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SU Weekly Email 2 10th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter This Monday 8pm!

We have only 100 tickets left for comedian Al Porter this Monday 14th September at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Don’t miss out – get your €5 ticket from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Freshers’ Fair 11am-4pm Wednesday – All the FREE stuff!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 
There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wall planners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, pizza, sausages and sushi. 

Lockers – 531 Left!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Bar Skills – COURSE FULL
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course – COURSE FULL
  • Irish
  • Yoga – Beginners Course FULL

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Volunteering Fair 1pm-5pm Tues 15th Sept

The NUI Galway Volunteering Fair takes place 1pm-5pm on Tuesday 15th September in Áras na Mac Léinn. There will be loads of amazing volunteering opportunities for you to choose from and your time spent volunteering will also go towards earning your Alive Certificate. The Alive Certificate is the President’s Award for Volunteering at NUI Galway and it’s a great addition to your CV. Time spent volunteering with the SU, as a Class Rep or with Clubs or Societies also counts towards your certificate.

Missed Clubs and Socs Days?

Don’t worry! You can still register to join ALL the Sports Clubs and Societies that NUI Galway has to offer by just logging on to Your Space. You can also manage your Alive Volunteering Certificate account here.

Log in to Your Space.

Connacht Tickets €10

We will have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale from Monday for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

An Afternoon With Google at NUI Galway

All students studying computer science and allied fields are welcome (from 1st year to post-grad). 1pm-5pm Tuesday 22nd September. Register HERE for your free ticket.

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

If you would like to win two tickets to our Al Porter comedy gig on Monday 14th September at 8pm just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie and tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2015/16. Competition closes 1pm Monday 14th September.

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie.

Register now for the NUIG 8k for Jigsaw

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Chinese Course at NUI Galway

A 20 week evening course, An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, will commence in NUI Galway on Wednesday 16th September 2015.  Classes will run one night a week from 7pm to 9pm.  The fee is €120.00 for students. The course is designed for people with no Chinese language basics but who have a strong interest in China or who travel or do business in China. 

For further details please see the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures website here  or contact Suzanne Gilsenan suzanne.gilsenan@nuigalway.ie, tel. 091 494037.

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.

SUAS 8×8 Free Film Festival at NUI Galway

Volunteering and speaking opportunities are now available for the forthcoming  8×8  Festival. If you have a passion for global development & social justice issues, then help us spark the conversation on campus.
Takes place October 5th -9th. Contact: c.lappin1@nuigalway.ie

Suicide Awareness Week – Bring a Friend 5k Walk/Run

At 9am on Saturday 12th September Knocknacarra Parkrun will be holding a special parkrun in conjunction with parkrun HQ. It’s “Bring-A-Friend Day” so we’d love it if you brought a friend or two to join you in the walk/jog/run (you choose). We’d love it even more if you could wear something yellow as it’s Suicide Prevention Week and by wearing yellow we’re going to show our support for Pieta House and the many other organisation that help people in crisis.

Competition Time!! Get PUBLISHED in the Irish Times & win €500.

Are you a young person interested in development and global justice issues? Are you a returned volunteer with something to say? This…may be for YOU! https://www.youth.ie/eyd

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.

SU Weekly Email 8 – 30th October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Deadline for EXPLORE Innovation funding: this Wednesday, 5 November 2014
Want to work in partnership with staff to turn an innovative idea into reality? Make sure to submit an application to EXPLORE by Wed, 5 November. Up to €900 available per project. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore. Contact the EXPLORE Coordinator at the Students’ Union if you’ve any questions at amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie or 091 494290

NUI Galway, your National F*&%king Treasure is coming to you!

Join National F*&%king Treasure, Performance Legend and Accidental Activist – Panti Bliss – in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places, as she hitches up her skirt and hitchhikes to NUI Galway this November. Panti will be glamming up the O’Flaherty Theatre on Monday 17th November at 8pm.

Tickets €5 from the Students’ Union Office and the SU Engineering Desk (NUIG Student ID Required)

SU Life Skills Programme Update

Upcoming courses we still have spaces in this semester are:

  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course (Friday 31st Oct, Friday 7th Nov & Friday 14th Nov) Cost: €100 (usually €160)
  • Anti-Racism Training Course Thursday 6th November 10am-1.30pm Cost: €5

 

Sin Issue 4

The spooky Halloween special issue of Sin newspaper is out now and you can read it online here.

Support Galway’s Bid to become European Youth Capital

Galway is in the final four cities hoping to be named European Youth Capital for 2017. On the 19th of November we will find out if we have won this honour! Please support the bid by liking the Facebook Page and following us on Twitter.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 3rd November 2pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 3rd November 6pm SU Council in IT250. ALL CLASS REPS MUST ATTEND.
  • Tuesday 4th November 6pm Class Reps Training in IT250 (For those who missed October training)
  • Wednesday 5th November 6pm Engineering Council in ENG2003 Lecture Room 2
  • Thursday 6th November 6pm Law/Commerce Council in AC204

If you have any queries about Class Reps please email Phelim on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Perspectives on International Volunteering in Higher Education – Free Conference Sat 29th November.

The UCD International Student Volunteering Conference welcomes all students to this free day to learn, develop & network! NUI Galway students attending this conference can have their Bus ticket refunded. Email alive@nuigalway.ie BEFORE buying your bus ticket to receive the ALIVE okay. To register for the conference click here.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUIG student tickets on sale for the Connacht vs Zebre match at 7.35pm on Friday 21st November. Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Free Microsoft Office

All NUI Galway students are now entitled to Microsoft Office as part of the university’s agreement with Microsoft. Further information is available HERE.

 

Galway Junior Film Fleadh Needs Volunteers

If you are free to help out at any time between the 12th and the 15th of November then Galway Junior Film Fleadh would love you to get in touch! More information.

Need Help…

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open!

The SU Enterprise Awards are now accepting applications and there is a €23,000 prize fund up for grabs! If you have a great idea for a business or a social enterprise make sure you get your entry in early. Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 28th November.

 

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

 

Run for Ger

Geraldine Lavelle, a 27-year-old NUI Galway graduate, is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident last October. On Sunday 16th of November at 11am there will be a fundraising walk/run at NUI Galway to help raise funds for her rehabilitation. You can sign up online to take part now for just €10 here.

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.

SU Weekly Email 7 – 23rd October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway, your National F*&%king Treasure is coming to you!

Join National F*&%king Treasure, Performance Legend and Accidental Activist – Panti Bliss – in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places, as she hitches up her skirt and hitchhikes to NUI Galway this November.

Panti will be glamming up the O’Flaherty Theatre on Monday 17th November at 8pm.

Tickets €5 from the Students’ Union Office and the SU Engineering Desk (NUIG Student ID Required) ON SALE TUESDAY 28th OCTOBER!

Postgrad Karaoke

Our Postgrad Karaoke night is back in the College Bar this Friday 24th October from 8pm with loads of great prizes for singers – regardless of their talent!

New courses added to SU Life Skills programme: Barista Skills and Child Protection Training.

More information is available on our website here: here.

Upcoming courses we still have spaces in this semester are:

  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course (Friday 31st Oct, Friday 7th Nov & Friday 14th Nov) Cost: €100 (usually €160)
  • Anti-Racism Training Course Thursday 6th November 10am-1.30pm Cost: €5
  • Barista Course Friday 5th Dec. Cost: €10 and all proceeds go to SU Charities Console & BeLonG To
  • Child Protection Training Course Friday 14th or Saturday 15th November (TBC) Cost: €15 Please see the registration link. For further information please email alive@nuigalway.ie

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open!

The SU Enterprise Awards are now accepting applications and there is a €23,000 prize fund up for grabs! If you have a great idea for a business or a social enterprise make sure you get your entry in early. Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 28th November.

 

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

 

Would you like to WIN €100?

Click here and tell us how you travel to campus and you’ll be in with a chance of winning ONE of TEN €100 One4all vouchers.

 

Macnas Parade Volunteers Needed

Macnas still need some volunteers to make their amazing Halloween Parade happen this Sunday 26th October. If you have some time to spare they would love your help. 

Nominations for the 2015 NUI Galway Alumni Awards are now open.

The Alumni Awards recognise individual excellence and achievements among the University’s graduates worldwide.We invite you to submit nominations for awards in the following categories:
Alumni Award for Engineering and Informatics
Alumni Award for Business, Public Policy and Law
Alumni Award for Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
Alumni Award for Science
Alumni Award for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
An Alumni Award for Sports Achievement has also been added for 2015.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, 7th November, 2014 to: alumni@nuigalway.ie Last year’s winners.

 

Run for Ger

Geraldine Lavelle, a 27-year-old NUI Galway graduate, is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident last October. On Sunday 16th of November at 11am there will be a fundraising walk/run at NUI Galway to help raise funds for her rehabilitation. You can sign up online to take part now for just €10 here.

 

Startup Weekend is coming to Galway!

From the 14th to the 16th of November, teams of entrepreneurs and innovators will gather together to develop their ideas from an initial 60 second pitch to a scalable company. 54 hours of activity will culminate in a round of presentations to the assembled judges, mentors, and other teams, leaving attendees with valuable feedback on their ideas, new skills, great contacts, and hopefully, a viable startup business. Special student ticket rate €19 for weekend.

Huxley Horrors Annual Horrible Halloween event is on the 25th in The Radisson Blu, Galway
Tickets & more info on huxleyhorror.com. Terrifying and disgusting Halloween costumes are essential. No ‘sexy’ outfits allowed. Proceeds go to Galway Cat Rescue charity.

Reserve Defence Forces recruitment.

The Reserve element of the Irish Defence Force is now open for recruitment (closing date Nov 14th)

This is a great opportunity for students to gain voluntary & part-time public service experience.

For suitable applicants who pass the initial assessment tests, the RDF will provide access to unique adventure training and can enhance valuable life skills.

Interested applicants are invited to attend an information session at Renmore Barracks, Galway at 14:00 on Saturday 25th October 2014

Details of eligibility:   https://www.military.ie/reserve/

International Action Against Torture Lecture

Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, will be giving a public lecture on “International Action Against Torture” on Thursday 27th November, 3-5pm at the MRI Annex- MRA201.

Tag Yourself in NUI Galway’s 2014 First Year Class Photo!

This Gigapixel image of the first year ‘Class of 2014’ was taken in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway at the beginning of the new term to welcome our first year students. Tag yourself or find your friends in this gigapixel panoramic photo – it allows you to pan around the entire Quad to see yourself or your friends with amazing clarity!

As NUI Galway is the University of choice for over 3,000 students every year, we want to know – why did you choose NUI Galway? Tell us at https://choose.nuigalway.ie

 

Information on Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships for PhD students. There is also a ‘Cancer Care West’ Hardiman Research scholarship available in the area of surgical oncology or radiation oncology. Applications Close 5pm Friday 21st November.

All information relating to these scholarships will be posted HERE

 

Bank Holiday Arrangements

The Library, Students’ Union Office, SU Cloakroom, SU Engineering Desk, SU Shop, Caifé na Gaeilge and the College Bar will all be closed on Monday 27th of October for the Bank Holiday. Smokey’s Café is open 10.30am-4.30pm.

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.

SU Weekly Email 6 – 16th October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

Lords of Strut Gig: POSTPONED

Unfortunately we have had to postpone our Lords of Strut gig on Monday 20th of October. We hope to reschedule the gig for semester two. Ticket holders can get a refund from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. Our next comedy gig will be Panti Bliss: High Heels in Low Places on Monday 17th November. Tickets on sale from the SU Office soon.

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 8 Spaces Left – €5
  • Occupational First Aid – 7 Spaces left – 3 day course – €100 (usual price €160)

More info on all the courses is available here.  

 

Sin Issue 3

Read it here.

Connacht Rugby Tickets €15

€15 NUI Galway student tickets on sale now for Connacht vs La Rochelle 5pm this Saturday 18th October at the Sports ground. Tickets available from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Building Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open!

The SU Enterprise Awards are now accepting applications and there is a €23,000 prize fund up for grabs! If you have a great idea for a business or a social enterprise make sure you get your entry in early. Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 28th November.

Are You Registered to Vote?

The referendum on Civil Marriage will be upon us in the Spring and it will be very important that everyone votes. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered! You can quickly and easily check that you are registered to vote here.

Garda Liaison Officer Clinic

There will be a Garda Clinic 12.30pm-2.30pm on Monday 20th October in the Wellness Centre in the Hub. Feel free to pop by if you have any queries to Garda Nora Brady.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • 6pm-7pm Monday 20th October Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • 6pm-7pm Tuesday 21st October Arts Council in AC216
  • 6pm-7pm Wednesday 22nd October Engineering Council in ENG2003 Lecture Room 2
  • 6pm-7pm Thursday 23rd October Science Council in AC203

If you have been elected as a Class Rep but have not filled out the registration sheet yet please contact the SU Education Officer Phelim Kelly ASAP on su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Croí Charity Fashion Show Extravaganza Thursday 23rd October in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

Supporting Croí’s Women at Heart Campaign the event includes: Refreshment reception on arrival; Catwalk Model Agency showcasing some of the West’s best fashion stores; Lisa Cannon from TV3’s Xposé as MC; Fashion & Beauty Industry stands and exhibitors; A Goodie Bag for each attendee and Raffle on the night, with great prizes

Buy Tickets Here

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.

SU Weekly Email 4 – 2nd October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

USI Rally for Education Wednesday 8th October #EducationIs

The Union of Students in Ireland invites you to our ‘Rally for Education’ on October the 8th, assembling from the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin 1 at 11.30am and proceeding to Molesworth Street. This Rally is supported by many organisations including SIPTU, Irish Federation of University Teachers, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, ICTU Youth, Young Workers Network, We’re Not Leaving, Communication Workers Union, Communication Workers Youth Committee, Defend the University, Irish Second Level Students’ Union, Conradh na Gaeilge, NUS-USI

The Rally will call for the protection of student supports in Budget 2015 and will highlight the value of education to society as well as the valuable contributions that students make to their communities.

Buses will be leaving from Galway Cathedral at 9am on Wednesday, 8th October, travelling to Dublin. There will be a cost of €2 for this and tickets will be available from the Students’ Union from Monday 6th October at 10am.

Financial Aid Fund Closes Saturday 4th October

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline isthis Saturday 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to financialaid@nuigalway.ie

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • 2pm-3pm Monday 6th October Postgrad Council in the Students’ Union Office
  • 6pm-7pm Monday 6th October Arts Council in AC216
  • 6pm-7pm Wednesday 8th October Engineering Council in ENG2003 Lecture Room 2
  • 6pm-9pm Thursday 9th October Class Reps Training in IT250 – ALL CLASS REPS SHOULD ATTEND

If you have been elected as a Class Rep but have not filled out the registration sheet yet please contact the SU Education Officer Phelim Kelly ASAP on su.education@nuigalway.ie

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please emailstudentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Please Sign Mental Health Reform’s Petition

One in seven adults in Ireland will have experienced a mental health difficulty in the last year. We need your support to tell the Government to invest in mental health services in Budget 2015. Sign the Petition here.

Mature Students Officer

Please note that the SU Mature Students Officer, Michelle Mitchell, will have an open clinic every Wednesday morning 10am-12pm in the Students’ Union office every week. You can also reach her by email on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 2

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 8 Spaces Left
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Self Defence Course – 1 Spaces Left – Thursday 9th October

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Build your CV and Volunteer

Visit the ALIVE website for volunteering, placement, experience and skill building opportunities with a wide range of charities, schools, hospitals, and community groups across the campus, Galway city and beyond at www.nuigalway.ie/alive

Graduate Jobs Fair Tuesday 7th October

12.30pm-4pm in the Bailey Allen Hall with over 60 Graduate recruiters.

ComputerDISC is now open for this semester

If you have any programming issues or would just like some advice on best programming practices we are here to help. You can find us in IT205, IT building. If you’re passing why not drop in and pre-register.

 

The Academic Writing Centre is now open

The AWC offers free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing for NUIG students. Last year, AWC tutors helped over 500 students to overcome recurrent problems with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and essay structure.The AWC is located on floor 2, in the James Hardiman Library. You can drop in at any time during our opening hours.

Need help with Maths?

SUMS the Free maths support centre is now open to students. https://www.maths.nuigalway.ie/sums/

Irish Road Safety Week 6th-12th October

Collect your FREE bike light from the SU Office from Wednesday. Be Safe, Be Seen.

Pushers needed for the Macnas Halloween Parade Sunday 26th October

Macnas is taking to the streets again this year on Sunday 26th October for their biggest event of the year: the Macnas Halloween Parade. They’ll be putting on a street-hopping, traffic-stopping party with a host of new giants, performance, bespoke costume, live original music and our award-winning design. But to get their giants up town they need pushers which is a great way to get involved and see the parade from the unique perspective of within, without having to put yourself front and centre (if that’s not your thing). You’ll get ear plugs, gloves and the chance to meet other groovy, helpful people​ while seeing the crowd’s faces and hearing their comments and cheers close-up. You will be the unsung hero of this year’s parade (until later, when we will indeed sing for you!).

If you are interested in being part of this year’s parade as a pusher, please email roisin@macnas.com with your name, phone number and confirming that you are available on Sunday 26th October and are in good physical condition for this role.

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Sunday!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

Online Security

Please make sure that your laptops and other devices are secure on campus. You can download FREE McAffee Anti-Virus Software from the ISS website here. Never give out your personal details online when filling out surveys.

Mental Health Week Monday, 6th October

Join us in the Aula Maxima, Quadrangle Building at 1pm on Monday 6th October for the launch of Mental Health Week and the Student Health 101, our online resource for NUI Galway students.  Guest speaker Fergal Moore, Galway Senior Hurler and John Hannon, Director of Student Services, NUI Galway. All welcome, light refreshments provided. Full programme details.

Strong Body, Strong Mind

Strong Body, Strong Mind is a new FREE service which any student can use and is based in the Wellness Centre beside the Hub Café, Áras na Mac Léinn. The aim of the program is to help students improve their fitness, lose weight and strengthen both body and mind. Each student will receive motivational tips, nutritional info and a fitness plan. Each student will also have access to a fitness channel via YouTube  which will include exercise and workout videos with no need for gym equipment! For more information contact cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

Suas 8×8 Arts Festival 13th – 17th October

Suas are delighted to announce that 8×8, a new-development-focused arts festival is coming to NUIG from the 13th-17th of October. It consists of a world class touring outdoor photography exhibition and exciting learning events. The exhibition will be situated on the green between the Arts Millennium Building and the James Hardiman Library. Other events being held during the week are film screenings, workshops and a photography competition. The exhibition and associated events bring together elements that are key to achieving sustainable development and global justice. Adjust your focus by logging onto https://www.stand.ie​ to register.

October’s NUI Galway Student Health 101 is now ready – check it out and enter this month’s draw for €750

Student Health 101

In this month’s issue: The job prob – Forecasting your future in the job market. The pursuit of perfection – What is the cost of your high standards?

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 new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 3 – 25th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October

Our first Citizenship Day, on Wednesday the 1st of October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léin, will showcase and promote the various groups we have on campus that play an active role in society, embrace the values of active citizenship and contribute to the well-being of Irish Society. Our aim is also to promote the idea of being an active citizen to students in NUI Galway and promote involvement in different types of voluntary and community activities as well as participation in the democratic process. For more information please contact Rebecca Melvin at su.equality@nuigalway.ie

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Soon!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

 

Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 2nd Oct

Our Cardiac First Responder Course takes place 1pm-5.30pm on Thursday 2nd October. To register please call to the SU Office ASAP with the €40 course fee (usual cost €70)

Financial Aid Fund Now Open

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline is 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to financialaid@nuigalway.ie

FREE Postgrad Social events this Friday 26th September
5pm walking tour of Galway given by historian Tonaí Ó Roduib for NUIG postgrads (although if you have friends or partners who want to come, they’re welcome as well). Meet at the Spanish Arch. 
8pm Postgrad-Aoke in the College Bar with karaoke, giant games and a few surprises!

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

SU Volunteer Meeting

We will be hosting an info session for anybody that is interested in volunteering with the Students’ Union on Monday the 29th September at 8pm in Meeting Room 1 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with the Students’ Union this year! For more information contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale for the next Connacht Rugby home game against Cardiff Blues on Friday 3rd of October at 7.35pm.

Synapse Friday 26th September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall tomorrow, Friday the 26th of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, LinkedIn and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com

Little Cinema Galway Festival this Weekend

If you like short films and being entertained make sure you head to the Little Cinema Festival this weekend.

Memorial for Conor Cribbin RIP

There will be a memorial mass and dedication ceremony for science student Conor Cribbin (RIP) in the Memorial Garden at 11.30am on Sunday 28th September.  Conor’s family will attend.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Phelim Kelly at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Class Rep Meetings Timetable.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 10 Spaces Left
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – COURSE FULL
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder – 5 Spaces Left
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – COURSE FULL
  • Self Defence Course – 3 Spaces Left
  • Irish – Starts this week
  • Yoga – BEGINNERS COURSE FULL

More info on all the courses is available here.  

 

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Lockers – 586 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

 

Galway Hospice “Books for Hospice” Fundraiser on Saturday, 4 October

To facilitate staff and students on campus, books will be collected on campus as follows:

During the week of Monday, 29 September to Friday, 3 October, boxes of books may be left in Room 103, Riverside Terrapin, Distillery Road (8.30-9.30 am and 5.30-6.30 pm). If you have three or four books that would be great too, drop off at my office or send in the internal post. The Hospice slogan is “Every moment matters”, with this project every book donated matters.

Are you a young woman living with ADHD?
Doctoral researcher Andrea Lynch in the School of Education is currently running a study examining the experiences of young women living with a formal diagnosis of ADHD. If you are between the ages of 18-20, you are welcome to participate by completing one personal interview and one online questionnaire. For more information about this study, please contact Andrea at a.lynch19@nuigalway.ie, or visit the study’s Facebook page.

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 new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Life Skills Now Enrolling

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You can now enrol for the following reduced price courses in the Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. 

Please note that you must pay the course fee/deposit where applicable when you sign up. Please note that courses will only run if sufficient numbers are registered for same. 

These courses are open to registered NUI Galway students only. 

*Personal Safety and Awareness Course Now Enrolling*

We are now enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course which takes place 1pm-5pm Thursday 19th March. 

The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office.

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí.

Part 1: Introduction and course outline                                                                                                                

Definition of awareness within the personal safety milieu.

‘Self-defence’ vs ‘personal awareness’

Ineffectiveness of most physical techniques.

The adrenal response.

The predator outline.

Importance of reporting

Physical skills

Garda Briefing

Revision, Q&A, and feedback.

Part 2: Awareness and its relationship to personal safety.                                                                                          

Situational awareness and the ‘360 mind-set’

Watching your ‘6’

Visualising your journey/local knowledge.

Threat recognition/trusting your instincts.

Mobiles: Pros and cons

Alcohol.

Break

Part 3: The Predator outline and the Adrenal response                                                                                

Predator/Assailant preplanning and visualisation.

Predator escalation and the importance of reporting.

The percentage game (minimising/maximising your safety at all times)

The Adrenal response, physical, emotional and psychological.

Ineffectiveness of most complex physical techniques within an adrenalized situation.

Avoiding becoming a ‘target of opportunity’.

Part 4: Garda Briefing                                                                                                                   

TBC, but in our conversation beforehand we discussed the importance of people knowing the legal definitions of assault, harassment, intimidation etc. And a stressing of the early reporting of situations and using the Gardaí as a community resource rather than a call of last resort.

Part 5: Physical Skills.                                                                                                                   

A re-stressing of the legal terms defined earlier by the Garda and a re-stressing of the facts that complicated physical techniques tend towards the ineffective.

High percentage and low percentage moves.

Basic grab evasion.

The essentialities of escape.

How to strike.

$1·         Irish Classes: Beginners & Intermediate Levels

Description: This 20 week Irish course will be based on spoken, functional, and conversational Irish. Most of the teaching time will be concentrated on fluency in speaking and in comprehension. Some grammar will feature in the course, as much as is necessary for conversation. The initial classes will focus on assessing the needs of the students in the group and we will take it from there. The tutor will also let students know of Irish language cultural events that are on in Galway and socialising amongst Gaeilgeoirí outside of class is encouraged for those who can so they can practice their Gaeilge.

Assessment & Certification: There is no exam for this course. However, the European Framework for Learning Languages will be used as the basis for the syllabus and there will be TEG exams in all levels of the Irish Language taking place in 2015 if students would like to avail of the opportunity to have their progress recognised. All assistance will be given in the classes to those who wish to do this. For more information see: https://teg.ie/english/exam_dates.htm
More information: e-mail misneachnagaillimhe@gmail.com

Students per course: Max 25 students per class

Course Venue: AC202

Dates/Times Semester 1: Beginners 6pm-7pm Wednesday 24th September-Wednesday 26th November 2014

Intermediate 6pm-7pm Thursday 25th September-Thursday 27th November 2014

Cost: There is a suggested donation of €1 per person per class. This will go to covering costs.

$1·         Yoga

Description: This 8 week Ashtanga Yoga course has a beginners/improvers level and an intermediate level. Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Yoga mats and belts are provided in class. 

Dates/Times Semester 2: Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thursday 19th March -Thursday 14th May 2015 (NO CLASS 7th May) COURSE FULL 13/03/15

Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thursday 19th March – Thursday 14th May 2015 (NO CLASS 7th May) 7 Spaces left 13/03/15

Course Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Cost: €40