Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.
What is the Students’ Union?
“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union
The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway. As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.
These are the officers in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:
President: Clare firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President/Education: Cameron email@example.com
Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Brandon firstname.lastname@example.org
Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin email@example.com
Mature Students: Chuka Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
Postgraduate Taught: VACANT POSITION – Want to fill it? More info here!
Postgraduate Research: Emily email@example.com
SU Council Chairperson: Scott firstname.lastname@example.org
Societies: Oissíne email@example.com
Clubs: Pádraic firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Laura email@example.com
Convenor Science: Kenny firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Aisling email@example.com
Convenor Business & Law: Clodagh firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Sachi email@example.com
International Students: Avery firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Morgan email@example.com
Disability Rights: Alex firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethnic Minorities: Victoria email@example.com
Lockers On Sale ONLINE 10am this Monday 2nd September
You need to register at www.su.nuigalway.ie and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Building you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.
FREE SU Diaries
Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook next week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you.
Financial Aid Fund Applications Open Mon 16th Sept
Online application and more information available here.
Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!
Monday 2nd September
10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, free SU Diaries, free Flirt FM Wall Planners, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, Life Skills sign up and play our Giant Games!
5pm-7pm DJ Michael Burnell at Sult
8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult
Tuesday 3rd September
10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Cards, Lockers, Second hand Books, Life Skills sign up and play our Giant Games!
5pm-7pm Karl Spain’s Just for Laughs Table Quiz at Sult
8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult
Wednesday 4th September
10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books and Life Skills sign up!
5pm-7pm Meet your SU Officers at Sult and ask them anything!
9pm till late Coafalla and Engel at Sult
Thursday 5th September
10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books.
3pm-5pm Treasure Hunt with the SU Officers starts at Áras na Mac Léinn
5pm-7pm Speed Friending with host Johnny Graham at Sult
8pm-11pm Music from OIdskool at Sult
Friday 6th September
10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books and free condoms!
9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult
Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm on Monday 9th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.
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.
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 17th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.
Life Skills Sign Up Open MONDAY 2nd Sept
From Monday you can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card for:
- Sign Language
- First Aid Responder Course
- Cardiac First Responder Course
- Child Protection Training
- Anti-Racism Training
- Disclosure Training
- Barista Course
- MMA for Self Defence
Applications open at 10am on Weds 11th Sept for the vacant SU Officer position of Postgraduate Taught Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Weds 18th of Sept to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thurs 26th of Sept.
NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Comedy Hypnotist Barry Jones at 8pm on Mon 23rd of Sept in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from EVENTBRITE HERE.
To get your shiny new Student Leap Cards all you need to do is apply online HERE, then bring your code next week (it only lasts 7 days), your new college ID and €10 up to the SU Office. These are valid until the 31st of December 2020 and we can also top your card up for you.
Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.
Disability Support Service – Deadline for Exam Accommodations
The deadline for exam accommodations for students living with disabilities is Weds 16th of October. Please contact the Disability Support Service as soon as possible to ensure that your specific requirements are tailored to in time for examinations.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Cameron at email@example.com. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.
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 and 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!
Postgraduate Research Representatives
We are currently recruiting PGR Class Reps. If you want to have your voice heard and create change then contact the Education Officer, Cameron Keighron, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sin Needs You!
The Sin newspaper editor Mark is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop him a line to email@example.com or message him via the Sin Facebook page here.
You can contact the Students’ Union by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.
Barry Jones has been successfully performing comedy hypnosis for over 30 years now, totalling over 6,000 shows, and performing in 8 different countries. Barry always gets the best out of his volunteers, while leaving the audience in hysterics. It’s guaranteed to be a night nobody forgets!
• USA Consultant for FOX TV “You’re Back In The Room” • Consultant for the Discovery Channel “Hypnosis and Emotions”• Entertainer/Education for England Rugby 7s Word Cup Team • Consultant for CSI Las Vegas on an episode relating to hypnosis • Featured entertainer for “Hells Kitchen” Laugh Factory Los Angeles • NBC TV Featured hypnotist on reality show “Ground Hog Date” • Ongoing production of “Entranced at the Table”
NUIG SU FREE Outdoor Cinema Monday 9th September
It’s back! We are delighted to bring our FREE outdoor cinema back to NUI Galway at 8pm on Monday 9th of September outside the Engineering Building (weather permitting!)
1. Vote on the Facebook event page poll for the movie you want to see.
2. FREE Popcorn for the first 100 people.
3. Strictly no booze. It will be taken off you and destroyed.
4. Bring something to sit on – we don’t want you to get a chill in your kidneys.
Description: This course is divided into a practical and a theoretical section. Students must attend both.
Part A: Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Practical).
Course objectives: To cover the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder. Covering Safe operation of the equipment, espresso extraction, milk preparation using steam, espresso coffee recipes, grinder settings, espresso machine maintenance.
Course Outline: The demonstration will take approximately 75 minutes
Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.
Part B: Coffee Origins and Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Theoretical).
Course objectives: To cover a brief History of Coffee Culture and Coffee Bean Origins and the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder.
Course Outline: The talk will take approximately 75 minutes.
Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.
Students per course: Max 12 students per group. Min 8 students for course to go ahead.
Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
Course Cost: €10 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities
Date/Times (Choose one):
- Group 1: 10am-1.30pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
- Group 2: 2.30pm-6pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
- Group 3: 11.30am-3pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 13/09/19
- Group 4: 3.30pm-7pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Engineering Building Information Point for the 2019/20 academic term.
Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students’ Union by email only to email@example.com before 5pm on Monday 26th of August. Please state if you have a current Manual Handling Certificate.
Full job description is available here: Job-Description-SU-Engineering-Desk-Staff (1)
Late applications will not be accepted.
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom will be open 9am-6pm Thursdays & Fridays during term time. The Engineering Desk will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday from Monday 2nd of September 2019.
Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours.
Please note: You must be available for training on Friday 30th August 2019 and be prepared to start work on Monday 2nd of September 2019.
Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund
NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2019/20. Last year students took part in cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas jumper party, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €11,500 for charity in the process!
All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2018/19 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway.
Application forms for the 2019/20 fund are available here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2019 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 4th of September 2019. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.
Clare Austick, Students’ Union President said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation
With the first round of CAO Offers being issued this Thursday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2019/20 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits the needs of all tenants and to look out for rental scams. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ie
Here are some handy tips:
- Be aware of the following rental scams: Scammer claims to be out of the country so can’t show you the property but requests a deposit. Scammer is living at the property, and shows a number of people around. They get a deposit from several people and then flee with the cash. The transaction appears to have gone smoothly until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.
- Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc. Check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
- Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
- If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
- Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
- Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
- Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
- Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
- Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
- Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
- Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
- Make sure to get your free rent book from the Students’ Union.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines to avoid scams and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie ”