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SU Weekly Email 29 – 26th March 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.

 

COVID-19 Updates

We hope you and your families/friends are keeping safe. We know that this is an unprecedented and stressful time for you all, and we have been working with the University to try to make the next few weeks a little easier for everyone.

  1. Please take time to carefully read ALL of the updates from the University here. This should answer a lot of your questions.
  2. The advice from the University is that if you can go home (whether your home is in Ireland or abroad) that you should do so, in the interest of your own and others safety. If you cannot go home and are staying on campus – you will be supported and accommodated until the end of your lease. There is also new legislation coming into effect today that will prevent evictions from private accommodation for the next 3 months. If you had been staying on campus, you will be reimbursed for time not spent in the accommodation but this will take time as staff are trying to put things in place for students who need to remain. Tune in to the accommodation online Q&A 11am-1pm tomorrow here.
  3. It is very unlikely that classes will resume this coming semester, and online teaching started on Monday. Over the coming weeks it is going to be hugely important for you to check your Blackboard and NUI Galway email address, regularly, for updates. If you have trouble accessing either of these, then please contact ISS in NUI Galway.
  4. Exams and Assessments will be moved to online/alternative methods. These will be done with as much flexibility as possible as the University recognises that we have a diverse student population. We have been working with the University to ensure the fairest possible exam set up is achieved and they will be emailing you shortly about this.
  5. This is an incredibly stressful time for all of us and no one knows when this will end. We understand that this is not the best situation for students to be in coming up to exams but we are all available by phone or email for students. We are trying to keep people updated as much as possible when we get information ourselves. 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/
  6. If you have any Education queries you can contact Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie and if you have any Welfare queries you can contact Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Have Accommodation Queries?

This Friday the 27th of March there will be a live Q&A from 11am-1pm. This Q&A will be accommodation specific so any questions or worries you have can be answered by a relevant staff member at NUI Galway. This will be on the university website AT THIS LINK. There will be further online Q&A sessions on the other issues facing NUI Galway students next week.

 

Marchathon Update

We are in the final week of the NUI Galway Marchathon challenge! Well done to Fiona Drayne from NUIG for winning the Week 3 photo competition and big congrats to the Red Hot Chilli Steppers NUIG team who are in 14th place on the national leader board.

There’s 2 ways to win goody bags this week:

  1. Send in your Limerick about Adventure
  2. Enter the “In My Shoes” Story Competition saying what you learned/achieved/changed during the challenge

Submit your entries via the www.activetravellogger.ie website by 2pm Mon 30th March.

Remember to log your final steps of the challenge by 2pm Mon 30th March and keep up that social distancing outside

 

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.

 

Clubs Ball Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the Clubs Ball is postponed. All ticket holders are being refunded via Eventbrite. Tickets will be on sale again when we have a new date for the postponed event which will hopefully be next semester. Anyone who is graduating this year will be welcome to the event also.

 

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/

 

Socs Awards Update

The deadline for nominations for the NUIG Society Awards is the 29th of March and the awards will be celebrated in September. More info and how to nominate is available HERE.

 

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.

 

Societies Isolation Survey

The Societies Office are looking for your feedback on what supports you need during this tough time. Please fill out their survey about individuals during isolation, and societies during isolation. Survey link here.

 

ALIVE Volunteering Cert Deadline Extended

We are extending our Deadline for all students to complete the award to noon on Tues 31st March. Log in with your student id and your student password to update your Presidents Award application here: www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie Remember to hit save! All reflection questions should be answered for the review committee to deem your application qualified. All Certificates will be awarded online and students can download their Certificate.

 

Training Motivation and COVID-19

Here’s a great article by NUI Galway Health Psychologist Dr Jane Walsh about Training Motivation and how to stay focused in the face of COVID-19. Read it here.

 

Applications for NUIG Sports Scholarships extended to 15th May

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

 

Bike Usage Survey

Some NUIG MSc students studying Global Environmental Economics would like you to take a couple of minutes to complete their survey regarding bike usage in Galway on behalf of NUI Galway HERE.

 

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who are unemployed or who have their hours of work reduced during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. This includes people who have been put on part-time or casual work. You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students can apply for the payment.

 

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Galway

Join a free online introduction to meditation class this Saturday 28th March at 1pm at sahaj.me or meditate now at wemeditate.co.

 

Academic Skills Team

The Academic Skills Team are available to help. Contact them on academicskills@nuigalway.ie  if you have a query and they will do their best to help.

 

Helplink Free Counselling Services during COVID-19

Helplink Mental Health are providing the below counselling services nationally online (via a free app on Smartphones/laptops/PCs), for FREE or at low costs; 7 days a week to people’s homes and other private spaces (car, office, shed, barn, while you’re walking, etc.).

  • Free counselling for people laid off work by the COVID 19 crisis (6 sessions).
  • Free counselling for people with addictions to gambling, alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Free counselling for Irish returning home.
  • Free counselling for Irish living abroad.

More info here.

 

Academic Writing Centre open for Online Appointments

For the next two weeks, the AWC will provide distance appointments. Appointments can be made 1 day in advance. To book, email awctutors@gmail.com stating your student number and availability. One of our tutors will get back to you to arrange an appointment.

 

Mind Your Mind!

Minding your mental health is critical during this time. This will be a difficult time for many so we encourage you to try to keep to a routine with study, food and exercise and check in with friends and family using social media, the phone or other online platforms. If you are feeling anxious please reach out for support through the following channels:

  1. Text SPUNOUT to 086 1800 280 for 24/7 support anytime/anywhere.
  2. HSE www.yourmentalhealth.ie
  3. LGBT Ireland Helpline: 1890 929 539 info@lgbt.ie or online chat at lgbt.ie
  4. Rape Crisis Helpline: 1800 77 8888 or counselling@rcc.ie
  5. Samaritans: 116 123 or jo@samaritans.ie
  6. The Chaplaincy Service is available to support students and staff remotely during normal working hours ben.hughes@nuigalway.ie
  7. NUI Galway Student Counselling is continuing to operate, remotely online or by phone email counselling@nuigalway.ie

 

Sin

Read the latest issue of Sin newspaper online HERE for all your NUI Galway news.

 

Keeping Active

  1. Cultivate an exercise routine (preferably with a dose of fresh air or bodyweight exercises)
  2. Preserve sleep routine and hygiene (decrease screen time 30 min prior to bedtimes)
  3. Maintain healthy eating and adequate hydration
  4. Incorporate basic mobility practice such as yoga

 

Online Library services available during Library closure

The Library is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. This link gives information on contacting the Library and accessing online Library services during the closure.

Fines will be suspended for books due back during the library closure.

 

Contact Us

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

SU Weekly Email 27 – 12th March 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote Today 10am-8pm

#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer elections take place TODAY Thurs 12th March. Polling will take place in the following locations (NUIG Student ID Required):

  • 10am-8pm Library Basement
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer
  • 12pm-6pm Engineering Building Foyer
  • 10am-8pm Online Via Remote Vote on SU Website

PLEASE NOTE: For Clubs’ Captain election Remote Vote is not available and voting will only take place in Library Basement

More info about your candidates is available here.

 

Coronavirus Updates

All updates regarding NUI Galway and Coronavirus will be published HERE

The Student Health Unit is now operating on a booked appointment only basis – the previous walk-in service has been suspended. To book appointments phone 091-494 337 / 083-325 0034 9.15am-12.30pm or 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri

 

Exam Timetables out Today

Semester 2 exams take place Tues 21st April-Fri 8th May. Semester 2 Exam timetable will be released at 12pm today Thurs 12th March HERE Please check your timetable carefully to ensure all your subjects are present.

 

Marchathon Update

Well done to all our Marchathon teams who have been working so hard to get their steps up on the Marchathon challenge so far! Special congrats to the Children’s Studies team for winning the team photo competition and the Overachievers for winning the SU Keep Cup team update competition.

Make sure to log your teams steps online by 2pm each Monday of the challenge. This week’s competitions are:

  1. Daily target of 8,500 steps
  2. Limerick Competition
  3. SU Keep Cup Team Update competition (email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie)

Our weekly Wednesday walk will be back 1pm Weds 18th March led by the ALIVE Volunteering team from outside Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

SU Council Nominations Close 5pm today

Nominations are now for the position of SU Council Chair for 2020/21. Nominations close at 5pm on Thurs 12th March and nomination forms are available from the SU Office and website. The election will take place at the last SU Council of the year at 6pm on Mon 23rd March.

 

Next SU 8 Week Yoga Course Starts Tonight

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 12th Mar – Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 12th Mar -Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

 

President’s Award for Volunteering – the ALIVE Certificate – Apply Now!

Log in with your student ID and password and fill in the “Presidents Award” one page reflection on your volunteering experiences to be invited to the ceremony with cake and special guests! Deadline: Fri 27th March. Login: http://yourspace.nuigalway.ie Questions: alive@nuigalway.ie or visit us in Áras na Mac Léinn. Ceremony: 12noon Tues 7th April, Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

 

St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements

 

Job Clinic Today

Exit Entry are back with their job clinic 11am-3pm today at Smokey’s Café

 

Call for Young People to Join EYE on the Edge

Galway 2020 is putting together a small group of young people who will support the development of an exciting new project happening this September called EYE on the Edge. This 2 day festival will take place at NUIG.

Closing date for applications 20th March. If you are aged between 18 and 30 and are interested in where we are heading in the world and have something to say about it then we want to hear from you.

 

International Adolescent Health Week at NUIG

Look out for great FREE events across campus Mon 16th – Fri 20th of March as part of International Adolescent Health Week #IAHW2020. There will be free food, prizes and lots of craic to be had. More info at:

 

Interested in reducing packaging waste?

Please complete a quick survey on reducing meat waste packaging HERE.

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

There’s less than 70 tickets left for the Clubs’ Ball so get yours quick here

 

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months?

Donate your leftover household items to a charitable cause at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here 

 

Want to try Table Tennis?

Beginners welcome! Call down to the Kingfisher to join the Table Tennis Club (bats & balls provided) 6pm-8pm Thursdays (Hall 3) and 6pm-8pm Fridays (Hall 1)

 

Self-efficacy and coping strategies in university students with headaches

This is a 10 minute study that aims to understand the relationship between participants level of self-efficacy and their ability to cope with and manage headache pain. Study Link. 

 

Beach Clean Up and Tank Dive In Aid of RNLI
NUIG Sub Aqua Club will be diving in the Aquarium all day Sat 28th March 8am-8pm to raise funds for the RNLI. There will also be a Beach Clean Up with the Marine Soc beginning at 12pm and equipment is provided. Bring your friends and family for a fun filled day by the sea!

 

Perceived Barriers to Bicycle Commuting across Gender and Stages of Change

All NUIG students living in Galway City are invited to take part in a short (5-10min) survey looking to better understand what might prevent them from cycling to university. A link to the study can be found HERE and, as a thank you for taking part, all participants will be eligible for entry into a draw to win one of three One4all vouchers worth €50 each. Should you have any questions contact d.oriordan3@nuigalway.ie

 

Free Meditation Class This Saturday

Take some time out for free meditation 2pm-3pm this Sat 14th March at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway.

 

Impact of Screen time on the sleep quality of Irish college students.

I am conducting a research project to investigate the screen time habits and sleep quality experienced by Irish college students. The project involves filling out a survey that will take approximately 10 minutes. The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please read the attached information leaflet for more information. Please click THIS LINK if you wish to participate in the study. Information leaflet on study.

 

Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Mon 16th, Weds 18th & Thurs 19th March at the Clayton Hotel.

 

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday in March there will be loads of events focussed on your Wellness across NUIG. These include Marchathon Wednesday walks, yoga classes, massage, resilience workshops, running clubs, cooking lessons, movies, food and more. There will also be discounts and offers on healthy food choices across campus. More info at: www.nuigstudents.ie

 

NUIG 5k

The NUIG 5k in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tues 31st of March. Early bird student rate is €10. More info and registration 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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

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

#NUIGU20 Part Time Officer Candidate Information

News & Events

#NUIGSU20 Part Time Officer Candidate Information

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Part Time Officer elections will take place Thursday 12th March 2020. Polling will take place in the following locations (NUIG Student ID Required):

10am-8pm Library Basement (opposite Media Linn)

11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer

12pm-6pm Engineering Building Foyer

10am-8pm Online Via Remote Vote (Deadline to register for Remote Vote is 11.59pm Weds 11th March on SU Website)

PLEASE NOTE: For Clubs’ Captain election Remote Vote is not available and voting will only take place in Library Basement

Your candidates are as follows and we will be including links to their policies/manifestos/campaign pages as these are supplied to us – just click on their name: 

Oifigeach na Gaeilge

Mature Students Officer

  • Michelle Mitchell

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer

Disability Rights Officer

Postgraduate Taught Officer

  • Martin Smyth

Postgraduate Research Officer

  • Sebastiaan Bierema

Clubs’ Captain

  • Kirsty Moran

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

  • Evan O’Flaherty

Make sure you vote 10am-8pm Thursday 12th March #YourVoiceYourChoice

 

#NUIGSU20 Full Time Officer Election Results

News & Events

#NUIGSU20 Full Time Officer Election Results 6th March 2020

President Election Result: Pádraic Toomey deemed elected

Round 1

Coughlan, Alex  496

Mortell, Denis 549

Toomey, Pádraic 1,595

Electorate: 19,760

Total: 2,700

Spoils: 30

Total Valid Poll: 2,670

Quota: 1,336

RON: 30

Pádraic Toomey deemed elected

Vice President / Education Officer Result: Emma Sweeney deemed elected

Round 1

Cooke, Kenny 634

Green, Scott 783

Sweeney, Emma 1121

Electorate: 19,760

Total: 2,641

Spoils: 67

Total Valid Poll: 2,574

Quota: 1,288

RON: 36

Cooke & RON Eliminated

Round 2

Green, Scott 1,042

Sweeney, Emma 1,357

Emma Sweeney deemed elected

Vice President / Welfare and Equality Officer Result:  Róisín Nic Lochlainn deemed elected

Round 1

Burke, Simeon 482

Nic Lochlainn, Róisín 1192

O’Donoghue, Ellen 895

Electorate : 19,760

Total: 2664

Spoils: 42

Quota: 1312

RON: 53

Burke & RON Eliminated

Round 2 

Nic Lochlainn, Róisín 1341

O’Donoghue, Ellen 895

Róisín Nic Lochlainn Deemed elected

PART TIME OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE HERE 

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 

SU Weekly Email 26 – 5th March 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote Today!

Please make sure you get out and vote for your SU Full Time Officers today. Bring your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • 10am-8pm in Library Basement (opposite Media Linn)
  • 11am-8pm in Áras na Mac Léinn Foyer
  • 12pm-6pm in Engineering Building Foyer
  • 10am-8pm on SU Website if you registered for Remote Vote

We will be counting the votes on Friday morning – follow #NUIGSU20 for result updates.

 

SU Council Nominations Open

Nominations are now for the position of SU Council Chair for 2020/21. Nominations close at 5pm on Thurs 12th March and nomination forms are available from the SU Office and website. The election will take place at the last SU Council of the year at 6pm on Mon 23rd March.

 

Sin SU Elections Special

The latest issue of Sin newspaper is out now and includes interviews with all your SU Officer candidates and a chance to win SU Card Credit in their crossword competition. Read it here.

 

Next SU 8 Week Yoga Course Enrolling Now!

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 12th Mar – Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 12th Mar -Thurs 7th May (No Class Thurs 19th March)

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

 

The Marchathon Challenge has Started!

How to win prizes this week:

  1. If your team has a daily average of 7,000 steps or more, wherever you are in the country, your team will be entered into a draw to win Smarter Travel Goody Packs.
  2. If you’re ready to start winning, submit a fun photo of your team before the end of the week, there are Marchathon Goody Packs up for grabs. You can embrace the theme of this week’s Virtual Challenge by dressing up as your favourite Martian for your team photo.
  3. Win SU Keep Cups for you and your team by letting us know how week 1 is going for you and sending on photos of you teams progress to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie
  4. Join us at 1pm next Wednesday for our weekly 30 minute walk and get free stuff!

 

Coronavirus Update

If you have recently returned from a Coronavirus affected area and feel unwell, avoid mixing with people and phone the Student Health Unit on 091 494 337. More info and advice here: https://www.nuigalway.ie/alert/

 

SU Engineering Desk Closed Tomorrow

The SU Engineering desk will be closed tomorrow Fri 6th March. It will reopen 11am-3pm Mon 9th March. For any queries please contact the SU on 091 493 570.

 

Sexual Experiences Survey – Win an iPad

The national survey on students’ sexual experiences is now open! Tell us about your highs and lows of sex as a student and be in with a chance of winning an iPad or €100 voucher. Complete the survey here

We will also have an info stand in Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Mon 9th & Tues 10th March and 12pm-2pm Weds 11th March in the Engineering Building.

 

Attention NUI Galway Postgrads

With USI we are hosting a Postgrad Drop-In Clinic 10.30am-12.30pm today in Hub Central + Postgrad talk 2pm-3pm today in The View. All postgrads welcome!

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

There’s less than 100 tickets left for the Clubs’ Ball so get yours quick here

 

Book Hold Period Reduced

Based on student feedback the Library are reducing the amount of time a book is on hold from seven to three days. If you wish to place a hold on a book that is already checked out to another user, do so, but please remember that you now have three days to pick up the book from the Library before it will be released so that other users can borrow it.

An Taisce/CUSP Climate Action Workshop

A Climate Action Workshop will take place 6pm-8pm Mon 9th March in Room AC213 (Corridor down by Bank of Ireland) Arts Science Building.  The workshop is open to all Local Climate Ambassadors and NUI Galway students. Light refreshments will be served.  Hope you can make it.

 

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday in March there will be loads of events focussed on your Wellness across NUIG. These include Marchathon Wednesday walks, yoga classes, massage, resilience workshops, running clubs, cooking lessons, movies, food and more. There will also be discounts and offers on healthy food choices across campus. More info at: www.nuigstudents.ie

 

Improving your assignments with Gale Archives

NUIG Library are pleased to welcome Gale Student Ambassador Evelyn Moran who will be delivering a short half-hour workshop on using Gale Archives for your assignments. Thurs 12th March 12pm – 12:30 pm in the Library Training Room. More info and registration.

 

International Student Sustainability Donation

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months? Donate your leftover household items to a charitable cause at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here.

 

Campus Trails Competition Starts Monday

Do you know the best 1/3/5/8k walking or jogging routes on campus? Generate a map of your favourite route on MapMyWalk or MapMyRun. Then login to www.YourSpace.nuigalway.ie and register your team and route under Campus Wellness. Prizes will be awarded for the best routes. Closing date 1st May. Email wellness@nuigalway.ie for more info.

 

What if there was a way to build peaceful and sustainable societies for all?

In a world with growing injustices, the Sustainable Development Goals will provide the means to overcome these challenges and to transform our communities. Let’s find out what they are 6pm-8pm Thurs 12th March in G010. What do they mean to us? How can we put these Goals into practice? We will have some fun while we are at it as well. Free pizza for all attendees. Register here.

 

NUIG 5k

The NUIG 5k in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tues 31st of March. Early bird student rate is €10. More info and registration here.

 

Free Yoga Meditation this Sunday

All welcome to a free yoga meditation class 1pm-2pm this Sun 8th March at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road, Galway.

 

Travelling to UCHG or NUIG Campus from East Galway?

Students are invited to take part in our short online survey about a park and ride service available to NUIG students, staff or visitors travelling from East Galway (e.g. Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea, Oranmore, Gort). If you agree to take part, you will be asked questions about your demographic information and preferences for such a service. The survey takes approximately 4 minutes to complete HERE.

 

Nominations for the Student Achievement Awards Ireland 2020 are now OPEN!

The awards recognise the great achievements of students all over Ireland, and their dedication to improving education and society. If you are one of the shortlisted nominees you will be invited to the USI SAAI Awards Ceremony in The Gibson Hotel, Dublin on April 29th. Go to usi.ie/awards/ to find out more and submit a nomination online.

 

Have you ever used SUMS? Have you not? Why?

Please take just two minutes to fill out this survey to help feed into a final year project looking at student non-engagement with mathematical supports. The survey can be found HERE.  Contact email: scottgreen1998@gmail.com

 

National Gambling Addiction Helpline

Helplink Mental Health – a registered charity, providing accessible services locally in the West of Ireland, nationally and internationally has now joined forces with the Gambling Awareness Trust to provide a national gambling addiction / gambling dependency counselling service; that is available for free; 7 days a week and out-of-hours. Contact by emailing gamblingsupport@helplink.ie or by phone to 0818 998 880 to arrange an appointment. More info.

 

Darkness Into Light 2020

Registration is now open for Darkness Into Light 2020 and early birds can avail of reduced prices until 17th March.

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

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.

UPDATE in relation to the 4% rent increase at Goldcrest

News & Events
UPDATE in relation to the 4% rent increase at Goldcrest
Two weeks ago today the news broke that Atalia Ltd increased the on-campus student accommodation rent by 4% which is the maximum allowable increase in a rent pressure zone. We have been working hard to try and get this decision reversed!
 
1. The day after the news broke, we immediately made contact with the University President to organise a meeting about the decision taken by the board of directors. We met on the Monday after and had a few positive actions and commitments that came from the meeting; one including a joint letter being sent to Atalia Ltd requesting a meeting to discuss the rationale behind the increase. We also changed the student strategy launch to an open forum where students could come along to talk to the President expressing their frustration and share their personal stories to highlight the every-day struggles students in higher level education face.
 
2. In addition, we launched an online petition which now has over 2,000 signatures. The Students’ Union Executive Committee also went around Goldcrest and Corrib Village gathering signatures and spreading our message.
 
3. We sent letters to all Údarás members (Governing Body of the University) informing them of our position and mentioning that this would be an item of discussion on the agenda. In advance of the meeting we rang around to ensure their support on the day.
 
4. We strategically planned the day of action for Thursday morning to coincide with Údarás taking place so that members would see the protesters while we argued the point at the table. We succeeded and received their support as a letter will be sent from Údarás to the board of Atalia Ltd later on today, expressing disapproval with a view to reversing the decision made. Further to the protest, we liaised with political societies including Labour, Young Greens, Sinn Féin, People Before Profit, CYM and Social Democrats and supported the sleep out #OccupationOfTheQuad last night.
 
5. We have also engaged in a numerous amount of local and national media outlets over the last two weeks to highlight this issue and keep it a rolling item on the agenda.
 
6. After a meeting with the President today (Friday 28th Feb), we have agreed to bring the meeting with the board of Atalia Ltd forward to this coming Wednesday 4th March as a call of urgency. We are delighted to say we have gained the support of students, staff, Údarás, the University President, councillors and TD’s.
 
Unfortunately, due to the red weather warning this weekend we will have to continue our occupation of the Quad with political student groups on Monday 2nd March. We encourage as many students to join us to ensure that these rent increases do not create further barriers to education for our students.
 
We won’t stop until the rent increase drops! #FreezeTheFour #BreakTheBarriers 💪💪

SU Weekly Email 24 – 20th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

#NUIGSU20 Elections – Nominations are OPEN

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Closing date 5pm Weds 26th Feb.
  • 14 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

NUIG Rent Hikes

We are outraged by the University’s decision to increase rent in on-campus student accommodation by 4% for 2020/21. This means that from September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month. This is a huge barrier to accessing education.

Please sign our petition against the rent increases HERE.

 

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us at Smokey’s Cafe 11am-1pm Mon 24th Feb & Mon 2nd March for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.  Marchathon Registration is Open NOW and you can win Prizes for Walking! The Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on www.activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

We will also be holding 30 minute walks each Wednesday during the challenge to help you get the steps in, meet new people and maybe get some more free stuff!

 

Sin Issue 9

Here’s the latest issue of Sin which includes a chance to win tickets to the Sports Ball in the crossword competition. Read more here.

 

Exit Entry Job Clinic Today

Call up to Smokey’s Café 11am-3pm today to meet Exit Entry at their job clinic – you might even get a free water bottle!

 

Multicultural Event

1pm-3pm Tues 25th Feb in the Cube downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more info contact su.international@nuigalway.ie

 

Clubs’ Forum

The next Clubs’ Forum is on at 6pm on Weds 26th Feb in the Thomas Dillon Theatre on the Concourse. All welcome. Will include Q&A with Director of Sport Mike Heskin and Interim Clubs’ Officer Tanya Schafer. There’ll also be info about running for election as Clubs’ Captain (nominations open Weds 26th Feb!)

 

Need to sort out your taxes?

The FREE NUI Galway pilot Tax Clinic will run 4.30pm-7pm on the following days in the ILAS Centre, North Campus, offering basic tax info services to NUIG students: 24/25/26 Feb & 2/3/4 March – contact taxclinic@nuigalway.ie to book your free appointment.

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

 

Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here

 

Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!

 

Lunchtime Seminar on Sports Journalism

You are invited to a lunchtime seminar on sports journalism 1pm Tues 25th Feb in G010 in Hardiman Research Building. Panelists include: Keith Duggan (The Irish Times), Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill (TG4), Mike Finnerty (Sky Sports & Mayo News), Cliona Foley (freelance sports journalist). RSVP to journalism@nuigalway.ie – refreshments will be served.

 

The Effects of Emotion Regulation on our Physical and Psychological Wellbeing

This study is a 10 minute survey interested in looking at how our ability to control our emotions can impact  different aspects of our wellbeing such as stress and anxiety. It is also looking at why we have individual differences in our ability to regulate our emotions such as our attachment style.

Survey link. 

 

Litter Pick this Saturday

Join the NUI Galway Active Citizens Society for a litter pick up at Droim Chaoin 11am-12pm this Sat 22nd Feb! Meet up at the pitch behind the Glen Oaks Lodge.

 

Funded European Volunteering Experience: ALIVE and the European Solidarity Corps

Would you like to spend three months in Portugal? Or a year in Italy? Fully funded and supported to volunteer with a non-profit organisation to gain experiences and build your skills. The European Solidarity Corp programme might be for  you! Come along to this info session at 12pm TODAY Thurs 20th Feb to learn more about it! ILAS (near Goldcrest) upstairs in the Boardroom (2nd floor) take the free campus bus to the ILAS building. Sign up for free lunch at the talk.

 

Blood Donation: A Randomised Control Trial

Would you like to take part in a 4 minute online survey regarding individuals’ blood donation intentions and behaviours? For our final year psychology research experiment myself and Sophy Molloy are examining personality, the effect of reciprocity priming and mode of delivery on blood donation intentions and behaviours. We are particularly interested in recruiting college-going participants! Survey Link

 

Postgrad Ball 2020

The NUIG Postgrad Ball 2020 will take place on Thurs 2nd of April in the Clayton Hotel. Early bird tickets, €45, will be available in Smokey’s on the 26th & 27th Feb 12pm-2pm. Tickets will be available from SocsBox or online for €50 after these dates.

 

Making Every Contact Count initiative – students’ perspectives

Would you like to take part in a short, anonymous online survey about a new initiative in supporting the prevention of chronic disease? Researcher contact: l.byrne27@nuigalway.ie

Survey Link.

 

Have your say in the Student Survey – Closing Date This Sun 23rd Feb!

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here

 

Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop

Rescheduled Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop will take place 5.30pm-7pm Tues 25th Feb in THB-G011 Seminar Room, The Hardiman Building.

Details of more Smart Life FREE Workshops here.

 

George Moore Scholars Fund For Postgrad Study in USA

This is a €20 million programme (2020-30) to support up to 300 academically talented students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in the USA. The programme is open to students from all backgrounds who completed most of their education on the island of Ireland, and who attended one of the 11 universities of Ireland. Applications close 27th March. Students may also have applied for sources of support to other schemes, such as Fulbright, SFI, IRC or the NUI Travelling Studentship Awards. More info: www.georgemoorescholars.ie

 

Talk: The Psychology of Genocide

The Psychology of Genocide (and other toxic situations) free talk will be at 6.30pm on Weds 11th March in AMBE G065 (psychology building). All students welcome! Please log your interest here.

 

How does depersonalization and self-categorization affect students’ levels of social anxiety?

This study is concerned with exploring the relationship between NUIG undergrad students levels’ of Self-Categorization, Social Anxiety, Attachment Style, Experiential Avoidance and Depersonalization and should take approximately 20 mins to complete.

Link to study for more info. 

 

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities in the community and on campus – get involved in once off volunteering to build your experiences!

Have a click to read more:

Youth Work Ireland

Schools of Sanctuary

Think Outside Event

Engineering Family Day

 

Would you like to participate in a 1 minute volunteering app development questionnaire?

A group of final year students are developing an app to connect active and hopeful volunteers enabling them to interact with other like-minded people and tackle social issues that they are interested in. The app is in its development and by filling out the survey it would enable the creators to implement any tweaks or features that volunteers would want. Here`s the link to the questionnaire. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TCQ5ZC9

 

Demechanising Bodies: A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory

A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory for Queer people that will explore the patriarchal roots of gendered and sexual repression and rehearse strategies for resisting these oppressions 10am-6pm Sat 14th of March at NUIG. No previous experience in theatre is necessary. Places are limited so please RSVP HERE. 

 

Deadline to Register for Seanad Éireann Vote Weds 26th Feb

Are you an NUI Galway graduate? Make sure you register for your Seanad Éireann vote. Seanad Éireann is the Upper House of the Irish Legislature and is composed of sixty members. Three of these senators are elected by National University of Ireland graduates. You can get a registration form in the SU or online here. Please note that if you are not already registered you won’t be able to vote in the upcoming Seanad Éireann election.

 

National Women’s Council of Ireland: Call out to women with disabilities

We are starting a project to reach out to women with disabilities. We want you to get involved to help us reflect your experiences better in all our work and campaigns for women’s equality. If you are interested and want to get involved please contact Catherine on 01 679 0100 or email catherinel@nwci.ie

 

Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register

 

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.

 

Marchathon Challenge 2020

News & Events

Marchathon Registration is Open – Win Prizes for Walking!

You are invited to participate in the annual Smarter Travel Step Challenge, Marchathon. The Marchathon Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March 2020.

Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on activetravellogger.ie to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

The more you walk the more chances you have to win!

Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us around Smokey’s Cafe/The Concourse for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.

  • 11am-1pm Mon 17th Feb
  • 11am-1pm Mon 24th Feb
  • 11am-1pm Mon 2nd March

Marchathon Wednesday Walks

As part of the Marchathon Challenge this year we will be holding short 30 minutes walks each Wednesday in March to keep all the NUI Galway teams motivated and give everyone a chance to meet up. There might even be some freebies!

Each walk will be led by a different group with a different starting point:
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 4th March SU Walk from outside Áras na Mac Léinn
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 11th March Societies Well Crew Walk from outside the Psychology Building
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 18th March ALIVE NUIG Walk from Áras na Mac Léinn
• 1pm-1.30pm Weds 25th March Societies Well Crew Walk from outside Áras na Mac Léinn

Marchathon Prize Giving

Our Marchathon Prize Giving will take place at 11am on Friday 17th of April at Sult

For more information about the Marchathon please contact Joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 18 – 10th January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Notice of Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles

Over the course of the last semester the Students’ Union continued the constitutional review work which was initiated the previous year. The main focus was placed on the structure of the Executive Committee and its functionality. On the 25th of November, Students’ Union Council had their say on the proposal for an amended Executive Committee structure. Class Reps voted in favour of the proposal to bring to students to vote on. 500 signatures have been collected in the meantime and a referendum will be held on Thursday 23rd January for you to vote and have your say.

More details about the referendum are available here.

 

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

 

Election of a Postgraduate Student as a Member of Údarás na hOllscoile

Údaras na hOllscoile is the governing authority of NUI Galway. Nominations are now open for a postgraduate student to become a member of Údarás and nominations close at 12pm on Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here.

 

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020. See www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim/become-student-leader/

 

What Will You Do In 2020?

Learn Sign Language

Have the Best Summer Ever

Raise Money For Charity

Run For Election

Learn To Save Lives

Laugh!

 

Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thursday 16th of January in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Women’s Self Defence & Mindfulness Class

Chen Tai Chi are offering a special student rate of just €10 per class for their Women’s Self Defence & Mindfulness through Tai Chi course this January. Classes start Tues 28th Jan at 7.45pm at Galway Rowing Club.

 

Clubs’ Day

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm Thursday 30th of January in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

 

ALIVE Welcome Workshops

Come along to one of our open sessions to learn more and get started with the community volunteering – projects you will love and anytime that’s right for you!

Workshops take place 5pm Tues 14th Jan, 5pm Thurs 16th Jan, 5pm Mon 20th Jan or 5pm Weds 22nd Jan in the ALIVE Office downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Galway DARE and HEAR Application Information Session

DARE is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school-leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.The Galway DARE and HEAR Application Information Sessions take place 10am-2pm this Sat 11th Jan in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway,

For more information contact access@nuigalway.ie

 

ALIVE Volunteering Fair

Have a chat with the charities local to Galway and international projects too. Get a flavour of what you can learn and what you can bring! 12pm-3pm Thurs 16th Jan in The James Hardiman Library Foyer.

 

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU President? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election next year yourself

Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here

 

Working and Travelling Abroad Fair

Start planning your best summer ever! The NUI Galway Working & Travelling Abroad Fair takes place 12pm-3pm Weds 29th of Jan 2020 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include J1 Visa Companies, Travel Companies, Volunteering/Adventure Companies and Internship/Training Companies.

 

Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thursday 16th of January in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Clubs’ Ball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Join the NUI Galway Sports Clubs for a massive night to round off the NUIG year! The 2020 Clubs’ Ball will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 24th of March in The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Limited number of Early Bird Tickets on sale now for just €32.50! Get yours now before the price goes up to €40. Ticket includes: Red Carpet Entrance, Drinks Reception, 3 Course Dinner, DJ, Band, Day 2 entry to Electric and lots more surprises to be announced! Over 18’s event – ID required.

 

Sign Language Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling for our next 10 Week Sign Language courses which are just €40. Options are:

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Weds 29th Jan – Weds 1st April
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thurs 30th Jan – Thurs 2nd April

You can sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

 

8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

  • Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 16th Jan-Thurs 5th March 2020
  • Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 16th Jan -Thurs 5th March 2020

Cost: €40 Pay in the SU Office or by Debit/Credit Card on 091 493 570.

 

Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.

 

Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.

 

Beer Run Back on Sunday

The only free running club that rewards your efforts with a free beer is back this Sunday! Join Galway Bay Brewery Running Club at 12.30pm this Sunday 12th January at the Salthouse for a social 5/8/10km run! All fitness/unfitness levels welcome.

 

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.

What Will You Do in 2020?

News & Events

What Will You Do In 2020?

Learn Sign Language

Have the Best Summer Ever

Raise Money For Charity

Run For Election

Learn To Save Lives

Laugh!