October 2019

Month Archives

SU Weekly Email 10 – 31st October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vacant Officer Position: Gender and LGBT+ Rights

We will be holding an election to fill the recently vacated SU Officer role of Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer. This is a voluntary position that would suit anyone with an interest in Gender and LGBT+ issues. Nominations are open until 5pm on Weds 6th Nov. Pick up a nomination form in the SU Office or on our website HERE. The election will take place 10am-4.30pm Thurs 14th of Nov at Smokey’s Café. For more info contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

Accessible NUIG Events Today

  • All day: What Is an Accessible Campus? Online/in various locations. Keep up with us on the SU social media platforms to tell us and the University what an accessible campus is to you
  • 6pm-8pm Murder Mystery with ISL, location TBC. Join the Irish Sign Language Society for their Halloween event with games and refreshments.

More info from su.disability@nuigalway.ie

Exams

Semester 1 (2019/2020) exams will take place Mon 9th Dec-Fri 20th Dec. The Semester 1 Exam Timetable will be released online Thurs 14th Nov.

Bingo Loco Tickets

The last of the €10 Bingo Loco Halloween Special tickets are on sale today 10am-5pm from the SU Office  (cash only!). Doors are at 8pm and show starts at 9pm tonight at Sult. Your ticket also gets you free into DNA Nightclub and Venue after. Don’t forget, you could win a holiday too!

LAST CHANCE TO WIN €300!

You are invited to take part in NUI Galway’s INDEx survey – a national survey to find out more about how you use digital technologies and how this affects your experience of learning. Your voice will contribute to important decision-making around digital teaching and learning within NUI Galway. The INDEx survey takes only 5 minutes to complete but the deadline is 3rd November. Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. There are €300 All4One vouchers to be won each week by NUI Galway students!  

Take the survey 

What Are We Doing for You?

You can find details of your SU Officer Reports, minutes from the SU Officer meetings and your Class Rep Council meetings HERE. If you’ve any questions/comments just give us a shout!

FREE Talk: Resistance Training & Nutrition

Free Talk on Resistance Training and Nutrition 7pm-8pm Weds 6th Nov in O’Flaherty Theatre. Speaker: Barry McGuire – Qualified Nutritionist & Personal Trainer. Covering nutrition and training in relation to muscle gain/fat loss/toning up. FREE Tickets available on Eventbrite

Postgrad Open Day Tues 5th Nov

The NUIG Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm this Tues 5th Nov in the Bailey Allen Hall. There will be over 100 stands on display along with short presentations covering topics such as funding opportunities, applications, and research. This is your chance to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services. Find out how to make the most of your Postgrad Open Day HERE.

EIL Travel Scholarships for Summer 2020 now open!

Apply to volunteer and travel with the non-profit organisation EIL to projects worldwide and receive full funding. Read more about the projects and opportunity at the www.nuigalway.ie/alive website under News. Deadline for applications is Friday the 15th of November.

Coldvember Starts Tomorrow

Coldvember is a fundraising event for the month of November aiming to raise money to bridge the gap in funding for Mental Health Services for students at NUI Galway. Each day during November you are invited to join them for a swim at Blackrock. The first swim is at 1.30pm tomorrow Friday 1st of November. More info and the donation page are available here.

Paid Work: Metaphor Definition Annotation

If you are seeking a bit of extra cash and would like to play around with some metaphors feel free to apply for this job. Native English speakers who are studying English at NUI Galway needed to help as human annotators. This task will focus on how we define and interpret metaphors in tweets. The experiment will be asking the annotator how to interpret/define a given metaphoric expression by giving them a tweet and asking them to choose the nearest definition of the highlighted metaphor from a list. Payment is based on the number of annotated tweets. To apply email omnia.zayed@insight-centre.org with a brief description of your professional experience.

Martírio: FREE Film Screening & Discussion

NUI Galway Decolonial Feminist Collective Presents: Screening of the Brazilian documentary Martírio (Martyrdom) followed by a discussion on indigenous  land rights in Latin America – the tensions between extractives and access to land and natural resources – with Irish and Latinx activists 6pm-8.30pm Sunday 3rd Nov in Club Áras na nGael.

Free Meditation Class Saturday

FREE Introduction to Meditation class 2pm-3pm this Saturday 2nd November at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road. This event is free of charge and open to everybody.

Limited spaces left on following Life Skills courses:

Sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

International Men’s Day Tues 19th Nov

To mark International Men’s Day on Tues 19th of Nov the School of Nursing & Midwifery is holding a free Men’s Health Symposium 8.30am-5pm in the School of Nursing. The symposium theme is “The Power of Building Resilience in Men’s Lives”. Please note this event is only for health and allied professionals working directly in the area of men’s health #mhsym2019

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

SU Weekly Email 9 – 23rd October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Road Safety Day on Tuesday

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 10am-4pm Tues 29th Oct outside Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.
  • FREE High Vis Items

Accessible NUIG Events

Tues 29th Oct

  • 11am-2pm: Know Your Rights in Hub Central. Drop in and chat about rights in the workplace, college, and public life.
  • 6.30pm: Disability and Emergency in the D’arcy Thompson Theatre. Join Emergency Medicine Soc for a talk on best practice in emergency situations

Weds 30th Oct

  • All day: The Social Aspect of Disability – an online campaign around the impact inaccessibility has on social life and social connections

Thurs 31st Oct

  • All day: What Is an Accessible Campus? Online/in various locations. Keep up with us on the SU social media platforms to tell us and the University what an accessible campus is to you
  • 6pm-8pm Murder Mystery with ISL, location TBC. Join the Irish Sign Language Society for their Halloween event with games and refreshments.

More info from su.disability@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 4

You can read the latest issue of Sin Newspaper HERE – it includes your chance to win SU Card credit!

Limited spaces left on following Life Skills courses:

Sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

FREE Talk: Resistance Training & Nutrition

Free Talk on Resistance Training and Nutrition 7pm-8pm Weds 6th Nov in O’Flaherty Theatre. Speaker: Barry McGuire – Qualified Nutritionist & Personal Trainer. Covering nutrition and training in relation to muscle gain/fat loss/toning up. FREE Tickets available on Eventbrite

What We Are Doing For You?

You can catch up on the work your SU Officers are doing for you by reading through the minutes of their meetings here.

Voter Registration Deadline this FRIDAY

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is this Friday the 25th of October

Don’t Forget

We have free condoms and free tampons/pads at the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk. If you need them just ask.

Fees Reminder

The deadline to pay the Student Levy + the first instalment of your fees is Thurs 31st Oct. More Info.

Spooky Table Quiz This Friday

JCI Galway are running a Spooky Table Quiz at 7pm this Friday in Sult with some great prizes. Entry fee €5 per person.

Postgrad Open Day Tues 5th Nov

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tues 5th Nov in the Bailey Allen Hall. There will be over 100 stands on display along with short presentations covering topics such as funding opportunities, applications, and research. This is your chance to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services.

FREE 6 Week Stress Control Programme

Stress Control’ is a six session class which teaches people to ‘become their own therapist’. Each session lasts for 90 minutes (including a break). Stress Control combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.

USI Mature Students’ Seminar

The annual USI Mature Students’ Seminar will be taking place at Maynooth University 9.30am-5pm Friday the 8th of November. This event is open to all Mature Students. More info and registration here.

Take the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey win €300!

You are invited to take part in NUI Galway’s INDEx survey – a national survey to find out more about how you use digital technologies and how this affects your experience of learning. Your voice will contribute to important decision-making around digital teaching and learning within NUI Galway. The INDEx survey takes only 5 minutes to complete. It is open to NUI Galway students until the 3rd of November. Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. There are €300 All4One vouchers to be won each week by NUI Galway students!  

Take the survey HERE 

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 24th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 30th Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

 

NUI Galway Arrangements for Bank Holiday Mon 28th Oct

  • There are no classes on Mon 28th of Oct
  • The Students’ Union Office will CLOSE 5pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 10am Tues 29th of Oct
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will CLOSE 3pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 11am Tues 29th Oct
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will CLOSE 6pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 9am Thurs 31st Oct
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 08:30-17:30 Sat 26th, 10:00-17:30 Sun 27th and CLOSED Mon 28th Oct
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open Sat 26th Oct, closed Sun 27th & Mon 28th Oct, open Tues 29th Oct
  • Sult will be CLOSED Sat 26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th Oct. Reopening 8.30am Tues 29th Oct.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open Sat 26th and Sun 27th, closed Mon 28th and open Tues 29th Oct.
  • The Wall Café will be open Sat 26th and Sun 27th and open Mon 28th 11am-3pm
  • The Student Health Unit will be CLOSED Mon 28th Oct.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

Accessible NUIG Events 29-31st Oct 2019

News & Events

Accessible NUI Galway  / OÉ Gaillimh Inrochtana

Tuesday 29th October / Dé Máirt an 29 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 11am-2pm: Know Your Rights in Hub Central. Drop in and chat about rights in the workplace, college, and public life.
  • 6.30pm: Disability and Emergency in the D’arcy Thompson Theatre. Join Emergency Medicine Soc for a talk on best practice in emergency situations

Wednesday 30th October / Dé Céadaoin an 30 Deireadh Fómhair

  • All day: The Social Aspect of Disability – an online campaign around the impact inaccessibility has on social life and social connections

Thursday 31st October / Déardaoin an 31 Deireadh Fómhair

  • All day: What Is an Accessible Campus? Online/in various locations. Keep up with us on the SU social media platforms to tell us and the University what an accessible campus is to you
  • 6pm-8pm Murder Mystery with ISL, location TBC. Join the Irish Sign Language Society for their Halloween event with games and refreshments.

More info from/ Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.disability@nuigalway.ie

NUIG Arrangements Bank Holiday Mon 28th Oct

News & Events

NUI Galway Arrangements for Bank Holiday Monday 28th of October 2019

  • There are no classes on Monday 28th of October
  • The Students’ Union Office will CLOSE 5pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 10am Tues 29th of Oct
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will CLOSE 3pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 11am Tues 29th Oct
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will CLOSE 6pm Fri 25th Oct and reopen 9am Thurs 31st Oct
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 08:30-17:30 Sat 26th, 10:00-17:30 Sun 27th and CLOSED Mon 28th Oct
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open Sat 26th Oct, closed Sun 27th & Mon 28th Oct, open Tues 29th Oct
  • Sult will be CLOSED Sat 26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th Oct. Reopening 8.30am Tues 29th Oct.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open Sat 26th and Sun 27th, closed Mon 28th and open Tues 29th Oct.
  • The Wall Café will be open Sat 26th and Sun 27th and open Mon 28th 11am-3pm
  • The Student Health Unit will be CLOSED Mon 28th Oct.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

Free Talk on Resistance Training and Nutrition

News & Events

Free Talk on Resistance Training and Nutrition
Caint ar an Traenáil Friotaíochta agus Cothú

7pm-8pm Wednesday 6th November in the O’Flaherty Theatre
7 i.n. – 8 i.n. Dé Céadaoin an 6 Samhain i dtéatar Uí Fhlaithearta

Speaker: Barry McGuire – Qualified Nutritionist & Personal Trainer

Covering nutrition and training in relation to muscle gain/fat loss/toning up

More info from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

FREE Tickets available on Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resistance-training-nutrition-free-talk-tickets-77850088711

Improve your digital experience at NUI Galway

News & Events

Improve your digital experience at NUI Galway

€300 All4One vouchers to be won each week by NUI Galway students!

You are invited to take part in NUI Galway’s INDEx survey – a national survey to find out more about how you use digital technologies and how this affects your experience of learning.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

Why you should take part

The INDEx survey will help us to:

  • Assess how you currently use digital technologies at University
  • Understand your expectations of how our digital environment should change
  • Target resources towards the issues that matter to you
  • Improve our digital experience at NUI Galway
  • Influence the future enhancement of digital teaching and learning across the Irish higher education sector

The INDEx survey takes only 5 minutes to complete. It is open to NUI Galway students from 14 October – 3 November 2019. Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary.

Student incentive

After completing the survey, you can add your name to a weekly draw to win a €300 All4One voucher, exclusively for NUI Galway students.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

More about the survey

This national survey is managed as a collaborative partnership, and is coordinated by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, along with 33 Irish Higher Education institutions – this includes all universities, all technological higher education institutions, and several private colleges.

Participation information sheet

All students on taught programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate, who are age 18 or over, are invited to participate in this survey. The age limit of 18 is only due to the fact that parental/guardian consent would be required for students under 18 to participate. It is expected that the results derived from analysis of the survey data will be used to improve the student experience for all students.

Should you have a question or comment about this survey, please index@teachingandlearning.ie

Road Safety Day Tues 29th Oct

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator

10am-4pm Tuesday 29th October outside Áras na Mac Léinn

Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)

Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.

Practice the driver theory test.

Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator

See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.

FREE High Vis Items

SU Weekly Email 8 – 17th October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 10am-4pm Tues 29th Oct outside Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.
  • FREE High Vis Items

Please Register Your Leap Card

If you have a Student Leap Card please make sure to log on to www.leapcard.ie and REGISTER your card number. That means that if you lose your card or it’s stolen you won’t lose the credit on the card as this can be transferred to your new card number.

LIFT Facilitator Training at NUIG

LIFT Ireland will be adding to their network of over 500 facilitators with a half day FREE facilitator training workshop 9.30am-1.30pm Thursday 24th of October at NUI Galway. Their vision is to make Ireland a better place to live in by creating better leaders across our society. By becoming a LIFT Facilitator, you are becoming a central part of a national initiative designed to raise the standards of personal leadership in Ireland, and by doing that, raising the standards of life for all people living on our island. Find out more and sign up here.

Disclosure Training

Would you know what to do if a friend came to you saying they had suffered sexual violence? Our half day Disclosure Training course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. The course is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre 10am-1.30pm Tues 5th Nov and costs €10. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Take the Irish National Digital Experience (INDEx) Survey win €300!

You are invited to take part in NUI Galway’s INDEx survey – a national survey to find out more about how you use digital technologies and how this affects your experience of learning. Your voice will contribute to important decision-making around digital teaching and learning within NUI Galway. The INDEx survey takes only 5 minutes to complete. It is open to NUI Galway students from 14 October – 3 November. Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. There are €300 All4One vouchers to be won each week by NUI Galway students!  

Take the survey HERE 

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is Friday the 25th of October

Interested in volunteering overseas?

Come along to the these welcome information talks and learn more about international projects with non-profit charities!

  • SERVE 2pm & 6pm Tues 29th October at The Hub Central, Arts/Science Concourse (near Smokey’s Café)
  • NURTURE AFRICA 6pm Weds 30th October in The View in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • EIL 6pm Weds 6th November at The Hub Central, Arts/Science Concourse (near Smokey’s Café)

More Information on the ALIVE website.

Give Blood in Galway This October

5pm-8.30pm TODAY and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th Oct in Clybaun Hotel Knocknacarra.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th Oct in Menlo Park Hotel Terryland

Free Meditation Class 2pm-3pm Sat 19th Oct

Sahaja Yoga Meditation is a simple and natural way to meditation, working on the body’s subtle system to bring balance and a greater sense of wellbeing to our lives. It can also help to relieve stress and improve health. This free event will feature an introduction and a guided session on how to meditate and takes place at The OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway. More info from N.PASRICHA1@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Open Day

The NUIG Postgraduate Open Day is on 12pm-3pm Tues 5th Nov in the Bailey Allen Hall.

What’s the difference between a psychopath and a sadist or a narcissist?
If you want to know, the Psychological Society will be holding a talk on Wednesday 30th of October at 6.30pm in AMBE G065 (Psychology Building). Christie Tetreault, a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology, will be giving the talk on the Dark Tetrad (Machiavellianism, narcissism, sadism, and psychopathy): who they really are and how they act. The talk will be followed by Stanley Kubrick’s award winning movie A Clockwork Orange (this film contains disturbing images that may be upsetting). There will be snacks, coffee/tea, and Halloween candy. Everyone is welcome!

Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”. The workshop is just €5 and takes place 10am-1.30pm Mon 4th Nov.

Would you be able to tell if someone was feeling suicidal?

SafeTALK is a three-hour training programme that helps participants to become alert to persons with suicidal thoughts. It’s free and takes place 6pm-9.15pm Tues 19th Nov in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Places are limited and pre-booking is essential. BOOK HERE.

Nominations are open for Galway Chamber Business Awards including:

  • Best Innovation/R&D
  • Best Emerging Enterprise

More Info Here.

The Dreaming of the Bones

DancePlayers presents The Dreaming of the Bones By W. B. Yeats. Thurs 7th – Sat 9th Nov at 8pm, Sun 10th Nov at 1pm with Q&A in the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUI Galway. Tickets: €5 Concession/€10 Standard. Booking and more info here.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 17th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Thurs 24th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 30th Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

 

Child Protection Training

Do you work or volunteer with children/young people? Our Child Protection Training Course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. The course cost is €15. Course takes place 9am-1pm Fri 6th Dec or 2pm-6pm Fri 6th Dec. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

SU Charities – Volunteers Needed

This year we will be raising funds for Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West. If you want to get involved and help us to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie We are also always looking for new fundraising ideas so if you have any suggestions please send them on! Remember all the time you spend volunteering with NUI Galway Students’ Union counts towards your ALIVE Volunteering Certificate application

Student Leap Cards now just €10

To get your 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 Dec 2020 and we can also top your card up for you. Remember because the NUIG ID Cards don’t have expiry dates many transport companies won’t accept them as proof you are entitled to a student rate but they will accept the Student Leap Card.

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

SU Weekly Email 7 – 10th October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

FREE Mental Health Week Events Today

  • 1pm – 2pm The Science of Happiness in GO11 Library Lobby
  • 5pm – 7pm Connection Café in AC204
  • 6pm-7.30pm Self Care Evening with StyleSoc in the Art Room. Make your own face mask!

(Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Vintage Clothes Fair today)

First Aid Courses – just 2 Spaces left!

We have ONE space left on our 3 day First Aid Responder Course starting Fri 18th Oct and ONE space left on our Cardiac First Responder Course. Sign up ASAP in the SU Office.

Sin Issue 3

Here’s the latest issue of Sin newspaper which includes your chance to win SU Card Credit! Read it here.

Ráiteas Maidier Le Caifé na Gaeilge / Statement Regarding Caifé Na Gaeilge

SU Council Meeting This Monday

The first SU Council meeting of the year takes place at 6pm this Mon 14th of Oct in HBB G019 in the Human Biology Building. All Class Reps must attend. For more info please contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

#LittleThings

Today is World Mental Health Day and here are some #LittleThings that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well

Graduating?

The Winter Conferring Ceremonies take place Mon 11th – Weds 20th Nov. PLEASE NOTE: Invitations will be sent to your University email address.

Don’t forget that you are entitled to register for your Seanad Éireann vote once you graduate. Get an application form in the SU or here.

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is Friday the 25th of October.

Are you interested in Sustainability and the Environment?

Join the NUI Galway Students’ Union Sustainability Working Group! Email su.president@nuigalway.ie to get involved.

Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”. The workshop is just €5 and takes place 10am-1.30pm Mon 4th Nov.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 14th Oct 6pm-8pm HBB G019 Human Biology SU Council
Thurs 17th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Thurs 24th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 30th Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

For more info contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

Threesis Registration open until 18 Oct

Threesis is the training programme and competition which helps NUI Galway’s research students communicate their research to the general public. Threesis challenges all research students (Undergraduate, Masters, MD and PhD) at NUI Galway to participate.  There is free training and the opportunity to practice your skills in our heats. You get 3 slides, 3 minutes and 3 judges and there’s €1,500 in prizes to be won.

Visit www.nuigalway.ie/threesis for more info and FAQs or click here now to register.

Misleór’ – Festival of Nomadic Cultures 10-12 Oct

Misleór‘ is Galway’s inaugural festival celebrating the rich heritage of nomadic cultures. In a unique collaboration between the Galway Traveller Movement, the local Traveller community, artists and community activists, the 3-day event (10-12 Oct) will showcase music, art, film, theatre and poetry from a variety of nomadic cultures. Through the lens of creativity and cultural action for change, the festival will evoke important social dialogue about ethnic nomads and the barriers, prejudice and discrimination that they often face.

Give Blood in Galway This October

5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th, Weds 16th, Thurs 17th and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th Oct in Clybaun Hotel Knocknacarra.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th Oct in Menlo Park Hotel Terryland

Child Protection Training

Do you work or volunteer with children/young people? Our Child Protection Training Course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. The course cost is €15. Course takes place 9am-1pm Fri 6th Dec or 2pm-6pm Fri 6th Dec. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Beer Run this Sunday

The Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is the only free running club that gives you a free beer for your efforts! Join them this Sunday at 12.30pm for their monthly 5/8/10k run.

Wellbeing Week on Campus 7th-11th Oct

Loads of activities on campus to help you think about and improve your wellbeing. Full list of free events HERE.

SU Charities – Volunteers Needed

This year we will be raising funds for Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West. If you want to get involved and help us to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie We are also always looking for new fundraising ideas so if you have any suggestions please send them on! Remember all the time you spend volunteering with NUI Galway Students’ Union counts towards your ALIVE Volunteering Certificate application

Disclosure Training

Would you know what to do if a friend came to you saying they had suffered sexual violence? Our half day Disclosure Training course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. The course is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre 10am-1.30pm Tues 5th Nov and costs €10. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Student Leap Cards now just €10

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 Dec 2020 and we can also top your card up for you.

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

 

Ráiteas Maidir le Caifé na Gaeilge / Statement Regarding Caifé na Gaeilge

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Ráiteas Maidir le Caifé na Gaeilge

In 2008 iarradh ar Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd (SUCS Ltd) ceannas a ghlacadh ar reáchtáil Chaifé na Gaeilge. Níorbh ghnó brabúsach é agus d’aontaigh SUCS Ltd an Caifé a reáchtáil ar an gcoinníoll go seasfadh an Ollscoil aon chaillteanais a thabhófaí agus go n-íocfadh sí táille bhainistíochta le SUCS Ltd as na seirbhísí agus am bainistíochta a chuirfeadh sé ar fáil. Bhí ag éirí leis an socrú sin ar feadh cúpla bliain,  ach stop an Ollscoil ag íoc na sonrasc in 2010 agus níl ag íoc na dtáillí bainistíochta ná ag seasamh na gcaillteanas ó shin i leith.

Le himeacht na tréimhse sin, bhíodh an Caifé ina chostas suntasach bliantúil do SUCS Ltd. Thosaigh an Ollscoil ag breathnú go mion ar oibríochtaí SUCS Ltd chomh maith agus tá an táille cheadúnais a íocaimid leis an Ollscoil as Siopa an Chomhaltais, Sult agus Smokey’s Café méadaithe go thart ar €230,000 sa bhliain. Maíonn an Ollscoil go bhfuil ár gcomhlacht brabúsach ach tugann an chluas bhodhar do cheist Chaifé na Gaeilge agus na gcaillteanas atá á dtabhú aige (gan trácht ar loiceadh na hOllscoile na sonraisc a íoc). Tá thart ar €197,000 de chaillteanais agus táillí bainistíochta tabhaithe ag SUCS Ltd. i dtaca le Caifé na Gaeilge ó bhí 2010 ann.

Chuir SUCS Ltd. in iúl don Ollscoil nach féidir leis leanúint ar aghaidh ag seasamh chaillteanas Chaifé na Gaeilge agus d’iarr ar an Ollscoil an comhaontú bunaidh a chomhlíonadh, is é sin, táille bhainistíochta bhliantúil a íoc agus an caillteanas bliantúil a sheasamh. Mar sin féin, níl an Ollscoil sásta déanamh amhlaidh. Mhol muid go bhféadfadh an Ollscoil cuid bheag de na táillí ceadúnais a bhailítear ó na hoibritheoirí uile ar an gcampas (amhail Sult, Smokey’s, Siopa an Chomhaltais, An Bhialann, Friars, Zinc srl.) a chur i leataobh leis an gcostas sin a chlúdach, ach dhiúltaigh sí don mholadh sin scun scan.

Tá muid i gComhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh tiomanta don Ghaeilge, ach ní féidir linn a bheith fágtha in áit na leathphingine. Is oth linn nach bhfuil Caifé na Gaeilge ag feidhmiú faoi láthair agus gabhann muid leithscéal ó chroí leo siúd a thacaigh leis i gcaitheamh na mblianta. Le tacaíocht uait, tá súil againn go n-oibreoidh an Ollscoil as lámha a chéile linn le go mbeidh muid in ann tosú arís ar an aon seirbhís lónadóireachta Ghaeilge atá ar an gcampas a chur ar fáil.

 

Statement Regarding Caifé na Gaeilge

In 2008 Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd (SUCS Ltd) was asked to take over the operation of Caifé na Gaeilge. The Caifé had not been profitable and SUCS Ltd agreed to take over the Caifé on the basis that the University agreed to pay for any losses incurred, and also paid a management fee to SUCS Ltd for its services and management time. This arrangement worked satisfactorily for a couple of years. However, in 2010, the University stopped paying invoices and has failed to pay management fees, or cover losses since then.

Since 2010 Caifé na Gaeilge has been a significant annual cost for SUCS Ltd. In that time the University has taken a keen interest in the operations of SUCS Ltd and the licence fee we pay to the University for the operation of the SU Shop, Sult and Smokey’s Café has risen to approximately €230,000 per year. The University insists our company is profitable, however the issue of Caifé na Gaeilge making a loss (and the University’s non-payment of invoices) is ignored. The losses and management fees incurred by SUCS Ltd in Caifé na Gaeilge since 2010 is in the region of €197,000.

SUCS Ltd has informed the University that it cannot continue to carry the loss incurred by Caifé na Gaeilge and we have asked the University to honour the original agreement of paying an annual management fee and covering the annual loss. However, the University is unwilling to do so. We have suggested that a small portion of the licence fees collected from all operators on campus (such as Sult, Smokey’s, SU Shop, An Bhialann, Friars, Zinc etc) could be ringfenced by the University to cover this cost, but that suggestion was rejected.

NUI Galway Students’ Union is committed to the Irish language, but we cannot continue to suffer a financial penalty for pursuing that commitment. We apologise to those who have supported Caifé na Gaeilge over the years for the absence of Caifé na Gaeilge. With your support, we hope that the University will work with us so we can get back to providing the only Irish language catering service on campus.