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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.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Life Skills Now Enrolling

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You can now enrol for the following reduced price courses in the Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. 

Please note that you must pay the course fee/deposit where applicable when you sign up. Please note that courses will only run if sufficient numbers are registered for same. 

These courses are open to registered NUI Galway students only. 

*Personal Safety and Awareness Course Now Enrolling*

We are now enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course which takes place 1pm-5pm Thursday 19th March. 

The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office.

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.

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.

$1·         Irish Classes: Beginners & Intermediate Levels

Description: This 20 week Irish course will be based on spoken, functional, and conversational Irish. Most of the teaching time will be concentrated on fluency in speaking and in comprehension. Some grammar will feature in the course, as much as is necessary for conversation. The initial classes will focus on assessing the needs of the students in the group and we will take it from there. The tutor will also let students know of Irish language cultural events that are on in Galway and socialising amongst Gaeilgeoirí outside of class is encouraged for those who can so they can practice their Gaeilge.

Assessment & Certification: There is no exam for this course. However, the European Framework for Learning Languages will be used as the basis for the syllabus and there will be TEG exams in all levels of the Irish Language taking place in 2015 if students would like to avail of the opportunity to have their progress recognised. All assistance will be given in the classes to those who wish to do this. For more information see: https://teg.ie/english/exam_dates.htm
More information: e-mail misneachnagaillimhe@gmail.com

Students per course: Max 25 students per class

Course Venue: AC202

Dates/Times Semester 1: Beginners 6pm-7pm Wednesday 24th September-Wednesday 26th November 2014

Intermediate 6pm-7pm Thursday 25th September-Thursday 27th November 2014

Cost: There is a suggested donation of €1 per person per class. This will go to covering costs.

$1·         Yoga

Description: This 8 week Ashtanga Yoga course has a beginners/improvers level and an intermediate level. Ashtanga yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. Yoga mats and belts are provided in class. 

Dates/Times Semester 2: Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thursday 19th March -Thursday 14th May 2015 (NO CLASS 7th May) COURSE FULL 13/03/15

Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thursday 19th March – Thursday 14th May 2015 (NO CLASS 7th May) 7 Spaces left 13/03/15

Course Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Cost: €40

 

SU Weekly Email 16th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund – Closing date 5pm TOMORROW FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

NUIG Jailbreak 2014

There will be an information talk on NUIG Jailbreak tonight (Thursday 16th January) at 7pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. The first NUIG Jailbreak takes place on 22nd & 23rd of February – you have 36 hours to get as far away from Galway as possible..with no money! All funds raised go to charity. More information here.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan which starts on Monday 20th of January to get you ready on our website here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 20th January 2pm-3pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 20th January 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250 – All Class Reps should attend
  • Tuesday 21st January 6pm-7pm Arts Rep Council in AC202
  • Wednesday 22nd January 6pm-7pm Engineering Rep Council in ENG2001
  • Thursday 23rd January 6pm-7pm Law/Commerce Council in AC204

For more information contact Catherine on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

  • 10 Week Basic Sign Language Course €40 (usual price €70) Tuesdays 12pm-1pm (Full), Tuesdays 1pm-2pm (2 spaces left) and Wednesdays 6pm-7pm (1 space left) – starts 28th Jan.
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 30th January (13 spaces left)
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (5 spaces left)

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

 

Election of a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile
Under the Universities Act, 1997, one postgraduate student is to be elected by the postgraduate students as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile (The University Governing Authority). The period of office of the person elected shall be February 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015 (provided that (s)he continues to be a postgraduate student for the duration of that period) Nominations must be received in writing by the Returning Officer (Gearóid Ó Conluain, Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 24, 2014.
Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00. More Information.

 

Sin Issue 7

Issue 7 of Sin is available to read online now here. If you are interested in getting involved with the paper just head along to their weekly meetings on Thursdays at 6pm in AC215 or email editor@sin.ie

USI Officer Elections

Nominations open today for the Union of Students in Ireland Officer positions for 2014/15. You have until the 13th of February to get your nomination in if you fancy running for one of the positions. More information.

 

EXPLORE Lunchtime Workshop – Tuesday 21 January

A lunchtime workshop will take place for all staff/students who are participating in EXPLORE projects this year. It will take place from 12-2pm in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn on Tuesday 21 January. The meeting will focus on your project’s progress and sharing your experience so far.  We will host three short, practical workshops as part of this event. We would expect at least one staff and one student from each project in attendance. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Participants can register by clicking here or by emailing emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie For students who are interested in how this year’s 30 EXPLORE projects are progressing, each project has their own dedicated webpage here.

Free Cooking Workshop

Cooking and Eating on a Student Budget, with Galway Chefs Rob and Mona Wise https://www.wisewords.ie/ .The event will be held Wednesday 29 January at 7.30 pm at Ros Geal Residence, 19 University Rd (next to Tesco Express). rosgeal@gmail.com

Focus Group – What’s On app

What’s On is an EXPLORE project looking to create a free app for NUI Galway students detailing activities outside of academic life on campus as well as deals available around town. We are hoping to host a focus group in the boardroom of the Students’ Union, Áras na Mac Léinn (beside the College Bar) on Thursday 23 January. Please drop by to let us know what you want from this app and get some free tea/coffee and refreshments.  Students can come along anytime from 1pm-5pm to give their opinion. This app is aimed to help students to make the most of college.

Academic Writing Centre Competition – win an iPad 2

The Academic Writing Centre competition for Undergrad students is now open. Entries must be sent to irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie AND awccompetition@gmail.com by 21 February 2014. Rules and topics are available here.

Balls

Exam Results

Semester one provisional exam results are due to be released on a staggered basis between Wednesday 29th January and Friday 31st January via Blackboard. Release dates vary by School. 

What will you do in 2014?

  • Get fit                                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run
  • Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses
  • Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb – Look Before You Leap Election Information Night 7pm Tuesday 28th January.
  • Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan
  • Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan
  • Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC

www.su.nuigalway.ie and studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Now Open

Applications Open 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

More information.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 Naked Charity Calendar is on sale across campus now and is an way to get yourself organised for 2014 supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition

More Information.

DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE

In this new health series for TV3 a team of leading medical experts will closely monitor a household’s lifestyle and carry out comprehensive health screening tests, providing them with an accurate assessment of their disease risk factors. The Doctor in the House team will connect the dots between people’s daily behaviours and the impact on their health. We all know that fatty foods or too much caffeine is bad for us, but why? We know that we shouldn’t spend too much time in front of the computer or the TV, but why- what effect is it having on us?A personalised plan will be devised in a bid to encourage each member of the house to make real changes in their lifestyle to benefit their future health. The household will have eight weeks to work together to modify their behaviour before being retested.  It’s all about realisations and connections between everyday life- habits and behaviours- and how they directly relate to potential health problems-  big and small- but all vital to the quality of our life.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form atwww.tv3.ie/doctorinthehouse

What’s on in Galway January/February

Akumakon Anime & Manga Convention NUIG Fri 17th – Sun 19th Jan 2014

The Roisin Dubh Art & Craft Indoor Market  Sat 18th January 2014 (Monthly Event)

Harry Potter Festival at NUIG Fri 31st Jan – Sun 2nd Feb 2014

Galway Astronomy Festival  Sat 1st Feb 2014

Galway International Rally Fri 7th – Sun 9th Feb 2014

Muscailt Arts Festival at NUIG Mon 10th – Fri 14th Feb 2014

Connacht Rugby Home Matches Sat 15th Feb, Sat 1st March, Fri 18th April, 2nd/3rd/4th May (TBC) NUIG Student Rate Tickets available in the SU

Tedfest Fr Ted Festival Fri 21st – Mon 24th Feb 2014

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.

SU Weekly Email 9th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your first weekly email of 2014 from your Students’ Union. Happy New Year and we hope you all had a great Christmas break.

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund – Closing date FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Exam Results

Semester one provisional exam results will be released on a staggered basis between Wednesday 29th of January and Friday 31st January. Release dates vary by School. 

What will you do in 2014?

  • Get fit                                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run
  • Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses
  • Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb
  • Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan
  • Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan
  • Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC

www.su.nuigalway.ie and studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Application Dates

Applications Open 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

More information.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an way to get yourself organised for 2014 supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

First Year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

CÉIM sessions begin during the second week of lectures (Monday 20th January onwards). Sessions are scheduled for two slots: Tuesdays, 11am-12pm and Wednesdays, 2pm-3pm. More information will be sent to students during their first week of lectures. Email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie if there are any questions.

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition

More Information.

Free Tai-Chi Classes

Free Tai-Chi Workshop start from 15th January every Wednesday 17:00-18:30, in the Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.  All levels of learners welcomed. Facilitated by MA student on Health Promotion from China. Clothing requirements: must be sportswear, no jeans, no skirts and flat shoes are best. More information from cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence

Applications now open for NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence More Information.

Apps4Gaps Challenges Students to Create Apps Using Public Data in an Island of Ireland Competition

Students are invited to take part in an Island of Ireland competition to create apps from freely available and publicly accessible data from the 2011 Census in areas such as transport, housing and planning.

Individuals and teams of up to three participants can enter in one of two ways, either by submitting an idea for an app as a concept entry or by creating an app and submitting a working app using Open Data from the Census.

January 31st is the closing date to register as a competition entrant and the closing date for concept entry or a working app entry is April 11th.

Full details at www.apps4gaps.ie. Further information: Brendan at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway. brendan.smith@insight-centre.org

See Change is looking for Volunteers!

See Change is an alliance of organisations working together through the National Stigma Reduction Partnership to bring about positive change in public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems.See Change is looking for volunteers to help share their stigma challenging message and to get involved in the national Green Ribbon campaign. There will be a training date on the 1st March 2014 in Galway.

To find out more, please email Scott at scott@seechange.ie or visit www.seechange.ie

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
Dr. Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application on 5pm Tuesday, 14th January 2014 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building) This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered. Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
More information.

Photo for Europe Contest €1000 Top Prize

To participate in the Photo for Europe contest you need a picture that describes how you perceive what being European means. It can be almost everything; a picture that represents reality, utopia, a wish or a wakeup call. As they say, the only limit is your imagination. Send us your picture before 31st of January and show us what being European means to you. https://photoforeurope.org/the-contest

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office forConnacht vs Zebre Saturday 11th January at 3.40pm €15

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.

Sign Language Classes: Basic Course

Life Skills

Basic Sign Language Course

This basic introductory course in Sign Language runs over 10 weeks with a 1 hour class each week. The course equips students with enough sign language to introduce themselves and conduct a fairly basic conversation with another sign language user. Participants may expect to learn the manual alphabet and some vocabulary associated with everyday conversation. There is some emphasis on conversational practice. Students are expected to attend no less that 80% of the course.  We are now offering the Signature exam for unit 101. This has a credit value of 3 and costs an extra €40 which students can pay separately if and when they decide to take the exam at the end of the course.

Cost: €40 including handouts via email (usual price €75)

Venue: Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn/AM108  Arts Millennium Building

Dates: Semester 2 (Courses will only proceed if sufficient students sign up for same)

Course A:Tuesday 19th January  – Tuesday 22nd March 2016 12pm-1pm in SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Course B:Tuesday 19th January – Tuesday 22nd March 2016 1pm – 2pm in SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Course FULL 19/01/16

Course C: Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 23rd March 2016 6pm-7pm in AM108 Arts Millennium Building Course FULL 19/01/16

Course D: Thursday 21st January – Thursday 7th April 2016 6pm-7pm in AM108 Arts Millennium Building (No Class 17th or 24th March) Course FULL 19/01/16

Max: 12 students per class

Course Provider: The Centre for Sign Language Studies