December 2015

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22 Innovative New Projects funded by EXPLORE

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22 Innovative new projects funded by EXPLORE

The EXPLORE innovation programme, a joint initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway, recently awarded funding to 22 innovative new projects to be piloted in Galway.

Now entering its fifth year of operation, EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to step out of their traditional roles and work together as equal partners to bring new ideas to life. The new projects receiving EXPLORE funding involve over 145 students, staff and external partners and span areas as diverse as peer-to-peer mediation, history, healthcare, schools outreach, the environment, and technology.

EXPLORE is the first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education and to date has supported over 100 new projects involving more than 600 participants. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.

Phelim Kelly, NUI Galway Students’ Union President says: “It is very encouraging to see the growing interest in EXPLORE both from staff and students, and also locally and nationally. EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. The ongoing success of former EXPLORE projects in a wide variety of areas is extremely encouraging, and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of the projects that have just been awarded funding.”

Prof. Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation & Performance, NUI Galway adds: “The EXPLORE initiative is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. EXPLORE is part of a wider initiative at NUI Galway to foster an innovative, ideas culture where students and staff are encouraged to come up with ideas and run with them.”

Examples of projects recently awarded EXPLORE funding:

Loss Of the Night in Galway (LONG) – aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/sky quality measurement campaign by engaging the student body to conduct a large-scale volunteer survey of the night sky brightness using low-light-capable mobile phone cameras that many students already possess. Loss of nocturnal darkness, through excessive and badly executed artificial lighting, is recognised by the EU as harmful to public health, disruptive to animal behaviour, and a costly waste of energy and public money. Results will be processed into maps and time-series. Prompted by the project results, Galway could set out to become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
Lead student partner: Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner: Dr Ray Butler

CampusCreate – aims to encourage creativity on the NUI Galway campus in a fun and engaging way. During the 12 weeks of Semester Two ‘Creative Challenges‘ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and through the website campuscreate.eu using the hashtag #CampusCreate. Each week will have a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the themed challenge. Participants can interpret the ‘Creative Challenges’ in whatever way they like and upload their creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mashups, remixes etc. 

The project has the potential to tie in with the Galway 2020 campaign, and could likely be applied to other campuses/cities.
Lead student partner: Sally McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr Tony Hall & Dr Fiona Concannon

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)

This project aims to mark the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City. All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year, and this marks NUI Galway’s contribution. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

Lead student partner: Emer McHugh

Lead staff partner: Dr Lindsay Reid

ENDS

For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,

amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie, 091 494290

– Clodagh Barry, EXPLORE Founder, NUI Galway Research Office,
clodagh.barry@nuigalway.ie, 091 492860

www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

Pictured: New EXPLORE participants 2015-2016

SU Weekly Email 15 10th December 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

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 
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

Exam Buses to Salthill

We have partnered with City Direct Bus Company to provide buses to the two exam venues in Salthill at Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. This service will run twice a day during the exams and costs €2 per journey. Buses will leave University Road at 08:40 & 15:40 for Salthill. Buses will leave Leisureland in Salthill at 11:40 & 18:40 to return to University Road via Eyre Square. Look out for the red double decker bus.

#BestOfLuckToYeLads

Extra Study Space for Christmas Exams 2015

Monday 7th December – Friday 18th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre*, Darcy Thompson Theatre, McMunn Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Larmor Theatre, TB303, TB304, TB305, TB307

Engineering Building

ENG-G017 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-G018 Lecture Theatre 01

Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale now in the SU Office

  • Connacht vs Newcastle SOLD OUT!  
  • Connacht vs Ulster 18:00 Saturday 26th December €15

Collection for the Homeless Weds 16th Dec

NUIG Rover Soc is organising a collection for the homeless of Galway on Wednesday 16th December. Any clothes, non-perishable foods, bed clothes and hobby materials that you can’t take home with you can go to a worthy cause! They will be driving around to all the main student accommodations so join the event here and tell your friends!

Upcoming FREE Workshops for PhD Students

9am-12pm Thursday 28th January: How to Plan Your PhD REGISTER HERE

1pm-4pm Thursday 28th January: Defeating Self-Sabotage REGISTER HERE

Student Travelcards & ISIC Cards Expiring 31st December 2015

Please check the expiration date on your Student Travelcard/ISIC Card – if it expires on 31st December 2015 make sure you call in to us before the Christmas break to renew it if you want cheap travel over the holidays! The Students’ Union office will close at on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

We take your photo and print the card off straight away for just €15.

University Crèche – Meeting Notice

Parents / Guardians of children in the University Crèche (or interested in enrolling in the Crèche) are invited to a meeting in AC201 (Concourse of Arts/Science Building):

The two options are either:

Thursday 10th December 2015 at 4.00pm – 5.00pm OR Friday 11th December 2015 at 1.00 pm to 2.00pm

This will be an opportunity to get an overview and update on the Crèche (from Theresa Murphy, Spraoi Early Learning Centre), participate in a discussion on safety and gain information on Crèche Comm (software).

This will also be an opportunity to elect new members for the Crèche Parents Committee. For queries on the meeting please email michael.heffernan@nuigalway.ie 

Taxback.com are offering all NUI Galway students and their friends a 10% discount on Irish and USA tax refund applications.

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Average US refund is USD $800. Average Irish refund is EUR €880.

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

The Students’ Union office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

The Library will be closed Thursday 24th December to Sunday 3rd January (inclusive)

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 6th January.

The SU Cloakroom will close at 6.30pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 11th January

The SU Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 11th December and will reopen at 11am on Monday 11th January

The College Bar will close at 3pm on Monday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The Hub will close on Friday 11th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

Caife Na Gaeilge will close at 3pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8am-5pm)

Smokey’s Café will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8.30am-5.30pm)

The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Monday 21st-Wednesday 23rd December. Closed Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th December. Open 10am-4pm Monday 28th December, Tuesday 29th 10am-12.30pm and 10am-4pm Wednesday 30th December. Closed Thursday 31st December & Friday 1st January. Open 9am-6pm Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th January.

SUMS will close on Friday 11th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January.

Computer DISC will close on Friday 4th December and re-open on Monday 18th January.

The Academic Writing Centre is closed and will reopen in late January.

The Socs Box will be closing on Friday 18th December.  

Sin Newspaper Issue 6 Read it Online Here

If you are interested in helping with the paper email editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

NUIG Alumni Galway Christmas Gathering

On Thursday 17th December from 6.30pm the NUIG Alumni Office will be holding their annual Christmas Gathering in Galway. There will be a performance from Cois Cladaigh and alumni, friends and NUI Galway staff are welcome. All proceeds from the night will go directly to the Student Hardship fund and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.tinyurl.com/Galway15 

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 (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)

NUIG SU SHAG Week 2016

Events, Sexual Health

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

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

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

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

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.

Friday 12th February/Dé hAoine, an 12 Feabhra

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.

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

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 Psychology department, FlirtFm, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, NUI Galway Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance, Alive and other specified partners.

Exams begin

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

The Students’ Union office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

The Library will be closed Thursday 24th December to Sunday 3rd January (inclusive)

The Reading Room is closed Friday 25th & Saturday 26th December & Friday 1st January. Open 07:00-midnight 21st Dec-3rd Jan. 

PC Suites willl be closed from 17:00 Thursday 24th December and will remain closed 25th, 26th, 27th December & 1st January. 

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 6th January.

The SU Cloakroom will close at 6.30pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 11th January

The SU Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 11th December and will reopen at 11am on Monday 11th January

The College Bar will close at 3pm on Monday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The Hub will close on Friday 11th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

Caife Na Gaeilge will close at 3pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8am-5pm)

Smokey’s Café will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8.30am-5.30pm)

The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Monday 21st-Wednesday 23rd December. Closed Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th December. Open 10am-4pm Monday 28th December, 10am-12.30pm Tuesday 29th December, 10am-4pm Wednesday 30th December. Closed Thursday 31st December & Friday 1st January. Open 9am-6pm Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th January.

SUMS will close on Friday 11th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January.

Computer DISC will close on Friday 4th December and re-open on Monday 18th January.

The Academic Writing Centre is closed and will reopen in late January.

The Socs Box will be closing on Friday 18th December.  

Flirt FM 101.3 FM will be finishing on Friday 11th December and will be back on the air Monday 11th January. 

Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tuesday 12th January. 

You can view the Academic Calendar for 2016 HERE 

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2016!

SU Weekly Email 14 3rd December 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Exam Buses Start on Monday

We have partnered with City Direct Bus Company to provide buses to the two exam venues in Salthill at Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. This service will run twice a day during the exams and costs €2 per journey. Buses will leave University Road at 08:40 & 15:40 for Salthill. Buses will leave Leisureland in Salthill at 11:40 & 18:40 to return to University Road via Eyre Square. Look out for the red double decker bus.

#BestOfLuckToYeLads

Extra Study Space for Christmas Exams 2015

Sunday 29th November-Sunday 6th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre, Anderson Theatre, Darcy Thompson Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC204

Engineering Building

ENG-GO17 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-GO18 Lecture Theatre 01

Monday 7th December – Friday 18th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre*, Darcy Thompson Theatre, McMunn Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Larmor Theatre, TB303, TB304, TB305, TB307

Engineering Building

ENG-G017 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-G018 Lecture Theatre 01

*Please note O’Flaherty Theatre not available Tuesday 8th December

Thank You!

Thanks for supporting our Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit yesterday. We managed to raise €630  for charity bringing our total raised this year to €14,383 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

We have plenty more fundraising events planned for semester two and are always looking for volunteers to help out so contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help!

Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale now in the SU Office

  • Connacht vs Newcastle 19:45 Friday 11th December €15
  • Connacht vs Ulster 18:00 Saturday 26th December €15

Student Taxi Service Home

The Students’ Union is currently researching the need of an app/service which will aim to get you home safe at night should you find yourself out of pocket. Please fill out this survey to aid in our research.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VD8NW7D

The Galway Music Residency Apprentice Ensembles Recital TODAY

FREE Pre-exam chill out with some of the best young classical musicians in Ireland. 1-2pm in the Aula Maxima (in the Quadrangle) today.

Sin Newspaper Issue 6 Read it Online Here

If you are interested in helping with the paper email editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

NUIG Alumni Galway Christmas Gathering

On Thursday 17th December from 6.30pm the NUIG Alumni Office will be holding their annual Christmas Gathering in Galway. There will be a performance from Cois Cladaigh and alumni, friends and NUI Galway staff are welcome. All proceeds from the night will go directly to the Student Hardship fund and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.tinyurl.com/Galway15 

Is your bike Winter ready?

This week is the last week that An Mheitheal Rothar (Galway’s Bike Workshop) will be running it’s public drop in workshops until the new year.

The last workshop of the year will tomorrow Friday 4th Dec 12pm-3pm.

We have a number of safety recommendations for the Winter weather:

1.) Make sure your brakes are working well! In wet weather it is more important than ever that your brake pads, cables and leavers are working perfectly;

2.) Be visible! We have a small number of free Hi-Viz vests and bag covers and have good quality front and rear lights available at low cost;

3.) Oil the appropriate parts of your bike to make them last longer and not seize up with rust over the winter – especially the chain, cables and brake arms;

4.) Make sure your tyres are in okay condition and are pumped up properly (if your tyres are bald/worn or they are not pumped enough it is much more difficult to stop when you need to and to control your bike).

Online Marketing in Galway Christmas Party

Book your ticket now for the Online Marketing in Galway Christmas party on Tuesday 15th December in 56 Central and support Galway Simon Community. Guest speakers areBreda fox from Local Enterprise Office Galway and Linda Flynn from Flynn Admin.

Free STEM Outreach and Education Workshop in NUIG on Monday 7th December

This workshop will feature Cell Explorers, Reel Life Science, Under the Microscope and more. This workshop is designed to encourage and guide scientists and engineers in the area of science outreach and communication. Register Here.  

Galway March in the Spirit of the Suffragettes 11.30am Thursday 10th December

Domestic Violence Response, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway City Partnership & Galway Feminist Collective are marking the last of the 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women campaign with a march in the spirit of the suffragettes. Guest speakers for the event are Dr Micheline  Sheehy Skeffington and Mary McGill.

Meet at 11.30am on Thursday 10th December outside Pura Vida Café, Spanish Arch. Feel free to dress as a suffragette and don’t forget to bring your placards.

Need Help?

$1·         With your subjects? Check the SU Grinds Register

$1·         With Maths? Contact the SUMS FREE Maths Support Centre (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)

$1·         With Programming? Contact Computer DISC for FREE help (Closing Friday 4th December for Christmas)

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 (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)

SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm

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