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SU Weekly Email 12 – 27th November 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

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

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

All funds raised go to Console and BeLonG To. 

 

SU Enterprise Awards Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

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

Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

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

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

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

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

 

Student Leap Card Vouchers Expire 30th November

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

Sin Issue 6

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

Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

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

Garda Clinic Tuesday 2nd December

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

Arts in Action Free Gig

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

World AIDS Day Candlelit Memorial Service

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

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

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

Survey on Attitudes to Organ Donation

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

 

Kinvara locals to speak about boycott of Israel 7pm Tonight

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

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

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

Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Tickets on Sale Now:

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

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

 

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

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

 

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

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

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

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 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.