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SU Weekly Email 9 29th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Financial Aid Fund Applications Deadline 12pm this Monday 2nd November

Applications close 12 noon Monday 2nd November and you must apply online here.

Students following a full time course of at least one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification can apply to the fund.  

Students are only eligible to apply once in the academic year to the Financial Aid Fund. More information is available here.

If you have any queries please contact the Financial Aid Fund on  financialaid@nuigalway.ie

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

Mon 2nd Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous) & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk (3pm-4pm)

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. SOLD OUT.

Tues 3rd Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokeys with Student Quiz Interview “Did you know?” Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

12.30pm-2.30pm Consent Workshop (Females)

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

6pm-9pm Free Screening of Movie “The Hunting Ground” in the Lower Aula and Panel Discussion on Sexual Consent, Harassment & Supports in NUI Galway

Weds 4th Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous), Condom Challenge & Consent Questionnaire

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

Evening Residence Run – Gort na Coiribe & Cuirt na Coiribe

Thurs 5th  Nov

11.30am-2.30pm SU Stand Smokey’s with Condom Challenge and Wall of funniest Sex Stories (Anonymous)

3pm-4pm SU Engineering Desk

5pm-7pm Consent Workshop (Male)

Evening Residence Run – Corrib Village

Friday 6th Nov

1pm-3pm Consent Workshop (Female)

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

For more information and to sign up for the Consent Workshops contact Jimmy on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Issue 4 of Sin Newspaper

Read it Online now. If you are interested in helping with the paper email editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Connacht vs Edinburgh €10 Tickets on Sale Now

We now have €10 NUIG Student tickets for Connacht v Edinburgh on Saturday 31st of October at 6:45pm in Sportsground. Tickets on sale Mon-Fri 10am-5pm in SU and Mon-Fri 11am-3pm from SU Engineering Desk.

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         1 Space Left €15

NUIG Pink Ladies Night

7pm Tuesday 10th November in the College Bar with pop-Up Beauty Salon with hair, makeup and nails. Pink bubbles, Chocolate Fountain, Rugby players getting waxed, DJ, raffle and your MC for the night Mr Steve Bennett. What more could you ask for! Raising funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Over 18’s Event. NUI Galway ID Required.

NUI Galway Smart Consent Launch and Documentary Film Night, “The Hunting Ground”. 

Come along to the Aula Maxima Quadrangle Tuesday the 3rd of November at 6pm for the Launch of the Smart Consent Campaign and screening of the award winning documentary, “The Hunting Ground”.  The film highlights how students were activated to get justice for their cause, took their case and won! NUI Galway is proud to be addressing sexual assault research findings that indicate that 25 % have experienced sexual assault through the launch of Smart Consent. Through the Film NUI Galway seeks to demonstrate that justice will be found here and work towards a safe campus.  NUI Galway truly care about students safety, health and wellbeing. It will be accompanied with a Panel of NUI Galway people and Community Organisations (HSE, Garda, etc.) to share with students and staff that there is a Policy and every effort will be made to be there for students. For more information or to volunteer to support the event email alive@nuigalway.ie and https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/welfare/itemlist/category/138-consent

NUIG Postgrad Open Day Weds 11th Nov

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 11th November 2015 in the Bailey Allen Hall (Student Centre/Áras na Mac Leinn).

The event will run from 12pm-4pm, with short presentations taking place during the day also, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research.

There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services. More information at www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day

You can pre-register to attend online now at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg58c33 or just turn up and register on the day.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

8pm tonight Thursday 29th of October and 8pm Friday 30th October NUIG DramSoc present “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” in The Bank of Ireland Theatre. Tickets €5/€8 available from the Socs Box.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2pm Sunday 15th November Salthill Hotel, Galway.

Enrol Now for Free Workshops & Support Groups

Places are still available next week in free workshops and groups organised for students by the counselling service.

Once Off Workshop:

Managing mood                                               Thurs  5th Nov  5-6.30pm

Support groups running for 4 sessions:

Assertiveness                                                    Weds 4th Nov  4-5.30pm

Fed up Feeling Down                                     Tues 3rd Nov 6.30–8pm

Focusing on Study and Exam Prep            Mon 2nd Nov  4–5.30pm

Anxiety Management                                    Wed 4th Nov 2.30–4pm

Mental Fitness and Resilience                    Mon 2nd Nov 2.30-4pm

Belonging Group for isolated Students   Mon 2nd Nov 7-8.30pm

For more details and to sign up contact: mailto:geraldine.connolly@nuigalway.ie  or mailto:james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

TEDx Galway Needs Volunteers

TEDxGalway is a localised TED event to be held in January/February 2016, which is independently organised inspired by TED talks.

We’re looking for creative and energetic volunteers to join our team to make this event happen and make it great!

Volunteers Will Help With:

– Event production

– Social Media Promotion

– Booking Speakers

– Audio Visual Production

If you’re interested, please declare your interest on www.TEDxGalway.org or if you have further queries, please contact conorstitt@gmail.com

 SU Charities

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. We are planning a load of fundraising events throughout the year but need your help! If you want to help us out or have an idea for an event just give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie There’s more information on our plans available here.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 2nd Nov

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 2nd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 3rd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep  Training 2

Weds 4th Nov

6pm – 7pm

ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 5th Nov

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

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.

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.

 

NUIG SU Charity Aquathon 2016

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The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February 2016. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser this year!

You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants.

5 week training plan for complete beginners by Dr Jane Walsh NUI Galway. Read her blog Running to Stand Still here.

Complete the Entry Form Here. Return same to the Students’ Union Office and collect your Sponsorship Card. Sponsorship cards and funds raised can be returned to the Students’ Union office or brought with you on the morning of the race.

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here.

THANK YOU: Kingfisher, NUI Galway, NUI Galway Triathlon Club, Advertees for the t-shirts, College Bar Catering for lunch, the SU Shop for the snacks and water!

Event Schedule for Competitors: 

  •          9.30am-10.30am Registration in the Sports Centre
  •          10.30am Competitor Briefing and group photo
  •          11am  First wave of competitors enter the pool
  •          11.30am First group of runners start the run
  •          1.30pm Lunch and prize giving

We are grouping competitors according to their estimated times for each part of the event so the fastest swimmers will be going in the pool first and moving on to start the run first. This way we don’t have people crashing in to each other!

Equipment Required: 

1. Swim: Swimming togs, flip flops, swimming hat, goggles, towel etc.

2. Run: Running gear, proper runners (no shoes, boots etc. allowed)

SU Weekly Email 6 8th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Register to Vote TODAY! (or before the 26th October)

Our Voter Registration Drive takes place today 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn so make sure you get yourself along and get registered. We will also have loads of free stuff which is always a bonus! If you are not around call to the SU Office before the 26th of October and we will get all the paperwork sorted out for you.

#RockTheRegister

The SU Big Fat Table Quiz 7.30pm Weds 14th October

THE SU BIG FAT CHARITY TABLE QUIZ is back in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY! 

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW! Spaces are limited. 

10 Rounds of questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers. Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet! 

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig this Monday 12th OctoberTickets on Sale now €5

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Continues

TODAY

10.30am-12pm  Please Talk Coffee Morning in the Hub

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop in The View

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope in the Chapel

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc

8pm-10pm          Try Handball with NUIG Handball Club in the Sports Centre

Friday

All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.

Saturday

10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25. Late registration available.

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn. All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

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: Tues, 20 Oct 2015. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale for Connacht vs Zebre 7.30pm Friday 16th October. Tickets on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Volunteers Needed Saturday for NUIG 8k

If you have any spare time this Saturday 10th October volunteers are needed to help out with the NUI Galway 8k race on Campus in aid of Jigsaw Galway. Please email nuigalway8k@kingfisherclub.com if you can help.

Please Talk Events Today

Please Talk Coffee Morning “Chats & Laughs” Thursday 8th October 10:30am-12:00pm , The Hub, Áras Na Mac Léinn

Please Talk Vigil, Thursday 8th October 7:30pm – 8:30 pm Chapel, Light Refreshments will be provided

7UP Promotion TODAY

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-2pm today to have a go at the 7UP game challenges and get some freebies too!

Road Safety Week Freebies TODAY!

Get your free bike lights and high vis vests in Áras na Mac Léinn today from 11am while stocks last!

NUIG 8k Registration Still Open

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on World Mental Health Day Saturday 10th October at 10am. Entry fee is just €25 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Student Cycle Challenge – Win Prizes for Cycling!

The National Student Cycle Challenge will run from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd of October (Monday to Friday each week). NUI Galway students are encouraged to get together into teams of three, register online at www.cyclechallenge.ie  and then the aim is to clock up as many cycle trips as possible during the 10 day challenge ….. and win prizes! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn today 11am-3pm to find out more.

Movember – Coming to a Face Near You Soon!

Movember is coming back with a hairy bang to NUI Galway this November. If you want to get involved and donate your face or your time to support men’s health like the Facebook page here and join the NUIG team The TribesMoMen  here.

Fancy doing some volunteering?

The following events are looking for volunteers and would love it if you could help them out!

RAG: A DramSoc Original Play by Kevin Murphy

8pm Tues 13th– Fri 16th October in the Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway. Tickets €5/€8 on sale from the Socs Box.

NUI Galway Hardiman Research Scholarship scheme for PhD students now open

The Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. The Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. These are:

  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Environment, Marine, and Energy
  • Humanities in Context, including Digital Humanities
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences

For more information please see https://www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships/

The Academic Writing Centre is now open
You can drop into the AWC to get help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 1-11 and 6-8 daily (except weekends and Friday nights).
All NUIG students are very welcome.

Sin Newspaper Issue 2

Catch up on all that’s going on at NUI Galway in issue 2 of Sin newspaper here. If you are interested in helping with the paper email editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                1 Space Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         9 Spaces Left €15

 SU Charities

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. We are planning a load of fundraising events throughout the year but need your help! If you want to help us out or have an idea for an event just give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie There’s more information on our plans available here.

Sin Issue 2 Is Out Now

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm

IT250

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct

6pm-8pm

Kirwan Theatre

Concourse

SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct

6pm-7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

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.

Operation Transformation Seeks Leaders

Operation Transformation is back for a 9th series and we are looking for 5 new leaders to lead the nation on the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan. This is a chance to change your life while motivating others to do the same, so why not apply today.Click ‘download application form’ to apply today here: https://ot.rte.ie/

Contact Us

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

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

NUI Galway SU Big Fat Charity Table Quiz

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents: 

THE SU BIG FAT CHARITY TABLE QUIZ

in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

7.30pm Wednesday 14th of October in the College Bar

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY! 

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW! Spaces are limited. 

10 Rounds of questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers

Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet! 

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society throughout 2015/16. To get involved in our fundraising events just contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

NUI Galway Mental Health Week 5th-10th October 2015

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NUI Galway Mental Health Week Events 5th – 10th October #littlethings

 

#littlethings is a mental health and wellbeing campaign. It highlights that there are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn.

All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

Monday

11am-4pm          Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall with food, fun and music from the Societies 

12.30pm               Mental Health Week Launch at the Quad

12pm-1pm          Building Resilience Workshop in The View with Joe Murphy

2pm-3pm            Strategies for Taking Study in Your Stride in The View with James McCormack

6pm-8pm            Juggling Workshop at the Arts Millennium Building

Tuesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-4pm            Singing with Dementia Patients in The Meeting Rooms in Áras na Mac Léinn with Choral Society

6pm-8pm            Seas Suas Programme Room 129 Theatre 2 Áras Moyola. A programme promoting health and wellbeing which encourages and equips students to help fellow students appropriately and safely. 

8pm-11pm          Film: The Dead Poet’s Society in The Meeting Rooms with Writer’s Soc

Wednesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm                     Heads Up Mental Health Radio Series on Flirt FM 101.3

2pm-3pm            Mindfulness for Daily Life Workshop in The View with Aisling Battersby

3pm-4pm            Stress Busting Techniques Workshop in The View with Aisling Battersby

6pm                       Capoeira Workshop in The Cube with Dance Soc

7pm-9pm            Writer’s Workshop Collaboration – Gig Soc, Writer’s Soc & Art Soc in IT202

8pm                       Bring a Dish event in AC203 with Potter Soc

Thursday

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

10.30am-12pm  Please Talk Coffee Morning in The Hub 

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View with James McCormack

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View with Donal Gannon

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Workshop in The View. WRAP is a framework which helps to overcome distressing symptoms and unhelpful behaviours.

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope to promote mental health and happiness of heart with Please Talk in the Chapel

8pm-10pm          Give Handball a go in the Sports Centre with NUI Galway Handball Club 

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc with free finger food

Friday

All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.

Saturday

10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25. Volunteers needed email nuigalway8k@kingfisherclub.com if you can help out. 

If you need any support or information please contact any of the following people: 

Chaplaincy Service 091 495055 chaplains@nuigalway.ie

Counselling Service 091 492484 counselling@nuigalway.ie

Student Health Unit 091 492604 healthunit@nuigalway.ie

SU Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern 091 492747 su.welfare@nuigalway.ie 

Jigsaw Galway 091 549252 galway@jigsaw.ie

Samaritans Free phone 116123 jo@samaritans.org 

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well

Mental Health Week in NUI Galway is co-ordinated by Student Services and NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with a range of external agencies. 

Sports Clubs Celebrate the “Little Things”

Did you know sitting down for long periods of time is very bad for your health. Research gathered now concludes “we need to move every hour” to off-set cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

We are asking all students where every they are to stand up every hour, shake out your legs and hands and just sit down again – where ever you are – if you feel brave and want to shout out “Mental Health” please do. Random prizes of gym memberships, hoodies and vouchers will be given to those students participating – so the more you move, the better the chance you have of winning a prize! 

Look out for our Health & Wellbeing Team during Mental Health Week who will be checking lectures, restaurants and the library for movers and shakers. 

Handball Club will be setting up a “one wall – intro to handball” for all those who wish to have a go in the Sports Hall on Wednesday 7th October. 

 

Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

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Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’s fundraising events will include a Christmas Day fundraiser in November and a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December!

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €12,500 raised during the year”

Galway Rape Crisis Centre offer emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and abuse via a help line, face to face counselling, training and education services.

Cyril Connole of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”

The Irish Cancer Society aim to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union. As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”

Interested in helping out? Sign up here or email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to get involved. 

Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirer at last year’s SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe

 

SU Weekly Email 1 3rd September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.

What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Phelim su.president@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Education: Rebecca su.education@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Welfare: Jimmy su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Laoighseach su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Equality: Catherine su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Robert su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduates: Cian su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie

SU Council Chairperson: Cathal su.council@nuigalway.ie

Societies: Patrick su.socs@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Eoin su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Jasmine su.arts@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Science: Tara su.science@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Aoife su.medicine@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Business & Law: Niall su.business@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: David su.engineering@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2015

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

Monday 7th September

9am Teaching begins

You Really Should See A Doctor – RTE Medical TV Show filming on Campus

Tuesday 8th September

10am-5pm Clubs Day in the Sports Centre

10am-2pm Bike freebies and advice in An Bialann

Wednesday 9th September

10am-5pm Societies Day in Áras na Mac Léinn

Monday 14th September

8pm Al Porter SU Comedy Gig in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale in the SU and SU Engineering Desk NOW!

Tuesday 15th September

1pm-5pm Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Wednesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

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 beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

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

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

More info on all the courses is available here.  

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 reopens Monday 7th September

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.

Lockers

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.

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.

Is Your Bicycle Safe?

The Security Office, Students’ Union, An Garda Síochána and Transport Ireland are teaming up to promote bike security on campus. Pop along to the Bialann on Tuesday 8 September between 10-2pm for some top tips and goodies. Did you know the most secure place to lock your bike is the new Bicycle Park located beside the Arts/Science Building? Entrances are controlled by Student/Staff ID cards and there are CCTV cameras in place. With room for 300 bicycles, it’s where the smart cyclists park! Together we can cut out bike theft on campus.

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.

You Really Should See a Doctor – For Free!

New RTE medical series, You Should Really See a Doctor will be at NUIG on Monday 7th September. If you would like the chance to be seen by Dr Pixie McKenna or Dr Phil Kieran, you can apply here.

50km Charity Cycle for Diabetes Saturday 26th September

The Diabetes Centre at Galway University Hospital are holding a 50km cycle to raise funds for local charity Diabetes Care West on Saturday 26th of September. Money raised will go to support activities for young people (18-30 years) with diabetes. Registration is €30 and you can register here.

PIETA 100 Charity Cycle

The Pieta House 100 Charity Cycle is taking place on Sunday 27th September in 3 locations around Ireland – Limerick, Cork and Galway.

Each venue will host 2 Routes, a 50k  for all our leisure Cyclists and a 100k  for the more experienced. If you are interested in taking part and supporting the work of Pieta House pleaseregister today  at www.pieta100cycle.com or call 061 484448.

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.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €12,500 for Console and BeLonG To

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €12,500 for Console and BeLonG To

NUI Galway Students’ Union organised a wide array of charity events over the 2014/15 academic year. Students took part in aquathons, Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, calendar sales, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €12,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2014/15 – Console and BeLonG To.

Applications are now CLOSED for charities to apply to be the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16. 

Declan Higgins, Students’ Union President said:

“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”

Margaret Tierney, Project Development Manager of Console said:

“We are indebted to NUI Galway Students’ Union for choosing Console as one of their charity partners, thereby raising awareness of the work of the Console Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Charity. We are always there to help when you are going through a difficult time and our free helpline 1800 247 247 operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

David Carroll, Executive Director of BeLonG To said: “We’re delighted to be one of this year’s chosen charities by NUI Galway’s Students Union. The support of allies like the students of NUIG is vital to our work to eliminate homophobic & transphobic bullying and support those lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people and their families and to build a fairer more equal Ireland”

 

Left to right: Margaret Tierney (Console), Declan Higgins (NUIG SU President), Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin (NUIG SU Welfare) Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU Education), Oisín O’Reilly (BeLonG To)

 

Photo: Aengus McMahon

 

SU Weekly Email 22 – 19th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place this Tuesday 24th of February 2015. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt, snacks and lunch for all participants. 

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations close at 5pm this Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5

Our next SU Comedy gig is for charity and features five comedians for just €5 on Monday 3rd March at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Joining Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly) on the night will be John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling. Tickets are available from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Researchers sought!

Galway City is the first City in Ireland to develop a strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. You can be part of a research project.  You will receive training and €10 mobile phone top up credit for each week of participating (€40 mobile top up credit in total) as a gesture of thanks.

What do you do? Researchers download an alcohol marketing monitoring ap and then each time you see marketing (poster, online, etc.) you log it on the ap. The overall aim of this project is to monitor the exposure of young people to alcohol marketing in Galway city. You will get on-going support and a chance to work on an international research project. To participate come along to the welcome session: 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 3rd March in the Space, upstairs Áras na Mac Léinn. For further information email alive@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.

 

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway

A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to share ideas and work on projects. The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can – Make, Break, Fix and Learn.

We are going to add a Makerspace to the Library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.

Initially we think we should include at least: 3D Printer, PC’s for design, Raspberry Pi hardware and Arduino boards.

To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be! Contact us at: libmakerspace@nuigalway.ie

Makerspace Survey.

#UpForSchool

UpForSchool is a global campaign to get 58 million primary school children who are currently not in school, into school.  Ireland has pledged 10,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors at NUI Galway to help gather signatures to add to this global petition. They are counting on people like you and me to help make sure all children are able to go to school without fear, danger or discrimination. To get involved contact duggancaroline28@gmail.comSign The Petition Here.

NUIG Theatre Week

NUI Galway Theatre Week runs from the 23rd to the 27th of February with lots of DRAMA on Campus!

NUIG Shave or Dye

Well done to everyone who took part in Shave or Dye in the College Bar this week. We raised €1,366 to fight cancer and there are still some donations to come in which is brilliant! If you didn’t get a chance to donate remember that you can text “Shave” to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Cancer Society.

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

 

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

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 Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Comedy Gig 2015

Gin Ghrinn Chomhaltas an Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2015 ar mhaithe le Carthanachtaí

 

Featuring Fred Cooke, John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling

I measc na bhfear grinn a bheidh ann ar an oíche tá Fred Cooke, John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan, chomh maith le Danny Dowling mar Fhear an Tí.

 

8pm Monday 2nd March 2015 in AC216

8 i.n., Dé Luain, an 2 Márta 2015 i AC216

 

Tickets €5 from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk

€5 an ticéad, le fáil ó Oifig an Chomhaltais agus ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais

 

All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Console & BeLonG To

Tabharfar an t-airgead ar fad do na carthanais is rogha leis an gComhaltas: Console agus BeLonG To