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SU Weekly Email 1st May 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

The SU Office, Cloakroom, Engineering Desk, College Bar, SU Shop, Health Unit, Caifé na Gaeilge and the Hub will all be CLOSED on Monday 5th May for the Bank Holiday. The Library will be open as normal 8am-10pm but there won’t be any desk services. Smokeys Café will be open 9:00am-5:30pm and The Wall Café is open 9:00am-5:30pm.

 

Learn about the Birds and the Bees (and the slugs, butterflies and bats!)

The Intervarsity BioBlitz is on from 5pm on Thursday 1st to 5pm on Friday 2nd  May and all events are on campus and FREE!  BioBlitz Timetable.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union 50th Anniversary Reunion: Saturday 7th June 2014

All past and present NUI Galway Students’ Union officers, staff, journalists, colleagues and friends are invited to join with us to celebrate as the Union turns 50. 

The reunion is taking place in the College Bar, NUI Galway from 7pm onwards on Saturday 7th June 2014. Tickets are €15 – price includes BBQ, dessert, refreshments, entertainment and lots of surprises along the way. 

If you would be interested in contributing to our special 50th anniversary publication for the event – with photos or words – please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ieASAP! 

Please feel free to bring guests and spread the word! 

BUY TICKETS NOW!

 

Create a Computer Game in 12 Hours

INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, is bringing the GameCraft 2014 to Galway for the first time after it has been running in Dublin for years and all over the world. Gamecraft is a game jam, which means you and yours have a ludicrously short amount of time (12 hours) to turn an idea into a computer game.

It’s on Saturday May 10th from 9am to 9pm, in our conference room. It’s a great way to meet new folk, have some fun and most importantly make more games!

Please, do register hereand spread the word.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)
NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for an academic, cultural and economic boycott of the state of Israel. The decision was taken by a referendum of NUI Galway students last month. The referendum, which was called by The Palestine Solidarity Society asked students whether or not they agreed with the motion: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”. 65% of voters supported the motion. Read more.

 

Connacht vs Cardiff Tickets

We have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale now in the SU for last Connacht Rugby home match of the season this Saturday 2nd May 5pm in the Sportsground vs Cardiff.

 

Try Sailing for Free this Sunday

Galway Bay Sailing Club situated at Renville, Oranmore, County Galway is hosting an OPEN DAY at the Club on  SUNDAY the 4th MAY between 12 noon and 5.00pm. 

The Open Day is part of the Irish Sailing Association initiative to give everybody the chance and opportunity to get out onto the water and, we at Galway Bay Sailing Club would like to welcome members of the public down to the club and to take this opportunity to get out on the water on dinghies, ribs and cruisers for FREE!  It promises to be a great day with lots of action for all ages from young children to teenagers adults and families. 

For any further information please check our website: www.gbsc.ieand our Facebook Page: Galway Bay Sailing Club.

 

Looking for a laugh this weekend in Galway? 
The Irish Laughter Championship is taking place in the Harbour Hotel in Galway this Sunday 4th May.
It’s open to the public to register to take part, check out the event pagefor more information. All funds raised go to Jigsaw Galway.

 

Extra Study Space

The following venues are booked for extra study space from 08:30-22:00 until 14/05/14:

$1·         Tyndall Theatre

$1·         O’Flaherty Theatre

$1·         Cairnes Theatre

$1·         D’Arcy Thompson Theatre

$1·         Kirwan Theatre

$1·         Larmor Theatre

$1·         Dillon Theatre

$1·         ENG-G017

$1·         AC202

$1·         AC203

$1·         AC204

In addition, AC201 is booked from 08:30-22:00 from 15/04/14-23/04/14 and from 25/04/14-14/05/14

 

Locker Clear Out Deadline Friday 16th May

We know you have become attached to them and they feel like a home away from home BUT all lockers need to be emptied by 5pm on Friday 16th of May. Items not removed will be disposed of. You can drop your key (just the key leave the lock on the locker please!) up to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday – Friday 10am-5pm.  

Autumn Exams

Autumn exams are scheduled for Tuesday, 5th August to Friday, 15th August 2014 (inclusive). 

Darkness Into Light Saturday 10th May

Registrations are now open for the Galway and Tuam Darkness Into Light walks which take place at 4.15am on Saturday, May 10. All funds raised go to suicide prevention charity Pieta House, which opened its first West of Ireland facility in Tuam last December. There is a special student registration rate of €15 Register here.You can also sign up this weekend at their pop-up shop in the Eyre Square Centre.

Check the Register: Deadline 6th May

Are you registered to vote in the European & Local elections on 23rd May 2014? If you are entitled to vote but don’t appear on the register the closing date for inclusion on the Supplemental Register of Electors is the 6th of May. The Postal and Special Supplement closing date is the 26th April. Application forms are available here.

Contact Us

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

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

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

NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)

NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for an academic, cultural and economic boycott of the state of Israel. The decision was taken by a referendum of NUI Galway students last month. The referendum, which was called by The Palestine Solidarity Society asked students whether or not they agreed with the motion: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”. 65% of voters supported the motion.

The BDS movement, called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005, advocates non-violent punitive measures against Israel until it complies with the precepts of international law towards Palestine. This consists of ending its occupation and colonisation of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall, recognising the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality, and respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

Sean Kearns, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

‘NUI Galway students have a long and proud history of fighting for societal change, both domestically and internationally, and this result is the latest example of that tradition. Alongside promoting awareness of the need for the broader BDS campaign, NUI Galway Students’ Union are currently working on developing a policy that will outline how they will be lobbying the university to comply with the BDS campaign.’

Fionnghuala Nic Roibeaird, Auditor of the NUI Galway Palestine Society, said:

‘We would like to thank all those who campaigned and voted for the motion. No doubt NUI Galway Students’ Union shall be just the first of many students’ unions in Ireland to join the BDS campaign, and we are confident that students in Ireland and elsewhere will not be silent on instances of international oppression in our own time’.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Declan Higgins, Vice-President/Education Officer Phelim Kelly and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin. The students of NUI Galway also voted to keep the Students’ Union Pro-Choice on the issue of abortion and voted to support the BDS Campaign against the state of Israel.

On Thursday 13th of March students will go back to the polls at NUI Galway to elect their part-time officers and to decide on a referendum regarding the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage.

Here are the full election and referenda results:

President

Duff 324

Higgins, Declan 1734 (elected)

McDonnell 827

Moran 110

O’Donnell 213

Re open nominations 34

Spoiled 64

Quota 1622

Vice President Education

Fitzgibbon, Conor 1479

Kelly, Phelim 1510 (elected on 2nd count)

Re open nominations 142

Quota 1566

Vice President Welfare

Mc Donald 600

Ní Shúilleabhain, Aoife 1466 (elected on 2nd count)

O’Dowd 1013

Re open nominations 64

Quota 1572

Referendum: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion. Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

Yes: 1,418

No: 1,748

Spoiled 130

Referendum: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

Yes: 1,954

No: 1,059

Spoiled 248

SU Weekly Email 27th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote on Thursday 6th March

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

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

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

Remote Vote

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

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

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

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

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

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

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

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

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

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart sessions on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Vodafone Freebies

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

 

Complete the National Student Survey

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

What you need to know

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

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

Psychological Research Study: Sunbed Use, Attitudes and Perceptions. 

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

Students from Foundations Studies Science and Technology​ Survey

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

Why do you listen to music? 

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

Notice of Referenda 2014

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Referenda 2014

On Thursday 6th March 2014 you will be asked to vote in two separate referenda and on Thursday 13th March 2014 you will be asked to vote in a third referendum.
All referenda have been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

1. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion (Thurs 6th March)
This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a neutral position with regard to abortion.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion.
Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

2. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel (Thurs 6th March)
This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:
Do you agree with the following proposition:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

3. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage (Thurs 13th March)

On Thursday 13th March you will be asked to vote in a third referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.
The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:
Do you agree with the following proposition:
“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports all measures that extend to homosexual couples the same rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, including, but not limited to, supporting a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.”
This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

How to Vote
In Person at a Polling Station
Polling Stations will be open on campus from 10:00am to 8:00pm. To vote at a polling station you must present your NUI Galway ID. No other form of ID will suffice.
Locations and opening hours of each Polling Station are available on the Students’ Union website.

Remote Vote
Students must register before midnight on either Wednesday 5th March (for the 1st and 2nd Referenda) or Wednesday 12th March (for the third referendum). Once registered students can then cast their vote online during polling hours.

To register for Remote Vote, logon to the SU website here.

SU Weekly Email 20th February 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm TOMORROW Friday 21st February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. The Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office, the Engineering Desk and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Elections 2014 – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare and SU Council Chair

Students’ Union Council Chairperson for 2014/15 – please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Monday 24th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place at 6pm on Monday 3rd of March in IT250 at the last SU Council meeting of the year.

Students’ Union full time paid officer positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 26th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 6th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 27th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

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

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Referenda

On Thursday 6th March you will be asked to vote in two separate referenda.

Both referenda have been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a neutral position with regard to abortion.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion.

Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG 3rd March

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

Volunteers Needed for Aquathon

If you have time to spare on Tuesday 25th of February between 9am-1.30pm we need volunteers to help out with our Charity Aquathon which is raising money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC. Anyone that helps out will get lunch and a t-shirt! Volunteers will be helping time the competitors, helping with registration and acting as stewards along the race route in Dangan. Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help.

Postgrad Karaoke

Postgrad-aoke is back this Friday 21st of February at 8pm in the College Bar. Good tunes, refreshments, pizza and bad singing!

 

Free Mind Mapping Workshop

To tackle the problem of exam disappointment and failure or even just to improve your study techniques, we are holding a Mind Mapping workshop by Dr Dermot Burns from the Department of English on the 26th of February in AC2016 from 6pm-8pm. Mind Mapping is a useful technique that helps you learn more effectively, improves the way that you record information, and supports and enhances creative problem solving.

By using Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. You can see the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes. More than this, Mind Maps help you remember information, as they hold it in a format that your mind finds easy to recall and quick to review.

Places are limited so call in to the SU to sign up or email su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

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

What you need to know

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

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Reduce stress, enhance your well-being. FREE 30 minute sessions every Wednesday 1:00 – 1:30pm in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. Starting 26th Feb. All welcome. Emailcindy.dring@nuigalway.iefor further information.

 

Mature Students’ Society trip to Áras an Uachtaráin

The Mature Students Society have accepted an invitation from the office of the President of Ireland to a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin on the Friday 14th of March at 2.00pm. We have decided to include a trip to Leinster House as well. The itinerary is as follows;
     * The bus will be leaving the Quad at 7.00am and arrive at Leinster house for a guided tour at 10.30am. 
     * Thereafter we will make our way to Áras an Uachtaráin to begin our tour at 2.00pm. There will be light refreshments served afterwards courtesy of Áras an Uachtaráin. 
     * We should arrive back at the Quad around 8.00pm. 
     * Time will be allocated for breaks (food, shopping, etc.)
This trip is limited to 40 mature students. A fee of €10.00 per student for the bus applies, which is payable at the Socs Box. Closing date is the 28th February.

 

Marchathon 3rd-7th March

If you like winning prizes and walking and have two friends who also like these things you should sign up your team of three now for the Marchathon! Between the 3rd and 7th of March each member of your team needs to walk for at least 30 minutes a day and there are loads of prizes including Tablets and eReaders for taking part. Register your team here now!

#Gencon14

The first national student conference on gender takes place at NUI Galway on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March. Spaces are free but limited so book now here.

 

Student Talks Conference seeks presenters

The first Student Talks conference will be held on the 26th of March from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Dillon Theatre on the Concourse of NUI Galway.

Student Talks is a prestigious international conference series that was designed by students, for students. The aim of each Student Talks conference is to give students a global platform to communicate their ideas (discuss their chosen topics of research or interest), get in touch with like-minded individuals, and achieve international recognition for their work. There are several Student Talks conferences to be held over the coming months around Ireland and the UK. 

The conference is one hour long. Seven student presenters will each give an eight minute presentation on their chosen subject. The presentation must in some way be related to your academic work. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Aside from the fact that presenting at a Student Talks conference is a great experience, an opportunity to present your work the world wide community and improve your CV, academic/ career profile, the Student Talks Awards take place at the end of each year. The winners from each academic category will be announced and the overall Student Talks best presentation will be awarded. 

If you would like to present and the Student Talks conference send your name, presentation title and a short description of your talk to brianslattery@studenttalks.ie.

 

Tag Yourself in NUI Galway’s First Ever First Year Class Photo!

This Gigapixel image  of the first year ‘Class of 2013’ was taken in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway at the beginning of the new term to welcome our first year students. Tag yourself or find your friends in this gigapixel panoramic photo – it allows you to pan around the entire Quad to see yourself or your friends with amazing clarity!

As NUI Galway is the University of choice for over 3,000 students every year, we want to know – why did you choose NUI Galway? Tell us at https://choose.nuigalway.ie

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

Rails Girls is a worldwide movement aimed at giving a first approach to Web application development. It prioritizes female participants to address the IT gender gap by creating a sense of community between females who usually can hardly find similar peers helping and inspiring them, in the male-dominated IT area. This is achieved by local 2-days workshops in which attendees implement a simple application using Ruby on Rails. After Rails Girls Galway 2013 run successfully (mainly sponsored by NUIG, it received more than 100 requests for participation) a second edition (dates to be defined) has been asked for, ever since. We are currently recruiting volunteer coaches (of any gender) for Rails Girls Galway 2014. Please email railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com if interested more at https://railsgirls.com/galway

Reward Offered for return of Lost Memory Stick

Imitation brand black and red memory stick left behind in the D block (Education block)computer room (downstairs) on 12th Feb. 2014. Studying for my masters of education degree and this memory stick had a substantial amount of information relating to not only my course, but also my job as a teacher. Contact m.cunniffe2@nuigalway.ie

Interested in your heart and lung function?

Male smokers and non-smokers aged 18 to 25 required to participate in a 4th year physiology project. Email e.caplice1@nuigalway.ie for more details.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

$1·         3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (12 spaces left)

$1·         SU Barista course is completely full.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Treviso 5pm Saturday 1st March €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale Monday 24th January in the SU.

TG4 PILOT FOR NEW DATING SHOW! MUMS AND DAUGHTERS WANTED!

“If you want to know what your girlfriend will be like in 25 years, get to know her mother”!  ADARE Productions are creating a Pilot for a new dating show. One guy will choose from 3 girls, the catch is, he won’t get to meet or see the girls – But he’ll have plenty of time to get to know their MOTHERS. He will have to make his selection based on the information he gleans from the mothers. But in the end, it’s the Mother who decides if the guy is worthy of her daughter. So, if your mum and you are game for a laugh get in touch with us now.

Fiona Ní Chéirín on 01-2843877 or email fiona@adareproductions.ie as soon as possible! Casting will take place in Galway on February 28th.

Cooking & Eating on a Student Budget: Local Ingredients & Summer Recipes with Anton of Anton’s Cafe

Wednesday 26th February at 7.30 pm. Hosted at Ros Geal Residence, ​19 University Rd. Email rosgeal@gmail.comto book a place.

Study: The Human Animal Bond

This is an invitation to participate in a study on the relationship between the human animal bond and human mental health and wellbeing. This questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all data collected will be anonymous. To participate please follow the web linkhere.

Contact Us

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

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

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