SU Weekly Email 25 3rd March 2016

SU Weekly Email 25 3rd March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

VOTE TODAY!

Make sure you vote today to elect the SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer & Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2016/17. Voting also takes place today in the two referenda. Bring your College ID and vote in the following locations:

  • 10am-7pm An Bhialann
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-4pm Engineering Building

If you registered for a Remote Vote you must log on to www.su.nuigalway.ie to vote between 10am-8pm today.

The vote count will take place tomorrow Friday 4th March in the View from 9.30am. Follow us on Twitter @NUIGSU for live updates on the #NUIGSU16 count action!

Repeat Exam Fee Increase Update

Following the SU Council meeting on Monday night the Students’ Union opposes the increase in the repeat exam fees as circulated by Mary Dooley last Thursday. The Students’ Union will lobby for a reverse of this fee and for a pay per module scheme with a cap of the original fee of €195. This is “in line” with other Irish universities. 

Sin Newspaper Issue 10: The Election Special

Read all about it here.

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5 THIS MONDAY!

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.

Need Help?

Vodafone Campus Tour TODAY from 10.30am

Vodafone College Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG TODAY Thursday 3rd March from 10:30am-4pm. Try the Grab and Win game on the day where you can win Spotify vouchers, top up vouchers and Power Banks.

Part Time SU Officer election nominations are now CLOSED!

Nominations are now closed for the part time voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs’ Captain, Mature Students Officer and the five College Convenors for 2016/17. The election will take place next Thursday 10th March 10am-8pm.

#NUIGSU16

Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to https://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

SU Council Chair ElectionResult

Congratulations to Aaron Reeves who was elected SU Council Chairperson for 2016/17 on Monday.

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • 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. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Digital Champions Create Workshop

A fun, interactive and hands-on FREE workshop where you’ll get the chance to create your own video and audio resources! Tuesday March 8th at 12 noon in the CELT Studio (Arts Millennium Building)

www.DigiChampsNUIG.com

Need Free Legal Advice?

FLAC Society are running Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday Evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue.

Calling All Student Parents!

As part of our Explore project, Accommodating Babies on Campus (ABC), we are asking you to take part in a new initiative in NUI Galway which aims to find out more about the experience of student parents and students who are pregnant. So, let us know what you think by completing our two minute survey! We’d love to hear from you so if you need any more information or would like to get involved with ABC please contact me at r.underwood1@nuigalway.ie.

SURVEY LINK

Good Morning NUIG – FREE Events!

A series of early morning dance classes, fitness and meditation workshops designed to get your day off to a positive start running until the 15th of March.

More Information.

Laurence McKeown in conversation with Dr Niall Ó Dochartaigh  6.30pm TONIGHT

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.

Looking for male students to take part in a 15 minute Psychology study!
Male students required for a quick 15 minute Psychology study on personality and behaviour. All participants will get a FREE €5 voucher for the Bialann!
If you wish to take part in the study, you can sign up directly via the following link or by emailing me at s.madden8@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

National Tree Week Talk 1.10pm Tues 8th March

To celebrate National Tree Week, Laura O’ Connor, NUI Galway gardener, will give a talk on the newly planted trees on campus at 1.10pm on Tuesday 8th March at the side of Engineering Building. Information on planting, maintenance and identification will be covered. All tree lovers and huggers welcome! More info from laura.oconnor@nuigalway.ie

Are you in Galway? Do you walk or cycle to college? Do you feel safe?

If yes, this is the study for you. This study is looking at Galway’s walking and cycling infrastructure through using the app Strava to monitor peoples travel patterns across Galway and ultimately highlighting infrastructural deficits in the city.

If you wish to participate in the study, you can do the survey here. On completion of the survey, it will link you to a document which brings you step by step through the process of downloading and using Strava for this study.

Thank you so much for your time. If you would like more information you can email galwaystravavolunteers@nuigalway.ie

Mindfulness Classes for all Students with Tibetan Buddhist Monk, Gelong Thubten
Wednesday, 9th March in the Aula Maxima Lower. Class Title: Deepening our Mindfulness through the technique of Breathing followed by a reflection practice on – Cause and Effect – the importance of ethical living

To register attendance and for further information visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway
For those attending for the first time, there is an opportunity to cover the previous two sessions from January and February at the 12pm Beginners class.

Class Schedule for Wednesday, 9 March, 2016:

  • 8.15am – 9:00am
  • 10.45am – 11.30am
  • 12:00pm – 12.45pm (Beginners)
  • 13.15pm – 14:00pm
  • 17: 00pm – 17:45pm

Community Attitude Survey

We are second year Biomedical Science students in NUIG. We would be very grateful if you could fill out our survey. We are hoping to analyse community attitudes towards mental health as part of a Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) project in conjunction with the charity Positive Mental Health. This survey is short and completely anonymous so please answer the questions honestly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please Note: throughout this survey questions will reference “mental illness”, this refers to any type of Mental Health issue.

Please find the link to our survey here.

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

Only three weeks left until the Conference! We hope to see all of you there to present or attend in the inspiring and stimulating environment of our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Also don’t forget, there are just two weeks left until Tuesday the 15th of March to submit your abstracts. We are looking forward to hearing ideas and research options that you have in mind. Explore your interests and the university facilities to carry out research for your project. The conference will give you the scope to learn, grow and encourage one another from all disciplines.

We believe that undergraduate students have a lot to contribute in the academic research fields. If you wish to present your idea and/or attend the conference, please make sure you register on the website. Also if you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact us: undergrad.conference@nuigalway.ie.

Male Students under 25 Required for Study

I am conducting research as part of my final year Psychology degree and wish to invite all male students under the age of 25 who currently hold a driver’s licence to take part in a study “Examining driving behaviour in a simulated environment” The study takes place in the Psychology building and shouldn’t last longer than 40 minutes. 

Students who take part will receive a free €5 voucher for An Bhialann  and will get to experience driving in the Psychology department’s state of the art driving simulator!

If you have any queries or wish to take part, email me at k.tijunaitis1@nuigalway.ie.

Interested in winning stuff just by walking around the place?

Registration is now open for the 2016 Marchathon.

1. Register your team of 3 on the website below.

2. Team takes 10,000 steps each day 7-11 March.

3. You WIN STUFF!

www.marchathon.ie

Need some space?

Workbench Galway, a free, drop in co-working space is located on the 1st floor of the Bank of Ireland in Mainguard Street, Galway. Workbench Galway offers state of the art workspace facilities including a free co-working space for up to 12 start-up businesses which is open 9am–5pm Monday–Wednesday, and 9am–8pm Thursday and Fridays. It has free WiFi, coffee and tea for anyone using the space.

Startups can also make use of the workbench for meetings and breakout sessions with two meeting rooms, a boardroom and an informal seating area with screens that can be used for presentations or utilised as a marketing tool to promote upcoming events.  Other services offered to businesses from Workbench Galway include space to exhibit and present products from or to hold private client or staff meetings and the area is also available for businesses to hold breakfast or evening events from. For more information contact: annie.claffey@boi.com

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System – Vote TODAY

On Thursday 3rd 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”

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use – Vote TODAY

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.”

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

Strictly Scrum Dancing 

As a part of the 100minds project we are organising a Tag Rugby Tournament in order to raise money for ChildLine. Every cent is going directly to the charity and if you can’t make the event there is an after-party in Electric that night and wristbands are on sale in the Students’ Union office for €5. More Information.

Celebrate Chinese New Year This Sunday

Join the NUI Galway Chinese Society for their Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th March, in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact chinese@socs.nuigalway.ie

Strictly Come DanSoc Wednesday 9th March

Tickets are on sale now for Strictly Come DanSoc on Wednesday 9th of March and two of the Students’ Union team will be taking part in the event to raise money for the SU Charities. Rebecca our SU Education Officer and Noelle from the College Bar will both be busting moves and throwing shapes so please some along and support the event if you can! More Information.

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