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Barista Course

Life Skills

Description: This course is divided into a practical and a theoretical section. Students must attend both.

Part A: Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Practical).

Course objectives: To cover the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder. Covering Safe operation of the equipment, espresso extraction, milk preparation using steam, espresso coffee recipes, grinder settings, espresso machine maintenance.

Course Outline: The demonstration will take approximately 75 minutes

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Part B: Coffee Origins and Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Theoretical).

Course objectives: To cover a brief History of Coffee Culture and Coffee Bean Origins and the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder.

Course Outline: The talk will take approximately 75 minutes.

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Students per course: Max 12 students per group. Min 8 students for course to go ahead.

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Course Cost: €10 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities

Date/Times (Choose one): 

  • Group 1: 10am-1.30pm Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Group 2: 2.30pm-6pm Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Group 3: 11.30am-3pm Friday 18th October 2019
  • Group 4: 3.30pm-7pm Friday 18th October 2019

NUI Galway Students’ Union Secures Gender Neutral Bathrooms for Campus

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured an agreement from the University to install gender neutral bathrooms in each building on campus. The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible.

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to ensure a more inclusive campus for all students and staff. Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in. NUI Galway Students’ Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured gender neutral bathrooms for the staff and students of NUI Galway. This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all.”

NUIG SU Charity Aquathon 2016

Charity, Events

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February 2016. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser this year!

You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants.

5 week training plan for complete beginners by Dr Jane Walsh NUI Galway. Read her blog Running to Stand Still here.

Complete the Entry Form Here. Return same to the Students’ Union Office and collect your Sponsorship Card. Sponsorship cards and funds raised can be returned to the Students’ Union office or brought with you on the morning of the race.

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here.

THANK YOU: Kingfisher, NUI Galway, NUI Galway Triathlon Club, Advertees for the t-shirts, College Bar Catering for lunch, the SU Shop for the snacks and water!

Event Schedule for Competitors: 

  •          9.30am-10.30am Registration in the Sports Centre
  •          10.30am Competitor Briefing and group photo
  •          11am  First wave of competitors enter the pool
  •          11.30am First group of runners start the run
  •          1.30pm Lunch and prize giving

We are grouping competitors according to their estimated times for each part of the event so the fastest swimmers will be going in the pool first and moving on to start the run first. This way we don’t have people crashing in to each other!

Equipment Required: 

1. Swim: Swimming togs, flip flops, swimming hat, goggles, towel etc.

2. Run: Running gear, proper runners (no shoes, boots etc. allowed)

NUIG SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2016

Charity, Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2016

On Saturday 5th March the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb will be taking place in association with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club.

The event will be raising money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16. Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport, Co. Mayo and rises to a height of 762m above sea level.

To take part you need to fill out a registration form and return same to the Students’ Union Office. We will then give you a sponsorship card.

Participants need to raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the event and this will include return bus and a free t-shirt.

All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union office by 5pm on Wednesday 2nd of March.

You can also download the registration form HERE and you can fundraise online HERE.

Provisional Event Timetable:

9.30am SHARP Bus leaves from the Quad

11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.

11.30am Climb Begins

1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick

2pm Descent Begins

4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick

5.30pm approx. Bus arrives at the Quad

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Before you can board the bus you must have all of the following items:

Walking boots (with ankle support!) PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.

Trousers (not Jeans)

Rucksack/Bag Waterproofs (no Ponchos)

Hats and Gloves

Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)

Spare Clothing and Shoes

Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

News & Events

Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’sfundraising events will include a Christmas Day fundraiser in November and a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December!

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €12,500 raised during the year”

Galway Rape Crisis Centre offer emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and abuse via a help line, face to face counselling, training and education services.

Cyril Connole of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”

The Irish Cancer Society aim to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union. As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”

Interested in helping out? Sign up here or email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to get involved.

Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirer at last year’s SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe

No Platform Policy

Referenda

Referendum on Students’ Union No Platform Policy

Do you wish to retain the No Platform Policy as passed by the Students’ Union Council on 7th November 2011?

No Platform Policy
Passed by NUI Galway Students’ Union Council, 7th November 2011

1. The Students’ Union will be mandated to automatically oppose any invitation
to members of the organisations listed below to speak at this university.

2. Students’ Union Officers shall be prohibited from sharing a public platform
with members of the listed organisations.

3. Organisations may be added and removed by ballot of NUI Galway Students’
Union Council. Proposals will be submitted by class reps or Students’ Union
Executive Officers.

4. The list of organisations under the No Platform Policy shall be reserved for
organisations that are deemed to be fascist and/or racist by the Students’
Union Council.

Organisations included in the No Platform Policy:
• BNP
• Combat 18
• Hizb ut- Tahrir
• MPAC UK (Muslim Public Affairs Committee)
• The National Front.
• Democratic Right Movement
• MPAC Ireland
• National Front parties from various other EU countries
• The Racial Volunteer Force (Splinter group from C18)
• Blood and Honour
• British Movement/British National Socialist Movement
• Column 88

Referendum RFC06/1 – Structures

Referenda

The Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway hereby gives notice of a referendum – number RFC06/1 (Structures) – of its members under Article 18 of its Constitution to be held on Wednesday 22nd February 2006.

Votes in Favour – 532
Votes Against – 244
Total Valid Poll -766
Spoiled Votes – 14
Total Poll – 790
Result – Passed

The full motion text is as follows:

“That the Constitution of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway, passed by referendum on 18th April 2002 and amended by referendum RFC04/1 on 19th February 2004, be amended as follows:-

ARTICLE 6: STRUCTURE

Section (ii), sub-section A. Representational:

Replace the words “Administrative Officer” with the words “senior staff member”.
Delete the words “In the case of accounts of specific interest however, mandates may be changed by agreement with each of the above mentioned signatories. Responsibility for the College Bar (Student Club) and the SU Travel Office shall be retained by the Student Union Executive who shall pass over management of same to the commercial Company unless otherwise expressly decided by an AGM.”

Section (ii), sub-section B. Commercial:

Replace this entire section with the following: “The commercial activities of the Students’ Union shall be run in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. Siopa na Mac Léinn, Concourse Catering, Bar Catering and the College Bar shall be controlled by the Board of Directors of NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Limited. Responsibility for Publications, Entertainments and the general office services (general office services being exam papers, lockers and other services as may be decided from time-to-time by the Executive) shall be retained by the Executive Committee.

Signatories on cheques and all forms of debit paper from the Union’s companies’ accounts shall be decided by the respective Boards of Directors of these companies.”

ARTICLE 7: OFFICERS

Section A:

Delete sub-section (iv) “The Vice-President / Campaigns and Communications Officer”;
Delete sub-section (v) “The Secretary”;
Delete sub-section (viii) “The Disability Awareness Officer”;
Delete sub-section (ix) “The Environmental Awareness Officer”;
Insert “The Postgraduate Officer” as sub-section (iv);
Insert “The Student Development Officer” as sub-section (v);
Re-number accordingly.

Section B:

Replace this entire section with the following “The President shall be an ex-officio member of all Union committees and sub-committees unless otherwise stated in the Constitution and its Schedules. S/He may delegate her/his position on all committees, except the CRC and Executive Committee, to members of the Executive Committee or CRC.”

Section D:

Insert the words “They shall receive and sign employment contracts prior to taking up office and shall be remunerated at a rate to be decided by the Executive Committee.” after “the Union.”

ARTICLE 9: GENERAL MEETINGS

Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 10: CLASS REPRESENTATIVES COUNCIL

Section C:

Replace the words “The Secretary of the Union shall be ex-officio secretary of the CRC.” with the words “The Administrative Secretary of the Union shall be the non-voting secretary of the CRC. In the event of the Administrative Secretary being unavailable, the President shall nominate a member of the CRC to record the minutes for that meeting.”

Sections I, J, L:

Replace all instances of the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

Section N:

Replace the words “every second meeting” with the words “every second ordinary meeting”.

ARTICLE 11: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section A:

Delete section (i) “The President”.
Insert the following as section (i): “The President of the Union, who shall be chairperson and shall have responsibility to uphold this Constitution and the terms of reference of all Union companies. The President shall be responsible for liaising with the appropriate staff members of the Union, the Union’s companies and with University management. S/He shall have responsibility for the finances of the Union in conjunction with the senior staff member and shall report to the Executive on this and the activities of the Union’s companies. The President shall also be responsible for ultimate coordination of Students’ Union campaigns and shall be required to act as a member of the Boards of Directors of companies owned by or related to the Union. S/He will represent Union members on University committees, and shall be the Chief Executive Officer and chief spokesperson of the Union. The President shall be the principal delegate to the National Council and Annual Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland. The President shall also be required to give a mandatory report on work carried out at each Executive meeting.”
Delete sub-section (ii) “The Secretary”;
Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary” in sub-section (iv).
Delete sub-section (v) “The Vice-President / Campaigns and Communications Officer”;
Delete sub-section (vi) “The Equality Officer”;
Insert the following as sub-section (vi): “The Equality Officer, who shall have responsibility for the promotion of equal opportunities and equal participation for all members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall initiate relevant campaigns to highlight and address difficulties facing ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ students. The Equality Officer shall be responsible for promoting integration in all student activities and shall provide a limited number of hours weekly for the purposes of consultation and referral for Union members. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Delete sub-section (vii) “The Disability Awareness Officer”;
Delete sub-section (ix) “The Environmental Awareness Officer”;
Insert the following as sub-section (v): “The Postgraduate Officer, who shall be responsible for developing Union policy on postgraduate education. S/He shall lobby for better induction, training and other facilities for postgraduate students. S/He shall also be responsible for encouraging postgraduate student participation in the Union and the University and shall work primarily in conjunction with the Vice-President / Education Officer. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Insert the following as sub-section (vii): “The Student Development Officer, who shall be responsible for the promotion of an active university community through encouraging volunteering and participation in extra-curricular activities amongst members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall support and advance initiatives that contribute to the overall development of students. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Replace the words “who shall enforce Article 6.i.(C) and 6.i.(D) and who shall promote the Irish language and culture in NUI Galway.” with the words “who shall be responsible for the promotion of the Irish language and culture amongst the members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall enforce Article 6.i.(C) and 6.i.(D) and shall support the work of the Irish language societies on campus.” in sub-section (viii).
Re-number accordingly.

Section C:

Insert the words “The Executive Committee shall decide Union policy and all members of the Executive shall be bound by these policies. All members of the Executive Committee shall be required to present a work plan for the year ahead to the Executive for approval before week two of the first semester. This work plan shall be reviewed and, if necessary, updated before the start of the second semester and again at the end of the second semester and at any other time that the Executive Committee deems appropriate.” after the words “of the Union”.

Section E:

Replace the word “six” with the word “five”.
Insert the words “The Administrative Secretary of the Union shall not be a member of the Executive, but shall act as secretary to the Executive Committee and shall be responsible for recording minutes and other duties as required from time-to-time by the Executive. In the event of the Administrative Secretary being unavailable, the President shall nominate a member of the Executive to record the minutes for that meeting.”

Section G:

Replace the word “six” with the word “five”.

Section H:

Insert the words “All members of the Executive shall have a collective responsibility for the successful operation of the Union. All members of the Executive must maintain confidentiality on any matter deemed confidential by the Executive.” after the words “the Union”.

Section J:

Replace this entire section with the words “The Elections Committee. This shall comprise of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Returning Officer appointed under Schedule I, section A, sub-section 1. The Administrative Secretary shall act as non-voting secretary to the committee. The duties of this committee are to oversee the running of all Union elections and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and it’s schedules. If a member of the committee is running for re-election, they must resign their position on the Elections Committee. The Executive Committee shall nominate one of their number as a replacement. The Elections Committee must also provide a list of rules and regulations for candidates on Union notice boards before campaigning begins.”
Replace this entire section with the words “The Publications Committee. This shall comprise of the President and the Vice-Presidents and the relevant staff members nominated by the Executive Committee. The Administrative Secretary shall act as non-voting secretary to the committee. The duties of this committee are to oversee the non-editorial organisation of all Union publications and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and its schedules of Seirbhisi Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta.”
Insert the following as sub-section (v): “The Societies’ Forum. The Societies’ Forum shall be chaired by the Societies’ Chairperson and shall meet at least once per semester. The purpose of the Societies’ Forum shall be to discuss any relevant issues arising which affect the University’s societies. The Societies’ Forum shall be open to the auditors of the University’s societies. An auditor may nominate a society representative to attend in his/her place. The Societies’ Chairperson must provide a written report of work in progress and any other relevant information to at least one Societies’ Forum per semester and may be requested also by the Societies’ Forum to provide additional reports.”
Insert the following as sub-section (vi): “The Clubs’ Forum. The Clubs’ Forum shall be chaired by the Clubs’ Captain and shall meet at least once per semester. The purpose of the Clubs’ Forum shall be to discuss any relevant issues arising which affect the University’s clubs. The Clubs’ Forum shall be open to the captains of the University’s clubs. A captain may nominate a club representative to attend in his/her place. The Clubs’ Captain must provide a written report of work in progress and any other relevant information to at least one Clubs’ Forum per semester and may also be requested by the Clubs’ Forum to provide additional reports.”

Section (new):

Insert the following as a new section after section I: “Incoming full-time Officers shall be required to attend one week of crossover training in advance of taking office. Such training shall be provided by the outgoing Officer. This training shall normally take place in the first three weeks of the month of June and dates shall be agreed in advance between the incoming Officer and the outgoing Executive. Incoming Officers shall be remunerated at the same rate as the full-time Officers for this week’s training. However, this remuneration shall not be payable in the case of an outgoing full-time Officer having been elected to the same or another Executive office.”
Re-number accordingly.

ARTICLE 14: MINUTES

Replace the words “the Union Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 15: AMENDMENTS

Section A:

Replace the words “A referendum shall be the only method of amending the Constitution” with the words “A referendum of the members of the Union shall be the only method of amending the Constitution and such a referendum shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions laid out in Article 18”.

Section C:

Replace the words “the Constitution or its Schedules” with the words “the Schedules of this Constitution”.
Replace the words “and, if appropriate, website” with the words “and website(s)”.

Section D:

Delete this section.

ARTICLE 17: INTERPRETATION OF MINUTES AND MOTIONS OF ALL UNION MEETINGS

Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 18: THE REFERENDUM

Sections B, C:

Replace the word “three” with the word “four”.

ARTICLE 19: COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

Section 2:

Delete the words “Publications/Seirbhísí, Entertainments and the General Office Area. The Company shall be responsible for all Student Union bank accounts in operation at present with the exception of the Representational Account which shall be the full responsibility of the Students’ Union Executive.”

Section 5:

Insert the words “who shall act as Chairperson of the Board” after the words “Students’ Union”.
Delete sub-section (i).d.
Delete sub-section (iii).
Insert the words “The senior staff member of the company shall act as non-voting secretary to the Board. S/He shall be responsible for the organisation of Board meetings and any other duties as may be decided from time-to-time by the Board.” as sub-section (iii).

Section 7:

Replace the words “the Administrator” with the words “the senior staff member”.

SCHEDULE I: ELECTIONS

Section B

Insert the words “Notwithstanding this, only registered postgraduate students of the University shall be eligible to vote in the election of the Postgraduate Officer.” after the words “is a student or not” in sub-section 7.
Delete current sub-section 11.
Insert the words “The ballot paper shall contain the names of all candidates. In all elections where there are any nominations, ballot papers shall include as an option the statement ‘Re-open nominations’, which shall be treated as a candidate and shall be the last name on the ballot appear. If the ‘Re-open nominations’ candidate is elected, the Returning Officer shall declare the vacancy unfilled and a new election shall be held in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule.” as sub-section 11.

Sections C, E:

Delete all instances of the words “Secretary or”.

ALL ARTICLES

Replace all instances of the words “Student Union” with the words “Students’ Union”.
Re-number all sections of Article 19 in accordance with the standard numbering format used elsewhere in the Constitution as follows:-
sections to be in the format A, B, C, etc.;
sub-sections to be in the format (i), (ii), (iii), etc.

INVOCATION

The changes proposed to the Constitution in this motion shall come into force at 09:00 on the morning immediately following the close of polls.”

Referendum RFP06/1 (Student Levy)

Referenda

The Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway hereby gives notice of a referendum – number RFP06/1 (Student Levy) – of its members under Article 18 of its Constitution to be held on Wednesday 22nd February 2006.

Votes in Favour – 409
Votes Against – 376
Total Valid Poll – 785
Spoiled Votes – 7
Total Poll – 792
Result – Passed

The motion text is as follows:

“That the members of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway (“the Union”) authorise the Executive Committee to negotiate with University authorities an increase in the Student Levy payable annually by each individual student on registration subject to the following conditions:-

  • That the said increase, which would be payable in addition to the current Student Levy, will total €40.00 per student.
  • That payment of the said increase will commence in September 2006.
  • That the said increase of €40.00 be apportioned as follows:-
  • €10.00 be allocated to the Union, to be further allocated as follows:-
  • 20% be allocated to the provision of entertainment in an alcohol-free environment on campus;
  • 20% be allocated to Seirbhisi Comhaltas na MacLeinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta as a contribution to that company’s publications. In the event of the dissolution of that company, this allocation will be directed towards the cost of the Union’s publications by whatever means deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • The remaining 60% be allocated to the representational activities of the Union to be used as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • €10.00 be allocated to CCG Aonad Slainte do Mhic Leinn Teoranta (Student Health Unit) to be used as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of that company. In the event of the dissolution of that company, this allocation will be directed towards the cost of providing a student health centre on campus, by whatever means deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • €10.00 be allocated to the NUI Galway Sport and Recreation Union for distribution to the recognised sports clubs by whatever means deemed appropriate by that body;
  • €10.00 be allocated to the NUI Galway University Societies’ Committee for distribution to the recognised student societies by whatever means deemed appropriate by that body.
  • That the said increase be index-linked in line with the current mechanism used in the annual calculation of the Student Levy.
  • That the said increase be payable until such time as the Union decides by referendum of its members to alter or terminate the terms of payment of the Student Levy.”

Referendum RFP06/1- Student Levy Guide

In 22nd February 2006, you will be asked to vote in two Students’ Union referenda. These are numbered RFP06/1 (Student Levy) and RFC06/1 (Structures). This guide seeks to explain the RFP06/1 (Student Levy) only. Further additional documentation fully explains the other referendum, RFC06/1 (Structures).

NUI Galway Students’ Union asks that you read this information carefully and inform yourself fully of both sides of the argument in advance of the referendum. The full motion text is available here.

1. General information

This referendum seeks to increase the Student Levy (currently €68) by €40 from September 2006.

A “yes” vote would mean a €40 increase in the Student Levy from September 2006, in addition to the normal inflationary increase (approximately €7) – a total levy of €115. The additional proceeds would be divided out as explained below.

A “no” vote would mean that there would only be an approximate €7 inflationary increase in the Student Levy from September 2006 – a total levy of €75.

A quorum of 5% of Union members (approx. 700 students) is required to make the vote valid.

Polling takes place on Wednesday 22nd February 2006 in Áras na Mac Léinn from 10:00-20:00. You require your NUI Galway student ID card to vote.

2. Who decides how the Students’ Union funding will be distributed?

20% of the proposed increase (approximately €26,000) will be automatically allocated to Seirbhisi … Teo., the Union’s publications company, to support the Union’s publications (see point 5 below for further details). This will not mean an end to commercial advertising in the Union’s Diary and/or the Sin newspaper, but rather additional funding support. The company struggles to make ends meet each year; this increase would mean the Union would have to provide less direct support to the company, freeing up more time and funding to be spent on educational and welfare matters.

A further 20% will be allocated to the Union’s alcohol-free entertainment budget. The hugely successful Tuesday Nights Ents programme was only possible because of a significant grant from the Student Projects Fund. However, this grant funding was limited to three years and will expire in May. Alcohol-free entertainment is an uncertain business. As a result, the Union will require a significant budget each year in order to cater for the entertainment needs of those who do not participate in the events held in the College Bar, either due to personal preference or the law (e.g. under 18’s).

The remaining 60% will be added to the Union’s representational budget, i.e. education, welfare, equality, etc. Each year, the Union struggles to balance its books due to a severe lack of funding. In addition to this, referendum RFC06/1 (Structures) seeks to make significant changes to the structure and operations of the Union and will require additional funding to allow the Union to expand and grow in the future. The planned expansion includes the appointment of researchers and further administrative/secretarial staff.

These referenda are exclusive of each other, so in the event that (the other) referendum RFC06/1 (Structures) does not pass, the increased funding raised by this proposed levy increase will continue to be invested in the representational activities of the Union.

3. Who decides how the clubs and societies funding will be distributed?

In the case of the clubs, the Sport and Recreation Union (formerly known as the Athletic Union) will decide how the funding should be distributed. The Students’ Union Executive Committee will have no role in this.

In the case of the societies, the University Societies Committee will decide how the funding should be distributed. The Students’ Union Executive Committee will have no role in this.

Who decides how the Student Health Unit funding will be distributed?
The Board of Directors of ASML (see point 5 for further details) will decide how the money allocated to Student Health Unit will be distributed. It will all be spent on supporting current services and providing additional new services. The Students’ Union President is a member of this Board and will be involved in the proper allocation of the funding.

4. Why are two companies named in the motion?

There are two companies referred to in the motion text: Seirbhisi Comhaltas na MacLeinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta (“Seirbhisi”) and CCG Aonad Slainte do Mhic Leinn Teoranta (“ASML”).

ASML is the company which runs the Student Health Unit. It is a distinct separate entity from the University and the Students’ Union, although its members and Board of Directors are made up of University staff and the Students’ Union President.

Seirbhisi is the company which is responsible for the production of Students’ Union diary, wall planner, the Sin newspaper and the Sin website. It is a separate legal entity from the Students’ Union, but is held in trust for the Union and produces only Union-related material.

For legal reasons, the direct beneficiaries must be named, hence the full company titles in each case.

5. Why is “dissolution” mentioned?

There is a chance that ASML will be absorbed into the University in the near future and that Seirbhisi will be merged with the Students’ Union. If either of these events happens, the motion text means that there would not be a need for a further referendum to re-direct the proceeds of the levy, but rather that the Executive Committee could (only) re-direct it to the new health unit or publications department(s).

6. How much money is involved?

The proceeds from the 2005/06 levy were divided as follows (figures are approximate due to rounding): Euro (2005/06)
Per head Total
Sports clubs 7 90,300
Societies 7 90,300
Students’ Union 7 90,300
USI 5 64,500
Áras na Mac Léinn 15 193,500
Student Health Unit 6 77,400
Flirt FM 4 51,600
Student Projects Fund 17 219,300
Total 68 877,200
Contributing students 12,900
In addition to the allocation from the levy, sports clubs, societies and the Union receive grants from the non-tuition charge, totalling €86,000, €63,133 and €6,079 respectively in 2004/05 (2005/06 figures have not been confirmed yet).

If the proposed €40 increase is approved, the budgets of the sports clubs, societies, Students’ Union and Student Health Unit would each increase by approximately €130,000 for the year 2006/07.

7. Other related information

The Union and the University have agreed that the €100 increase approved by referendum in November 2003 for the construction of the new sports and societies’ centres will now start in September 2007 and not, as previously agreed, in 2006.

8. When will payment of this levy end?

The levy will continue to be paid until a referendum of the members of the Students’ Union votes to alter the terms of the levy.

9. Further information

Further information on the referendum is available from the Students’ Union offices or from the Students’ Union President – su.president@nuigalway.ie

10. Where and when does polling take place?

Polling will take place from 10:00-20:00 on Wednesday 22nd February 2006 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Referendum RFC05/1 (USI)

Referenda

On 10th March 2005, the Students’ Union Executive called a referendum (number RFC05/1 (USI)) of its members under Article 18 of its Constitution to be held on 7th April 2005 on the motion below.

Votes in Favour – 879
Votes Against – 145
Total Valid Poll – 1024
Spoiled Votes – 19
Total Poll – 1043

Result – Passed

The full motion text is as follows:

“That Article 6 sub-section i.B. be retained in the Constitution of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway (hereinafter referred to as “the Students’ Union”), thereby extending its affiliation of the Students’ Union to the Union of Students in Ireland (hereinafter referred to as “the USI”); and that the Student Levy at National University of Ireland, Galway be immediately increased by €5 per annum to pay increased affiliation fees to the USI and to cover all costs associated with the participation of the Students’ Union in any events organised by, or relating to, the USI, with the balance being added to the Students’ Union representational budget.”

RFC05/1 USI Guide

On Thursday 7th April 2005, you will be asked to vote in a referendum (RFC05/1) that will decide on the future of NUI Galway Students’ Union affiliation to the Union of Students in Ireland, and also whether or not the Student Levy should be increased from September 2005.

It is important to remember that this referendum is not solely about paying €5 extra in the Student Levy, but also about NUI Galway Students’ Union’s participation in the national representative body for students in Ireland. This information sheet outlines the facts relating to the “mechanics” of the referendum and what the potential outcomes are. This sheet does not provide a case for or against the motion, nor on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s participation in the USI, nor does it give direction on whether you should vote for or against the motion. The “Yes” and “No” campaign teams will publish these arguments over the next few weeks.

NUI Galway Students’ Union asks that you read this information carefully and inform yourself fully of both sides of the argument in advance of the referendum.

What is the motion?

The motion is as follows: “That Article 6 sub-section i.B. be retained in the Constitution of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway (hereinafter referred to as “the Students’ Union”), thereby extending its affiliation of the Students’ Union to the Union of Students in Ireland (hereinafter referred to as “the USI”);

and that the Student Levy at National University of Ireland, Galway be immediately increased by €5 per annum to pay increased affiliation fees to the USI and to cover all costs associated with the participation of the Students’ Union in any events organised by, or relating to, the USI, with the balance being added to the Students’ Union representational budget.”

What does this mean?

This entire motion will not appear on the ballot paper, but instead you will be asked to vote on whether you agree (“Yes”) or disagree (“No”) with the motion.

A “Yes” vote would mean that NUI Galway Students’ Union would remain affiliated to the Union of Students in Ireland and that the Student Levy would be raised by €5 to cover all costs associated with membership of the Union of Students in Ireland.

A “No” vote would mean that NUI Galway Students’ Union would disaffiliate immediately from the Union of Students in Ireland and that the Student Levy would not increase.

What is the Union of Students in Ireland?

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is the national representative body for students in Ireland.

Do you think we should be part of the national Union?

There are arguments both for and against remaining affiliated to the USI. However, as outlined above, this information sheet is not intended to argue those points. That is the responsibility of the “Yes” and “No” campaign teams.

Why does one motion contain two parts?

The motion contains two parts because one part of the motion is dependent on the other, i.e. if NUI Galway Students’ Union is to remain affiliated to the USI, the Student Levy must be increased to pay the additional affiliation fees because there is no alternative source for this income.

Why must students pay increased affiliation fees?

In March 2005, the National Congress of the USI voted to increase the affiliation fees for students from €2.86 and €1.43 per full- and part-time student per annum respectively to €5.00 and €2.50 per full- and part-time student per annum respectively. As a result of this, the affiliation fee that NUI Galway Students’ Union must pay to the USI increased from approximately €34,000 per annum to approximately €65,000 per annum.

Unfortunately, the budget of NUI Galway Students’ Union is not sufficient to pay the increased charges. This is why the students of NUI Galway are being asked if they wish to increase the Student Levy to cover these additional costs.

Will the Student Levy decrease if the referendum fails?

No. The affiliation fees for USI are not currently paid from the Student Levy, but rather from the Non-Tuition Charge (i.e. the €750 charge). If NUI Galway Students’ Union were to disaffiliate from the USI, the appropriate portion of the Non-Tuition Charge would be re-allocated elsewhere.

If necessary, the University’s Student Services committee would decide where the money would be re-allocated. In this situation, NUI Galway Students’ Union would propose that this portion of the fee should be added to the Union’s representational budget, but there is no guarantee of what will happen.

Why increase the Student Levy by €5?

Although the affiliation fees have increased by €2.14 and €3.57 per full- and part-time student respectively, there are substantial costs involved in being an active affiliate of the USI. For example, the cost of sending a full delegation from NUI Galway Students’ Union (21 delegates, two observers) to National Congress 2005 will be almost €10,000. There are also numerous other activities such as National Council, working groups, training and other events throughout the year. The budget of NUI Galway Students’ Union cannot sustain these costs into the future.

Is NUI Galway Students’ Union taking a stance?

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Executive is elected to represent, support and advise the members of NUI Galway Students’ Union, i.e. the students of NUI Galway. Because of this, the Executive has decided to take a stance on this referendum. However, this stance is partly dependent on the outcome of several key motions at National Congress 2005, so a final decision will not be confirmed until after these motions are discussed. National Congress runs from 29th March to 1st April 2005.

Why is the referendum being held now?

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been aware of the increased affiliation fees since March 2004 and that a referendum must be held to address this funding shortfall. However, in August 2004, the USI appointed a group to review the USI Constitution and to present its findings to National Congress in March 2005 for discussion and decision.

In light of this, NUI Galway Students’ Union felt it appropriate to await these findings to allow for a full and balanced discussion on the current referendum motion.

Why not increase the Student Levy for clubs, societies, etc.?

This referendum is not related to any matter other than the USI and associated affiliation fees. However, it is the intention of NUI Galway Students’ Union Executive to review the level and sources of funding for clubs, societies and other groups in NUI Galway during the 2005/06 academic year.

When does polling take place?

Polling will take place from 12:00-20:00 on Thursday 7th April 2005.

Further Information

Further information on the referendum is available from the Students’ Union offices. An open debate on this referendum is being organised by the Political Discussion Society and will be advertised soon.

Referendum RFC04/1 – Vice President

Referenda

On 5 February 2004, the Executive Committee of Comhaltas na Mac Léinn called a referendum (number RFC04/1) of its members under Section 18, Sub-section B.(i) of its Constitution to be held on 19 February 2004 on the motion below.

Votes in Favour – 741
Votes Against – 154
Total Valid Poll – 895
Spoiled Votes – 38
Total Poll – 933
Result – Passed

The full motion text is as follows:
“That the Constitution of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway, passed by referendum on 18th April 2002, be amended as follows:

ARTICLE 6: STRUCTURE
Section (i):

Replace the words “Schedule II” with “Article 19”.

ARTICLE 7: OFFICERS
Section A:

Insert “The Vice-President / Campaigns and Communication Officer” as subsection (iv);
Delete sub-section (vi) “The Press and Communications Officer”;
Re-number accordingly.

Section D:

Remove the word “two”.

ARTICLE 8: INDEMNITY

Replace the word “executive” with “execution”.

ARTICLE 9: GENERAL MEETINGS
Section E:

Delete the word “Ordinary” between “not less than three College days before the” and “General Meeting at which they are to be discussed”.

ARTICLE 10: CLASS REPRESENTATIVES COUNCIL
Section G:

Delete existing section.

Replace with: “The CRC shall hold at least one meeting per fortnight in both semesters one and two.”

ARTICLE 11: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section A:

In sub-section (i), replace “committees” with “committees, and shall be the Chief Spokesperson of the Union”.
In sub-section (v), replace “Equality Assistance Officer of the University” with “appropriate University personnel”.
In sub-section (v), insert “S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.” after “referral for Union members.”
In sub-section (vii), replace “Disability Liaison Officer of the University” with “appropriate University personnel”.
In sub-section (vii), insert “S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.” after “consultation for Union members.”
In sub-section (viii), insert “S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.” after “for the position.”
In sub-section (ix), insert “S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.” after “to educate students on environmental issues.”
In sub-section (x), insert “As such, the Union recognises the Societies’ Chairperson as the Chief Representative of the University’s societies.” after “relevant University Committees.”
In sub-section (xi), insert “As such, the Union recognises the Clubs’ Captain as the Chief Representative of the University’s clubs.” after “relevant University Committees.”
Insert “The Vice-President, who shall act as Campaigns and Communication Officer. S/He shall with the President have responsibility for the co-ordination and administration of various campaigns in conjunction with the relevant members of the Executive Committee. S/He shall also have responsibility with the Secretary for informing and communicating Students’ Union campaigns, events and notices to members, and to the internal and external media. S/He shall represent members on various University committees, and shall have special responsibility for members on out-lying campuses. S/He shall be responsible for the non-editorial organisation and administration of all Union publications. The ultimate responsibility for Publications shall rest with the Publications Committee, without prejudice to Article 11, Section K, sub-section (iv). The Vice-President shall also be required to give a mandatory report on work carried out at each Executive meeting.” as sub-section (v);
Delete sub-section (vi) “The Press and Communications Officer”;
Re-number accordingly.

Section C:

Add “of the representational activities” after “for the day to day running” and before “of the Union”.

Section D:

Delete Section D in its entirety.

Section K:

Replace the word “two” with “the” in subsection (i).
Insert “The Publications Committee. This shall comprise of The President, the Vice-Presidents and the Secretary ex-officio and the relevant staff members appointed by the Board of Directors of Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd. The duties of this committee are to oversee the non-editorial organisation of all Union publications and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and it’s schedules, or in the Articles of Association or Memorandum of Association of Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd or Seirbhisi Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teo.” as subsection (iv).
List the Committees and Fora in the order of:
Education Forum
Welfare Forum
Elections Committee
Publications Committee
Re-number all sections of this article accordingly.

ARTICLE 19: REVOCATION

Insert the following new Article, between the existing Articles 18 and 19.

“19. COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES
The Students’ Union shall incorporate a company limited by guarantee and known as “Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd”, (known hereafter as “the Company”).
The Company will be responsible for the Commercial activities of the Students’ Union, to include but not exclusively, Siopa na Mac Léinn, Concourse Catering, Bar Catering, Publications/Seirbhísí, Entertainments and the General Office Area. The Company shall be responsible for all Student Union bank accounts in operation at present with the exception of the Representational Account which shall be the full responsibility of the Students’ Union Executive.
The Company shall be responsible for the day-to-day running and financial management of the Students’ Union Club, but responsibility for the overall policy of the Club shall remain with the Bar Management Committee of the Students’ Union Club.
The Company will be entirely owned by the Students’ Union and will be responsible to the Students’ Union in respect of all matters which come under the control of the company.
The Students’ Union Executive shall appoint a Board of Directors who will oversee the running of the Company.
The Board of Directors shall comprise of the following:
The President of the time-being of the Students’ Union.
The immediate outgoing President of the Students’ Union. Where S/He is not available, a person nominated by the President of the time-being shall act in this role.
Three external board members, independent of the Students’ Union to be appointed by the Students’ Union Executive.
A member of staff of the Students’ Union elected from amongst the Managers by the Students’ Union Finance Committee.
The Students’ Union President’s position on the Board of Directors is contingent on his/her holding of the office of President of the Students’ Union. The immediate outgoing Students’ Union President’s position on the Board of Directors is contingent on S/He having held the position of President immediately prior to the current President of the time. The Students’ Union Executive Officers shall be obliged to resign their positions on the Board of Directors at the end of their term of Office or alternatively twelve months after taking up their position on the Board of Directors.
The member of staff appointed by the Students’ Union Finance Committee as the ex-officio member of the Board of Directors shall hold the position of secretary to the Board. S/He shall be a non-voting member of the Board. This member of the Board shall sit as an ex-officio member and shall be secretary to the Board of Directors.
The Executive of the Students’ Union will appoint three external members to the Board of Directors of the Company. Preferably, these nominees shall be graduates of NUI Galway. These members will hold their office by way of a three yearly contract issued by the Student Union Executive. In the event their contract is not renewed, they shall be obliged to resign from their position on the Board of Directors. It is envisaged by the Students’ Union Executive that the external board members appointed by them should possess expertise in the areas of finance, administration and personnel management and in such other areas as the executive shall from time to time deem appropriate.
The President of the Students’ Union of the time-being shall act as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Company.
The Board of Directors shall meet at not more than eight-weekly intervals, on a date set by the Board.
At these meetings the Administrator shall be required to report to the Board on the performance of the Commercial Activities.
Nothing in this document shall in any way infringe or take from the rights and privileges enjoyed by the employees of the Students’ Union or by contract employees of the Students’ Union, at the time of passing this document or anyone on leave of absence from the Students’ Union at the time of passing of this document.

Re-number all Articles accordingly.

SCHEDULE II OF THE CONSTITUTION

Delete this Schedule.”

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