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SU Weekly Email 7 – 10th October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

FREE Mental Health Week Events Today

  • 1pm – 2pm The Science of Happiness in GO11 Library Lobby
  • 5pm – 7pm Connection Café in AC204
  • 6pm-7.30pm Self Care Evening with StyleSoc in the Art Room. Make your own face mask!

(Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Vintage Clothes Fair today)

First Aid Courses – just 2 Spaces left!

We have ONE space left on our 3 day First Aid Responder Course starting Fri 18th Oct and ONE space left on our Cardiac First Responder Course. Sign up ASAP in the SU Office.

Sin Issue 3

Here’s the latest issue of Sin newspaper which includes your chance to win SU Card Credit! Read it here.

Ráiteas Maidier Le Caifé na Gaeilge / Statement Regarding Caifé Na Gaeilge

SU Council Meeting This Monday

The first SU Council meeting of the year takes place at 6pm this Mon 14th of Oct in HBB G019 in the Human Biology Building. All Class Reps must attend. For more info please contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

#LittleThings

Today is World Mental Health Day and here are some #LittleThings that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well

Graduating?

The Winter Conferring Ceremonies take place Mon 11th – Weds 20th Nov. PLEASE NOTE: Invitations will be sent to your University email address.

Don’t forget that you are entitled to register for your Seanad Éireann vote once you graduate. Get an application form in the SU or here.

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is Friday the 25th of October.

Are you interested in Sustainability and the Environment?

Join the NUI Galway Students’ Union Sustainability Working Group! Email su.president@nuigalway.ie to get involved.

Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”. The workshop is just €5 and takes place 10am-1.30pm Mon 4th Nov.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 14th Oct 6pm-8pm HBB G019 Human Biology SU Council
Thurs 17th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Thurs 24th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 30th Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

For more info contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

Threesis Registration open until 18 Oct

Threesis is the training programme and competition which helps NUI Galway’s research students communicate their research to the general public. Threesis challenges all research students (Undergraduate, Masters, MD and PhD) at NUI Galway to participate.  There is free training and the opportunity to practice your skills in our heats. You get 3 slides, 3 minutes and 3 judges and there’s €1,500 in prizes to be won.

Visit www.nuigalway.ie/threesis for more info and FAQs or click here now to register.

Misleór’ – Festival of Nomadic Cultures 10-12 Oct

Misleór‘ is Galway’s inaugural festival celebrating the rich heritage of nomadic cultures. In a unique collaboration between the Galway Traveller Movement, the local Traveller community, artists and community activists, the 3-day event (10-12 Oct) will showcase music, art, film, theatre and poetry from a variety of nomadic cultures. Through the lens of creativity and cultural action for change, the festival will evoke important social dialogue about ethnic nomads and the barriers, prejudice and discrimination that they often face.

Give Blood in Galway This October

5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th, Weds 16th, Thurs 17th and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th Oct in Clybaun Hotel Knocknacarra.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th Oct in Menlo Park Hotel Terryland

Child Protection Training

Do you work or volunteer with children/young people? Our Child Protection Training Course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. The course cost is €15. Course takes place 9am-1pm Fri 6th Dec or 2pm-6pm Fri 6th Dec. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Beer Run this Sunday

The Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is the only free running club that gives you a free beer for your efforts! Join them this Sunday at 12.30pm for their monthly 5/8/10k run.

Wellbeing Week on Campus 7th-11th Oct

Loads of activities on campus to help you think about and improve your wellbeing. Full list of free events HERE.

SU Charities – Volunteers Needed

This year we will be raising funds for Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West. If you want to get involved and help us to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie We are also always looking for new fundraising ideas so if you have any suggestions please send them on! Remember all the time you spend volunteering with NUI Galway Students’ Union counts towards your ALIVE Volunteering Certificate application

Disclosure Training

Would you know what to do if a friend came to you saying they had suffered sexual violence? Our half day Disclosure Training course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. The course is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre 10am-1.30pm Tues 5th Nov and costs €10. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Student Leap Cards now just €10

To get your shiny new Student Leap Cards all you need to do is apply online HERE, then bring your code next week (it only lasts 7 days), your new college ID and €10 up to the SU Office. These are valid until the 31st of Dec 2020 and we can also top your card up for you.

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

 

SU Weekly Email 6 – 3rd October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Mental Health Week Starts Monday

Mon 7th Oct

  • 11am-4pm Promos and Freebies in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5pm-6:30pm Mindfulness Strategies in CA005 Cairnes Building

Tues 8th Oct

  • 10am-11am Sláinte Society Free Mindfulness Class in The Space
  • 12pm-1pm Volleyball on the Presidents’ Lawn
  • 12pm-1pm Kai (Therapy Dog) in Hardiman Library Foyer
  • 7:30pm–9pm ‘Beginning conversations on Mental Health’ in G010

Weds 9th Oct

  • 9am-11am Dairy Free Tea/Coffee Morning with VegSoc in The Hub
  • 12pm–1pm Max (Therapy Dog) in Hardiman Library Foyer
  • 12pm–1pm Volleyball on the Presidents’ Lawn
  • 1pm–2pm Jigsaw – 5 Steps to Mental Health in Bridge Room Hardiman Building

Thurs 10th Oct

  • 11am-4pm Vintage and Sportswear Sale in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 1pm-2pm The Science of Happiness in GO11 Library Lobby
  • 5pm-7pm Connection Café in AC204
  • 6pm-7.30pm Self Care Evening with StyleSoc in the Art Room. Make your own face mask!

All events are FREE! More info from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

#BreakTheBarriers Protest Postponed

Due to unforeseen weather warnings Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have made the decision to call off the #BreakTheBarriers protest today. If you want a refund for your bus ticket bring it to the SU office 10am-5pm Mon-Fri. Read more here

Promos this Monday

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn this Monday 7th of October 11am-4pm for some freebies and info from Vodafone, International Paintball Group and USA Summer Camp.

Storm Lorenzo

Any closures or updates due to weather alerts will be published by the University at the link below but at the moment it’s business as usual. In the event of a status red weather warning issuing for a campus that campus will be closed until the warning is downgraded to orange/yellow/none. https://www.nuigalway.ie/alert/

Road Safety Week – Free High Vis

As part of Irish Road Safety Week we will have a limited amount of FREE High Vis vests from 11am Mon 7th of Oct at our stand in the foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn while stocks last.

Vintage Clothes Fair Next Thurs

Our Vintage and Sportswear sale is back in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Thurs 10th Oct with prices starting from just €5.

Wellbeing Week on Campus 7th-11th Oct

Loads of activities on campus to help you think about and improve your wellbeing. Full list of free events HERE.

SU Charities – Volunteers Needed

This year we will be raising funds for Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West. If you want to get involved and help us to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie We are also always looking for new fundraising ideas so if you have any suggestions please send them on! Remember all the time you spend volunteering with NUI Galway Students’ Union counts towards your ALIVE Volunteering Certificate application

Need help with Maths/Stats?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to 1st and 2nd year students across all colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses.

Need help with Computer Programming?

ComputerDISC is a FREE Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUI Galway students who are taking any programming software development courses.

The Academic Writing Centre is a FREE service for NUIG students 

They can help you to:

  • Brainstorm your essay topic and outline
  • Structure an argument
  • Develop your thesis statement
  • Improve sentence structure and punctuation
  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Use secondary sources
  • Learn Editing and proofreading techniques

Child Protection Training

Do you work or volunteer with children/young people? Our Child Protection Training Course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. The course cost is €15. Course takes place 9am-1pm Fri 6th Dec or 2pm-6pm Fri 6th Dec. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is Friday the 25th of October.

Disclosure Training

Would you know what to do if a friend came to you saying they had suffered sexual violence? Our half day Disclosure Training course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. The course is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre 10am-1.30pm Tues 5th Nov and costs €10. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Student Leap Cards now just €10

To get your shiny new Student Leap Cards all you need to do is apply online HERE, then bring your code next week (it only lasts 7 days), your new college ID and €10 up to the SU Office. These are valid until the 31st of Dec 2020 and we can also top your card up for you.

Seas Suas Training Applications Open

Seas Suas is a bystander intervention training programme run by NUI Galway, which aims to promote the health & well-being of its students and wider community. The objective of Seas Suas is to increase awareness of situations where a person may need support, develop skills to respond safely, and encourage agency and initiative in helping fellow students. The Training takes place from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the four following Tuesdays of October: 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th. For more info contact jimmy.mcgovern@nuigalway.ie

NUIG Creativity & Change Fair Tomorrow

Drop In And Out All Morning 10am – 2pm Fri 4th Oct in Hub Central – Arts/Science Concourse NUI Galway (Near Smokey’s Café). Focus on the SDGs and communication through creative channels your actions and interests!

Call for parents to take part in a survey on Children, Food and family Mealtimes

We would like to invite parents to take part in a research study that explores children’s eating and approach to food. We are interested in exploring what influences children’s approach to food. Parents are asked to take part in 3 surveys over 24 months. This survey is run by staff in the School of Psychology, NUI Galway.  Please follow the link here to complete the study.

Give Blood in Galway This October

5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th, Weds 16th, Thurs 17th and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th Oct in Clybaun Hotel Knocknacarra.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th Oct in Menlo Park Hotel Terryland

Fundraising Gig in aid of Jigsaw Galway

At 8pm on Tues 8th of Oct there’s a fundraising gig in The Loft at Seven Bar in aid of Jigsaw Galway. It’s €10 in and performing on the night are: The New Ravis, Faraway Martin and Stepping on Lego.

Talk by Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-founder, Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway invites you to an evening with CEO and co-founder Jennifer Hyman filled with conversation and insights on fashion tech, business and her journey from start-up to unicorn 6pm Tuesday 8th October in An Taibhdhearc Theatre Galway. Registration and more information is open at this link

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

SU Weekly Email 19th Sept 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist €5 this Monday

Tickets are selling fast for our Comedy Hypnotist gig at 8pm this Monday 23rd of September. Get yours HERE.

The winner of the pair of tickets last week was Harper Glazer  – congratulations you can collect your prize in the SU Office!

Join the Gobal Climate Strike Tomorrow

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be marching in support of the Global Climate Strike TOMORROW Friday the 20th of September. We will be meeting outside Áras na Mac Léinn/Sult at 12:30pm and heading to Eyre Square to then march to Spanish Arch at 1pm. Join us! The University has also invited students and staff to meet at 11am tomorrow outside the Quad where the University Green Flag will be lowered to half-mast as a symbolic gesture by the University Community to demonstrate our solidarity to our school students.

Vote on Thurs 26th Sept

We are holding elections this Thursday 10am-5pm in Smokey’s Café to elect an SU Postgraduate Taught Officer and an SU Convenor for the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies. Please bring your Student ID with you to vote. More info.

Volunteering Fair – 11am-4pm TODAY – Bailey Allen Hall

Come along and meet charities and non-profit projects that you can volunteer with for once off events or an hour a week. Environment, children and youth, elderly, disability, education, health, international – all for you to browse and chat!

Break The Barriers on the 3rd of Oct

On Thursday 3rd of October we want you to join us in Dublin as part of the National Demonstration to #BreakTheBarriers to Education. We will be calling for:

  • Affordable Accommodation
  • Publicly Funded Education
  • An increase in SUSI grants
  • Reform of BTEA
  • Affordable Transport

Return bus tickets €2 will be on sale soon. Buses leave Galway 10am and leave Dublin 4pm. NUIG Student ID required. Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for more info

Want a free breakfast?

You can get FREE Porridge* every morning at Sult NUI Galway when you buy a hot drink and use your SU Card! (*While stocks last)

Register now for Global Goals Jam

The Global Goals Jam takes place on campus this weekend Fri 20th – Sun 22nd Sept. Students and staff that sign up are divided into teams, all teams work together, using a tailored toolkit, to create interventions aimed at addressing a challenge relevant to the campus: e.g. challenge related to energy, waste, transport, water  etc. Teams work to find real and meaningful solutions to address the challenge developed. This is a FREE event and lunch is provided. Register on-line HERE.

Learn Sign Language:10 Week Course just €40 starts this Tues!

  • Tuesday 12pm-1pm FULL
  • Tuesday 1pm-2pm 3 Spaces Left
  • Wednesday 6pm-7pm 1 Space Left
  • Thursday 6pm-7pm FULL

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit card.

If you missed Clubs Day or Societies Day DON’T PANIC!

You can still join all the clubs and societies you want by logging on and registering here

ALIVE Welcome Workshops – Repeated all week at 5pm – 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th Sept – ALIVE Áras na Mac Léinn

How do I get started volunteering? What is ALIVE? How do I earn the Certificate? Come along and learn about community volunteering! Pick one session and feel welcome to ask questions!

Learn To Swim

“Learn to Swim” is an 8 week program aimed at complete beginner swimmers or those looking to improve their strokes. It runs every Wednesday starting 25th of Sept. There are 2 groups, one at 7.30pm and one at 8.15pm and you will be assigned to one based on your abilities. Being able to swim is something people take for granted but it really is an important life skill. It’s €55 for 8 lessons, which works out much cheaper than any other lessons. For more info contact swimming@clubs.nuigalway.ie or i.roche1@nuigalway.ie

Gaisce, the President of Ireland Medal Info Evening – 6pm Tues 24th Sept – ALIVE Áras na Mac Léinn

Earn your Bronze, Silver, or Gold from the President of Ireland! Come along and meet some already on the journey towards this national medal for volunteering and personal development.

Volunteer with Flirt FM

Flirt FM are looking for volunteers to cover Irish Language, Current Affairs, Arts, Sport, Student Issues, Entertainment, Irish Music, Specialist Music and more. The full-time schedule kicks off on the 14th of October so to get involved come along to an induction session. Induction Sessions (duration: 60 min)
Venue: 
Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn 

  • Tues 24th Sept 18.00hrs
  • Mon 30th Sept 18.00hrs [last chance for this semester!]

There will be follow up training in sound desk and digital editing (with more specialised training later in the semester).

Life Skills Course Update

  • Sign Language – 4 Spaces
  • First Aid Responder Course – 2 Spaces
  • Cardiac First Responder Course – 4 Spaces
  • Child Protection Training – 4 Spaces
  • Yoga – 3 spaces left Intermediate. Beginners FULL
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • Barista Course –FULL
  • MMA for Self Defence

Pool Lifeguard Course

The Swimming Club are running a Water Safety Ireland Pool Lifeguard course at NUIG. It is a 10 week course starting next Monday 23rd September from 9.30pm -11pm. It will be run half in the pool and half theory, and will be assessed with an exam on the last week. Then you will get a certificate which allows you to work as a pool lifeguard in any pool in the world! Ideal for if you want to work in a camp on a J1. For more information contact Swimming@clubs.nuigalway.ie

STAND Festival

The NUIG STAND Student Festival 2019 takes place across NUI Galway 23rd-27th of September. More info here.

Ever Wanted to Try Boxing?

Join Fierce As Female 10am-12.30pm Sat 28th of Sept in Salthill for their huge boxing class for women. There will be 200 women and 10 coaches from 4 clubs to help women give boxing a try. There will also be a free outdoor event on the beach afterwards and you get a swag bag. You don’t need any boxing experience and this event is for women of all fitness levels and ages.

Does a sports team reflect a strong community?

Join us 10am-4pm Fri 27th Sept at the Moore Institute NUIG to discuss sports, identities, culture and digital humanities as part of the Examine European Cultural Identity IRC funded research project. Enjoy the lecture given by Prof Alan Tomlinson and after lunch you are invited to join a gathering of researchers and practitioners from the arts, humanities, and sciences for an interactive workshop exploring identities, cultures, and crises through the lens of Sports and Media. The Event is FREE and Registration is OPEN here.

Support the #CLIMATESTRIKE

Over the last year young climate activists from across Ireland have held protests over a lack of government action on climate change. Tomorrow Friday 20th of September there will be a Global day of protest led by school strikers calling for urgent action on Climate Change. NUI Galway are calling on all staff and students to convene in College Park in front of the Quad at 11am Friday 20th September. We will drop the Green Flag to half-mast as a symbolic gesture by the University Community to demonstrate our solidarity to our school students.

Free Workshop: Feminism, Fertility and the Future

This one day FREE workshop takes place at NUI Galway on Thurs 3rd Oct and all are welcome to attend. More info and free tickets are available here.

RAVE FOR THE RAINFOREST 

On Wednesday 9th of October 2nd year zoology student Gary Moscarelli is holding a Silent Disco in aid of the world land trust in the Róisín Dubh. For every €90 we raise 1 acre of critically endangered rain forest can be saved from deforestation. Tickets are €5 and can be bought through Gary. Tickets on sale every Monday between 2pm-4pm in Smokey’s Café on the concourse. 100% of proceeds go to the World Land Trust.

The Beacon

The Beacon play will take place in the Town Hall Theatre Galway 20th -28th of September. Look out for exclusive dress rehearsal access and lighting production masterclasses for NUIG students through the Druid partnership.

Important Deadlines

  • Mon 23rd Sept: Module Registration Deadline
  • Mon 30th Sept: Deadline to withdraw from your course without incurring fees
  • Weds 31st Oct: Deadline to pay student levy in full + first instalment of student contribution charge

Registration Information Here

Cloakroom Open

The SU Cloakroom is back open every Thursday and Friday during term 9am-6pm. This service is FREE and is located next to the SU XL Shop near the Bialann.

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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2019/20 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 19,000 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We are delighted to announce details of our Life Skills courses for the year ahead. Whether it’s learning how to help someone who may be suicidal or gaining the skills to administer CPR, all of these courses help to provide a well-rounded education for our students whilst also helping them to make their CV’s stand out from the crowd when looking for jobs.”

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2019/20 academic year include:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Barista Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre
  • First Aid Responder Course

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found at: https://su.nuigalway.ie/su-services/su-life-skills/

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”

 

NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2019

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The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 17th of September 2019 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.

Confirmed Exhibitors:
ALIVE
Bus Éireann
Citylink

Eason
Flirt FM
Just Eat
Kingfisher
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist
PwC Ireland

Sin Newspaper

Sprite
Student Leap Card
SU Card
USIT
Virgin Media
Vodafone

Food Stalls:

Brown Bag Donuts 

Handsome Burger 
Joachims German Bratwurst – GM-Catering

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2019/20. Last year students took part in cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas jumper party, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €11,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2018/19 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway.

Application forms for the 2019/20 fund are available here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2019 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 4th of September 2019. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Clare Austick, Students’ Union President said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

 

With the first round of CAO Offers being issued this Thursday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2019/20 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits the needs of all tenants and to look out for rental scams. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ie

Here are some handy tips:

  1. Be aware of the following rental scams: Scammer claims to be out of the country so can’t show you the property but requests a deposit. Scammer is living at the property, and shows a number of people around. They get a deposit from several people and then flee with the cash. The transaction appears to have gone smoothly until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.
  2. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc. Check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
  3. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
  4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
  5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
  6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
  7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
  8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
  9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
  10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
  11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
  12. Make sure to get your free rent book from the Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines to avoid scams and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie

 

 

 

 

We Are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

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We are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks a friendly, energetic and goal-oriented Intern to provide support to existing staff on its CÉIM academic peer learning programme. This is a varied role in which the successful candidate will be required to work closely with diverse partners including students and academic staff to help ensure the effective delivery of CÉIM.

About CÉIM
CÉIM is an academic peer support scheme based on the Peer Assisted Study Sessions / Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) model. CÉIM supports 1st year students’ transition to higher education, health and wellbeing, academic success, progression and development of transferable skills. Delivered via a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union, CÉIM will be offered to approximately 1,500 or nearly 50% of NUI Galway 1st year students from September 2019. See further information on www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

 

The Intern will be employed by NUI Galway Students’ Union on a fixed-term part-time contract (3 days per week).

Contract duration: Mid-August 2019 – Late April 2020
Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (7 hours per day)

Job Description

  • Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of CÉIM.
  • Provide general programme and administrative support.
  • Organise materials for student leaders, weekly meetings and training.
  • Provide support to individual students and groups of students.
  • Attend weekly meetings with students and academic staff.
  • Support the CÉIM Director and CÉIM Administrator with various duties as they arise.

 

Requirements

  • Understanding of the CÉIM programme, and an interest in supporting students to make the most of their time at university.
  • Strong organisational and administration skills.
  • Experienced Microsoft Office user.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Friendly and professional manner with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly adaptable with a solution-oriented outlook.
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to deadlines and deliverables.
  • The capacity to acquire new skills and apply them to the role.

 

Applications

Applications must include:

  • Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the post and why you are interested in the post.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

 

Applications via email to:

Chris Newell

General Manager

NUI Galway Students’ Union

recruitment@su.nuigalway.ie

Closing date: 5:00pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on: Wednesday, 12 June 2019

SU Weekly Email 28 – 4th April 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

King Kong Company Tonight!

King Kong Company are playing a FREE GIG at 9pm tonight at Sult. It’s been a long semester and ye deserve an epic party! Here’s what to expect tonight

Outdoor Cinema Rescheduled

Due to the cold snap we have rescheduled our FREE Outdoor Cinema to 8pm on Wednesday 10th of April. There’ll be free popcorn and an ice-cream van!

SU Yoga Course Now Enrolling

Sign up is now open for our next 8 week yoga course which starts on Thursday 11th of April and is just €40! Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm and Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm. Sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to pay with credit/debit card.

Extra Study Space Semester 2 Exams 2019

The following venues will be available 8am-10pm as extra study space

Thurs 11th April- Fri 10th May:

  • IT206 IT Building
  • SC004 Charles McMunn Theatre Concourse
  • SC005 Tyndall Lecture Theatre Concourse
  • TB302 Seminar Room Tower 2
  • TB303 Seminar Room Tower 2
  • TB304 Seminar Room Tower 2
  • TB305 Seminar Room Tower 2
  • TB307 Seminar Room Tower 2

Fri 12th April – Fri 10th May:

  • AM109 Arts Millennium Building
  • AM110 Arts Millennium Building
  • SC003 Thomas Dillon Theatre Concourse
  • SC002 Joseph Larmor Theatre Concourse

Soothing Scales Meet the Animals Today!

There will be snakes, spiders, insects and other guests to meet you for the pre-exam stress relief today upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Postgradaoke Tomorrow Night

Karaoke is back at Sult from 9pm tomorrow night Friday 5th of April.

Locker Key Return Deadline

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out and key returned before 5pm on Friday 10th of May to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday. Any items left in the locker after this date will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity.

End of the Marchathon Celebration

We will be holding our end of the Marchathon Challenge Celebration 10.30am Thursday 11th of April in the Corrib Room at Sult. There’ll be tea, coffee and pastries. All participants are invited and there might even be some prizes!

SU Bookstore Collection Deadline

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any books belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm on Wednesday 15th May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free.

Sin Issue 12

Read the last issue of Sin Newspaper this year HERE

FREE STI Clinics Finish Weds 10th April

Just a reminder that the free STI clinics finish in the Student Health Unit on Wednesday 10th of April for this semester. There’s a year round free STI clinic at the hospital, more details here, and you can get free condoms from the SU Office all summer long!

Need help with programming?

ComputerDISC is open until 2pm Friday 26th of April More Info.

Invitation to Fierce As Female Launch

You are invited to the launch of Fierce As Female in City Hall at 2.30pm on Monday 8th April. Fierce As Female will take place in Galway in September and will encourage increased participation of women and girls in Sport. The event will be a taster weekend of sport, showcasing over 30 different sports and athletic endeavours, from yoga and roller derby, to boxing, kitesurfing, circus skills and beyond. Fierce As Female will also host panels with experienced female athletes and speakers throughout the event.

Upcoming Sinn Féin Society Events – All Welcome

  • Women In Politics Panel Discussion 7pm-9pm  Tues 9th April in G011. Guest speakers: Cllr Mairéad Farrell SF, Pauline O’Reilly Green Party, Sharon Nolan SocDems, Claire Kerrane SF and Jessy Ni Cheallaigh. We’re collaborating with the feminist society and there will be catering provided.
  • #TheNorthIsNext Poster Making Workshop 7pm Weds 10th April in Áras na Gaeilge. We’ll be making posters demanding reproductive rights for our sisters, mothers, daughters, and friends in the north. We’ll be sticking them around campus so be as creative as you want! We’ll have tea, coffee, and refreshments too.
  • Debate: “This House Supports the Legalisation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use” Weds 17th April. We’ll be hosting a debate surrounding this topic, the speakers proposing the motion are Joe Loughnane PBP, Louise O’Reilly TD Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, and Luke “Ming” Flanagan MEP. The speakers on the opposing side are yet to be revealed. Free pizza!

More info from: sinnfein@socs.nuigalway.ie

Paid Work: Students Required for Sentiment Annotation 

If you are seeking some extra cash and would like to take your part in an annotation experiment, 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 sentiment analysis in financial news articles. I am looking for native-speakers of English having a background in business/economics with experience in finance and the area of investing. Ideally, you have a daily interest in the stock markets.
In the experiment, you will be asked to read a news article extract and judge it in terms of the contained sentiment. Payment is €23.24 per hour and you’ll annotate between 5 and 35 hours. To apply email tobias.daudert@insight-centre.org with a description of your professional career, your current state of studies and your experience in investing. More information.

Personality, mHealth and influenza vaccination uptake in adults with asthma

Participants needed for research exploring associations between personality and intention to engage in asthma self-care processes. If you are aged 18 years old or above and have been diagnosed with asthma you are eligible to participate. There is a €30 euro One4All voucher to be won by one participant who completes the full study.

Please follow this link for more information and to participate in the study or Email R.OMALLEY15@nuigalway.ie

The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Full ethical approval has been received to conduct this research.

 

Are you a filmmaker or producer?

CÚRAM at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre will host ‘Science on Screen’ Information Day TOMORROW. A fund of €35,000 is available to create a documentary on the topic of Public and Patient Involvement. Register for this event now at: https://bit.ly/2FU76lQ

Invitation to ROPES Literary Journal Launch

Join us at 5pm on Tuesday 9th of April at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre for the launch of ROPES Literary Journal 2019! Come join us for a night of readings and wine as we celebrate the publication of this year’s edition, titled ‘Unearthed’. The keynote speaker at the launch will be acclaimed writer Melatu Uche Okorie, 2009 winner of Metro Éireann Writing Award and author of the 2018 short story collection, This Hostel Life. Proceeds from the sale of the journal will go to Galway Simon Community.

Are you a young adult (15-30 years) living with asthma? We want to hear from you!

We are running focus groups with young adults aged 15-30 years, living with asthma, to hear their opinion on what to include in a digital tool, e.g. a smartphone app or website, to support their adherence to preventer inhalers. The focus groups will be held over the next few weeks and will last approximately one hour. If you are interested in finding out more information, please email j.murphy51@nuigalway.ie.

“The Limit Of” Film Out this Friday

NUI Galway Bachelor of Commerce graduate, Alan Mulligan will release his first film, ‘The Limit Of’ nationwide this Friday 5th of April. At the age of 30 Alan realised that he had a passion for film-making, deciding to leave his successful role in Finance to become a film producer, director and writer, without any previous experience. The Eye Cinema in Galway are hosting a special Q & A screening at 6.20pm on Tuesday 9th of April which will be attended by Alan and the lead cast.

Small Towns Big Ideas Applications Open

Galway 2020 is now seeking expressions of interest from communities who wish to develop a project for Round 2 of the Small Towns Big Ideas programme and funding of €200,000 is available. Applications are invited from community and voluntary organisations, cultural organisations, heritage groups, festival bodies, artist collectives, schools, sports bodies, and other such groups. Interested groups are asked to create projects that demonstrate collaboration, ambition, creativity, community involvement, European dimension and of course, respond to the core themes of Galway 2020. The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 5pm on Friday 10th of May.

Wind Down Week – Relax, Unwind, De-Stress and Breathe

Thurs 4th April TODAY!

Fri 5th/Sat 6th April

  • Writing and Well-Being: The Academic Writing Centre Annual Conference

More information from studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Library Study Break Policy

The Library study break policy is back until Friday 10hth of May. Pick up a study break form on your way in to the library. You can have a break of up to 60 minutes but don’t forget to fill out the form and leave it on your desk or another student can take your place.

Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote or to change your address to make sure you can vote on 24th of May in the Local Elections and European Elections is Tuesday 7th of May. You can pick up the paperwork to register to vote or to change your address details in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We will have the Gardaí at our Voter Registration Drives at Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Weds 24th April to stamp your paperwork – just bring your passport or driving licence!

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

Connacht Rugby Student Discount Ticket Codes

  • 15:00 Saturday 13th April Connacht vs Cardiff: NUIG-Car-1819

Buy your tickets on the Connacht Rugby website and use the codes above to get the reduced rate NUIG student price. Valid for 50 tickets per match. NUIG student ID required. Bohermore Terrace only.

 

Cúirt Starts Monday

Cúirt International Festival of Literature starts on Monday and runs until the 14th of April across Galway and lots of the events are free! More info + tickets

 

Easter Holiday Arrangements

  • Teaching ends on Sat 6th of April.
  • Field Trips (where applicable) take place Mon 8th April – Weds 10th April.
  • Study Week takes place Thurs 11th April – Thurs 18th April.
  • Exams Begin Tues 23rd April (except for 5MB3 Students who start Mon 8th April)
  • The Students’ Union Office will close at 5pm on Tues 16th April and will reopen at 10am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 11am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 9am on Thurs 25th April.
  • Sult will be closed Fri 19th-Mon 22nd April Inclusive.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 10am-6pm Fri 19th Sat 20th & Sun 21st April and 8.30am-10pm Mon 22nd April.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Student Health Unit will be closed Fri 19th– Mon 22nd April inclusive. They will re-open at 8.30am on Tues 23rd April. Opening hours during exams are 8.30am-5.30pm and closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with their last issue on Tues 2nd April.
  • The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 29th of March for summer.
  • ComputerDISC will close at 2pm on Friday 26th of April for summer.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

 

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.

 

 

SU Weekly Email 27 – 28th March 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote Today 10am-5pm

Your final #NUIGSU19 Candidates are:

Postgraduate Research Officer

  • Tock, Emily

International Students Officer

  • Fenton, Avery

Ethnic Minorities Officer

  • Chihumura, Victoria
  • McNicholas, Katelyn

Voting takes place 10am-5pm TODAY on the Concourse beside Smokey’s Café – bring NUIG ID to vote. If you have registered for a Remote Vote log on to the SU Website 10am-5pm to vote.

 

Wind Down Week – Relax, Unwind, De-Stress and Breathe

Mon 1st April

Tues 2nd April

Weds 3rd April

  • 11am-4pm La Roche Posay Promo with freebies in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 1pm-2pm Arts in Action “Staging the Archive” Free performance in O’Donoghue Centre
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201
  • 8pm-9.30pm Free Outdoor Cinema at the Engineering Building. Vote on the Facebook Event page for the movie we show!

Thurs 4th April

Fri 5th/Sat 6th April

  • Writing and Well-Being: The Academic Writing Centre Annual Conference

More information from studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Marchathon Ends TOMORROW!

We are in to the last week of the Marchathon Challenge which ends this Friday and our 48 NUI Galway teams have been making amazing progress! Keep up the great work and here’s this week’s competitions:

  1. Team Photo Competition: As usual we will be running our weekly Team Photo Competition during the last week of the Challenge! This week we want to see photos of your team ‘crossing the finish line’ as we near the end of the Challenge…most creative interpretation of the theme will win Smarter Travel Goodie Packs for the team. All photos must be submitted by 1pm on Friday 29th March at this link
  2. ‘Go the Distance’ Competition – Climb Kilimanjaro: During the final week we want you and your team to really go the distance to climb the Machame Route of Mount Kilimanjaro! Teams who achieve an average of 80,000 steps this week will not only have reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, but will also be in with the chance of winning Smarter Travel Goodie Packs and Me2You Gift Cards for the team!

 

Imagine NUI Galway Today

Join the conversation about the future of NUI Galway online today HERE.

This is your chance to have an input and make real changes to life at NUI Galway.

 

Library Study Break Policy Starts Monday

The Library study break policy is back from Monday 1st of April until Friday 10th of May. Pick up a study break form on your way in to the library. You can have a break of up to 60 minutes but don’t forget to fill out the form and leave it on your desk or another student can take your place.

 

Want to be in a Short Film?

FilmSoc are searching for a lady to play the mother of our protagonist in our next short film. Our protagonist is in their 20s so our mother ideally would be in the age bracket of 40s+. No experience necessary and the script is available on demand. We hope to shoot on the week of April 6th so if anyone is interested or knows someone who would be interested, please email: filmsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

Focus Group Participants Required

We are running focus groups over the next few weeks to get student opinions on some short YouTube films that highlight issues around sexual consent. We want to find out what students think of the films, and ask for ideas for how to best promote them to other students. The focus groups last one hour. Depending on the time of the group we will provide snacks / lunch. Everyone who takes part will get a €20  voucher to acknowledge your contribution to our project. If you are interested in finding out more please click here

 

National Conference for Students Living With Disabilities: Registration Open
The Conference takes place 10am-5.30pm Weds 10th April in the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, 16-22 Green St. Rotunda, Dublin 7. Join us for this event if you are a USI affiliated student who identifies as living with a disability. Through a variety of workshops and speakers, the conference will discuss how to remove barriers and increase opportunities in the student and life experience of people living with disabilities. If anyone from NUI Galway is registering to go please contact Megan on su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

La Roche-Posay Roadshow on Wednesday

The skin care experts at La Roche-Posay understand that stress, particularly for students, can have a negative impact on the skin. That’s why they’re coming to NUIG to give FREE skin consultations, samples and advice on how to manage all skin concerns. There will also be La Roche-Posay hamper worth over €100 to win on the day. They’ll be on campus 10am-4pm Wednesday 3rd April so keep an eye out, especially for the bicycles handing out FREE product samples.

 

Talk To Your Politicians Climate Workshop

Come and gain the skills you need to talk about climate change and make your voice heard. 12pm-2pm Thursday 11th of April in AC202. Register here – spaces are limited. More info from gtyrrell@eeu.antaisce.org

 

Free Weekly Mindfulness Classes

Every week during term there are FREE Mindfulness classes at NUI Galway. Feel free to drop in – all are welcome.

  • 8.10am-8.50am Tuesdays Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Wednesdays Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201

 

Taxi Safety Tips

  1. Try not to travel alone; particularly at night
  2. Use the Transport Ireland’s Free Driver Check App
  3. When hailing a taxi on the street do the MPS check – does it have a meter, a registration plate and a registration sticker? Registered taxis must have all 3.
  4. Note the registration number on the roof. Make sure this matches the taxi door number and the number in the taxi itself. Note the driver’s name.
  5. Make a quick call to friends or family, stating the registration number and name of the taxi driver, ensuring the driver hears you
  6. Share your live location with Facebook Messenger or Google Maps

How to make a complaint:

If you wish to make a complaint about a taxi or hackney driver concerning a criminal offence you should contact your local Garda Station immediately and fill in an incident report. In an emergency situation, you should telephone 112 to be put through to the Gardaí.

The National Transport Authority operates a national complaints and enforcement system for taxis and hackneys.

 

Council Chair Election Results

Congratulations to Scott Green who was elected as your SU Council Chairperson for 2019/20 on Monday.

 

Explore Student Innovation Awards Open

Applications are open for the Explore Student Innovation Awards. €10,000 Prize fund available for innovative ideas. Deadline Tues 2nd April. Further details at http://www.nuigalway.ie/explore/

 

Darkness Into Light Early Bird Deadline Sunday

Sign up for the Darkness Into Light 5k walk/run here and help raise funds for Pieta House on Saturday 11th of May.

 

Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote or to change your address to make sure you can vote on 24th of May in the Local Elections and European Elections is Tuesday 7th of May. You can pick up the paperwork to register to vote or to change your address details in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We will have the Gardaí at our Voter Registration Drives at Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Weds 24th April to stamp your paperwork – just bring your passport or driving licence!

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

FREE STI Clinics

The free STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.

 

Connacht Rugby Student Discount Ticket Codes

  • 15:00 Saturday 13th April Connacht vs Cardiff: NUIG-Car-1819

Buy your tickets on the Connacht Rugby website and use the codes above to get the reduced rate NUIG student price. Valid for 50 tickets per match. NUIG student ID required. Bohermore Terrace only.

 

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.