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#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer Election Results 12th March 2020

Oifigeach na Gaeilge Election Result: Erin Mac an tSaoir deemed elected

1st Count

Mac an tSaoir, Erin  179

Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 102

Ní Thuathail, Caroline 46

Ó Muiris, Finn 97

Seoighe, Máirtín 103

Electorate: 19,760

Total Poll: 570

Spoils: 43

Total Valid Poll: 544

Quota: 273

RON: 17

2nd Count

Mac an tSaoir, Erin  186

Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 120

Ó Muiris, Finn 105

Seoighe, Máirtín 107

3rd Count

Mac an tSaoir, Erin  208

Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 153

Seoighe, Máirtín 120

4th Count

Mac an tSaoir, Erin  243

Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 197

Erin Mac an tSaoir deemed elected

 

Mature Students Officer Result: Michelle Mitchell Deemed elected

1st Count

Michell, Michelle 480

RON: 70

Electorate: 19,760

Total Poll: 582

Spoils: 32

Total Valid Poll: 550

Quota: 276

Michelle Mitchell deemed elected

 

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer Result: Maeve Arnup Deemed elected

1st Count

Arnup, Maeve 348

Little, Jude 142

RON: 39

Electorate : 19,760

Total Poll: 580

Spoils: 51

Total Valid Poll: 529

Quota: 266

 

Maeve Arnup deemed elected.  

 

Disability Rights Officer Result: Patricia O’Mahony Deemed Elected

1st Count

Buckley, Stevie 200

O’Mahony, Patricia 306

RON: 17

Electorate : 19,760

Total Poll: 541

Spoils: 18

Total Valid Poll: 523

Quota: 263

Patricia O’Mahony deemed elected.  

 

Postgraduate Taught Officer Result: Martin Smyth Deemed Elected

1st Count

Smyth, Martin 38

RON: 5

Electorate : 4,788

Total Poll: 48

Spoils: 5

Total Valid Poll: 43

Quota: 22

Martin Smyth deemed elected.  

 

Postgraduate Research Officer Result: Sebastiaan Bierema Deemed Elected

1st Count

Bierema, Sebastiaan 46

RON: 2

Electorate : 4,788

Total Poll: 51

Spoils: 3

Total Valid Poll: 48

Quota: 25

Sebastiaan Bierema deemed elected.  

 

Clubs’ Captain Result: Kirsty Moran Deemed Elected

1st Count

Moran, Kirsty 10

RON: 1

Electorate : 45

Total Poll: 11

Spoils: 0

Total Valid Poll: 11

Quota: 6

Kirsty Moran deemed elected.  

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies Result: Claire McHale deemed elected.

 

1st Count

Breslin, Joshua 16

McHale, Claire 134

Mortimer, Cian 76

RON: 12

Electorate : 8,260

Total Poll: 244

Spoils: 6

Total Valid Poll: 238

Quota: 120

Claire McHale deemed elected.  

 

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering Result: Aoife Buckley deemed elected

1st Count

Buckley, Aoife 71

Ganley, Oisín 64

Gujulla, Sai 60

RON: 6

Electorate : 4,836

Total Poll: 208

Spoils: 7

Total Valid Poll: 201

Quota: 101

2nd Count

Buckley, Aoife 71

Ganley, Oisín 64

Gujulla, Sai 61

3rd Count

Buckley, Aoife 99

Ganley, Oisín 80

Aoife Buckley deemed elected.  

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Result: Evan O’Flaherty Deemed Elected

1st Count

O’Flaherty, Evan 79

RON: 7

Electorate : 3,128

Total Poll: 87

Spoils: 1

Total Valid Poll: 86

Quota: 44

Evan O’Flaherty deemed elected.

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 

Full Time Officer Election Results are available here

 

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

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

#NUIGU20 Part Time Officer Candidate Information

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#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 

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 💪💪

Students’ Union Outraged at NUIG 4% Student Rent Hike

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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

 

Marchathon Challenge 2020

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Marchathon Registration is Open – Win Prizes for Walking!

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

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

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

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

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

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

Marchathon Wednesday Walks

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

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

Marchathon Prize Giving

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

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

Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

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Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

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

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

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

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

 

SHAG Week 2020

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Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week 2020

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis 2020

Monday 10th February / Dé Luain an 10 Feabhra

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

Tuesday 11th February / Dé Máirt an 11 Feabhra

Wednesday 12th February / Dé Céadaoin an 12 Feabhra

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

Thursday 13th February / Déardaoin an 13 Feabhra

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

Friday 14th February / Dé hAoine an 14 Feabhra

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

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

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

NUIG SU Referendum Result

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

The final result is:

Total Poll          889

Spoils               2

Total Valid Poll  887

Yes / Tá            362 (41%)

No / Níl             525 (59%)

The Proposal was defeated

Thanks to everyone who came out and voted.

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

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

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

More information here.