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SU Weekly Email 4 – 20th September 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

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

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

 

SU Elections Update – How To Vote on Thursday

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

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

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

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

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

 

MMA For Self Defence €5

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

 

Camp Leaders at NUIG 6pm Today

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

 

Financial Aid Fund Applications are OPEN

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

 

Apply Online for your Student Leap Card Now

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

 

Class Representatives

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

 

Bus To March For Choice

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

 

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

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

 

Books – Buy & Sell

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

 

Comedy Tickets Winner

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

 

Swimming Lessons Update

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

 

Synapse A Tech Carnival

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

 

Vintage Clothes Fair

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

 

Do you think the Leaving Cert needs to change?

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

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

 

Sustainability Showcase

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

 

Porn as Sex Education Survey

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

 

University Breastfeeding Meeting

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

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

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

 

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Classes

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

To register please email englishlanguage@nuigalway.ie

Start Date: Wednesday 26th of September

4pm-6pm CA116A Cairnes Building

6pm-8pm CA117 Cairnes Building

 

Call for Submissions

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

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 3 – 14th September 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist 8pm this Monday 18th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy at 8pm this Monday 18th September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).Warning: This show is not for the easily offended – get your tickets quick as this is always a sell-out event!

Learn Sign Language:10 Week Course just €40 starts Tuesday!

  • Tuesday 12pm-1pm (FULL)
  • Tuesday 1pm-2pm
  • Wednesday 6pm-7pm (FULL)
  • Thursday 6pm-7pm

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card.

Last Chance to Win €500!

Everyone that fills out our accommodation survey at the link below before Friday 15th September will be entered into our draw and we are offering to pay one person’s first month’s rent (Max €500) or €500 if the person hasn’t found accommodation yet.

Survey Link.

€5 for 2 week Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence Course

Starts this Tuesday

Connacht Rugby Cheap Tickets!

We are selling reduced rate NUI Galway student tickets from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk for the following matches:

  • Connacht vs Cardiff         €15         Saturday 23rd September
  • Connacht vs Worcester €20         Saturday 21st October
  • Connacht vs Munster     €20         Friday 27th October
  • Connacht vs Cheetahs   €20         Saturday 4th November

NUI Galway student ID Required.

Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) FULL – Waiting list only
  • Sign Language Limited Spaces Left
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga – Beginners Course Full – Limited spaces on Intermediate
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • Occupational First Aid Course

Read Sin Issue 1 Here!

Sin is your campus newspaper with all the news you need to know about life at NUI Galway and beyond. The Sin newspaper editor Sorcha is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop a line to editor@sin.ie

NUI Galway Is On The March!

Join us to march for publicly funded education and investment in the grant on Wednesday the 4th of October in Dublin and don’t take no for an answer.

Education Is… Is a USI campaign calling on the Irish government and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills to make a historic long-term decision and invest in the publicly-funded third level education model. An income-contingent loan scheme is not a viable solution to third-level funding. This system will create a burden of €20,000+ debt on anyone who wishes to attend third-level education.

€2 Bus Tickets to March for Choice in Dublin

We are selling €2 return bus tickets for NUI Galway students wishing to travel to the March for Choice in Dublin on Saturday 30th of September. Bus tickets are for NUI Galway students only and will be on sale from the Students’ Union office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

The bus leaves from the Quad at 9.30am sharp and will be returning from St Stephen’s Green at 5pm on Saturday 30th of September.

For more information contact su.president@nuigalway.ie

Financial Aid Fund Information Sessions

The Financial Aid Fund (FAF) is aimed at tackling educational disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. Applications are open now until the 2nd October; more information here: here.

It is strongly recommended that you attend one of the following short 30 minute information sessions on How to apply for the Financial Aid Fund which will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, 19th September 1pm & 5pm in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
  • Wednesday, 20th September 1pm & 5pm  in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building
  • Thursday, 21st September 1pm & 5pm in the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Hall, Arts Millennium Building

The SU Meal Plan Service

The Students’ Union are now offering free meal plans through our website with a range of options like high-calorie, low-calorie and vegetarian to cater for your needs. New recipes will be uploaded every week for the entire 1st semester!

Win €1,100 to Spend on Books!

National Book Tokens are giving away €1,100 in their massive Book Bursary. Students can be nominated – or they can nominate themselves. The competition closes on Thursday 19th October. Enter HERE. National Book Tokens can be spent in thousands of bookshops and online.

Lockers On Sale Now

You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and you can either pay online and collect your key at your leisure OR you locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same. PLEASE NOTE: after the 3 days your reservation expires if you don’t call in to pay.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm

ALIVE Welcome Workshop

5pm Tuesday 19th September in the View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Snacks will be provided and all are welcome!

Check out NUI Galway’s new online Academic Skills Hub
Get handy tips and information on:
– Studying at NUI Galway
– How to take notes and do research
– IT and digital skills
– Doing assignments and exams

Careers Centre Events this week

  • Employer Presentations, workshops and more from Deloitte, Dell, Accenture and First Derivatives.
  • Your Degree in Science – What next?
  • Your Degree in Arts – What next?
  • Pop-up CV/Career query clinic for School of Nursing & Midwifery and School of Health Sciences.

For more information and to register visit www.nuigalway.ie/careers

#MondayMassage

#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Student rate 30 min €20, 1 hour €30. Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50. Advance booking is essential, call or text Mick on 086 837 8589 to book.

Could you be one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs?

IBYE is a programme run by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). The competition is open to people between the ages of 18 and 35 with either an innovative idea for a new business or an already existing business.  Now in its 4th year, IBYE has an investment fund of up to €2 million. The closing date to enter this year’s competition is Friday, 29th September 2017 and there is a €50,000 county investment fund on offer to local winners and runners-up in every single county www.ibye.ie

Comedy Hypnotist Tickets Winner

Congratulations to Rachel Guckian who correctly told us that Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh is the SU President. Thanks to everyone that entered our competition. Further congratulations to Fionnuala Horkan who won our recent Orientation competition draw and wins free tickets to all our comedy gigs this semester.

Student Leap Cards UNAVAILABLE

Sorry but our Student Leap Card machine is not working so we can’t issue any cards. We will update on our Facebook/Twitter when this is fixed.

Class Representatives

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

GCN Town Hall Talks

We are co-hosting a discussion on bi+ visibility in Ireland, both within and beyond the LGBT+ community, and the specific issues facing bi+ people here with Bi+ Ireland, GCN and the National LGBT Federation 7.30pm-9.30pm Friday 22nd of September in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Books – Buy & Sell

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

NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn every Tuesday & Wednesday evening 5pm-7pm from Tuesday 12th of September. The clinic is by appointment only on a first come, first served basis. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.

Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

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

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

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 Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

 

Mixed Martial Arts For Self-Defence

SU Life Skills

Course Aim/objectives:
This course will be taught over 2 x 1 hour long sessions. Our aim is to teach you practical proven Mixed Martial Arts skills that will help you overcome an attacker or attackers. We also aim to help you master yourself emotionally & psychologically to help deal with an attack or an aggressive person.

What will you learn?

  • Range fighting (fighting at long & close range, personal space)
  • Striking
  • Striking Defence
  • Wrestling
  • Ground Control
  • Submission holds
  • Controlling your emotions
  • Dealing with aggressive people
  • Running Away, Should I? Shouldn’t I?

Head Instructor: Professional MMA Fighter Benjamin Davis from Shaolin MMA Galway
Cost/Sign Up: The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card.
Max: 40 Students
Course Date/Time: 6pm-7pm Tuesday 1st Oct and Tuesday 8th Oct 2019
Course Venue: NUIG Sports Pavilion, Dangan Sports Grounds, Dangan, Galway

SU Weekly Email 3 17th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Accommodation Problems Survey

Please help us try to solve your accommodation issues by taking 1 minute to fill out this survey

Be Aware: Student Houses Targeted by Burglars.

There has recently been a number of reported burglaries to students’ houses near NUI Galway. If you come home to find that your house has been robbed, do not enter the property. Call to a neighbour’s house and ring 999/112. Explain what has happened and wait for the Gardaí to arrive. We urge you to protect your property as much as possible.

When you are not at home:

  • Lock the front and back doors
  • Close all windows
  • Leave some lights on in the house, upstairs and downstairs
  • If possible, lock all bedroom doors
  • Do not leave cash in the property
  • Do not leave bikes unlocked outside the property
  • And very importantly, if you have a house alarm – USE IT.

Also, it is advised by the Gardaí to take note of all serial numbers on laptops and other valuable devices. Save your important files and college work on an additional device, and take photos of the valuable items you own (including bikes).Following the above will make your home less of a target.

You can speak to your Students’ Union Welfare Officer, Jimmy McGovern for more information su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Learn Sign Language in just 10 weeks for only €40! 
SU sign language courses start next week and are filling up fast:

Tuesday 12pm-1pm (6 spaces left)
Tuesday 1pm-2pm (7 spaces left)
Wednesday 6pm-7pm (2 spaces left)
or 
Thursday 6pm-7pm (5 spaces left)

Register and pay now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm).

Class Representatives

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

SU Card

Have you picked up your FREE SU Loyalty card yet? It magically transforms points into free teas/coffees, College Bar dinners and cash! You can pick one up from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

Lockers – Just 316 Left!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
EAP classes provide support with academic writing and referencing. The classes are free for full degree registered students and will start on Wed 23rd September 2015 for 8 weeks.

Classes will take place from 16:00 to 18:00 in AM107 and from 18:00 to 20:00 in AM110

All interested students need to fill out this link in order to register. 

Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Talk on the BDS Campaign on Monday

On Monday 21 September in AC202 on the NUI Galway Concourse at 7pm, Riya Hassan of the Palestinian BDS National Committee will give a talk hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Society on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid. More Information.

College Campus Radio FlirtFM turns 20 with a series of special events running 25th -26th September

On Friday 25th there’s a meet-up in NUI Galway College Bar at 19:00, and later a silent disco in the Roisín Dubh, with Flirt FM DJs.

On Saturday the 26th make a name badge in Áras na Mac Léinn from 12 midday, then enjoy a free lunch at 12:30. There will be a live radio show on Flirt FM 101.3 from 13:00 – 17:00 where current and ex volunteers and staff chat about their time at the station. At the same time, former Flirt FM presenters will be talking about what the station meant to them in their career paths upstairs in The View, then there’s a launch reception at 17:00 for a documentary on the history of the station. There’s also an Eventbrite ticketed dinner at The Salthill Hotel.

These events are open to past & current volunteers, NUI Galway students, listeners and friends, and you can find out more at https://www.flirtfm.ie/articles/2015/8/flirt-turns-20/

Flirt FM 101.3 is Galway City’s award winning Student, Community & Alternative Station, based in NUI Galway since September 1995. With two paid staff, the station is home to up to 150 volunteers annually and up to 800 studio guests each year.

Give Blood in September

Please Give Blood in The Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra Tuesday 22nd to Thursday 24th September 5pm-8.30pm and Sunday 27th September 12pm-3.30pm.

Galway Culture Night this Friday

There are loads of FREE events on this Friday 18th September for Galway Culture Night. Plan your free evening of entertainment here: https://galwayculturenight.com/

ComputerDISC: Opening Thursday September 24th 2015

ComputerDISC (Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre) is a free resource for all NUIG students that are enrolled in computer programming or software development courses. The purpose of the centre is to provide support to students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels. It is designed to complement the lectures, tutorials, labs and other supports that are available to students. ComputerDISC is located in room 205 on the first floor of the Information Technology building. Students can drop in at any time during the opening hours as no appointments are necessary. Further information can be found on www.computerdisc.it.nuigalway.ie

FREE Meet and Train Sessions for the NUIG 8k

Free meet and train sessions every Monday & Wednesday at 1pm & 6pm for those preparing for the NUIG 8k on 10th October. 2k or 4k options and all levels of fitness welcome. Both runners and walkers accommodated. Contact Kingfisher reception for details on 091 540300.  The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Join the NUIG Bioblitz Team

NUI Galway won the Intervarsity Bioblitz last year & now it is time to defend our title! Running over 24 hours from 5pm on the 24th to 5pm on the 25th Sept, we are looking for people to help survey and identify as many species as possible on campus. We also need help with organisation, so all assistance is welcome! If you would like to participate in this unique event please email greencampus@nuigalway.ie

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – START NEXT WEEK!
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course – NEXT WEEK!
  • Irish – START NEXT WEEK!

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration: https://www.suas.ie/take-course

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year including our charity fundraisers. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

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 2 10th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter This Monday 8pm!

We have only 100 tickets left for comedian Al Porter this Monday 14th September at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Don’t miss out – get your €5 ticket from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Freshers’ Fair 11am-4pm Wednesday – All the FREE stuff!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 
There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wall planners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, pizza, sausages and sushi. 

Lockers – 531 Left!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Bar Skills – COURSE FULL
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course – COURSE FULL
  • Irish
  • Yoga – Beginners Course FULL

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Volunteering Fair 1pm-5pm Tues 15th Sept

The NUI Galway Volunteering Fair takes place 1pm-5pm on Tuesday 15th September in Áras na Mac Léinn. There will be loads of amazing volunteering opportunities for you to choose from and your time spent volunteering will also go towards earning your Alive Certificate. The Alive Certificate is the President’s Award for Volunteering at NUI Galway and it’s a great addition to your CV. Time spent volunteering with the SU, as a Class Rep or with Clubs or Societies also counts towards your certificate.

Missed Clubs and Socs Days?

Don’t worry! You can still register to join ALL the Sports Clubs and Societies that NUI Galway has to offer by just logging on to Your Space. You can also manage your Alive Volunteering Certificate account here.

Log in to Your Space.

Connacht Tickets €10

We will have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale from Monday for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

An Afternoon With Google at NUI Galway

All students studying computer science and allied fields are welcome (from 1st year to post-grad). 1pm-5pm Tuesday 22nd September. Register HERE for your free ticket.

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

If you would like to win two tickets to our Al Porter comedy gig on Monday 14th September at 8pm just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie and tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2015/16. Competition closes 1pm Monday 14th September.

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

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

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie.

Register now for the NUIG 8k for Jigsaw

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Chinese Course at NUI Galway

A 20 week evening course, An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, will commence in NUI Galway on Wednesday 16th September 2015.  Classes will run one night a week from 7pm to 9pm.  The fee is €120.00 for students. The course is designed for people with no Chinese language basics but who have a strong interest in China or who travel or do business in China. 

For further details please see the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures website here  or contact Suzanne Gilsenan suzanne.gilsenan@nuigalway.ie, tel. 091 494037.

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.

SUAS 8×8 Free Film Festival at NUI Galway

Volunteering and speaking opportunities are now available for the forthcoming  8×8  Festival. If you have a passion for global development & social justice issues, then help us spark the conversation on campus.
Takes place October 5th -9th. Contact: c.lappin1@nuigalway.ie

Suicide Awareness Week – Bring a Friend 5k Walk/Run

At 9am on Saturday 12th September Knocknacarra Parkrun will be holding a special parkrun in conjunction with parkrun HQ. It’s “Bring-A-Friend Day” so we’d love it if you brought a friend or two to join you in the walk/jog/run (you choose). We’d love it even more if you could wear something yellow as it’s Suicide Prevention Week and by wearing yellow we’re going to show our support for Pieta House and the many other organisation that help people in crisis.

Competition Time!! Get PUBLISHED in the Irish Times & win €500.

Are you a young person interested in development and global justice issues? Are you a returned volunteer with something to say? This…may be for YOU! https://www.youth.ie/eyd

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.

Personal Safety and Awareness Course

Life Skills

Personal Safety and Awareness Course 

We will soon be enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course for 2015. 

Cost of the course :€5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card. 

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí and other experts.

Course Date/Time: 1pm-6pm Thursday 24th September

Course Venue: The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Part 1: Introduction and course outline                                                                                                                

Definition of awareness within the personal safety milieu.

‘Self-defence’ vs ‘personal awareness’

Ineffectiveness of most physical techniques.

The adrenal response.

The predator outline.

Importance of reporting

Physical skills

Garda Briefing

Revision, Q&A, and feedback.

Part 2: Awareness and its relationship to personal safety.                                                                                          

Situational awareness and the ‘360 mind-set’

Watching your ‘6’

Visualising your journey/local knowledge.

Threat recognition/trusting your instincts.

Mobiles: Pros and cons

Alcohol.

Break

Part 3: The Predator outline and the Adrenal response                                                                                

Predator/Assailant preplanning and visualisation.

Predator escalation and the importance of reporting.

The percentage game (minimising/maximising your safety at all times)

The Adrenal response, physical, emotional and psychological.

Ineffectiveness of most complex physical techniques within an adrenalized situation.

Avoiding becoming a ‘target of opportunity’.

Part 4: Garda Briefing                                                                                                                   

TBC, but in our conversation beforehand we discussed the importance of people knowing the legal definitions of assault, harassment, intimidation etc. And a stressing of the early reporting of situations and using the Gardaí as a community resource rather than a call of last resort.

Part 5: Physical Skills.                                                                                                                   

A re-stressing of the legal terms defined earlier by the Garda and a re-stressing of the facts that complicated physical techniques tend towards the ineffective.

High percentage and low percentage moves.

Basic grab evasion.

The essentialities of escape.

How to strike.

SU Weekly Email 4 – 2nd October 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

USI Rally for Education Wednesday 8th October #EducationIs

The Union of Students in Ireland invites you to our ‘Rally for Education’ on October the 8th, assembling from the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin 1 at 11.30am and proceeding to Molesworth Street. This Rally is supported by many organisations including SIPTU, Irish Federation of University Teachers, Teachers’ Union of Ireland, ICTU Youth, Young Workers Network, We’re Not Leaving, Communication Workers Union, Communication Workers Youth Committee, Defend the University, Irish Second Level Students’ Union, Conradh na Gaeilge, NUS-USI

The Rally will call for the protection of student supports in Budget 2015 and will highlight the value of education to society as well as the valuable contributions that students make to their communities.

Buses will be leaving from Galway Cathedral at 9am on Wednesday, 8th October, travelling to Dublin. There will be a cost of €2 for this and tickets will be available from the Students’ Union from Monday 6th October at 10am.

Financial Aid Fund Closes Saturday 4th October

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline isthis Saturday 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to financialaid@nuigalway.ie

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • 2pm-3pm Monday 6th October Postgrad Council in the Students’ Union Office
  • 6pm-7pm Monday 6th October Arts Council in AC216
  • 6pm-7pm Wednesday 8th October Engineering Council in ENG2003 Lecture Room 2
  • 6pm-9pm Thursday 9th October Class Reps Training in IT250 – ALL CLASS REPS SHOULD ATTEND

If you have been elected as a Class Rep but have not filled out the registration sheet yet please contact the SU Education Officer Phelim Kelly ASAP on su.education@nuigalway.ie

SU Charities for 2014/15 – want to help us?

Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please emailstudentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Please Sign Mental Health Reform’s Petition

One in seven adults in Ireland will have experienced a mental health difficulty in the last year. We need your support to tell the Government to invest in mental health services in Budget 2015. Sign the Petition here.

Mature Students Officer

Please note that the SU Mature Students Officer, Michelle Mitchell, will have an open clinic every Wednesday morning 10am-12pm in the Students’ Union office every week. You can also reach her by email on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 2

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 8 Spaces Left
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Self Defence Course – 1 Spaces Left – Thursday 9th October

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Build your CV and Volunteer

Visit the ALIVE website for volunteering, placement, experience and skill building opportunities with a wide range of charities, schools, hospitals, and community groups across the campus, Galway city and beyond at www.nuigalway.ie/alive

Graduate Jobs Fair Tuesday 7th October

12.30pm-4pm in the Bailey Allen Hall with over 60 Graduate recruiters.

ComputerDISC is now open for this semester

If you have any programming issues or would just like some advice on best programming practices we are here to help. You can find us in IT205, IT building. If you’re passing why not drop in and pre-register.

 

The Academic Writing Centre is now open

The AWC offers free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing for NUIG students. Last year, AWC tutors helped over 500 students to overcome recurrent problems with grammar, punctuation, spelling, and essay structure.The AWC is located on floor 2, in the James Hardiman Library. You can drop in at any time during our opening hours.

Need help with Maths?

SUMS the Free maths support centre is now open to students. https://www.maths.nuigalway.ie/sums/

Irish Road Safety Week 6th-12th October

Collect your FREE bike light from the SU Office from Wednesday. Be Safe, Be Seen.

Pushers needed for the Macnas Halloween Parade Sunday 26th October

Macnas is taking to the streets again this year on Sunday 26th October for their biggest event of the year: the Macnas Halloween Parade. They’ll be putting on a street-hopping, traffic-stopping party with a host of new giants, performance, bespoke costume, live original music and our award-winning design. But to get their giants up town they need pushers which is a great way to get involved and see the parade from the unique perspective of within, without having to put yourself front and centre (if that’s not your thing). You’ll get ear plugs, gloves and the chance to meet other groovy, helpful people​ while seeing the crowd’s faces and hearing their comments and cheers close-up. You will be the unsung hero of this year’s parade (until later, when we will indeed sing for you!).

If you are interested in being part of this year’s parade as a pusher, please email roisin@macnas.com with your name, phone number and confirming that you are available on Sunday 26th October and are in good physical condition for this role.

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Sunday!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

Online Security

Please make sure that your laptops and other devices are secure on campus. You can download FREE McAffee Anti-Virus Software from the ISS website here. Never give out your personal details online when filling out surveys.

Mental Health Week Monday, 6th October

Join us in the Aula Maxima, Quadrangle Building at 1pm on Monday 6th October for the launch of Mental Health Week and the Student Health 101, our online resource for NUI Galway students.  Guest speaker Fergal Moore, Galway Senior Hurler and John Hannon, Director of Student Services, NUI Galway. All welcome, light refreshments provided. Full programme details.

Strong Body, Strong Mind

Strong Body, Strong Mind is a new FREE service which any student can use and is based in the Wellness Centre beside the Hub Café, Áras na Mac Léinn. The aim of the program is to help students improve their fitness, lose weight and strengthen both body and mind. Each student will receive motivational tips, nutritional info and a fitness plan. Each student will also have access to a fitness channel via YouTube  which will include exercise and workout videos with no need for gym equipment! For more information contact cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

Suas 8×8 Arts Festival 13th – 17th October

Suas are delighted to announce that 8×8, a new-development-focused arts festival is coming to NUIG from the 13th-17th of October. It consists of a world class touring outdoor photography exhibition and exciting learning events. The exhibition will be situated on the green between the Arts Millennium Building and the James Hardiman Library. Other events being held during the week are film screenings, workshops and a photography competition. The exhibition and associated events bring together elements that are key to achieving sustainable development and global justice. Adjust your focus by logging onto https://www.stand.ie​ to register.

October’s NUI Galway Student Health 101 is now ready – check it out and enter this month’s draw for €750

Student Health 101

In this month’s issue: The job prob – Forecasting your future in the job market. The pursuit of perfection – What is the cost of your high standards?

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

SU Weekly Email 3 – 25th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October

Our first Citizenship Day, on Wednesday the 1st of October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léin, will showcase and promote the various groups we have on campus that play an active role in society, embrace the values of active citizenship and contribute to the well-being of Irish Society. Our aim is also to promote the idea of being an active citizen to students in NUI Galway and promote involvement in different types of voluntary and community activities as well as participation in the democratic process. For more information please contact Rebecca Melvin at su.equality@nuigalway.ie

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Soon!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

 

Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 2nd Oct

Our Cardiac First Responder Course takes place 1pm-5.30pm on Thursday 2nd October. To register please call to the SU Office ASAP with the €40 course fee (usual cost €70)

Financial Aid Fund Now Open

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline is 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to financialaid@nuigalway.ie

FREE Postgrad Social events this Friday 26th September
5pm walking tour of Galway given by historian Tonaí Ó Roduib for NUIG postgrads (although if you have friends or partners who want to come, they’re welcome as well). Meet at the Spanish Arch. 
8pm Postgrad-Aoke in the College Bar with karaoke, giant games and a few surprises!

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

SU Volunteer Meeting

We will be hosting an info session for anybody that is interested in volunteering with the Students’ Union on Monday the 29th September at 8pm in Meeting Room 1 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with the Students’ Union this year! For more information contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale for the next Connacht Rugby home game against Cardiff Blues on Friday 3rd of October at 7.35pm.

Synapse Friday 26th September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall tomorrow, Friday the 26th of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, LinkedIn and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com

Little Cinema Galway Festival this Weekend

If you like short films and being entertained make sure you head to the Little Cinema Festival this weekend.

Memorial for Conor Cribbin RIP

There will be a memorial mass and dedication ceremony for science student Conor Cribbin (RIP) in the Memorial Garden at 11.30am on Sunday 28th September.  Conor’s family will attend.

Class Representatives

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

Class Rep Meetings Timetable.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 10 Spaces Left
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – COURSE FULL
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder – 5 Spaces Left
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – COURSE FULL
  • Self Defence Course – 3 Spaces Left
  • Irish – Starts this week
  • Yoga – BEGINNERS COURSE FULL

More info on all the courses is available here.  

 

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Lockers – 586 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

 

Galway Hospice “Books for Hospice” Fundraiser on Saturday, 4 October

To facilitate staff and students on campus, books will be collected on campus as follows:

During the week of Monday, 29 September to Friday, 3 October, boxes of books may be left in Room 103, Riverside Terrapin, Distillery Road (8.30-9.30 am and 5.30-6.30 pm). If you have three or four books that would be great too, drop off at my office or send in the internal post. The Hospice slogan is “Every moment matters”, with this project every book donated matters.

Are you a young woman living with ADHD?
Doctoral researcher Andrea Lynch in the School of Education is currently running a study examining the experiences of young women living with a formal diagnosis of ADHD. If you are between the ages of 18-20, you are welcome to participate by completing one personal interview and one online questionnaire. For more information about this study, please contact Andrea at a.lynch19@nuigalway.ie, or visit the study’s Facebook page.

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

SU Weekly Email 2 – 18th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Learn Sign Language

Our 10 Week Basic Sign Language Courses start next week. To register please call to the SU Office ASAP with the €40 course fee. 
Course Options are: 
*Tuesdays 12pm-1pm (23rd Sept-25th Nov)
*Tuesdays 1pm-2pm (23rd Sept-25th Nov)
*Wednesdays 6pm-7pm (24th Sept-26th Nov) 3 SPACES LEFT
*Thursdays 6pm-7pm (25th Sept-27th Nov) 4 SPACES LEFT

Financial Aid Fund

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund will open on Monday 22nd September. The link will be emailed to all students at this point. Applications close on the 10th of October. More Information Here.

Volunteering Fair Wednesday 24th September

Not to be missed NUI Galway Volunteering Fair Wednesday 24th Sept 11.00-5.00 in the Bailey Allen Hall. Over 80 organisations will be showcasing a wide range of placement, volunteering an internship opportunities.  This is a great chance to gain skills and experience for your CV.  It’s the biggest in the country and it is all right here in Galway!

Class Representatives

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

NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2014

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

Thursday 18th September

11am-5pm Radio Open Day at Flirt FM

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 19th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 22nd September

8pm SU Freshers’ Night in College Bar with Crossfire covers band

Wednesday 24th September

11am-5pm Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – starts next week!
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course
  • Manual Handling Course
  • Irish
  • Yoga

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Aoife: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Synapse Friday 26th September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Friday the 26th of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, LinkedIn and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com

Dates for Garda Clinic on Campus

Garda Nora Brady will be on campus on the following days if you have any issues you would like to discuss:

Tuesday 23rd September 12.30pm-2.30pm

Monday 13th October 12.30pm-2.30pm

Monday 20th October 12.30pm-2.30pm

Tuesday 2nd December 12.30pm-2.30pm

Galway Culture Night Friday 19th September

Galway Culture Night will see a massive amount of FREE events taking place on NUI Galway campus and all over Galway. Make sure you head along and get cultured up for free!

Download the new NUI Galway mobile app

Designed by students for students, this new app aims to make your life on campus easier. Features a campus map, news, past exam papers, access to student mail and lots more. https://www.nuigalway.ie/mobileapp/

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie

Read Issue 1 of Sin

Suas Global Issues Course – Now Enrolling!

The Suas Global Issues Course offers students an introduction to development issues, such as education, health, trade, environment, debt and taking action through interactive discussion- led sessions. The course runs for 7 weeks starting September 29th, 6:30 – 8:30, one evening per week, on either a Monday or Tuesday.

Apply and find out more at https://www.suas.ie/take-course

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is now open beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. There will also be lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

Lockers – 662 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Women at Heart: Fitness Flash Mob at Spanish Arch On World Heart Day, Monday 29th September

We’re looking for a group of 200+ women to help us create awareness around our Women at Heart campaign. We want to empower women to make their heart health a priority and this year’s message is ‘Do It For Yourself’. We plan to create a buzz, make some noise, and have good fun at the same time! Last year we did something similar and we received national media coverage; we’re hoping for the same again this year, but we need your help!

To Join Our Fitness Flash Mob, you must register with Croí by calling Jennifer on 091-544310. We need your registration details in advance to plan for t-shirts and places on the bus!

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

SU Weekly Email 1 – 11th September 2014

Weekly Email

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

What is the Students’ Union?

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

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

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

President: Declan su.president@nuigalway.ie

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

Vice-President/Welfare: Aoife su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

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

Equality: Rebecca su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Michelle su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduates: Cian su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie

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

Societies: Patrick su.socs@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Damien su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

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

Convenor Science: Joanne su.science@nuigalway.ie

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

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

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

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2014

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

 Thursday 11th September

11am-5pm Clubs Day, Sports Centre

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 12th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 15th September

8pm SU Comedy Gig in O’Flaherty Theatre – Foil, Arms & Hog + Support Tickets €5

Tuesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn – Freebies, Freshers Packs, Giveaways, Competitions & Food! 

4pm DJ Graham Doherty in the College Bar

Wednesday 17th September

11am-4pm Societies Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn

8.30pm DJ Soc presents in the College Bar

Thursday 18th September

11am-5pm Radio Open Day at Flirt FM

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 19th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 22nd September

8pm SU Freshers’ Night in College Bar with Crossfire covers band

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course
  • Manual Handling Course
  • Irish
  • Yoga

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Foil, Arms & Hog

If you would like to win two tickets to our comedy gig Foil, Arms & Hog with support from Steve Bennett on Monday 15th September at 8pm just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ieand tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2014/15. Competition closes 1pm Monday 15th September.

 

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Aoife: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Connacht vs Leinster

€15 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale NOW in the Students’ Union for the Connacht Rugby vs Leinster match on Friday 19th September at 7.35pm.

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is now open beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

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

 

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. There will also be lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

Lockers – 905 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie.

Vote for NUI Galway Lecturer Eoghan Clifford to be World Paralympic Athlete of Month

NUI Galway academic, Dr Eoghan Clifford recently won his second World Title winning the Men’s C3 Road Race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. You can vote for him here:

https://www.paralympic.org/

Ever feel anxious about public speaking or meeting people…?

September will see the launch of the new and improved NUI Galway Participate online programme – a resource for anyone dealing with shyness or social anxiety. Whether it’s just difficulty with public speaking that’s holding you back, or a more general issue with meeting people, this will be worth checking out.

Participate uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques. Similar programmes have been run successfully in NUI Galway and elsewhere in the past.  Students who sign up also get a personal tutor. Your tutor will check in with you online every week to help make sure that the programme is working for you.

All students of NUI Galway will be e-mailed with a link to the Participate website in September.  You can visit the site, test your social anxiety, and see how it works. This is also a research programme, so if you join you will be contributing to something that will help others, as well as yourself!

https://participate.nuigalway.ie/

Galway Zombie Walk

The 5th Annual Galway Zombie Walk takes place at 10.30pm this Friday 12th of September. Meet at the Spanish Arch from 8pm and you can even get your makeup done for a small fee which goes to charity. Tasty Brainssssssssssss.

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.