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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Christmas Day 20th November 2014

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Day comes early again this year!

We are holding a massive Christmas Day fundraiser in the College Bar with BizSoc on Thursday 20th of November to raise money for Console and BeLonG To. There will be a traditional Christmas dinner, carols, cheesy Christmas tunes with DJ Byrno and lots of prizes for the best/worst Christmas jumpers along with a whole lot of other Festive merriment! Get your tinsel, mistletoe and jumper ready now! 

Santa also needs some helper volunteers to assist with the fundraising on the day so if you have an hour or two to spare between 11am and 6pm on Thursday 20th November email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to sign up and you will definitely be on Santa’s nice list this year.

The official after party (the Christmas Day Superclub) sees Electric Garden & Theatre and 44 Club Galway combining on the night to continue the Yuletide vibes, wristbands will be on sale in advance and on-the-day for the after party. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union support Console and BeLonG To in 2014/15

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NUI Galway Students’ Union support Console and BeLonG To in 2014/15

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting its nominated charities Console and BeLongTo this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. Thousands of euro are raised by NUI Galway students through different activities ranging from sports competitions, collections and even a sponsored skydive.

Students’ Union President Declan Higgins 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 €11,000 raised during the year”

Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services.

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.”

BeLonG To support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland.

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”

Students interested in volunteering to fundraise for these charities during the year should contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Planned fundraising events for the year so far. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €11,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & ISPCC

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €11,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & ISPCC

NUI Galway Students’ Union organised a wide array of charity events over the 2013/14 academic year. Over 500 students took part in naked calendars, charity skydives, aquathons, fight nights, a Christmas day in November and collection days to raise €11,000 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2013/14 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).

Applications are now open for charities wishing to apply to be considered as one of the Students’ Union nominated charities for the 2014/15 academic year. Further information is available here. 

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.”

Helen Mortimer, Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said:

 “We are extremely grateful to the students of NUI Galway for their continued support of Galway Rape Crisis Centre’s vital work. Income levels for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre continue to fall due to grant cuts and a poor commitment by government to address the issues of sexual violence and child abuse. These funds will be a huge help.”

Emma Hayden, ISPCC Fundraising Officer said:

“We are delighted with this support from NUI Galway Students’ Union.  The money raised will go towards funding our 24 hour Childline telephone and online services. Last year in our Galway office alone, we received just over 35,000 calls from children that are vulnerable, alone or in need of the support of a trusted adult.”

Photo Left to right: Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU Education), Declan Higgins (NUIG SU President), Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin (NUIG SU Welfare), Carmen Taheny (ISPCC), Aoife Lee (Galway Rape Crisis Centre)

Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

SU Weekly Email 6th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also be asked to vote in two separate referenda: 1. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion and 2. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

 

Vote on Thursday 13th March – Part Time Officers & Civil Marriage Referendum

Polling will take place for the Students’ Union part time voluntary positions of Oifgeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs Captain, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and the 5 College Convenor positions for 2014/15 on Thursday 13th of March. Students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day (except for Societies Chair and Clubs Captain positions). You need to register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 12th of March.

You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.

For more information on the elections please see our website here.Information on the Referenda is available here.

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

1st Year Engineers – Recruitment of CÉIM Leaders for next year

We will shortly begin recruiting 1st year Engineering students to be CÉIM Leaders for the 2014/15 academic year. We will be holding two information sessions in place of the CÉIM sessions next week. Interested 1st Years can attend on either:

  • Tuesday 11 March, 11am-12pm, Room 2034
  • Wednesday 12 March, 2pm-3pm, Room 2034

Benefits of being a CÉIM leader:

Internationally recognised and looks great on your CV // Builds your leadership and teamwork experience // Allows you to work closely with your lecturers // Improves your confidence, ability to work with others // You can share your experiences and help 1st years // Hoody, lunch vouchers, pizza and parties for leaders // Be part of something new and positive on campus

Questions? Email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie

 

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 14th March 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor). 
https://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/timetable.html

 

Sin Issue 10

Issue 10 of Sin is out now and features an Election Special with interviews of all candidates. Read it online here.

Calling all gaming fans! 

Still haven’t had a chance to try out PS4?  Now’s your chance! PlayStation will be setting up in Áras Na Mac Léinn next Thursday 13th March so pop in to check out loads of great PS4 games, take part in challenges and win PlayStation prizes! PlayStation will also be running a treasure hunt on the day – just look for the special gold envelopes hidden around the college for your chance to win a PS4 & more.

 

Complete the National Student Survey – Undergrad  First year/Final year students and Postgraduate Taught Students

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their 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.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.

 

Every Step Counts!

How many steps do you take every day? Would you like to get active using a pedometer app on your smartphone? My name is Kathryn Kearney and I am a student of Psychology at NUI Galway. I am currently conducting research on thoughts and beliefs and their influence on physical activity levels. Project Title: Thoughts, Beliefs and Physical Activity: A Smartphone Intervention.

What will you have to do? This is a three week study. Participants will be required to download a free pedometer app and a free messaging app to their phones. You will then monitor your step count for three weeks. Participants will receive daily messages from the researcher during the second week. At the end of each week you will complete a short online questionnaire and email your step count total to the researcher.

If you are interested in participating click hereto find out more and sign-up.

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart Sessions – Presentations

Powerful Presenting – the ultimate powerpoint presentation 1pm-2pm Wednesday 12th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here https://campus.ie/studysmart/calendarRegistration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

 

Organ Donation Awareness Talk

A talk presented by Colin White (Irish Kidney Association) and his colleague regarding Organ Donation Awareness is being held on Tuesday 11th March from 12:00-13:00 in the Larmor Theater (along the concourse). It has been organised by six second year Biomedical Science students who would greatly appreciate if you would complete their short 10 question survey here. There will be FREE lunch for early arrivals to the talk!

 

Diabetes Awareness Day

You are invited to join us on Monday March 10th for our diabetes awareness day. As part of our 2nd year Biomedical Science Community Knowledge Initiative we will be having an event on the concourse. Test your knowledge about diabetes and perhaps learn a few things. Fill out our survey on the day and you’ll be in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Help us spread knowledge about this disease. We’ll be near Smokeys from 11am-3pm

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 27th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote on Thursday 6th March

Please make sure you use your vote on Thursday 6th March. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15.

You will also be asked to vote in two separate referenda on Thursday: 1. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion and 2. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

To vote at a polling station you must present your NUI Galway ID. No other form of ID will suffice.

Remote Vote

If you won’t be on campus to vote on Thursday you can register for a Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 5th March by logging on to the SU Website www.su.nuigalway.ie . You will then be able to cast your vote on Thursday 6th March online between 10am-8pm.

 

David O’Doherty this Monday 3rd March 60 tickets left!

Our final comedy gig of the year will be David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 3rd of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Last 60 tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Elections 2014 – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – 11 Part Time Officer Positions

Students’ Union part time voluntary positions of Oifgeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs Captain, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and the 5 College Convenor positions for 2014/15:

$1·         Nomination forms available from the SU website and office NOW.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 5th March. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day(except for Societies Chair and Clubs Captain positions)

For more information on the elections please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ieor see our website here.

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

Notice of Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage

On Thursday 13th March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports all measures that extend to homosexual couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including, but not limited to, supporting a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.”

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

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (10 spaces left)

$1·         SU Bar Skills Course Friday 7th March 9.30am-4.45pm Fee €20 which goes to Charity (6 spaces left)

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee.

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart sessions on Campus

Take our Word – A master class in Microsoft Word for your Thesis 5th March – AC204 – 1-2pm

Unlock the immense potential of Microsoft Word and bring all your creativity to your assignments, essays, CV and theses. A 50 minute express session that shows you how to format, reference, build documents and save countless hours of time. Register for the events and find tipshere.Registration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

Are you ready to join the March-athon? 30 minute Student Walking Challenge!

From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th March you can be in with the chance to win fantastic prizes including tablets, fleece tops, travel mugs, hi-vis gear, shoe bags and t-shirts.

  1. Get into a team of 3 with other students.
  2. Team captain registers their team online – www.smartertravelcampus.ie/marchathon
  3. From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th each team member walks for at least 30 minutes daily.
  4. The team captain submits the entry for that day online using the link sent by email.

There’s no fee to enter, no requirement to purchase pedometers and daily prizes are on offer.

To get everyone moving, and to coincide with the Smarter Travel Campus ‘Walk on Wednesday’ photo competition, a group walk will leave Áras na Mac Léinn at 1pm. Treats afterwards for all who participate! 

For more information visitwww.smartertravelcampus.ie/marchathon, contact karen.dooley@nuigalway.ieor keep an eye out for the registration table in An Bialann this Thursday 26th February.

 

Who is your teaching hero?
Is there one lecturer, tutor, technician or other member of teaching staff here in NUI Galway that went over and above the remit of their job to help you succeed in college? Whether you’re just starting, returning to college after a break or going on placement was there a member of staff here that made things that wee bit easier? Have they enthusiasm for, and commitment to their class that made you love their subject and want to excel in your exam? Well this is your opportunity to honour that very teacher.
The Teaching Heroes scheme is run by the Students’ Union, in partnership with USI and the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Nominations will come from students for individual staff members. Two teaching heroes from NUI Galway will be recognised, who have had a positive transformative impact on students’ learning.
Teaching and research are both central to the role of staff, and excellence in teaching and in creative and scholarly work go hand in hand. Inspirational teaching has always been a key feature of the learning experience at NUI Galway. If you have someone in mind click on the link below and nominate your favourite teaching Hero. Nominate here.

Vodafone Freebies

Vodafone’s Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn on Thursday 6th March. Pop down to them for some fantastic student offers and prizes #UpForGrabs – check out @VodafoneStage  

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their 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.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

Rails Girls is a worldwide movement aimed at giving a first approach to Web application development. It prioritizes female participants to address the IT gender gap by creating a sense of community between females who usually can hardly find similar peers helping and inspiring them, in the male-dominated IT area. This is achieved by local 2-days workshops in which attendees implement a simple application using Ruby on Rails. The workshop will take place on the 20-21st of June, 2014 in DERI, IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan, Galway City. We are currently recruiting volunteer coaches (of any gender) for Rails Girls Galway 2014. Please email railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com if interested more at https://railsgirls.com/galway.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Treviso 5pm Saturday 1st March €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale NOW in the SU.

Psychological Research Study: Sunbed Use, Attitudes and Perceptions. 

You are invited to take part in a study investigating people’s perceptions of and intentions to use sunbeds in Ireland. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, all data is anonymous and you will be in a chance to win a 30euro One4All voucher! If you are interested, please follow this link.​ 

Students from Foundations Studies Science and Technology​ Survey

We are currently looking into ways to improve the educational experience for students that may be expecting children, or that are currently studying while caring for children. We would love your opinion, and even if you do not have any children yourself, your opinion still matters to us. Could you please take a few minutes to answer our short survey at the link here.

Why do you listen to music? 

Answer our survey of music listening motivations to be in with a chance of winning a €50 One-4-All voucherSurvey here.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith 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.

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Aquathon – 750m Swim, 5km Run – entry €25 – all proceeds go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & ISPCC/Childline

SU Charity Skydive 2014

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Skydive 2014

When?                 April 2014 on weather permitting dates to be decided

Where?               Galway Airport

Why?                    To raise money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Childline/ISPCC

How?                    A freefall tandem skydive from 10,000 feet at 200 km/hour

How much?        Non-refundable Registration fee              €15 (usually €30)

  Skydive Cost                                                      €199 (usually €240)

   Money for charities                                        €196 (plus any extra raised)

TOTAL TO TAKE PART                                     €410

How do I sign up? You can register online only at the following link (choose Galway NUI Galway as your College and choose Galway NUIG as your charity) Skydive Online Registration 

How do I fundraise? Once you have signed up Skydive Ireland will post you out your sponsorship card and then it is up to you to get fundraising. You will also be able to raise money online at the following link: Online Fundraising where you can set up your own page.

More questions? Here is the Information Pack to answer some more of the frequently asked questions. 

What will it look like? Have a look see here! 

Saturday 8th February 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Annual Charity Collection Day in Galway for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. To volunteer to help out email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

SU Weekly Email 6th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Have you two hours to spare this Saturday?

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day this Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG (Sexual Health Advice and Guidance) Week

Monday 10th February

11am SHAG Week Launch – The Quad

12pm – 4pm How Long Can You Ride? Rodeo Bull at the College Bar

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist O’Flaherty Theatre (Tickets €5 – last few tickets on sale in the SU now)

Tuesday 11th February

SEX – You can hook up with more than you bargained for. STI Awareness Information.

Wednesday 12th February

3pm-4pm Aids West Risky Behaviour Workshop in AC201

SHAG Packs across Campus

Thursday 13th February

1pm-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand in Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm-9pm The Dirty Circus in the College Bar

Friday 14th February

Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Financial Aid Fund Applications close 5pm Friday 7th Feb
Semester two Financial Aid Fund Applications Close this Friday 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. More information.

Got Neknominated? 
Think about these facts first:
-You may harm yourself.
-The person you nominate may be seriously injured
-It comes from online-orientated peer pressure which can lead to cybershaming or cyberbullying. Stand up to the online trend and say no. 

-Anyone found to be recording or engaging in “Nek Nominations” in “The College Bar” or in any other Students’ Union outlet will be asked to leave. 

While some of us may see this as a bit of fun, this ‘game’ is causing great harm to some of those who get involved. The consequences of drinking large volumes of alcohol in a short time period can have very real impacts on those taking part. We are asking you to break the chain & not participate in this trend. Look after your own health & protect your friends from the serious risks associated with it. We are also reminding students of the University Code of Conduct and the serious implications for students found in breach of this code. NUI Galway Student Code of Conduct.

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         8 Week Yoga Course €40 Thursday 13th February-Thursday 3rd April Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm (4 spaces left) Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (9 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (18 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. 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 and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 10th February  6pm-7pm Science Council in AC204
  • Tuesday 11th February 6pm-7pm Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola
  • Monday 3rd March 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250 – All Class Reps must attend

For more information contact Catherine on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm €10 NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale from the SU Office NOW!

Pop Up Ladies Clothing Shop at Croí House this Friday Feb 7th from 10am-2pm

All New ladies clothes – liquidated stock being sold for charity. Labels include Trollied Dolly, Yumi, Glamorous, Chi Chi, Acne and Closet. Designer & Contemporary Brands at incredible prices.Prices points €2, €5, €10, €50 – all proceeds go to Croí. Free Parking – Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway.

Are you Ireland’s Safest Young Driver?

If you are aged 17-21 you can test your skills and win cash! -Visit www.ingeniumdynamics.ie

Information evening for people with type 1 diabetes coming up on Thursday the 13th of Feb at Croi house between 7.30-9.00pm.

Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians and other diabetes experts will be on hand on the evening, delivering talks & small group sessions , covering topics such as; your annual diabetes check-up; diet, practical tips and advice on management issues, updates on latest research and new technologies etc. To book your place email alma@croi.ie – Places strictly limited. More information.

Cooking a Valentine’s Meal (Without Breaking the Bank) featuring local chefs

The event will be held Wednesday 12 February at 7.30 pmat Ros Geal Residence, 19 University Rd (next to Tesco Express).  Students should email rosgeal@gmail.comto book a place. 

Study participants sought: The Impact of Imagery on Self Perceptions of Ageing

Participants are asked to send a facial image of themselves, from the neck up only, to e.hickey8@nuigalway.ie. The image should not contain anyone else but the participant. This image is for use in this study only and will be stored confidentially and deleted after participation. Participants are also asked to fill out an online questionnaire (see URL link below) before entering the lab. 

Complete questionnaire here.

The second part of the study involves completing an impression formation task on ageing in a lab setting which we can arrange if you wish to participate. All in all, participation should not take more than 20 minutes.

Any male who participates in the study will get €5 phone credit! 

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email MaryClare.OHara@hse.ie

 

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 23rd Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Drug Awareness Day Mon 27th Jan

The Welfare Crew will giving out information about drugs on campus on Monday next. The Gardaí will also be dropping in to answer any questions you might have! Keep an eye out for the lime green t-shirts!

Look Before You Leap: SU Election Information Night 7pm Tues 28th Jan
Are you thinking of running for election to the SU for the 2014/15 academic year? Come along to our Look Before You Leap – SU Election Information Night and find out all the ins, outs, ups and downs about running for election.  Our current SU Officers will be there to guide and advise you in the Cairnes Theatre on the Concourse from 7pm on Tuesday 28th of January.
Remember: 
Full Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 20th of February/close 26th of February.
Part Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 27th of February/close 5th March. 
For more information email su.president@nuigalway.ie or check here.

Trans and Gender 101

The Students’ Union are delighted to have Laura Harmonn (equality and citizenship officer of USI) and Ivan Fahy (androgynous model) to give a short talk on the basics of trans and gender. Come along and ask any questions you have a and learn a little. 6pm Tuesday 28th of January in the Kirwan Theatre.

Choice 101

The Students’ Union, as part of its mandate to be a pro-choice Union, have teamed up with Choice Soc to have an informative workshop on everything you need to know about pro-choice and why we have a pro-choice Union. Join us in the Kirwan Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday January 28th. There will be guest facilitators and refreshment to follow.

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. 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 and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website here.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale Monday

At 8pm on Monday 10th of February comedy hypnotist Michael McCoy will be back in NUI Galway doing his SeX Rated show as part of SHAG Week. Tickets are just €5 and go on sale from the SU office this Monday 27th of January – this gig will sell out again so make sure you don’t miss out! 2014 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) takes place from the 10th to the 14th of February. To get involved contact Declan onsu.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 30th January (6 spaces left)
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (5 spaces left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 27th January 6pm-7pm Science Council in AC204
  • Tuesday 28th January 6pm-7pm Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola

For more information contact Catherine on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Clubs Activity Month

The Clubs Activity Month “Get Off The Couch – Get Active” runs from 21st Jan to 26th Feb. New members are invited to join any club , if they attend the same club session for 6 weeks they will be entered into a draw. There are surprise goodie bags and loads of freebies up for grabs. All Welcome! More information.  

FREE Clubs Events App

Find out what all the sports clubs on campus are up to with the new free Clubs NUIG Eventr App on the App Store for IOS Devices  and the Google Play Store for Android Devices.

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Now Open

Applications Open 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

More information.

ECDL Opportunity

The Computer and IT Office of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is an accredited ECDL test centre. The ECDL establishes a measurable standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, and is an internationally recognised certificate.

ECDL online, interactive courseware can be used by all NUIG students via your Blackboard login. Please click here. for instructions on accessing the ECDL Core, and ECDL Advanced, self-study course.

We offer students the opportunity to gain the ECDL qualification at a nominal cost. Students use on-line training facilities to study modules in their own time. Exams are carried out (also on-line) in our Training Centre in AM102.

You are free to use the training material simply as a learning resource. There is a charge ONLY if you wish to register as an ECDL candidate, complete the exams, and gain the ECDL (Core or Advanced) certificate. Contact ecdl@nuigalway.ie for further information.

GiGSoc Rainbow Ball

GiGSoc (Gay in Galway Society) are hosting its first ever Rainbow Ball, aimed at LGBTQ and Ally students. Venue is Salthill Hotel on Saturday 8th February, from 6.30pm onwards. Tickets are €32 each, which covers dinner, dessert, tea/coffee,  cocktail reception on arrival and most stupendous entertainment! For more information or tickets, contact us at gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie or find us on Facebook or Twitter

Postgrad Ball

The Postgrad Ball takes place on Thursday, 6th March in the Westwood Hotel. At 6:30 pm there will be a drinks and sweets reception followed by a four course meal. There will be music from “The Lewd Tunes” followed by DJ. Early Bird tickets are €45 and are available on 5th and 6th of February 12-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn. Normal ticket priced at €50 will be available from the Socs Box thereafter. More information from microbiology@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

Enter McKinsey Venture Academy before February 14th
McKinsey Venture Academy is a social enterprise competition for university students based in the UK and Ireland. It is sponsored by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. The competition involves teams of students putting together a pitch for a social enterprise for €6,000 of seed funding and support from McKinsey mentors. The aim of the competition is to help students to tap into their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, enabling them to transform their seedling ideas into social enterprises that make a difference. 
The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate university students based in the UK or Ireland, regardless of the subject they study. We are looking for groups of 2-8 creative and enthusiastic individuals with a great idea and a desire to create change. You can enter with a social enterprise at any stage of development: from a brand new idea to a business that is already running that you are trying to grow. In last year’s competition, the vast majority of entries (and our winner) were very early stage ideas. Enter with a short summary of the enterprise before February 14th. More information available at: ventureacademy.mckinsey.com. An information session for interested students will take place on Thursday 30th January at 1pm at NUI Galway (Venue to be confirmed)

 

The AWC Annual Writing Competition is now live
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Essays must be on one of the three topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources. The deadline is 21 February 2014. The winner will receive an Apple I-Pad 2; the essay will be published in Sin .Topics, guidelines, and FAQ can be found here.

 

Pass On Your Skills! 
Click and Connect are seeking volunteers for their programme. The programme provides basic introduction to computer classes to those with little knowledge or confidence in using technology. The course covers topics such as using the internet, email and digital photography. Classes are 2 hours per week for 4 weeks here at NUI Galway from 27th January. 
If you can volunteer your time to help someone else make sense of technology please contact pat.byrne@nuigalway.ie ASAP. Complete two sets of 4 classes to earn your Alive Volunteering Cert.

 

The Academic Writing Centre reopens on 20 January.
The AWC will provide free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends.

Snap a Sight for Sightsavers

What is the sight that you’d miss the most? Sightsavers are asking students to snap this sight on their phones or take it from Facebook and enter it into their new photo competition to win some cool prizes including iPads and vouchers. Everyone who enters will be helping Sightsavers to raise the awareness that 4 out of 5 people who are blind in developing countries do not have to be. Enter via:  www.sightsaverscompetition.ie or on Facebook: /SightsaversIreland

Contact Us

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

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

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