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SU Weekly Email 26 – 19th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote for us please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been nominated for a few awards in the Online Marketing in Galway awards this year including Best Website, Best Social Media and the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is where we need your help as you can vote with just one click of your mouse if you think we deserve this honour. Please give us a vote at the link below and spread the word as we are up against some very tough competition!

https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/nominees/

The deadline to vote is 5pm Monday 30th March.

 

FREE Comedy gig with The Viper, Eric Lalor, Karl Spain & Hilary Rose on Wednesday

Sign up for your FREE Tickets now to the Sprite #‎RefreshingTruth comedy tour which will be at NUI Galway on Wednesday 25th of March! The comedians on the tour are: Hilary Rose, The Viper, Eric Lalor and Karl Spain. Get FREE tickets here.

 

Semester 2 Exams

The Semester 2 exam timetable will be available online at 4pm on Monday 30th March.

David O’Doherty Tickets on Sale Now €5!

David O’Doherty is coming back to NUIG to tell us how he has Checked Everything on Monday 13th April at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building Desk.

We need 3 more SU Officers!

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 will reopen at 10am on Monday 23rd March 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.

Watch the Solar Eclipse TOMORROW at 9am

Meet at 9am tomorrow Friday 20th March at the Quad to watch the Solar Eclipse safely and find out what it’s all about with NUI Galway Astronomy Society.

Do you know how to make Galway a better place?

Register now to Speak Out and share your ideas 7pm-8.15pm Thursday 19th March in Galway Arts Centre.

Why? Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 requires that re-imagine our future. How can we transform Galway? Share your ideas!

How: Register to speak for three minutes about your ideas for Galway’s future. Bring up to three slides or just your words.

Register at: info@galway2020.ie or tweet @galway2020

Alive Cert Application Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for your Alive Volunteering Certificate is 5pm tomorrow. Make sure that your efforts are recognised. The Awards Ceremony is on Tuesday 31st March. Just login at www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the ALIVE Certificate application section.

Could you be a Mentor in 2015/16?

NUI Galway are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for NUIG’s Student Connect Programme. Online application deadline Weds 25th March.

The key benefits of this programme for Mentors are: 
All volunteers receive an ALIVE Certificate at the end of the Programme 
Develop communication and leadership skills through training and interaction with mentees. 
Enhanced employability attributes 
The opportunity to meet new people and make friends 
Personal satisfaction and the chance to share your knowledge and experience with new arrivals

If you are interested in applying, the form is available at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg57e8c and will be open until Wednesday, 25th March.

 

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

Survey on attitudes toward Organ Donation

Please complete this survey on attitudes amongst University students to organ donation: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/organdonation11

Sin Newspaper

Issue 11 of Sin Newspaper is now available online here. 

Rails Girls need Volunteers

Ever felt the stereotypes and prejudices that keep more women from entering IT a little overwhelming? want to contribute to change this trend? you can volunteer to co-organise and/or coach during a 2-days workshop that will allow women to easily build a web application, demystifying the “coding” activity. the workshop has been running since 2013 and is part of the “Rails Girls” [1] movement, successful worldwide. If interested in coaching, please provide your 2-days availability at https://doodle.com/7hsnhqundt4rcmq6 If interested in co-organising, you can pick up a task from the  list [2]. In both cases, just let us know your intentions at railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com   
[1] https://railsgirls.com/galway
[2] https://www.dropbox.com/s/j2kssy6o9c2xsea/co-organisers_tasks.pdf

In this week’s NUI Galway Student Health 101..

Cherish your sleep: How to take back the night

Would you rather have 100 puppy-sized lions or 100 lion-sized puppies?

Everyone’s issue: How we can all help prevent sexual assault  

Find out more – and enter the March draw for €2350- in NUI Galway Student Health 101:https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html

 

‘Seas Suas’ is an initiative aimed to encourage students to be proactive in helping fellow students

The objective of the programme is to:

$1·         Encourage students to be more observant of fellow students in need of help

$1·         Develop skills to respond safely

Date: Thursday 19th March

Time: 5 – 7pm   Location: RoomGO11James Hardiman Library                   

Topic: Introduction to Seas Suas

Trainer: Dr Siobhan O’Higgins, PhD , School of Psychology, NUI Galway

The training examines topics such as mental health, alcohol, sexuality and suicide. What are the benefits of being involved in Seas Suas?

$1·         Gain valuable experience and knowledge, and learn new skills

$1·         Contributes positively to your CV and future employment prospects

$1·         Receive the ALIVE certificate awarded by the President of NUI Galway

$1·         Application forms and further information are available from the Chaplaincy Services, NUI Galway chaplains@nuigalway.ie  or phone 091 49 5055

Would you like to win an iPad and help improve mental health supports for students?

ReachOut Ireland, the HSE and the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC), are conducting a short online survey to find out where college students get mental health information and support. The survey is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland.

Take part and have your say! reachout.com/about/student-survey-research

The Irish Centre for Human Rights presents “Witness”

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, will host a rehearsed performance out of context, dealing with human rights & humanitarian law issues. The play “WITNESS” performed by Andrea Kelly, will take place on Friday, the 27th of March 2015, MRI Theatre of NUIG, at 4:00pm.
This play asks the question:
CAN WE BEAR WITNESS TO OTHERS SUFFERING AND EXPERIENCE?
All are welcome! Free entrance! For further information please follow the link: www.facebook.com/events/722483667871899/

The NUI Galway Green Campus team have 10 Leap cards pre-loaded with €5 credit up for grabs!
Just email greencampus@nuigalway.ie to enter the draw. Winners will be contacted on Friday 20th March. Best of luck!

#NUIGSU15 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are:

President: Phelim Kelly

Vice-President/Education Officer: Rebecca Melvin

Vice-President/Welfare Officer: Jimmy McGovern

SU Council Chair: Cathal Sherlock

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Lucy Costello

Equality Officer: Catherine Ryan

Societies Chair: Patrick O’Flaherty

Postgraduate Officer: Cian Moran

Arts Convenor: Jasmine Shaw

Science Convenor: Tara Ward

Engineering Convenor: David Newell

Business/Law Convenor: Niall Gaffney

 

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.

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 20 – 5th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

Monday 9th of February

12pm-3pm SHAG Packs and more at Smokey’s

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale now in the SU & Engineering Desk.

Tuesday 10th of February

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s

8pm Tinder Tuesday in the College Bar

Wednesday 11th of February

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week Roadshow in Smokey’s

1pm-4pm SHAG Week Workshops in the Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

Thursday 12th of February

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

Friday 13th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Console & BeLonG To.

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

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

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

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day this 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 1pm-3pmor 3pm -5pm this Saturday the 7th of February.

 

Education Information Evening with Galway Traveller Movement

An information evening on education will be held on Tuesday 10th February at 7pm in the Larmour Theatre hosted by NUI Galway Students’ Union and the Galway Traveller Movement. All are welcome!

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:

-Failure and exam performance Tuesday Feb 10th

-Mind Mapping (a study technique clinically proven to improve concentration and grades) Wednesday Feb 11th

-Procrastination Thursday Feb 12th

All workshops will commence at approx. 6:30pm and will be held in AMB-GO43 Seminar room in the Arts Millennium building. Except for Mind Mapping which will take place in the McMunn Theatre.

All workshops are free but places are limited.

Any queries please contact Phelim your VP Education Officer at su.education@nuigalway.ie

Rainbow Week 2015

GiG Soc are hosting the following events as part of their annual Rainbow Week:

  • Rainbow Week Official Launch Party (Monday 9th Feb, IT202, 7-9pm)
  • Marriage Equality Taskforce Information Evening (Tuesday 10th Feb, AC202, 7pm) – in collaboration with NUI Galway SU. 
  • Workshop Wednesday (11th Feb, IT202, 6-9pm): Workshops include Trans 101, Sexual Health, and Supporting Someone Coming Out. 
  • RAINBOW BALL (Thursday 12th Feb, Clayton Hotel, 6.30pm – late): Full tickets €35 each, including reception on arrival, 4-course gourmet meal and a night of fabulous entertainment!

For more information contact gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

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

Get your Bike Back!

BikeBack will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked and also deterring opportunistic thieves by a comprehensive marketing campaign. They have just launched online and are looking for feedback as a form of market research. Please like there Facebook Page and follow them on  Twitter

 

Invitation to NUI Galway Please Talk mental health initiative meeting

The new NUI Galway Please Talk mental health initiative supported by EXPLORE will be holding its first meeting at 1pm on Tuesday, 10th February, in the Space, Áras na Mac Léinn. All are welcome to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to elect a committee and discuss what Please Talk can do for students at staff and any ideas attendees may have for events/initiatives. Find out more at www.facebook.com/pleasetalknuig

 

FREE Student Astronomy Night – Wed, 18 February
The next Student Student Astronomy Night, supported by EXPLORE, is taking place on Wednesday, 18th February. The event includes a brief introductory talk on astronomy and a 3D tour of the universe, followed by a trip to the on-campus Imbusch Observatory for a bit of stargazing! Places are limited. Book your place now by emailing astronomy@socs.nuigalway.ie. Find out More.

 

Survey regarding attitudes to organ donation amongst University students

 

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE, 2014-2015

Have you got a really sound lecturer, tutor, supervisor? The NUI Galway President’s Awards for Teaching Excellence recognises outstanding efforts of teaching staff to ensure NUI Galway students receive the highest quality learning experience. Nominations close Friday 13th February.

https://www.nuigalway.ie/celt/presidentsaward/presidents_award.html

Win Prizes for Walking!

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

Múscailt 2015 Monday 9th-Friday 13th February

Lots of free events across campus https://muscailt.nuigalway.ie/timetable

Free Meditation Sessions

Lunchtime mindfulness meditation is running every Wednesday for staff and students in the School of Psychology, room AMBE G067, 1.10pm – 1.40pm. No need to book, and sessions are free!

 

Masters of Management Disciplines fundraiser in aid of the ‘Saving Grace Charity’

11am-2pm Monday 9th of February in Friars Café in the Cairnes  Building. We would greatly appreciate any support! It is an extremely worthy cause and 100% of proceeds go to Grace and her treatments. More Information.

 

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

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

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

 

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.

 

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)

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.

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.

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 College Bar 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

 

Energy Night Wednesday 11th February

Energy Night is back, next Wednesday the 11th starting at 17:00 with the Careers Talk followed by the main event at 19:00, a panel discussion on the theme Smart Grid, Pushing Technology and Privacy Boundaries. This promises to be an innovative event looking into areas of energy not discussed before. For more information find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NUIGEnergyNight?fref=ts

 

New Information Point for Access, Disability and Mature Student Services

From Monday 9th of February, Access, Disability and Mature student services will have a single access point for all queries and information in relation to their services.

The information point will be located in the upstairs foyer of Áras Uí Chathail and will be open from 9am to 1pm, Mondays and Tuesdays.

The new information point will be attended by Colm O’Dwyer, who can be contacted:

 

Mature Students Clinic

There will be a drop in clinic for Mature Students 2pm-4pm every Wednesday 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 Weekly Email 14 – 11th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Following intense lobbying by the Students’ Union and the Student Health Unit there has been an update on the Exams Deferral protocol:
For the academic year 2014/15 a new policy on deferrals has been introduced, under the terms of which being granted a deferral in one examination automatically triggers a deferral of all subsequent examinations in that Examination session. 
However, Staff of the College Office on behalf of the Dean may now grant exemptions from this policy, allowing the student to defer one or more exams without the requirement to defer all subsequent examinations in a single session. Supporting evidence will be required.
If you have any queries about this please contact the SU Education Officer, Phelim Kelly on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic in Galway on Monday

In response to the phenomenal interest and support former NUI Galway student Paul Giblin’sstory has generated, the IBTS has just confirmed a dedicated Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic for Monday, 15 December from 10.30 to 14.30. Venue: Cumasu Centre / Racing Lodge, Doughiska Road, Galway.

5 dedicated IBTS staff will take samples for processing to the Global Registry. They will not be taking regular blood donations. Consequently, the process should be fairly efficient and relatively quick.

Please register your intention to attend by sending an e-mail to BoneMarrow@ibts.ie“>BoneMarrow@ibts.ie

Even though you will not be donating blood, the IBTS requests that you read the following before you attend to ensure you are eligible. Read This.

Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Sign Language 2015 Enrolment Now Open

Our Sign Language beginners 10 Week Course Starts the week of the 27th January and costs €40. You can register now in the SU Office.

Course options are: Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm

Petition to Address Gender Imbalance at NUI Galway

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington recently won a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway at the Equality Tribunal. The University has asked her to join it’s task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award for the University. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline’s three conditions.

Sign the Petition Here.

Ropes Literary Journal is Back!

The students of the literature and publishing masters at NUI Galway are currently looking for submissions for this year’s publication. The theme is conversations that can be explored through poetry, prose, artwork and photography. The journal will be launched at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Spring 2015. All proceeds will be going to ACT! for Meningitis. You can follow Ropes 2015 on Facebook and Twitter @Ropes2015.

Please send your submissions to: ropes.submissions@gmail.comby December 30th.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.

Survey on Attitudes to Organ Donation

Please participate in this short NUI Galway survey regarding organ donation. It should take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete by clicking the link here.

Young People, 2015 and Beyond…

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Development Education Programme is delighted to announce and invite you to a FREE Roundtable Event focusing on young people and the post 2015 agenda. This event is open to youth, community, development, and development education organisations, staff, volunteers, students, and young people. It will also include policymakers, academia, politicians and others in Dublin Castle, Tuesday 10th February, 10.00am – 16.30pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Jailbreak 2015

Applications are now open for Jailbreak 2015. Last year students just like you helped raise over €40,000 euro for SVP and Amnesty International. Do you think you have what it takes? Apply Here.

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

We have partnered with City Direct to run a non-stop direct service to Salthill during the Exams. The service costs €2 per journey and will depart from the bus stop on University Road (between Wards & Tescos) to drop students beside Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel.

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40, 12:10, 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40, 15:10, 18:40

 

Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

In addition to the spaces in the Library and the Reading Room extra study spaces will be available from the 29th November onwards in the Arts Science Building (Concourse), Áras Uí Chathaill, Arts/Science Tower 2 and the Engineering Building 8am-10pm. Full list of locations.

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

 

2015 Dates for your Diaries

Mon 12th Jan

Teaching Begins

Weds 14th Jan

Socs Day

Thurs 15th Jan

Clubs Day

Tues 27th Jan

RUN! SU Election Info Night

Weds 28th Jan

SU Working & Traveling Abroad Fair

Early February

Exam Results out

Sat 7th Feb

SU Annual Charity Collection in Town

Mon 9th Feb – Fri 13th Feb

SU SHAG Week

Thurs 19th Feb

SU Full Time Election Nominations Open

Tues 24th Feb

SU Charity Aquathon

Thurs 26th Feb

SU Part Time Election Nominations OPEN

Sat 28th Feb

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb

Thurs 5th March

SU Full Time Officer Election Day

Thurs 12th March

SU Part Time Officer Election Day

Mon 16th – Mon 30th March

3rd Engineering Spring Exams

Thurs 2nd April-Tues 7th April

Easter Holidays

Sat 18th April

Teaching Ends

Mon 20th April-Sat 25th April

Study Week

Mon 27th April – Weds 13th May

Exams

 

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 12 – 27th November 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

The Ultimate Study Break: Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit Tues 2nd Dec

There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats and Kuzco the Llama along with plenty of CAKE and tunes from Flirt FM! Raffle prizes to be won include: Tickets to The Strypes, Connacht Rugby Match Tickets, Electric Wristbands and much more! 11am-4pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014 in Áras na Mac Léinn (Petting Farm 12pm-2pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn). Complimentary tea or coffee (while stocks last!) with all purchases!

All funds raised go to Console and BeLonG To. 

 

SU Enterprise Awards Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

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

Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

In addition to the spaces in the Library and the Reading Room extra study spaces will be available from the 29th November onwards in the Arts Science Building (Concourse), Áras Uí Chathaill, Arts/Science Tower 2 and the Engineering Building 8am-10pm. Full list of locations.

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

We have partnered with City Direct to run a non-stop direct service to Salthill during the Exams. The service costs €2 per journey and will depart from the bus stop on University Road (between Wards & Tescos) to drop students beside Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel.

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40, 12:10, 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40, 15:10, 18:40

 

Student Leap Card Vouchers Expire 30th November

If you have a voucher from AIB for a Student Leap Card please note that these expire on 30th November so you will need to call in to us before 5pm on Friday 28th November with €3 and we will print it off and take your photo.

Sin Issue 6

You can now read the last issue of Sin Newspaper for 2014 online here.

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Awards are now open to students and recent graduates with business ideas. Closing date for entries is the 8th of December. More Information.

Garda Clinic Tuesday 2nd December

There will be a Garda Clinic 12.30pm-2.30pm on Tuesday 2nd December in the Wellness Centre in the Hub. Feel free to pop by if you have any queries to Garda Nora Brady.

Arts in Action Free Gig

1pm-2pm TODAY Thursday 27th November in the Aula Maxima at the Quadrangle illustrated lecture on the life of musician, composer and academic Séan Ó Riada.

World AIDS Day Candlelit Memorial Service

AIDS West invite you to attend their annual World AIDS Day Candlelit Memorial Service at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church at 8:00pm on Sunday 30th November 2014. Bel Canto and Cois Cladaigh choir will both perform and all are welcome to the free event.

Vote for Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers – cash prizes up for grabs!

Over 8,000 students from across Ireland took part in our 2013 trendence Graduate Barometer. Your views decide who makes the Ireland’s 100 top graduate employers. Complete our survey and have the chance to win hundreds of euro worth of Amazon vouchers! The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete. To take part, please go to: www.trendence-gradbarometer.ie

Survey on Attitudes to Organ Donation

Please participate in this short NUI Galway survey regarding organ donation. It should take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete by clicking the link here.

 

Kinvara locals to speak about boycott of Israel 7pm Tonight

On Thursday 27 November, the Galway Palestine Solidarity Campaign will hold a talk on the boycott of Israeli goods by business owners and consumers in the town of Kinvara in Monroe’s Tavern, Dominick Street, at 7pm. The meeting will be addressed by John Griffin and Frank Naughton, two members of the community in Kinvara who helped organise the boycott after numerous conversations in the local community about Israeli atrocities. The boycott, initiated in August 2014, was a direct response to the barbaric attacks on the people of Gaza by the Israeli military forces, with left over 1,800 Palestinians dead.

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Exam De-Stress Programme 24th Nov – 12th Dec

Wouldn’t a massage feel great?  Or maybe some relaxing reflexology or an amazing acupuncture treatment?  The Exam De-stress Programme offers you subsidised de-stressing treatments  in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn.  It all starts Monday 24th November and runs for 3 weeks.  You can see all the details at this link.  To make a booking email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie.

Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Tickets on Sale Now:

  • Connacht vs Scarlets 7.30pm Saturday 29th November 2014 €10 

Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

 

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

 

Galway Rape Crisis Centre 30th Anniversary Walk Saturday 6th December 2014

Join Galway Rape Crisis to mark 30 Years of Healing and hope for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Begins at 3pm from the Spanish Arch and ends at Blackrock. For information and registration visit www.galwayrcc.org

Full Registration Fee €30. Reduced Registration Fee for Students & OAP €15.

 

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 6th 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 President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer 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 two separate referenda: 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.

 

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

 

Vote on Thursday 13th March – Part Time Officers & Civil Marriage Referendum

Polling will take place for the 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 on Thursday 13th of March. 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). You need to register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 12th of March.

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.

For more information on the elections please see our website here.Information on the Referenda is available here.

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

1st Year Engineers – Recruitment of CÉIM Leaders for next year

We will shortly begin recruiting 1st year Engineering students to be CÉIM Leaders for the 2014/15 academic year. We will be holding two information sessions in place of the CÉIM sessions next week. Interested 1st Years can attend on either:

  • Tuesday 11 March, 11am-12pm, Room 2034
  • Wednesday 12 March, 2pm-3pm, Room 2034

Benefits of being a CÉIM leader:

Internationally recognised and looks great on your CV // Builds your leadership and teamwork experience // Allows you to work closely with your lecturers // Improves your confidence, ability to work with others // You can share your experiences and help 1st years // Hoody, lunch vouchers, pizza and parties for leaders // Be part of something new and positive on campus

Questions? Email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie

 

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 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 10

Issue 10 of Sin is out now and features an Election Special with interviews of all candidates. Read it online here.

Calling all gaming fans! 

Still haven’t had a chance to try out PS4?  Now’s your chance! PlayStation will be setting up in Áras Na Mac Léinn next Thursday 13th March so pop in to check out loads of great PS4 games, take part in challenges and win PlayStation prizes! PlayStation will also be running a treasure hunt on the day – just look for the special gold envelopes hidden around the college for your chance to win a PS4 & more.

 

Complete the National Student Survey – Undergrad  First year/Final year students and Postgraduate Taught Students

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.

 

Every Step Counts!

How many steps do you take every day? Would you like to get active using a pedometer app on your smartphone? My name is Kathryn Kearney and I am a student of Psychology at NUI Galway. I am currently conducting research on thoughts and beliefs and their influence on physical activity levels. Project Title: Thoughts, Beliefs and Physical Activity: A Smartphone Intervention.

What will you have to do? This is a three week study. Participants will be required to download a free pedometer app and a free messaging app to their phones. You will then monitor your step count for three weeks. Participants will receive daily messages from the researcher during the second week. At the end of each week you will complete a short online questionnaire and email your step count total to the researcher.

If you are interested in participating click hereto find out more and sign-up.

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart Sessions – Presentations

Powerful Presenting – the ultimate powerpoint presentation 1pm-2pm Wednesday 12th 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/calendarRegistration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

 

Organ Donation Awareness Talk

A talk presented by Colin White (Irish Kidney Association) and his colleague regarding Organ Donation Awareness is being held on Tuesday 11th March from 12:00-13:00 in the Larmor Theater (along the concourse). It has been organised by six second year Biomedical Science students who would greatly appreciate if you would complete their short 10 question survey here. There will be FREE lunch for early arrivals to the talk!

 

Diabetes Awareness Day

You are invited to join us on Monday March 10th for our diabetes awareness day. As part of our 2nd year Biomedical Science Community Knowledge Initiative we will be having an event on the concourse. Test your knowledge about diabetes and perhaps learn a few things. Fill out our survey on the day and you’ll be in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Help us spread knowledge about this disease. We’ll be near Smokeys from 11am-3pm

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 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.