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This month as part of our Charity Challenge we will be helping you to step outside your comfort zone by having daily suggestions of new things you can try for the new year. You could try a new sport, learn a new skill, volunteer or join a society. The opportunities are endless!

Remember all funds raised by the Charity Challenge this year will be going to support Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health and donations can be made HERE

Here’s just some of our suggestions for your New Year Challenge and please let us know what you are up to using #NewYearChallenge on social media:

  1. Run for #NUIGSU21 elections 
  2. Learn to cook
  3. Volunteer with Flirt FM
  4. Join the SU 6 Week Strength and Conditioning Programme
  5. Write for Sin newspaper
  6. Join the SU Clean Up
  7. Find volunteering opportunities with Alive
  8. Learn Sign Language
  9. Become a Digital Champion
  10. Join the SU Welfare Crew
  11. Sign up for the NUIG free January courses
  12. Quit Smoking
  13. Join NUIG Clubs
  14. Join the SU Events Crew
  15. Make new friends at the SU Hump Day Hoolie 
  16. Work on your employability with the NUI Careers Office
  17. Join NUIG Societies
  18. Go Vegan
  19. Learn Leadership skills with LIFT
  20. Learn Suicide Prevention Skills with LivingWorks Start programme
  21. Become a Blood Donor and join the Vampire Cup Challenge
  22. Try Meditation
  23. Get ready for the SU February Kilometre Challenge
  24. Control Your Stress with the Free Stress Control Course
  25. Assess your relationship with Alcohol
  26. Enter the Smarter Travel Campus Awards
  27. Do a digital detox
  28. Sleep better
  29. Get Organized
  30. Get Walking 
  31. Join the SU Environmental Committee

 

SU Weekly Email 12 – 10th December 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

 

Q&A Session with NUIG President Today

At 4pm today Thurs 10th Dec we are hosting a question and answer session with the NUIG University President. You can join the conversation HERE 

 

Election Nominations Close Tomorrow

Nominations close at 5pm tomorrow Fri 11th Dec for the 5 vacant SU Officer positions and you can apply to run for election HERE.

Positions to be filled are: Societies Chairperson, SU Council Chairperson, Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law, International Students Officer and Ethnic Minorities Officer.

Election Day: 10:00-20:00 Thurs 17th Dec. Vote online via the SU Website.

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week

Dé Luain 14 Nollaig / Mon 14th Dec

19:00 Oíche fhéin-chúraim / Self-Care Night  – Think pyjamas, face masks + chats! ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé Máirt 15 Nollaig / Tues  15th Dec

16:00 Among Us Trí Ghaeilge ZOOM LINK HERE

19:00 “I wish I could speak Irish, but…” Bilingual event for people learning Irish, discussing ways to learn the language, tips, resources and the benefits of learning Irish. Speakers include: Síomha Ní Ruairc (TG4), Ola Majekodunmi ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé Céadaoin 16 Nollaig / Weds 16th Dec

12:00 Tae agus Plé / Virtual Tea and Chats ZOOM LINK HERE

17:00 Linda Ervine on the Irish language.  A conversation with Linda Ervine about how she grew to love the Irish language. Linda Ervine is a language rights activist from East Belfast. ZOOM LINK HERE

19:30 Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua / Christmas Hump Day Hoolie TICKET LINK HERE

Déardaoin 17 Nollaig / Thurs 17th Dec

17:00 Oga Yoga as Gaeilge / Yoga in Irish ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé hAoine 18 Nollaig / Fri 18th Dec

10.30 Maidin Caifé / Coffee Morning ZOOM LINK HERE   

15:00 Ciorcal Comhrá / Irish Conversation ZOOM LINK HERE

19:00 Scannáin agus Scíth / Movie Watch Party (Check SU Social Media for link on Friday)

Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó / More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Christmas Hump Day Hoolie

Our last Hump Day Hoolie of 2020 will be a very merry Christmas party at 7.30pm Weds 16th Dec. Get your Christmas jumper, Santa hat and festive cheer ready to jingle all the way through Hump Day! Get your tickets here. The event is free but there’s a suggested donation of €5 which will all go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. If you have enjoyed the Hoolies so far this year please give what you can! Good news is we will be back with more Hoolies in 2021!

 

Sin Issue 5

Find out all the NUIG news you need to know in the latest issue of Sin newspaper HERE.

 

Financial Aid (Emergency Hardship) Fund Still Open

The Financial Aid (Emergency Hardship) Fund is still open for applications from students in financial distress. The Application Form and further information is available at: https://www.nuigalway.ie/financialaidfund/

 

Class Rep Meetings Next Week:

Mon 14th Dec 6pm SU Council
Tues 15th Dec 6pm College of Business, Public Policy and Law
Tues 15th Dec 6pm Adult & Continuing Education
Weds 16th Dec 6pm Postgraduate Council
Weds 16th Dec 6pm College of Science and Engineering
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Meeting links will be emailed to class reps. For any queries contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Life Skills Courses Enrolling now for January

 

CÉIM Buddy/Study groups
CÉIM peer learning sessions for 1st year students finish the week of 7th December for Semester 1 and will resume the week of 15th February 2021. To connect with others over the Christmas/New Year period, 1st year students can email their Buddy/Study group members via the CÉIM YourSpace dashboard.

Find out more

 

SU Secret Santa Closing Date Fri 11th Dec

Want presents? Sure don’t we all! Sign up to take part in our SU Secret Santa and you’ll get to give AND receive a present! More info on how it works and how to register is HERE.

 

Become a LIFT Student Facilitator

You often hear about leadership but what does it really mean? You can be a leader from your kitchen table! NUIG is running a pilot this year and we are inviting you to sign up as a LiFT Student Facilitator. LiFT is an 8 week programme, about 40 minutes a week a small group meet online and complete an 8 part leadership development programme. Used widely in sports and industry it is now available to NUIG students. As a facilitator you are trained in the LiFT programme and you then lead your small group in 40 minute meet ups for 8 weeks.

Pop along to our Zoom welcome info Session 1pm-1.30pm TODAY Thurs 10th Dec HERE. Or email LIFT@nuigalway.ie for any questions. Benefits of being a LiFT Facilitator.

 

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

 

FREE Workshops this December

  • Time Management 12pm TODAY Thurs 10th Dec
  • Making Connections with Fellow Students & Developing Social Supports 2pm Fri 11th Dec
  • How to Write an Academic Essay 11am Tues 15th Dec
  • Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown 3pm Weds 16th Dec
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Home Truths

Home Truths is an exhibition inspired by women’s testimonies of their experiences of and engagement with the Irish courts and legal system in dealing with domestic violence and abuse. The exhibition is running as part of the 16 days of Action Against Violence Against Women and at 2pm today Thurs 10th Dec it will culminate in a live streamed panel discussion via Galway 2020 to mark International Human Rights Day. More info and live stream link here.

 

Virtual Christmas Quiz Tonight

NUIG FLAC and Best Buddies Societies are hosting a Virtual Christmas Quiz at 7pm tonight in aid of Ability West. Sign up as a team or individual HERE. Prizes will be awarded on the night for the winners as well as the most festive team and best team name. They are asking for a minimum of €5 as this has been a really challenging year for Ability West as they have not been able to host their usual annual fundraisers due to COVID-19.

 

Jingle Bell Jog

A group of second year student nurses are running 500km this month to raise funds for Galway Simon Community. Find out more and donate what you can here.

 

Make A Wish Raffle

The NUIG Consultants & Entrepreneurs Society are holding a raffle in aid of Make A Wish Ireland with some great prizes. Entry is just €5 and you can donate until 9am 15th Dec HERE.

 

Travellers in Higher Education Documentary

The Premiere of the short documentary Travellers in Higher Education will be live on the Traveller Pride Week 2020 Facebook page at 12 noon tomorrow Fri 11th of Dec HERE

 

International Day of People with Disabilities Photo Competition

Closing date for submitting photos is tomorrow Fri 11th Dec. More info about the competition.

 

Changing Colours Workshop Today

The second of the Ecopsychology Workshop Series returns from Student Services 3pm-5pm today Thurs 10th Dec. This is designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. Free, open to all. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 2

 

Join the Jingle Jangle

Socs & Clubs Jingle Jangle Fortnight runs until Friday the 18th of Dec. Each day their advent calendar will reveal an event of the day, a competition with PRIZES and the socs and clubs in the spotlight. All details are HERE.

 

Table Quiz

Table quiz in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation 5.15pm Tues 15th of Dec in the Corrib Room at Sult. Book your tickets here.

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to ropeslitmag.submimissions@gmail.comdeadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal

 

Glassary – Sustainability Initiative for Students

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months? Or are you simply an NUI Galway student who’d like to live more sustainably? Glassary (glas/green-glossary!) is a circular economy initiative which will be implemented at NUIG accommodations in December and January. Donate your leftover household items at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here and contact Dara at d.kerins4@nuigalway.ie for more info!

 

SU Irish Classes

Want to learn Irish or improve the Irish you have? We will be holding Irish Language Classes Tues 12th Jan – Tues 2nd Feb 2021. It’s a 4 week course over Zoom with Conradh na Gaeilge. Complete Beginners 6pm-7pm and Improvers 7pm-8pm. Cost is €40 but you will be refunded €20 if you attend all classes and you get a certificate. Registration deadline Mon 21st Dec. Register online here.

 

Extra Study Space

There are now four options for study space on campus, which can all be booked through the Library booking system:

  • The Library: Desk and PC access within a quiet study zone in the main Library building
  • Bailey Allen Hall: Quiet study zone with space for 50 students
  • The Cube: Noise-tolerant study zone with space for 20 student
  • The Reading Room: Space for 20 students

 

Need Help?

Sums provide free extra mathematics or statistics tuition.

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all students who are taking any programming/software development courses.

The Academic Writing Centre provide free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing.

The SU Grinds Register provides details of tutors in a wide range of subjects.

 

Join the RAK Challenge! 

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 31 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.

 

Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with NUIG events online here

 

Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 8 – 12th November 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Mental Health Week / Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte

Here’s just some of the free events we have happening for Mental Health Week next week. Keep an eye on our Website + Social Media for updates + competitions all week!

Mon 16th Nov

10:00 Mindfulness Workshop

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 913 6188 9314)

18:00 Self-Care during Covid-19 Panel Discussion (ZOOM ID: 968 0375 2952)

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class

Tues 17th Nov

08.15 Mindfulness Class

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 960 4311 0974)

18:00 “Diet or Disorder?” – Eating Disorder Awareness Talk Get Tickets Here.

Weds 18th Nov

All Day Competition: Find the positivity pebbles around campus

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 932 8784 0996)

16:00 NUI Galway on Drugs Panel Discussion Get Tickets Here.

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class

19.30 Hump Day Hoolie – Get Tickets Here

Thurs 19th Nov

10:00 Virtual Coffee Morning (ZOOM ID: 518 179 6706)

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 979 9163 5589)

15:30 Changing Colours Workshop (Microsoft Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1)

17:00 Yoga Class with Yoga Soc

19:00 Movie Watch Along Party (Vote in our Twitter Poll for the movie we watch!)

Fri 20th Nov

08.15 Mindfulness Class

19:00 Big Weekend Table Quiz – Get tickets here

Imeachtaí SAOR IN AISCE iad ar fad! Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

 

Extra Study Space

There are now an extra 50 seats that are bookable Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for 2 hour slots in the Bailey Allen Hall via the library website. This is an interactive learning space with individual pods with sockets so you can talk on Zoom calls or attend your CÉIM sessions.

 

Hump Day Hoolie Tickets  

Our next Hump Day Hoolie is on at 7.30pm on Weds 18th Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, competitions and all the craic. Get your free tickets here!

 

Class Reps Meetings next week:

  • Mon 16th Nov 6pm College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Tues 17th Nov 6pm College of Business, Public Policy and Law
  • Tues 17th Nov 6pm Adult & Continuing Education
  • Weds 18th Nov 6pm Postgraduate Council
  • Weds 18th Nov 6pm College of Science and Engineering
  • Thurs 19th Nov 6pm College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies
  • Thurs 19th Nov 6pm Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

 

Join the Kilometre Challenge

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which runs until Mon 30th Nov and you can still join in! You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part including access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week! More info + Registration link here.

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. You can donate to the charities online here.

 

Laptop Loan Scheme Round 2 Closes Tomorrow

Application are open until tomorrow Fri 13th Nov for second round of the NUIG Laptop Loan Scheme. More info and online application form here. For any queries please email: laptoploanscheme@nuigalway.ie

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

USA Summer Camp

You’ll find the perfect summer job abroad with USA Summer Camp. USA Summer Camp are based in Kildare and work with over 700 camps across America, each filled with adventure, fun and excitement. If you want a unique summer, packed full of adventure, while making friends from around the world and memories to last a lifetime – then join the live webinar especially for NUIG students at 3pm next Tuesday 17th November to meet the team, hear more about camp and get exclusive discounts! Join Zoom Meeting Here 3pm Tues 17th Nov (Meeting ID: 950 1634 6837 Passcode: J2a4Jc)

 

New Library Opening Hours

The Library is now open Mon-Fri 08:30-22:00 Sat 08:30-17:30 Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to book your library seat first here.

 

NUIG On Drugs

You are invited to an online panel discussion on international and national policy context, mental health and substance use, and NUI Galway’s draft substance use policy and the importance of student input. There’s a chance to win a One4All voucher by attending. The discussion takes place 4pm-5pm Weds 18th Nov, spaces are limited and you can register to attend here.

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

USA Summer Jobs

If you’re thinking of spending summer 2021 in the USA, USA Summer Jobs has the perfect J1 program for you! This highly independent J1 program allows you to have full control & flexibility over the most important aspects of your summer in the USA – where you work, where you live and who you live with. Sign up today and join the live zoom webinar especially for NUIG students at 4pm next Tuesday 17th of November to meet the team, learn about the J1 process and get exclusive discounts! Join Zoom Meeting Here 4pm Tues 17th Nov. (Meeting ID: 952 9760 1462 Passcode: J2a4Jc)

 

Apps + Tools to Enhance your College Life

Digital Champions are running a free 2 hour workshop to help you learn about some tools and apps to help you navigate the online learning environment, interact with your content and manage your time and deadlines. It’s on 11am-1pm Weds 18th Nov. Sign up here.

 

Study Participants Needed – win an Amazon Gift Card!

If you agree to participate, you can win 1 of 3 Amazon gift cards of €50 (or equivalent value in your local currency). The purpose of this study is to examine how different people interpret governmental policies or actions. It will take approximately 20 minutes, and 18+ and good command of English required; otherwise, it is open to everyone.

 

Changing Colours

An Ecopsychology Workshop Series from Student Services designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. 4 x 1.5 hour Workshops aligned with the cycle of the seasons beginning 3.30pm Thurs 19th Nov. Free, open to all, attend one or all four. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1

 

Check The Register

Have you registered to vote? You can now go to www.checktheregister.ie to check the DRAFT Register of Electors. If your details are missing/incorrect you have until Weds 25th Nov to get them amended so you can vote.

 

Thinking about doing a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway VIRTUAL Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Tuesday, 24th November. The event will comprise of a series of live presentations taking place during the day featuring all Colleges and postgrad courses, and also such topics as employability, funding opportunities, applications, research, and personal statements. This is your opportunity to virtually meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to talk online with staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services.

You can pre-register to attend online now here. 

 

NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with all the NUIG Virtual Events that are going on HERE.

 

CARA Connect Programme

We recognise that this is a particularly isolating time for those in our campus community, with some feeling isolated, lonely, or disconnected from those around them. To work to combat these feelings we have developed the CARA Connect Programme which aims to support the power of conversation and connection. This programme is a peer buddy system, where students in similar locations around Galway City will be matched together to meet up for safe socially distant activities (e.g., walks/exercise, set up a weekly call/coffee or just to have someone you can say hello to each week!). The system will help participants to increase social interactions and form new friendships with other students and their peers. If you would like to participate in CARA Connect please complete the application form here 

 

Time Out Thursdays

The International Office are holding Time Out Thursdays at 2pm each Thursday. Join for top tips on self-care and wellbeing, socialise and meet new people, have fun and enjoy yourself! Follow nuigalwayinternational on Instagram for details.

 

Asthma Self-Management Masterclass Today

The Asthma Society of Ireland are hosting a webinar, an Asthma Self-Management Masterclass, at 5.30pm today Thurs 12th Nov via Zoom. The webinar aims to educate people with asthma, their carer’s and healthcare professionals on how to stay well during winter, focusing on the importance of medication compliance, inhaler technique, flu/pneumo vaccine and the importance of completing an Asthma Action plan with a healthcare professional. Registration is free and can be completed using this link.

 

First ever NUIG Zine – Contributors and Editors Welcome!

The NUIG Zine encourages people to get creative or start a new hobby! It doesn’t matter your level of experience in writing or photography, they want to receive submissions from and include as many people as possible in this project. You can volunteer to be part of its creation or be a contributor and they meet up once a week. To get in touch please email nuigzine@gmail.com Twitter: @nuigzine

 

Language Proficiency Study Participants Required

Would you like to participate in a study which aims to find out whether your ability to speak or perform in an acquired language (language proficiency) and how experienced you are in an acquired language (language experience) can determine how well you do on reading comprehension (the ability to process what they read and understand its meaning)? For more info please email l.hong2@nuigalway.ie Lerena Hong (4thyear Undergrad Speech & Language Therapy)

 

Are You Anxious about your Asthma or COPD?

The Asthma Society have an Asthma and COPD WhatsApp messaging service. This service is free of charge and allows people with asthma and their carer’s, to send a WhatsApp message to 086 059 0132, to start their conversation with an experienced respiratory nurse specialist to seek support, advice and information about their asthma.

 

Participants Needed: COVID-19 Study

Irish undergraduate and graduate students (age 18+) are being recruited for a study exploring how diet, sleep, and physical activity impact resilience to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an international collaboration involving USA, Netherlands, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Uganda as well as Ireland. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete and will be open until 20th Nov. Complete survey here.

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you

SU Weekly Email 6 – 29th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Starts Monday! Sign Up Now!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which starts this Mon 2nd Nov and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week!

More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part! For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

 

Walktober Final Week To Win

It’s the final week of our NUIG Walktober challenge and there’s loads of ways for you to win again this week:

  1. Hit the step count target of 12,000 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Staycation Limerick writing Competition
  4. Just keep walking and don’t forget to log all your teams final steps by 2pm Mon 2nd Nov!  

 

Free Temporary Bike Lights

As part of the Light Up Your Life campaign we have a limited number of free temporary bike lights available outside the SU Shop along with free high vis vests. Please take what you need and stay safe. We also have free SU Diaries and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the shop for you Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.

 

Hump Day Hoolie!

Our next Hump Day Hoolie takes place at 7.30pm on Weds 4th of Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Limited to 50 people. Get your free tickets here.

 

Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Next programme starts Mon 2nd Nov For more info visit https://stresscontrol.ie  

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Click if you mean it!

At the moment 1/3 of study space bookings in the library are not being claimed – please cancel your booking if you’re not able to use it. Many book requests are not being collected either so please email if you no longer need books you ordered. We are continuing to petition the University to open up more study spaces for students on campus.

 

Free Bootcamp + Yoga Sessions

The NUIG Sports Unit are running weekly Bootcamp (Tues/Thurs) and Yoga sessions (Mon/Thurs) for students/staff to get involved and get active. Head along to their launch events at 11am and 4pm TODAY on Zoom to find out more. Session 1 11am TODAY: Spooktacular Beginners (Passcode: begin1)

Session 2 4pm TODAY: Halloween Survival (Passcode: tough1)

 

Need help with Maths?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second year students across all NUIG colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses. Here you can receive extra mathematics or statistics tuition during their online service hours.

 

COVID-19 Conversations 5pm TODAY!

Join Dr Sue Redmond, Lorraine and Aisling for some Desk Yoga! This fun session will be using ocean and seaweed imagery for movement & exploring self-compassion, all with music. It will take place on Zoom from 5pm TODAY Thurs 29th Oct. Join here.

 

Need help with Writing?

The NUIG Academic Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average.

Need help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUIG students who are taking any programming/software development courses. This free service supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics.

 

Carve + Chill Tonight!

Grab a pumpkin and join NeuroSoc at 7pm tonight Thurs 29 Oct for their pumpkin carving event via Microsoft Teams. More info from neuro@socs.nuigalway.ie or on their Instagram.

 

NUIG Zoom Accounts

All NUIG staff and students now have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can access your NUIG Zoom account through the apps in your Office 365 account or directly from the NUI Galway Zoom Login Page. More info ISS Zoom Webpage.

 

ALIVE Volunteering

Final call for students to join our project with the Galway Safe App. Join a team of volunteers that will brainstorm and engage in social media promotion – together making a big impact! You can have a watch of Neil sharing about the volunteering project on our YouTube channel here.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Pop a line to alive@nuigalway.ie with any questions!

 

Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to ropeslitmag.submimissions@gmail.com – deadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal

 

In Conversation with Úna-Minh Kavanagh : The power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Join this Zoom conversation at 6pm Weds 4th Nov HERE. Úna-Minh is the Founder and Editor of WeAreIrish.ie, Travel Writer, Author of ‘Anseo’, Gamer and a Multimedia Content Producer. In her first book, she writes honestly and humorously about tackling racism, language elitism and online trolls and the joy of turning her love of the internet, video games and accessible Irish-language content into a healthy work/life balance.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 5 – 22nd October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Sign Ups Are Open!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week for 6 weeks starting from this Mon 29th of Oct! Classes will be run by Lucia Byrne Fitness at 6.30pm each Monday and Wednesday via Zoom. More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part!

For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 2 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps

How to win in week 3 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 10,100 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition by 1pm Friday 23rd Oct – theme is rivers/the sea.
  3. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm on Tues 27th Oct (Monday is a Bank Holiday!) on www.activetravellogger.ie

 

Event Crew Meeting Today

The first meeting of our Event Crew is at 4pm TODAY Thurs 22nd October. Give Pádraic a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie if you want to get involved

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Free SU Diaries, SU Cards + Wall Planners

Call to the SU Shop in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner.

 

Level 5 At NUIG Update

 

Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland have put together some great tips, worksheets, videos and resources to help you mind your mental health. More info here.

 

Library Still Open

The NUIG library will be staying open during Level 5 restrictions. Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 and Sun 10:00-17:30. You can book your seat here.

 

Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by this Sunday 25th Oct 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400

 

Sult + SU Shop Still Open

Sult will still be open on campus for takeaway food and tea/coffee Mon-Fri. The SU Shop will also be open in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and you can get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner there!

 

NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.

 

Do you want to learn Irish?

Do you want to learn more about our national language and ways to learn it? Join USI for ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ at 1pm Fri 6th Nov. Tickets here.

 

Win a Student Leap Card Goodie Bag!

Enter their competition on Facebook HERE or on Instagram HERE. Closing date midnight TONIGHT Thurs 22nd Oct!

 

Ar mhaith leat an nGaeilge a fhoghlaim?

Ar mhaith leat níos mó eolais a fháil ar ár dteanga náisiúnta agus conas í a fhoghlaim? Bígí linn ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ Aoine, 6 Samhain, 1 i.n. Cláraigh anseo.

 

Barriers To Law Survey

Are you a law student or graduate that came through the ACCESS programme or HEAR/DARE scheme? Have you encountered particular barriers that did not exist for your peers and colleagues? Please fill out the Barriers To Law survey and have your say HERE.

 

Webinar on Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speakers will be exploring what policy makers can do in Ireland and across Europe to address the challenges of young people in the wake of the pandemic at 11am IST Tomorrow Fri 23rd Oct. Register here.

 

Galway Wind Park Scholarship Fund Open

Students living within 20km of the Wind Park can apply for 50% funding support towards third-level education fees, up to a maximum of 3 years. Closing date for applications is Fri 6th Nov. More info.

 

Can Everyone Afford to be Green?

How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when you’re barely getting by? Can everyone afford to dedicate time to learn and take action to become more sustainable? Join NYCI for this online event 5pm Weds 4th Nov HERE.

 

Free Irish Times Subscription

As an NUIG student you get a Free subscription to The Irish Times. The free one year digital subscription allows access to premium content, unlimited articles and special offers for subscribers. Sign up here.

 

Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with SpunOut.ie about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE

 

Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. The University are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on president@nuigalway.ie

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. Last session is Tues 27th of Oct 11am-12pm.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Charity Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Charity Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Charity Challenge to raise funds for Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink Mental Health. Each month students and staff will be taking part in 6 different Charity Challenges to raise funds for the charities starting in November and running through until April.

The first challenge in November will be the Kilometre Challenge where participants commit to completing a target number of kilometres throughout the month by walking, running or on wheels! December will be a Random Act of Kindness Challenge with each challenger picking a target number of acts to complete and spread some kindness.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are very excited to launch our Charity Challenge to raise much needed funds for three amazing charities. Over the next six months this event will help our students and staff to feel part of the NUIG community, have fun and keep active while fundraising.”

Cathy Connolly, Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Many NUIG students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past and we are ever grateful for their continued support. This Funding will be used to offer counselling to our crisis clients during the changed landscape of Covid-19, by providing a combination of online and face to face support, thereby helping to reduce our waiting list.”

Galway Autism Partnership’s Spokesperson said: ”The support of NUIG Students’ Union is more important than ever, considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on GAP’s fundraising. NUIG students have been volunteering with GAP for nearly a decade; now they will directly support the autistic children and adults of Galway city and county through their fundraising.” 

Helplink Mental Health’s CEO Lochlann Scott relates “Helplink are delighted to be chosen as one of the NUIG SU charities. Our work in the area of mental health with students and the general public over the past eight years will be enhanced by this partnership. We look forward to strengthening our ties with the NUIG community.”

 

Notes about NUI Galway Students’ Union 2020/21 Charities:

Galway Autism Partnership supports families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Helplink Mental Health
is a charitable organisation providing accessible counselling, information and education mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Challenge

  • 6 months
  • 6 challenges
  • 3 charities
  • And you!

This year is going to be a weird one but that doesn’t mean we can’t find new ways to have some fun, meet new people and raise money for the SU Charities while we are at it.

Our Charity Challenge starts in November with a different challenge each month for you to take part in. You can sign up for one challenge, all six challenges or anything in between – it’s up to you!

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around the challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time.

Once you have set your goal and signed up for that month’s challenge it’s time to get it done. Your challenge group will be here to support and encourage you. There will be mini challenges along the way and we will have lots of prizes of course! Each challenge will provide chances for you to meet up with the rest of the group both online and in person (where government guidelines allow).

We have one main fundraising page set up online for you to share so there’s no need to go around trying to collect cash off people – it’s all online here: https://bit.ly/3lPaKQ1

Don’t forget to share all your efforts on social media with #nuigsu #charitychallenge and that month’s challenge title e.g. #kilometrechallenge

The Charities:

Still interested?

REGISTER HERE

Here’s more information!

Month Challenge What’s that?
November Kilometre Challenge This month you will pick a target number of kilometres to cover during the month either by walking/jogging/running or on wheels. The choice is yours! Just make sure it’s a challenge.
December Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Challenge This month we are going to spread positivity wherever we go. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! Again you can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30!
January New Year Challenge

 

This month we will be helping you to step outside your comfort zone by having daily suggestions for new things you can try for the new year. You could try a new sport, learn a new skill, volunteer or join a society. The opportunities are endless and your challenge group will be here to support your efforts.
February Kilometre Challenge Part 2! Here’s another chance to get as many kilometres covered in the month as you can! Maybe you walked in November and want to run this time. Let’s go even further this February!
March Mystery Challenge What could it be? All will be revealed!
April Choose your Own Challenge This month you can pick one of the challenges we have already held and make it your own. Get your friends involved. Try to beat your earlier record and let’s finish off the Charity Challenge by raising even more money for the SU Charities.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Work to Help Connect Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Work to Help Connect Students

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched plans to help students connect with each other in what will be an unusual academic year due to Covid-19. Each option allows students to get involved with the work of the Students’ Union during the year whilst also having a chance to make friends on campus and build connections all the time adhering to social distancing. The plans all include online and socially distant offline options which can be adapted to the Government guidelines in place at the time.

The strands of the plan are:

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month students will take part on a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities.
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line.
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice.
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues.
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are very excited to launch our plans to help our students find friends and a sense of belonging at NUIG this year. This will be a strange year but we know that projects like our Charity Challenge will help students to meet new people, have fun and also raise funds for charity. We are also very excited to elect more members to our SU officer team and our Class Reps this semester. So many students have become more politically active during the pandemic and the SU is the ideal place to channel that energy to bring about real change at NUI Galway”.

SU Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added: “We want to highlight these ways to get involved in University life to all students and their parents who might be worried that loneliness could set in when more lectures are online this year. Along with the Welfare and Events Crew there are lots of support systems available for students including our own CÉIM peer learning programming. NUIG Sports Clubs, Student Societies and the ALIVE Volunteering programme will also be working to ensure students have as many chances as possible to make connections outside of lectures.”

 

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2020/21. Last year students took part in cake sales, table quizzes, a comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €10,000 for Domestic Violence Response and Sexual Health West in the process!

 

This year the SU will be introducing it’s new Charity Challenge which will involve students completing a different challenge each month during term from October to May bringing a new approach to fundraising in the current Covid-19 climate.

 

Application forms for the 2020/21 fund are available from the Students’ Union website here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2020 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 10th of September 2020. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

 

Pádraic Toomey, Students’ Union President said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes with our new Charity Challenge. Each month NUI Galway students will take on a different challenge that will be adaptable to the challenges of living with Covid-19. These challenges will encourage our students to get involved in helping their community whilst also setting goals for themselves each month.”