February 2020

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UPDATE in relation to the 4% rent increase at Goldcrest

News & Events
UPDATE in relation to the 4% rent increase at Goldcrest
Two weeks ago today the news broke that Atalia Ltd increased the on-campus student accommodation rent by 4% which is the maximum allowable increase in a rent pressure zone. We have been working hard to try and get this decision reversed!
 
1. The day after the news broke, we immediately made contact with the University President to organise a meeting about the decision taken by the board of directors. We met on the Monday after and had a few positive actions and commitments that came from the meeting; one including a joint letter being sent to Atalia Ltd requesting a meeting to discuss the rationale behind the increase. We also changed the student strategy launch to an open forum where students could come along to talk to the President expressing their frustration and share their personal stories to highlight the every-day struggles students in higher level education face.
 
2. In addition, we launched an online petition which now has over 2,000 signatures. The Students’ Union Executive Committee also went around Goldcrest and Corrib Village gathering signatures and spreading our message.
 
3. We sent letters to all Údarás members (Governing Body of the University) informing them of our position and mentioning that this would be an item of discussion on the agenda. In advance of the meeting we rang around to ensure their support on the day.
 
4. We strategically planned the day of action for Thursday morning to coincide with Údarás taking place so that members would see the protesters while we argued the point at the table. We succeeded and received their support as a letter will be sent from Údarás to the board of Atalia Ltd later on today, expressing disapproval with a view to reversing the decision made. Further to the protest, we liaised with political societies including Labour, Young Greens, Sinn Féin, People Before Profit, CYM and Social Democrats and supported the sleep out #OccupationOfTheQuad last night.
 
5. We have also engaged in a numerous amount of local and national media outlets over the last two weeks to highlight this issue and keep it a rolling item on the agenda.
 
6. After a meeting with the President today (Friday 28th Feb), we have agreed to bring the meeting with the board of Atalia Ltd forward to this coming Wednesday 4th March as a call of urgency. We are delighted to say we have gained the support of students, staff, Údarás, the University President, councillors and TD’s.
 
Unfortunately, due to the red weather warning this weekend we will have to continue our occupation of the Quad with political student groups on Monday 2nd March. We encourage as many students to join us to ensure that these rent increases do not create further barriers to education for our students.
 
We won’t stop until the rent increase drops! #FreezeTheFour #BreakTheBarriers 💪💪

SU Weekly Email 25 – 27th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

FREEZE THE FOUR – Rent Hike Protest 9.30am TODAY!

Join us at 9.30am TODAY at the Quad to protest against the recent 4% rent increase for NUI Galway Goldcrest student accommodation. From September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month. This is a huge barrier to accessing education. Let’s show the University that students are not cash cows! If you can’t join us today then please sign our petition against the rent increases HERE

 

#NUIGSU20 Election Updates

  • Full Time Officer Nominations are now CLOSED. Candidates will be announced on our Facebook page after 5pm today.
  • Part Time Officer Nominations are OPEN. They CLOSE at 5pm Thurs 5th March
  • Hustings 3pm-5pm Mon 2nd March at Sult for Full Time Officer Election
  • Remote Vote Registration Closes midnight Weds 4th March for Full Time Officer Election
  • Full Time Officer Voting takes place 10am-8pm Thurs 5th March (10am-8pm in library basement, 11am-8pm in Áras na Mac Léinn, 12pm-6pm in Engineering Building, 10am-8pm on SU Website via Remote Vote) – Don’t forget your NUIG ID!
  • SU Council Chair Nominations OPEN 10am Thurs 5th March. They CLOSE Thurs 12th March.

 

Marchathon Starts Monday – Are You Registered?

  1. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  2. Sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie
  3. Get a Step Counter — download a free app, buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device
  4. From 2nd March to 27th March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge and win prizes for walking including SU Keep Cups!

We will be back in Smokey’s at 11am Mon 2nd March with free fruit and snoods and the first of our Wednesday walks is at 1pm Weds 4th March from outside Áras na Mac Léinn – all welcome!

 

Give Blood at NUIG Next Week

Be a bloody legend, do your good deed for the day and give the one pint that you can be proud of! 12pm-3.30pm Mon 2nd, Tues 3rd & Weds 4th March in the Bailey Allen Hall. Bring photo id!

 

SU Council Meeting this Monday

Our next SU Council meeting takes place 6pm Mon 2nd of March in AUC G002 in Áras Uí Chathaill. All welcome! For more info contact su.education@nuigalway.ie or su.council@nuigalway.ie

 

Homelessness Panel Discussion Tonight

Lit & Deb are hosting a panel discussion about housing and homelessness at 7pm tonight in the Kirwan Theatre. All welcome.

 

Hustings – Meet Your Candidates

This is your chance to meet your #NUIGSU20 Candidates for

  • President
  • Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer
  • Vice-President/Education Officer

At the hustings 3pm-5pm at Sult on Mon 2nd March you can listen, question and decide who you want to vote for on Thurs 5th of March. The Students’ Union is your voice so make sure that you vote for the person who will best represent you and fight for your interests. Sin newspaper and Flirt FM will also be interviewing candidates to help you decide who deserves your vote.

 

Not on campus to vote in #NUIGSU20 Full Time Officer Elections next Thursday?

You can register for a Remote Vote before midnight Weds 4th March on the SU Website & Vote online 10am-8pm Thurs 5th March.

 

USIT Talk + Info Stand Next Tuesday

USIT will be on campus next Tuesday 3rd of March 11am-3pm Smokey’s Café and 1pm-2pm The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Applications Open for EXPLORE programme – €900 Funding!

The Explore Programme is where NUI Galway students and staff find support for innovative ideas. Staff and students across campus are invited to apply for collaborative projects. There is up to €900 in funding, along with a support structure brought to you by the Innovation Office, to enable innovative ideas to get off the ground. Application deadline Fri 6th March.

 

Are you a young person with a disability or do you know someone who is?

Young people with disabilities (aged 15 – 20) are invited to take part in research about decision making and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This research would like to learn about the decisions they make and if they feel they are supported or prevented from making key decisions in their lives. For more information contact Clíona at c.debhailis1@nuigalway.ie

 

Vodafone Promo Next Thursday

Vodafone will be in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-3pm next Thursday 5th March with lots of deals and giveaways – call down!

 

Hungry?

Join PotterSoc at 11.30am TODAY in The View for a feel good free brunch and mental health tips! If you’ve any spare books please bring them along as they are collecting books which they will donate to the Adult Mental Health Unit in UHG.

 

The Academic Writing Centre is Open!

If you need help with essay writing just call in to them on the floor 2 of the Library. Their one-on-one tutorials are FREE with no appointment necessary. Opening Hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm (Plus Thurs 4pm-6pm).

 

Need to talk to someone?

Niteline Galway is a listening, support and info service run by and for students of NUI Galway. Volunteers go through rigorous screening and training programme based on the Samaritans model with support from the NUIG Counselling Service. The service runs 9pm-12am Weds & Thurs on 089 219 6918. You can talk about anything; no problem is too big or too small.

 

2020 PhD Write Up Bursary

The 2020 PhD Write-Up Bursary scheme is open for PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding. Applications are available here.

 

Have you ever used SUMS? Have you not? Why?

Please take just two minutes to fill out this survey to help feed into a final year project looking at student non-engagement with mathematical supports. The survey can be found HERE.  Contact email: scottgreen1998@gmail.com

Need Help with your Taxes?

The pilot Tax Clinic will take place on Mon 2nd March, Tues 3rd March and Weds 5th March from 16:30 to 19:00 (approx. 30 minute appointments).  Contact the Tax Clinic at taxclinic@nuigalway.ie to arrange an appointment.

 

Problematic Smartphone Use in High and Low Symptomology 

My research aims to better understand how we use our smartphones. If you would like to take part in the survey please click here for more information.

 

Free Meditation this Saturday

Free Meditation class 2pm-3pm this Sat 29th Feb at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway. All welcome.

 

Seanad Éireann Elections

If you are registered to vote in the Seanad Éireann elections please note that ballot papers are being posted out from tomorrow Fri 28th Feb to the address that you registered under. Poll will close at 11am on Tuesday 31st March at which point your completed ballot paper must be returned BY POST to the National University of Ireland.

 

Student Achievement Awards

Nominations are open until 5pm Thurs 12th March for the USI Student Achievement Awards. Categories include: Student Representative of the Year, Mature Student of the Year, Charity Champion of the Year, Club/Society of the Year and Postgraduate Champion of the Year.

 

An Taisce/CUSP Climate Action Workshop

A Climate Action Workshop will take place 6pm-8pm Mon 9th March in Room AC213 (Corridor down by Bank of Ireland) Arts Science Building.  The workshop is open to all Local Climate Ambassadors and NUI Galway students. Light refreshments will be served.  Hope you can make it.

 

NUIG Teaching Excellence Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2019-20 NUIG Teaching Excellence Awards. Any member of staff actively involved in teaching may be nominated for their contribution. They must be nominated by two people, which may be two staff, two students, or one of each.

Details of the scheme are to be found here.  Nomination forms may be accessed here.  Closing date for nominations is 4pm Mon 2nd March

 

Fundraiser in aid of ISPCC Childline 

On Wednesday 11th March at 7.30pm at Sult, there will be a table quiz in order to raise vital funds for the Childline service. Finger food and great prizes to be won. All welcome. For more info contact j.keane23@nuigalway.ie

 

Health Promotion Postgraduate Open Evening Tomorrow

Are you interested in learning about health and well-being, and the wider determinants of health?  Why not join us for our Health Promotion Postgrad Open Evening at 6pm on Fri 28th February in Aras Moyola. For further info contact hpinfo@nuigalway.ie

 

FREE 6-Week Healthy Food Made Easy Programme

Start Date: Wednesday 4th March Time: 6.30pm-9.00pm each week in Westside Resource Centre. Places are limited, call 091 528 325 to register today!

 

Understanding Stress & Building Resilience

FREE public talk in Westside Public Library with Occupational Psychologist Paul Marsden 6.30pm-7.45pm Weds 4th March. All welcome.

SELECTED 2020 Application Now Open

SELECTED is Galway International Arts Festival’s professional development programme for emerging artists, theatre makers, curators and producers currently studying at NUI Galway. Deadline: 9 March at noon.

 

#NUIGSU20 Elections – Part Time Officer Nominations are OPEN

  • 14 x Voluntary Part Time Officer NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

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 24 – 20th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

#NUIGSU20 Elections – Nominations are OPEN

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Closing date 5pm Weds 26th Feb.
  • 14 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

NUIG Rent Hikes

We are outraged by the University’s decision to increase rent in on-campus student accommodation by 4% for 2020/21. This means that from September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month. This is a huge barrier to accessing education.

Please sign our petition against the rent increases HERE.

 

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us at Smokey’s Cafe 11am-1pm Mon 24th Feb & Mon 2nd March for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.  Marchathon Registration is Open NOW and you can win Prizes for Walking! The Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on www.activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

We will also be holding 30 minute walks each Wednesday during the challenge to help you get the steps in, meet new people and maybe get some more free stuff!

 

Sin Issue 9

Here’s the latest issue of Sin which includes a chance to win tickets to the Sports Ball in the crossword competition. Read more here.

 

Exit Entry Job Clinic Today

Call up to Smokey’s Café 11am-3pm today to meet Exit Entry at their job clinic – you might even get a free water bottle!

 

Multicultural Event

1pm-3pm Tues 25th Feb in the Cube downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more info contact su.international@nuigalway.ie

 

Clubs’ Forum

The next Clubs’ Forum is on at 6pm on Weds 26th Feb in the Thomas Dillon Theatre on the Concourse. All welcome. Will include Q&A with Director of Sport Mike Heskin and Interim Clubs’ Officer Tanya Schafer. There’ll also be info about running for election as Clubs’ Captain (nominations open Weds 26th Feb!)

 

Need to sort out your taxes?

The FREE NUI Galway pilot Tax Clinic will run 4.30pm-7pm on the following days in the ILAS Centre, North Campus, offering basic tax info services to NUIG students: 24/25/26 Feb & 2/3/4 March – contact taxclinic@nuigalway.ie to book your free appointment.

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here

 

Need Books?

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

 

Lunchtime Seminar on Sports Journalism

You are invited to a lunchtime seminar on sports journalism 1pm Tues 25th Feb in G010 in Hardiman Research Building. Panelists include: Keith Duggan (The Irish Times), Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill (TG4), Mike Finnerty (Sky Sports & Mayo News), Cliona Foley (freelance sports journalist). RSVP to journalism@nuigalway.ie – refreshments will be served.

 

The Effects of Emotion Regulation on our Physical and Psychological Wellbeing

This study is a 10 minute survey interested in looking at how our ability to control our emotions can impact  different aspects of our wellbeing such as stress and anxiety. It is also looking at why we have individual differences in our ability to regulate our emotions such as our attachment style.

Survey link. 

 

Litter Pick this Saturday

Join the NUI Galway Active Citizens Society for a litter pick up at Droim Chaoin 11am-12pm this Sat 22nd Feb! Meet up at the pitch behind the Glen Oaks Lodge.

 

Funded European Volunteering Experience: ALIVE and the European Solidarity Corps

Would you like to spend three months in Portugal? Or a year in Italy? Fully funded and supported to volunteer with a non-profit organisation to gain experiences and build your skills. The European Solidarity Corp programme might be for  you! Come along to this info session at 12pm TODAY Thurs 20th Feb to learn more about it! ILAS (near Goldcrest) upstairs in the Boardroom (2nd floor) take the free campus bus to the ILAS building. Sign up for free lunch at the talk.

 

Blood Donation: A Randomised Control Trial

Would you like to take part in a 4 minute online survey regarding individuals’ blood donation intentions and behaviours? For our final year psychology research experiment myself and Sophy Molloy are examining personality, the effect of reciprocity priming and mode of delivery on blood donation intentions and behaviours. We are particularly interested in recruiting college-going participants! Survey Link

 

Postgrad Ball 2020

The NUIG Postgrad Ball 2020 will take place on Thurs 2nd of April in the Clayton Hotel. Early bird tickets, €45, will be available in Smokey’s on the 26th & 27th Feb 12pm-2pm. Tickets will be available from SocsBox or online for €50 after these dates.

 

Making Every Contact Count initiative – students’ perspectives

Would you like to take part in a short, anonymous online survey about a new initiative in supporting the prevention of chronic disease? Researcher contact: l.byrne27@nuigalway.ie

Survey Link.

 

Have your say in the Student Survey – Closing Date This Sun 23rd Feb!

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here

 

Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop

Rescheduled Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop will take place 5.30pm-7pm Tues 25th Feb in THB-G011 Seminar Room, The Hardiman Building.

Details of more Smart Life FREE Workshops here.

 

George Moore Scholars Fund For Postgrad Study in USA

This is a €20 million programme (2020-30) to support up to 300 academically talented students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in the USA. The programme is open to students from all backgrounds who completed most of their education on the island of Ireland, and who attended one of the 11 universities of Ireland. Applications close 27th March. Students may also have applied for sources of support to other schemes, such as Fulbright, SFI, IRC or the NUI Travelling Studentship Awards. More info: www.georgemoorescholars.ie

 

Talk: The Psychology of Genocide

The Psychology of Genocide (and other toxic situations) free talk will be at 6.30pm on Weds 11th March in AMBE G065 (psychology building). All students welcome! Please log your interest here.

 

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

This study is concerned with exploring the relationship between NUIG undergrad 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 info. 

 

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities in the community and on campus – get involved in once off volunteering to build your experiences!

Have a click to read more:

Youth Work Ireland

Schools of Sanctuary

Think Outside Event

Engineering Family Day

 

Would you like to participate in a 1 minute volunteering app development questionnaire?

A group of final year students are developing an app to connect active and hopeful volunteers enabling them to interact with other like-minded people and tackle social issues that they are interested in. The app is in its development and by filling out the survey it would enable the creators to implement any tweaks or features that volunteers would want. Here`s the link to the questionnaire. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCQ5ZC9

 

Demechanising Bodies: A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory

A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory for Queer people that will explore the patriarchal roots of gendered and sexual repression and rehearse strategies for resisting these oppressions 10am-6pm Sat 14th of March at NUIG. No previous experience in theatre is necessary. Places are limited so please RSVP HERE. 

 

Deadline to Register for Seanad Éireann Vote Weds 26th Feb

Are you an NUI Galway graduate? Make sure you register for your Seanad Éireann vote. Seanad Éireann is the Upper House of the Irish Legislature and is composed of sixty members. Three of these senators are elected by National University of Ireland graduates. You can get a registration form in the SU or online here. Please note that if you are not already registered you won’t be able to vote in the upcoming Seanad Éireann election.

 

National Women’s Council of Ireland: Call out to women with disabilities

We are starting a project to reach out to women with disabilities. We want you to get involved to help us reflect your experiences better in all our work and campaigns for women’s equality. If you are interested and want to get involved please contact Catherine on 01 679 0100 or email catherinel@nwci.ie

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

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.

 

Students’ Union Outraged at NUIG 4% Student Rent Hike

News & Events

Students’ Union Outraged at NUIG 4% Student Rent Hike

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union is outraged by the University’s decision to increase rent in on-campus student accommodation by 4% for 2020/21. This means that from September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month.

 

By applying the maximum 4% increase in a rent pressure zone the University is exploiting 19,000 students and their families who cannot afford the rents they are already struggling to pay. This price gouging is placing another barrier to access to education for students.

 

NUI Galway recently launched their 2020-25 Strategy to much fanfare highlighting “affordable and sustainable on-campus accommodation for our students” as a key “priority” in “Building for the Future”. Yet again the University has shown that it is more focused on commercial gain rather than actually supporting students. Between having the 8th highest fees in the world, insufficient grant support and the rising cost of accommodation, students are struggling like never before.

 

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We meet students everyday who have to work two or more part-time jobs to stay in college, students who commute huge distances, students who can’t afford decent accommodation and students who aren’t in college who should be. We are outraged that in the midst of an accommodation crisis the University is again looking to profit from the desperation of students looking for accommodation.”

SIGN OUR PETITION AGAINST RENT INCREASES HERE

 

SU Weekly Email 23 – 13th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week 2020

TODAY

  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity.
  • 7pm Sex Toy Bingo in the Corrib Room at Sult SOLD OUT!

Fri 14th Feb

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

 

#NUIGSU20 Elections

  • 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

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Rally in Support of Mduduzi Creative Ngwenya 1pm TODAY

We invite you to attend a rally in support of NUI Galway student Mduduze Creative Ngwenya at 1pm today Thurs 13th Feb at the Big Yellow Thing. Science student Mduduzi is from Zimbabwe and has been living in Direct Provision in Galway for the last 3 years. He is now facing deportation. Mduduzi is on the committee for the University of Sanctuary at NUIG. He is a talented, hard-working and socially conscious individual who has made a huge effort to integrate and engage with the community in Galway #SaveMdu

 

Need a Valentine’s Day present?

If you need a Valentine’s Day present for your sole mate why not give the gift of cosy feet! Our Big Yellow Thing Charity socks are just €9 a pair and are on sale from the SU Office, the SU Shop and our website HERE. They’re perfect for secret library crushes too and all funds go to the SU Charities!

 

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us at Smokey’s Cafe 11am-1pm Mon 17th Feb, Mon 24th Feb & Mon 2nd March for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.
Marchathon Registration is Open NOW and you can win Prizes for Walking! The Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on www.activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

We will also be holding 30 minute walks each Wednesday during the challenge to help you get the steps in, meet new people and maybe get some more free stuff!

 

How To Run For SU Election Online Info Session

USI are running a free online how to run for election information session 6pm-7.30pm TODAY Thurs 13th Feb. To take part just sign up here.

 

First Year Engineering Movie Night

1st year Engineering movie night 6pm-8pm Tues 18th Feb in ENG-G017. Take a break from study and relax with a movie! All welcome.

 

USIT J1 Info Talk Tuesday

USIT will be on campus to answer all your J1 questions next Tues 18th Feb 11am-3pm at Smokey’s Café and 1pm-2pm in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Calling all students!

Are you interested in taking part in a focus group research project about college students’ attitudes to sexual consent?

One4all voucher for every participant! For more information or to sign up please contact Mari at m.mcshea1@nuigalway.ie

 

Job Clinic with Exit Entry

Exit Entry will be in Smokey’s Café 11am-3pm next Weds 19th Feb and Thurs 20th Feb to help out with your job search. https://www.exitentry.com/

 

Have your say in the Student Survey

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

Applications Close Tomorrow Fri 14th Feb for Hardiman Research Scholarships

More info here.

 

Love Life Love Walking 1pm TOMORROW!

Meet up at 1pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn this Fri 14th Feb for a 30 minute walk and talk along the campus biodiversity route with NUIG staff and students. All welcome – wear your walking shoes/runners!

 

Netflix & Chill Pub Quiz

ROPES are hosting a Netflix & Chill pub quiz at 7.30pm Tues 18th Feb at Sult. It’s just €4 per person with lots of prizes and free food.

 

Exploring Global Financial Justice Workshop with ALIVE

ALIVE is hosting an SDG Workshop free for all students to attend –Exploring Financial Justice – What are the SDGs? What do we mean by Financial Justice? Why is there poverty in some parts of the world and not others? 5pm-7pm Tues 18th Feb with Financial Justice Ireland in the Careers Seminar Room.

Here’s the sign up link so we have enough food for all!

 

Postgrad Ball 2020

The NUIG Postgrad Ball 2020 will take place on Thurs 2nd of April in the Clayton Hotel. Early bird tickets, €45, will be available in Smokey’s on the 26th & 27th Feb 12pm-2pm. Tickets will be available from SocsBox or online for €50 after these dates.

 

Making Every Contact Count initiative – students’ perspectives survey

Would you like to take part in a short, anonymous online survey about a new initiative in supporting the prevention of chronic disease? More info: l.byrne27@nuigalway.ie

 

NUIG Sports Scholarships Open

Scholarships are open to new entrants, current NUIG students, students transferring to NUIG and those hoping to do postgrad courses at NUIG. Closing date 31st March.

 

Rave for the Reef

Rave for the Reef is back at 8.30pm on Weds 19th of Feb in the Roisin Dubh. For every €50 euro we raise 1 coral can be planted and raised by the Reef Restoration Foundation. These scientists are currently working in the Great Barrier Reef trying to stop the coral bleaching epidemic, which is a major cause of climate change. Tickets are €5 euro and can be got my DMing @RaveForTheReef_RoisinDubh on instagram

 

The Prevalence, Perception and Adherence of Alternative Dietary Lifestyles in College Students

You are invited to take part in a survey assessing how prevalent certain diets among college students, student perceptions of these diets and the levels of adherence that accompany them. More info: r.mcguinness5@nuigalway.ie

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Thurs 13th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here

 

Need Books?

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

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

Homelessness Protest March

There will be a Homelessness Protest March at 2.30pm on Sat 29th Feb from Spanish Arch to the Liam Mellows Statue.

 

Galway at the Heart of Europe – Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe

6.30pm-8pm on Thurs 20th Feb The European Commission Representation in Ireland, in co-operation with European Movement Ireland and NUIG is delighted to invite you to an event ‘Galway at the Heart of Europe’ – a Citizens’ Dialogue on the Future of Europe in the Aula Maxim NUIG. The event is free to attend, but advanced registration is essential via Eventbrite

 

Irish Cancer Society Summer Studentships

Studentships in Translational Research and Social and Allied Health Science applications are open. More Info here.

 

Free Yoga Meditation Class this Saturday

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes take place every Saturday 2pm-3pm at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road Galway. All welcome.

 

Free Festival Tickets for Volunteers

Volunteer with Charity Concierge at this summer’s biggest music festivals and raise money for international development charity Child.org. You can join them this year at Download, Camp Bestival, Latitude, Electric Picnic and more. More info 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.

Marchathon Challenge 2020

News & Events

Marchathon Registration is Open – Win Prizes for Walking!

You are invited to participate in the annual Smarter Travel Step Challenge, Marchathon. The Marchathon Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March 2020.

Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

The more you walk the more chances you have to win!

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us around Smokey’s Cafe/The Concourse for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.

  • 11am-1pm Mon 17th Feb
  • 11am-1pm Mon 24th Feb
  • 11am-1pm Mon 2nd March

Marchathon Wednesday Walks

As part of the Marchathon Challenge this year we will be holding short 30 minutes walks each Wednesday in March to keep all the NUI Galway teams motivated and give everyone a chance to meet up. There might even be some freebies!

Each walk will be led by a different group with a different starting point:
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 4th March SU Walk from outside Áras na Mac Léinn
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 11th March Societies Well Crew Walk from outside the Psychology Building
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 18th March ALIVE NUIG Walk from Áras na Mac Léinn
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 25th March Societies Well Crew Walk from outside Áras na Mac Léinn

Marchathon Prize Giving

Our Marchathon Prize Giving will take place at 11am on Friday 17th of April at Sult

For more information about the Marchathon please contact Joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 22 – 6th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week 2020

Mon 10th Feb

  • 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.

Tues 11th Feb

Weds 12th Feb

  • 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)

Thurs 13th Feb

  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity.
  • 7pm Sex Toy Bingo in the Corrib Room at Sult (€5 Tickets via Eventbrite HERE)

Fri 14th Feb

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

More info from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader – Applications Close Monday!
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Benefits include: 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: Mon 10th Feb.

 

Disclosure Training – Limited Spaces Left

We have just a few spaces left for our Disclosure Training 10am-1.30pm next Tues 11th Feb with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. The course cost is €10 and you can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570. This 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.

 

#NUIGSU20 Elections

  • 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

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Sin Issue 8

Hot off the presses here’s the latest issue of Sin Newspaper with all your NUI Galway news and your chance to win SU Card Credit! Read it here.

 

Have your say in the Student Survey

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

SU Council Meeting this Monday

Our next SU Council meeting takes place 6pm Mon 10th of Feb in AUC G002 in Áras Uí Chathaill. All welcome!

For more info contact su.education@nuigalway.ie or su.council@nuigalway.ie

 

Need a Valentine’s Day present?

If you need a Valentine’s Day present for your sole mate why not give the gift of cosy feet! Our Big Yellow Thing Charity socks are just €9 a pair and are on sale from the SU Office, the SU Shop and our website HERE. They’re perfect for secret library crushes too and all funds go to the SU Charities!

 

Sex Toy Bingo Tickets On Sale

Sex Toy Bingo is back next Thurs 13th Feb for SHAG Week, tickets are selling fast and all proceeds go to the SU Charities.

Get yours here.

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 10th Feb 6pm – 8pm AUC G002 Áras Uí Chathail SU Council
Tues 11th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 12th Feb 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 13th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

 

Climate Strike: Fridays For Future TOMORROW

This Climate Strike is a pre-election protest lead by the Fridays for Future campaign. We will be meeting outside Sult at 12:30pm and then marching to Eyre Square where we will hold the strike from 1pm to 3:30pm. We need the Government to hear us loud and clear in this upcoming election, our future is in their hands. For more information contact younggreens@socs.nuigalway

 

Update on Postgraduate Election to Údarás na hOllscoile

Following the voting process for a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile on 29th January, 2020 the voting result was inconclusive. Therefore, the voting process will be re-run. Voting will take place 10am-9pm on Tues 11th Feb on the Concourse for the following candidates:

  • O’Connor, Dómhnall
  • Ward, Owen

Please note: You must present a valid Student ID in order to vote. All previous votes have expired. Only Postgraduate taught and research students are eligible to vote

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here

 

Need Books?

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

 

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.

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony this Saturday

If you are around Galway this Saturday make sure you head down to South Park from 5pm for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony.

 

Marchathon Registration is Open – Win Prizes for Walking!

You are invited to participate in the annual Smarter Travel Step Challenge, Marchathon. The Marchathon Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more! The more you walk the more chances you have to win!

 

The Prevalence, Perception and Adherence of Alternative Dietary Lifestyles in College Students

You are invited to take part in a survey assessing how prevalent certain diets among college students, student perceptions of these diets and the levels of adherence that accompany them.

Study Link.  Researchers email: r.mcguinness5@nuigalway.ie

 

ShoutOut Volunteer Training

ShoutOut are hosting volunteer training in Galway 7pm-9.30pm Thurs 13th Feb in Bar Nova. This is your chance to make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ young people. More info here.

 

The Effects of Emotion Regulation on our Physical and Psychological Well-Being

This study is a 10 minute survey interested in looking at how our ability to control our emotions can impact on different aspects of our wellbeing such as stress and anxiety. It is also looking at the causes of our ability to regulate our emotions such as our attachment style.

Survey Link. 

 

Health Promotion Postgraduate Open Evening

Are you interested in learning about health and well-being, and the wider determinants of health?  Why not join us for our Health Promotion Postgrad Open Evening at 6pm on Fri 28th Feb in Áras Moyola. More info from hpinfo@nuigalway.ie

 

Would you like to participate in a quick study on social media?

You  may have tried to help a few weeks ago, and unfortunately the server crashed. Technology always makes life interesting, doesn’t it? It has been fixed now, and we apologize for any inconvenience. But we still need your help. We are running an online study on how social media news impacts people. It will take approximately 5-8 minutes (honestly). It is open to every student in every discipline. If you are interested in participating and helping, you can access the survey here. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact Christie at c.tetreault1@nuigalway.ie

 

USI Connecting Minds Event

Whether you are a student who has lived experience of mental illness in third level, someone who is interested in student mental health, a student researcher in the area, or if your society has done something in relation to mental health in third level, USI would like to invite you to their student mental health event, which will take place on Thurs 26th March (venue TBC) from 10am – 4pm.

 

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

 

Free Yoga Meditation Class this Saturday

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are back this Sat 8th Feb 2pm-3pm at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road Galway. All welcome every Saturday.

 

Beer Run this Sunday

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is back at 12.30pm this Sunday for a sociable 5/8/10km run followed by a free beer. Meet up down at the Salthouse and you can leave your bags there while you run!

 

Call for participants in Council of Europe No Hate Speech Training Course

Training is via e-learning modules from March to May and a residential course in May in Strasbourg. Deadline for applications is Weds 12th Feb 2020 More info here.

 

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.

Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

News & Events

Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting two major events on Tuesday 4th of February to help their 19,000 student members to decide who to vote for in the General Election on the 8th of February.

The first event is a live broadcast of the Moncrieff show on Newstalk FM from campus. The live student audience will be voicing their concerns about climate change and what they think politicians should be doing about it. This event is a collaboration with SpunOut.ie, NYCI and USI taking place 1.30pm-4pm in The View in Áras na Mac Léinn. Free tickets are available here.

The second event will see a hustings of the Galway election candidates where students can discuss their party’s policies on housing, healthcare, education, transport, work, direct provision and public services. This event is in collaboration with ONE Galway and GMIT Students’ Union and will take place from 7.30pm in the Kirwan Theatre. Free tickets are available here.

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We have registered thousands of NUI Galway students to vote again this year and we want them to be as informed as possible when they go to vote on the 8th of February. Our student members are more engaged than ever and are adamant that the next Government address their concerns regarding accommodation, funding for education, climate change, healthcare and direct provision.”