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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches 10,000 Step Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched the Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge for NUI Galway students and staff. 36 teams of staff and student members have so far registered to take part in the challenge which runs for the month of March. The aim of the event is to encourage staff and students to walk more so that they reach 10,000 steps per day by the end of the challenge. Participants have the chance of winning prizes such as action cameras, shopping vouchers and challenge goodie packs from the National Transport Authority just by walking!

The health benefits of walking are huge as it helps tone muscles, strengthen bones, increases metabolism and reduces the risk of high blood pressure. Regular walking can also have a big impact on your mental health as it reduces stress, improves mood and increases self-esteem.

The Students’ Union is also making sure that participants stay safe by staying seen while walking as they have distributed hundreds of free high visibility items from the Road Safety Authority. Participants can still register online for the challenge at https://www.activetravellogger.ie/

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “It’s great to see students and staff coming together as a community for a project like this. Sneaking in a short walk each day can transform your health, body and mind plus it’s free! We are privileged to have some beautiful walks on campus which can easily be enjoyed on a break from study or work.”

Students’ Union Vice President/Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said: “In the lead up to exams it’s important that students ensure they make time for regular exercise in their schedules. Just 40 minutes of walking three times a week has been shown to protect the brain region associated with planning and memory. The Challenge is a great chance to turn exercise into a daily habit and there’s the added bonus that you can win prizes just by taking part!”

PHOTO: (Left to Right) NUI Galway Students’ Union Staff Members: Chris Newell, Maeve Lawless, Órla O’Donoghue, Noelle McNamara, Amber Walsh-Olesen and Gareth Williams.

SU Weekly Email 23 – 23rd February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm this Monday 27th of February in IT250. Please note that only registered Class Reps can vote in this election.
  • Nominations are now closed for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare. The election takes place next Thursday 2nd of March with polling stations in An Bhialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm), Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and on the SU Website via Remote Vote 10am-8pm (pre-registration required before midnight Weds 1st March)
  • Nominations are now open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at and close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st of March. The election takes place on Thursday 9th of March.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions there is more information here or contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by the specified deadline.

Election Guide.

#NUIGSU17 Remote Vote – Registration Open

If you are not on campus on Thursday 2nd March and wish to vote in the Students’ Union elections and referendum, you can use Remote Vote to cast your vote online.

It’s a simple two-step process:

  1. REGISTER Log on to the Students’ Union website before midnight on Wednesday 1st March and register for Remote Vote.
  2. VOTE Log on to the Students’ Union website between 10am and 8pm on Thursday 2nd March.

Remote Vote is easy to use and is completely confidential.

Referendum on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s position on reunification of the island of Ireland

On Thursday 2nd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland.

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 supports the reunification of the island of Ireland and calls on the State to hold a national referendum on the question of such reunification.”

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

Polling Stations will be open: 10am-7pm (An Bhialann), 11am-8pm (Áras na Mac Léinn), 12pm-4pm (Engineering Building), 10am-8pm (Online Remote Vote – registration required by midnight Weds 1st March)

3 Comedians for €5!

Our last SU Comedy Gig of the year is on at 8pm on Monday 6th of March and features Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern AND Joanne McNally all for €5. Tickets are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk and all proceeds go to the SU charities: RNLI (Galway Lifeboats) and Threshold.

Marchathon 2017 – The 10,000 Step Challenge STARTS Weds 1st March

Win action cameras, shopping vouchers, travel cups, t-shirts, jumpers and lots more!

  1. Free to take part
  2. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  3. Sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie
  4. a) Team captain choose a team name and set up your team online
  5. b) Then team members sign up online and join this team
  6. Get a step counter – last few FREE Step Counters available in SU Office or download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), use a fit bit, Ipod or other step tracking device
  7. From the 1st to 31st of March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge reaching 10,000 steps or more by the 31st of March.

For more details www.facebook.com/smartertravelcampus or www.marchathon.ie

Equality Week Events TODAY

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus

11am-1pm ICTU Stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-2pm Do you work?  Do you feel that your rights are infringed? Come to the D’arcy Thompson Theatre! We have a wide range of speakers from Employment Relation representatives who will inform us of our rights.

More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Being a Postgrad can be tough.

If you have questions or just want a bit of a rant call to the NUI Galway Students’ Union office every Friday 2pm-4pm.

The SU Postgrad Officer Colm will be here to listen and advise you or just drop him a line on su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie

Complete the National Student Survey before Sunday – win an iPad

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say and you could win an iPad! It only takes 8 minutes and it will make a big difference to life at NUI Galway.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduates
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on www.studentsurvey.ie to complete the survey before the 26th of February

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can sign up in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card. The course cost is €40.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May

NUIG Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm Thurs 2nd March

We’ll be filling our HUGE VINTAGE SALE, with only the best ON TREND 80s+90s wavy garms at teeny tiny prices! We’ll be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportswear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts…. +so much more!

Need Help?

With Writing – The Academic Writing Centre

With Maths – SUMS

With Computer Programming – Computer DISC

With Anything – The SU Grinds Register

5k Fun Run 1pm Tuesday

NUIG Boat Club and NUIG Sports and Recreation Unit are holding a 5k fun run’ NUIG Clash of the Schools’ next Tuesday at 1pm, entry is free and there are lots of great prizes.

More Information.

NUI Awards 2017 Competitions Now Open

Apply now for one of the great Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes on offer, including:

  • NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences
  • NUI Travelling Studentships

Find full details including eligibility criteria and closing dates at www.nui.ie/awards

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference 

On Tuesday the 4th of April, the Third Undergraduate Research Conference will take place in NUIG. This event is a brilliant opportunity for students to gain exposure to research in a friendly yet academic environment. Students will have the chance to present their own abstract ideas based on the Sustainable Development Goals! Digital Badges will also be awarded to anyone who presents or attends. Sign up and register for the event: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

CompSoc Camara Collection

CompSoc are running their monthly Camara Drop-off Point in 18 Distillery Road starting next Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 10am to 2pm. They are also looking for volunteers to help out for an hour between 10am and 2pm. All computers, laptops, monitors, servers and keyboard donations are welcome. They are then sent to Dublin to be wiped to military standards before being sent to schools in Africa. We are unable to accept printers, CRT monitors, switches or projectors.

https://compsoc.ie/camara-dropoff-event-wednesday-1st-march-2017/

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • LinkedIn Workshop
  • Oracle –Employability Workshop
  • Employer in Residence – Oracle
  • Career Resilience Workshop
  • The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Information Stand
  • Interview Skills Masterclass
  • Fuelling your Ambition

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

 

Have your say on academic skills development at NUI Galway

Would you like to attend a student focus group about developing an academic skills hub to support the transition into and success at college? If you’d like to participate, please email jane.ennis@nuigalway.ie indicating your preferred timeslot (10am –11am or 1pm–2pm) on Friday 3rd of March.  Refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

 

WIN: €100 or a night in a 5* hotel.

ROPES Literary Journal are hosting a table quiz at 8.30pm Tuesday 28th February in Sult in aid of Pieta House. The top prize is €100 and there will be spot prizes and a raffle on the night! Entry €5 per person with a max of 4 people per table. Prizes include a 1 night stay in a 5* hotel for 2 people, pamper hampers, chocolates and more.

We will have a stall at Smokey’s Café Friday 24th February and Monday 27th February for anyone that wants to purchase tickets/find out more.

 

Attention Marketing Students win €3,000

Applications are open for the An Post Student Smart Marketing Campaign of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to win a €3,000 cash prize and an internship with the Sunday Business Post. Deadline 5pm 7th March. https://anpostsmartmarketing.ie/students/

 

Ash Wednesday 1st March

Prayer and Distribution of Ashes in the Chapel of St Columbanus:-

  • 8am Mass
  • 11.15am Prayer Service
  • 1.10pm Mass
  • 5.15pm Prayer Service

 

Hidden Disabilities and Discrimination in the Workplace

NUIG FLAC Society and Epilepsy Ireland are hosting a free public seminar dealing with discrimination in the workplace because of hidden disabilities at 6pm this Wednesday in AC202. If you have been discriminated against or are thinking about applying for a new job requiring the disclosure of medical information, this event will be of benefit to you.

 

Arts in Action presents In Illo Tempore’.

FREE event 1pm-2pm Thursday March 2nd in the Cube Theatre – Áras Na Mac Léinn. In Illo Tempore are a band of Fado  student singers from the Coimbra University in Portugal. Fado music originates from Lisbon and can be traced back to the 1820s. It has a long and rich heritage. The group perform with traditional guitars originating from the Coimbra region in Portugal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYHWaHiw2n8

We would love to see you there, the performance is free and all are very welcome!

 

Ennis Stop Now Being Offered by J.J. Kavanagh Coaches

Good news for all NUI Galway students from the Clare area. J.J Kavanagh Coaches are now offering a new stop in Ennis on their Galway to Waterford bus route. The service runs on a Sunday and Friday during term time.

A single ticket to/from Ennis will cost NUI Galway students €8.00

For further details please click J.J. Kavanagh Bus Route

 

#MondayMassage

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Book yourself in for a treatment, your body will thank you for it! Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50

Every Monday in the Wellness room – through The Hub. Call or txt Mick on 086 837 8589 to book.

 

Help “Raise the Dough” for ISPCC Childline!

Register by emailing Susie shalpin@ispcc or through www.Raisethedough.ie and receive some delicious Boutique Bake Mixes (Belgian chocolate, Lemon Drizzle, Flapjack cookie). Sell your bakes to your friends and colleagues and help us answer vital calls to children and young people who need to talk.

Last year we answered 400,000 of these very calls from children who talked to us about abuse, neglect, loneliness and depression.

Please use the www.Raisethedough.ie website for lots of nice ideas.

 

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

 

Read Sin Issue 9 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email editor@sin.ie

 

FREE Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

 

Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The 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 and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.

SU Weekly Email 22 – 16th February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • Nominations are now open for the SU Council Chairperson close at 5pm this Monday 20th of February. The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 27th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.
  • Nominations are now open for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare Officer and close at 5pm next Wednesday 22nd of February. The election takes place on Thursday 2nd of March.
  • Nominations open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at 10am on Thursday 23rd of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st of March. The election takes place on Thursday 9th of March.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions there is more information here or contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by the specified deadline.

Election Guide.

Equality Week Events

Tues 21st Feb

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus.

6pm-8pm: Amnesty Society panel discussion on Repealing the 8th Amendment in IT125.

Weds 22nd Feb

2pm-4pm: Accessibility Audit of the campus with ESN. We’ll be doing a walk around campus to identify things that should be changed; both physically and in terms of facilities, that could improve the campus for Students with Disabilities.

Thurs 23rd Feb

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus

11am-1pm ICTU Stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-2pm Do you work?  Do you feel that your rights are infringed? Come to the D’arcy Thompson Theatre! We have a wide range of speakers from Employment Relation representatives who will inform us of our rights.

More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

 

3 Comedians for €5!

Our last SU Comedy Gig of the year is on at 8pm on Monday 6th of March and features Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern AND Joanne McNally all for €5. Tickets are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk and all proceeds go to the SU charities: RNLI (Galway Lifeboats) and Threshold.

 

Complete the National Student Survey – win an iPad

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say and you could win an iPad! It only takes 8 minutes and it will make a big difference to life at NUI Galway.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduates
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on www.studentsurvey.ie to complete the survey before the 26th of February

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)

 

Marchathon 2017 – The 10,000 Step Challenge Weds 1st-Fri 31st of March

Win action cameras, shopping vouchers, travel cups, t-shirts, jumpers and lots more!

How to take part

  1. Free to take part
  2. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  3. Sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie
  4. a) Team captain choose a team name and set up your team online
  5. b) Then team members sign up online and join this team
  6. Get a step counter – FREE Step Counters available in SU Office or download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), use a fit bit, Ipod or other step tracking device
  7. From the 1st to 31st of March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge reaching 10,000 steps or more by the 31st of March.

For more details www.facebook.com/smartertravelcampus or www.marchathon.ie

 

Irish Language Petition

Please sign the following petition in relation to the Irish Language proficiency for the President of NUIG.

Sign Petition Here.

 

NUIG Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm Thurs 2nd March

We’ll be filling our HUGE VINTAGE SALE, with only the best ON TREND 80s+90s wavy garms at teeny tiny prices! We’ll be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportswear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts…. +so much more!

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 20th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 21st Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Weds 22nd Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Feb 6pm – 9pm IT250 IT Building SU Council

Contact Cathal on su.education@nuigalway.ie for more information

 

Upcoming FREE Workshops at NUI Galway

  • Presentation Skills Workshop, 7pm-9pm Tuesday 21st of February, Room G011 Library Lobby (beside soft seating)
  • ‘Troubled by Procrastination?’ Workshop, 7pm-8.30pm Tuesday 21st of February, Room G065 Psychology ground floor, corridor on right off lobby
  • Transition to Employment, CV and Interview Skills Workshop and How to answer questions relating to disability and mental health in Interviews/CV 1pm-2pm Thurs 23rd of Feb, G010 Library Lobby

 

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include

  • Personal Statement Workshop
  • Employer in Residence – Aldi
  • Chartered Accountancy Careers Fair (External)

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

 

Read Sin Issue 9 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email editor@sin.ie

 

Give Blood at NUIG TODAY 12pm-3.30pm in Bailey Allen Hall

More Information

 

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Volunteer with us!

The Annual Undergraduate Research Conference takes place this year on the 4th of April and offers an excellent opportunity for students of all faculties to present their research ideas in an academic yet friendly environment. We are looking for volunteers like you to join our team to help organize and make this inspiring event possible! In appreciation for your efforts, digital badges will be awarded to those who attend, present and organise. A perfect touch on your CV while you grow, explore and learn new research skills.

Sign up as volunteer here or Contact us: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

 

Cáca Dána Theatre Company Presents Eternal Youth by Niamh Ryan
Thurs 23rd-Sat 25th February, 8.30pm in Town Hall Theatre. Tickets €12/€10. Through their energetic rhythm and visceral relationship , teenagers Ashley and Darren will capture you and draw you into their fantastical reality as they struggle through their transition into adulthood.

 

Galway Swing February Frolic in aid of Croí

Everyone’s welcome to join the Galway Swing February Frolic from 8.30pm this Saturday 18th of February.  It’s their beginner-friendly night of dancing with a  €5 suggested donation, all profits go to Croí.

 

African Caribbean Society – Take Me Out (Valentines Event)

Take Me Out will take place in the Bailey Allen hall (Áras na Mac Léinn) next Thursday the 23rd of February with a great night of food, fun and romance. Doors open at 6:30 pm with some complimentary photographs and the show begins at 7pm SHARP! €5 tickets available from the Socs Box.

Email : acs@socs.nuigalway.ie for more information.

 

Survey: The Association between alcohol induced falls, related injuries and occupational dysfunction among Irish university students – a cross sectional study 

I am a final year Occupational Therapy student, as part of my final year research I am inviting NUIG students who have experienced a fall or fall-related injury whilst under the influence of alcohol to complete a questionnaire.  Anyone over the age 18 who has experienced a fall whilst under the influence of alcohol is invited to take part. Participation is wholly voluntary. The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3305155/New-Survey

If you have any questions contact: S.rath2@nuigalway.ie

 

The Academic Writing Centre is Open Again
You can drop in to the AWC to get FREE help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights).

 

NUI Graduates register for your Seanad Éireann Vote by 26th February

More information here.

 

FREE Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

 

Hardiman Phd scholarships

Closing Date TOMORROW Friday 17th February https://www.nuigalway.ie/hardiman-scholarships/

 

Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The 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 and Twitter.

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

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.

SU Weekly Email 22 – 19th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt, snacks and lunch for all participants. 

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations close at 5pm this Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5

Our next SU Comedy gig is for charity and features five comedians for just €5 on Monday 3rd March at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Joining Fred Cooke (Republic of Telly) on the night will be John O’Hare, Stephen Ryan, Declan Brennan and MC Danny Dowling. Tickets are available from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

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 Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

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

 

Researchers sought!

Galway City is the first City in Ireland to develop a strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. You can be part of a research project.  You will receive training and €10 mobile phone top up credit for each week of participating (€40 mobile top up credit in total) as a gesture of thanks.

What do you do? Researchers download an alcohol marketing monitoring ap and then each time you see marketing (poster, online, etc.) you log it on the ap. The overall aim of this project is to monitor the exposure of young people to alcohol marketing in Galway city. You will get on-going support and a chance to work on an international research project. To participate come along to the welcome session: 1.00-2.00pm Tuesday 3rd March in the Space, upstairs Áras na Mac Léinn. For further information email alive@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your 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.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.

 

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway

A Makerspace is a do-it-yourself space where students can access equipment, tools and software to ‘make stuff’. It’s a place where students from different colleges and schools can come together to share ideas and work on projects. The idea is that students have a well-equipped shared space where they can – Make, Break, Fix and Learn.

We are going to add a Makerspace to the Library and are looking for suggestions and ideas from students and staff as to what it should contain.

Initially we think we should include at least: 3D Printer, PC’s for design, Raspberry Pi hardware and Arduino boards.

To help us decide if these are correct and what else we should include we have a short requirements gathering survey which we would like you to complete.This will be YOUR Makerspace so please take a few minutes to tell us what you want the JHL Makerspace to be! Contact us at: libmakerspace@nuigalway.ie

Makerspace Survey.

#UpForSchool

UpForSchool is a global campaign to get 58 million primary school children who are currently not in school, into school.  Ireland has pledged 10,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition. We are looking for Youth Ambassadors at NUI Galway to help gather signatures to add to this global petition. They are counting on people like you and me to help make sure all children are able to go to school without fear, danger or discrimination. To get involved contact duggancaroline28@gmail.comSign The Petition Here.

NUIG Theatre Week

NUI Galway Theatre Week runs from the 23rd to the 27th of February with lots of DRAMA on Campus!

NUIG Shave or Dye

Well done to everyone who took part in Shave or Dye in the College Bar this week. We raised €1,366 to fight cancer and there are still some donations to come in which is brilliant! If you didn’t get a chance to donate remember that you can text “Shave” to 50300 to donate €2 to the Irish Cancer Society.

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

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

 

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

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 21 – 12th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

TONIGHT Thursday 12th of February

8pm The Dirty Circus Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed.

TOMORROW Friday 13th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses available while stocks last from the SU Office

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €2 which goes to the SU Charities Console & BeLonG To.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

This Tuesday will you SHAVE or DYE to fight Cancer?

NUI Galway Shave or Dye takes place this Tuesday 17th February 2pm-5pm in the College Bar. Please support the event by volunteering to get your hair shaved or dyed (temporary options available!) or just come along to support the brave NUI Galway students and staff that are getting the chop!

All funds raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Care West, Galway Hospice and NBCRI. Please like and share the campaign Facebook Page

For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open Next Week

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations open at 10am on Monday 16th February – nomination forms will be available from the SU Office and website.

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 19th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Sin Newspaper

Read the latest issue here.

College Campus Radio Ltd. (operator of Flirt FM 101.3) are seeking nominations for Student Representatives to their Board of Directors. 

They are looking for current NUI Galway Students that will be in university next academic year 2015-16 also, that will work well as part of a team, contribute reasoned opinion and accept and support decisions reached by the Board and are able to commit the time and resources to serve on the Board and committees, as requested.

This is YOUR opportunity to become involved with College Campus Radio Ltd, to help shape the organisation’s future.

If you are interested, please email manager@flirtfm.ie for more details

Are you a graduate of UCD, NUI Galway, UCC or Maynooth University?

If so, make sure to claim your Seanad vote for the NUI panel in time for the next general election! Graduates have until 26th February to register More Information.

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.

In this month’s NUI Galway Student Health 101

NUI Galway Annual Health Fair – Wednesday, 18th Feb, 11am – 5pm, in the Bailey Allen Hall

Visit over 35 informative and interactive stands with lots of freebies! Demonstrations: 11.30am Yoga Taster Class, 12:30pm Cookery, 1:30pm Kendo. There will also be Health Screenings, free Massage, skin analysis and make-overs.

Next Blood Donation Clinics & Marrowmatch registration opportunities in Galway in February: 
• 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 12pm-3.30pm Sunday 15th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February in The Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland
You can get further details about blood donation clinics here: https://www.giveblood.ie/Where_to_Give_Blood/

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarchathonTeamCaptainRegistration2015

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

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

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is carrying out a national survey among 3rd level students on attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Examining student interest in becoming entrepreneurs, the survey will assess the positive and negative factors that influence students when it comes to entrepreneurship,and we would love to hear your opinions.
The short survey takes about 2 minutes to complete and all responses are completely anonymous. You can complete the survey here.

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso Tickets On Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

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 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.

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.