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SU Class Reps Council Meeting Minutes 

Minutes of 12th October 2015 Meeting

 

SU Annual Report 2014/15

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SU Annual Report 2014/15 

 

SU Policies

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Students’ Union Policies

NUI Galway Students’ Union adopts policies on various issues. Policy can be set by the Executive Committee, SU Council or a referendum of all members of the Students’ Union.

Policy can only be repealed or amended by the body that set it, or by a more senior body. For example, policy set by the Executive Committee can be changed by the Executive Committee or SU Council. Policy set by SU Council can only be repealed by SU Council or a referendum. Finally, policy agreed by referendum can only be repealed or changed by referendum.

Many policies are agreed by the Executive Committee or SU Council. Many of those policies are related to changing events such as support for a local mental health campaign and are fulfilled on a regular basis. Policies which are agreed by referendum are usually associated with national campaigns.

The following policies have been agreed by referendum in recent years:

Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

Passed March 2015

 

The Students’ Union has adopted a position supporting thelegalisationand regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage

Passed March 2014

The Students’ Union has a policy of supporting couples of the same gender availing of civil marriage.

Following the national referendum in May 2015, this policy has been fulfilled.

Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel

Passed March 2014

The Students’ Union adopted a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel” (BDS Campaign).

Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion

Passed March 2013

The Students’ Union has a Pro-Choice position in support of the national campaign for full reproductive rights, which includes a woman’s right to abortion, whether elective or medically necessary.

No Platform Policy

Passed March 2012

The Students’ Union is mandated to oppose any invitation to members of various organisations to speak at the University. 

More information on Students’ Union Policies is available HERE 

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin

Oifigigh

Haigh gach éinne,

Is mise Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin, bhur nOifigeach Gaeilge i mbliana. Is cainteoir duchais mé ó iarthar Chiarraí agus táim i mbun céim BA sa chumarsáid in Acadamh na hOllscoilaíochta Gaeilge faoi láthair.

Agus mé ag obair le Comhaltas na Mac Léinn agus na Cumainn Gaelach, sí an príomh aidhm atá agam i mbliana ná cuir chun cinn labhairt na Gaolainne sa champas. Tá súil agam ócáidí mór a eagrú a thabharfaidh seans do gaeilgeoirí agus iad siúd atá ag foghlaim bualadh le chéile agus aithne a chuir air a chéile, chomh maith le píosa craic a bheith acu.
Ná bíodh drogall oraibh riamh dul i dteagmháil liom!

Freagreachtaí

Tá Oifigeach na Gaeilge freagrach as na rudaí seo a leanas:

  • Promoting the use and awareness of the Irish language and Irish culture within the Union’s membership
  • Providing assistance and advice to the Irish language societies on campus
  • Developing and reviewing Irish language policy for the Union
  • To foster a genuine appreciation for Irish on campus while working with other organisations e.g. Conradh na Gaeilge
  • Providing opportunities for students to engage with the Irish language and culture
  • Representing students on University committees
  • Ensuring the Executive Committee are fully informed of and comply with their constitutional obligations to the Irish language An tOifigeach na Gaeilge is elected at the part-timer elections in March. It is required that he/she is proficient in the Irish language.

Past campaigns have included:
Seachtain na Gaeilge on campus
Lobbying the University for bi-lingual resources for all students
Working with USI to further the interests of the Irish language on a national level
Also see: Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Tuairisc Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2012

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Déan teagmháil léi

Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Fón: 087 9513967
su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

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SU Council

SU Council

Students’ Union & Class Reps Council

The Students’ Union Executive is answerable to the Students’ Union Council. The Students’ Union Council consists of approximately 350 members representing every class in the University. The Council is essential to the running of the Union and is beneficial to the running of the University. It also helps bring students ever more closely involved with the workings of the Union and the University. The SU Council is used by the Union to inform students what is happening within the University and also to get feedback from students regarding any problems, suggestions or positive aspects they have found in the University.

The SU Council meets at least three times per semester and quorum for a SU Council meeting shall be fifty class representatives.

Each of the NUI Galway Colleges also has a College Class Representative Council together with a Postgraduate Council. Each College Council meets twice each semester.

The object of the College Class Rep Councils is to discuss individual faculty issues whilst Students’ Union Council discusses University wide issues. Class Reps is co-ordinated by the Vice-President/Education Officer who works with the SU Council Chair and the Convenors to ensure that every class is represented and heard. Feel free to make use of the SU Council to get your views across by approaching your class rep or and Officer.

Getting Involved

Becoming a Class Rep

They’re the “Voice of your Class” and represent the views of the majority of the class. They help to solve both individual and class-wide problems. If you decide to run for Class Rep, your responsibilities will include communicating between your class and the course lecturers, attending SU Council and your College Council meetings to help formulate Students’ Union policies and arranging class parties, hoodies etc. Being a Class Rep is good fun and a great addition to your CV. You also qualify for the ALIVE Certificate which is the NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering https://www.nuigalwaycki.ie/main.asp?menu=34

The Council consists of over 350 students representing classes in every year and every department. Every class should have a Class Rep. However, if your class does not yet have a rep then please contact the Education Officer at su.education@nuigalway.ie or become one yourself!

Join the SU Crew

Even if you’re not an elected Class Rep, you can still get involved in the Students’ Union activities. The Union regularly runs campaigns on campus, and we’re always looking for extra help. From somewhat intimidating tasks like addressing lectures to other jobs such as handing out leaflets or preparing documentation, there’s always something that needs to be done, so join in! If there’s a particular issue that you’re concerned about, let us know and we’ll try to help. Just call up to the Students’ Union offices in Áras na Mac Léinn, drop us a line by email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or check our Twitter and Facebook .

Constitution of the Students’ Union

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Constitution of the Students’ Union

The Constitution of NUI Galway Students’ Union is a legally-binding document passed by referendum of the students of NUI Galway on 10th March 2012 which outlines the functions and objectives of the Students’ Union. It also indicates how these goals should be achieved, and amongst other things, how the Union is governed and how the commercial activities of the Union are run.

The constitution is available here.

Tá leagan Gaeilge ar fáil anseo

Schedule to the Constitution

The constitution is supplemented by Schedule 1 which governs Students’ Union elections.

Referenda

Information

Article  16 of the Students’ Union Constitution makes provision for referenda on policy or constitutional matters.

Referenda 2016

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System.

On Thursday 3 March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns the Direct Provision System for asylum seekers.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Reifreann ar sheasamh Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn i dtaobh córas soláthair dhírigh.

Déardaoin, an 3 Márta, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a dhéanfaidh nó nach ndéanfaidh Comhaltas na Mac Léinn cáineadh ar an gcóras soláthair dhírigh le haghaidh iarrthóirí tearmainn.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an moladh seo a leanas:

“Déanann Comhaltas na Mac Léinn cáineadh ar an gcóras soláthair dhírigh, atá míthrócaireach agus a shéanann ar an lucht iarrtha tearmainn a gcearta bunúsacha, agus éilíonn sé go gcuirfear deireadh leis agus go gcuirfear córas nua ina ionad a léiríonn meas do chearta daonna iarrthóirí tearmainn. De réir polasaithe lena dtacaíonn an tIonad um Chearta Imirceach agus eagraíochtaí neamhrialtasacha eile a bhfuil baint acu leis an gceist.”

Tá an reifreann seo iarrtha ag 500 ball de Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, de bhun Alt 16 de Bhunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

An reifreann ar sheasamh Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn maidir leis an díchoiriúlú drugaí le haghaidh úsáid phearsanta.

Déardaoin, an 3 Márta, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a thacaíonn nó nach dtacaíonn Comhaltas na Mac Léinn leis an díchoiriúlú drugaí le haghaidh úsáid phearsanta amháin.
Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an moladh seo a leanas:
“Go dtacóidh Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh go gníomhach leis an díchoiriúlú drugaí le haghaidh úsáid phearsanta amháin.”

Tá an reifreann seo iarrtha ag 500 ball de Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, de bhun Alt 16 de Bhunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.

Referenda 2015

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

That NUI Galway Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Reifreann ar sheasamh Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn i dtaobh saothrú, díol agus sealbhú cannabais a dhlisteanú agus a rialáil.

Déardaoin, an 5 Márta 2015, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a ghlacfaidh nó nach nglacfaidh Comhaltas na Mac Léinn le seasamh i dtaobh saothrú, díol agus sealbhú cannabais a dhlisteanú agus a rialáil.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an moladh seo a leanas:

Go dtacóidh Comhaltas an Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh go gníomhach le saothrú, díol agus sealbhú cannabais a dhlisteanú agus a rialáil do dhaoine fásta a bhfuil 18 mbliana d’aois slánaithe acu.”

Níl

Tá an reifreann seo iarrtha ag 500 ball de Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, de bhun Alt 16 de Bhunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.

REFERENDUM RESULT

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

On Thursday 12 March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to approve an amendment to article 17 of the Students’ Union Constitution as proposed by the Executive Committee.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following constitutional amendment which has been proposed by the Students’ Union Executive Committee:

At Article 17.C replace “Students Union Executive” with “the Board of Trustees as members of the Company”.

Delete Article 17.D in its entirety and re-designate the subsequent sub-articles accordingly.

At the end of the current Article 17.E (to be re-designated 17.D) insert the following new provision:

Once deemed elected, the incoming President of the Students’ Union shall be a non-voting attendee at the Board of Directors until s/he commence his/her term of office as President.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Reifreann chun an Bunreacht a leasú a mhol Coiste Feidhmiúcháin Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn:

Déardaoin, an 12 Márta 2015, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a ghlacfaidh nó nach nglacfaidh togra chun Alt 17 Bhunreacht Comhaltas na Mac Léinn  a leasú a mhol Coiste Feidhmiúcháin.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an togra chun an Bunreacht a leasú a mhol Coiste Feidhmiúcháin Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn:

Ag Alt 17.C, go gcuirfear “Bord na nIontaobhaithe mar chomhaltaí den Chuideachta” in ionad “Coiste Feidhmiúcháin Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn”.

Go scriosfar Alt 17.D ina iomláine agus go ndéanfar na fo-ailt ina dhiaidh a athuimhriú dá réir.

Go gcuirfear an fhoráil nua seo a leanas isteach ag deireadh Alt 17.E mar atá faoi láthair (a athuimhreofar mar 17.D):

“Beidh Uachtarán nuathofa Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn ina d(h)uine den lucht freastail gan cheart vótála ag cruinnithe de Bhord na Stiúrthóirí go dtí go gcuirfear tús lena t(h)éarma mar an Uachtarán.”

Tá an reifreann seo iarrtha ag 500 ball de Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, de bhun Alt 16 de Bhunreacht Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn.

REFERENDUM RESULT

Referenda 2014

Referendum RFC14/1 (Position on Abortion)

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a neutral position with regard to abortion.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion.
Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

REFERENDUM RESULT

Referendum RFC14/2 (Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel)

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

REFERENDUM RESULT

Referendum RFC14/3 (Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marraige)

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports all measures that extend to homosexual couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including, but not limited to, supporting a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.”

REFERENDUM RESULT

Previous Referenda

Referendum RFC13/1 (Position on Abortion)

Thursday 7th March 2013 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum RFC12/1 (No Platform Policy)

Thursday 8th march 2012 – View motion text

Referendum passed

RFC06/1 (Structures)

22nd February 2006 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFP06/1 (Student Levy)

22nd February 2006 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFC05/1 (USI)

7th April 2005 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFC04/1 (Vice-President)

19th February 2004 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFP03/1 (Student Levy)

27th November 2003 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

Elections

Information

 #NUIGSU16 ELECTION & REFERENDA RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE

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The newly elected officers will take up their positions on the 1st of July 2016 

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As per The Students’ Union Constitution all members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by and from the full members of the Union in accordance with Schedule 1. The procedure for all other elections shall be determined by the Elections Committee.Every year as a member of the Students Union you choose who you want to run your Union by electing the Executive Committee for the following year. The term of office for the elected Officers of the Union runs from the 1st of July until the 30th of June.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2016/17 is available HERE.

Why Vote?

Voting gives you a direct say in how your Union is run, how your issues are dealt with and how your money gets spent. It’s important to pick the people you want as it’s the Union who will be representing your views to the Universtiy and on a local,regional and national level. Your vote is your voice so speak up!

When do I vote?

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 3rd of March 2016. Nominations for these positions are now CLOSED. 

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 10th March 2016. Nominations for these positions are now CLOSED. 

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 29th of February 2016 in IT250. Nominations are now CLOSED. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. 

How to Vote?

  • Come along to the advertised Polling Stations in An Bialann (the Canteen) (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) and the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm)
  • Bring your NUI Galway Student Card
  • You will be given a ballot paper and pen
  • Fill out the ballot paper listing your candidates in order of preference…remember you don’t have to vote for more than 1 person
  • You must then fold your ballot paper to conceal your vote and place it in the sealed ballot box
  • You can only vote once!

For the elections of Clubs’ Captain and Societies’ Chairperson on polling day it is strictly one vote per club for Clubs’ Captain and one vote per society for Societies’ Chairperson. Only Club Captains and Society Auditors (or their proxy) may vote and they can only vote in the Bialann polling station or at the 1pm Clubs meeting or 6pm Societies meeting. There is no Remote Vote for these positions.

Remote Vote

Remote Vote is a facility to allow students to vote online. It’s particularly useful for students on satellite campuses and students on work placement, but it’s available to any student. The system is accessed via the Students’ Union website and is easy to use, secure and confidential. Students simply log in using their campus account. The only requirement is students must register to use Remote Vote before the Election Day.

Remote Vote deadlines 2016:

Full Time Elections & Referendum register before midnight Wednesday 2nd March & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 3rd March. 

Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum regsiter before midnight Wednesday 9th March & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 10th March. (Please note Remote Vote not available for Clubs & Socs Positions – Captains/Auditors should contact the SU about using proxy for their vote) 

You must register separately for each of the voting days. 

How do I run for Election?

To be eligible to run in this election, candidates must be members of NUI Galway Students’ Union. All registered students of NUI Galway, on payment of the student levy are members of the Students’ Union. You need to be nominated by 20 members of the Students’ Union i.e. registered students.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms shall be made available from the Students’ Union office and the Students’ Union website once nominations have been opened. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Students’ Union election nomination box in Áras na Mac Léinn by the appointed date and time. Late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstance.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee comprises of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Returning Officer appointed under Schedule I. 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 its 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 before campaigning begins.

Regulations

Election regulations are outlined in the Students’ Union Constitution, Schedule 1

Schedule 1 (Elections).

Queries?

If you have any queries about the regulations or running of the elections, please email elections@su.nuigalway.ie 

Exec Minutes

Documents

Executive Meeting Minutes

The Executive Committee meets weekly during each semester. The quorum for each meeting is five. The Chairperson shall have the casting vote where necessary. If the number in attendance falls below quorum, the meeting will be regarded as having finished. The Administrative Secretary of the Union acts as secretary to the Executive Committee and is responsible for recording minutes. 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.

Minutes for meetings are available for the general public to read. You may wish to read them as everything the NUI Galway Students’ Union has done or plans to do is discussed at these meetings so it’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening.

View Minutes of meetings:

 15th Nov 2015  8th Nov 2015 1st Nov 2015 18th Oct 2015 11th Oct 2015
 4th Oct 2015  20th Sept 2015  16th Sept 2015  9th Sept 2015 28th Oct 2014
21st Oct 2014 7th Oct 2014 1st Oct 2014 23rd Sept 2014 10th Sept 2014
November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 May 2012 April 2012
March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011
October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 May 2011
April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010
November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010
May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010
December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009
May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009
December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008
May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008
December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007  

Annual Report 2012

Documents

The inaugural Annual Report of the Students’ Union was launched on Wednesday 27th June 2012

View NUIG SU Annual Report 2012