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TARA – Teaching Achievement by Revitalising Apparel

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This project taught teenagers from Ability West who have intellectual disabilities how to bring new life to old clothes, such as t-shirts and shoes, in a fun environment of learning and creativity.

NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

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NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards competition is now entering its second stage as six finalists battle it out for a €20,000 investment fund to turn their ideas into reality.Now in its fifth year, the competition seeks to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the students of NUI Galway in both social and business enterprise.

Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community in 2015 will let the finalists develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.

Declan Higgins, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

 “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards again this year. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. At a time when real innovation and flair is needed, students are leading the way in creating the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted with the support that the Awards have received from the local business community and the university.”

The final six projects are:

1.    The Creative Native

“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

2.    The Tidy Shower Co.

Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “The Tidy Shower Co.”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units.

3.   Ask4It.ie 

“’Ask4It.ie” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.

4.    EduCode

“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.

5.    Bike Back

“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project

6.    Safe Farming Solutions

“Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 28th of March 2015 in the College Bar, NUI Galway.

 

Pictured at the 2014 Enterprise Awards ceremony are left to right: Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President), Brian Slattery (2014 NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Award winner) Gill Carroll (Judging Panel),Joanne Sweeney-Burke (Guest Speaker) and Sean Kearns (2013/14 NUI Galway Students’ Union President)

Photo: Aengus McMahon

NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards: €23,000 Prize Fund!

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards: €23,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards, a competition to encourage enterprise and innovation among students, has been launched at NUI Galway. Now in its fifth year, the initiative invites students across campus to put forward proposals for a project or business, with a prize of €10,000 investment capital for the overall winner and two runners up prizes of €5,000 each.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of NUI Galway students by providing financial support and expertise for students who wish to start a project in the areas of business and/or social entrepreneurship. The six projects progressing to the second round will receive €500 each to develop their proposal further. They will also participate in a series of workshops in areas such as marketing, IT, legal and financial issues.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards are generously supported by NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 28th November 2014 More information is available HERE. 

Declan Higgins, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

The Enterprise Awards are a showcase for the best and brightest student minds on campus and reflect the dynamic, innovative and creative graduates we all wish to see emerging from NUI Galway, now and in the years ahead.

Last year’s winner Brian Slattery of Student Talks said:

“The Student Enterprise Awards is a fantastic experience and I believe a must to enter if you want the chance of gaining expert advice and hopefully some considerable financial backing to kick-start your enterprise. I encourage anyone and everyone who has a business idea to take part, even just the process of applying is a good way to formalise your vision and refine your business model.”

Pictured at the 2014 Enterprise Awards ceremony are left to right:

Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President), Brian Slattery (2014 NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Award winner) Gill Carroll (37 West Judging Panel),

Joanne Sweeney-Burke (Guest Speaker) and Sean Kearns (2013/14 NUI Galway Students’ Union President)

Photo: Aengus McMahon

Saturday 29th March 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards Ceremony 

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Whats Happening

5pm Final Judging session for NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Monday 10th March 2014

Whats Happening

5pm deadline for final submissions by finalists in NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

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NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards competition is now entering its second stage as six finalists battle it out for a €20,000 investment fund to turn their ideas into reality.Now in its fourth year, the competition seeks to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the students of NUI Galway in both social and business enterprise.

Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community over the coming weeks will let the finalists  develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.

Sean Kearns, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

 “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards again this year. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. At a time when real innovation and flair is needed, students are leading the way in creating the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted with the support that the Awards have received from the local business community and the university.”

The final six projects are:

1.    NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund

Operating a real-life financial portfolio under the guidance of industry experts and alumni, the NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund is an organisation managed by students, for the benefit of both the participants and the University as a whole. Martin Weitbrecht a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Donegal, Conor Hanniffy a Masters in International Finance student from Athlone, Shane Reilly a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Castlebar and Maurice Kelter a final year B.Comm (International) student from Tralee are behind the project.

2.    Student Talks

‘Student Talks’ is an online knowledge platform for students to communicate their ideas, connect with other students and find out about courses and careers. Student Talks was created by Brian Slattery from Dublin who is completing his Psychology PhD.

3.    Shuffleupagus

Margaret Tallott has developed Shuffleupagus which is a simple game for everyone who is learning Irish. Margaret is from Belmullet, Co. Mayo and is in the fourth year of her Phd in the Department of Management.

4.    MyStudySheets™

MyStudySheets™ provides downloadable, course-specific study aids in mathematics to second and third-level students, aiming to radically improve student grasp of key concepts. MyStudySheets™ was developed by brothers Enoch and Issac Burke from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Enoch is a 2nd Year BA student in History, German, Sociology & Politics and Isaac is in his 2nd Year of a PhD in Pure Mathematics.

5.   Loyal-T Stamped

Loyal-T Stamped seeks to revolutionize the way we collect and redeem customer loyalty points through a visually striking user friendly application. Nathan Regan and Fergal Walsh are both final year Mechanical Engineering students and Galway natives. They have developed Loyal-T Stamped with Gearoid O’Connor a final year Computer Science and Information Technology student also from Galway.

6.    The Big Yellow Thing

The Big Yellow Thing (originating from NUI, Galway) is an artistic project that aims to create modern and exclusive apparel for students, staff, visitors and alumni of all National Universities of Ireland. Michelle Campion from Tuam, Co. Galway developed The Big Yellow Thing and is studying the MSc. in Neuropharmacology.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 29th of March in the College Bar, NUI Galway.

Friday 17th January 2014

Whats Happening

5pm Closing date for submissions to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards 2014

SU Weekly Email 9th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your first weekly email of 2014 from your Students’ Union. Happy New Year and we hope you all had a great Christmas break.

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund – Closing date FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Exam Results

Semester one provisional exam results will be released on a staggered basis between Wednesday 29th of January and Friday 31st January. Release dates vary by School. 

What will you do in 2014?

  • Get fit                                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run
  • Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses
  • Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb
  • Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan
  • Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan
  • Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC

www.su.nuigalway.ie and studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Application Dates

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

More information.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an way to get yourself organised for 2014 supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

First Year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

CÉIM sessions begin during the second week of lectures (Monday 20th January onwards). Sessions are scheduled for two slots: Tuesdays, 11am-12pm and Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm. More information will be sent to students during their first week of lectures. Email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie if there are any questions.

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition

More Information.

Free Tai-Chi Classes

Free Tai-Chi Workshop start from 15th January every Wednesday 17:00-18:30, in the Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.  All levels of learners welcomed. Facilitated by MA student on Health Promotion from China. Clothing requirements: must be sportswear, no jeans, no skirts and flat shoes are best. More information from cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence

Applications now open for NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence More Information.

Apps4Gaps Challenges Students to Create Apps Using Public Data in an Island of Ireland Competition

Students are invited to take part in an Island of Ireland competition to create apps from freely available and publicly accessible data from the 2011 Census in areas such as transport, housing and planning.

Individuals and teams of up to three participants can enter in one of two ways, either by submitting an idea for an app as a concept entry or by creating an app and submitting a working app using Open Data from the Census.

January 31st is the closing date to register as a competition entrant and the closing date for concept entry or a working app entry is April 11th.

Full details at www.apps4gaps.ie. Further information: Brendan at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway. brendan.smith@insight-centre.org

See Change is looking for Volunteers!

See Change is an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.See Change is looking for volunteers to help share their stigma challenging message and to get involved in the national Green Ribbon campaign. There will be a training date on the 1st March 2014 in Galway.

To find out more, please email Scott at scott@seechange.ie or visit www.seechange.ie

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
Dr. Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application on 5pm Tuesday, 14th January 2014 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building) This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered. Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
More information.

Photo for Europe Contest €1000 Top Prize

To participate in the Photo for Europe contest you need a picture that describes how you perceive what being European means. It can be almost everything; a picture that represents reality, utopia, a wish or a wakeup call. As they say, the only limit is your imagination. Send us your picture before 31st of January and show us what being European means to you. https://photoforeurope.org/the-contest

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office forConnacht vs Zebre Saturday 11th January at 3.40pm €15

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 12th Dec 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2013 from your Students’ Union!

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5 – FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. Free gift wrapping for very calendar sold from the SU office between now and Christmas. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

  • The Students’ Union office will reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 7th January.
  • The Library will be closed Saturday 21 December to Wednesday 1st January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18.30 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The College Bar will be closed Sunday 22nd December- Sunday 5th January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Shop will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 18th December and reopen at 08:00 on Thursday 2nd January
  • The Hub will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Café na Gaeilge will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Smokeys will close at 15:00 on Friday 20th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 6th January
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December and Wednesday 1st January

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014!

Student Travelcards Expiring

Please check the date on your Student Travelcard and if it expires at the end of this month make sure to renew it in the SU office before we close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Monday 23rd January or else you will be stuck paying the full rate! We take your photo and print the card off straight away and it costs €15.

What will you do in 2014?

Get fit                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses

Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb

Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan

Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan

Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC

www.su.nuigalway.ieandstudentsunion@nuigalway.iefor more information

Financial Aid Fund 2014 Applications

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

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
Dr. Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application on 5pm Tuesday, 14th January 2014 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building) This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered. Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
More information.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15– SOLD OUT
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students is now closed for Christmas.

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.

Concert in Aid of Domestic Violence Response

On Saturday December 14th in St. Nicholas church at 8pm Cois Cladaigh will present a concert of seasonal music in aid of Domestic Violence Response. The concert will include two world premiers of music specially commissioned for the choir including a setting of The Wild Swans of Coole by Icelandic composer Oliver Kentish who will attend the concert and a setting of Ave Maris Stella by Estonian composer Urmat Sissask. Choir Factor winner The Marine Institute choir will also perform with Cois Cladaigh. Tickets €10 from DVR or on the door. 
https://www.domesticviolenceresponse.com/Tel. 091 866740

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

In this new health series for TV3 a team of leading medical experts will closely monitor a household’s lifestyle and carry out comprehensive health screening tests, providing them with an accurate assessment of their disease risk factors. The Doctor in the House team will connect the dots between people’s daily behaviours and the impact on their health. We all know that fatty foods or too much caffeine is bad for us, but why? We know that we shouldn’t spend too much time in front of the computer or the TV, but why- what effect is it having on us?

A personalised plan will be devised in a bid to encourage each member of the house to make real changes in their lifestyle to benefit their future health.

 The household will have eight weeks to work together to modify their behaviour before being retested.  It’s all about realisations and connections between everyday life- habits and behaviours- and how they directly relate to potential health problems-  big and small- but all vital to the quality of our life.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form atwww.tv3.ie/doctorinthehouse

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.