Education

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Welcome to the Education section of our website! I’m Rebecca Melvin your Vice-President & Education Officer for 2015/16.
Here you will find information on admissions, fees, grants, exams, class reps, your Dean and College Administrator, the Academic Writing Centre (for help with essays), and the Support for Undergraduate Maths Students Centre (SUMS) as well as the SU Grinds Register. If you have any problems or questions about the academic side of life at NUI Galway, I’m your man, so contact me by email or phone and I’ll try and help you out. If you have a complaint with the University please read the Student Complaint Procedure page.
I’d encourage all of you to get involved in the Students’ Union this year, whether you’re a first or final year, and whatever your course. Maybe you could become a Class Rep and look out for your classmates, or maybe you could sign up to the soon-to-be-established S.U. Crew, where you can get involved in lots of one-off events, campaigns and suggest things for us to organise during the year. As Students’ Union officers, we work for you, so make sure to tell us what you want from us, whether that be more student supports, more money for special projects you have in mind, or campaigns we should start up.
Anyway, If you’ve any questions which aren’t answered in the links here on the website, give me a shout.
Best of luck with the year ahead

Introduction of Option to pay Student Fees and Contributions in 2 Equal Installments

Fees

In order to assist students in paying their fees and contributions, the University has introduced an option to pay fees and contributions in two equal installments.

Please note that this option is not applicable to international students and it is University policy that all international students pay their fees in full before registering https://www.nuigalway.ie/student-fees/international/. In some cases international students need evidence of fees paid to apply for visas and to register with immigration so it is very important that this is adhered to.

Payment Arrangements;-
In previous years, student fees, contributions and levies were generally payable in full early in the academic year (e.g. before 31st October). From August 2011, the following payment arrangements are being made available to students for the academic year 2011/12:-
Levy:
– Student levies (currently €224 for all full time students and pro rata for all part-time students) must be paid in full before 31st October 2011

Fees and Contributions:
– Student fees and contributions may be paid in full before 31st October 2011
or
– 50% of fees and contributions may be paid before 31st October 2011 and the balance paid before 31st January 2012

Student levies apply to all students, irrespective of Local Authority/VEC/other funder and must be paid before 31st October 2011.

Students, who plan to avail of Local Authority/VEC/other funder for payment of their fees and contributions should apply to their chosen funder well in advance of the start of the academic year. Proof of availability of such funding (i.e. copy of the grant award letter or, if not yet available, copy of grant application form) must be furnished to the University’s Fees Office before Friday 15th December 2011. This will assist the University in collecting the student’s fees and contributions directly from the Local Authority/VEC/other funder and will avoid sanctions for late payment. Where a doubt exists as to eligibility for such funding, students are advised to pay their fees and contributions before Friday 15th December 2011. Such amounts will be refunded to the student if and when payment is later received from the funder.

Students, who find themselves in financial difficulty, should contact the Fees Office.

Sanctions for Late Payments:
Where student fee, student contribution and student levy payments are not made (and where proof of Local Authority/VEC/other funder is not provided) within the timelines outlined above, the following sanctions will be applied:-
a) 31st October 2011 = Late payment fee €200
b) 31st January 2012 = Additional Late payment fee €200
c) Exam results withheld
d) Progress to the subsequent year’s study withheld
e) Graduation withheld
f) Legal action for recovery of long outstanding fees

Payment Methods and Queries:
Please view our website at www.nuigalway.ie/fees for details of payment methods and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Back to Education Allowance

Grants

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection, you may take part in a second-or third-level education course and get a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

If you want to do other types of courses not covered under the BTEA, for example, personal development courses or general training courses you can return to education under the Education, Training and Development optionPart-time Education option or the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).

The Department of Social Protection has published Frequently Asked Questions about the scheme.

From June 2014 all new BTEA claims from jobseekers must be recommended by a DSP case officer before a decision is made on your BTEA entitlement.

Changes for 2015/16 academic year

If you were getting a jobseeker’s payment or a One-Parent Family Payment you must re-establish your entitlement to a primary payment to continue to be entitled to BTEA for the second or subsequent years of study.

Student grants

The Student Grant Scheme is divided into 2 components – maintenance grants and fee grants. You cannot get the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and the maintenance component of a student grant together.

Although you are not entitled to the maintenance component of the student grant, you must still submit a student grant application form to be assessed for a fee grant to pay your Student Contribution (formerly called the student services charge), field trip costs and tuition fees (if payable).

If you are getting a One-Parent Family Payment (or Jobseeker’s Allowance Transitional payment) or a disability payment (Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Illness Benefit) you can choose to stay on your current social welfare payment (if you continue to meet the rules of the scheme) and apply for a student grant or you can choose to transfer to the BTEA, depending on which option benefits you most. In general, people who are studying full-time are not entitled to Rent Supplement unless they are getting BTEA.

LEARN MORE HERE 

Tax Relief on Fees

Grants

You may be able to clain tax relief on tuition fees paid for approved Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Lists of courses and colleges approved for relief each year are published on the Revenue website www.revenue.ie

Further information is available here.

You can claim tax relief as long as you have actually paid the fees, either on your own or on behalf of another person.

You cannot claim tax relief on:

  • Registration, examination or administration fees
  • Any part of the tuition fees that is met directly or indirectly by a grant, a scholarship or otherwise, e.g.where fees are reimbursed by an employer.

To apply, collect a form from local Tax Office or download a copy from the Revenue website at www.revenue.ie


You’ll have to include the following information and/or documentation:

  • receipt from University for fees paid, indicating amount of tuition fees paid and academic year to which they relate;
  • name and address of the student;
  • title of course of study and its duration;
  • indication as to whether the course is full-time or part-time;
  • name and address of the individual who has paid the tuition fees, if not paid by the student (e.g. parent, spouse);

For more information, contact the Students’ Union Vice-President / Education Officer, or your local tax office.

The number for the Galway Tax Office is (091) 547700.
For up-to-date info check StudentFinance.ie

Career Development Centre

Resources

The mission of the Career Development Centre team is to provide a quality career guidance and information service focused on facilitating and empowering students of NUI Galway to manage their own career development.

Visit the Careers Development Centre Information Room or website and let’s work together through your career questions.

Visit the Career Development Centre

  • Browse the Careers Libray
  • You don’t need an appointment to get information – just ome in and ask
  • Pick up your copy of our events list
  • Read information on postgraduate study, working abroad, employer profiles, funding and much more.
  • Browse in our comfy research area with computers, photocopier and printer (no card needed)

Visit their website

  • Information on thousands of occupations on our virtual careers library
  • Read the CV and interview help and tips
  • Subscribe to their Facebook or Twitter pages for daily updates

Attend Career Events

  • Meet Employers at the Graduate Jobs Fair on Oct 10th 2011, the Teaching Fair on Feb 15th 2012 and other company presentations on campus.
  • Skills Development Workshops available on CV and Interview Skills, writing a personal statement, teaching applications and the Big 4 Accountancy and Law firm applications.
  • Career seminars on what to do with your degree.

How can I find out more about my chosen career, subjects or options?

  • Check the entry routes, requirements and descriptions for thousands of jobs, read career profiles, books or job descriptions in the Information Room.
  • Attend a seminar where you will hear all about the career from professionals working in the career area. Check details on Careers Connect online or call to the Career Development Centre and pick up a copy of our events schedule for the semester.
  • For information anywhere, anytime log on to www.nuigalway.ie/careers and click ‘I am a student’.

How can I choose my next career step?

  • Try an online psychometric test – call in to the Career Development Centre for more details.
  • Attend a careers education module as part of your degree programme – if there isn’t one, ask your department(s) / class representative to organise one.
  • Still unsure? Make a 15 minute appointment, via Careers Connect, with one of the Careers Team.

Where can I do a postgrad and how will I pay for it?

  • Use our comfortable research area with photocopy and printing facilities (no card needed!) – read prospectuses, calendars and grant directories.
  • Visit our Postgraduate Fair, held on-campus, in February.
  • See our “Funding and Research Opportunities” on the Career Development Centre web site.

How can I get a job and make a good impression when I apply?

  • Hundreds of jobs are advertised on the Career Development Centre website during the year – remember, many graduate programmes are filled by Christmas, so act quickly. Check the Career Development Centre website for more details.
  • CV and Interview sessions facilitated by external professionals. Get tips from those ‘in the know’. First come, first served – secure a place by signing up on line for these weekly seminars during term.
  • Get sample CV’s, interview questions, aptitude test questions, cover letters – all available in the Information room.
  • Talk directly to representatives from the company at company presentations arranged for you by the Career Development Centre (see list online at www.nuigalway.ie/careers via Careers Connect).

Going Abroad? How can I find out more?

  • Visit the Career Development Centre Information Room to access information on working or studying in the EU, USA/Canada or further afield.
  • Check the website for worldwide links available online at www.nuigalway.ie/careers.

Can you tell me more about potential employers?

  • Pick up free employer directories or read files on companies in the Information Room. Hundreds of links to potential employers on our website. Attend presentations by employers on campus throughout the year.

Who are the staff of the Career Development Centre?

  • Information Assistant Dearbhla will be delighted to help you find what you need or refer you to the appropriate staff member. Just go to the Enquiries Desk.
  • Information Officer Kendra can help you find the most appropriate information for your query either on the web or on paper – no appointment needed.
  • The employment officer Deirdre will assist you with your job and employer related queries; where to find jobs, researching employers, closing dates, Career Matters, Gradireland.
  • Transferable Skills Officer – Pamela will advise you on the skills required by employers and will help you develop a plan to enhance your employability.
  • Career Development Advisers – John (Head of Service) and Josephine will give you assistance to help you recognise where you currently are in the stages of career decision-making and help you devise an action plan in order to make a well informed career decision.

How can I make an appointment?

15 minute appointments are available daily online through Careers Connect
These are open to:

  • All NUI Galway students.
  • Graduates of NUIG (up to 3 years after graduation) outside term only.

11am to 12pm and 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Outside term there may be limited availability.

Bookable up to 36 hours in advance via Careers Connect.

CONNECT with the Career Development Centre

On their website log into Careers Connect and you can:

  • Book appointments
  • Book your place at events
  • Search our job vacancy database
  • Edit your profile to filter jobs and events specific to you

Career Development Centre
Arts/Science Building (above ISS)
Open Monday – Thursday, 9am – 5pm, Friday 11am – 5pm
Tel: 091 493589
Email: Careers@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/careers

ISS

Resources

Information Solutions & Services (ISS)

Here are some handy tips for getting the best use out of the computer facilities in NUI Galway. If you have any problems, check out the Computer Services website or contact the User Support Centre. You can drop over to the Library & IT Service Desk, in the foyer of the James Hardiman Library, phone 091 495777, email to servicesdesk@nuigalway.ie or report a problem using the ISS Service Desk Ticketing System at https://servicedesk.nuigalway.ie

Lost passwords
You will receive details of your Campus Account at registration. If you’ve lost or forgotten your password, a secure, self-service password reset facility called Campus Account Self Service (CASS) is available at https://cass.nuigalway.ie

To access Student E-mail
You must activate your campus account first at https://cass.nuigalway.ie/ Login with your username (i.e. student ID number) and password at https://studentmail.nuigalway.ie

Printing
You first need to add print credit to your account. You can purchase print credit online at//printcredit@nuigalway.ie“> //printcredit@nuigalway.ie“>https://printcredit@nuigalway.ie . You can also purchase print credit at the print kiosk, located in the Print Release Room 125A (Near Arts and Science PC suite), in the front foyer of the Cairnes building and in the James Hardiman Library.

Getting help
For some of the smaller problems you may be having with software, etc., check out the ISS website for simple guides. If this isn’t sufficient, you should consider taking the ‘Introduction to PC Suites’ course, which is available free of charge. The one-hour course covers logging in and logging out, file management, printing and StudentMail. Call into the ISS Service Desk to register.

Reporting broken PCs
If ISS are unaware that a PC is broken, they cannot fix it. Please report all faults at https://servicedesk.nuigalway.ie or contact the ISS Service Desk

Mobile computing
The NUIGWiFi service is available for students with their own laptop. All computers that connect to the campus network (includes WiFi) must have anti-virus software installed. Anti-virus software is available from the ISS website.

PC Suite opening hours
Public access PC suites are open from 08:30 – 22:00 (Monday – Friday). Some suites are also open at weekends and over holiday periods. Full details are available on the ISS website

Importance of backing up stuff
You are responsible for your own files, whether they are stored on the network or on removable media. Remember to always keep more than one copy of your work. Use memory sticks or CDs/DVDs to back-up important work. Another tip is name your USB/Memory stick not with your name but with your mobile phone number, that way if it gets lost whoever finds it can call you!

Software
Not all software is available in all PC suites. Standard software e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer,Word, SPSS and EndNote are available in all PC Suites, while subject-specific software is only available in certain suites. Full details are available here

ISS Service Desk
Location: Foyer of James Hardiman Library
Telephone: ext. 5777 or 091 495777
Email: servicedesk@nuigalway.ie
Website: www.nuigalway.ie/iss

 

See https://www.nuigalway.ie/iss4students or the Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer for further information.

Disabilities

Resources
‘Students with disabilities’ refers to students who have any disability whether physical, sensorial, developmental, psychological or hidden (such as diabetes, asthma and/or cystic fibrosis). It is important that we realise that the demands of people with disabilities are not about exceptions or special treatment, but about the fulfillment of rights, especially the right to fully participate.

The right to participate has been denied to many students with disabilities through the lack of facilities available in many 3rd level colleges. Fortunately colleges, including NUI Galway, are becoming more aware of their obligations towards students with disabilities and are taking steps to make colleges more accessible.
If you are a student with a disability and would like to find out more about the facilities available, or let us know what facilities should be made available in this college that would be of benefit to you and other students with disabilities, please contact one of the following.

For more information, contact the Vice-President/Welfare Officer

James Hardiman Library

Resources
During your time in NUI Galway, you’ll use the Library for a range of services. You can study there, borrow course material, search the internet, consult archives, and do other things like photocopying and use computers. You can bring in your laptop as the building offers full wireless access. However, the core aim of the Library is to provide a welcoming and student-centred environment whether you come in physically to the building, or use it virtually over the University’s network. The following is a brief overview of some of the services you will find useful – but there is a lot more information on the Library website at www.library.nuigalway.ie

 

Library Collections

The Library collections are spread over three floors with a Nursing and Midwifery Library extension to the rear of the Main Library. In general they consist of books, journals, newspapers, microfilm, special collections, archives, videos/DVDs, maps, and more. Most of the books can be borrowed. Some material is for reference and can only be used in the Library. Much of the material is available in electronic form – so you can use the Library from anywhere on campus, or from home, or student accommodation. To find out what the Library has – you can check the online catalogue – the OPAC – and search in a variety of ways. It will tell you where the item is located, and whether it is on loan or on the shelves. If the Library doesn’t hold a copy of something you need – it will usually purchase it for you or borrow it from another library.

Using the Library

Your student ID card is your library card, so you can start using the Library immediately you are registered with the University. Full-time undergraduate students can borrow up to five items for seven days. Part-time undergrads can borrow the same number of items, but for up to two weeks. Remember to have your student ID card with you at all times. The Desk Reserve collection contains books and journal articles, which have been placed here because of heavy demand. It is beside the Customer Services Desk – this material can only be borrowed for 3 or 24 hours, ensuring that every student has an opportunity to consult it – but all you need to know about borrowing is detailed on the Library website at www.library.nuigalway.ie.

Fines

Nobody likes paying fines but their purpose is to ensure the speedy return of books so that other students can avail of them. If you owe more than €5 fines a block will be placed on your account so you’ll be unable to borrow another item until you clear the fine. It’s easier on yourself and on your fellow students if you return material in time.

The Electronic Library

The Library has a huge range of international databases and has approximately 30,000 electronic journal titles in full text, and about 350,000 electronic books. These are listed on the Library Catalogue, but the Library’s eKnowledge portal which is accessible through the Library’s website is the best access route to all of these. It is possible to search multiple electronic resources at once and allows personalised search results to be saved. You will need to log in with your student ID and your Library PIN number to use the service, but it is easy – full details on retrieving your PIN are available on the library website. If you need help in using the electronic services, just ask staff at the main Customer Services desk in the foyer, they’ll be happy to help. There is also a neat little online tutorial on using the Library called LARK Online – again find it through the Library website.

SFX

Sometimes when you search a database, you’ll see an icon for SFX. When you click on the icon, you can find more information about what you’re looking for. For example, if you’ve found a reference to an article in a database, you can click the SFX button to see if it can bring you to the full article in a different database. It’s easy – just push the button!

Off-Campus Access

If you want to access the databases or e-journals from outside the University you can use the off-campus access service. It is quick and easy once you have your ID and Campus Account Password. For just checking the catalogue or looking at the website – you don’t need to use your ID and PIN – you just need these for accessing e-resources.
Please note that if you are accessing the library’s resources from work, or from within another local area network, you may encounter problems. Security restrictions from your work PC for example might cause problems .If this happens, contact your I. T. department or email the library – info@library.nuigalway.ie

Other Library Services

Photocopying – Black/white copiers are located on every floor of the Library. A colour copier is located at the back of the Library on the ground floor. You can buy a card with printing credits on every floor of the Library; the card is then used in the credit reader beside every copier to tell you how many units you have left. The cards are €3 for 40 units, €5 for 70 units, and €10 for 165 units. These cards cannot be used in the Students’ Union copiers in the Library basement.
Library Training
– If you want to use the Library’s resources effectively, you’ll benefit from training sessions offered by Subject and Research Librarians. There is a wide range of course throughout each semester, covering topics such as Literature searching and managing your references.
Library Tours – You’ll gain by taking a Library tour, during which Library staff will introduce you to the Library’s services. You’ll find life a lot easier with a little know-how. You can also take a self-guided tour – just pick up and electronic wand at the Customer Services Desk.
Opening Hours – During semesters, the Library is open 08:30 – 22:00, Monday – Friday, 08:30 – 17:30 Saturday and 10:00 – 17:30 Sunday. Times are fully detailed on the Library website at www.library.nuigalway.ie
Finally – The Library isn’t only about serious study – there is a quiet area on the ground floor with a collection of modern fiction, popular journals and newspapers, and located here as well is the Mind, Body and Soul collection – and remember – Library staff are there to help you – all you need to do is ask.

CRC Timetables Semester 1 Oct-Nov 2015

Class Reps Council

Class Representative Council Schedule 2015/2016

Semester 1 2015

Date

Time

Room

Building

Meeting

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm

IT250

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct

6pm-8pm

Kirwan Theatre

Concourse

SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct

6pm-7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Mon 19th Oct

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Tues 20th Oct

6pm-7pm

AC216

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 21st Oct

6pm-7pm

ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 22nd Oct

6pm-7pm

AC203

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Mon 2nd Nov

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 2nd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 3rd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep  Training 2

Weds 4th Nov

6pm – 7pm

ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 5th Nov

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Mon 9th Nov

6pm – 7pm

AC216

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Weds 11th Nov

6pm – 7pm

MY337

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Weds 11th Nov

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Mon 23rd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Mon 23rd Nov

8pm till late

The College Bar

The College Bar

CR Christmas Party

For More Information please contact su.education@nuigalway.ie 

The Grinds Register

Grinds Register

The Grinds Register

Taking Grinds

Before taking grinds in any subject, students are advised to consult with their lecturer(s) or course director, who may offer additional support in problematic areas of your course. They also know more about the course material than potential tutors.

Prior to using this database, students should note the following:

  • Tutors are not monitored by the Students’ Union.
  • Quality of grinds cannot be guaranteed by the Students’ Union.
  • Any fees should be agreed between the tutor and the student(s) in advance.
  • For safety reasons, students are advised to hold the first meeting in a public place.
  • Any student giving grinds to another student should be aware and maintain clarity of who is doing the work to ensure that accusations of academic dishonesty (plagiarism) are avoided. Tutors should avoid assisting assessed work.
  • Tutors giving grinds and students receiving grinds should be familiar with the NUI Galway Code of Practice for dealing with Plagiarism: www.nuigalway.ie/plagiarism

Subject Categories

Accounting Anatomy Applied Maths
Biochemistry Biology Botany
Chemistry Chinese Commerce
Computer Skills Czech Language Earth Science
Economics Electronics Engineering
English Environmental Science French
Gaeilge Gaelige Genetics
Geography German Greek
Health Promotion History IT
Italian Law Marketing
Mathematics Microbiology Oceanography
Pharmacology Philosophy Physics
Physiology Polish Politics
Programming Psychology Russian
Sociology Spanish SPSS
Statistics Study Skills Zoology

CRC Timetables Semester 2 Jan-Feb 2016

Class Reps Council

Semester 2 – 2016

Mon 18th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 19th Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC202

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 20th Jan

5pm-6pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Weds 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Mon 25th Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Tues 26th Jan

6pm – 7pm

MY123

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Mon 1st Feb

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 1st Feb

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 2nd Feb

6pm – 7pm

AC202

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 3rd  Feb

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 4th Feb

6pm – 7pm

AC213

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Mon 8th Feb

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Tues 9th Feb

6pm – 7pm

MY123

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Mon 29th Feb

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT  Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

For More information please contact su.education@nuigalway.ie