SU Weekly Email 23 18th February 2016

SU Weekly Email 23 18th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Full Time SU Officer election nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the three, paid, full time SU Officer Positions for President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2016/17. Nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our websitehere

Nominations close at 5pm next Wednesday 24th of February at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

If you are thinking about running for election have a look at our Election Information Packhere.

#NUIGSU16

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5

Our last NUI Galway Students’ Union comedy gig is Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks) and Fred Cooke (The Fear) at 8pm on Monday 7th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 with all proceeds going to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale soon from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Student Survey Closes at 5pm This SUNDAY

Please make sure you complete the national Student Survey before 5pm this Sunday. This is your chance to make a big difference to life at NUI Galway and you could also win an iPad Air! The survey only takes 8 minutes.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduate
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on www.studentsurvey.ie to complete the survey before the 21st of February.

SU Council Chair Election #NUIGSU16

Nominations will are now OPEN for the position of SU Council Chair for 2016/17.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Monday 22nd February 2016 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year on Monday 29th of February 2016. 

Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. More Information.

Notice of 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.

Notice of 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 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.

How to Vote in the Referendums on Thursday 3rd March 2016

  1. In Person at a Polling Station

Polling Stations will be open on campus from 10:00am to 8:00pm. To vote at a polling station you must present your NUI Galway ID. No other form of ID will suffice.Locations and opening hours of each Polling Station are available on the Students’ Union website.

  1. Remote Vote

Students must register before midnight on Wednesday 2nd March. Once registered students can then cast their vote online during polling hours. To register for Remote Vote, logon to the SU website www.su.nuigalway.ie

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

Focus Group Participants Required 2pm TODAY– FREE PIZZA!

Galway is applying to be the 2019 European Youth Capital and we need your help! We want the chance to show Europe how amazing Galway is for young people and in the process make Galway even more amazing for young people. We will be holding one hour focus groups, with free lunch thrown in,  to get your thoughts and opinions on all things Galway. If you wish to take part please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with your name, phone number and the group that suits you best to attend:

  • 2pm-3pm Thursday 18th February

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 20 Spaces Left!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 5th of March 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February 2016 €10
  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Need Legal Advice?

Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue. 

SU Charity Aquathon Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to poor entry numbers, we have had to cancel the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon this year. Participants who had already registered have been offered spaces on the SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb instead

Free Once-Off Workshops to get you Exam Ready

  • Coping with Stress: 5pm-6.30pm Tuesday 23rd February
  • Presentation Skills: 6pm-8pm Tuesday 1st March
  • Procrastination: 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 8th March        
  • Exam Preparation Skills: 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 15th March
  • Exam Preparation Skills: 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 5th April
  • Coping with Stress: 5pm-6.30pm Tuesday 5th April           

Further information and booking aisling.battersby@nuigalway.ie

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Postgraduate Reading Group: Feminist and Queer Theory (Gender ARC and Centre for Global Women’s Studies) 

All postgraduate students are welcome to take part in this open and casual reading group, meeting throughout the semester every 2-3 weeks to discuss a single specific work from feminist and queer academic inquiry. Our next meeting is in R1001 in the Hardiman Research Building on Wednesday 24 February from 4-5pm, and we will be discussing a chapter from Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble. Again all are welcome! 

To take part and for more information please contact: Amie Lajoie, a.lajoie1@nuigalway.ie

Laurence McKeown in conversation with Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh  

On the 35th anniversary of the Republican Hunger Strike of 1981, Laurence McKeown – Irish author, playwright, screenwriter, and former volunteer in the IRA, who took part to the 1981 Hunger Strike, will be interviewed by Doctor Niall Ó Dochartaigh. The discussion will be around the theme of memory, commemoration and the legacy of the past.  More information.

Give Blood this Sunday

Blood Donor Clinic Sunday 21st of February 11.30am-3pm in the Menlo Park Hotel Galway www.giveblood.ie

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway and Core Theatre College present The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht

Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, Galway February 17th – 20th, 8pm Tickets €10/€8 available at SocsBox (091 492852) & HERE.  

FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 23rd February in the Aula Maxima (Lower) See times of classes below:

10:45am – 11:30am – All Students Welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – All Students Welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All Students Welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-registration required visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/mindfulness-classes-relaxation-and-confidence-tickets-20726768322

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway

Sin Newspaper Issue 9

Read it online here.

Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Deadline Extended Until 31ST March 2016.

Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on drugs.ie.

You will find examples of previous winners and full competition details at www.drugs.ie/awards or by contacting awards@drugs.ie.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Present your own research ideas this 23rd of March at our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Do you have fields of interests that you would like to explore? Do not wait for a PhD, start your research now, as an undergraduate student! We want to help you present your own perspective in a friendly, yet academic environment. We need people like you, who can inspire and open new doors in the research community. To present or attend, please register on the website.

We are also looking for volunteers to help organise the event. Digital badges will be awarded for people who attend, present and organise. A perfect touch on your CV while you grow, explore and learn new research skills. To contact us: undergradconference@nuigalway.ie

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

 

Artice by
Joanna Brophy