NUI Galway Students’ Union has condemned the University’s decision to charge students sitting online repeat exams. Students who did not pass exams in May have the option to repeat those exams in August. A fee of €295 is usually charged to cover costs such as venue, supervisors and materials. However, next month’s repeat exams will take place online and many of those costs do not exist in an online format. The Students’ Union is calling on the University to cancel the charge for this year’s repeat exams in line with other colleges across the country.
The Students’ Union is also critical of the University charging the exam fees at a time when many students struggled with new online learning and exam formats at a time of great uncertainty. The Union has accused the University of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income from exam fees.
Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are disgusted that the University is charging students to sit repeat exams. Students who have failed an exam will have to pay €295 for the pleasure of sitting the repeat exam in their own bedroom.”
“We are in extraordinary times where students have not had access to learning facilities like the library and face to face teaching, and many have struggled as a result. Now, the University wants to punish those students with this charge instead of following the example of other colleges which have cancelled the fee.”
For more information or to get involved in the campaign, contact:
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews.
For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sin will continue to be published as an online newspaper via ISSUU.
Sin.ie is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.
The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
- Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers
- Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
- Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
- Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
- Update Sin.ie website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
- Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout
- Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
- Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
- Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time
€500 stipend per issue
Please include the following:
- Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role
- A sample proposal outlining a plan of action of how you would manage Sin Newspaper over the next academic year. This should include your plans for writer recruitment and retention, format of Sin, general promotion of Sin, and any other ideas you have.
Applications by email only to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 5:00pm Wednesday 15th July 2020
Want to win prizes for Cycling?
CycleLocal is a fun three-week cycling event designed to engage NUI Galway staff/students, build morale and increase activity. It will take place between Monday 20th July and Sunday 9th August.
This is a team event where participants complete the trips on their own but share their experience and contribute to their team’s tally. Short cycles outdoor and indoor count as trips. Staff/students who are not signed up are also welcome to join in and enter the weekly Creative Competitions. Every participant, cyclist or competition entrant plays their part in helping their organisation to win the overall prize.
So, whether we get out on our bikes to explore our neighbourhoods, enter competitions or we take to the stationary bike when the children have gone to sleep; we can stay active, enjoy the activity of cycling and remain connected to our NUIG family.
How do I participate?
- Visit the Active Travel Logger website to register your team.
- During the three weeks of CycleLocal, each cyclist will log the number of trips they complete each week. Once a participant has been cycling for at least 10 minutes that qualifies as a trip. If you do a few loops of your estate over 30 minutes, that still counts as one trip.
Trips made should adhere to the government guidelines i.e. all trips should be within the government’s distance guidelines and at least 2 metres should be kept between cyclists and other road users at all times.
Teams will be eligible to win prizes each week once the team trip average meets or exceeds the modest trip targets (3 trips in week one, 4 trips in week two and 5 trips in week three). All trips count, once they take place between the morning of July 20th and midnight on August 9th.
Individuals who reach the target contribute to the organisations tally, as do all staff/students and their households who enter into the CycleLocal Creative Competitions. Ranking on the leaderboard is based on the number from your organisation who –
- Take part in the weekly creative competitions
- Cycle and achieve the weekly team targets
By ranking at the top of the leaderboard your organisation can win a memento for participants, a Best Organisation trophy and a €400 donation to the charity of your choice.
Peer Learning Intern
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks a friendly, motivated and goal-oriented Intern to provide support to existing staff on its CÉIM academic peer learning programme. This is a varied role in which the successful candidate will be required to work closely with diverse partners including students and academic staff to help ensure the effective delivery of CÉIM in an online setting.
CÉIM is an academic peer support scheme based on the Peer Assisted Study Sessions / Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) model. CÉIM supports 1st year students’ transition to higher education, health and wellbeing, academic success, progression and development of transferable skills. Delivered via a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union, CÉIM will be offered online to approximately 1,650 or nearly 50% of NUI Galway 1st year students in the 2020/21 academic year. See further information on www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim
The Intern will be employed by NUI Galway Students’ Union on a fixed-term part-time contract (4 days per week).
Contract duration: Late-August 2020 – Late May 2021
Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (7 hours per day)
Typically, the intern will work on the NUI Galway Campus, however the current COVID-19 crisis will require working from home.
- Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of CÉIM.
- Provide general programme and administrative support.
- Organise materials for student leaders, weekly meetings and training.
- Provide support to individual students and groups of students.
- Attend and run weekly meetings with students and academic staff.
- Support the CÉIM Director and CÉIM Administrator with various duties as they arise.
- Understanding of the CÉIM programme and experience of peer learning.
- A strong interest in supporting students to interact with each other and to develop a sense of belonging at NUI Galway.
- Strong organisational and administration skills.
- Experienced Microsoft Office user.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Confident operating in an online environment, including video conferencing.
- Friendly and professional manner with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
- Highly adaptable with a solution-oriented outlook.
- Excellent work ethic and commitment to deadlines and deliverables.
- The capacity to acquire new skills and apply them to the role.
Applications must include:
- Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the post and why you are interested in the post.
- Curriculum Vitae.
Applications via email to:
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Closing date: 5:00pm, Monday, 22 June 2020
Online interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place week beginning Monday, 29 June 2020
How to get involved in the fight against Racism in Ireland
NUI Galway Students’ Union stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the recent racist events in the USA. We all need to work together to build equality for all in our society.
It’s time to start conversations with our family and friends about racism.
It’s time to call out racism in all it’s forms.
It’s time to make changes.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- The Irish Network Against Racism has some great resources on their website to help people learn about racism, report racism, respond to racism and find help for those affected by racism.
- The NUI Galway Mincéirs Whiden Society aims to build positive relationships as well as alliances between Traveller students, the student and staff body at NUI Galway
- The NUI Galway African Caribbean Society celebrate and share the diversity of African and Caribbean Cultures.
- The NUI Galway Fáilte Refugees Society aim to welcome refugees into every community in Ireland.
- JSTOR has compiled a syllabus of free readings on institutionalized racism in the US. Access them here.
- This Saturday 6th June Galway Anti-Racism Network ask you to join them in an ONLINE protest as well as signing an online book of condolences to victims of systemic racism and police brutality.
- At 6pm Wednesday 10th June you are invited to a live Anti-Racism Zoom Chat with ALIVE Email email@example.com to get involved – All welcome to learn, grow, reflect, take action, discover and be together.
- The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking you to email Government Ministers with their proposals on keeping people seeking asylum safe during and after COVID-19. The email also calls for an end to Direct Provision. It only takes a minute to send the email here.
- Take part in the STAND and USI #10000students movement and pledge to be a better ally.
- Join NUI Galway Students’ Union in fighting for students rights. We will be electing Class Reps for every class from the start of the 2020/21 academic year and we will also be running elections to fill our five vacant officer positions.
- Join The Sanctuary Runners who bring together Irish residents, refugees and asylum seekers to run, jog or walk on the same Sanctuary Runners team.
- If you need to buy masks please think of buying them from We Make Good. When you buy a mask they also donate one to somebody living in direct provision.
- You can also find out how to donate to the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) here and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland here.
- Black Pride Ireland
- Galway Anti-Racism Network
- Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI)
- Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ)
- Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
- The Irish Network Against Racism
Please note this is a working document that we will be updating as the fight for equality continues and builds.
Students’ Union Welcomes NUIG Turnaround on 4% Rent Hike
NUI Galway Students’ Union has today welcomed the University’s decision to provide a rent rebate for on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. This means that in September students renting in the campus Goldcrest and Corrib Village student accommodation will be entitled to apply for a 3-4% refund of their rent.
NUI Galway Students’ Union has been campaigning throughout this semester to have the proposed rent increase stopped. Students and NUIG Cut the Rent participated in many forms of direct actions including a letter writing campaign, lobbying governors of the University, organising protests and camping out in the Quadrangle to object to the rent increases earlier this year. The SU also organised petitions to stop the rent hike and spoke at the University Governing Authority meeting against this in March.
With the current global pandemic and the dire financial straits that students and their families find themselves in the University has finally agreed that now is not the time for rent increases.
Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We are delighted that the University has listened to the student body and reversed their earlier decision. We’ve driven this campaign forward for the last 4 months and are thankful for all the support we received from the wider community. We are all facing a very uncertain future with the COVID-19 Emergency. Adding any extra financial strain to students and their families is not acceptable. Now is a time to be kind and compassionate. We expect to be consulted if any big decisions are made in the future. We are determined to break down the barriers to education and will continue to work with the University to create equal opportunities for all.”
Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.
- As most of you have finished online learning now, you will be focusing on your assignments and upcoming exams. If you have any issues in relation to these please contact your lecturer as soon as possible. Throughout the duration of the exam period, if you run into any problems your module co-ordinator is on hand to support and advise you.
- In terms of “No Detriment” policies, the SU have continued to engage nationally on this issue and have brought this to the attention of senior management in the University. As of now, we know the University are looking at passing regulations that allow exam boards to look at the overall performance of a class in a module to examine if there is a significant difference to previous years and to make adjustments if necessary, this is to ensure no student is disadvantaged during this exam period. We have more meetings over the coming weeks with the University on this issue.
- There has been discussions about the weighting of years that makes up the final degree classification you receive, this is still in the early stages and has not been ironed out yet. We are pushing for a system that benefits all students but the exact details of how or if this would work still need to be discussed.
- Repeat and deferred examinations are still scheduled to take place in August but we do not yet know if these will be in person or online exams but we will continue to monitor the situation.
- For Education queries contact Cameron on firstname.lastname@example.org for Welfare/Equality queries contact Brandon on email@example.com
The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.
Frequently Asked Questions
NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.
SUMS (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) is offering online support for 1st and 2nd year NUIG students until TOMORROW Fri 17th of April. Details on how to book an appointment are available HERE.
NUIG Support Services for You
Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/
Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). More info here.
Stress control online programme available now HERE
The programme covers topics including:
- how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts
- skills to overcome panicky feelings
- tips to getting a good night’s sleep
Are you going to be taking an exam in which you’ve to upload a scanned copy of your answers to Blackboard? Here’s an FAQ list with information about the Blackboard test site that you can use to practice here.
The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.
An NUIG student is conducting a survey on the influence of pop artists on student’s attitudes towards feminism. You don’t have to know anything about feminism to take part! If you have 5 minutes, please access the survey using the link here.
Join speakers from NUI Galway’s School of Maths, Students’ Union, and Library for a discussion about the potential of Open Textbooks and Open Education Resources. Staff and students welcome! More info and registration
Are you having accommodation issues due to COVID-19?
USI (the Union of Students in Ireland) are gathering personal stories from students about the issues they’re facing with accommodation during this pandemic. This information will be used to put more pressure on the government and private accommodation firms to give students refunds and also to gain more public support to make this happen. Tell your story here
- Handbook: Sign up here to download The Postgraduate Handbook—a must-read guide to all things postgrad.
- Scholarships: The NUI Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is now open and accepting applications. The J.E. School of Business & Economics is also offering new masters’ scholarships this year. Details of these and other scholarship schemes are online here.
- SUSI Grants: SUSI the national grants authority is now accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Follow links here to apply online and to use their Eligibility Reckoner.
- Applications: NUI Galway is accepting and processing postgrad applications normally. You can apply online here. If as a prospective postgrad, you have specific queries, they may be answered on the new FAQs site.
The closing date for applications is 5pm Fri 24th of April to the 2020 PhD Write-Up Bursary scheme for PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding. More info here
Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan. Inter-library loans of electronic journal articles, or supply of book materials as an e-book, may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Requests may be placed in the usual manner via the Library website.
Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize. They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!
- Download the Exit Entry App and register
- Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
- On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.
You can contact the Students’ Union by email to email@example.com with any questions you may have.
#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer Election Results 12th March 2020
Oifigeach na Gaeilge Election Result: Erin Mac an tSaoir deemed elected
Mac an tSaoir, Erin 179
Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 102
Ní Thuathail, Caroline 46
Ó Muiris, Finn 97
Seoighe, Máirtín 103
Total Poll: 570
Total Valid Poll: 544
Mac an tSaoir, Erin 186
Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 120
Ó Muiris, Finn 105
Seoighe, Máirtín 107
Mac an tSaoir, Erin 208
Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 153
Seoighe, Máirtín 120
Mac an tSaoir, Erin 243
Nic Sheamuis, Rebecca 197
Erin Mac an tSaoir deemed elected
Mature Students Officer Result: Michelle Mitchell Deemed elected
Michell, Michelle 480
Total Poll: 582
Total Valid Poll: 550
Michelle Mitchell deemed elected
Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer Result: Maeve Arnup Deemed elected
Arnup, Maeve 348
Little, Jude 142
Electorate : 19,760
Total Poll: 580
Total Valid Poll: 529
Maeve Arnup deemed elected.
Disability Rights Officer Result: Patricia O’Mahony Deemed Elected
Buckley, Stevie 200
O’Mahony, Patricia 306
Electorate : 19,760
Total Poll: 541
Total Valid Poll: 523
Patricia O’Mahony deemed elected.
Postgraduate Taught Officer Result: Martin Smyth Deemed Elected
Smyth, Martin 38
Electorate : 4,788
Total Poll: 48
Total Valid Poll: 43
Martin Smyth deemed elected.
Postgraduate Research Officer Result: Sebastiaan Bierema Deemed Elected
Bierema, Sebastiaan 46
Electorate : 4,788
Total Poll: 51
Total Valid Poll: 48
Sebastiaan Bierema deemed elected.
Clubs’ Captain Result: Kirsty Moran Deemed Elected
Moran, Kirsty 10
Electorate : 45
Total Poll: 11
Total Valid Poll: 11
Kirsty Moran deemed elected.
Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies Result: Claire McHale deemed elected.
Breslin, Joshua 16
McHale, Claire 134
Mortimer, Cian 76
Electorate : 8,260
Total Poll: 244
Total Valid Poll: 238
Claire McHale deemed elected.
Convenor of College of Science and Engineering Result: Aoife Buckley deemed elected
Buckley, Aoife 71
Ganley, Oisín 64
Gujulla, Sai 60
Electorate : 4,836
Total Poll: 208
Total Valid Poll: 201
Buckley, Aoife 71
Ganley, Oisín 64
Gujulla, Sai 61
Buckley, Aoife 99
Ganley, Oisín 80
Aoife Buckley deemed elected.
Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Result: Evan O’Flaherty Deemed Elected
O’Flaherty, Evan 79
Electorate : 3,128
Total Poll: 87
Total Valid Poll: 86
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
NUI Galway Arrangements for St Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17th March 2020
- There are no classes at NUIG on Tues 17th March.
- The Students’ Union Office, Students’ Union Engineering Desk, Students’ Union Shop, Sult and Smokey’s Café will all be closed Tues 17th March and will reopen as usual Weds 18th March.
- The James Hardiman Library will be closed.
- The Reading Room will be open as usual.
- For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE
#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
- Maeve Arnup
- Jude Little
Disability Rights Officer
Postgraduate Taught Officer
- Martin Smyth
Postgraduate Research Officer
- Sebastiaan Bierema
- 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