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SU Weekly Email 2 – 6th September 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga – STARTS NEXT THURSDAY
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • First Aid Responder Course

 

Orientation Week Events Continue

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

TODAY Thursday 6th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.

8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult

 

SU Outdoor Cinema Monday 10th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm this Monday 10th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.

 

Crisis Campout

We are holding a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to call attention to the need for the Government to act on the National Accommodation crisis. We need affordable student purpose built accommodation in order to alleviate this crisis.

 

Learn To Swim & Lifeguard Course

Together with the Swimming Club we will be offering 12 week Beginners and Intermediate Swimming Lessons at a reduced rate for NUI Galway Students this semester. There will also be a 12 Week Lifeguard Course which includes First Aid Training. If you are interested in either of these courses email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie ASAP for more information.

 

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.

 

SU Freshers’ Fair Tuesday 18th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.

 

Lockers On Sale NOW

You need to register at www.su.nuigalway.ie and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Building you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.

 

FREE SU Diaries

Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you while stocks last!

 

NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn from the week of the 10th of September. The clinic is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Zebre match: NUIG-Zeb-1819

Please note that all purchasers will have to show valid student ID on the night to gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road, failure to do this will result in payment of the difference.

 

Want to Join the Students’ Union Officer Team?

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 13th of September for the new SU Officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September.

 

SU Comedy Gig 8pm Monday 24th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm on Monday 24th of September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

 

Apply Online for your Student Leap Card Now

Apply online now for your shiny new Student Leap Card and upload your photo. You can then call to the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday with your code, your ID and €10 to collect your card. These are valid until the 31st of December 2019.

 

Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.

 

Class Representatives

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

 

Financial Aid Fund opens on Monday

The Financial Aid Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. 

Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund Online Applications open on Monday 10th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 1st OctoberMore information.

 

Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!

 

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Áine is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor.sin@gmail.com or message her via the Sin Facebook page here. Follow Sin on Twitter – their new account is here!

 

Breakfast Week

9am-10am Monday 10th September to Friday 14th September in The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. INVITEES: First year HEAR students, students who have completed the Access programme and those that entered directly with a QQI/ FET qualification. More Information.

 

Clubs Day

Clubs Day is coming up 10am-4pm Tuesday 11th of September in the Sports Centre with over 50 Sports Clubs for you to join. NUI Galway Sport are also now on Snapchat! Add nuigsport to see what they are up to, what great events they have on and what the clubs are doing.

 

Chinese Course at NUI Galway

A 20 week evening course, An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, will commence in NUI Galway on Wednesday 19th September 2018.  Classes will run one night a week from 7pm to 9pm.  The fee is €120 for students. The course is designed for people with no Chinese language basics but who have a strong interest in China or who travel or do business in China.  It covers not only the Chinese language basics but also a brief introduction to the history of China, Chinese philosophies, customs and traditions, Chinese protocol and business etiquette, Chinese food and wine, Chinese medicine and the concepts of Fengsui and yinyang. More Information  or contact Suzanne Gilsenan, suzanne.gilsenan@nuigalway.ie, tel. 091 494037.

 

Digital Champions Workshops

Join us and take part in fun, interactive & FREE workshops designed to develop and build digital skills to enhance college life and beyond! Register on our website: https://digichampsnuig.com/events-workshops/

Lunch is included and there’ll also be goodies and hoodies

 

ALIVE Internship Applications are Open

Join the ALIVE Team to take a hands on role in supporting your fellow students to volunteer, promotion of volunteer roles and leading on small group projects. Apply here.

 

Need Help with IT?

Advice and support on IT services are available from the Library & IT Service Desk located in the James Hardiman Library foyer. Student IT Services information is available at www.nuigalway.ie/iss4students

Click on ‘New Students, let’s get started’ to get a copy of our Quick Start Guides or to watch the Quick Start Video.

Download the new NUI Galway App today!

 

Looking for Part-Time Work?

Sign up for job alerts with the Career Development Centre’s Career Connect Service here.

 

Interested in Digital Rights and a Trip to Scotland?

The British-Irish Council (BIC) digital inclusion working group are looking for 2 young people from 18-24 years to represent #Ireland at the 5Rights Summit in Scotland on the 3rd Oct 2018 (travelling on the 2nd Oct).

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

NUI Galway Orientation Week 2018

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NUI Galway Orientation Week 2018

Monday 3rd September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-7pm Table Quiz with comedian Karl Spain at Sult
  • 8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult includes Filthy Food Menu Sampling.

Tuesday 4th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 4pm-7pm Sult Takeover with your SU Officers. Free Food, Free Wristbands and your chance to ask your SU Officers anything.
  • 8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult

Wednesday 5th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 1pm-6pm Fun Fair with lots of free goodies, music, pet farm, inflatables and free food in Aras na Mac Leinn.
  • 2pm-4pm Glow in the Dark Dodgeball in the Kingfisher
  • 4pm-7pm Keys to Adventure Party with the Morganettes at Sult.
  • 6pm-8pm Musical Mayhem with games and prizes at Smokey’s on the Concourse
  • 6pm-8pm Drop in Games Room with the Societies on the concourse
  • 7pm/8pm Movies on the Concourse and a Hairspray the musical sing-a-long in the Kirwan Theatre at 8.30pm.
  • 8pm till late Bongo Steve at Sult

Thursday 6th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 2pm-6.30pm Global Fun Fest with stalls, music and lots of free stuff in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult
  • 6pm-10.30pm Movie Screenings Human Biology Building
  • 7pm Dramsoc Play ‘Chat Room’
  • 4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.
  • 8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

  • 10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, FREE SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!
  • 9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult

More Details HERE

Dates for your Diary:

Monday 10th September SU Outdoor Cinema

Tuesday 11th September SU Crisis Campout

Tuesday 18th September SU Freshers’ Fair

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students  

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2018/19 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 17,500 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

 

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to announce details of our Life Skills courses for the year ahead. Having attended these courses myself I know first-hand how invaluable the knowledge I gained has been. Whether it’s learning how to help someone who may be suicidal or gaining the skills to administer CPR. All of these courses help to provide a well-rounded education for our students whilst also helping them to make their CV’s stand out from the crowd when looking for jobs.”

 

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2018/19 academic year include:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Consent Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre
  • First Aid Responder Course

 

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found at: https://su.nuigalway.ie/su-services/su-life-skills/

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”

 

SU Weekly Email 1 – 30th August 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.

 

What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Megan su.president@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Education: Louis su.education@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Clare su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Adhna su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Chuka Paul su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Taught: Cameron su.pgtaught@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Research: Jibran su.pgresearch@nuigalway.ie

SU Council Chairperson: Sabrina su.council@nuigalway.ie

Societies: Brandon su.socs@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Ryan su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Rían su.arts@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Science: Scott su.science@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Liezel su.medicine@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Business & Law: Clodagh su.business@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Roshan su.engineering@nuigalway.ie

International Students: Daniel su.international@nuigalway.ie

Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Alex su.lgbt@nuigalway.ie

Disability Rights: Muireann su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

Lockers On Sale this Monday 3rd September

You need to register at www.su.nuigalway.ie and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Buildng you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.

 

FREE SU Diaries

Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook next week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Orientation Week 2018

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

Monday 3rd September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, free SU Diaries, free Wall Planners, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn

4pm-7pm Table Quiz with comedian Karl Spain at Sult

8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult includes Filthy Food Menu Sampling.

Tuesday 4th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Sult Takeover with your SU Officers. Free Food, Free Wristbands and your chance to ask your SU Officers anything.

8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult

Wednesday 5th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Keys to Adventure Party with the Morganettes at Sult.

8pm till late Bongo Steve at Sult

Thursday 6th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.

8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult

 

SU Outdoor Cinema Monday 10th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm on Monday 10th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.

 

Crisis Campout

We are holding a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to call attention to the need for the Government to act on the National Accommodation crisis. We need affordable student purpose built accommodation in order to alleviate this crisis.

 

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.

 

SU Freshers’ Fair Tuesday 18th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.

 

NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn from the week of the 10th of September. The clinic is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Glasgow match: NUIG-Glasgow-1819

Please note that all purchasers will have to show valid student ID on the night to gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road, failure to do this will result in payment of the difference.

 

Your Student Transition Officer

Gráinne Morahan is the new Transition Officer who is available to support you, if you are a first year HEAR students, Access student and or if you entered directly with a QQI/ FET qualification. Gráinne is here to help ease you into University life assisting with social, personal, financial and academic experiences. You can meet with Gráinne any Tuesday morning during term, between 10.00 – 13.00 in Room G011, Ground Floor, Block E.  You can also ring to make an appointment on 091-493 298  or email transitionofficer@nuigalway.ie

More Information.

 

Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • First Aid Responder Course

 

Want to Join the Students’ Union Officer Team?

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 13th of September for the new SU Officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September.

 

SU Comedy Gig 8pm Monday 24th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm on Monday 24th of September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

 

Academic Skills Hub

Develop core academic skills with NUI Galway’s Academic Skills Hub at www.nuigalway.ie/academic-skills. This online resource is packed with tips and information to ensure success in your studies. You can also drop into the Library’s Academic Skills Hub desk for one-to-one support.

 

Student Leap Cards now just €10

The shiny new Student Leap Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €10 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2019.

 

Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.

 

Class Representatives

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

 

Financial Aid Fund opens 10th Sept

The Financial Aid Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. 

Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund Online Applications open on Monday 10th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 1st OctoberMore information.

 

Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!

 

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Áine is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor.sin@gmail.com or message her via the Sin Facebook page here.

 

Give Blood Next Week

Please Give Blood in the Menlo Park Hotel Galway

  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 4th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 5th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thursday 6th September

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

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Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

As luxury student accommodation appears across the city, it seems students would be better off taking out a mortgage instead of renting in the current climate.

Today, NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union have strongly criticised prices of ‘luxury’ student accommodation popping up across the city. This comes after new student accommodation has been advertised on the market at €250 per week in the city centre and from another complex directed towards students on Bohermore at a price of €200 per week.

Aaron Burke, President of GMIT Students’ Union, said: ‘Students are not cash cows and this can bring extreme pressure on both parents and students, especially when people are struggling to stay in college. The rate of the grant has not increased since 2012 yet rental prices have increased year on year for six years straight. This kind of accommodation far exceeds the already high rental prices that exist in the city.’

Megan Reilly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, added; ‘We cannot stand by these luxury student accommodation providers taking advantage of the current crisis. At this rate, people could be paying up to €1,250 a month for one room in one apartment; some people wouldn’t even pay that on their mortgage monthly. At the other end of the spectrum we have students who are living in hostels or commuting hours to go to college because they can’t afford to live in Galway.’

Both Unions, together with the One Galway Movement, are planning a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to shed light on the need for purpose built student housing and social housing in general.

Applications Open for SU Cloakroom and Engineering Desk Jobs

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Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Engineering Building Information Point for the 2018/19 academic term.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students’ Union by email only to joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie before 5pm on Monday 27th of August. 

Full job description is available here: Job Description SU Engineering Desk Staff

Late applications will not be accepted.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom will be open 9am-6pm Thursdays & Fridays during term time. The Engineering Desk will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday from Monday 3rd September 2018.

Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours. 

Please note: You must be available for training on Wednesday 29th August and be prepared to start work from Friday 31st August 2018. 

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2018/19. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2017/18 – Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

Application forms for the 2018/19 fund are available from the Students’ Union website here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2018 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th of September 2018.

Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Megan Reilly, Students’ Union President said:

“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

For more information contact:

Megan Reilly, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502

Attached Photo: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits the needs of all tenants. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially www.nuigstudentpad.ie

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

  1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
  2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
  3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
  4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
  5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
  6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
  7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
  8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
  9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
  10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
  11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
  12. Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check www.nuigstudentpad.ie

NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”

More accommodation tips and advice are available here. 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Files Case against Student Accommodation Provider

NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially filed a case against Galway student accommodation provider, Cúirt na Coiribe, through the Residential Tenancies Board. Cúirt na Coribe increased their average rates by 18% for the coming academic year – a decision that was communicated to current student residents while they were sitting their summer exams. The decision to file this case follows Eoin Ó Broin’s (Sinn Féin TD) Private Members Bill – The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 – passing in May.

Speaking on the issue today, Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, Students’ Union President said: “Following advice from public representatives, University colleagues and our own counsel we have filed a case through the Residential Tenancies Board against Cúirt na Coiribe Galway. NUI Galway Students’ Union will represent a 2017/18 tenant of Cúirt na Coiribe who was a victim of the 18% rent increase. We hope that this case will send a strong message to other student accommodation management companies across the country that students and their families will not stand by and allow their education to be put at risk due to the ever increasing cost of accommodation imposed by these companies. NUI Galway cannot become an elitist University only accessible to those who can afford to absorb the ever rising cost of rent.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been engaging with housing spokespersons such as Eoin Ó Broin TD (Sinn Féin), Darragh O’Brien TD (Fianna Fáil), Minister Seán Kyne, Catherine Connolly TD and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor and will continue to fight to hold management companies to account through collaboration with all relevant officials and parties.

Pictured: NUI Galway Students taking part in the #CúirtShakedown protest in May

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

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Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.

 

Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.

 

President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”

 

Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)

 

ENDS

For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh

President

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502