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NUI Galway Students’ Union Condemns Rip-Off University

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has condemned the University’s decision to charge students sitting online repeat exams. Students who did not pass exams in May have the option to repeat those exams in August. A fee of €295 is usually charged to cover costs such as venue, supervisors and materials. However, next month’s repeat exams will take place online and many of those costs do not exist in an online format. The Students’ Union is calling on the University to cancel the charge for this year’s repeat exams in line with other colleges across the country.

The Students’ Union is also critical of the University charging the exam fees at a time when many students struggled with new online learning and exam formats at a time of great uncertainty. The Union has accused the University of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income from exam fees.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are disgusted that the University is charging students to sit repeat exams. Students who have failed an exam will have to pay €295 for the pleasure of sitting the repeat exam in their own bedroom.”

“We are in extraordinary times where students have not had access to learning facilities like the library and face to face teaching, and many have struggled as a result. Now, the University wants to punish those students with this charge instead of following the example of other colleges which have cancelled the fee.”

Say no to #RipOffNUIG €295 Repeat Exam Fees! Please sign and share our petition HERE 

For more information or to get involved in the campaign, contact:

Pádraic Toomey

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

Email su.president@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 33 – 23rd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

 

Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Chaplaincy Support staff who will be running Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm from Tues 21st of April to Fri 15th May.

 

Tips for Looking After Yourself During Exams

  • Don’t isolate yourself – Exam time can be very lonely especially now we are all self-isolating. Try to make a conscious effort to arrange online meet ups, phone calls or Facetime with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others like taking a free exercise class over Zoom. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.
  • Don’t be a hero – Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk in your 2km radius can work wonders.
  • Eat regularly – You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.
  • Sleep regularly – Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine.
  • Stay hydrated – Water is your friend!
  • Ask for help if you need it
    • Student Health Unit
    • NUIG Counselling Service
    • Chaplains
    • SU Education Officer
    • SU Welfare & Equality Officer

 

Student Health Unit Update

The NUIG Student Health Unit is continuing to operate and provide services to students albeit in a different manner. At present there is no longer a “walk-in” service – instead they are endeavouring to provide remote consultations for health advice/support and prescriptions. This applies to all health issues/complaints including COVID-19. For a very limited number of issues/conditions they can attempt to provide face-to-face consultations under very strict protocols.

If you need to contact them regarding any health concerns, prescription requests, blood tests, STI screening or vaccinations please phone 091 494 337 or 083 325 0034 Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. If you can’t reach them by phone email healthunit@nuigalway.ie to arrange a call back.

Disability Supports During Exams

The NUI Galway Disability Support Service (DSS) has put together a list of FAQs for students registered with them with regards to reasonable accommodations for the upcoming end of semester assessments/exams.

Read more here

 

Academic Writing Centre Still Open

The Academic Writing Centre is still open for email appointments to help you with essay writing. Get in touch with them at awctutors@gmail.com

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.

 

Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.

 

Online Wellness Resilience Training

The University is running free online 45 minute workshops 21st – 30th April including:

  1. Wellness Workshops: Working individually on aspects of resilience. Reflecting on the experience if you wish to. Mindfulness exercises. Self-Compassion and Self Care.
  2. Time Management: How to get control of your time and life. Get the important tasks done. Practical tools to work smarter, not harder. Have more time for the people & things you enjoy.
  3. Responding (not reacting) to Exam Anxiety: Understanding the physiology behind anxiety. Experience self-awareness strategies that undermine anxiety. Explore which ‘grounding’ techniques might work best for you.

You can just listen or join in any group discussion. Register online for the time/day that suits you here.

For more info email: resilience@nuigalway.ie

 

If you need help with:

  • Finding Information for your essay/assignment
  • Finding Material on your Reading Lists
  • Managing References
  • Using EndNote
  • Academic Writing
  • Literature/Systematic Reviews
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Research Data Management
  • Archives
  • Special Collections

Contact library@nuigalway.ie for help!

 

Society Awards

Well done to the 125 NUI Galway societies and their 11,792 members on another great year which included 3,154 society events! They held their annual awards virtually and it includes some great highlights from the year. Watch it here.

 

Hoax/Phishing Emails

There has been an increase in the number of hoax and phishing emails in circulation – these are emails which attempt to trick you into providing account login details or financial/banking information. You are asked to be extra vigilant and cautious when you receive an email of this nature, including those that seem to come from a trusted source. If you receive a suspicious message asking for your account details or financial information please forward it to phishing@nuigalway.ie
If you believe you have already replied to emails of this nature or clicked on a web link within an email and provided your password, you must reset your Campus Account password online at https://cass.nuigalway.ie

 

Female Students Needed for Survey

If you are a female college student, under 25, who has not previously had a smear test, and would like to participate in MSc research on factors affecting intentions to attend cervical cancer screening, please fill out this survey here.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Discounts & Free Courses

Thanks to USI’s partnership with SIPTU NUI Galway students now have access to a new benefits website packed with discounts and educational courses completely free of charge. Login at siptu.group-login.com

 

SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year

More info and online application here.

 

Postgraduate Student Tips

Here’s some advice from the Union of Students in Ireland to postgraduate students for studying and staying connected during the COVID-19 Crisis. Watch video here.

 

Are you a student working in any essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Union of Students in Ireland is launching a campaign to raise awareness and thank students working on the frontline and they want to hear from you! Fill out your details here:

 

Free Leadership Training

LIFT are running free online leadership training sessions for everyone! In each session participants work through a proven process to think about leadership values, what they mean to us and how we could strengthen them. This is done by connecting a small group through Zoom and working through a LIFT leadership trait such as Positive Attitude, Determination, or Resilience. Sessions run every day 6 times a day – you just pick a time that suits and build your leadership muscle! More info and online booking here.

 

Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 32 – 16th April 2020

News & Events

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

 

Exams & Assessments Update

  • As most of you have finished online learning now, you will be focusing on your assignments and upcoming exams. If you have any issues in relation to these please contact your lecturer as soon as possible. Throughout the duration of the exam period, if you run into any problems your module co-ordinator is on hand to support and advise you.
  • In terms of “No Detriment” policies, the SU have continued to engage nationally on this issue and have brought this to the attention of senior management in the University. As of now, we know the University are looking at passing regulations that allow exam boards to look at the overall performance of a class in a module to examine if there is a significant difference to previous years and to make adjustments if necessary, this is to ensure no student is disadvantaged during this exam period. We have more meetings over the coming weeks with the University on this issue.
  • There has been discussions about the weighting of years that makes up the final degree classification you receive, this is still in the early stages and has not been ironed out yet. We are pushing for a system that benefits all students but the exact details of how or if this would work still need to be discussed.
  • Repeat and deferred examinations are still scheduled to take place in August but we do not yet know if these will be in person or online exams but we will continue to monitor the situation.
  • For Education queries contact Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie for Welfare/Equality queries contact Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.

 

Need help with Maths or Stats?

SUMS (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) is offering online support for 1st and 2nd year NUIG students until TOMORROW Fri 17th of April. Details on how to book an appointment are available HERE.

 

NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/

 

Have you used Ally yet?

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). More info here.

 

Stress Control

Stress control online programme available now HERE

The programme covers topics including:

  • how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts
  • skills to overcome panicky feelings
  • tips to getting a good night’s sleep

 

Uploading Exam Answers to Blackboard

Are you going to be taking an exam in which you’ve to upload a scanned copy of your answers to Blackboard? Here’s an FAQ list with information about the Blackboard test site that you can use to practice here.

 

Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.

 

Music Choices & Feminism

An NUIG student is conducting a survey on the influence of pop artists on student’s attitudes towards feminism. You don’t have to know anything about feminism to take part! If you have 5 minutes, please access the survey using the link here. 

 

Open Education for Accessibility and Affordability, online seminar 1pm-2pm Mon 20 April

Join speakers from NUI Galway’s School of Maths, Students’ Union, and Library for a discussion about the potential of Open Textbooks and Open Education Resources. Staff and students welcome! More info and registration

 

Are you having accommodation issues due to COVID-19?

USI (the Union of Students in Ireland) are gathering personal stories from students about the issues they’re facing with accommodation during this pandemic. This information will be used to put more pressure on the government and private accommodation firms to give students refunds and also to gain more public support to make this happen. Tell your story here

 

NUIG Postgrad Information

  1. Handbook: Sign up here to download The Postgraduate Handbook—a must-read guide to all things postgrad.
  2. Scholarships: The NUI Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is now open and accepting applications. The J.E. School of Business & Economics is also offering new masters’ scholarships this year. Details of these and other scholarship schemes are online here.
  3. SUSI Grants: SUSI the national grants authority is now accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Follow links here to apply online and to use their Eligibility Reckoner.
  4. Applications: NUI Galway is accepting and processing postgrad applications normally. You can apply online here. If as a prospective postgrad, you have specific queries, they may be answered on the new FAQs site.

 

University PhD Write Up Bursary Deadline

The closing date for applications is 5pm Fri 24th of April to the 2020 PhD Write-Up Bursary scheme for PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding. More info here

 

Inter Library Loans Update

Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan. Inter-library loans of electronic journal articles, or supply of book materials as an e-book, may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Requests may be placed in the usual manner via the Library website.

 

Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

 

SU Weekly Email 30 – 2nd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

 

Exam Timetable Update

You are now able to access your new exam timetables. There are few key changes that we would like to draw your attention to:

  • Exams will start 21st April and finish Fri 15th May (an extension of 1 week)
  • There will only be two exam time slots 9:30am and 2:30pm.
  • You will only have a max of 1 online exam per day.
  • In certain circumstances you will be able to carry up to 10 ECTS into your next year of study.
  • There will be no capping on repeat exams this academic year (unless the Exam Security Group apply it in individual cases)
  • You will only be required to repeat components of a module you have failed and not the entire module
  • You will have up to 30 minutes extra time to upload supporting documents i.e. diagrams
  • Where the Disability Support Service has recommended exam accommodations for you, please liaise with the appropriate staff in the relevant discipline to request that any required exam accommodations are put in place for timed assessments designed to replace the semester 2 exams
  • If students have caring responsibilities, we have asked for academics to be flexible with the current situation we are all in. If you feel that an exam/assessment really isn’t working for you in this context, we would advise to get in contact with the relevant academic staff.
  • Each student will be required to sign a disclaimer to say the work they have done is their own and may be requested to complete a viva, if there are concerns about ownership of work.

Full advice from the exams office can be found HERE

UG Marks and Standards

PG Marks and Standards.

 

Sin

Well done to all the Sin team on getting their last issue out on schedule. This Shutdown Special issue has all the news you need to know about NUIG life. Read it here.

 

SU Elections Update

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the election of the remainder of the SU Officer positions will be postponed until the 2020/21 Academic Year (Dates to be confirmed). These positions are:

  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • Societies’ Chairperson
  • Convenor of College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • SU Council Chair

For more information contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie 

 

Your incoming SU Officers for 2020/21 who will take up their positions on the 1st of July are:

President: Pádraic Toomey

Vice President/Education Officer: Emma Sweeney

Vice President/Welfare & Equality Officer: Róisín Nic Lochlainn

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin Mac an tSaoir

Mature Students: Michelle Mitchell

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer: Maeve Arnup

Disability Rights Officer: Patricia O’Mahony

Postgraduate Taught Officer: Martin Smyth

Postgraduate Research Officer: Sebastiaan Bierema

Clubs’ Captain: Kirsty Moran

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies: Claire McHale

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering: Aoife Buckley

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Evan O’Flaherty

 

Refund Students Their Deposits!

The Union of Students in Ireland and Students’ Unions across Ireland have teamed up with Uplift to call for signatories to an open letter demanding student rent refunds.

Please sign the open letter here.

 

Marchathon Update

Well done to all our NUI Galway Marchathon teams on a great effort again this year. Extra congratulations to the Red Hot Chili Steppers team who came 1st in NUIG and 17th Nationally!

The NUIG Top 10 teams were:
1. Red Hot Chili Steppers
2. ISS Plodders
3. Stride of Pride
4. Right to Travel
5. GPS Walkers
6. B-MSCs = Big Manly Slow Celts
7. Walk for Life
8. Legs Miserable
9. The Wingers
10. Schteps

Hope everyone keeps up the socially distant steps! View the full leader board on www.activetravellogger.ie

 

Ally File Convertor

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). If you cannot access this via your Blackboard account or want to convert other files, Ally have just launched a temporary webpage to help you convert files call the file transformer. The link for this is here. 

 

NUIG Society Updates

The Socs Box have put together an updated webpage with COVID-19 information along with stuff to keep you entertained, self-care tips and lots more to keep you connected here.

 

Need Career Advice?

The Career Development Centre team are available to support you online at the moment. You can submit a query or book an online appointment through our online portal Careers Connect here.

 

Need access to books/journals?

Keep an eye on the NUI Galway Library Blog for updates on free access to books and journals across a range of subjects.

 

Questionnaire: Green Spaces on NUIG Campus and benefits to wellbeing

A final year Geography student at NUIG is carrying out a research project on the benefits of green spaces, namely those in NUI Galway, and to effectively investigate how they might benefit ones sense of wellbeing. Please complete the short questionnaire here if you are familiar with the green spaces at NUIG.

 

Free Condoms and Lube

Sexual Health West are offering a FREE mail service of condoms and lubricant to make sure that we are staying safe while at home. During this time it is vital to avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. Please contact info@sexualhealthwest.ie The condom and lube wrappers will be treated prior to posting. Stay safe!

 

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Galway

Join a free online introduction to meditation class this Saturday 4th April at 2pm at sahaj.me or meditate now at wemeditate.co

 

Bored?

This is a list of services that have been made available for free for the duration of the #COVID19 pandemic: https://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/

 

Flirt FM

Flirt FM is still on the air and all their amazing volunteers are doing great work putting together new shows to keep you entertained. Tune in on 101.3FM or here.

 

NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/

 

Lockers

We won’t be emptying out any lockers during the campus shutdown. As soon as campus is accessible again you can retrieve items from your locker.

 

Applications for NUIG Sports Scholarships extended to 15th May

These are open to new and current NUIG students. More info and online application HERE.

 

Global Undergraduate Awards

Applications are open for the Global Undergraduate Awards 2020 Programme. If you are from the class of 2019, 2020 or 2021 and have a piece of academic coursework that received an A grade or equivalent then you are eligible to submit. Entry deadline is 12noon Tues 2nd June.

More info here.

 

Interested in studying Law?

Applications are now open for the UCD Sutherland School of Law Graduate Programmes. More info here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

 

SU Weekly Email 13 – 6th December 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Exam Tips

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
    2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
    3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam. We have buses arranged for the Salthill exam centres.
    4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module. iWatches are also not permitted at exams.
    5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
    6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
    7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Eibhlín Seoighthe, or your College Office.
    8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
    9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
    10. Relax – you got this!

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses

€2 Per Journey. Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Mon 10th-Thurs 20th Dec

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40

 

Child Protection Training Courses TOMORROW nearly full:

  • 9am-1pm – 1 space left
  • 2pm-6pm – 5 spaces left

Sign up in the SU Office now or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card €15.

 

Extended Library Opening Hours for Exams

  • Saturday 8th December:               08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 9th December:                    10:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday 15th December:              08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 16th December:                 10:00 – 21:00

 

Cheap Connacht Rugby Tickets

Use the discount code NUIG-Per-1819 to get reduced rate NUIG Student tickets online for Connacht Rugby vs Perpignan 3pm Saturday 8th of December.

 

Extra Study Space: Available 8am-10pm until Fri 21st Dec 2018

  • AM150 Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre Arts Millennium Building (147 spaces)
  • IT125 Theatre First Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT125G Theatre Ground Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT207 Seminar Room, IT Building (33 spaces)
  • SC005 Tyndall Lecture Theatre, Arts/Science Concourse (125 spaces)
  • TB303 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (30 spaces)
  • TB304 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB305 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB307 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (22 spaces)

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here: https://nuigalway.libcal.com/

 

Reduced Hours for SU Engineering Desk

Please note that the SU Engineering Desk will be closed Friday 7th,  Monday 10th and Thursday 13th of December. For any queries please call to the SU Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exam Results

The Examinations Office releases official examination results only and is not involved in the release of any provisional results. Provisional results may be released locally by Schools/Colleges via Blackboard Grade Centre. Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office

 

Anti-Racism Workshop

We are hosting an Anti-Racism Workshop on Wednesday 16th of January with Galway One World Centre. Spaces are just €5 and you can sign up in the SU Office now.

 

Disclosure Training

We have limited spaces left in our Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre for the new date of Tuesday 12th of February 2019. Sign up now in the SU Office for just €10.

 

NUI Galway Family Christmas Party 12pm-3pm Sun 16th Dec

The NUI Galway Family Christmas Party is back this year for staff and students with children. This fun on-campus event is strictly ticketed only. Look out for an email from the Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity at 12pm TODAY Thursday 6 December with a link to book your free ticket. Don’t miss it!

 

HRB Summer Scholarship Opportunities

The prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) Summer Student Scholarships will support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during summer 2019. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage an interest in research and to give the student an opportunity to become familiar with some research techniques. In line with the HRB strategy, the project must fall within one of the following research areas:  patient-oriented and clinical research, health services research or population health research. Applications that focus solely or predominantly on basic biomedical research are not eligible. The HRB will make an award to a host institution nominated in the application. Summer Scholars will be paid €300 per week for a maximum of eight weeks by the host institutions. Applications open on the 10/12/2018 and close on 14/2/2019. Additional information can be found at here. or contact tconway@nuigalway.ie

 

Collection for the Homeless

There will be a collection of items for the homeless on Wednesday 12th of December in Áras Moyola. Shoe boxes or Christmas bags with hats, scarves, toiletries, socks, non-perishable food etc., required. For more information or to get involved contact m.montague2@nuigalway.ie

 

How to Have a Very Sustainable Christmas

Get your sustainable Christmas Tips here.

 

Hardiman PhD Scholarship Applications are Open

These Scholarships are for students starting their PhD in September 2019. The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. Applications Close 15th February.

 

Paid Work: Students Required for Metaphor Annotation

If you are seeking a bit of extra cash and would like to play around with some metaphors feel free to apply for this job. I am currently hiring participants as part of my  PhD at the Unit for Natural Language Processing (UNLP) of the Data Science Institute, NUI Galway. My topic focuses on metaphor analysis in Twitter. I am looking for native-speakers of English, studying English at NUI Galway, to help as human annotators in metaphor detection in Twitter.
The experiment will be asking the annotator a yes/no question by giving them a tweet and asking them if the highlighted expression is a metaphor or not. Payment is based on the number of annotated tweets. To apply email omnia.zayed@insight-centre.org with a brief description of your professional experience. More information.

 

Take a Mindful Break from Studying

  1. Listen to our mindful moments on soundcloud to help handle stress or visit our YouTube channel
  2. Free Mindfulness for Beginners Class Tuesday 11th December: 8:10am – 8:50am in AC201 on the concourse. The last mindfulness for beginners class of the year!
  3. Free Mindfulness Shared Practice Wednesday 12th & 19th December 1:10-1:50pm in AC202 on the concourse. All are welcome to this mindfulness shared practice which is suitable for people with no previous knowledge of mindfulness as well as those who have been practising for many years.

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

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News & Events

Are you well? Keeping well around exam time
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? Treoir le tú féin a choinneáil ar bhóthar do leasa ag aimsir na scrúduithe

Exams can be the most stressful time of the year; and a lot of peoples’ routines tend to change dramatically. Here’s some tips to help you keep yourself well during exam season.

1. Don’t isolate yourself / Ná bí leat féin i gcónaí
Exam time can be very lonely as people go off studying on their own. Try to make a conscious effort to meet up with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others. Socialising with others is crucial around this time. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.

2. Don’t be a hero / Ná déan iarracht bheith i do laoch
Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some sanity breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk can work wonders.

3. Eat regularly / Ith go rialta
You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.

4. Sleep regularly / Faigh neart codlata
Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine. It will help you when exams start.

5. Stay hydrated / Ól go leor uisce
Water is your friend!

6. Talk to friends and look out for each other / Labhair le cairde agus bí ag faire amach dá chéile
You might notice some friends or classmates struggling at this time. Maybe they need to be pointed in the direction of one of the support services listed below.

7. Ask for help if you need it / Iarr cabhair má tá cabhair ag teastáil uait
• NUIG Health Unit: Walk in service Mon-Fri 9.15am- 12.30am & 2.30pm- 4.30pm
• NUIG Counselling Service: Drop in Mon-Fri 2pm-4pm, counselling@nuigalway.ie
• Chaplains: chaplains@nuigalway.ie 091 495 055
• SU Education Officer: su.education@nuigalway.ie 086 385 3658
• SU Welfare & Equality Officer: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie 086 385 3659

You can find more tips to help you with Exams here

NUI Galway Commits to Introducing Anonymous Marking for new Academic Year

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NUI Galway Commits to Introducing Anonymous Marking for new Academic Year

On Thursday the 20th of April, NUI Galway’s Academic Council approved a proposal to introduce Anonymous Marking of exams commencing in the next academic year (2017-18). No student’s name will appear on the formal examination papers and students will only be identified by their unique student ID Number.

Students’ Union Vice President / Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said:

“Thousands of students have just completed their Leaving and Junior Cert exams anonymously whilst students at NUI Galway are still writing their names on their exams. I am delighted with the successful outcome of our yearlong campaign to introduce anonymous marking for NUI Galway students from September. Anonymous marking will remove the potential for any bias or unfair favouritism.”

NUI Galway’s Vice President for Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan said:

“I share in the enthusiasm for the adoption of anonymous marking and acknowledge the drive and support from the Students’ Union for this initiative.  I am pleased also by the support of colleagues on Academic Council and that of academic staff in adopting the new policy.”

 

The policy is as follows:

  • No name appears on the formal examination paper. The examiner marks the paper without visibility of the student name and uses the student ID as the identifier.
  • Continuous assessment, course work, laboratory practical’s or any form of Assessment other than the formal written exam would be marked as normal, i.e., anonymous marking would not apply.
  • The examination papers will have a flap where students write their names. These flaps will be opened only where there are issues with identifying the student.

Exam Results, Consultation Days & Repeats 2017

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Exam Results ,Consultation Days and Repeats 2017

Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release from 16th to 23rd June 2017.

Undergraduate Consultation Day: 30th June

Undergraduate Appeals Deadline: 5th July

 

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release on 4th  July.

Postgraduate Consultation Day: 7th July

Postgraduate Appeals Deadline: 12th July

 

The Consultation Day is an opportunity for both academic staff and students to meet and discuss results.

If you have queries regarding your exam results, please attend the Consultation Day and discuss your results with the relevant Academic Discipline/School.  Please contact the School in advance, in order to ensure a member of the School’s staff will be available to meet you.

Many members of Academic Staff may be away from their desks after Consultation Day for research, academic business or vacation therefore, if you wish to discuss your exam results with your lecturer, this is the best day to do so.

Details on how to Appeal any results are available here.

Details on how to get an exam Recheck are available here. 

Repeat/Autumn Exams are scheduled to take place Tuesday 8th – Friday 18th August 2017.

Repeat/Autumn Exam results are due out on the 1st of September for Undergrads and the 12th of September for Postgrads.

The Library will have extended opening hours during the Repeat Exams.

The Repeat Exam Fee is €295. 

SU Weekly Email 31 – 20th April 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Here’s our top 10 tips for the exams next week

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
  2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
  3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam.
  4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module.
  5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
  6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
  7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Cathal Sherlock or your College Office.
  8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
  9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
  10. Relax – you got this!

#BestOfLuckToYeLads

 

The Dog-Tor will See You!

We are now taking bookings for 15 minutes slot appointments with Max the SU Puppy (although he’s looking a bit bigger than puppy size now!) for the following days/times:

  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 26th April
  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 3rd May
  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 10th May

FREE Breakfasts!

NUI Galway students can get free Porridge in Sult and Smokey’s Café  9am-10am/while stocks last each morning.

 

Return your locker keys!

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys must be dropped up to the Students’ Union Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Lockers will be available to purchase on our website from 10am on Monday 28th August 2017 for the 2017/18 term.

 

X Factor UK Auditions at NUIG Tuesday

If you ever wanted to take part in the X Factor call up to the Students’ Union Office 12pm-3pm next Tuesday 25th of April where auditions are being held. Please note you must be over 14 years old to take part. More information at https://www.itv.com/xfactor

 

Extra Study Space Available 8am-10pm Mon 24th April – Weds 10th May

O’Flaherty Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Anderson Theatre

 

The Voice UK Auditions at NUIG Sunday

We are booking slots for The Voice UK auditions, which are on Sunday 23rd April in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance here on campus. Each student will get 5-10 minutes, which means we should be able to fit in up to 30 students altogether

If you want to book a slot, please email drama@nuigalway.ie AND patrick.lonergan@nuigalway.ie before Thursday 20th April. Please mention which song you want to sing.

This is open to current or recent students of NUI Galway ONLY.

We will fill slots first come, first served, and you must email BOTH addresses above.

 

Galway Water Quality Survey

Hi! We are the City Water Project, based in The Hague, Netherlands. We attempt to improve communications between water consumers and the government. In order to do that, we need your opinions on water quality. We would be very grateful if you could take seven minutes or so to fill out our survey here:

https://goo.gl/forms/M5kzUPxXYYRaXLLJ3

More information on the City Water Project can be found here:

www.citywaterproject.org. You can also email me if you have any questions (ailish@citywaterproject.org).

 

Galway Rape Crisis Centre Volunteers Needed

Galway Rape Crisis Centre will be holding their annual flag day across Galway City and County on Friday 2nd of June. If you can help out for an hour or two please contact them on 091 564800 or email fundraiser@galwayrcc.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/240502403079864/

 

Free STI Clinics

The NUIG Health Unit Free STI Clinics have now finished for this semester but the good news is they will be back in September! The FREE STI Clinic at University College Hospital Galway is open all year round and you can phone them on 091- 525200 to make an appointment.

 

Grant Applications Open

SUSI is NOW OPEN for applications for the 2017-18 academic year for new and renewal students. Apply online here.

 

Library Study Break Policy In Operation

The Library Study Break Policy will be in operation until Wednesday 10th May. If you are taking a break use one of the “I’m taking a study break” sheets to mark what time you are leaving. Remember if you leave your belongings unattended at a desk for more than 1 hours other students have permission to move them and take your space.

 

Exam Results and Repeats

Exam Results will be released online between Tuesday 15th and Friday 23rd of June. Autumn exams are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 8th and Friday 18th of August.

 

March for Science – Saturday 22nd April in Dublin

The March for Science will occur on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April, 2017 in Dublin. The aims of the March for Science are to stand up for science literacy, science communication, stable funding for scientific research, and government policy that is informed by science. Buses have been organised to transport marchers from Galway to Dublin and tickets can be bought for €15 in the Students’ Union at NUIG (from tomorrow) or can be ordered through We the People – Ireland.

More Information.

 

Connacht Tickets LAST HOME GAME THIS YEAR

We now have €15 NUIG student tickets on sale for the final Connacht Rugby home match this season against Scarlets at 19:35 on Saturday the 29th of April. On sale in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

 

The University bookshop has closed down but the SU Second-hand bookshop is still open for business.

You can browse our stock HERE and then call to the SU Office to pay for and collect your books.

 

Fueling Ambition Roadshow

Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs to maximise their full potential. Elevator Pitch Competition with prize package worth €4,000 at each event. Wednesday April 26th 2017, Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

 

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 upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.

SU Weekly Email 29 – 6th April 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Grant Applications Open

SUSI is NOW OPEN for applications for the 2017-18 academic year for new and renewal students. Apply online here.

 

Extra Study Space Available 8am-10pm on following dates:

Mon 3rd – Sun 9th April Study Week

O’Flaherty Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Anderson Theatre

Mon 24th April – Weds 10th May

O’Flaherty Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Anderson Theatre

 

Connacht Tickets LAST HOME GAME THIS YEAR

We now have €15 NUIG student tickets on sale for the final Connacht Rugby home match this season against Scarlets at 19:35 on Saturday the 29th of April. On sale in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

 

Easter Holiday Arrangements

  • The SU Office will close at 5pm on Wednesday 12th of April and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 19th of April.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 7th of April and will reopen at 9am on Friday 28th of April.
  • The SU Engineering Desk will close at 2pm on Friday 7th of April and will reopen at 11am on Monday 24th of April.
  • The Library will be open as usual with reduced hours on Friday 14th April 10am-6pm and Monday 17th April 10am-6pm.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Student Health Unit will close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 12th of April and will reopen at 9.15am on Wednesday 19th of April.
  • The Academic Writing Centre is now closed until October.
  • SUMS will be closed Monday April 10th-Friday 21st April
  • Sult will be closed from Thursday 13th April and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 18th April.
  • The SU Shop will be closed from Friday 14th April and will reopen on Tuesday 18th April.
  • Smokey’s Café will be closed from Friday 14th April and will reopen on Tuesday 18th April.
  • The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Friday 14th & Saturday 15th April. Closed Sunday 16th April. Open 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 17th April.
  • Caife na Gaeilge will be closed from Friday 7th April and will reopen on Tuesday 18th April.

 

Return your locker keys!

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys must be dropped up to the Students’ Union Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Lockers will be available to purchase on our website from 10am on Monday 28th August 2017 for the 2017/18 term.

 

The University bookshop has closed down but the SU Second-hand bookshop is still open for business.

You can browse our stock HERE and then call to the SU Office to pay for and collect your books.

 

Postgraduate Scholarships for PhD Candidates

Applications are now open postgraduate scholarships to support full-time research for PhD candidates of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies. Closing date is Tues, April 18th at 5pm. Application Details.

 

ALIVE Certificates

NUI Galway ALIVE Student Volunteering Certificates are now available for collection from our office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday

 

We now have a Student Leap Card Reader Machine in the SU Office!

This means you can:

  1. Check your Student Leap Card credit by scanning your card.
  2. Collect credit you have purchased online. If you choose ‘Payzone’ as your collection point when topping up online,  you can drop in to us, tap the reader and collect your credit on-campus.
  3. See details about your recent top-ups (Date, Time and Amount)
  4. See details of your Auto-top-Up settings if you are utilising this online facility.

Our office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. It costs €10 to get a Student Leap Card from us and we take your photo and print the card off straight away.

 

FREE Cloakroom Open Tomorrow

The SU free cloakroom will be open tomorrow 9am-5pm and is located next to the SU XL Shop. The SU Engineering desk will be closed tomorrow – for any queries please call to the SU office.

 

March for Science – Saturday 22nd April in Dublin

The March for Science will occur on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April, 2017 in Dublin. The aims of the March for Science are to stand up for science literacy, science communication, stable funding for scientific research, and government policy that is informed by science. Buses have been organised to transport marchers from Galway to Dublin and tickets can be bought for €15 in the Students’ Union at NUIG (from tomorrow) or can be ordered through We the People – Ireland.

More Information.

 

PhD Write-Up Bursaries

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.

The closing date for completed applications is 17:00 Tuesday, 11 April 2017.  The application form & Terms and Conditions is available here.

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: NUI Galway/Galway International Arts Festival Selected Programme

Applications are being sought from suitably qualified NUI Galway students to participate in the SELECTED strand of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF), which runs in Galway from 17-30 July 2017.

The SELECTED programme will see a strictly limited number of NUI Galway students join other young Irish and international artists and producers in a unique initiative which gives full access to many aspects of the Festival. This two-week whirlwind academy offers students the opportunity to see how a Festival of this magnitude is put together by offering intimate meetings with Festival organisers, international and Irish producers, and artists.

To apply, please send an email (max 500 words) outlining how you would contribute to and benefit from the SELECTED programme to Patrick.Lonergan@nuigalway.ie

Closing date for applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday 17 April 2017, with decisions by the end of April

 

Bright Club Galway

7.30pm Wednesday 12th of April a variety night where researchers become comedians and you can furrow your brow before laughing your face off.

 

LGBT+ Migrants Survey

AMACH! LGBT and Galway City Partnership are working together to try to determine the real needs of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, plus) migrants in Galway city and county.

Please complete the following survey.

 

Green Leaf Grant Scheme

Do you have a project or initiative that could help to increase environmental awareness in Galway City? If so you may qualify for financial assistance from the European Green Leaf Grant Scheme.

Projects should focus on environmental awareness and actions that complement national environmental policies such as those on: Waste Management; Biodiversity & Land Use; Water & Wastewater; Climate Change; Energy Performance; Mobility & Transport; Acoustics & Noise; Air Quality; Green Economy & Jobs; Resource Efficiency.

Applications are available from www.galwaycity.ie and deadline is 4pm Thursday 20th April to send completed application to greenleaf@galwayciy.ie

 

The NUIG Health Unit Free STI Clinics have now finished for this semester

The FREE STI Clinic at University College Hospital Galway is open all year round and you can phone them on 091- 525200 to make an appointment.

Opening hours are:

  • Monday by appointment only 2pm-5.45pm
  • Wednesday Morning  “Walk in Clinic”*  from 9am
  • Friday 9am-10am by appointment only. 10am onward “walk in clinic”*

*”Walk in Clinics” – no appointment necessary. Clinic operates on a “first come first served” basis with a maximum quota that can be seen at any one clinic.  Clinic opens 15 minutes before appointed time, i.e. 8.45am and 13.45pm

The Clinic is Located in a self-contained building to left of main hospital. As you enter hospital, take first left, follow signs for Genitourinary Medicine Clinic, Infectious Diseases and Hepatology – in front of maternity services.

 

#MondayMassage

Monday massage continues as usual next week but it’s changed to Wednesday the following week (19th April) because of the Bank Holiday.

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Book yourself in for a treatment, your body will thank you for it! Student rate 30 min €20, 1 hour €30. Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50. Call or txt Mick on 086 837 8589 to book.

 

Want to get involved with Galway Fringe Festival this summer?

Head to their volunteer information meeting 2pm Saturday 15th of April. More Information.

 

Applications now open for Suas summer student training programme

  1. The Ideas Collective: A fun and hands-on way to get your idea for social or environmental change off the ground. Taking place over three weekends (June-August) with workshops and support from experienced change makers and mentors.
  2. 8×8 Festival: Learn how to design, develop and deliver a film and photography festival on your campus. The 8×8 Festival is a great way for you to meet new people, gain new skills and find out more about important global issues.
  3. Stand.ie: People in Ireland and all over the world are standing up for justice and equality – and you can help us tell their stories! Become a Stand.ie contributor and join a network of people dedicated to making change happen.

https://www.suas.ie/spring-2017 

 

Library Study Break Policy In Operation

The Library Study Break Policy will be in operation until Wednesday 10th May. If you are taking a break use one of the “I’m taking a study break” sheets to mark what time you are leaving. Remember if you leave your belongings unattended at a desk for more than 1 hours other students have permission to move them and take your space.

 

Micheline’s Three Conditions

On Thursday the 4th of May four cases of gender discrimination in NUI Galway will come before the High Court in Dublin. A demonstration will take place in support of the four women. The Students’ Union is organising a bus for students who wish to attend. Bus departs Galway at 9am on Thursday 4th May and will be back in Galway at approximately 4pm.

Tickets are €2, and are available from the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. NUI Galway Student ID Required.

 

Exam Results and Repeats

Exam Results will be released online between Tuesday 15th and Friday 23rd of June. Autumn exams are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 8th and Friday 18th of August.

 

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 upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.