalway.ie
Tel : +353 91 495346, Ext 5346

ALIVE office

Location: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.15 a.m. to 1p.m.; 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Website: www.nuigalway.ie/alive