January 2020

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SHAG Week 2020

News & Events

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week 2020

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis 2020

Monday 10th February / Dé Luain an 10 Feabhra

  • All Day look out for our volunteers giving out free Condoms and Lube across campus
  • 12pm-2pm “Loving Your Sexual Body” free talk with Anna Keogh in The View
  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity. In some developing countries wearing a bra is a symbol of wealth, status and power and will protect young women from sexual abuse. Most charity shops won’t accept donations of bras so this is a sustainable way to find a new home for old bras whilst helping women in need.

Tuesday 11th February / Dé Máirt an 11 Feabhra

Wednesday 12th February / Dé Céadaoin an 12 Feabhra

  • 10.30am-4.30pm USI & HSE Sexual Health Information at Smokey’s Café
  • 11am-4pm Rapid HIV Testing in The Space with Sexual Health West (formerly AIDS West)

Thursday 13th February / Déardaoin an 13 Feabhra

  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity. In some developing countries wearing a bra is a symbol of wealth, status and power and will protect young women from sexual abuse. Most charity shops won’t accept donations of bras so this is a sustainable way to find a new home for old bras whilst helping women in need.
  • 7pm Sex Toy Bingo in the Corrib Room at Sult SOLD OUT

Friday 14th February / Dé hAoine an 14 Feabhra

ALL WEEK Free Condoms from the SU and the SU Engineering Desk.

The Student Health Unit will be offering a limited number of FREE STI screening appointments Mon 10-Thurs 13 Feb screening is by appointment only booked on 091-494 337

More information from / Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 21 – 30th January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Volunteers Urgently Needed This Saturday!  

We will be holding our annual charity collection day in aid of the SU Charities this Sat 1st of Feb. If you have 2 hours to spare 11am-1pm or 1pm-3pm to shake a bucket please contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie – All funds raised will be going to Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West.

SU Election Info Session

We will be holding an information session for anyone thinking about running for the SU Elections 1pm-2pm on Weds 5th Feb.

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer nominations open Weds 19th Feb
  • 15 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

For more info please contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

#GE2020 Meet the Galway West and East Candidates 7.30pm Tuesday

Together with ONE Galway and GMIT SU we will be hosting an event for you to meet with your Galway West and East GE2020 candidates 7.30pm on Tues 4th Feb in the Kirwan Theatre. This is your chance to meet the candidates to discuss their party’s policy on housing, healthcare, education, transport, work, direct provision and public services. Tickets are FREE but limited. Get yours here.

LIFT Training Registration Open – Starts Tomorrow!  

LIFT stands for Leading Ireland’s Future Together and the aim of LIFT is to build a better Ireland by developing leaders of character across our country. We will again be holding 8 weeks of LIFT roundtables in the SU starting Fri 31st Jan. Each weeks session will start at 3pm and last 30-45 minutes. We will cover a different leadership theme each week including Listening; Positive Attitude; Respect; Empathy & Understanding; Honesty & Integrity; Competence; Determination and Accountability.You can read more about the initiative at www.liftireland.ie

The group is limited to 4 students. To sign up/get more info email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Clubs’ Day TODAY!  

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 30th of Jan in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!

Early Bird Ticket Sales end this Fri 31st Jan for Clubs’ Ball

Tickets just €32.50. Get yours here before the price increase

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020.

Rally in Support of Theo Ndlovu & Mduduzi Creative Ngwenya

This Sat 1st of Feb at 1pm people are asked to gather at the Spanish Arch and walk to Eyre Square for a cultural event to celebrate the love, joy and wealth of talent that Theo Ndlovu, Mduduzi Creative, and the community of people seeking asylum as a whole have brought to Galway. Theo and Mduduzi have contributed so much to community development in Galway since they arrived 3 years ago. Yet they now both face the threat of deportation.

ALIVE hosts Gaisce Workshop

5pm Mon 3rd Feb in the ALIVE office, Áras na Mac Léinn. Pizza, chats and info about Ireland’s national civic medal! All welcome. Sign up here.

Transition to Employment Launch Weds 5th Feb

Transition to Employment is a series of events for students with a disability or who experience anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health challenges. It is run by the Career Development Centre and will take place in the Careers Seminar Room. All welcome.

  • 1pm-2pm Weds 5th Feb Launch – Get support and advice regarding your career/job search.
  • 1-2pm Weds 12th Feb Disclosure – Learn how/when to discuss your disability/mental health during job-hunting process.
  • 1pm-2pm Weds 19th Feb Employer Panel – Meet employers and graduates in employment with disability/mental health challenges.
  • 1pm-2pm Weds 26th Feb Wrap Up Session – Reflect on learnings from the programme.

Looking to Get Fit in a Non-Competitive, Social Environment?

NUIG Athletic Club’s Fit For Life are free weekly runs every Monday at 6pm meeting at the Kingfisher. This is suitable for all levels of fitness. Contact them here for more info.

Thinking about a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tues 4th Feb in the Bailey Allen Hall. Short presentations will take place during the day, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 100 stands on display, so this is your opportunity 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.

Sustainable Fashion Workshop

ALIVE is hosting an SDG Workshop with World Vision Ireland that is free for all students to attend about Sustainable Fashion 5pm-7pm Weds 12th Feb in  the Careers Seminar Room.  More clothes are being produced and consumed, but fashion shouldn’t have to cost the earth.  Food will be available for all.

Here’s the Eventbrite link to sign up so there’s enough food!

FREE MMR Booster vaccination dose NOW available from Student Health Unit

Owing to the current national Mumps outbreak, which has been running since late 2018, causing over 3,500 cases of Mumps, and with over 250 cases already diagnosed so far this year, the HSE Dept of Public Health have announced the provision of a FREE MMR Booster vaccination dose. This MMR booster is recommended for any students aged up to 30 years old, who either cannot confirm or are unsure as to whether they previously received the standard recommended 2 doses of MMR vaccination. Should any student require and wish to avail of this FREE MMR Booster vaccination from the NUIG Student Health Unit service, then they should either call in to reception or phone 091-494 337 to book an appointment.

Chili Eating Competition

NUIG Swimming Club are holding a chili eating competition at 5pm on Mon 10th of Feb in Meeting Room 1 in Áras na Mac Léinn. There’ll be loads of prizes and free food for competitors and spectators. It’s gonna be spicy! More info on their insta

Menstrual Pain Among University Students in Ireland Survey

Would you like to take part in a short online survey about the impact of menstrual pain and the management strategies used to cope with it? If you have any questions please contact the researcher K.Monahan5@nuigalway.ie

Survey Link

Potterfest 2020: Phoenixfest

Potterfest, a Harry Potter Convention hosted and organised by NUIG Pottersoc, is coming back for 2020 as PHOENIXFEST from Feb 7th to 9th.Including a Yule Ball Opening Ceremony Gala, as well as panels, quizzes, a raffle and more; we at Phoenixfest would love to see fellow Potterheads there! If interested in being involved or buying tickets, more information is available here

How does depersonalization and self-categorization affect students’ levels of social anxiety?

This study is concerned with exploring the relationship between NUI Galway undergraduate students levels’ of Self-Categorization, Social Anxiety, Attachment Style, Experiential Avoidance and Depersonalization and should take approximately 20 mins to complete.

Link to study for more information 

USI Women Lead 2020

Women Lead is a two day event on the 31st of Jan & 1st of Feb for self-defining women who are interested in running for leadership positions in their Students’ Unions or elsewhere in their community. It features two days of talks and panel discussions by inspirational women on everything from running a campaign to what it’s like to be a CEO!
Register for Women Lead 2020 with this form!

EDEN Conference: Call for Papers

“The Age of the Precariat: Identity and Precarity”: All Island Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by the Early Doctoral Exchange Network (EDEN) at NUI Galway 24th-25th April. EDEN invites submissions by postgraduate and early doctoral researchers that explore the themes of Identity and Precarity. Abstracts of 250 words, along with a short biography of approx. 50 words, can be submitted by Mon 3rd Feb to eden.nuigalway@gmail.com For more info email or follow us on Twitter @eden_nuig

Driver Experiences in Ireland: The link between childhood trauma and trauma following Road Traffic Collisions

You are invited to take part in an NUIG research study exploring how childhood trauma may be related to the trauma following road traffic collisions. Anyone can take part, as long as you are over 18 and have a driver’s license.

For more information regarding the survey, please click this link  

Galway 2020 TV Promo – Extras Needed

On Sunday 2nd February Galway 2020 are shooting a promo to appear on TG4 and RTE. They require 100 extras aged 18 – 24, there will be bands, colourful flares and dancing. Shooting takes place from 8am -12pm.  Contact: Wesleyoduinn@gmail.com to get involved.

LIFT Facilitator Training at NUIG

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative that aims to increase the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland. Within ten years, LIFT Ireland wants 10% of the population to have taken part in our leadership learning process. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a LIFT Facilitator the next round of facilitator training is on at NUIG 9.30am-1.30pm Friday 7th of February.

More info and booking here.

Free Yoga Meditation Class this Saturday

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are back this Sat 1st Feb 2pm-3pm at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road Galway. All welcome every Saturday.

USAC Fight Night

The USAC Fight Night will take place at 7.30pm on Thurs 27th Feb in the Clayton Hotel in aid of Galway Hospice Foundation. There will be raffle prizes on the night, great entertainment and a showcase of amateur boxing. Be sure to get your tickets, don’t miss out!

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections 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.

 

 

NUIG SU Referendum Result

News & Events

Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles 24th January 2020

The final result is:

Total Poll          889

Spoils               2

Total Valid Poll  887

Yes / Tá            362 (41%)

No / Níl             525 (59%)

The Proposal was defeated

Thanks to everyone who came out and voted.

Nominations for SU Full Time Officer positions open 10am Wednesday 19th February

Nominations for SU Part Time Officer positions open Wednesday 26th February

Nominations for SU Council Chair will open at 10am on Thursday 5th of March

More information here. 

 

SU Weekly Email 20 – 23rd January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote Today in SU Referendum

Voting takes place 10am-5pm today Thurs 23rd Jan in the Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles.

The Union is your advocacy and representative body and we constantly strive to better ourselves to have the most positive impact for you. This referendum is about enhancing the effectiveness and functionality of the Union. More information about the proposed changes is available here: https://su.nuigalway.ie/su-referendum/

Make sure to bring your NUIG ID card to Smokey’s Café and have your say about how we represent you. If you have registered for a Remote Vote don’t forget to log on to the SU Website to vote yes or no 10am-5pm today.

 

Neil Delamere €5 Tickets – Just 70 Left!

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.

 

Work and Travel Abroad Fair on Wednesday     

Start planning your best summer ever! The NUI Galway Working & Travelling Abroad Fair takes place 12pm-3pm Weds 29th of Jan 2020 in Áras na Mac Léinn. Exhibitors include J1 Visa Companies, Travel Companies, Volunteering/Adventure Companies and Internship/Training Companies.

 

Volunteers Urgently Needed!

We will be holding our annual charity collection day in aid of the SU Charities on Saturday 1st of February. If you have 2 hours to spare 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm to shake a bucket please contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie – All funds raised will be going to Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West.

 

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here

 

Clare Byrne Live #GE2020 Show

The Clare Byrne Live General Election debate is on 9.30pm Mon 27th Jan and is being broadcast live from the Bailey Allen Hall. Because of this there may be access restrictions to Áras na Mac Léinn and surrounding buildings Sun 26th Jan and Mon 27th Jan. More info to follow from the University but the SU Office will be open as usual 10am-5pm Mon 27th Jan.

 

NUIG Science Student Facing Deportation

NUIG student Mduduzi is from Zimbabwe and has been living in Direct Provision in Galway for the last 3 years. Please sign this petition to help save him from deportation.

 

LIFT Training Registration Open

LIFT stands for Leading Ireland’s Future Together and the aim of LIFT is to build a better Ireland by developing leaders of character across our country. We will again be holding 8 weeks of LIFT roundtables in the SU starting Fri 31st Jan. Each weeks session will start at 3pm and last 30-45 minutes. We will cover a different leadership theme each week including Listening; Positive Attitude; Respect; Empathy & Understanding; Honesty & Integrity; Competence; Determination and Accountability.You can read more about the initiative at www.liftireland.ie

The group is limited to 4 students. To sign up/get more info email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Sin Issue 7 – Win €25 SU Card Credit!

You can read the latest issue of Sin newspaper online HERE and there’s a chance to win €25 SU Card Credit too!

 

NUIG Means Tested Financial Aid Fund and the Hardship/Emergency Fund

Applications are now open for:

  1. Means Tested Financial Aid Fund
  2. Hardship/Emergency Fund

 

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020.

 

Nominations Close 12pm TODAY for Election of a Postgrad Student to Údarás na hOllscoile

Údaras na hOllscoile is the governing authority of NUI Galway. Nominations are now open for a postgraduate student to become a member of Údarás and nominations close at 12pm TODAY Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here. Voting will take place next Weds 29th Jan 10am-9pm at Smokey’s Café.

 

Disability GE2020 Hustings

Next Tues 28th Jan 11am-1pm in the ILAS Building the Disability Federation of Ireland will be holding a hustings of local General Election candidates where you can raise issues of concern and hear from electoral candidates. The General Election Campaign for the voluntary disability sector #DisabilityGE2020 calls for adequate support to people with disabilities and investment in services to ensure can experience the equality for all people with disabilities as promised in the ratification of the UN CRPD. More info and registration here.

 

How to Vote Workshop 5pm today

Ahead of the General Election The Young Greens Society are running a voting workshop educating students on how voting in Ireland works, how to fill in ballot papers etc at 5pm TODAY Thursday the 23rd of January in the View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome.

 

Clubs’ Day next Thurs

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm Thurs 30th of Jan in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

 

Access Society Spring Fling Table Quiz

The Access Society are holding a Table Quiz 6pm-8pm Fri 31st Jan at Sult in aid of COPE Galway and Domestic Violence. Cost: €5 per person or €20 for a table of four – Sign up at the Socs Box. Finger Food will be provided as well as a chance to win loads of lovely goodies.

 

Thinking about a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tuesday, 4th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. Short presentations will take place during the day, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 100 stands on display, so this is your opportunity 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. More information at www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day

 

Clubs’ Ball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Join the NUI Galway Sports Clubs for a massive night to round off the NUIG year! The 2020 Clubs’ Ball will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 24th of March in The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Limited number of Early Bird Tickets on sale now for just €32.50! Get yours now before the price goes up to €40. Ticket includes: Red Carpet Entrance, Drinks Reception, 3 Course Dinner, DJ, Band, Day 2 entry to Electric and lots more surprises to be announced! Over 18’s event – ID required.

 

NUIG Energy Society 5k Wind Farm Run

Made a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape? Us too! Come join us for our Wind Farm 5k to raise money for renewable energy education and the Green Energy Festival (to be held in Galway city on the 17th of April)! The walk, run, or race (depending on how you are feeling) will be on the Peak Ridge Path, winding in and out of the majestic wind turbines with a view of Connemara, lakes, the river, and beautiful Irish scenery. Online registration is €20 and race day sign-ups are €25. The first 50 sign-ups get a free t-shirt so be sure to register today! There will be free refreshments and giveaways for all participants and proceeds go towards Renewable Energy and Energy Reduction Education in Ireland. Order Tickets Here.

Participants Needed: Study on Social Media News Impact

There is a study examining how social media news impacts people online. It is a quick survey that will take approximately 5-8 minutes and is done entirely online. It is open to any student regardless of what you are studying. If you are interested in participating and helping, you can access the survey here.

 

Give Blood in Galway This Month

5pm-8.30pm TODAY Thurs 23rd or 11.30am-3pm Sunday 26th Jan in the Clybaun Hotel.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 28th, Weds 29th or Thurs 30th Jan in the Menlo Park Hotel.

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!

 

Class Reps Meetings This Month

Thurs 23rd Jan 6pm – 7pm MY124 Classroom 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Mon 27th Jan 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC202 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

 

Join SpunOut.ie’s Action Panels

SpunOut.ie are recruiting young people aged 16-25 from across the country for their Action Panels. These Action Panels are where young people meet in Dublin, Waterford, Cork or Galway to decide new content ideas for SpunOut.ie. Action panels meet 3 times per year and members have a number of training opportunities such as on how to be effective advocates for causes they care about, as well as receiving personal and professional guidance.

 

Galway Bay Brewery Run Club Back on Monday

The only free 5/8/10k run that rewards your efforts with a free beer is back at 7pm on Monday 27th of January.

 

Camp Job Fair in Dublin

USA Summer Camp are hosting Ireland’s largest Camp Job Fair in the Aviva Stadium this Sunday 26th January. If you want to secure a summer job in America, make sure you don’t miss out! Over twenty summer camps will be hiring on the day for awesome summer camp positions! For more information, email ireland@usasummercamp.com

 

5 week Empowerment Self Defence course for Women 

Empowerment Self Defence is a comprehensive and holistic method of violence resistance education for women. You do not require any prior experience or level of physical fitness. The course starts 6.30pm-8pm Weds 29th Jan in Shantalla Community Centre and costs €50. Contact for booking and details Laura  O’Connor 087 317 6066 or Angela  Flanagan 087 906 6198.

 

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 19 – 16th January 2020

Weekly Email

From: Joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie

 

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Referendum Info Table

If you have any questions about the upcoming SU Referendum please call to our information desk at Smokey’s Café 11am-1pm TODAY Thurs 16th Jan or 12pm-2pm Tues 21st Jan. You can also visit our website here for more information including answers to your FAQs about the referendum: https://su.nuigalway.ie/su-referendum/

The referendum vote will take place 10am-5pm next Thurs 23rd Jan at Smokey’s Café. Please bring NUIG student ID with you to vote. If you won’t be on campus to vote Remote Vote registration will be open on the SU Website shortly.

 

Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

Work and Travel Abroad Fair

Start planning your best summer ever! The NUI Galway Working & Travelling Abroad Fair takes place 12pm-3pm Weds 29th of Jan 2020 in Áras na Mac Léinn. Exhibitors include J1 Visa Companies, Travel Companies, Volunteering/Adventure Companies and Internship/Training Companies.

 

SU Council Meeting 6pm Monday

The first SU Council meeting of 2020 is on at 6pm on Mon 20th of Jan in AUC G002 in Áras Uí Chathail. All are welcome to attend!

 

Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!

 

Class Reps Meetings This Month

Mon 20th Jan 6pm – 8pm AUC G002 Áras Uí Chathail SU Council
Weds 22nd Jan 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 23rd Jan 6pm – 7pm MY124 Classroom 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Mon 27th Jan 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC202 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

 

Great News!

After serious lobbying efforts and meetings we are delighted to announce that future costs associated with exam buses out to Salthill exam venues will be covered by the University so you don’t have to pay.

 

Are You Registered to Vote?

You can still get yourself registered to vote in the General Election on Sat 8th of February.

  • Call in to the SU Office to collect an RFA2 Form
  • Fill out the form
  • Get this stamped by a Garda (Bring photo ID with you) *there will be garda at Smokey’s Café TODAY (Thurs 16th Jan) 9am-12pm to stamp forms this has been organised by Sinn Féin Soc*
  • Post it to your local authority by Weds 22nd of Jan

 

Cloakroom Open

The SU Free Cloakroom is open again 9am-6pm every Thursday and Friday during term. It’s located down beside the SU XL Shop in the Library basement.

 

Volunteers Needed!

We will be holding our annual charity collection day in aid of the SU Charities on Saturday 1st of February. If you have 2 hours to spare 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm to shake a bucket please contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie – All funds raised will be going to Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West.

 

ALIVE Volunteering Fair TODAY!

Have a chat with the charities local to Galway and international projects too. Get a flavour of what you can learn and what you can bring! 12pm-3pm Thurs 16th Jan in The James Hardiman Library Foyer.

 

Free Bike Lights TODAY!

Galway Cycling Campaign will be handing out free bike-lights 4.30pm-6.30pm TODAY Thurs 16th Jan on University Road (outside Ward’s Shop).

 

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020.

 

Registration Open for Digital Champions Free Workshops

  • Design Workshop
  • Online Video & Creating a Video Pitch
  • Digital Minimalism
  • Podcasts

Book your free space here.

 

Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel TODAY!

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thurs 16th of Jan in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

ALIVE Welcome Workshops

Come along to one of our open sessions to learn more and get started with the community volunteering – projects you will love and anytime that’s right for you! Workshops take place 5pm Thurs 16th Jan, 5pm Mon 20th Jan or 5pm Weds 22nd Jan in the ALIVE Office downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Circuit Training Just €3!

The NUIG Athletics Club is again running Circuit Training classes 7pm-8pm every Tuesday in the Dangan Sports Pavilion. These classes are just €3 and are open to all NUIG students and staff. These classes with Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Fitzpatrick are geared towards getting people fit and active.

 

Societies Fair

If you’re interested in finding out about all the student societies that you can join head along to Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm next Wednesday 22nd January.

 

Registration OPEN for Smart Life FREE Workshops

These cover topics such as:

  • Mindfulness
  • Goal Setting & Motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Career Goals
  • Note Taking & Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Assignment & Exam Preparation

 

CreateHER Event showcasing Women in the Performing Arts
3pm-5pm Thurs 30 Jan in the O’Donoghue Centre, Studio 1. Tea & Coffee included. RSVP here. 

 

NUI Galway Arts Office presents Nature / Light Dreams by Juanjo Sierra

Fine Art Photographic Prints in Limited Edition in NUI Galway Art Gallery, Quadrangle Building 20th Jan to 6 March 11am-4pm Mon – Sat (Closed Sundays) Launch: 1pm Mon 20 Jan 2020 All welcome I Refreshments served

 

Thinking about a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tuesday, 4th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. Short presentations will take place during the day, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 100 stands on display, so this is your opportunity 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. More information.

 

Election of a Postgraduate Student as a Member of Údarás na hOllscoile

Údaras na hOllscoile is the governing authority of NUI Galway. Nominations are now open for a postgraduate student to become a member of Údarás and nominations close at 12pm on Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here.

 

Clubs’ Day

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm Thurs 30th of Jan in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

 

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here

 

Clubs’ Ball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Join the NUI Galway Sports Clubs for a massive night to round off the NUIG year! The 2020 Clubs’ Ball will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 24th of March in The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Limited number of Early Bird Tickets on sale now for just €32.50! Get yours now before the price goes up to €40. Ticket includes: Red Carpet Entrance, Drinks Reception, 3 Course Dinner, DJ, Band, Day 2 entry to Electric and lots more surprises to be announced! Over 18’s event – ID required.

 

Sign Language Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling for our next 10 Week Sign Language courses which are just €40. Options are:

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March – 4 Spaces Left
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March – 3 Spaces Left
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Weds 29th Jan – Weds 1st April – 4 Spaces Left
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thurs 30th Jan – Thurs 2nd April – 5 Spaces Left

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

 

Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.

 

EYE2020 registration now open

Thousands of young Europeans will gather in Strasbourg on 29-30 May 2020 at EYE 2020 (European Youth Event) to meet and inspire other young Europeans and exchange views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers right in the heart of European democracy. If you want to join them registration for EYE2020 is open until 29th February 2020. Register your group here! Looking for group members? Check out the EYE Friends Facebook group.

 

Free this Saturday?

Galway Tidy Towns will be holding a Clean Up 10am-12pm and need your help! More info here

 

Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Tues 21st, Weds 22nd & Thurs 23rd or 11.30am-3pm Sunday 26th Jan in the Clybaun Hotel.

 

Operation Transformation Walk this Saturday

If you need a bit of motivation to get you moving this weekend there’s a free walk in Salthill at 11am on Sat 18th Jan as part of Operation Transformation. Registration is open from 10.15am at Leisureland.

 

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 18 – 10th January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Notice of Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles

Over the course of the last semester the Students’ Union continued the constitutional review work which was initiated the previous year. The main focus was placed on the structure of the Executive Committee and its functionality. On the 25th of November, Students’ Union Council had their say on the proposal for an amended Executive Committee structure. Class Reps voted in favour of the proposal to bring to students to vote on. 500 signatures have been collected in the meantime and a referendum will be held on Thursday 23rd January for you to vote and have your say.

More details about the referendum are available here.

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

Election of a Postgraduate Student as a Member of Údarás na hOllscoile

Údaras na hOllscoile is the governing authority of NUI Galway. Nominations are now open for a postgraduate student to become a member of Údarás and nominations close at 12pm on Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here.

 

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020. See www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim/become-student-leader/

 

What Will You Do In 2020?

Learn Sign Language

Have the Best Summer Ever

Raise Money For Charity

Run For Election

Learn To Save Lives

Laugh!

 

Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thursday 16th of January in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Women’s Self Defence & Mindfulness Class

Chen Tai Chi are offering a special student rate of just €10 per class for their Women’s Self Defence & Mindfulness through Tai Chi course this January. Classes start Tues 28th Jan at 7.45pm at Galway Rowing Club.

 

Clubs’ Day

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm Thursday 30th of January in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

 

ALIVE Welcome Workshops

Come along to one of our open sessions to learn more and get started with the community volunteering – projects you will love and anytime that’s right for you!

Workshops take place 5pm Tues 14th Jan, 5pm Thurs 16th Jan, 5pm Mon 20th Jan or 5pm Weds 22nd Jan in the ALIVE Office downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Galway DARE and HEAR Application Information Session

DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school-leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.The Galway DARE and HEAR Application Information Sessions take place 10am-2pm this Sat 11th Jan in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway,

For more information contact access@nuigalway.ie

 

ALIVE Volunteering Fair

Have a chat with the charities local to Galway and international projects too. Get a flavour of what you can learn and what you can bring! 12pm-3pm Thurs 16th Jan in The James Hardiman Library Foyer.

 

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU President? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election next year yourself

Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here

 

Working and Travelling Abroad Fair

Start planning your best summer ever! The NUI Galway Working & Travelling Abroad Fair takes place 12pm-3pm Weds 29th of Jan 2020 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include J1 Visa Companies, Travel Companies, Volunteering/Adventure Companies and Internship/Training Companies.

 

Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thursday 16th of January in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Clubs’ Ball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Join the NUI Galway Sports Clubs for a massive night to round off the NUIG year! The 2020 Clubs’ Ball will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 24th of March in The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Limited number of Early Bird Tickets on sale now for just €32.50! Get yours now before the price goes up to €40. Ticket includes: Red Carpet Entrance, Drinks Reception, 3 Course Dinner, DJ, Band, Day 2 entry to Electric and lots more surprises to be announced! Over 18’s event – ID required.

 

Sign Language Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling for our next 10 Week Sign Language courses which are just €40. Options are:

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Weds 29th Jan – Weds 1st April
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thurs 30th Jan – Thurs 2nd April

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

 

8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 16th Jan-Thurs 5th March 2020
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 16th Jan -Thurs 5th March 2020

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570.

 

Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.

 

Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.

 

Beer Run Back on Sunday

The only free running club that rewards your efforts with a free beer is back this Sunday! Join Galway Bay Brewery Running Club at 12.30pm this Sunday 12th January at the Salthouse for a social 5/8/10km run! All fitness/unfitness levels welcome.

 

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 Referendum

News & Events

Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles

On Thursday 23rd January you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the restructuring of students’ union officer roles.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:
Do you agree with referendum motion (Executive Committee Composition) proposed by the SU Council on 25th November 2019?
The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution, if passed, will result in the following:
1. The creation of a part-time Equality Officer position on the Students’ Union Executive Committee
2. The abolition of the following students’ union part-time officer roles

• Mature Students Officer

• SU Council Chairperson

• International Students Officer

• Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer

• Disability Rights Officer

• Ethnic Minorities Officer

3. The renaming of the Clubs’ Captain position to Clubs Officer

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

FAQs About the Referendum

When will the Referendum take place?

The Referendum will take place on Thursday 23rd January. Polling will be from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Smokey’s Café. You will need to bring your NUIG student ID with you to vote.

Remote Vote will also be available for those that won’t be on campus to vote. Details on how to vote and how to register for Remote Vote will be advertised in advance.

What wording will appear on the ballot paper?

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes-Tá / No-Níl answer, will be:

Do you agree with referendum motion (Executive Committee Composition) proposed by the SU Council on 25 November 2019?

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an rún reifrinn (Comhdhéanamh an Choiste Feidhmiúcháin) a mhol Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn an 25 Samhain 2019?

What are the main changes if the Referendum is passed?

The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution, if passed, will result in changes to Article 7 of the Students’ Union Constitution which describes the roles of the Student’s Union Executive Committee.

Those changes are:

  1. The creation of a part-time Equality Officer position on the Students’ Union Executive Committee
  2. The abolition of the following students’ union part-time officer roles
    • Mature Students Officer
    • SU Council Chairperson
    • International Students Officer
    • Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
    • Disability Rights Officer
    • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  3. The renaming of the Clubs’ Captain position to Clubs Officer

Where did this proposal come from?

The proposal is the product of a review and consultation process which began last semester. The process was discussed at Students’ Union Executive Committee meetings and SU Council meetings and was also widely featured on social media.

The consultation process informed the proposal which was circulated to members of SU Council in November and then formally proposed at an SU Council meeting later that month. SU Council voted in favour of the proposal being put to referendum, which will take place on Thursday 23rd January.

Why reduce the number of part-time officers?

In 2018 a number of new part-time officer roles were created to bring the total number of officers to nineteen. Over the past two years it has become clear that nineteen officers is unsustainable. It has been difficult to recruit candidates for all position and there have been an increased number of by-elections to fill uncontested positions, or vacant positions following resignations.

There are also logistical challenges to arranging Executive Committee meetings at times that suit all nineteen officers, which has led to meetings not taking place, or low attendance. This stunts the work of the Union and it is very unfair to the constituents of a particular role if an officer does not have the opportunity to attend executive committee meetings. It can be dysfunctional and unproductive and can lead to communication challenges when all officers don’t get to contribute to decisions.

What will happen to SU Council Chairperson?

The proposal seeks to abolish the SU Council Chairperson as a part-time officer, but there will still be an appointed SU Council Chairperson. Currently, the main role of the SU Council Chairperson is to chair SU Council meetings in an unbiased manner. The Executive Committee reports to SU Council, so there is potential for the independence of SU Council to be compromised.

This change will strengthen the voice of SU Council.

SU Council has the authority to create the role of an independent SU Council Chairperson, and appoint somebody to that role.

It is envisaged that the person appointed to that role will not be a member of the Executive Committee, or SU Council, but will have sufficient experience and knowledge of the Students’ Union. They could be a former Class Rep or former SU Council Chairperson. SU Council will be responsible for the appointment and it can create the role in a schedule of the constitution.

Will the Students’ Union still campaign on equality issues?

Yes! The student movement has a long and proud tradition in tackling equality issues and that will not change. The Union’s mission statement, “to promote, defend and vindicate the rights of the members at all levels of society” is based on the principle of equality and everything we do seeks to uphold mission.

If the referendum is passed, the part-time position of Equality Officer will be reinstated. The full-time Vice President Welfare and Equality Officer will continue to have equality as part of their brief to complement the work of the Equality Officer.

The combination of a full-time Vice President Welfare and Equality Officer and a part-time Equality Officer will ensure that all students are equally represented under the nine grounds of equality, not just some.

In addition, this referendum will have absolutely no effect on the excellent work being undertaken by societies like Impacte Soc and GigSoc who have been the most significant contributors to equality policy formation and equality campaigns in NUI Galway.

The abolition of some part-time officers is not trying to reduce the importance of some issues. The overall reduction in officer numbers will streamline the work of the Union and allow more issues to be discussed and addressed.

What’s happening to the Clubs Captain?

There is no change to the role of Clubs Captain. The proposal is to change the name to Clubs Officer to give the role full officer status and to convey the importance of the role. It is sometimes seen that the role of Clubs Captain is to report to the Executive Committee as a club captain, but the role is about representing clubs’ interests. The title change seeks to promote the gravity of the role.

Will this decision be final?

No. The beauty of the Students’ Union is that it is reactive and adaptive to its members needs. If a particular element is not efficiently delivering for the Union’s members, it can be changed by the members.

 If you have any further questions about the referendum please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Interested in getting more involved?

Nominations to run for SU Elections for 2020/20 open on Wednesday 19th February (Full Time Officer Positions) and Wednesday 26th February (Part Time Officer Positions)