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Article 16 of the Students’ Union Constitution makes provision for referenda on policy or constitutional matters.

Referenda 2018

Referendum on the creation of the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer

On Thursday 12th April you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the creation of the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer.

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

Do you agree with referendum motion proposed by the SU Council on 5th March 2018 to create the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer?

If passed, a new part-time officer positon of Ethnic Minorities Officer will be created.

The full text of the constitutional amendment is as follows:

Article 7 The Executive Committee

 Insert:      The Ethnic Minorities Officer

And renumber accordingly

Insert:      The Ethnic Minorities Officer

  1. Shall represent students of ethnic minority on campus.
  2. Shall will be responsible for representing union members on various committees.
  3. Shall provide support to students of ethnic minority as may be necessary.
  4. Shall liaise with relevant societies.
  5. Shall organise relevant events and campaigns to highlight and address cultural diversity.
  6. Shall promote the cultural integration of students across campus, and shall highlight and address issues relating to students of ethnic minority.
  7. Shall be responsible for developing union policy on the student of ethnic minority.

And renumber accordingly

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

Previous Referenda

Referendum on the creation of the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer

Thursday 12th April 2018 – View motion text

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

Thursday 1st February 2018 – View motion text

Referendum passed

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

Thursday 2nd March 2017 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System.

Thursday 3rd March 2016 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.

Thursday 3rd March 2016 – View motion text

Referendum passed

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

Thursday 5th March 2015 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

Thursday 12th March 2015 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum RFC14/1 (Position on Abortion)

Thursday 6th March 2014 – View motion text

Referendum rejected

Referendum RFC14/2 (Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel)

Thursday 6th March 2014 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum RFC14/3 (Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marraige)

Thursday 13th March 2014 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum RFC13/1 (Position on Abortion)

Thursday 7th March 2013 – View motion text

Referendum passed

Referendum RFC12/1 (No Platform Policy)

Thursday 8th march 2012 – View motion text

Referendum passed

RFC06/1 (Structures)

22nd February 2006 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFP06/1 (Student Levy)

22nd February 2006 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFC05/1 (USI)

7th April 2005 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFC04/1 (Vice-President)

19th February 2004 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

RFP03/1 (Student Levy)

27th November 2003 – View motion text

Referendum Passed

SU Weekly Email 24 25th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Vote Tomorrow #GE16

Please make sure that you get out and vote in the General Election tomorrow. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm and you will need to bring ID with you. Your vote is your voice so make it heard!

Part Time SU Officer election nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the part time voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs’ Captain, Mature Students Officer and the five College Convenors for 2016/17. Nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our websitehere

Nominations close at 5pm next Wednesday 2nd of March at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

If you are thinking about running for election have a look at our Election Information Packhere.

#NUIGSU16

Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5

Our last NUI Galway Students’ Union comedy gig is Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks) and Fred Cooke (The Fear) at 8pm on Monday 7th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 with all proceeds going to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale soon from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to https://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

SU Council Chair Election 6pm Monday #NUIGSU16

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 29th of February in IT250. All Class Reps must attend and vote at this meeting.

Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. More Information.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns the Direct Provision System for asylum seekers.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”

How to Vote in the Elections & Referendums on Thursday 3rd March 

  1. In Person at a Polling Station

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

  1. Remote Vote

Students must register before midnight on Wednesday 2nd March. Once registered students can then cast their vote online during polling hours. To register for Remote Vote, logon to the SU website www.su.nuigalway.ieafter midnight on Sunday 28th of February.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 10 Spaces Left!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 5th of March 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: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

NUIG Mental Health Week

NUIG’s Psychological Society are proud to announce our Mental Health Week 29th February to 4th March.

With the help of other NUIG societies such as Lotus Soc, Film Soc, GIG Soc and Photography Soc to name but a few we are hosting a lot of really great events and have a number of brilliant speakers and workshops lined up.

Some of the events include:

  • Wooly Wards Pet Farm
  • Gender Based Violence Discussion Panel
  • Presentation from Please Talk followed by a panel discussion ‘Towards a Mentally Healthy Campus’
  • Mental Health Photography Exhibition

These are only a few of our events! To see the full list please visit our Facebook event page:  HERE.

If you have any questions or want to help out please feel free to message our page or drop us an email psychological@socs.nuigalway.ie

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February 2016 SOLD OUT
  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Strictly Scrum Dancing 

As a part of the 100minds project we are organising a Tag Rugby Tournament in order to raise money for ChildLine. Every cent is going directly to the charity and if you can’t make the event there is an after-party in Electric that night and wristbands are on sale in the Students’ Union office for €5. More Information.

Take part in the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Galway is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2020 and as part of the bidding process the Galway 2020 Team are now seeking volunteers to be part of their float in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway City on Thursday 17th March. As the Galway 2020 Bid is part of the theme of this year’s parade the team want to put together a lively, fun and colourful group who will march at the very front of the parade. Those participating will need to commit 1.5 hours, from 11am to 12.30pm. For more information and to sign up contact Nollaig Mc Guinness at nollaig@galway2020.ie or 087 7489280.

Free Presentation Skills Workshop

Free 2 hour Presentation Skills Workshop 6pm-8pm Tuesday 1st March 1st Room THB GO11 (opposite the entrance gates of the main Library). Learn  in a practical way how to Prepare, Design and Deliver a good presentation. All are welcome. For more information if required: james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Join the NUI Galway Chinese Society for their Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th March, in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact chinese@socs.nuigalway.ie

Strictly Come DanSoc Wednesday 9th March

Tickets are on sale now for Strictly Come DanSoc on Wednesday 9th of March and two of the Students’ Union team will be taking part in the event to raise money for the SU Charities. Rebecca our SU Education Officer and Noelle from the College Bar will both be busting moves and throwing shapes so please some along and support the event if you can! More Information.

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone College Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG on Thursday 3rd March from 10:30am-4pm. Try the Grab and Win game on the day where you can win Spotify vouchers, top up vouchers and Power Banks.

The Queen of Ireland Free Screening 2pm TODAY

FREE Screening of The Queen of Ireland (2015) and Q&A with director Conor Horgan 2pm TODAY Thurs 25th February in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway.

A documentary film about how one man in a dress is changing the world.

NUIG Sports Ball Weds 23rd March

Tickets are now on sale for €40 from the Sports Unit for the NUI Galway Sports Ball on Wednesday 23rd of March in the Radisson. More Information.

Need Legal Advice?

Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue. 

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

Are you thinking of presenting your own research idea on the 23rd of March? Make sure you submit your abstract by Tuesday the 15th of March. We encourage everyone to present at and also attend our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. In both cases please make sure that you are registered on the website. You do not need to present to explore different research skills and indeed learn from students from all disciplines. Come and be inspired, expand your mind and your personal interests.

We are looking forward to knowing more about your projects. Remember, the deadline is Tuesday 15th of March for the abstracts. It’s time to get creative! For any further queries please contact us: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

Sin Newspaper Issue 9

Read it online here.

An Evening with Sonia O’ Sullivan

A fun and interactive evening not to be missed with one of Ireland’s greatest athletes. A talk with Sonia will be followed with open Q&A session and photo opportunities. Sonia’s talk will  preceded by expert presentations on Smart Training/Injury Prevention/ Nutrition for younger athletes. This event is being organised by Cradock Performance in conjunction with Connacht Schools Athletics Association as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Irish Schools Athletics. Tickets are €10 for adults/€5 for students and U18s. Tickets can be purchased online here.  

This is a not for profit evening with all proceeds going to Connacht Schools Athletics Association and the development of grass roots athletics in Connacht.

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 22 – 19th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

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

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

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

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

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

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

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

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

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

SU Charity Comedy Gig with Fred Cooke €5

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

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

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

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

Yes

No

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

 

Researchers sought!

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

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

 

Complete the National Student Survey

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your experiences.   It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

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

What you need to know

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

 

Making a Makerspace at NUI Galway

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

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

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

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

Makerspace Survey.

#UpForSchool

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

NUIG Theatre Week

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

NUIG Shave or Dye

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

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

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

Win Prizes for Walking!

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

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

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

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

 

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso TicketsOn Sale Now

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Declan Higgins, Vice-President/Education Officer Phelim Kelly and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin. The students of NUI Galway also voted to keep the Students’ Union Pro-Choice on the issue of abortion and voted to support the BDS Campaign against the state of Israel.

On Thursday 13th of March students will go back to the polls at NUI Galway to elect their part-time officers and to decide on a referendum regarding the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage.

Here are the full election and referenda results:

President

Duff 324

Higgins, Declan 1734 (elected)

McDonnell 827

Moran 110

O’Donnell 213

Re open nominations 34

Spoiled 64

Quota 1622

Vice President Education

Fitzgibbon, Conor 1479

Kelly, Phelim 1510 (elected on 2nd count)

Re open nominations 142

Quota 1566

Vice President Welfare

Mc Donald 600

Ní Shúilleabhain, Aoife 1466 (elected on 2nd count)

O’Dowd 1013

Re open nominations 64

Quota 1572

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

Yes: 1,418

No: 1,748

Spoiled 130

Referendum: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

Yes: 1,954

No: 1,059

Spoiled 248

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 27th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote on Thursday 6th March

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

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

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

Remote Vote

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

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

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

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

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

 

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

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

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

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

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart sessions on Campus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Vodafone Freebies

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

 

Complete the National Student Survey

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

What you need to know

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

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

Psychological Research Study: Sunbed Use, Attitudes and Perceptions. 

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

Students from Foundations Studies Science and Technology​ Survey

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

Why do you listen to music? 

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

Notice of Referenda 2014

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Referenda 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No Platform Policy

Referenda

Referendum on Students’ Union No Platform Policy

Do you wish to retain the No Platform Policy as passed by the Students’ Union Council on 7th November 2011?

No Platform Policy
Passed by NUI Galway Students’ Union Council, 7th November 2011

1. The Students’ Union will be mandated to automatically oppose any invitation
to members of the organisations listed below to speak at this university.

2. Students’ Union Officers shall be prohibited from sharing a public platform
with members of the listed organisations.

3. Organisations may be added and removed by ballot of NUI Galway Students’
Union Council. Proposals will be submitted by class reps or Students’ Union
Executive Officers.

4. The list of organisations under the No Platform Policy shall be reserved for
organisations that are deemed to be fascist and/or racist by the Students’
Union Council.

Organisations included in the No Platform Policy:
• BNP
• Combat 18
• Hizb ut- Tahrir
• MPAC UK (Muslim Public Affairs Committee)
• The National Front.
• Democratic Right Movement
• MPAC Ireland
• National Front parties from various other EU countries
• The Racial Volunteer Force (Splinter group from C18)
• Blood and Honour
• British Movement/British National Socialist Movement
• Column 88

Referendum RFC06/1 – Structures

Referenda

The Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway hereby gives notice of a referendum – number RFC06/1 (Structures) – of its members under Article 18 of its Constitution to be held on Wednesday 22nd February 2006.

Votes in Favour – 532
Votes Against – 244
Total Valid Poll -766
Spoiled Votes – 14
Total Poll – 790
Result – Passed

The full motion text is as follows:

“That the Constitution of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway, passed by referendum on 18th April 2002 and amended by referendum RFC04/1 on 19th February 2004, be amended as follows:-

ARTICLE 6: STRUCTURE

Section (ii), sub-section A. Representational:

Replace the words “Administrative Officer” with the words “senior staff member”.
Delete the words “In the case of accounts of specific interest however, mandates may be changed by agreement with each of the above mentioned signatories. Responsibility for the College Bar (Student Club) and the SU Travel Office shall be retained by the Student Union Executive who shall pass over management of same to the commercial Company unless otherwise expressly decided by an AGM.”

Section (ii), sub-section B. Commercial:

Replace this entire section with the following: “The commercial activities of the Students’ Union shall be run in accordance with the provisions of this constitution. Siopa na Mac Léinn, Concourse Catering, Bar Catering and the College Bar shall be controlled by the Board of Directors of NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Limited. Responsibility for Publications, Entertainments and the general office services (general office services being exam papers, lockers and other services as may be decided from time-to-time by the Executive) shall be retained by the Executive Committee.

Signatories on cheques and all forms of debit paper from the Union’s companies’ accounts shall be decided by the respective Boards of Directors of these companies.”

ARTICLE 7: OFFICERS

Section A:

Delete sub-section (iv) “The Vice-President / Campaigns and Communications Officer”;
Delete sub-section (v) “The Secretary”;
Delete sub-section (viii) “The Disability Awareness Officer”;
Delete sub-section (ix) “The Environmental Awareness Officer”;
Insert “The Postgraduate Officer” as sub-section (iv);
Insert “The Student Development Officer” as sub-section (v);
Re-number accordingly.

Section B:

Replace this entire section with the following “The President shall be an ex-officio member of all Union committees and sub-committees unless otherwise stated in the Constitution and its Schedules. S/He may delegate her/his position on all committees, except the CRC and Executive Committee, to members of the Executive Committee or CRC.”

Section D:

Insert the words “They shall receive and sign employment contracts prior to taking up office and shall be remunerated at a rate to be decided by the Executive Committee.” after “the Union.”

ARTICLE 9: GENERAL MEETINGS

Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 10: CLASS REPRESENTATIVES COUNCIL

Section C:

Replace the words “The Secretary of the Union shall be ex-officio secretary of the CRC.” with the words “The Administrative Secretary of the Union shall be the non-voting secretary of the CRC. In the event of the Administrative Secretary being unavailable, the President shall nominate a member of the CRC to record the minutes for that meeting.”

Sections I, J, L:

Replace all instances of the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

Section N:

Replace the words “every second meeting” with the words “every second ordinary meeting”.

ARTICLE 11: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section A:

Delete section (i) “The President”.
Insert the following as section (i): “The President of the Union, who shall be chairperson and shall have responsibility to uphold this Constitution and the terms of reference of all Union companies. The President shall be responsible for liaising with the appropriate staff members of the Union, the Union’s companies and with University management. S/He shall have responsibility for the finances of the Union in conjunction with the senior staff member and shall report to the Executive on this and the activities of the Union’s companies. The President shall also be responsible for ultimate coordination of Students’ Union campaigns and shall be required to act as a member of the Boards of Directors of companies owned by or related to the Union. S/He will represent Union members on University committees, and shall be the Chief Executive Officer and chief spokesperson of the Union. The President shall be the principal delegate to the National Council and Annual Congress of the Union of Students in Ireland. The President shall also be required to give a mandatory report on work carried out at each Executive meeting.”
Delete sub-section (ii) “The Secretary”;
Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary” in sub-section (iv).
Delete sub-section (v) “The Vice-President / Campaigns and Communications Officer”;
Delete sub-section (vi) “The Equality Officer”;
Insert the following as sub-section (vi): “The Equality Officer, who shall have responsibility for the promotion of equal opportunities and equal participation for all members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall initiate relevant campaigns to highlight and address difficulties facing ‘traditional’ and ‘non-traditional’ students. The Equality Officer shall be responsible for promoting integration in all student activities and shall provide a limited number of hours weekly for the purposes of consultation and referral for Union members. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Delete sub-section (vii) “The Disability Awareness Officer”;
Delete sub-section (ix) “The Environmental Awareness Officer”;
Insert the following as sub-section (v): “The Postgraduate Officer, who shall be responsible for developing Union policy on postgraduate education. S/He shall lobby for better induction, training and other facilities for postgraduate students. S/He shall also be responsible for encouraging postgraduate student participation in the Union and the University and shall work primarily in conjunction with the Vice-President / Education Officer. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Insert the following as sub-section (vii): “The Student Development Officer, who shall be responsible for the promotion of an active university community through encouraging volunteering and participation in extra-curricular activities amongst members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall support and advance initiatives that contribute to the overall development of students. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.”
Replace the words “who shall enforce Article 6.i.(C) and 6.i.(D) and who shall promote the Irish language and culture in NUI Galway.” with the words “who shall be responsible for the promotion of the Irish language and culture amongst the members of the Union. To this end, s/he shall enforce Article 6.i.(C) and 6.i.(D) and shall support the work of the Irish language societies on campus.” in sub-section (viii).
Re-number accordingly.

Section C:

Insert the words “The Executive Committee shall decide Union policy and all members of the Executive shall be bound by these policies. All members of the Executive Committee shall be required to present a work plan for the year ahead to the Executive for approval before week two of the first semester. This work plan shall be reviewed and, if necessary, updated before the start of the second semester and again at the end of the second semester and at any other time that the Executive Committee deems appropriate.” after the words “of the Union”.

Section E:

Replace the word “six” with the word “five”.
Insert the words “The Administrative Secretary of the Union shall not be a member of the Executive, but shall act as secretary to the Executive Committee and shall be responsible for recording minutes and other duties as required from time-to-time by the Executive. In the event of the Administrative Secretary being unavailable, the President shall nominate a member of the Executive to record the minutes for that meeting.”

Section G:

Replace the word “six” with the word “five”.

Section H:

Insert the words “All members of the Executive shall have a collective responsibility for the successful operation of the Union. All members of the Executive must maintain confidentiality on any matter deemed confidential by the Executive.” after the words “the Union”.

Section J:

Replace this entire section with the words “The Elections Committee. This shall comprise of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Returning Officer appointed under Schedule I, section A, sub-section 1. The Administrative Secretary shall act as non-voting secretary to the committee. The duties of this committee are to oversee the running of all Union elections and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and it’s schedules. If a member of the committee is running for re-election, they must resign their position on the Elections Committee. The Executive Committee shall nominate one of their number as a replacement. The Elections Committee must also provide a list of rules and regulations for candidates on Union notice boards before campaigning begins.”
Replace this entire section with the words “The Publications Committee. This shall comprise of the President and the Vice-Presidents and the relevant staff members nominated by the Executive Committee. The Administrative Secretary shall act as non-voting secretary to the committee. The duties of this committee are to oversee the non-editorial organisation of all Union publications and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and its schedules of Seirbhisi Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta.”
Insert the following as sub-section (v): “The Societies’ Forum. The Societies’ Forum shall be chaired by the Societies’ Chairperson and shall meet at least once per semester. The purpose of the Societies’ Forum shall be to discuss any relevant issues arising which affect the University’s societies. The Societies’ Forum shall be open to the auditors of the University’s societies. An auditor may nominate a society representative to attend in his/her place. The Societies’ Chairperson must provide a written report of work in progress and any other relevant information to at least one Societies’ Forum per semester and may be requested also by the Societies’ Forum to provide additional reports.”
Insert the following as sub-section (vi): “The Clubs’ Forum. The Clubs’ Forum shall be chaired by the Clubs’ Captain and shall meet at least once per semester. The purpose of the Clubs’ Forum shall be to discuss any relevant issues arising which affect the University’s clubs. The Clubs’ Forum shall be open to the captains of the University’s clubs. A captain may nominate a club representative to attend in his/her place. The Clubs’ Captain must provide a written report of work in progress and any other relevant information to at least one Clubs’ Forum per semester and may also be requested by the Clubs’ Forum to provide additional reports.”

Section (new):

Insert the following as a new section after section I: “Incoming full-time Officers shall be required to attend one week of crossover training in advance of taking office. Such training shall be provided by the outgoing Officer. This training shall normally take place in the first three weeks of the month of June and dates shall be agreed in advance between the incoming Officer and the outgoing Executive. Incoming Officers shall be remunerated at the same rate as the full-time Officers for this week’s training. However, this remuneration shall not be payable in the case of an outgoing full-time Officer having been elected to the same or another Executive office.”
Re-number accordingly.

ARTICLE 14: MINUTES

Replace the words “the Union Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 15: AMENDMENTS

Section A:

Replace the words “A referendum shall be the only method of amending the Constitution” with the words “A referendum of the members of the Union shall be the only method of amending the Constitution and such a referendum shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions laid out in Article 18”.

Section C:

Replace the words “the Constitution or its Schedules” with the words “the Schedules of this Constitution”.
Replace the words “and, if appropriate, website” with the words “and website(s)”.

Section D:

Delete this section.

ARTICLE 17: INTERPRETATION OF MINUTES AND MOTIONS OF ALL UNION MEETINGS

Replace the words “the Secretary” with the words “the Administrative Secretary”.

ARTICLE 18: THE REFERENDUM

Sections B, C:

Replace the word “three” with the word “four”.

ARTICLE 19: COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

Section 2:

Delete the words “Publications/Seirbhísí, Entertainments and the General Office Area. The Company shall be responsible for all Student Union bank accounts in operation at present with the exception of the Representational Account which shall be the full responsibility of the Students’ Union Executive.”

Section 5:

Insert the words “who shall act as Chairperson of the Board” after the words “Students’ Union”.
Delete sub-section (i).d.
Delete sub-section (iii).
Insert the words “The senior staff member of the company shall act as non-voting secretary to the Board. S/He shall be responsible for the organisation of Board meetings and any other duties as may be decided from time-to-time by the Board.” as sub-section (iii).

Section 7:

Replace the words “the Administrator” with the words “the senior staff member”.

SCHEDULE I: ELECTIONS

Section B

Insert the words “Notwithstanding this, only registered postgraduate students of the University shall be eligible to vote in the election of the Postgraduate Officer.” after the words “is a student or not” in sub-section 7.
Delete current sub-section 11.
Insert the words “The ballot paper shall contain the names of all candidates. In all elections where there are any nominations, ballot papers shall include as an option the statement ‘Re-open nominations’, which shall be treated as a candidate and shall be the last name on the ballot appear. If the ‘Re-open nominations’ candidate is elected, the Returning Officer shall declare the vacancy unfilled and a new election shall be held in accordance with the provisions of this Schedule.” as sub-section 11.

Sections C, E:

Delete all instances of the words “Secretary or”.

ALL ARTICLES

Replace all instances of the words “Student Union” with the words “Students’ Union”.
Re-number all sections of Article 19 in accordance with the standard numbering format used elsewhere in the Constitution as follows:-
sections to be in the format A, B, C, etc.;
sub-sections to be in the format (i), (ii), (iii), etc.

INVOCATION

The changes proposed to the Constitution in this motion shall come into force at 09:00 on the morning immediately following the close of polls.”

Referendum RFP06/1 (Student Levy)

Referenda

The Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway hereby gives notice of a referendum – number RFP06/1 (Student Levy) – of its members under Article 18 of its Constitution to be held on Wednesday 22nd February 2006.

Votes in Favour – 409
Votes Against – 376
Total Valid Poll – 785
Spoiled Votes – 7
Total Poll – 792
Result – Passed

The motion text is as follows:

“That the members of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland, Galway (“the Union”) authorise the Executive Committee to negotiate with University authorities an increase in the Student Levy payable annually by each individual student on registration subject to the following conditions:-

  • That the said increase, which would be payable in addition to the current Student Levy, will total €40.00 per student.
  • That payment of the said increase will commence in September 2006.
  • That the said increase of €40.00 be apportioned as follows:-
  • €10.00 be allocated to the Union, to be further allocated as follows:-
  • 20% be allocated to the provision of entertainment in an alcohol-free environment on campus;
  • 20% be allocated to Seirbhisi Comhaltas na MacLeinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta as a contribution to that company’s publications. In the event of the dissolution of that company, this allocation will be directed towards the cost of the Union’s publications by whatever means deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • The remaining 60% be allocated to the representational activities of the Union to be used as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • €10.00 be allocated to CCG Aonad Slainte do Mhic Leinn Teoranta (Student Health Unit) to be used as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors of that company. In the event of the dissolution of that company, this allocation will be directed towards the cost of providing a student health centre on campus, by whatever means deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee;
  • €10.00 be allocated to the NUI Galway Sport and Recreation Union for distribution to the recognised sports clubs by whatever means deemed appropriate by that body;
  • €10.00 be allocated to the NUI Galway University Societies’ Committee for distribution to the recognised student societies by whatever means deemed appropriate by that body.
  • That the said increase be index-linked in line with the current mechanism used in the annual calculation of the Student Levy.
  • That the said increase be payable until such time as the Union decides by referendum of its members to alter or terminate the terms of payment of the Student Levy.”

Referendum RFP06/1- Student Levy Guide

In 22nd February 2006, you will be asked to vote in two Students’ Union referenda. These are numbered RFP06/1 (Student Levy) and RFC06/1 (Structures). This guide seeks to explain the RFP06/1 (Student Levy) only. Further additional documentation fully explains the other referendum, RFC06/1 (Structures).

NUI Galway Students’ Union asks that you read this information carefully and inform yourself fully of both sides of the argument in advance of the referendum. The full motion text is available here.

1. General information

This referendum seeks to increase the Student Levy (currently €68) by €40 from September 2006.

A “yes” vote would mean a €40 increase in the Student Levy from September 2006, in addition to the normal inflationary increase (approximately €7) – a total levy of €115. The additional proceeds would be divided out as explained below.

A “no” vote would mean that there would only be an approximate €7 inflationary increase in the Student Levy from September 2006 – a total levy of €75.

A quorum of 5% of Union members (approx. 700 students) is required to make the vote valid.

Polling takes place on Wednesday 22nd February 2006 in Áras na Mac Léinn from 10:00-20:00. You require your NUI Galway student ID card to vote.

2. Who decides how the Students’ Union funding will be distributed?

20% of the proposed increase (approximately €26,000) will be automatically allocated to Seirbhisi … Teo., the Union’s publications company, to support the Union’s publications (see point 5 below for further details). This will not mean an end to commercial advertising in the Union’s Diary and/or the Sin newspaper, but rather additional funding support. The company struggles to make ends meet each year; this increase would mean the Union would have to provide less direct support to the company, freeing up more time and funding to be spent on educational and welfare matters.

A further 20% will be allocated to the Union’s alcohol-free entertainment budget. The hugely successful Tuesday Nights Ents programme was only possible because of a significant grant from the Student Projects Fund. However, this grant funding was limited to three years and will expire in May. Alcohol-free entertainment is an uncertain business. As a result, the Union will require a significant budget each year in order to cater for the entertainment needs of those who do not participate in the events held in the College Bar, either due to personal preference or the law (e.g. under 18’s).

The remaining 60% will be added to the Union’s representational budget, i.e. education, welfare, equality, etc. Each year, the Union struggles to balance its books due to a severe lack of funding. In addition to this, referendum RFC06/1 (Structures) seeks to make significant changes to the structure and operations of the Union and will require additional funding to allow the Union to expand and grow in the future. The planned expansion includes the appointment of researchers and further administrative/secretarial staff.

These referenda are exclusive of each other, so in the event that (the other) referendum RFC06/1 (Structures) does not pass, the increased funding raised by this proposed levy increase will continue to be invested in the representational activities of the Union.

3. Who decides how the clubs and societies funding will be distributed?

In the case of the clubs, the Sport and Recreation Union (formerly known as the Athletic Union) will decide how the funding should be distributed. The Students’ Union Executive Committee will have no role in this.

In the case of the societies, the University Societies Committee will decide how the funding should be distributed. The Students’ Union Executive Committee will have no role in this.

Who decides how the Student Health Unit funding will be distributed?
The Board of Directors of ASML (see point 5 for further details) will decide how the money allocated to Student Health Unit will be distributed. It will all be spent on supporting current services and providing additional new services. The Students’ Union President is a member of this Board and will be involved in the proper allocation of the funding.

4. Why are two companies named in the motion?

There are two companies referred to in the motion text: Seirbhisi Comhaltas na MacLeinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe Teoranta (“Seirbhisi”) and CCG Aonad Slainte do Mhic Leinn Teoranta (“ASML”).

ASML is the company which runs the Student Health Unit. It is a distinct separate entity from the University and the Students’ Union, although its members and Board of Directors are made up of University staff and the Students’ Union President.

Seirbhisi is the company which is responsible for the production of Students’ Union diary, wall planner, the Sin newspaper and the Sin website. It is a separate legal entity from the Students’ Union, but is held in trust for the Union and produces only Union-related material.

For legal reasons, the direct beneficiaries must be named, hence the full company titles in each case.

5. Why is “dissolution” mentioned?

There is a chance that ASML will be absorbed into the University in the near future and that Seirbhisi will be merged with the Students’ Union. If either of these events happens, the motion text means that there would not be a need for a further referendum to re-direct the proceeds of the levy, but rather that the Executive Committee could (only) re-direct it to the new health unit or publications department(s).

6. How much money is involved?

The proceeds from the 2005/06 levy were divided as follows (figures are approximate due to rounding): Euro (2005/06)
Per head Total
Sports clubs 7 90,300
Societies 7 90,300
Students’ Union 7 90,300
USI 5 64,500
Áras na Mac Léinn 15 193,500
Student Health Unit 6 77,400
Flirt FM 4 51,600
Student Projects Fund 17 219,300
Total 68 877,200
Contributing students 12,900
In addition to the allocation from the levy, sports clubs, societies and the Union receive grants from the non-tuition charge, totalling €86,000, €63,133 and €6,079 respectively in 2004/05 (2005/06 figures have not been confirmed yet).

If the proposed €40 increase is approved, the budgets of the sports clubs, societies, Students’ Union and Student Health Unit would each increase by approximately €130,000 for the year 2006/07.

7. Other related information

The Union and the University have agreed that the €100 increase approved by referendum in November 2003 for the construction of the new sports and societies’ centres will now start in September 2007 and not, as previously agreed, in 2006.

8. When will payment of this levy end?

The levy will continue to be paid until a referendum of the members of the Students’ Union votes to alter the terms of the levy.

9. Further information

Further information on the referendum is available from the Students’ Union offices or from the Students’ Union President – su.president@nuigalway.ie

10. Where and when does polling take place?

Polling will take place from 10:00-20:00 on Wednesday 22nd February 2006 in Áras na Mac Léinn.