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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2015

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 2015

On Saturday 28th February the NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb will be taking place in association with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. The event will be raising money for Console and BeLonG To the Students’ Union nominatied charities for 2014/15. Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport, Co. Mayo and rises to a height of 762m above sea level.

To take part you need to fill out a registration form and return same to the Students’ Union Office. We will then give you a sponsorship card. Participants need to raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the event and this will include return bus and a free t-shirt. All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union office by 5pm on Thursday 26th of February. 

You can also download the registration form HERE and you can fundraise online HERE. 

Provisional Event Timetable: 

9.30am SHARP Bus leaves from the Quad

11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.

11.30am Climb Begins

1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick 

2pm Descent Begins

4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick

5.30pm approx. Bus arrives at the Quad

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING

Before you can board the bus you must have all of the following items: 

Walking boots (with ankle support!) PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.

Trousers (not Jeans)

Rucksack/Bag

Waterproofs (no Ponchos)

Hats and Gloves

Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)

Spare Clothing and Shoes

SU Weekly Email 17 – 15th January 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

What will you do in 2015?

$1·         Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 28th January

$1·         Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February for Console & BeLonG To

$1·         Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 19th February

$1·         Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 750m swim/5km run

$1·         Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

$1·         Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 28th February

$1·         Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th & 17th February

Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

 

Student Email Access Problem – Use your Campus Account (Blackboard) password

Some students cannot access their student email account. Impacted students had two passwords – one password for their campus account (Blackboard) and a different password for their student email account. The change implemented on January 7th,   replaced a student’s email password with their Campus Account (Blackboard) password.

If you cannot access your student email account, please ensure you are using your Campus Account (Blackboard) password to log in to your student email account.

If you have forgotten your Campus Account password, you can reset your password using CASS –https://cass.nuigalway.ie.

Should you experience any further difficulties, please contact the Service Desk on 091 495777 Email servicedesk@nuigalway.ie

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 7th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Console and BeLonG To. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 7th of February.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and collect your Sponsorship Card shortly. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan which starts on Monday 19th of January to get you ready on our website.

Sin Issue 7 Out Now!

Read it online here.

Mature Students Clinic

There will be a drop in clinic for Mature Students 2pm-4pm every Wednesday from 21st of January onwards in the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact Michelle Mitchell on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Volunteer this year!

Students that volunteer can earn the NUI Galway President’s Award for Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate.  There are a wide range of new opportunities weekly in Galway, explore the options here: www.nuigalway.ie/alive To volunteer right here on campus to develop our academic community, students are invited to join the first ever NUI Galway Undergraduate Research Conference organising committee, volunteer here: https://cki.nuigalway.ie/organisation/view/304

Increase in Thefts of Bikes from NUI Galway

The Gardai have been in touch with us regarding the increase in bike thefts from NUI Galway. They warned that students using inferior, cheap locks are leaving themselves open to theft. If you are leaving your bike overnight or over the weekend please use the Bike Compound near the Bank of Ireland. This compound is purpose built, accessible only with your ID card and near the University Security office. Please invest in a good lock for your bike and take a note of the serial number on your bike so that you can report this to the guards in the event that it is stolen.

Class Reps Meeting Update

Mon 19th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC202

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 21st Jan

5pm-6pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Weds 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 22nd Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

 

Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications now open

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will close on Friday the 30th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

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

 

Connacht Rugby Student Tickets

  • Connacht vs Exeter Chiefs 3.15pm Sunday 18th January €15 on sale in the SU and from the Engineering Desk

 

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

 

Any Questions? Just Ask?

The Library staff are always happy to answer any questions you might have about finding information for your assignments or study, or about using the library’s services.  To make it even easier for you to get help, they will be out in the library foyer (by the easy seating to the left of the Library & IT Service Desk) from 11 to 11.30 every day next week (January 19th-23rd).  Drop along with any questions and they’ll be delighted to help.  More information at:  https://hardimanlibrary.blogspot.ie/2015/01/any-questions-just-ask.html

Balls!

 

The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless Deadline Tomorrow

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline this Friday 16th January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see https://on.fb.me/1zyYMga or email elaine.hyslop@nuigalway.ie

In this month’s NUI Galway Student Health 101

Small steps to big fitness: A little goes a long way

Sexual assault on campus: Real-world stories and how you can provide support

Smartphones, love them or hate them? What’s your relationship with devices? Please share in this week’s poll.

Find out more – and enter the January draw for €750 – in NUI Galway Student Health 101:https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html

Online Marketing In Galway Digital Summit – Register Now

Thursday 29th January, Registration at 18:30 sharp. Ardilaun Hotel, Galway.

Book Now – www.GalwayMarketing.ie/summit  Limited Early Bird seats available €7.50.

Full Panel list is as Follows. 

  • Lucy Campbell – Marketing Director- RTE TV and Digital
  • Aidan Coughlan – Head of Digital – Newstalk
  • Hugh Linehan – Digital Development Editor – The Irish Times
  • Emer Lawn – Director- Mediaworks
  • Brian Harte – Head of Customer Engagement & eMarketing Tourism Ireland
  • Stephen O’Leary – Media Analyst – Olytico

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 Charity Aquathon 2015

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2015

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser this year!

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

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

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

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here.

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

Event Schedule for Competitors: 

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

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

Equipment Required: 

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

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

SU Weekly Email 13 – 4th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Good Luck in your exams from all of us in the Students’ Union!

 

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

We have partnered with City Direct to run a non-stop direct service to Salthill during the Exams. The service costs €2 per journey and will depart from the bus stop on University Road (between Wards & Tescos) to drop students beside Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel.

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40, 12:10, 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40, 15:10, 18:40

 

Temporary Special Needs (AKA Sick Bay)

The Examinations Office makes arrangements for additional exam accommodations on a temporary basis for students who require them during the exam session.
Example: If a student suffers a broken arm and needs to have a scribe for their exam, this can be arranged following a TSN application. 
If you require Temporary Special Needs please complete and return the TSN application form below. For more information email tsn@nuigalway.ie  
Students who are registered with the Disability Support Service (DSS) and who have been allocated additional exam accommodations by DSS are not required to complete an application form for temporary exam accommodations.

Application Form.

 

Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

In addition to the spaces in the Library and the Reading Room extra study spaces will be available from the 29th November onwards in the Arts Science Building (Concourse), Áras Uí Chathaill, Arts/Science Tower 2 and the Engineering Building 8am-10pm. Full list of locations.

Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Tickets on Sale Now:

$1·         Connacht vs Bayonne 5pm Saturday 6th December 2014 €15 (Main Stand)

$1·         Connacht vs Munster 5pm Thursday 1st January 2015 €15 (Only 50 tickets available behind goal)

Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Exam De-Stress Programme 24th Nov – 12th Dec

Wouldn’t a massage feel great?  Or maybe some relaxing reflexology or an amazing acupuncture treatment?  The Exam De-stress Programme offers you subsidised de-stressing treatments  in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn.  It all starts Monday 24th November and runs for 3 weeks.  You can see all the details at this link.  To make a booking email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie.

Special Gift Idea for Christmas: Become a Bone Marrow Donor

A former student (Civil Engineering), rower and rowing coach of NUI Galway, Paul Giblin is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the fourth time in a bid to fight off an aggressive form of cancer. He and his friends are urging people to sign up to the bone marrow registry in the rare chance they would be a match. He is a serving army officer at Renmore Barracks here in Galway. Find out more here.

 

Online Marketing in Galway FREE Event with Pat Divilly

Register now for last Online Marketing in Galway meet up of 2014 in the Harbour Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday 16th December with speakers Pat Divilly and Martha Fraser. Register Here.

 

Fundraising Update and next events

Hope you all enjoyed the Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Petting Farm Visit as much as we did! With your help we raised €421 for the SU Charities so we now have a total of €5,978.76 raised so far this year and a lot more charity events to come in semester 2 to raise money for Console & BeLonG To.

2015 Provisional Events: 
-SU Annual Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February 2015
-SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 2015
-SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb with NUIG Mountaineering Club Saturday 28th February 2015
-SU Charity Comedy Gig Monday 2nd March 2015

For more information or to get involved in our charity events please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Awards are now open to students and recent graduates with business ideas. Closing date for entries is Monday the 8th of December. More Information.

Need Help…

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

 

Galway Rape Crisis Centre 30th Anniversary Walk Saturday 6th December 2014

Join Galway Rape Crisis to mark 30 Years of Healing and hope for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Begins at 3pm from the Spanish Arch and ends at Blackrock. For information and registration visit www.galwayrcc.org

Full Registration Fee €30. Reduced Registration Fee for Students & OAP €15.

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

NUIG SU Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents the Ultimate Study Break

Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit

11am-4pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014 in Áras na Mac Léinn (Petting Farm 12pm-2pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn)

There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats and Kuzco the Llama along with plenty of CAKE and tunes from Flirt FM! Raffle prizes to be won include: Tickets to The Strypes, Connacht Rugby Match Tickets, Electric Wristbands and much more! 

All funds raised go to Console and BeLonG To. 

Supported by BakeSoc, Flirt FM, The Gourmet Tart Company, Mr Waffle, The College Bar, Connacht Rugby, The Róisín Dubh, Connacht Rugby, The University Bookshop and Electric Garden & Theatre.

SU Weekly Email 11 – 20th November 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Happy Christmas!

Our Charity Christmas Day fundraiser takes place TODAY from 12pm in the College Bar in association with BizSoc in aid of Console and BeLonGTo. There will be a full Christmas dinner served from 12pm, Christmas carols at 1pm and DJ Byrno from 3pm onwards to jingle all the way!

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open! Deadline Fri 28th November

The SU Enterprise Awards are now accepting applications and there is a €23,000 prize fund up for grabs! If you have a great idea for a business or a social enterprise make sure you get your entry in early. Closing date for entries is 5pm Friday 28th November.

 

NUI Galway Christmas Exams 2014 

The Christmas Exams will take place from Monday 8th December to Monday 19th December. Exam Timetables are now available online  Please check your timetable very carefully to make sure that all of your subjects are there and that there are no clashes. 

We have partnered with City Direct Bus Company to provide buses to the two exam venues in Salthill at Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. This service will run three times a day during the exams and costs €2 per journey.

Need Help…

Exam De-Stress Programme 24th Nov – 12th Dec

Wouldn’t a massage feel great?  Or maybe some relaxing reflexology or an amazing acupuncture treatment?  The Exam De-stress Programme offers you subsidised de-stressing treatments  in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn.  It all starts Monday 24th November and runs for 3 weeks.  You can see all the details at this link.  To make a booking email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie.

Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Tickets on Sale Now:

  • Connacht vs Zebre 7.35pm Friday 21st November 2014 €10 
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 7.30pm Saturday 29th November 2014 €10 

Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

 

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

 

Hardiman Research Scholarships – Applications Close TOMORROW

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2015 Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships for PhD students. There is also a ‘Cancer Care West’ Hardiman Research scholarship available in the area of surgical oncology or radiation oncology. Applications Close 5pm Friday 21st November.

All information relating to these scholarships will be posted HERE

Arts in Action Free Gig

1pm TODAY Thursday 20th November in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn – Spoken Word performance presented by young actors from the NUI Galway Centre for Theatre and Performance.

Mature Students Officer

Please note that the SU Mature Students Officer, Michelle Mitchell, will have an open clinic every Wednesday morning 10am-12pm in the Students’ Union office every week. You can also reach her by email on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

6pm Monday 24th November SU Council in IT250 – All Class Reps Should Attend! After the meeting we will be heading to the College Bar for the Class Reps Christmas party!

 

NUI Galway Women’s Rugby Quiz Night 27th November

The Women’s Rugby team are holding a fundraising quiz night on  Thursday 27th November. Kick-off is at 8pm in Crowes Bar, Prospect Hill, Bohermore. Many spot prizes to be won. Finger food on the night provided by Crowes Bar.

 

Galway Science and Technology Festival Sunday 23rd November

This Sunday the university is hosting the largest Science Festival in Europe. Following two weeks promoting science in schools throughout the county, the festival is culminating in a final day event in the university. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help participate in the prestigious event. For further information there will be a volunteer welcome meeting on today from 4.00 – 5.00 & 5.00 – 6.00 in The Stage (Beside the Bailey Allen Hall) or you can email alive@nuigalway.ie

Recycling Drive Monday 24th November

There will be a Recycling Drive in Aid of MYaware 12pm-4pm on Monday 24th November at Smokey’s Café as part of a Skills for Work Life project. Please bring any unwanted: clothes, textiles, bags,  soft toys, mobiles phones. All items donated are either reused or (if damaged or stained) recycled into products like carpet underlay or home insulation. Nothing goes to landfill.

Galway Rape Crisis Centre 30th Anniversary Walk Saturday 6th December 2014

Join Galway Rape Crisis to mark 30 Years of Healing and hope for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Begins at 3pm from the Spanish Arch and ends at Blackrock. For information and registration visit www.galwayrcc.org

Full Registration Fee €30. Reduced Registration Fee for Students & OAP €15.

 

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 Charity Christmas Day 20th November 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Declan Higgins, Students’ Union President said:

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

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

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

Emma Hayden, ISPCC Fundraising Officer said:

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

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

Photo: Mike Shaughnessy

SU Weekly Email 27th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote on Thursday 6th March

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

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

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

Remote Vote

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

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

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

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

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

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

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

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

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

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart sessions on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Vodafone Freebies

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

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

What you need to know

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

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

Psychological Research Study: Sunbed Use, Attitudes and Perceptions. 

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

Students from Foundations Studies Science and Technology​ Survey

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

Why do you listen to music? 

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Whats Happening

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