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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 8th October / Dé Luain, an 8 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Monday at Smokey’s/Online – Who Do You Talk To?
  • 12pm-2pm Add a Buddy to Your Tea with Best Buddies Society in the View, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5pm-6.15pm Using Collage Making as a Tool to Improve your Mental Health in the Art Room in Áras na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces – to register email casey@nuigalway.ie
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Zumba to Destress in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm-8.30pm What’s The Tea with Baking Society in IT202

Tuesday 9th October / Dé Máirt, an 9 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 8am-8.50am Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 11am-5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 11am-4pm Paintball Promo in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-3pm Fáilte Refugees Society Old School Sports Day in the Kingfisher with prizes
  • 4pm-7pm Please Talk Goal Setting & Achieving What You Want Workshop venue SC200A (near Smokey’s Café)
  • 7pm-9pm Our Mental Health Documentary Screening venue O’Flaherty Theatre

Wednesday 10th October / Dé Céadaoin, an 10 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC202
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Salsa Class to Destress in The Cube
  • 5.30pm-8pm Wellness Workshop #MentalHealth4Millennials in Lecture Room 3 Áras Moyola
  • 5.30pm-7pm Positive Mind-set and Resilience in AMB 1064
  • 7pm Health Care Society “Minding Your Mental Health as Students & Healthcare Professionals” in the Kirwan Theatre
  • 7pm-10pm Inside Out screening by Film Soc in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre
  • 7pm-9pm Gig Soc Film Night LGBT+ Short Film Screenings + Popcorn in IT202

Thursday 11th October / Déardaoin, an 11 Deireadh Fómhair

  • 10am-11am Homesickness and How To Combat It Talk in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 11am-1pm Gig Soc Coming Out Day Coffee Morning in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm Writer’s Soc Night inspired by how to handle a panic attack in AC215
  • 8pm NUIG Comedy Soc Gig in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. Free Event includes Free Pizza and Free Refreshments.

All week:

  • Look out for the Welfare Crew handing out freebies throughout the week
  • FREE Condoms and TOMPAX available all week from the SU
  • Online ‘Silvercloud’ self- help available
  • Mental Health Quote Walls in Áras na Mac Léinn and the Engineering Building

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

All events are FREE unless otherwise stated.

SU Weekly Email 6 – 4th October 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Monday 8th October

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Monday at Smokey’s/Online – Who Do You Talk To?
  • 12pm-2pm Add a Buddy to Your Tea with Best Buddies Society in the View, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5pm-6.15pm Using Collage Making as a Tool to Improve your Mental Health in the Art Room in Áras na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces – to register email casey@nuigalway.ie
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Zumba to Destress in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm-8.30pm What’s The Tea with Baking Society in IT202

Tuesday 9th October

Wednesday 10th October

  • 10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC202
  • 5pm-6pm Dance Soc Salsa Class to Destress in The Cube
  • 5.30pm-8pm Wellness Workshop #MentalHealth4Millennials in Lecture Room 3 Áras Moyola
  • 5.30pm-7pm Positive Mind-set and Resilience in AMB 1064
  • 7pm-10pm Inside Out screening by Film Soc in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre
  • 7pm-9pm Gig Soc Film Night LGBT+ Short Film Screenings + Popcorn in IT202

Thursday 11th October

  • 10am-11am Homesickness and How To Combat It Talk in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 11am-1pm Gig Soc Coming Out Day Coffee Morning in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 7pm Writer’s Soc Night inspired by how to handle a panic attack in AC215
  • 8pm NUIG Comedy Soc Gig in the Bank of Ireland Theatre. FREE Event includes Free Pizza and Free Refreshments.

All week:

  • Look out for the Welfare Crew handing out freebies throughout the week
  • FREE Condoms and TOMPAX available all week from the SU
  • Online ‘Silvercloud’ self- help available
  • Mental Health Quote Walls in Áras na Mac Léinn and the Engineering Building

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Register to Vote 

Are you registered to vote? Collect your voter registration form in the SU Office now. You can CHECK THE REGISTER HERE.

Hot Press + Free Tea TODAY!

Head up to Smokey’s Café 1pm-3pm TODAY where Hot Press will have copies of their Mental Health Issue and FREE tea!

 

#NUIGSU18 Election Results

Congratulations to Eibhlín Seoighthe (SU Vice-President/Education Officer) and Victoria Chihumura (SU Ethnic Minorities Officer) on their recent elections. They join the rest of your NUI Galway Students’ Union team.

If you are interested in running for election to join the 2019/2020 SU Officer team nominations will open on Thursday the 21st of February. More info here.

 

NUIG Student Connacht Rugby Tickets

Use the discount code “NUIG-Bor-1819” to get reduced rate tickets online for Connacht Rugby vs Bordeaux Begles EU Challenge Cup match 3pm Saturday 13th of October.

Please note we won’t be getting discount codes for Leinster, Munster or Ulster matches.

 

Paintball Promotion Tuesday

Interested in trying Paintball? Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Tuesday 9th of October.

 

Commuter Challenge – Sign Up and Win!

Have you registered for the NUI Galway Commuter Challenge yet? There’s still time to register and it’s running until the 11th of November with lots of great prizes to be won!

Get moving, get active & win – Sign up now here.

 

Vintage Clothes Fair on Tuesday

Our Vintage Clothes and Sportswear Fair is back this Tuesday 9th of October 11am-5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Life Skills Course Update

  • First Aid Responder 3 Day Course – 2 spaces left
  • Disclosure Training – 8 spaces left
  • Cardiac First Responder Course – 10 spaces left
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – 12 spaces left
  • Child Protection Training Course – 15 spaces left

 

October Class Reps Meetings

Mon 15th Oct 6pm-8pm Kirwan Theatre Concourse SU Council
Tues 23rd Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Thurs 18th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Tues 23rd Oct 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Thurs 25th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 30th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 31st Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

The Academic Writing Centre is Open

The Academic Writing Centre offers free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing for NUIG students. The AWC helps students to overcome recurrent problems with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and essay structure.

 

Free Mindfulness for Students Classes

  1. Mindfulness for beginners class 8.10am-8.50am Tues 9th Oct in AC201 on the concourse. There are many proven benefits of applying mindfulness to our lifestyles – across learning, work, life and life, and this free class will help you to bring mindfulness into your everyday life.
  2. Mindfulness Shared Practice 1.10pm-1.50pm Weds 10th Oct in AC202 on the concourse. All are welcome to this mindfulness shared practice which is suitable for people with no previous knowledge of mindfulness as well as those who have been practising for many years. Mindfulness shared practice is also available in Letterkenny, Shannon and Sligo throughout the week.

 

Free Workshop: Using Collage Making as a Tool to Improve your Mental Health

5pm Monday 8th October in the Art Room upstairs in Áras Na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces – to register email emer.casey@nuigalway.ie

 

Upcoming Free Courses/Support Groups

Note taking & Study Skills

5.30pm-7pm TODAY Thurs 4th Oct Library Lobby 1st floor, Bridge Room (1001)

  • Learn practical study skills that make a real difference
  • Practical note-taking for lectures and study
  • Organise your study and limit distractions

PhD Support Group

Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm in the Small Acoustic Room in Áras na Mac Léinn. Facilitated, peer-led confidential support group providing practical and personal support for your PhD journey

Post Grad Support Group

Wednesdays 1pm-2:30pm in the Small Acoustic Room in Áras na Mac Léinn. Facilitated, peer-led confidential support group providing practical and personal support for your Post Grad journey

 

Give Your Opinion on NUIG Accommodation Services

The Accommodation Office are looking for your views on NUI Galway’s current accommodation options.  You can win an iPad or 1 of 4 cash prizes. They would really appreciate if you help them to understand how the options currently available meet your needs, and where you are living now.  The results of this survey will help them in their efforts to source accommodation and to improve your student experience.  Please take 3 minutes to complete the survey HERE.

 

Sew Scary Halloween Costume Competition

As part of Reuse Month Galway City Council are running a Halloween Costume Competition. Design your Halloween costume by recycling/upcycling old clothes/materials and you could win €100! Enter by sending a photograph of the costume (ideally being modelled!) to greenleaf@galwaycity.ie by 5pm on Monday 22nd October 2018. More info and rules here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook 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 Colleges Join Forces to Raise Mental Health Awareness  

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Galway Colleges Join Forces to Raise Mental Health Awareness

NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Please Talk have joined forces to raise mental health awareness for students with a new campaign called ‘Mental Health Mondays’ which starts today. This awareness campaign will look at a particular theme each week that affects college students and their mental health. Topics the campaign will cover include settling into college, substance abuse, self-esteem, gambling, mental health supports and looking after your mental health.

Funding for the campaign was raised by a special screening of “Meetings with Ivor” in the Town Hall Theater Galway organised by film producer Tomas Hardiman and Town Hall Manager, Fergal McGrath.

Emma-Louise Duffy, Welfare Officer of GMIT SU said: ““This project highlights how we all have mental health and just like our bodies, some of us are in better shape than others. That’s okay. It’s about teaching people the self-awareness to identify that, and how to signpost the places that you can get care when you need it. Monday can be a hard day for students, they might be feeling homesick after leaving their family at the weekend, or worried about the week ahead. Whatever the feeling is, we want to shed some light, alert people that there are supports in place, and ultimately bring a bit of cheeriness into our students Monday morning!”

Clare Austick, Welfare and Equality Officer of NUIGSU, had this to say:

“Mental health campaigns are extremely important as there is an evident negative stigma attached to it. When you think of physical health, everyone immediately thinks of different types of sport, happiness and endorphins whereas when you mention mental health, you’re more inclined to think of the negative aspects such as depression, anxiety and suicide. It really shouldn’t be like that – everyone has mental health. If you’re feeling down, reach out and talk to someone. There are so many different support services for students to avail of.”

According to Treasa Hanniffy, National Please Talk Officer: “This campaign will highlight several areas of importance for student mental health and will remind everyone that talking to someone that you trust really helps. There is support available no matter what you are going through. For more information visit www.pleasetalk.org or call to your Students’ Union.”

Meningitis Alert

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Meningitis Alert 27/09/18

The Student Health Unit has been informed of a case of Bacterial Meningitis that has been diagnosed in a student attending NUI Galway.

Please see below correspondence received from the local Dept of Public Health with further information and advice for all students to take note of:

Dear Student,

I wish to inform you that a possible case of meningococcal disease has occurred in a student at NUI Galway.

While it is very unlikely that there will be further cases in the University, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of this illness – these include:

· headache
· high temperature
· vomiting
· neck pain
· dislike of bright lights
· a red/purple rash which does not fade on pressure
· dizziness

Some or all of the above symptoms may be present. Seek medical attention without delay if you are concerned.

Should you need any further information, please contact your student health services, general practitioner or a public health doctor on the numbers below.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Regina Kiernan
____________________________
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
MCN 09830

Student Health Unit
Tel: 091 492604
Emergency Medical Number: 087-2623997

Department of Public Health
Merlin Park Hospital Campus, Galway, H91 N973.
Tel: 091 775200 F: 091 758283 E: public.health@hse.ie

National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

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National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018, Dublin.

€2 Return Bus Tickets on sale from the SU 2pm Tuesday 25th of September. NUIG student ID required.

Bus departs from Galway Cathedral 8am sharp Wednesday 3rd of October. Return to Galway by 7pm (approx)

Spiraling costs. Rogue landlords.
27%+ increases to rent of student accommodation overnight.
Little to no deposit protection.
Damp, run down and regularly overcrowded conditions.
Box rooms with 2 beds.
Sleeping on friends couches.
Staying overnight in cars outside college.
Paying night by night in hostels.
€255+ a week or €1000+ a month.
Living out of hostels
Commuting 2+ hours to get to your first lecture.
…or not being able to attend college at all.

Students are footing the second highest fee in Europe for third level education, and we are being further locked out by the lack of, and cost of, accommodation across Ireland.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with Students’ Unions and student activists across Ireland are organising with trade unions, community groups, charities, women’s groups and political parties as part of the National Homeless & Housing Coalition. to call for urgent action during this national crisis.

Our national student protest will join the rally outside Leinster House, but first we are taking to the streets. Join us.

We need to #RaiseTheRoof on the Dáil, and wake the Government up.

SU Weekly Email 4 – 20th September 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Kevin McGahern & Alison Spittle This Mon 24th Sept €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents comedians Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm this 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).

 

SU Elections Update – How To Vote on Thursday

We will be holding our Elections next Thursday 27th of September 10am-6pm to elect the new SU Vice President/Education Officer and the first SU Ethnic Minorities Officer. You will be able to vote in Smokey’s Café and Áras na Mac Léinn just remember to bring your NUIG ID with you to vote.

If you won’t be on campus to vote on Thursday please register before midnight on Wednesday 26th of September for a Remote Vote via the Students’ Union website. Once you are registered you can then log on to the SU Website 10am-6pm Thursday 27th of September to vote.

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Scarlets match NUIG-Scarlets-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.

 

MMA For Self Defence €5

We have joined with Shaolin MMA to offer a two hour Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence Course for just €5! Sign up in the SU now as spaces are limited. The course takes place 6pm-7pm next Tues 25th Sept and Tues 2nd Oct.

 

Camp Leaders at NUIG 6pm Today

Come join Camp Leaders in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn at 6pm TONIGHT Thursday 20th September to find out all about your J1 opportunities and how to get to America to have the summer of a lifetime!

 

Financial Aid Fund Applications are OPEN

The Financial Aid Fund is a scheme aimed at disadvantaged students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their studies. Applications close at 12noon on Monday 1st of October. Apply online HERE. Please email financialaid@nuigalway.ie with any queries.

 

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.

 

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 on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie . Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

 

Bus To March For Choice

We are organising a bus to the National March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday 29th of September. Return bus tickets are €2 and are available from the SU Office. NUIG student ID required. Bus leaves The Quad NUIG at 9.30am and returns from St Stephen’s Green at 5pm sharp.  For more information contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

Commuter Challenge 2018: Get moving, get active & win – Sign up now activetravellogger.ie

  • From Monday 1st October to Sunday 11th November we are challenging staff and students to ‘Reboot Their Commute’. Choose from walking, running, cycling, public transport or carpooling, or mix it up throughout the challenge.
  • Get Active & Win – Additional prizes each week for clocking up steps or KMs cycled.
  • Refer a friend and be in with a chance of winning a €50 shopping voucher & goodie pack. Enter Here.

 

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.

 

Comedy Tickets Winner

Congratulations to Ryan Conaty who has won two tickets to our Comedy Gig on Monday by correctly naming the SU President as Megan Reilly.

 

Swimming Lessons Update

There are still some spaces left in the Swimming Clubs Learn To Swim course. Email swimming@clubs.nuigalway.ie straight away to get a place.

 

Synapse A Tech Carnival

The Synapse Tech Carnival is taking place today in the Bailey Allen Hall 11am-4pm.

 

Vintage Clothes Fair

Our Vintage Clothes Fair is back on Tuesday 9th of October in Áras na Mac Léinn.

 

Do you think the Leaving Cert needs to change?

You can help us to tell the Minister for Education that reform is needed and be a part of making change for future Leaving Cert students. Please take a few minutes to fill in this quick survey: HERE.

The survey will be included in a national report that teachers and students will present to Minister Richard Bruton!

 

Sustainability Showcase

NUI Galway are hosting a sustainability showcase event in the O’Donoghue Theatre on Wednesday September 26th called Our Sustainability Journey.  The event will share sustainability related research taking place on the NUI Galway campus in a relevant and accessible way and demonstrate the relevance of sustainability in everyday living.  This is a free event but booking is essential so please book your ticket here

 

Porn as Sex Education Survey

Students aged 18+ are invited to take part in our anonymous online questionnaire about pornography. If you agree to participate you will be asked questions about what you have learned about sex from pornography, how you feel about your body and your sexual satisfaction. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Please click on the link to go to the survey! Survey Link.

 

University Breastfeeding Meeting

Please join us at AC203 12pm-2pm on the third Wednesday of every month for:

  • Cuppa, biscuits and chat
  • Information on breastfeeding
  • Mother-to-mother support

All mothers, babies and toddlers, expectant women, grandmothers, and female supporters are most welcome. Contact anne.fallon@nuigalway.ie

 

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Classes

Free English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes available to all full-time international students at NUI Galway

To register please email englishlanguage@nuigalway.ie

Start Date: Wednesday 26th of September

4pm-6pm CA116A Cairnes Building

6pm-8pm CA117 Cairnes Building

 

Call for Submissions

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com. The deadline is December 14th, 2018. To learn more about The Lamp, visit www.thelampjournal.com

 

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.

SU Weekly Email 3 – 13th September 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Notice of By-Election: Vice President / Education Officer

Nominations will open to fill the vacant paid position of SU Vice President/Education Officer at 10am TODAY – nomination forms will be available from the SU Office and Website. Nominations will close at 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September 2018 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September 2018. For more information contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Nominations also open at 10am today for the voluntary position of SU Ethnic Minorities Officer.

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.

Win FREE Comedy Tickets!

Win a pair of tickets to see Kevin McGahern and Alison Spittle on Monday 24th of September. To enter just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie and tell us the name of your Students’ Union President. We will announce the winner in the SU Weekly Email next week.

Cloakroom Back Open Today

The FREE SU Cloakroom is back open today in the Library basement near the SU XL Shop. This free service is open 9am-6pm every Thursday and Friday during term so make sure you use it!

Sin Issue 1

You can read the first issue of Sin newspaper online HERE. The Sin newspaper editor Áine is still looking for volunteers so 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!

Some Important Deadlines

  • Mon 17th Sept: Online Registration closing for Undergraduates & Postgraduate Taught Students
  • Mon 24th Sept: Module Registration Closing for Undergraduates & Postgraduate Taught Students
  • Fri 28th Sept:       Online Registration closing for Postgraduate Research Students
  • Sun 30th Sept:    Deadline to withdraw from your course without incurring fees
  • Weds 31st Oct:   Deadline to pay student levy in full + first instalment of student contribution charge
  • Weds 31st Oct:   Module Registration closing for Postgraduate Research Students

Fees Information

Registration Information

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.

Learn Sign Language:10 Week Course just €40 starts Tues 25th Sept!

  • Tuesday 12pm-1pm
  • Tuesday 1pm-2pm COURSE FULL
  • Wednesday 6pm-7pm COURSE FULL
  • Thursday 6pm-7pm 1 Space Left

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit card.

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!

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 on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie . Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Are you registered to vote?

Call to the SU Office to get yourself registered to vote in the upcoming Irish Presidential Election.

Need Help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a FREE Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUI Galway students who are taking any programming/software development courses. The DISC is a free service that supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels in NUI Galway.

Smart Life Programme FREE Courses Now Booking HERE

  1. FREE 7 Week Mindfulness Based Living Course
  • Starts Tues 25th Sept 4.30pm-6.30pm or 6pm-7.30pm MY127 Áras Moyola
  • Learn skills to address anxiety and stress
  • Have better focus and concentration for study
  • Promotes a better relationship with yourself and others
  1. FREE Managing Your Time and Workload Course
  • 7pm-8.30pm Weds 26th Sept Library Lobby, 1st Floor, Bridge Room 1001.
  • Gain control  and balance of your time and life
  • Practical tools to work smarter – not harder
  • Have more time for the people and things you enjoy

Commuter Challenge 2018: Get moving, get active & win – Sign up now activetravellogger.ie

  • From Monday 1st October to Sunday 11th November we are challenging staff and students to ‘Reboot Their Commute’. Choose from walking, running, cycling, public transport or carpooling, or mix it up throughout the challenge.
  • Get Active & Win – Additional prizes each week for clocking up steps or KMs cycled.
  • Refer a friend and be in with a chance of winning a €50 shopping voucher & goodie pack. Enter Here.

NUIG Employability Award

The NUI Galway Employability Award is a recognition of learning and skills developed through work experience and extra-curricular activities.  It is designed to support you by engaging in employability enhancement activities beyond your degree. There will be Information Sessions on the Employability Award 5pm-6pm on Weds 19th Sept, Weds 26th Sept & Weds 3rd Oct in Áras Na Mac Léinn Meeting Rooms 1 & 2. Email employabilty@nuigalway.ie for more information.

Weds 19th Sept Student Volunteering Fair at NUI Galway

Fair of Voluntary community organizations who are looking for new volunteers. Come, chat with organizations´ representatives and choose your favourite volunteering role for the new year!

Sustainability Showcase

NUI Galway are hosting a sustainability showcase event in the O’Donoghue Theatre on Wednesday September 26th called Our Sustainability Journey.  The event will share sustainability related research taking place on the NUI Galway campus in a relevant and accessible way and demonstrate the relevance of sustainability in everyday living.  This is a free event but booking is essential so please book your ticket here

Library FREE Academic Skills Training Events

The NUI Galway Library offers an exciting programme of Information and Digital Skills workshops throughout the semester. Their workshops have already begun so get registered!

  • 3pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 13th Sept PowerPoint Workshop Register Here.
  • 9.30am TOMORROW Fri 14th Sept Smart Searching for your Master’s Work Workshop Register Here.

Coming Next Week:

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
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • First Aid Responder Course

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.

NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn 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 Scarlets match NUIG-Scarlets-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).

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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 Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Consent Workshops for First Year Students

This year NUI Galway Students’ Union will roll out consent workshops to the first year students at Student Residences Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village. Over 40 volunteers have been trained by the NUI Galway Smart Consent Programme to facilitate these workshops to students, which include an interactive one hour session on what sexual consent means.

Consent workshops are becoming more a feature of third level education, with the rise of the #metoo movement and sexual harassment on college campuses. The Students’ Union is also involved in a number of other activities which promote safe sex and consent, including distributing free condoms and promoting the free STI Clinic on campus.

On the importance of educating people on consent, NUI Galway Students’ Union Welfare & Equality Officer Clare Austick said: “Consent education is extremely important and beneficial to students as there appears to be a very evident lack of understanding around the topic of consent and sexual health in general. I believe Students’ Unions and Universities in particular should take a strong lead in implementing consent workshops as sexual violence and harassment are still very prevalent issues in today’s world. Consent isn’t a straightforward, black and white, spoken about topic, whereby a lack of consent given can potentially ruin lives. These workshops are designed to create a dialogue between students around consent and empower the individual to communicate what they may or may not want.”

Padráig MacNeela of SMART Consent had this to add: “It is really exciting to work with NUI Galway Students’ Union on rolling out consent workshops. We know from our research with over 2,000 students nationwide that the workshops are enjoyable and have an impact on confidence and knowledge. Now we have the opportunity to learn how to mainstream workshops as part of the student experience at NUI Galway. We will also be releasing short films on consent where you can decide which way you want the evening to end, the first one is available at https://www.nuigalway.ie/consent=omfg/

Pictured: (left to right) SU President Megan Reilly and SU VP/Equality and Welfare Officer Clare Austick

Swimming Classes and Lifesaving Course

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Learn To Swim Course and Lifesaving Course 

Here’s some more information about both courses. If you’ve any further questions call to the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club table at Clubs Day 10am-5pm this Tuesday 11th of September or email swimming@clubs.nuigalway.ie

All courses are organised by the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club and take place in the pool at the NUIG Kingfisher Gym. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend the courses.

Learn To Swim Course

Learn to swim is a program which will for 12 weeks get a non-swimmer to be able to swim in a pool with confidence. By the end of the program most swimmers will be able to swim several lengths in both deep and shallow water. You will also receive a certificate backing your ability presented by the Swim club and NUIG Sports department.

What do we class as a “non-swimmer”?

A non-swimmer ranges from someone who has only ever stood in water to someone who can keep themselves afloat but would like to learn the strokes. We will start at the basics and get everyone to be able to swim a few lengths by the end of the course.

What about people who can already swim?

The first week will be a general course that assesses how well everyone can swim. More competent and confident swimmers will be in a class that focuses on learning more strokes etc. If we find they are beyond everyone in ability after 2-3 weeks we will offer to move them to the Swim Club fitness squad at no extra cost or a refund

How much?

It will cost €75 all together and will run for 12 weeks. This pays for our instructor and other costs that are involved

When is it on?

There will be two 45 minute sessions on Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday 19th of September

7.30pm-8.15pm or (B) 8.15pm-9pm

Can I choose which time I get allocated to? 

Time slots will be allocated randomly for the first week until we gauge everyone’s experience levels and group them together accordingly.

When can I register?

Monday 17th September 2018

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm – 7.30pm    Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

If places remain there will be another registration on Wednesday at 7pm just before the lesson. This is subject to availability and we may book out prior to this so come early. We can take cash or card. If you don’t pay we can’t hold your booking

What do I get for my money?

1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. Lessons consist of 45 minutes of swimming in the Kingfisher pool with a qualified swim teacher. This is the cheapest course you will find for the amount of weeks involved. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend.

How many per class?

There will be a maximum of 20 students per class. There will be 2 instructors if the maximum number attends. Some sessions will also have help from our Racing squad so that you get most attention. Our goal is for all our members to be able to swim by the end.

Lifesaving Course

The Lifesaving Course is a course that turns an adequate swimmer into a fully qualified lifeguard in 12 weeks. This condensed course is the cheapest and fastest way to become a qualified lifeguard.

What is an adequate swimmer?

Someone who can swim about 200m without stopping is a good baseline. We recommend joining the Swimming Club second squad at the same time so you can improve your stamina for the course.

How much does it cost?

The average cost of this course is €250 but is subject to change year on year. Price will be known once our instructor has been confirmed.

What do I get?

You will get 15 certifications.

This includes: 4 water safety’s, 3 basic life supports, 2 endurance’s, 4 rescues and 2 pool lifeguards certs. This qualifies you to work as a pool lifeguard anywhere in Ireland.

Who runs the course?

Irish Water Safety runs the course, we help by subsiding it and helping out in any way we can.

When is it on?

Mondays nights starting Monday 17th of September. The instructor will confirm the times

When do I register?

Monday 17th September

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm-7.30pm      Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

We will take names beforehand but the first people to show up with money will take priority. We will take as many in the course as the instructor is comfortable with

 

NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2018

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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 2018 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.
 
Exhibitors:
 
Food Stalls: