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SU Weekly Email 28 – 20th March 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

Coronavirus Updates

All updates regarding NUI Galway and Coronavirus will be published HERE

Please read this page carefully for updates regarding lectures, exams and assignments and keep an eye on your student email and blackboard. If you have any queries regarding academic issues please contact Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Student Accommodation and Housing

The USI, the SU and the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) encourage all student tenants to engage in early and open communications with their landlords regarding any potential issues within a tenancy at this time, particularly in relation to rent payments. The RTB encourages everyone to use its online services where possible during this time. Students living in digs accommodation have very few legal protections. USI is raising this issue with the Department of Housing and Local Government and will continue to lobby to ensure any student affected is supported. Contact Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie with any housing issues you might have.

 

Mind Your Mind!

Minding your mental health is critical during this time. This will be a difficult time for many so we encourage you to try to keep to a routine with study, food and exercise and check in with friends and family using social media, the phone or other online platforms. If you are feeling anxious please reach out for support through the following channels:

  1. Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 for 24/7 support anytime/anywhere.
  2. HSE www.yourmentalhealth.ie
  3. LGBT Ireland Helpline: 1890 929 539 info@lgbt.ie or online chat at lgbt.ie
  4. Rape Crisis Helpline: 1800 77 8888 or counselling@rcc.ie
  5. Samaritans: 116 123 or jo@samaritans.ie
  6. The Chaplaincy Service is available to support students and staff remotely during normal working hours ben.hughes@nuigalway.ie
  7. NUI Galway Student Counselling is continuing to operate, remotely online or by phone email counselling@nuigalway.ie

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work. You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students can apply for the payment.

 

Sin

Read the latest issue of Sin newspaper online HERE for all your NUI Galway news.

 

The Party’s On Hold

In line with Government advice we are urging students not to hold or attend house parties. We know how important it is to students to stay connected especially as many are away from home so our advice is to stay connected but stay distant.

 

Keeping Active

  1. Cultivate an exercise routine (preferably with a dose of fresh air or bodyweight exercises)
  2. Preserve sleep routine and hygiene (decrease screen time 30 min prior to bedtimes)
  3. Maintain healthy eating and adequate hydration
  4. Incorporate basic mobility practice such as yoga

 

Academic Skills Team

The Academic Skills Team are available to help, if possible over the next 2 weeks. Contact them on academicskills@nuigalway.ie  if you have a query and they will do their best to help.

 

Lockers

We won’t be emptying out any lockers during the campus shutdown. As soon as campus is accessible again you can retrieve items from your locker.

 

Academic Writing Centre open for Online Appointments

For the next two weeks, the AWC will provide distance appointments. Appointments can be made 1 day in advance. To book, email awctutors@gmail.com stating your student number and availability. One of our tutors will get back to you to arrange an appointment.

 

Online Library services available during Library closure

The Library is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The following gives information on contacting the Library and accessing online Library services during the closure: http://library.nuigalway.ie/usingthelibrary/onlineservices/

Fines will be suspended for books due back during the library closure.

 

Calling all Class Reps! 

Now is our chance to thank you for helping out all year long with the NUI Galway Award from the President for Volunteering. Thank you for your contribution as a Class Rep – we couldn’t do it without your help all year long. You make it possible for everyone to engage and benefit from the Class Rep mission. To thank you – we invite you to log your contribution online and receive the NUI Galway President’s Award for Volunteering. This award goes on your permanent record from NUI Galway when you graduate.  Log in with your student ID and password and fill in the “Presidents Award” one page reflection. Deadline: Friday 27th March. Login: http://yourspace.nuigalway.ie Questions: alive@nuigalway.ie

 

This Week’s Marchathon Competitions

  1. Photo competition – win Marchathon Goody Packs this week

For this week’s photo competition, we would like you to send us photos showing the Best of Ireland. It could be the sunrise from your kitchen window or a particularly nice scenery shot. Submit your photo by 2pm on Monday 23rd March to be in with a chance to win.

  1. Virtual Challenge

As it is St. Patrick’s Day this week, we’ll continue our journey in Northern Ireland where the Saint Patrick’s Way is located. This signed walking trail connects key sites relating to Saint Patrick and Christian Heritage. We’ll start in Warrenpoint and we’ll walk via the Mourne Mountains to St Patrick’s Country and Downpatrick near where the Patron Saint established his first church and where he was later laid to rest. The distance covered on this part of the way, 53 kilometres, gives a daily goal of 10,000 steps per person. If your team achieves a daily average of 10,000 steps or more wherever you are in the country, your team will be entered into a draw to win Goody Packs. Don’t forget to register your steps before 2pm each Monday!

Remember to keep the steps up but use social distancing when you are out.

 

Connecting Minds – student mental health event is still going ahead! 

The event is still taking place on March 26th, it will be taking place online using a platform called ZOOM from 10am – 12pm / 1pm

Main topics we will be discussing is: 1. USI Mental health strategy 2. National strategy for suicide prevention in third level. Please register at the link here and spread the word

 

Research Project on the Irish Language 

For my master’s thesis I’m looking for Irish students with all levels language proficiency in Irish – participants can receive a €50 amazon gift card. More information here: https://imgur.com/abBnu28

 

TV Presenter Needed

Meangadh Fíbín are in search of a Presenter for a new series about the environment for a show called “Timpeall Orainn” for Cúla 4, TG4. We would like to hear from people between the age of 20-30, who have Fluent Irish and plenty of confidence presenting in front of camera. (If you’ve an interest in this topic, even better again but DON’T refrain from sending us in your Showreel even if you don’t). If you are interested, please send a short video between 1-2mins introducing yourself and telling us about your interest in this particular subject.

Send video clip on WhatsApp to 085 138 9582 Or email fionafibinmedia@gmail.com

 

Call for Young People to Join EYE on the Edge

Galway 2020 is putting together a small group of young people who will support the development of an exciting new project happening this September called EYE on the Edge. This 2 day festival will take place at NUIG.

Closing date for applications 20th March. If you are aged between 18 and 30 and are interested in where we are heading in the world and have something to say about it then we want to hear from you.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 27 – 12th March 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote Today 10am-8pm

#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer elections take place TODAY Thurs 12th March. Polling will take place in the following locations (NUIG Student ID Required):

  • 10am-8pm Library Basement
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer
  • 12pm-6pm Engineering Building Foyer
  • 10am-8pm Online Via Remote Vote on SU Website

PLEASE NOTE: For Clubs’ Captain election Remote Vote is not available and voting will only take place in Library Basement

More info about your candidates is available here.

 

Coronavirus Updates

All updates regarding NUI Galway and Coronavirus will be published HERE

The Student Health Unit is now operating on a booked appointment only basis – the previous walk-in service has been suspended. To book appointments phone 091-494 337 / 083-325 0034 9.15am-12.30pm or 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri

 

Exam Timetables out Today

Semester 2 exams take place Tues 21st April-Fri 8th May. Semester 2 Exam timetable will be released at 12pm today Thurs 12th March HERE Please check your timetable carefully to ensure all your subjects are present.

 

Marchathon Update

Well done to all our Marchathon teams who have been working so hard to get their steps up on the Marchathon challenge so far! Special congrats to the Children’s Studies team for winning the team photo competition and the Overachievers for winning the SU Keep Cup team update competition.

Make sure to log your teams steps online by 2pm each Monday of the challenge. This week’s competitions are:

  1. Daily target of 8,500 steps
  2. Limerick Competition
  3. SU Keep Cup Team Update competition (email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie)

Our weekly Wednesday walk will be back 1pm Weds 18th March led by the ALIVE Volunteering team from outside Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

SU Council Nominations Close 5pm today

Nominations are now for the position of SU Council Chair for 2020/21. Nominations close at 5pm on Thurs 12th March and nomination forms are available from the SU Office and website. The election will take place at the last SU Council of the year at 6pm on Mon 23rd March.

 

Next SU 8 Week Yoga Course Starts Tonight

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 12th Mar – Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 12th Mar -Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

 

President’s Award for Volunteering – the ALIVE Certificate – Apply Now!

Log in with your student ID and password and fill in the “Presidents Award” one page reflection on your volunteering experiences to be invited to the ceremony with cake and special guests! Deadline: Fri 27th March. Login: http://yourspace.nuigalway.ie Questions: alive@nuigalway.ie or visit us in Áras na Mac Léinn. Ceremony: 12noon Tues 7th April, Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

 

St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements

 

Job Clinic Today

Exit Entry are back with their job clinic 11am-3pm today at Smokey’s Café

 

Call for Young People to Join EYE on the Edge

Galway 2020 is putting together a small group of young people who will support the development of an exciting new project happening this September called EYE on the Edge. This 2 day festival will take place at NUIG.

Closing date for applications 20th March. If you are aged between 18 and 30 and are interested in where we are heading in the world and have something to say about it then we want to hear from you.

 

International Adolescent Health Week at NUIG

Look out for great FREE events across campus Mon 16th – Fri 20th of March as part of International Adolescent Health Week #IAHW2020. There will be free food, prizes and lots of craic to be had. More info at:

 

Interested in reducing packaging waste?

Please complete a quick survey on reducing meat waste packaging HERE.

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

There’s less than 70 tickets left for the Clubs’ Ball so get yours quick here

 

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months?

Donate your leftover household items to a charitable cause at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here 

 

Want to try Table Tennis?

Beginners welcome! Call down to the Kingfisher to join the Table Tennis Club (bats & balls provided) 6pm-8pm Thursdays (Hall 3) and 6pm-8pm Fridays (Hall 1)

 

Self-efficacy and coping strategies in university students with headaches

This is a 10 minute study that aims to understand the relationship between participants level of self-efficacy and their ability to cope with and manage headache pain. Study Link. 

 

Beach Clean Up and Tank Dive In Aid of RNLI
NUIG Sub Aqua Club will be diving in the Aquarium all day Sat 28th March 8am-8pm to raise funds for the RNLI. There will also be a Beach Clean Up with the Marine Soc beginning at 12pm and equipment is provided. Bring your friends and family for a fun filled day by the sea!

 

Perceived Barriers to Bicycle Commuting across Gender and Stages of Change

All NUIG students living in Galway City are invited to take part in a short (5-10min) survey looking to better understand what might prevent them from cycling to university. A link to the study can be found HERE and, as a thank you for taking part, all participants will be eligible for entry into a draw to win one of three One4all vouchers worth €50 each. Should you have any questions contact d.oriordan3@nuigalway.ie

 

Free Meditation Class This Saturday

Take some time out for free meditation 2pm-3pm this Sat 14th March at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway.

 

Impact of Screen time on the sleep quality of Irish college students.

I am conducting a research project to investigate the screen time habits and sleep quality experienced by Irish college students. The project involves filling out a survey that will take approximately 10 minutes. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please read the attached information leaflet for more information. Please click THIS LINK if you wish to participate in the study. Information leaflet on study.

 

Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Mon 16th, Weds 18th & Thurs 19th March at the Clayton Hotel.

 

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday in March there will be loads of events focussed on your Wellness across NUIG. These include Marchathon Wednesday walks, yoga classes, massage, resilience workshops, running clubs, cooking lessons, movies, food and more. There will also be discounts and offers on healthy food choices across campus. More info at: www.nuigstudents.ie

 

NUIG 5k

The NUIG 5k in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tues 31st of March. Early bird student rate is €10. More info and registration 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.

NUI Galway Arrangements for St Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17th March 2020

News & Events

NUI Galway Arrangements for St Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17th March 2020

#NUIGU20 Part Time Officer Candidate Information

News & Events

#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer Candidate Information

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Part Time Officer elections will take place Thursday 12th March 2020. Polling will take place in the following locations (NUIG Student ID Required):

10am-8pm Library Basement (opposite Media Linn)

11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer

12pm-6pm Engineering Building Foyer

10am-8pm Online Via Remote Vote (Deadline to register for Remote Vote is 11.59pm Weds 11th March on SU Website)

PLEASE NOTE: For Clubs’ Captain election Remote Vote is not available and voting will only take place in Library Basement

Your candidates are as follows and we will be including links to their policies/manifestos/campaign pages as these are supplied to us – just click on their name: 

Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Mature Students Officer

  • Michelle Mitchell

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer

Disability Rights Officer

Postgraduate Taught Officer

  • Martin Smyth

Postgraduate Research Officer

  • Sebastiaan Bierema

Clubs’ Captain

  • Kirsty Moran

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • Evan O’Flaherty

Make sure you vote 10am-8pm Thursday 12th March #YourVoiceYourChoice

 

#NUIGSU20 Full Time Officer Election Results

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#NUIGSU20 Full Time Officer Election Results 6th March 2020

President Election Result: Pádraic Toomey deemed elected

Round 1

Coughlan, Alex  496

Mortell, Denis 549

Toomey, Pádraic 1,595

Electorate: 19,760

Total: 2,700

Spoils: 30

Total Valid Poll: 2,670

Quota: 1,336

RON: 30

Pádraic Toomey deemed elected

Vice President / Education Officer Result: Emma Sweeney deemed elected

Round 1

Cooke, Kenny 634

Green, Scott 783

Sweeney, Emma 1121

Electorate: 19,760

Total: 2,641

Spoils: 67

Total Valid Poll: 2,574

Quota: 1,288

RON: 36

Cooke & RON Eliminated

Round 2

Green, Scott 1,042

Sweeney, Emma 1,357

Emma Sweeney deemed elected

Vice President / Welfare and Equality Officer Result:  Róisín Nic Lochlainn deemed elected

Round 1

Burke, Simeon 482

Nic Lochlainn, Róisín 1192

O’Donoghue, Ellen 895

Electorate : 19,760

Total: 2664

Spoils: 42

Quota: 1312

RON: 53

Burke & RON Eliminated

Round 2 

Nic Lochlainn, Róisín 1341

O’Donoghue, Ellen 895

Róisín Nic Lochlainn Deemed elected

PART TIME OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the election of the remainder of the SU Officer positions will be postponed until the 2020/21 Academic Year (Dates to be confirmed)

These positions are:

  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • Societies’ Chairperson
  • Convenor of College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • SU Council Chair

For more information contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie 

SU Weekly Email 26 – 5th March 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote Today!

Please make sure you get out and vote for your SU Full Time Officers today. Bring your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • 10am-8pm in Library Basement (opposite Media Linn)
  • 11am-8pm in Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer
  • 12pm-6pm in Engineering Building Foyer
  • 10am-8pm on SU Website if you registered for Remote Vote

We will be counting the votes on Friday morning – follow #NUIGSU20 for result updates.

 

SU Council Nominations Open

Nominations are now for the position of SU Council Chair for 2020/21. Nominations close at 5pm on Thurs 12th March and nomination forms are available from the SU Office and website. The election will take place at the last SU Council of the year at 6pm on Mon 23rd March.

 

Sin SU Elections Special

The latest issue of Sin newspaper is out now and includes interviews with all your SU Officer candidates and a chance to win SU Card Credit in their crossword competition. Read it here.

 

Next SU 8 Week Yoga Course Enrolling Now!

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 12th Mar – Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 12th Mar -Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

 

The Marchathon Challenge has Started!

How to win prizes this week:

  1. If your team has a daily average of 7,000 steps or more, wherever you are in the country, your team will be entered into a draw to win Smarter Travel Goody Packs.
  2. If you’re ready to start winning, submit a fun photo of your team before the end of the week, there are Marchathon Goody Packs up for grabs. You can embrace the theme of this week’s Virtual Challenge by dressing up as your favourite Martian for your team photo.
  3. Win SU Keep Cups for you and your team by letting us know how week 1 is going for you and sending on photos of you teams progress to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie
  4. Join us at 1pm next Wednesday for our weekly 30 minute walk and get free stuff!

 

Coronavirus Update

If you have recently returned from a Coronavirus affected area and feel unwell, avoid mixing with people and phone the Student Health Unit on 091 494 337. More info and advice here: https://www.nuigalway.ie/alert/

 

SU Engineering Desk Closed Tomorrow

The SU Engineering desk will be closed tomorrow Fri 6th March. It will reopen 11am-3pm Mon 9th March. For any queries please contact the SU on 091 493 570.

 

Sexual Experiences Survey – Win an iPad

The national survey on students’ sexual experiences is now open! Tell us about your highs and lows of sex as a student and be in with a chance of winning an iPad or €100 voucher. Complete the survey here

We will also have an info stand in Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Mon 9th & Tues 10th March and 12pm-2pm Weds 11th March in the Engineering Building.

 

Attention NUI Galway Postgrads

With USI we are hosting a Postgrad Drop-In Clinic 10.30am-12.30pm today in Hub Central + Postgrad talk 2pm-3pm today in The View. All postgrads welcome!

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

There’s less than 100 tickets left for the Clubs’ Ball so get yours quick here

 

Book Hold Period Reduced

Based on student feedback the Library are reducing the amount of time a book is on hold from seven to three days. If you wish to place a hold on a book that is already checked out to another user, do so, but please remember that you now have three days to pick up the book from the Library before it will be released so that other users can borrow it.

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.

 

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday in March there will be loads of events focussed on your Wellness across NUIG. These include Marchathon Wednesday walks, yoga classes, massage, resilience workshops, running clubs, cooking lessons, movies, food and more. There will also be discounts and offers on healthy food choices across campus. More info at: www.nuigstudents.ie

 

Improving your assignments with Gale Archives

NUIG Library are pleased to welcome Gale Student Ambassador Evelyn Moran who will be delivering a short half-hour workshop on using Gale Archives for your assignments. Thurs 12th March 12pm – 12:30 pm in the Library Training Room. More info and registration.

 

International Student Sustainability Donation

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months? Donate your leftover household items to a charitable cause at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here.

 

Campus Trails Competition Starts Monday

Do you know the best 1/3/5/8k walking or jogging routes on campus? Generate a map of your favourite route on MapMyWalk or MapMyRun. Then login to www.YourSpace.nuigalway.ie and register your team and route under Campus Wellness. Prizes will be awarded for the best routes. Closing date 1st May. Email wellness@nuigalway.ie for more info.

 

What if there was a way to build peaceful and sustainable societies for all?

In a world with growing injustices, the Sustainable Development Goals will provide the means to overcome these challenges and to transform our communities. Let’s find out what they are 6pm-8pm Thurs 12th March in G010. What do they mean to us? How can we put these Goals into practice? We will have some fun while we are at it as well. Free pizza for all attendees. Register here.

 

NUIG 5k

The NUIG 5k in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tues 31st of March. Early bird student rate is €10. More info and registration here.

 

Free Yoga Meditation this Sunday

All welcome to a free yoga meditation class 1pm-2pm this Sun 8th March at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway.

 

Travelling to UCHG or NUIG Campus from East Galway?

Students are invited to take part in our short online survey about a park and ride service available to NUIG students, staff or visitors travelling from East Galway (e.g. Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea, Oranmore, Gort). If you agree to take part, you will be asked questions about your demographic information and preferences for such a service. The survey takes approximately 4 minutes to complete HERE.

 

Nominations for the Student Achievement Awards Ireland 2020 are now OPEN!

The awards recognise the great achievements of students all over Ireland, and their dedication to improving education and society. If you are one of the shortlisted nominees you will be invited to the USI SAAI Awards Ceremony in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin on April 29th. Go to usi.ie/awards/ to find out more and submit a nomination online.

 

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

 

National Gambling Addiction Helpline

Helplink Mental Health – a registered charity, providing accessible services locally in the West of Ireland, nationally and internationally has now joined forces with the Gambling Awareness Trust to provide a national gambling addiction / gambling dependency counselling service; that is available for free; 7 days a week and out-of-hours. Contact by emailing gamblingsupport@helplink.ie or by phone to 0818 998 880 to arrange an appointment. More info.

 

Darkness Into Light 2020

Registration is now open for Darkness Into Light 2020 and early birds can avail of reduced prices until 17th March.

 

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.

UPDATE in relation to the 4% rent increase at Goldcrest

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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