SU Weekly Email 22 – 19th February 2015Weekly Email
Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place this Tuesday 24th of February 2015. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt, snacks and lunch for all participants.
The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.
Nominations close at 5pm this Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.
Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted. Election Day Thursday 5th March.
Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.
SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5
Our next SU Comedy gig is for charity and features five comedians for just €5 on Monday 3rd March at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Joining Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly) on the night will be John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling. Tickets are available from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To.
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.”
This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.
Galway City is the first City in Ireland to develop a strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. You can be part of a research project. You will receive training and €10 mobile phone top up credit for each week of participating (€40 mobile top up credit in total) as a gesture of thanks.
What do you do? Researchers download an alcohol marketing monitoring ap and then each time you see marketing (poster, online, etc.) you log it on the ap. The overall aim of this project is to monitor the exposure of young people to alcohol marketing in Galway city. You will get on-going support and a chance to work on an international research project. To participate come along to the welcome session: 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 3rd March in the Space, upstairs Áras na Mac Léinn. For further information email email@example.com
Complete the National Student Survey
A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.
As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2! Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.
What you need to know
- Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
- The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
- The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
- The survey comprises 100 questions.
Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway
A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to share ideas and work on projects. The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can – Make, Break, Fix and Learn.
We are going to add a Makerspace to the Library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.
Initially we think we should include at least: 3D Printer, PC’s for design, Raspberry Pi hardware and Arduino boards.
To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
UpForSchool is a global campaign to get 58 million primary school children who are currently not in school, into school. Ireland has pledged 10,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors at NUI Galway to help gather signatures to add to this global petition. They are counting on people like you and me to help make sure all children are able to go to school without fear, danger or discrimination. To get involved contact email@example.comSign The Petition Here.
NUI Galway Theatre Week runs from the 23rd to the 27th of February with lots of DRAMA on Campus!
NUIG Shave or Dye
Well done to everyone who took part in Shave or Dye in the College Bar this week. We raised €1,366 to fight cancer and there are still some donations to come in which is brilliant! If you didn’t get a chance to donate remember that you can text “Shave” to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Cancer Society.
Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February
Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.
Win Prizes for Walking!
Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015
Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines
- Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February
You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.
Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now
5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)
Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.
Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.