Hump Day Hoolie!
Join us on Zoom every Wednesday at 7.30pm for our Hump Day Hoolie!
There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.
Limited to 50 people.
Want in? Get your FREE Ticket HERE now!
Zoom link will be sent on to you before the event.
Comedian Steve Bennett will be our host for the night along with your SU Officers. The craic will be had.
- 6 months
- 6 challenges
- 3 charities
- And you!
This year is going to be a weird one but that doesn’t mean we can’t find new ways to have some fun, meet new people and raise money for the SU Charities while we are at it.
Our Charity Challenge starts in November with a different challenge each month for you to take part in. You can sign up for one challenge, all six challenges or anything in between – it’s up to you!
You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around the challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time.
Once you have set your goal and signed up for that month’s challenge it’s time to get it done. Your challenge group will be here to support and encourage you. There will be mini challenges along the way and we will have lots of prizes of course! Each challenge will provide chances for you to meet up with the rest of the group both online and in person (where government guidelines allow).
Don’t forget to share all your efforts on social media with #nuigsu #charitychallenge and that month’s challenge title e.g. #kilometrechallenge
Here’s more information!
|November||Kilometre Challenge||This month you will pick a target number of kilometres to cover during the month either by walking/jogging/running or on wheels. The choice is yours! Just make sure it’s a challenge.|
|December||Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Challenge||This month we are going to spread positivity wherever we go. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! Again you can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30!|
|January||New Year Challenge
|This month we will be helping you to step outside your comfort zone by having daily suggestions for new things you can try for the new year. You could try a new sport, learn a new skill, volunteer or join a society. The opportunities are endless and your challenge group will be here to support your efforts.|
|February||Kilometre Challenge Part 2!||Here’s another chance to get as many kilometres covered in the month as you can! Maybe you walked in November and want to run this time. Let’s go even further this February!|
|March||Mystery Challenge||What could it be? All will be revealed!|
|April||Choose your Own Challenge||This month you can pick one of the challenges we have already held and make it your own. Get your friends involved. Try to beat your earlier record and let’s finish off the Charity Challenge by raising even more money for the SU Charities.|
Students’ Union Calls for Rent Refunds
NUI Galway Students’ Union has today called on Galway landlords and student accommodation providers to provide refunds to students who no longer need to be in Galway due to the switch to online learning. So far the University managed Corrib Village and Goldcrest developments along with the privately run Menlo Park apartments have agreed to offer refunds to students not taking up their accommodation offers.
In a joint letter written by the NUIG President and the Students’ Union President this week to accommodation providers there was a call to show “care and compassion to students during the COVID-19 emergency”. The letter also recognised that property owners are also facing a “stressful and difficult economic time” but that there’s a need to work together to “create an impression of Galway as a destination for study.”
Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “With the announcement that most teaching will be online for the current semester at NUI Galway a lot of our students have found themselves with accommodation they no longer need and can’t afford. This is adding extra financial pressures to students and their families at a stressful time of huge uncertainty. We are calling on all accommodation providers in Galway to talk to their tenants and look at how they can be flexible in their rental agreements.”
Students’ Union Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added: “We hope that other student accommodation providers and landlords in Galway will follow in the footsteps of Campus Living and Menlo Park and provide refunds to students who no longer need accommodation. I’ve met with representatives from most of the large student accommodation developments to try to impress upon them the need for compassion this year so that students can afford to rent in Galway in future years.”
Students’ Union Launch Walktober Step Challenge
NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Walktober Step Challenge for NUIG students and staff. 24 teams of staff and student members have so far registered to take part in the challenge which starts this Monday 5th of October and runs until Sunday 1st November. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they build up to 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge. Participants have the chance of winning great prizes from the National Transport Authority just by walking!
Recent research has shown that through working and studying remotely we are sitting for an extra 2 hours and 45 minutes each day. This shocking statistic is the perfect motivation to take up a walking challenge!
The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.
Participants can still register online for the challenge at https://www.activetravellogger.ie/
Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: ““It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this even if we are apart. Getting in a short, socially distanced, walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from studying or working from home.”
Students’ Union Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. Joining a team will help our NUIG community to feel less socially isolated. It’s also a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!”
Students’ Union Welcomes NUIG Turnaround on student accommodation payments
NUI Galway Students’ Union has today welcomed the University’s decision to provide refunds to students who no longer wish to take up spaces in on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. Many students booked accommodation at the Corrib Village and Goldcrest developments on the basis that they were told by the University they would have on campus teaching hours this semester. The students subsequently discovered they would have no teaching time or very limited hours which didn’t justify their outlay on the accommodation.
NUI Galway Students’ Union took up the campaign on behalf of these students and their families with the University. Campus Living who run the two developments on behalf of the University yesterday evening confirmed that they would be “entitled to a refund if they decide not to proceed with their booking due to having less time on campus than originally planned.”
Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are delighted that the University has listened to the student body and reversed their earlier decision. We are all facing a very uncertain future with the current global pandemic. Adding any extra financial pressures to students and their families is not acceptable. Now is a time to be flexible and compassionate. The national Education For All campaign launched this week highlights the pressing need for a publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights.”
Students’ Union Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added: “We hope that other student accommodation providers and landlords in Galway will follow the University’s lead and provide refunds to students who no longer need accommodation. Many students and their families had to make tough decisions to book accommodation with incomplete information about how much time they would actually be on campus. Now that the picture is finally becoming clearer our students are finding themselves stuck with accommodation they can’t afford and no jobs available for them to pay the rent.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union to Distribute Reusable Masks to Students
As students return to Galway for the start of the academic year NUI Galway Students’ Union are distributing free masks to students on behalf of NUI Galway. The University has supplied 3 high quality, reusable, washable masks for every student in NUIG which the SU will be giving out over the next three weeks starting with First Year Orientation this week.
The SU has partnered with the University to ensure that all students will have a chance to get their masks which will be available for collection from the Aula Maxima in the Quadrangle building on campus until Friday 9th of October. After that masks will be available from the SU Office for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to collect theirs. The University will also be distributing masks to all NUIG Staff members too.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are delighted to partner with the University on this project to ensure that all NUI Galway students are ready for the start of the semester with a supply of reusable masks. We encourage all our students to wear face coverings to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and look after each other. This is just one of the important ways in which we can all join the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.”
The SU Pop Up is located in the Aula at the Quadrangle Building on Campus until Thursday 8th October and will also have free SU Diaries, free SU Loyalty Cards and free Flirt FM Wall Planners for NUIG students.
Provisional Opening Hours are:
- Mon 5th -Thurs 8th Oct 12pm-3pm
Walktober – Win Prizes for Walking!
Registration is now open for our Walktober Campus Walking Challenge for students and staff at NUI Galway – sign up TODAY and you could win prizes for walking!
Recent research has shown that through working and studying remotely we are sitting for an extra 2 hours and 45 minutes each day! A shocking statistic but the perfect motivation to take up a walking challenge!
Here’s more information:
What is Walktober?
Walktober is the annual Smarter Travel Workplace and Campus Walking Challenge that runs during autumn. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway.
How does Walktober 2020 work?
The aim of the challenge is to encourage and support staff and students to walk more, particularly on the commute, and to support and facilitate long term physical activity. While some participants may be working or studying remotely, coordinators may decide to encourage walking as an alternative mode of transport for their journeys throughout the day. Participants are asked to form a team, register online, and use an activity tracker/download a step counting app, and get walking from Monday 5th October to Sunday 1st November 2020.
How to take part:
- Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
- Sign up online www.activetravellogger.ie
- Participants can download an app, buy a pedometer, step counter, or other step tracking device.
- During the Challenge: participants are asked to log steps online at www.activetravellogger.ie
Note: During the challenge we use an honesty based system, but spot checks on the accuracy of step entries will be done throughout. Teams who receive an email or phone call to verify their steps are asked to please respond as soon as possible so that delays to the publication of the leader board are avoided.
How to win
Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge, including photo competitions, story competitions and weekly prize draws.
Keep in touch
Make sure to tag us on social media while taking part in Walktober.
NUI Galway Students’ Union call on Galway TDs to take meaningful action on student fees
NUI Galway Students’ Union today joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the “Education for All” campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organization that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris TD asking him to take action on a number of key areas:
- An end to the student contribution charge of €3000, the highest in the EU.
- A move toward publicly funded education at the heart of government policy.
- A publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights.
- A reform of student supports across the island that match the cost of being a student in the new decade.
- An end to precarious working conditions for academic staff.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We want to see an immediate reduction of €500 on the student contribution charge in Budget 2021. This charge, which is the highest in the EU is a major barrier to students accessing Higher education. Today students are calling on their TDs to sign up to a pledge which would commit them to campaigning on the issues outlined in the letter to Minister Harris. We are urging our local representatives to sign up to this pledge.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “NUIG Students and their families are suffering greatly with job losses, financial uncertainty and continually increasing rent rates in Galway. We need our TD’s to take action on Higher education and not treat it as an afterthought. Every €1 invested in Higher Education delivers €4 to the wider economy. Galway is a student city and without our students the city will suffer hugely.”
NUI Galway Students’ Union Work to Help Connect Students
NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched plans to help students connect with each other in what will be an unusual academic year due to Covid-19. Each option allows students to get involved with the work of the Students’ Union during the year whilst also having a chance to make friends on campus and build connections all the time adhering to social distancing. The plans all include online and socially distant offline options which can be adapted to the Government guidelines in place at the time.
The strands of the plan are:
- Charity Challenge – Each month students will take part on a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities.
- Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line.
- Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice.
- Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues.
- Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled.
NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are very excited to launch our plans to help our students find friends and a sense of belonging at NUIG this year. This will be a strange year but we know that projects like our Charity Challenge will help students to meet new people, have fun and also raise funds for charity. We are also very excited to elect more members to our SU officer team and our Class Reps this semester. So many students have become more politically active during the pandemic and the SU is the ideal place to channel that energy to bring about real change at NUI Galway”.
SU Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added: “We want to highlight these ways to get involved in University life to all students and their parents who might be worried that loneliness could set in when more lectures are online this year. Along with the Welfare and Events Crew there are lots of support systems available for students including our own CÉIM peer learning programming. NUIG Sports Clubs, Student Societies and the ALIVE Volunteering programme will also be working to ensure students have as many chances as possible to make connections outside of lectures.”