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SU Weekly Email 5 1st October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Events 5th – 10th October #littlethings

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn. All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

Monday

11am-4pm          Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall

12.30pm               Mental Health Week Launch at the Quad

12pm-1pm          Building Resilience Workshop in The View

2pm-3pm            Strategies for Taking Study in Your Stride in The View

6pm-8pm            Juggling Workshop at the Arts Millennium Building

Tuesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-4pm            Singing with Dementia Patients in The Meeting Rooms

6pm-8pm            Seas Suas Programme Room 129 Áras Moyola

8pm-11pm          Film: The Dead Poet’s Society in The Meeting Rooms

Wednesday

12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-3pm            Mindfulness for Daily Life Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Stress Busting Techniques Workshop in The View

6pm                       Capoeira Workshop in The Cube with Dance Soc

8pm                       Bring a Dish event in AC203 with Potter Soc

Thursday

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop in The View

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope in the Chapel

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc

Friday

All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.

Saturday

10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25.

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Tues, 20 Oct 2015. Find out more and apply at www.su.nuigalway.ie/explore

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th OctoberTickets on Sale now €5

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October                                                                      3 Spaces Left €40
  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                1 Space Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         9 Spaces Left €15

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Anti-Social Behaviour

It has come to the attention of both the University and the Students’ Union that more incidents regarding anti-social behaviour have occurred. We ask that all students please keep in mind their neighbours during their stay in Galway. The accommodation shortage has come to the forefront and incidences regarding anti-social behaviour are and will only make the current crisis much worse. Please exercise caution during any events you may have at home and keep noise levels to a minimum. Be a good neighbour!

Are You Registered to Vote?

Get registered to vote before the 26th October deadline. Register in the SU Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or come to our Voter Registration Drive 11am-4pm Thursday 8th October in Áras na Mac Léinn (there will be free stuff!).

Road Safety Week Freebies Thurs 8th Oct

We have loads of FREE High Vis Vests and Bike Lights to give away as part of Road Safety Week this Thursday 8th October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn (while stocks last!) #besafebeseen

SU Charities

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. We are planning a load of fundraising events throughout the year but need your help! If you want to help us out or have an idea for an event just give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie There’s more information on our plans available here.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
Classes for full degree international students who need support with academic writing and referencing are taking place as follows:
Arts Millennium building:

  • Wednesdays –  AM107  – 16:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesdays  –  AM110 – 18:00 to 20:00
  • Fridays – AM107 – 17:00 to 19:00

No pre-registration is necessary. Due to demand and class size restrictions places are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Graduate Jobs Fair12.30pm-4pm Tuesday 6th October

More than 75 actively recruiting companies across all industries will feature at the NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall, on Tuesday 6th October from 12.30pm – 4.00pm.  A student’s main objective on the day is to secure your first graduate job. Many graduate employers now recruit graduates from all academic disciplines so don’t be misled by an organisation’s name – they may have the perfect graduate opportunity for you!

Details on participating exhibitors is available from www.nuigalway.ie/careers#jobsfairNUIG

USI FREE Activist Academy this Saturday

This day long event will provide you with the skills and training needed to become a student activist. Workshops include: lobbying, fundraising, networking, working with the media, social media and how to build a community of activists. Register Now.

The Sober Society presents Funky Seomra Friday 9th October

Sober Soc aims are to create a culture that encompasses fun, exciting and interesting events in NUIG that don’t finish up with a trip to the pub.

Their first event is Funky Seomra 8.30pm-1am on Friday 9th October – a night club that includes not only amazing dance music, but massage areas, games areas, arts & crafts, chill out zone and delicious healthy cakes, snacks and herbal teas. The event takes place in The Cube Áras na Mac Léin and tickets are only €5 to members of Sober Soc who buy tickets in advance. Students and staff can become members of Sober Soc and avail of this cheap offer.

Societies Global Week 5th – 8th October

The second annual NUI Galway Global Week is taking place from October 5th-8th, with the Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall on Monday 5th of October from 11am – 4pm.

Global week aims to: A) Raise awareness of global issues B) Raise awareness of ecological issues and promote a green agenda C) Celebrate Diversity

NUIG Snowsports Challenge 6th/7th of October – Win a free trip worth €739!

Compete in teams in a series of wacky challenges to win a trip to Val D’Isere in January with the NUIG Snowsports club. Sign up in Smokies between 12-2 on Tuesday before the challenge kicks off that evening in the College Bar, it continues the following day in Monroes where the winner will be announced! Check here for all the info!

Free 8×8 Festival  5th – 9th October 2015

SUAS would like to invite you the third 8×8 Free Film festival at NUIG. 8×8 is a development-focused arts festival with a touring photo exhibition and award-winning documentary film screenings. Visit the exhibition on campus outside the library and pop along to one of the events. To secure your place register for you free tickets at stand.ie/8×8   

Participants Required for Research Study on Mindfulness

You are invited to take part in a research study which involves evaluating the effects of a 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive ability. Participants will spend 6-weeks learning about the concept and practice of mindfulness using Headspace, an app which runs on all major smartphones, tablets and web browsers. You will be provided with a free subscription to Headspace which will last for another 6 months after the study finishes if you complete all data collection. This is usually worth around €60. More information and the screening form can be found here

NUIG 8k Registration Still Open

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on World Mental Health Day Saturday 10th October at 10am. Entry fee is just €25 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Sin Issue 2 Is Out Now

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm

IT250

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct

6pm-8pm

Kirwan Theatre

Concourse

SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct

6pm-7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Operation Transformation Seeks Leaders

Operation Transformation is back for a 9th series and we are looking for 5 new leaders to lead the nation on the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan. This is a chance to change your life while motivating others to do the same, so why not apply today.Click ‘download application form’ to apply today here: https://ot.rte.ie/

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 5 – 8th October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Voter Registration Drive Tuesday 14th October

Are you registered to vote in the upcoming referendum on Marriage Equality? Get registered on Tuesday 14th October 11am-3pm at our Voter Registration desk in Smokey’s Café.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • 6pm-9pm Thursday 9th October Class Reps Training in IT250 – ALL CLASS REPS SHOULD ATTEND
  • 6pm-8pm Monday 13th October SU Council in the Kirwan Theatre – ALL CLASS REPS SHOULD ATTEND
  • 6pm-7pm Tuesday 14th October Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola
  • 6pm-7pm Wednesday 15th October Science Council in the Cairnes Theatre
  • 6pm-7pm Thursday 16th October Law/Commerce Council in AC204

If you have been elected as a Class Rep but have not filled out the registration sheet yet please contact the SU Education Officer Phelim Kelly ASAP on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

€15 NUI Galway student tickets on sale now for Connacht vs La Rochelle 5pm Saturday 18th October at the Sports ground. Tickets available from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Building Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open!

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

Criú na Gaeilge: Now Recruiting

Are you interested in the promotion of Irish language and culture on campus? We are now recruiting Criú na Gaeilge who will be responsible for helping to organise and promote events throughout the year, particularly Seachtain na Gaeilge in March. You’ll also be able to get your ALIVE cert from volunteering with this. Anyone who is interested can email Gráinne on su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie and there will be a meeting next Thursday 16th October to get started.

 

Garda Liaison Officer Clinic

There will be a Garda Clinic 12.30pm-2.30pm on Monday 13th October in the Wellness Centre in the Hub. Feel free to pop by if you have any queries to Garda Nora Brady.

 

Take the National Student Drug Survey 2014

Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland have launched the largest student drug survey in Ireland in collaboration with Irish Needle Exchange Forum. We invite all undergraduate students to take 10 minutes to complete the survey and share it with their peers. The survey, which is completely anonymous, will provide insight into drug trends and drug education among students across Ireland.

Tradsoc Guest Concert with Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (Uilleann Piper and Flute player)

Monday 13th October in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn. Entry (Pay at Door) – Student/Child €3 ; Adult-€5. Tradsoc are joined by TG4’s Ceoltóir Óg na Bliana 2012 (Young Musician of the year 2012)For a great night of music not to be missed.

Free Help with Essay Writing for Students of All Disciplines at the AWC

The AWC  offers free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing to all NUIG students.  International students, mature students, undergrads, postgrads, students of Arts, Science, Business, or Engineering are all equally welcome.

The AWC is in the Library on floor 2. Our hours are 11-1 and 6-9 every weekday (though not Friday nights). Please drop in.

 

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 8 Spaces Left
  • Occupational First Aid – 7 Spaces left

More info on all the courses is available here.  

 

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway this Saturday 11th October – Still time to Sign Up!

Registration is still open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups 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 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.

SU Weekly Email 13th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Elections 2014 Countdown – 7 Days to Go!

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 open at 10am on Thursday 20th 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 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.

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm 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. 

Spring & Semester 2 Exam Timetables

The Semester 2 Exam Timetable will be available on 14-Mar-2014. 
The Spring exam timetable will be available online on 12-Feb-2014. 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. View a short Examination Advice video (below). 
If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor). 
https://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/timetable.html

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG

We are delighted to announce that 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.

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 Fri 21st Feb, Fri 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         8 Week Yoga Course €40 Thursday 13th February-Thursday 3rd April Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm (FULL) Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (14 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested.

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

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm €10 NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale from the SU Office NOW!

Student Counselling Service FREE group workshops:

  1. Coping with feeling Stressed                  – Wed, February 19, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days     – Mon, February 24, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  3. Troubled by Procrastination                   – Tues, February 25, from 6.15pm-8.15pm

Bookings and queries to paula.crowley@nuigalway.ie

 

EXPLORE projects

The SU and the University are supporting over 180 staff and students in delivering on 28 innovative projects which were awarded €1,000 funding each as part of the EXPLORE initiative. You can check out the various projects and their progress here.

 

How to apply for the ALIVE Certificate’ Workshops on the following dates:

$1·         1pm-2pm Tues 18th Feb in AM205 Arts Millennium Building

$1·         5pm-6pm Thurs 20th Feb in AC204 on the Concourse

$1·         12pm-1pm Mon 24th Feb in MY124 Áras Moyola

$1·         3pm-4pm Weds 26th Feb in CA005 Cairnes Building

Deadline for NUI Galway student Applications is 12pm 15th March and the ALIVE  Certificate Ceremony takes place at 11.30am on the 1st April in the Bailey  Allen Hall.

Sin Issue 9

Read it here.

The new secure bicycle compound is now open.

Anyone with a valid student / staff University ID card can access the compound.

Please note

  • There are separate entrances and exits for cyclists’ use only, to the South side (The Hardiman Building) and to the North side (Bank of Ireland) of compound
  • There is one pedestrian exit turnstile and one pedestrian entrance turnstile (on  Arts Science Building  / Canal side)
  • In the interest of safety, cycling is prohibited within the compound.

Maps are available on the Buildings Office website https://www.nuigalway.ie/buildings/campus_map.html

Islam, Secularism and Democracy

A talk presented by Abdullah al Andalusi and the NUI Galway Islamic Society 7pm Monday 17th February in the Colm OhEocha Theatre, Arts Millennium Building. All Welcome. More information from isoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

Cyberbullying Survey

I am a doctoral researcher in the Business Information Systems Department conducting national research into cyberbullying within higher education institutes in Ireland. I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to participate in this survey. As recent news bulletins have highlighted this topic, this study aims to look at the prevalence and aspects of cyberbullying of students attending higher education institutes in Ireland.

It will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

Thank you for your participation. Survey Link.

Survey on Disabilities and Academic Success

I am currently conducting a study on learning support strategies and self-efficacy in dyslexia and non-dyslexic students in third level education, as part of my degree.

As a dyslexic student myself I am interested in finding ways to help students with any form of disability achieve academic success and have a positive college experience.

I would be sincerely grateful if you would complete the attached survey.  The survey consists of a participant information sheet and two questionnaires, which will only take a few minutes to complete.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: b.mccarney1@nuigalway.ie. The survey can be accessed at  this link.

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email MaryClare.OHara@hse.ie

Special Olympics Polar Plunge Fundraiser

Take part in the Special Olympics Connacht Polar Plunge challenge on Saturday 1st of March 10am-4pm at Blackrock Salthill Galway. To sign up and get your sponsorship card contact michael.carty@specialolympics.ie

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.