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SU Weekly Email 30 16th April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

VOTE TODAY 11am-4pm in Smokey’s

Elect your SU Mature Students’ Officer, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain TODAY 11am-4pm in Smokey’s Café. NUI Galway ID required.

Please note that only Clubs’ Captains can vote in the Clubs Captain election and only students from the School of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences can elect their convenor. All registered students can vote in the Mature Students Officer election. If you registered for a Remote Vote please log in to the SU Website between 11am and 4pm to cast your vote.

Extra Study Space 2015

  • Sat 18th & Sun 19th April

Engineering Building 8am-10pm

ENG2002, ENG2003, ENG2033, ENG2034, ENG2035, ENG3035, ENG3036, ENGG017 & ENGG018

  • Study Week Mon 20th April – Sun 26th April 2015

Engineering Building 8am-10pm

ENG2001, ENG2002, ENG2003, ENG2033, ENG2034, ENG2035, ENG3035, ENG3036, ENGG017 & ENGG018

Arts/Science Concourse 8am-11pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre

Áras Uí Chathail Theatre

Mon 20th April-Sun 26th April 8am-11pm (excluding Saturday 25th April Open Day)

Connacht vs Glasgow Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUIG Student tickets on sale in the SU for the Connacht vs Glasgow match on Saturday 25th April at 1.05pm in the Sports ground.

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Register to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May

If you missed our Voter Registration Drive fear not! We will still have the forms up here in the SU Office for you to fill out and get stamped at the Garda Station. You have until the 5th of May to register for the Supplementary Register.

The deadline to register for a Postal Vote is Saturday 25th April.

Exam De-Stress Programme: 20th April-8th May 2015

Massage, Soccer, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Meditation, Breakfast in a Bag and more!

For information or to book an appointment email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie

Upcoming Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Workshops

Please find below dates for upcoming ASIST Workshops organised by the HSE in the West of Ireland. For further information on the courses or to book a place contact Mary O’Sullivan, Resource Officer for Suicide Prevention HSE West on mary.osullivan@hse.ie or 091 560182.

  • 22nd -23rd April Ballinasloe
  • 23rd-24th April Ballaghaderreen
  • 29th-30th April GMIT
  • 6th-7th May Newman Institute, Ballina
  • 14th-15th May Esker, Athenry
  • 10th-11th June Westport

The SUSI Grant Application System will open on 23 April, 2015
SUSI will open its online grant application system for the 2015/16 academic year on Thursday, 23 April, 2015, two weeks earlier than last year.

Information on grant eligibility and how to apply is available at the SUSI website www.susi.ie 
Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the https://www.susi.ie/Should-I-apply/General-criteria.aspx. and to use the https://www.susi.ie/Should-I-apply/Eligibility-Reckoner.aspx provided on the SUSI website.

Want to earn €10? 

We are running a driving study using our brand new simulator all this week and next in the Arts Millennium Building Extension. It takes just under 1 hour to complete, and will involve a number of simple drives using the simulator and a few short questionnaires in between. You will receive €10 payment for taking part!

To do so, you need a full, Irish driving license, to be aged between 18-24, have insurance and use a smartphone. To arrange a time slot, please contact Aoife at a.kervick1@nuigalway.ie. Testing times in the evening and on weekends can also be arranged. Thank you!

Undergraduate Awards Deadline 29th May

There are now just SEVEN WEEKS until the deadline for the Undergraduate Awards! 

To be in with a chance to win a Gold Medal, have your work published in an academic journal, attend the exclusive UA Global Summit for free, and be recognised as the best in your field, all you have to do is submit your coursework for free online. It couldn’t be easier! If you place in the top 10% in your category, you receive a Highly Commended certificate which looks great on any CV and is internationally recognised – as well as the opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit and take part in our global alumni network. Any questions, check out the website – www.undergraduateawards.com – or email info@undergraduateawards.com 

It’s free to enter, it’s completely anonymous, and you’ve already done the work – you have nothing to lose! 

Galway 2020 Speak Out Events!

Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture will have their next public Galway 2020 speak outs on Inis Mór today Thursday the 16th of April, Inis Oírr on Friday 17th of April and Ballybane on Thursday 23rd April. Please spread the word and come along with any inspiring ideas & visions you may have for Galway 2020! To register to speak or for more information contact info@galway2020.ie

 

The Ideas Collective: making change happen

Do you have a great idea? Want to act for a better world?
The Ideas Collective is an exciting new opportunity for ambitious young people who are looking to develop their own skills and knowledge while making a positive impact on communities. Participants will learn about how change happens locally and globally. On the programme you will be supported to bring your idea for social change or environmental sustainability to life.

More information at  www.stand.ie/ideas 

Win €10,000 for your App, Product or Service Idea!

The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition invites university/college students and recent graduates from across Ireland and Northern Ireland to submit their business ideas for a chance to win up to €10,000, as well as mentoring and other supports for their business ideas. Applicants with existing start-up’s are eligible to enter, as long as the applicants themselves meet the above criteria.

Applications can be submitted online at www.theirelandfunds.org/bpc by 1st May 2015.

Photo Competition

Fascination of Plants Day is a global initiative with events held in over 50 countries to promote the importance of plants at many levels. There will be a number of events in Ireland (see https://fascinationofplants.blogspot.ie for more details of events in Ireland) including a photo competition (there were over 360 submissions in 2013!). Entries are invited from anyone in Ireland (the winners will receive tickets to Bloom).

Submit your best photos of plants:

  • E-mail your images (maximum 2 per person) as an attachment to fascinatingplants@nuigalway.ie with ‘Plant photo’ as the subject
  • Deadline: April 25th 2015-03-12 Include: image title(s), your contact details, and date of birth (if under 18).

In this month’s NUI Galway Student Health 101

Run for your life (literally) – You gave us 7 ways fitness fixes (almost) everything

Scrambled, fried, or chocolate? How do you prefer your eggs?

Find out more – and enter the April draw for €750 in NUI Galway Student Health 101:

https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html

The Geec Launch 12pm-2pm Tues 21st April at Engineering Building

On 21 April, 2015, we will launch the Galway energy-efficient car – the Geec – nationally before we ship it to Rotterdam for Shell Eco-marathon Europe in May. Dr James Browne, President of NUI Galway, will join us as we unveil the new and improved Geec 1.1. We will present the engineering and driving team, reveal results of energy-efficiency testing, and share our enthusiasm for this project with anybody who would like to learn about it.

Finally, we will be taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all of the technical and academic staff who helped with this, and all of our partners and supporters. We are delighted to let you know that Eoin McKeon, Connacht Rugby number 8, and recent NUIG Mechanical Engineering Graduate, will be unveiling the Geec at our launch. Come along to wish all the ‘all the best’ to the Geec before it takes off to the Shell Eco-marathon in Rotterdam. All are welcome. NUI Galway Eco-Marathon Team

Just Ask Me Forum

J.A.M forum is an online platform whereby international students and students interested in learning languages can interact and liaise with one another. It acts as an opportunity for students to arrange language lessons, as well as being a social outlet.

 

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

Exam Timetables now available online HERE.

Semester 2 exams are scheduled for Monday, 27th April to Wednesday, 13th May 2015 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session.

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. 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).

If you have accessed your Timetable & you experience the following (1) cannot see your modules (2) some modules showing and other modules missing, please contact sid@nuigalway.ie with your missing modules I.e. course instance code, module code and student ID and we can schedule you for late entry seating or alternatively call in to SID Aras Ui Chathail between 9am-12:30pm & 2pm- 4 pm to be scheduled.

Buildings Office Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015

Thank you to all who participated. Congratulations to the winners of our draw for €50 SU vouchers:Laura Henry and Sorcha O’Mahony.

 

Darkness Into Light 2015 Pop Up Registration Shop

This Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturday 10am-6pm in the Eyre Square Centre you can register for Darkness Into Light in person, collect your t-shirt or pick up a sponsorship card. Avoid the last minute rush on the night of the event!

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.

Will You Help to #MakeGráTheLaw on Friday the 22nd of May?

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Vote YES on Friday 22nd of May! 

The paperwork is all done now it’s time for the real leg work to begin! If you want to make sure that the Marriage Equality Referendum passes on Friday 22nd of May here’s some ways to help: 

1. Go Canvassing! Yes Equality Galway are canvassing across the city every evening and in town on the weekend. To get involved just get in touch with them or just turn up to help out. 

2. Go Talking! Yes Meeting for Marriage Equality 7pm Thursday 7th May in Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street. More information.

3. Go Marching! Galway will March for Marriage Equality 3pm Saturday 16th of May organised by Yes Equality. More Information 

4. Go Voting! On Friday 22nd of May Polling stations will be open 7am-10pm bring your polling card and ID. Text/message/snapchat/yikyak everybody ALL DAY to make sure they have voted too! 

#MakeGráTheLaw 

SU Weekly Email 28 – 1st April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote for us again please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union is now through to the final 10 in the People’s Choice Award in the Online Marketing in Galway Awards thanks to your votes. We need you to vote one more time before 12pm on Sunday 5th April so we can hopefully win this award against some very tough competition! It only takes two clicks to vote here: https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/peoples-choice/

Al Porter Tickets on Sale Now!

Our last comedy gig of the year is Al Porter at 8pm on Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office. Al Porter just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street so make sure you get your tickets quick! Please note that this is a replacement gig for our earlier advertised David O’Doherty gig.

Exam Timetables now available online HERE.

Semester 2 exams are scheduled for Monday, 27th April to Wednesday, 13th May 2015 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session.

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. 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).

If you have accessed your Timetable & you experience the following (1) cannot see your modules (2) some modules showing and other modules missing, please contact sid@nuigalway.ie with your missing modules I.e. course instance code, module code and student ID and we can schedule you for late entry seating or alternatively call in to SID Aras Ui Chathail between 9am-12:30pm & 2pm- 4 pm to be scheduled.

SU Enterprise Awards Winners

Congratulations to Sean Mc Garry, a 3rd year NUI Galway student studying Physics with Advanced French for Science from Westport Co. Mayo, who has won the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His company, “The TidyShower Co.”, has designed a range of contemporary bathroom accessories which solely focus on minimizing clutter and maximizing experience, thereby helping to breathe joy back into your shower time.

The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each were awarded to “The Creative Native” and “Safe Farming Solutions”.

The Creative Native” is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Safe Farming Solutions”.

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition this year!

We need 3 more SU Officers Nominations close Weds 8th April.

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16. Nominations for these 3 positions are now open and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you would like more information or check here.

Last Issue of Sin newspaper

The last issue of Sin newspaper for this year is now available online here. Well done to Jess and all the team at Sin on a great year of news

Canvassing Training, Wednesday 8th April 7pm, The View (Áras na Mac Léinn)

GiG Soc in conjunction with the NUIG Marriage Equality Taskforce are hosting Canvassing Training on Wednesday 8th April in the View. We will have a number of representatives from the Union of Students in Ireland coming down to facilitate the training, including USI Equality & Citizenship Officer Annie Hoey. If you’re interested in playing your part in this historic Referendum, then this event is not to be missed. Here’s a link to More Information.

Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Nominations are now open for the USI Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is an annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. Nomination deadline is 5pm 14th April.https://usi.ie/awards/

Student Leap Card Available in the SU

Join 115,000 students saving every day with Student Leap Card – the official student lifestyle card for travel, entertainment and retail discounts across Ireland. The card is available in the SU office for just €15. https://www.studentleapcard.ie/#about

 

Flirt FM Turns 20 this September!  

Save this date, because we’ve got big plans. Radio and dinner and cake and dancing plans… feel free to ask any Flirt Alumni you might be in contact with to join this event. If you have any old promotional material in digital format feel free to send it on to info@flirtfm.ie

If you have audio files our dropbox is flirtstudio@gmail.com  

 

Console Memorial Walk 2pm Sunday 12th April

Join the Console Memorial Walk to walk in memory of our loved ones who have died by suicide at 2pm on Sunday 12th April. Pat Divilly the Console Youth Mental Health Ambassador will start the walk at the Claddagh Hall. For sponsorship cards contact Margaret on 087 9500380. https://console.ie/

Student Summit 2015

The USI Student Summit is Ireland’s largest Entrepreneurship and Innovation event just for students. On the evening of April 14th, student entrepreneurs and Ireland’s finest start-ups and innovative business leaders will converge in the Round Room, Mansion House, for the USI Student Summit 2015.
Get Tickets Here.

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact k.dillane1@nuigalway.ie (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNDMHVJ

Women Entrepreneurs Around The World – Free Event

11am-12.30pm Friday 17th April in Room 110 Cairnes Building More Information.

How have events in your life affected your travel patterns? 

Take the CONSENSUS Mobility Biography survey to record your travel history and inform policies for sustainable transport. The survey takes just 15 minutes and is available at: surveysoftware.net/hostss/nuigalway.htm

Dublin to Galway Cycle 18th -20th July in aid of Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Leinster Scrum Half Noel Reid and Connaught Fly Half John Cooney took time out of their gruelling training schedules to call on cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to sign up now for the Dublin to Galway cycle which will bring much needed funds to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s local services. To sign up today and get your fundraising pack, please go to www.alzheimer.ie. Or call Orla on 012073833

Easter Holidays Update

  • Lectures/Teaching: There will be no lectures/teaching on the following dates: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April, Thursday 9th April & Friday 10th April. Easter Holidays are Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April inclusive. Please note that students of the school of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science should consult their school calendar here. 
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant will take place between Monday 30th March-Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 8th April-Friday 10th April.
  • James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • The College Bar: The Bar will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • Smokey’s Café: Weds 1st April 08:30-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 09:00-17:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive, Tues 7th April 08:30-20:00
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Closed Thursday 2nd April – Tuesday 7th April inclusive
  • The Hub: Closed Monday 30th March-Tuesday 7th April inclusive
  • The SU Shop: Weds 1st April 08:00-21:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-21:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive
  • The Wall Café: Weds 1st April 08:00-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-20:00, Fri 3rd April 09:00-17:00, Sat 4th April 09:00-17:00, Mon 5th April 09:00-17:00, Tues 6th April 08:00-21:00

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 19 – 29th January 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Volunteers URGENTLY needed for 2 hours for SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 7th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Console and BeLonG To. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 7th of February.

Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications Close TOMORROW

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will close tomorrow Friday the 30th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact financialaid@nuigalway.ie

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Monday 2nd February
  • 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.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets On Sale NOW

Michael McCoy Comedy Hypnotist will be back at NUI Galway on Monday 9th February at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre with his SeX -Rated Show for SHAG Week. 
Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the Students’ Union Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)
Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week runs from Monday 9th February to Friday 13th February – keeping sex safe, sexy and fun.

Troubled by Procrastination?

There will be workshops regarding exam performance and procrastination to help you get back on track for the summer exams. Workshops include the following:

-Procrastination and exam performance Tuesday Feb 11th

-Mind Mapping (a study technique clinically proven to improve concentration and grades) Wednesday Feb 12th

-Procrastination and exam performance Thursday Feb 13th

All workshops will commence at approx. 6:30pm and will be held in AMB-GO43 Seminar room in the Arts Millennium building.

All workshops are free but places are limited. Any queries please contact Phelim your VP Education Officer at su.education@nuigalway.ie

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

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. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website.

Sin Issue 8

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)

How to Access your Exam Results via Blackboard

NUI Galway Marriage Equality Taskforce

NUI Galway’s Marriage Equality Taskforce is launching their first campaign ‘I’m voting YES because’  11am-3pm Wednesday 4th February In Smokey’s Café. This will be creating awareness for the upcoming referendum. It is important that we make Grá the law #MakeGráTheLaw – to get involved email Rebecca on su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Elections #NUIGSU15

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.

SU Council Chair Election – will take place on Monday 2nd March at the last SU Council Meeting of the year.

Corrib Live Charity Concert with Rofi James

Corrib Live is a charity concert in aid of Voices for Down Syndrome Galway and COPE Galway Waterside House. It takes place on Friday Feb 13th in the Commercial Boat Club, Woodquay and tickets are only €5. Doors from 7.30pm till late. Award winning Galway act Rofi James and Co Clare band The Conectors headline, with more to be announced. Also with buskers, finger food and DJ’s. All proceeds to charity, tickets available from Students’ Union NUI Galway and the ticket desk in OMG Shop Street, or by contacting corriblive15@gmail.com More info on https://www.facebook.com/corriblive

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.

Pass on your computer skills! Can you type and search the internet?

Then that’s all you need to know! Volunteers are sought to sit beside and encourage members of the community that visit campus to learn computer skills. Volunteers don’t need to know everything about computers but be a helpful aid as the instructor of the class runs the training. All volunteers are eligible for the Presidential Award for Volunteering.

To volunteer email Click and Connect coordinator Pat: pat.byrne@nuigalway.ie

Times: Monday 10-12 and 1-3; Tuesday 11-1 and 2-4; Wednesday 2-4; Thursday 12-2

PICK ONE SLOT THAT SUITS YOU AND ATTEND EACH WEEK FOR 4 WEEKS

Smarter Travel Student Media Competition

Do you have something positive to say about walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing?

  • Video and poster categories, with fantastic prizes
  • Enter as a team or an individual
  • You don’t need broadcast quality equipment to enter!

For more info see www.smartertravelawards.ie

Attention Students with Diabetes

Collect your FREE Contour Next USB glucometer from the Student Health Unit while stocks last.

Applications are now open for the NUI Galway Sports Scholarships for 2015/16 Academic Year
The NUI Galway Elite Sports Scholarship Closing Date is 31st July and this is open to current and new NUIG students including Postgrads, 
The NUI Galway Performance Points Sports Scholarship Closing date is 31st March. This is open to new full time undergrad NUIG students coming via the CAO only. 
https://www.sports.nuigalway.ie/scholarships_info.html

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course gives students an introduction to development issues, such as Education, Health, Trade,Environment, Debt and Taking Action through interactive discussion. The course runs for 7 weeks starting on Tues 3rd February and finishing on Tues 31st March, from 6:30 – 8:30pm, one evening per week, on Tuesday. Spaces are limited to 35 students. No previous knowledge of development issues is needed to participate on this course. Each participant will receive a Suas Global Issues Course Certificate, a great addition to any CV. 

This course is subsidised by Irish AidEurope Aid and Concern Worldwide, the cost per student is only €25.​ Apply Here Now.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, Middle East and Africa

  • www.google.com/anitaborg/emea/
  • Scholarship for female Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students studying Computer Science or a closely related technical field.
  • Deadline for applications: February 2, 2015
  • Recipients will receive a €7,000 Scholarship and have the opportunity to attend a networking retreat in summer 2015.
  • This video and these Application Tips and Tricks may help you with your application
  • Questions? email: anitaborgscholars-emea@google.com.

Academic Writing Centre FREE Workshop

The AWC will hold a workshop for speakers of Irish and English. The workshop will address writing challenges in English and Irish and will help students make use of bilingualism to improve their writing. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 3 February at 5pm at the James Hardiman Library. Further Information.

European Commission Free Media Workshop for Students

The European Commission Representation in Ireland, supported by European Movement Ireland, is organising a free media workshop in Dublin for third-level students 10.30am-2.30pm on Thursday, 19 February 2015.  The workshop will offer students an opportunity to meet with journalists, communications professionals and EU affairs experts – including Christine Bohan (the Journal.ie), Neale Richmond (European Movement Ireland) and Margaret E. Ward (financial journalist) – and get a crash course on the EU and writing about Europe.

The European Commission Award for Student Journalism at the National Student Media Awards this year asks students to submit a 750-word article entitled “The EU in my County” and students who attend the workshop will leave with the knowledge and confidence to research EU matters both for this project and into the future. The workshop will take place in the Department of the Taoiseach and lunch will be provided free of charge.

Students must register in advance to attend.  Register Here.

Please Support NUI Galway’s Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Campaign 2015

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

Timetable of Events:

  • 7pm-9pm Monday 16th February Free choral concert in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your tickets here.
  • 10am-1pm Tuesday 17th February Coffee morning and poster presentation on the work being done at NUI Galway to fight cancer
  • 2pm-5pm Tuesday 17th February NUI Galway Shave or Dye in the Bailey Allen Hall with Today FM, Fat Tony’s and Zenith Hairdressing. Register now to Shave or Dye by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or filling out and returning the registration form here. 
  • 7pm-9pm Tuesday 17th February Public Lecture Night, Panel Discussion and Reception in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your FREE ticket here. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the events you can sign up HERE

For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

NUIG Postgrad Open Day Weds 4th Feb

If you’re thinking about doing a postgraduate course, then don’t miss the upcoming Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 4 February, 12–4pm, Bailey Allen Hall. There’ll be over 80 stands exhibiting, employment and careers talks will take place, and there’ll be a free CV Clinic. Pre-register for the event here.

Mature Students Clinic

There will be a drop in clinic for Mature Students 2pm-4pm every Wednesday from 21st of January onwards in the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact Michelle Mitchell on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.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 Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result

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SU Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum Result

I , Ben Archibald, returning officer for the part time elections at NUI, Galway Students’ Union, declare the following results:

Referendum.
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.
YES: 2,214
NO: 114
Proposition is approved.

Equality Officer
Burke, Enoch 113
Melvin, Rebecca 2091
Re-open nominations 56
TVP: 2260
Quota: 1131
Rebecca Melvin declared elected

Convenor for the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies
Sarah Kelly 458
Leah Scanlan 338
Re-open nominations 50
TVP: 86
Quota: 424
Sarah Kelly declared elected

Convenor for the College of Engineering and Informatics
Oisín Moloney 141
Katie Monahan 87
Re-open Nominations 18
TVP: 246
Quota: 124
Oisín Moloney declared elected

Convenor of the College of Science
Joanne Duffy 500
Re-open Nominations 46
TVP: 546
Quota: 274
Joanne Duffy declared elected

Convenor for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law:
Megan Reilly 281
Re-open Nominations 59
TVP: 340
Quota: 171
Megan Reilly declared elected

Societies Chairperson:
Patrick O’Flaherty 25
Re-open Nominations 6
TVP: 31
Quota: 16
Patrick O’Flaherty declared elected

Postgraduate Officer
Isaac Burke: 13
Cian Moran: 210
Re-open Nominations: 11
TVP: 234
Quota: 118
Cian Moran declared elected

Mature Students Officer
Michelle Mitchell: 2,002
Re-Open Nominations: 157
TVP: 2159
Quota: 1080
Michelle Mitchell declared elected

SU Weekly Email 13th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. 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 Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and 4 College Convenors for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also 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. Votes will be counted tomorrow from 9am in Meeting Room 1 & 2 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Follow #nuigsu14 on Twitter for live updates. SU Election & Referenda Results so far.

 

Rock the Prom – Tickets on Sale Now

  • Labrinth
  • Gorgon City
  • DJ Byrno and Graham Doherty
  • Gin ‘n’ Juice
  • You

The 2014 NUI Galway Rock the Prom will take place from 5pm on Thursday the 20th of March in Leisureland in sunny Salthill. Tickets are €35 and are on sale from the Students’ Union now. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway students only. ID required. Indoor event with full bar.

 

Notice of Election – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Clubs’ Captain

As no nominations were received for the positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 a further election will be held to fill these positions. 
Nominations OPEN 10am this Thursday 13th March 2014. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and SU Office at this time. 
Nominations CLOSE 5pm Wednesday 19th March 2014. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU office – late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Canvassing begins 6pm Sunday 23rd March. 
ELECTION DAY: 11am-4pm Thursday 27th March 2014. Votes will be counted once polls have closed. 

Full election rules etc. are available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane? Registration Deadline Thursday 20th March

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

 

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 2.30pm Friday 14th March 
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. 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

 

Sin Issue 11

Issue 11 of Sin is out now and you can read it online here.

Teastaíonn do chuid tuairimí uainn maidir leis an nGaeilge san Ollscoil/We want your vision for the Irish language in the University

Cuirtear fáilte romhat teacht chuig na ceardlanna comhairliúcháin thíos chun do chuid tuairimí maidir le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge san Ollscoil a roinnt linn.

Ceardlann do Mhic Léinn Déardaoin, 20 Márta, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge

You’re invited to attend the workshops listed below to share your opinions on how we can increase engagement in the Irish language in the University.

Irish language workshop for StudentsThursday, 20th March, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge

 

Plan Your Summer Abroad with SayIt

Our SayIt visa professionals will be visiting NUI Galway on Thursday the 20th of March 2014 to get you on your way to the summer of a lifetime in the USA! Pop down to our stand in the Áras Mc Léinn building  between 11am and 4pm to find out what the SayIt J1 USA Visa Programme is all about! How do I get a job? Where can I go? When can I go? How long can I stay for? How much will it cost? What if I fail my exams? We can answer all these questions and more! Hope to see you on the day!

Complete the National Student Survey – Deadline this Sunday

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.

 

Cyclists and non-cyclists! 

We are 5 Geography students from the University of St Andrews and will be carrying out research on cycling in Galway from March 31st to April 2nd. As part of our research, we would like to invite a group of 6-8 students to a focus discussion at Kinlay Hostel to discuss their views on cycling. 

We would like to have some cycling enthusiasts and some people who don’t cycle. THERE WILL BE CAKE AND TEA. The focus group discussion will take place on Monday (31.03) or Tuesday (01.04) or Wednesday (02.04) depending on how many people sign up. If interested, please contact mlk4@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Rails Girls Galway 2014
Rails Girls is back to Galway! A *free* non-profit 2-days workshop June 20-21st, 2014 will provide a first approach to Web application development, relying on the Ruby on Rails framework and on the Rails Girls worldwide community support. Places are limited so be sure to submit your application (deadline: June 5th, 2014). Location: INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway;
More info at https://railsgirls.com/galway

Microsoft FREE StudySmart Session

Free StudySmart Session on Powerpoint presentations 1pm-2pm Wednesday 19th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here https://campus.ie/studysmart/calendar

Registration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

 

Enterprise Ireland would like to draw your attention to theStudent Entrepreneur Awards 2014

The top prize is €10,000 plus mentoring, but there are also 7 new merit awards including the ‘Roots in Research’ Award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. This award recognises the ability of an individual or group of students to spot and articulate the commercial potential of the research project they are involved in. The winner(s) will receive €5,000.Full details on the awards are available at https://studententrepreneurawards.com/prizes/and the closing date for video entries is 17th March 2014.

Saint Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Please note that the following will be closed on Monday 17th March for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

$1·         Students’ Union Office

$1·         SU Cloakroom

$1·         SU Engineering desk

$1·         James Hardiman Library

$1·         Student Health Unit

$1·         SU Shop

$1·         The Wall Café

$1·         College Bar

 

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 27th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote on Thursday 6th March

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

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

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

Remote Vote

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

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

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

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

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

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

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

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

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

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart sessions on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Vodafone Freebies

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

 

Complete the National Student Survey

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

What you need to know

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

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

Psychological Research Study: Sunbed Use, Attitudes and Perceptions. 

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

Students from Foundations Studies Science and Technology​ Survey

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

Why do you listen to music? 

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

Notice of Referenda 2014

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Referenda 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 30th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale NOW!

At 8pm on Monday 10th of February comedy hypnotist Michael McCoy will be back in NUI Galway doing his SeX Rated show as part of SHAG Week. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building (11am-3pm)  – this gig will sell out again so make sure you don’t miss out! 2014 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) takes place from the 10th to the 14th of February. To get involved contact Declan onsu.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Student Travelcards Update

Our Student Travelcard  Machine is finally working again so we can take your photo and print off your travelcard straight away in the SU Office for €15 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We are also able to issue ISIC Cards for €15 which work worldwide as student identification.

Exam Results

The Examinations Office website has now been updated to include advice about provisional results for Semester 1 – https://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/results.html

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 6th February (4 spaces left)NEW DATE
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 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·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (23 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.

SU Alcohol Awareness Day

The Welfare Crew will be holding an Alcohol Awareness day on Tuesday 4th February and this will include a visit from the Marie Keating Foundation in Smokeys 12pm-3pm. To get involved email Declan on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. 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. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as 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 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. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 3rd February 2pm-3pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 3rd February 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250
  • Tuesday 4th February 6pm-7pm Arts Council in AC202
  • Wednesday 5th February 6pm-7pm Engineering Council in ENG2001
  • Thursday 6th February 6pm-7pm Law/Commerce Council in AC213

For more information contact Catherine on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Apply by 7th Feb
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. More information.

Sin Issue 8

Issue 8 of Sin is out now across campus or you can read it online here. There are just 4 issues left this semester so if you have been harbouring dreams of writing major scoops act now and contact Jess on editor@sin.ie

 

Postgrad-Aoke is back!

Postgrad Karaoke is back in the College Bar at 8pm this Friday 31st January. There will be free refreshments for all who perform regardless of talent!

                                            

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition – Closing date 28th February

Send in your photo and win €100!

Marriage Equality

Media training in Galway this Saturday 1st February for people who want to contribute to the marriage equality debate. Get in touch with https://www.marriagequality.ie/contact/ – there are only a few places left.

FREE Student Workshops

The Student Counselling Service is running a number of free student workshops in the coming weeks. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

  1. Coping with Stress: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd February
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd  February
  3. Troubled by Procrastination: 6pm-8pm Tuesday 4th February

For more information or to book your please contact paula.crowley@nuigalway.ie

Seminar  ‘What drives attitudes about organ donation?

Friday 31st January at 8:00 pm sharp in Martin Ryan Annex Theatre 201. Speaker: Dr Eddie Rooney (Chief Executive, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; Chair of the NI committee on organ donation and transplantation. Followed by contributions by donor families and recipients and an introduction to the commemorative garden by Denis Goggin. Anyone interested in or affected by organ donation is invited to attend. Tea/ coffee to be served afterwards and a chance to chat with donors and recipients

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

Suas Global Issues’ Course – Early Bird Rate now enrolling

The Global Issues’ Course is a seven week evening course which gives students an introduction to development issues in a critical, challenging, engaging and interactive way. This course is designed from a global justice perspective and provides a range of viewpoints on each of the key issues explored. Topics covered include an introduction to development, education, global health, trade and livelihoods, environmental sustainability and debt justice. The course will address each issue by looking at both the symptoms and the causes, as well as possible alternatives. The final session of the course will look at ‘what next’? and supports participants in finding a role for themselves to get involved and take action for positive change. On successful completion of the course all participants will receive a certificate.

The course will run for 7 weeks starting Tuesday 11 February from 6.30-8.30pm.

The cost for participants is €25 but an early bird price of €20 is available for participants who book and pay online at least one week before the course begins at https://www.suas.ie/take-course. The cost is subsidised by Irish Aid and EuropeAid. Any queries please email: s.cunniffe1@nuigalway.ie

Student Legal Convention

UCD’s Student Legal Convention, Ireland’s very first student legal forum, is taking place on Thursday 13th February. We’ve been invited to join many major players of the Irish legal, business and political system, and to take part in several workshops and seminars with them. For more information visit www.studentlegalconvention.ie, or come visit Jana and Shauna in Smokies on Monday and Tuesday, 3rd and 4th, where they will be selling tickets.

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.

Clubs Day 2

Clubs Day takes place 11am-3pm on Monday 3rd February in the Sports Centre where over 50 sports clubs will be hoping you join them. More information.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale Monday 3rd February from the SU Office.

 

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR – Just for the health of it!

11am-5pm Wednesday February 5th 2014 Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Visit over 25 informative and interactive stands
  • Demonstrations including –Tai Chi, Cookery, Table Tennis Club, Cheerleading Soc, Knit & Crochet
  • Workshops – ‘How to get ahead in bed’ (Dr Siobhan O’Higgins); ‘Risky Business’ (AIDS West); ‘Growing herbs for health’ (Laura O’Conner)
  • Bring your iPod or music player and test its impact on your hearing  levels!
  • Freebies galore!

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

The AWC Annual Writing Competition is now live
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Essays must be on one of the three topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources. The deadline is 21 February 2014. The winner will receive an Apple I-Pad 2; the essay will be published in Sin .Topics, guidelines, and FAQ can be found here.

 

The Academic Writing Centre is now open

The AWC provides free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends. More Information.

 

1st year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

1st year Engineering students should take note of the times for their Semester 2 CÉIM sessions. These peer-assisted study sessions, led by 2nd years, will take place each week until the end of term. You were all assigned to a particular CÉIM Group early in September (Groups 1 to 10, below) and notified of this by email. If you are unsure of which CÉIM Group you are in, you can email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie, search for “CÉIM” in your student mail inbox or attend a CÉIM Group which is most convenient for you. All sessions take place in the Engineering Building.

CÉIM Group       Location               Day                        Time                      2nd year Group Leaders

1                              3012                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Constantino Fiuza, Claire Fox     

2                              1002                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        David Symes, Fiachra Sherry

3                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Katie Monahan

4                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Joan Fitzgerald, Caitlin Jansen   

5                              2034                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Leah Brew, Niamh Dolan

6                              2035                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Nuala Campbell, Noreen Cassidy, Billy Delaney

7                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Donal Cooney, John O’Loughlin

8                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Rebecca Molloy, Sorcha Tarpey

9                              2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Claire Crotty, Kate Kerrane

10                           2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Conor Fahy, Julie O’Connor

 

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.