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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. 

 

SU Weekly Email 5 1st October 2015

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Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

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

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

12.30pm               Mental Health Week Launch at the Quad

12pm-1pm          Building Resilience Workshop in The View

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

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

6pm-8pm            Seas Suas Programme Room 129 Áras Moyola

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

Wednesday

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

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

3pm-4pm            Stress Busting Techniques Workshop in The View

6pm                       Capoeira Workshop in The Cube with Dance Soc

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.

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

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.

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

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig 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).

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October                                                                      3 Spaces Left €40
  • 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

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

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

Anti-Social Behaviour

It has come to the attention of both the University and the Students’ Union that more incidents regarding anti-social behaviour have occurred. We ask that all students please keep in mind their neighbours during their stay in Galway. The accommodation shortage has come to the forefront and incidences regarding anti-social behaviour are and will only make the current crisis much worse. Please exercise caution during any events you may have at home and keep noise levels to a minimum. Be a good neighbour!

Are You Registered to Vote?

Get registered to vote before the 26th October deadline. Register in the SU Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or come to our Voter Registration Drive 11am-4pm Thursday 8th October in Áras na Mac Léinn (there will be free stuff!).

Road Safety Week Freebies Thurs 8th Oct

We have loads of FREE High Vis Vests and Bike Lights to give away as part of Road Safety Week this Thursday 8th October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn (while stocks last!) #besafebeseen

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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
Classes for full degree international students who need support with academic writing and referencing are taking place as follows:
Arts Millennium building:

  • Wednesdays –  AM107  – 16:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesdays  –  AM110 – 18:00 to 20:00
  • Fridays – AM107 – 17:00 to 19:00

No pre-registration is necessary. Due to demand and class size restrictions places are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Graduate Jobs Fair12.30pm-4pm Tuesday 6th October

More than 75 actively recruiting companies across all industries will feature at the NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall, on Tuesday 6th October from 12.30pm – 4.00pm.  A student’s main objective on the day is to secure your first graduate job. Many graduate employers now recruit graduates from all academic disciplines so don’t be misled by an organisation’s name – they may have the perfect graduate opportunity for you!

Details on participating exhibitors is available from www.nuigalway.ie/careers#jobsfairNUIG

USI FREE Activist Academy this Saturday

This day long event will provide you with the skills and training needed to become a student activist. Workshops include: lobbying, fundraising, networking, working with the media, social media and how to build a community of activists. Register Now.

The Sober Society presents Funky Seomra Friday 9th October

Sober Soc aims are to create a culture that encompasses fun, exciting and interesting events in NUIG that don’t finish up with a trip to the pub.

Their first event is Funky Seomra 8.30pm-1am on Friday 9th October – a night club that includes not only amazing dance music, but massage areas, games areas, arts & crafts, chill out zone and delicious healthy cakes, snacks and herbal teas. The event takes place in The Cube Áras na Mac Léin and tickets are only €5 to members of Sober Soc who buy tickets in advance. Students and staff can become members of Sober Soc and avail of this cheap offer.

Societies Global Week 5th – 8th October

The second annual NUI Galway Global Week is taking place from October 5th-8th, with the Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall on Monday 5th of October from 11am – 4pm.

Global week aims to: A) Raise awareness of global issues B) Raise awareness of ecological issues and promote a green agenda C) Celebrate Diversity

NUIG Snowsports Challenge 6th/7th of October – Win a free trip worth €739!

Compete in teams in a series of wacky challenges to win a trip to Val D’Isere in January with the NUIG Snowsports club. Sign up in Smokies between 12-2 on Tuesday before the challenge kicks off that evening in the College Bar, it continues the following day in Monroes where the winner will be announced! Check here for all the info!

Free 8×8 Festival  5th – 9th October 2015

SUAS would like to invite you the third 8×8 Free Film festival at NUIG. 8×8 is a development-focused arts festival with a touring photo exhibition and award-winning documentary film screenings. Visit the exhibition on campus outside the library and pop along to one of the events. To secure your place register for you free tickets at stand.ie/8×8   

Participants Required for Research Study on Mindfulness

You are invited to take part in a research study which involves evaluating the effects of a 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive ability. Participants will spend 6-weeks learning about the concept and practice of mindfulness using Headspace, an app which runs on all major smartphones, tablets and web browsers. You will be provided with a free subscription to Headspace which will last for another 6 months after the study finishes if you complete all data collection. This is usually worth around €60. More information and the screening form can be found here

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.

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. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

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.

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

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents David O’Doherty

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David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th October

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) 

David O’Doherty: We Are All in the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty

David O’Doherty, the Lidl Enya, the broken Bublé, is delighted to present a new hour of talking and songs played on a stupid keyboard from 1986.

Life is like a box of chocolates, but one where somebody else has eaten all the chocolates. And replaced them with mouse heads and dishwasher tablets.

SU Weekly Email 4 24th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUIG SU Bus to March for Choice this Saturday

There will be a bus leaving the Quad at 10.30am this Saturday to go to the March for Choice in Dublin. The 4th annual March for Choice will mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The march will kick off at 2pm in Dublin at the Garden of Remembrance (assembling from 1.30pm), and participants are asked to bring a wheelie case if possible to make the effort and sound of travel abundantly clear!

After the march the bus will be leaving Merrion Square at 5pm sharp to return to Galway. Places on the bus are free but are on a first come, first served basis and NUI Galway ID is essential.

Reminder: Registration deadline is Wednesday 30th September.

You must be registered and have your semester one modules selected by that time. If your record states that you are “pre-registered” this means that you are NOT registered and you must register ASAP! Queries to reghelp@nuigalway.ie or check www.nuigalway.ie/reg

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

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th October

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 soon – keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter for details!

NUIG 8k €20 Early Bird Registration Closes TOMORROW

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

Life Skills 2015 – some spaces left

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

  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November
  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November
  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

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

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

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 or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Give Blood

  • 5pm-8.30pm TONIGHT Thursday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sunday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 29th September, Wednesday 30th September & Thursday 1st October in Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland

Ball in the Bar TONIGHT!

Please support the Ball in the College Bar tonight from 8.30pm in aid of providing humanitarian relief to the refugees in Calais. Admission is €5, there will be a band and a DJ along with prizes for the best dressed. Over 18’s NUIG ID required.

Postgrad Events this Friday

There will be a free walking tour of Galway for NUI Galway Postgrad students this Friday with Cian Moran the SU Postgrad Officer. Meet outside the Galway City Museum at 11am. From 8pm there will be a Postgrad Party in the College Bar with Karaoke and lots of surprises. Contact su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie for more information.

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration: https://www.suas.ie/take-course

The 2016-2017 Irish Fulbright Awards are Open for Applications

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards.  The Fulbright awards are grants for Irish or EU citizens (resident in Ireland for three or more years) to study, research, or teach in the U.S. The awards include a monetary grant, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, and visa administration. Applications are due by Friday, 30th October 2015 and more information can be found on the Fulbright website: www.fulbright.ie.

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.

Please Talk Art Exhibition Launch Invite

Please Talk will be launching their society with  Art Is A Wound Turned Into Light at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th September in Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUIG. This Art exhibition involving Galway based artists highlights the therapeutic and communicative value of art in area of mental health. Political commentator Jonny Fallon shall be speaking at the launch and all are welcome.       

Participants Needed to Break a Guinness World Record this Saturday

Run just 100 meters in the 12 hour relay this Saturday 26th September 9am-9pm at the running track in Dangan. Boost your mental and physical health and break the Guinness World Record at this FREE Event.

All levels of fitness welcome!

Interested? Please book your FREE tickets here.

Anxious About Public Speaking or Meeting People?

The Participate programme might help. Participate is a free online programme for shyness and social anxiety.

The programme uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques and is similar to programmes that have been run successfully in NUI Galway and elsewhere in the past. 

All students of NUI Galway are being e-mailed with this link to the Participate website (https://participate.nuigalway.ie).  You can visit the site, test your social anxiety, and see how the programme works.  If you want, you can then apply to do the programme. For more information contact Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh eamonn.odochartaigh@nuigalway.ie

Have you booked your place in Galway’s last Startup Weekend of the year?

The weekend is all about learning, trial and error and meeting great people! The event starts Friday week on Friday 2-4 October 2015. Tickets are almost sold out, so we advise you book soon. Technical roles are really filling up. 

You can find all details here https://www.up.co/communities/ireland/galway/startup-weekend/7145

Call for Submissions!  The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2016 issue (Volume 6)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com.  The deadline is December 31st, 2015! 

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 3 17th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Accommodation Problems Survey

Please help us try to solve your accommodation issues by taking 1 minute to fill out this survey

Be Aware: Student Houses Targeted by Burglars.

There has recently been a number of reported burglaries to students’ houses near NUI Galway. If you come home to find that your house has been robbed, do not enter the property. Call to a neighbour’s house and ring 999/112. Explain what has happened and wait for the Gardaí to arrive. We urge you to protect your property as much as possible.

When you are not at home:

  • Lock the front and back doors
  • Close all windows
  • Leave some lights on in the house, upstairs and downstairs
  • If possible, lock all bedroom doors
  • Do not leave cash in the property
  • Do not leave bikes unlocked outside the property
  • And very importantly, if you have a house alarm – USE IT.

Also, it is advised by the Gardaí to take note of all serial numbers on laptops and other valuable devices. Save your important files and college work on an additional device, and take photos of the valuable items you own (including bikes).Following the above will make your home less of a target.

You can speak to your Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Jimmy McGovern for more information su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

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

Learn Sign Language in just 10 weeks for only €40! 
SU sign language courses start next week and are filling up fast:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm (6 spaces left)
Tuesday 1pm-2pm (7 spaces left)
Wednesday 6pm-7pm (2 spaces left)
or 
Thursday 6pm-7pm (5 spaces left)

Register and pay now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

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.

SU Card

Have you picked up your FREE SU Loyalty card yet? It magically transforms points into free teas/coffees, College Bar dinners and cash! You can pick one up from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

Lockers – Just 316 Left!

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

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

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

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 or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
EAP classes provide support with academic writing and referencing. The classes are free for full degree registered students and will start on Wed 23rd September 2015 for 8 weeks.

Classes will take place from 16:00 to 18:00 in AM107 and from 18:00 to 20:00 in AM110

All interested students need to fill out this link in order to register. 

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Talk on the BDS Campaign on Monday

On Monday 21 September in AC202 on the NUI Galway Concourse at 7pm, Riya Hassan of the Palestinian BDS National Committee will give a talk hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Society on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid. More Information.

College Campus Radio FlirtFM turns 20 with a series of special events running 25th -26th September

On Friday 25th there’s a meet-up in NUI Galway College Bar at 19:00, and later a silent disco in the Roisín Dubh, with Flirt FM DJs.

On Saturday the 26th make a name badge in Áras na Mac Léinn from 12 midday, then enjoy a free lunch at 12:30. There will be a live radio show on Flirt FM 101.3 from 13:00 – 17:00 where current and ex volunteers and staff chat about their time at the station. At the same time, former Flirt FM presenters will be talking about what the station meant to them in their career paths upstairs in The View, then there’s a launch reception at 17:00 for a documentary on the history of the station. There’s also an Eventbrite ticketed dinner at The Salthill Hotel.

These events are open to past & current volunteers, NUI Galway students, listeners and friends, and you can find out more at https://www.flirtfm.ie/articles/2015/8/flirt-turns-20/

Flirt FM 101.3 is Galway City’s award winning Student, Community & Alternative Station, based in NUI Galway since September 1995. With two paid staff, the station is home to up to 150 volunteers annually and up to 800 studio guests each year.

Give Blood in September

Please Give Blood in The Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September 5pm-8.30pm and Sunday 27th September 12pm-3.30pm.

Galway Culture Night this Friday

There are loads of FREE events on this Friday 18th September for Galway Culture Night. Plan your free evening of entertainment here: https://galwayculturenight.com/

ComputerDISC: Opening Thursday September 24th 2015

ComputerDISC (Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre) is a free resource for all NUIG students that are enrolled in computer programming or software development courses. The purpose of the centre is to provide support to students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels. It is designed to complement the lectures, tutorials, labs and other supports that are available to students. ComputerDISC is located in room 205 on the first floor of the Information Technology building. Students can drop in at any time during the opening hours as no appointments are necessary. Further information can be found on www.computerdisc.it.nuigalway.ie

FREE Meet and Train Sessions for the NUIG 8k

Free meet and train sessions every Monday & Wednesday at 1pm & 6pm for those preparing for the NUIG 8k on 10th October. 2k or 4k options and all levels of fitness welcome. Both runners and walkers accommodated. Contact Kingfisher reception for details on 091 540300.  The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Join the NUIG Bioblitz Team

NUI Galway won the Intervarsity Bioblitz last year & now it is time to defend our title! Running over 24 hours from 5pm on the 24th to 5pm on the 25th Sept, we are looking for people to help survey and identify as many species as possible on campus. We also need help with organisation, so all assistance is welcome! If you would like to participate in this unique event please email greencampus@nuigalway.ie

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.

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

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

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

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration: https://www.suas.ie/take-course

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 including our charity fundraisers. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Free Cloakroom

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 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 presents Al Porter

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Al Porter and Support 

We are delighted to announce that our first comedy gig of 2015/16 is Al Porter on Monday 14th September at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Building desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm). Make sure you get your ticket as you don’t want to miss this gig! 

Caution: This show is not for the easily offended! 

Al Porter is one of Ireland’s most colourful comics. At twenty years old Al is quickly building a reputation as one of the country’s most uproarious and flamboyant talents. He had early success when after a mere three months he was a semi-finalist in the UK wide ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ competition in Edinburgh. 
Since then Al has been a finalist and Audience Choice Winner in the nationwide Craic Attack competition, and a finalist in the Capital Comedy Club competition. 
Whether playing to a raucous home crowd in Tallaght, or to more reserved London punters, Al’s disarming manner and camp ribaldry endears him to each audience.

NUI Galway SU Freshers’ Fair Weds 16th September 2015

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 

There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wallplanners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, boxty, sausages and sushi. Flirt FM will be supplying the tunes and Galway 2020 will be in to tell you how to get involved in Galway’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2020. 

Looking for a job? Bring your CV with you on the day as Real Nation will be recruiting promotional staff at the event. 

Attending the fair are: 

Abroad Internships

Bus Éireann

Citlylink

Click

Flirt FM

Galway 2020

JustEat.ie

Kingfisher

Real Nation

Student Leap Card 

The Dough Bros Wood-Fired Pizza

Travel Bug Limited

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)

Vodafone

Zenith Hairdressing 

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Orientation Events

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Welcome newbies! We are delighted to have you here at NUI Galway and we have a load of events lined up to make you feel very welcome to the NUI Galway campus – your new home! 

We are always here if you need a chat or want advice, directions, condoms…anything really! Our office is open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday during term time. You can find us upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar. We are also on Facebook and Twitter for the chats. 

Official NUI Galway Orientation Page

Keep up to date on ALL Orientation Events HERE

START HERE / TOSAIGH ANSEO

Week 1: NUI Galway Students’ Union Orientation 2015 Events

Seachtain 1: Imeachtaí i gcomhair Sheachtain Ionduchtaithe Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, 2015

Monday 31st August/Dé Luain an 31 Lúnasa

12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn

9pm DJ in College Bar. Over 18’s ID Required.

Tuesday 1st September/Dé Máirt an 1 Meán Fómhair

7pm-9pm SU Outdoor Cinema outside the Engineering Building. Vote on the SU Facebook page for the movie we show. Get your ticket from the SU Office.

9pm Red Tape Covers Band in College Bar. Over 18’s ID Required.

Wednesday 2nd September/Dé Céadaoin an 2 Méan Fómhair

8pm till late Silent Disco in the College Bar. Over 18’s ID Required. FREE Event.

Thursday 3rd September/Déardaoin an 3 Méan Fómhair

8pm-11pm SU Karaoke in the College Bar. Over 18’s ID Required. FREE Event.

Friday 4th September/Dé hAoine an 4 Méan Fómhair

6pm till late Postgrad Friday in the College Bar. Over 18’s ID Required. FREE Event.

ALL WEEK Monday-Friday 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, ISIC Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, Connacht Rugby tickets, Sign up for our Life Skills Courses, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

REMEMBER ALL OF OUR EVENTS ARE FREE!

#SoSound