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SU Weekly Email 20th February 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm TOMORROW Friday 21st February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. 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. The Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office, the Engineering Desk and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Elections 2014 – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare and SU Council Chair

Students’ Union Council Chairperson for 2014/15 – please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Monday 24th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place at 6pm on Monday 3rd of March in IT250 at the last SU Council meeting of the year.

Students’ Union full time paid officer positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations are now OPEN and nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our website.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 26th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 6th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 27th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

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

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

Elections 2014 Guide.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Referenda

On Thursday 6th March you will be asked to vote in two separate referenda.

Both referenda have been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a neutral position with regard to abortion.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion.

Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

This referendum will decide whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position in support of the campaign of “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

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

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG 3rd March

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

Volunteers Needed for Aquathon

If you have time to spare on Tuesday 25th of February between 9am-1.30pm we need volunteers to help out with our Charity Aquathon which is raising money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC. Anyone that helps out will get lunch and a t-shirt! Volunteers will be helping time the competitors, helping with registration and acting as stewards along the race route in Dangan. Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help.

Postgrad Karaoke

Postgrad-aoke is back this Friday 21st of February at 8pm in the College Bar. Good tunes, refreshments, pizza and bad singing!

 

Free Mind Mapping Workshop

To tackle the problem of exam disappointment and failure or even just to improve your study techniques, we are holding a Mind Mapping workshop by Dr Dermot Burns from the Department of English on the 26th of February in AC2016 from 6pm-8pm. Mind Mapping is a useful technique that helps you learn more effectively, improves the way that you record information, and supports and enhances creative problem solving.

By using Mind Maps, you can quickly identify and understand the structure of a subject. You can see the way that pieces of information fit together, as well as recording the raw facts contained in normal notes. More than this, Mind Maps help you remember information, as they hold it in a format that your mind finds easy to recall and quick to review.

Places are limited so call in to the SU to sign up or email su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Complete the National Student Survey

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

What you need to know

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

 

Mindfulness Meditation

Reduce stress, enhance your well-being. FREE 30 minute sessions every Wednesday 1:00 – 1:30pm in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. Starting 26th Feb. All welcome. Emailcindy.dring@nuigalway.iefor further information.

 

Mature Students’ Society trip to Áras an Uachtaráin

The Mature Students Society have accepted an invitation from the office of the President of Ireland to a tour of Áras an Uachtaráin on the Friday 14th of March at 2.00pm. We have decided to include a trip to Leinster House as well. The itinerary is as follows;
     * The bus will be leaving the Quad at 7.00am and arrive at Leinster house for a guided tour at 10.30am. 
     * Thereafter we will make our way to Áras an Uachtaráin to begin our tour at 2.00pm. There will be light refreshments served afterwards courtesy of Áras an Uachtaráin. 
     * We should arrive back at the Quad around 8.00pm. 
     * Time will be allocated for breaks (food, shopping, etc.)
This trip is limited to 40 mature students. A fee of €10.00 per student for the bus applies, which is payable at the Socs Box. Closing date is the 28th February.

 

Marchathon 3rd-7th March

If you like winning prizes and walking and have two friends who also like these things you should sign up your team of three now for the Marchathon! Between the 3rd and 7th of March each member of your team needs to walk for at least 30 minutes a day and there are loads of prizes including Tablets and eReaders for taking part. Register your team here now!

#Gencon14

The first national student conference on gender takes place at NUI Galway on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March. Spaces are free but limited so book now here.

 

Student Talks Conference seeks presenters

The first Student Talks conference will be held on the 26th of March from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Dillon Theatre on the Concourse of NUI Galway.

Student Talks is a prestigious international conference series that was designed by students, for students. The aim of each Student Talks conference is to give students a global platform to communicate their ideas (discuss their chosen topics of research or interest), get in touch with like-minded individuals, and achieve international recognition for their work. There are several Student Talks conferences to be held over the coming months around Ireland and the UK. 

The conference is one hour long. Seven student presenters will each give an eight minute presentation on their chosen subject. The presentation must in some way be related to your academic work. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Aside from the fact that presenting at a Student Talks conference is a great experience, an opportunity to present your work the world wide community and improve your CV, academic/ career profile, the Student Talks Awards take place at the end of each year. The winners from each academic category will be announced and the overall Student Talks best presentation will be awarded. 

If you would like to present and the Student Talks conference send your name, presentation title and a short description of your talk to brianslattery@studenttalks.ie.

 

Tag Yourself in NUI Galway’s First Ever First Year Class Photo!

This Gigapixel image  of the first year ‘Class of 2013’ was taken in the Quadrangle at NUI Galway at the beginning of the new term to welcome our first year students. Tag yourself or find your friends in this gigapixel panoramic photo – it allows you to pan around the entire Quad to see yourself or your friends with amazing clarity!

As NUI Galway is the University of choice for over 3,000 students every year, we want to know – why did you choose NUI Galway? Tell us at https://choose.nuigalway.ie

Rail Girls Galway Needs Volunteers

Rails Girls is a worldwide movement aimed at giving a first approach to Web application development. It prioritizes female participants to address the IT gender gap by creating a sense of community between females who usually can hardly find similar peers helping and inspiring them, in the male-dominated IT area. This is achieved by local 2-days workshops in which attendees implement a simple application using Ruby on Rails. After Rails Girls Galway 2013 run successfully (mainly sponsored by NUIG, it received more than 100 requests for participation) a second edition (dates to be defined) has been asked for, ever since. We are currently recruiting volunteer coaches (of any gender) for Rails Girls Galway 2014. Please email railsgirlsgalway@gmail.com if interested more at https://railsgirls.com/galway

Reward Offered for return of Lost Memory Stick

Imitation brand black and red memory stick left behind in the D block (Education block)computer room (downstairs) on 12th Feb. 2014. Studying for my masters of education degree and this memory stick had a substantial amount of information relating to not only my course, but also my job as a teacher. Contact m.cunniffe2@nuigalway.ie

Interested in your heart and lung function?

Male smokers and non-smokers aged 18 to 25 required to participate in a 4th year physiology project. Email e.caplice1@nuigalway.ie for more details.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

$1·         3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm STARTS THIS FRIDAY (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (12 spaces left)

$1·         SU Barista course is completely full.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Treviso 5pm Saturday 1st March €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale Monday 24th January in the SU.

TG4 PILOT FOR NEW DATING SHOW! MUMS AND DAUGHTERS WANTED!

“If you want to know what your girlfriend will be like in 25 years, get to know her mother”!  ADARE Productions are creating a Pilot for a new dating show. One guy will choose from 3 girls, the catch is, he won’t get to meet or see the girls – But he’ll have plenty of time to get to know their MOTHERS. He will have to make his selection based on the information he gleans from the mothers. But in the end, it’s the Mother who decides if the guy is worthy of her daughter. So, if your mum and you are game for a laugh get in touch with us now.

Fiona Ní Chéirín on 01-2843877 or email fiona@adareproductions.ie as soon as possible! Casting will take place in Galway on February 28th.

Cooking & Eating on a Student Budget: Local Ingredients & Summer Recipes with Anton of Anton’s Cafe

Wednesday 26th February at 7.30 pm. Hosted at Ros Geal Residence, ​19 University Rd. Email rosgeal@gmail.comto book a place.

Study: The Human Animal Bond

This is an invitation to participate in a study on the relationship between the human animal bond and human mental health and wellbeing. This questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and all data collected will be anonymous. To participate please follow the web linkhere.

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.

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUI Galway

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David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUI Galway

We are delighted to announce that our final comedy gig of the year will be David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 3rd of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT (3/3/14)

SU Weekly Email 13th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Elections 2014 Countdown – 7 Days to Go!

Students’ Union full time paid officer positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 20th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 26th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 6th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 27th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

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

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

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

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm Friday 21st February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. 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. The Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office, the Engineering Desk and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Spring & Semester 2 Exam Timetables

The Semester 2 Exam Timetable will be available on 14-Mar-2014. 
The Spring exam timetable will be available online on 12-Feb-2014. 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. View a short Examination Advice video (below). 
If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor). 
https://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/timetable.html

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG

We are delighted to announce that our final comedy gig of the year will be David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 3rd of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

$1·         3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Fri 21st Feb, Fri 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         8 Week Yoga Course €40 Thursday 13th February-Thursday 3rd April Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm (FULL) Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (14 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm €10 NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale from the SU Office NOW!

Student Counselling Service FREE group workshops:

  1. Coping with feeling Stressed                  – Wed, February 19, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days     – Mon, February 24, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  3. Troubled by Procrastination                   – Tues, February 25, from 6.15pm-8.15pm

Bookings and queries to paula.crowley@nuigalway.ie

 

EXPLORE projects

The SU and the University are supporting over 180 staff and students in delivering on 28 innovative projects which were awarded €1,000 funding each as part of the EXPLORE initiative. You can check out the various projects and their progress here.

 

How to apply for the ALIVE Certificate’ Workshops on the following dates:

$1·         1pm-2pm Tues 18th Feb in AM205 Arts Millennium Building

$1·         5pm-6pm Thurs 20th Feb in AC204 on the Concourse

$1·         12pm-1pm Mon 24th Feb in MY124 Áras Moyola

$1·         3pm-4pm Weds 26th Feb in CA005 Cairnes Building

Deadline for NUI Galway student Applications is 12pm 15th March and the ALIVE  Certificate Ceremony takes place at 11.30am on the 1st April in the Bailey  Allen Hall.

Sin Issue 9

Read it here.

The new secure bicycle compound is now open.

Anyone with a valid student / staff University ID card can access the compound.

Please note

  • There are separate entrances and exits for cyclists’ use only, to the South side (The Hardiman Building) and to the North side (Bank of Ireland) of compound
  • There is one pedestrian exit turnstile and one pedestrian entrance turnstile (on  Arts Science Building  / Canal side)
  • In the interest of safety, cycling is prohibited within the compound.

Maps are available on the Buildings Office website https://www.nuigalway.ie/buildings/campus_map.html

Islam, Secularism and Democracy

A talk presented by Abdullah al Andalusi and the NUI Galway Islamic Society 7pm Monday 17th February in the Colm OhEocha Theatre, Arts Millennium Building. All Welcome. More information from isoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

Cyberbullying Survey

I am a doctoral researcher in the Business Information Systems Department conducting national research into cyberbullying within higher education institutes in Ireland. I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to participate in this survey. As recent news bulletins have highlighted this topic, this study aims to look at the prevalence and aspects of cyberbullying of students attending higher education institutes in Ireland.

It will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

Thank you for your participation. Survey Link.

Survey on Disabilities and Academic Success

I am currently conducting a study on learning support strategies and self-efficacy in dyslexia and non-dyslexic students in third level education, as part of my degree.

As a dyslexic student myself I am interested in finding ways to help students with any form of disability achieve academic success and have a positive college experience.

I would be sincerely grateful if you would complete the attached survey.  The survey consists of a participant information sheet and two questionnaires, which will only take a few minutes to complete.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: b.mccarney1@nuigalway.ie. The survey can be accessed at  this link.

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email MaryClare.OHara@hse.ie

Special Olympics Polar Plunge Fundraiser

Take part in the Special Olympics Connacht Polar Plunge challenge on Saturday 1st of March 10am-4pm at Blackrock Salthill Galway. To sign up and get your sponsorship card contact michael.carty@specialolympics.ie

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 6th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Have you two hours to spare this Saturday?

We are still looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day this Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG (Sexual Health Advice and Guidance) Week

Monday 10th February

11am SHAG Week Launch – The Quad

12pm – 4pm How Long Can You Ride? Rodeo Bull at the College Bar

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist O’Flaherty Theatre (Tickets €5 – last few tickets on sale in the SU now)

Tuesday 11th February

SEX – You can hook up with more than you bargained for. STI Awareness Information.

Wednesday 12th February

3pm-4pm Aids West Risky Behaviour Workshop in AC201

SHAG Packs across Campus

Thursday 13th February

1pm-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand in Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm-9pm The Dirty Circus in the College Bar

Friday 14th February

Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

Financial Aid Fund Applications close 5pm Friday 7th Feb
Semester two Financial Aid Fund Applications Close this Friday 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. More information.

Got Neknominated? 
Think about these facts first:
-You may harm yourself.
-The person you nominate may be seriously injured
-It comes from online-orientated peer pressure which can lead to cybershaming or cyberbullying. Stand up to the online trend and say no. 

-Anyone found to be recording or engaging in “Nek Nominations” in “The College Bar” or in any other Students’ Union outlet will be asked to leave. 

While some of us may see this as a bit of fun, this ‘game’ is causing great harm to some of those who get involved. The consequences of drinking large volumes of alcohol in a short time period can have very real impacts on those taking part. We are asking you to break the chain & not participate in this trend. Look after your own health & protect your friends from the serious risks associated with it. We are also reminding students of the University Code of Conduct and the serious implications for students found in breach of this code. NUI Galway Student Code of Conduct.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         8 Week Yoga Course €40 Thursday 13th February-Thursday 3rd April Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm (4 spaces left) Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (9 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (18 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

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

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 10th February  6pm-7pm Science Council in AC204
  • Tuesday 11th February 6pm-7pm Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola
  • Monday 3rd March 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250 – All Class Reps must attend

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm €10 NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale from the SU Office NOW!

Pop Up Ladies Clothing Shop at Croí House this Friday Feb 7th from 10am-2pm

All New ladies clothes – liquidated stock being sold for charity. Labels include Trollied Dolly, Yumi, Glamorous, Chi Chi, Acne and Closet. Designer & Contemporary Brands at incredible prices.Prices points €2, €5, €10, €50 – all proceeds go to Croí. Free Parking – Croí House, Moyola Lane, Newcastle, Galway.

Are you Ireland’s Safest Young Driver?

If you are aged 17-21 you can test your skills and win cash! -Visit www.ingeniumdynamics.ie

Information evening for people with type 1 diabetes coming up on Thursday the 13th of Feb at Croi house between 7.30-9.00pm.

Doctors, Nurses, Dieticians and other diabetes experts will be on hand on the evening, delivering talks & small group sessions , covering topics such as; your annual diabetes check-up; diet, practical tips and advice on management issues, updates on latest research and new technologies etc. To book your place email alma@croi.ie – Places strictly limited. More information.

Cooking a Valentine’s Meal (Without Breaking the Bank) featuring local chefs

The event will be held Wednesday 12 February at 7.30 pmat Ros Geal Residence, 19 University Rd (next to Tesco Express).  Students should email rosgeal@gmail.comto book a place. 

Study participants sought: The Impact of Imagery on Self Perceptions of Ageing

Participants are asked to send a facial image of themselves, from the neck up only, to e.hickey8@nuigalway.ie. The image should not contain anyone else but the participant. This image is for use in this study only and will be stored confidentially and deleted after participation. Participants are also asked to fill out an online questionnaire (see URL link below) before entering the lab. 

Complete questionnaire here.

The second part of the study involves completing an impression formation task on ageing in a lab setting which we can arrange if you wish to participate. All in all, participation should not take more than 20 minutes.

Any male who participates in the study will get €5 phone credit! 

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email MaryClare.OHara@hse.ie

 

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

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 Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

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NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards competition is now entering its second stage as six finalists battle it out for a €20,000 investment fund to turn their ideas into reality.Now in its fourth year, the competition seeks to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the students of NUI Galway in both social and business enterprise.

Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community over the coming weeks will let the finalists  develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.

Sean Kearns, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

 “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards again this year. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. At a time when real innovation and flair is needed, students are leading the way in creating the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted with the support that the Awards have received from the local business community and the university.”

The final six projects are:

1.    NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund

Operating a real-life financial portfolio under the guidance of industry experts and alumni, the NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund is an organisation managed by students, for the benefit of both the participants and the University as a whole. Martin Weitbrecht a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Donegal, Conor Hanniffy a Masters in International Finance student from Athlone, Shane Reilly a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Castlebar and Maurice Kelter a final year B.Comm (International) student from Tralee are behind the project.

2.    Student Talks

‘Student Talks’ is an online knowledge platform for students to communicate their ideas, connect with other students and find out about courses and careers. Student Talks was created by Brian Slattery from Dublin who is completing his Psychology PhD.

3.    Shuffleupagus

Margaret Tallott has developed Shuffleupagus which is a simple game for everyone who is learning Irish. Margaret is from Belmullet, Co. Mayo and is in the fourth year of her Phd in the Department of Management.

4.    MyStudySheets™

MyStudySheets™ provides downloadable, course-specific study aids in mathematics to second and third-level students, aiming to radically improve student grasp of key concepts. MyStudySheets™ was developed by brothers Enoch and Issac Burke from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Enoch is a 2nd Year BA student in History, German, Sociology & Politics and Isaac is in his 2nd Year of a PhD in Pure Mathematics.

5.   Loyal-T Stamped

Loyal-T Stamped seeks to revolutionize the way we collect and redeem customer loyalty points through a visually striking user friendly application. Nathan Regan and Fergal Walsh are both final year Mechanical Engineering students and Galway natives. They have developed Loyal-T Stamped with Gearoid O’Connor a final year Computer Science and Information Technology student also from Galway.

6.    The Big Yellow Thing

The Big Yellow Thing (originating from NUI, Galway) is an artistic project that aims to create modern and exclusive apparel for students, staff, visitors and alumni of all National Universities of Ireland. Michelle Campion from Tuam, Co. Galway developed The Big Yellow Thing and is studying the MSc. in Neuropharmacology.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 29th of March in the College Bar, NUI Galway.

SU Weekly Email 30th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale NOW!

At 8pm on Monday 10th of February comedy hypnotist Michael McCoy will be back in NUI Galway doing his SeX Rated show as part of SHAG Week. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building (11am-3pm)  – this gig will sell out again so make sure you don’t miss out! 2014 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) takes place from the 10th to the 14th of February. To get involved contact Declan onsu.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Student Travelcards Update

Our Student Travelcard  Machine is finally working again so we can take your photo and print off your travelcard straight away in the SU Office for €15 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We are also able to issue ISIC Cards for €15 which work worldwide as student identification.

Exam Results

The Examinations Office website has now been updated to include advice about provisional results for Semester 1 – https://www.nuigalway.ie/exams/results.html

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 6th February (4 spaces left)NEW DATE
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (23 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

SU Alcohol Awareness Day

The Welfare Crew will be holding an Alcohol Awareness day on Tuesday 4th February and this will include a visit from the Marie Keating Foundation in Smokeys 12pm-3pm. To get involved email Declan on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 3rd February 2pm-3pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 3rd February 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250
  • Tuesday 4th February 6pm-7pm Arts Council in AC202
  • Wednesday 5th February 6pm-7pm Engineering Council in ENG2001
  • Thursday 6th February 6pm-7pm Law/Commerce Council in AC213

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

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Apply by 7th Feb
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. More information.

Sin Issue 8

Issue 8 of Sin is out now across campus or you can read it online here. There are just 4 issues left this semester so if you have been harbouring dreams of writing major scoops act now and contact Jess on editor@sin.ie

 

Postgrad-Aoke is back!

Postgrad Karaoke is back in the College Bar at 8pm this Friday 31st January. There will be free refreshments for all who perform regardless of talent!

                                            

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition – Closing date 28th February

Send in your photo and win €100!

Marriage Equality

Media training in Galway this Saturday 1st February for people who want to contribute to the marriage equality debate. Get in touch with https://www.marriagequality.ie/contact/ – there are only a few places left.

FREE Student Workshops

The Student Counselling Service is running a number of free student workshops in the coming weeks. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

  1. Coping with Stress: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd February
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd  February
  3. Troubled by Procrastination: 6pm-8pm Tuesday 4th February

For more information or to book your please contact paula.crowley@nuigalway.ie

Seminar  ‘What drives attitudes about organ donation?

Friday 31st January at 8:00 pm sharp in Martin Ryan Annex Theatre 201. Speaker: Dr Eddie Rooney (Chief Executive, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; Chair of the NI committee on organ donation and transplantation. Followed by contributions by donor families and recipients and an introduction to the commemorative garden by Denis Goggin. Anyone interested in or affected by organ donation is invited to attend. Tea/ coffee to be served afterwards and a chance to chat with donors and recipients

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email MaryClare.OHara@hse.ie

Suas Global Issues’ Course – Early Bird Rate now enrolling

The Global Issues’ Course is a seven week evening course which gives students an introduction to development issues in a critical, challenging, engaging and interactive way. This course is designed from a global justice perspective and provides a range of viewpoints on each of the key issues explored. Topics covered include an introduction to development, education, global health, trade and livelihoods, environmental sustainability and debt justice. The course will address each issue by looking at both the symptoms and the causes, as well as possible alternatives. The final session of the course will look at ‘what next’? and supports participants in finding a role for themselves to get involved and take action for positive change. On successful completion of the course all participants will receive a certificate.

The course will run for 7 weeks starting Tuesday 11 February from 6.30-8.30pm.

The cost for participants is €25 but an early bird price of €20 is available for participants who book and pay online at least one week before the course begins at https://www.suas.ie/take-course. The cost is subsidised by Irish Aid and EuropeAid. Any queries please email: s.cunniffe1@nuigalway.ie

Student Legal Convention

UCD’s Student Legal Convention, Ireland’s very first student legal forum, is taking place on Thursday 13th February. We’ve been invited to join many major players of the Irish legal, business and political system, and to take part in several workshops and seminars with them. For more information visit www.studentlegalconvention.ie, or come visit Jana and Shauna in Smokies on Monday and Tuesday, 3rd and 4th, where they will be selling tickets.

Interested in your heart and lung function?

Male smokers and non-smokers aged 18 to 25 required to participate in a 4th year physiology project. Email e.caplice1@nuigalway.ie for more details.

Clubs Day 2

Clubs Day takes place 11am-3pm on Monday 3rd February in the Sports Centre where over 50 sports clubs will be hoping you join them. More information.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale Monday 3rd February from the SU Office.

 

ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR – Just for the health of it!

11am-5pm Wednesday February 5th 2014 Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Visit over 25 informative and interactive stands
  • Demonstrations including –Tai Chi, Cookery, Table Tennis Club, Cheerleading Soc, Knit & Crochet
  • Workshops – ‘How to get ahead in bed’ (Dr Siobhan O’Higgins); ‘Risky Business’ (AIDS West); ‘Growing herbs for health’ (Laura O’Conner)
  • Bring your iPod or music player and test its impact on your hearing  levels!
  • Freebies galore!

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

The AWC Annual Writing Competition is now live
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Essays must be on one of the three topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources. The deadline is 21 February 2014. The winner will receive an Apple I-Pad 2; the essay will be published in Sin .Topics, guidelines, and FAQ can be found here.

 

The Academic Writing Centre is now open

The AWC provides free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends. More Information.

 

1st year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

1st year Engineering students should take note of the times for their Semester 2 CÉIM sessions. These peer-assisted study sessions, led by 2nd years, will take place each week until the end of term. You were all assigned to a particular CÉIM Group early in September (Groups 1 to 10, below) and notified of this by email. If you are unsure of which CÉIM Group you are in, you can email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie, search for “CÉIM” in your student mail inbox or attend a CÉIM Group which is most convenient for you. All sessions take place in the Engineering Building.

CÉIM Group       Location               Day                        Time                      2nd year Group Leaders

1                              3012                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Constantino Fiuza, Claire Fox     

2                              1002                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        David Symes, Fiachra Sherry

3                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Katie Monahan

4                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Joan Fitzgerald, Caitlin Jansen   

5                              2034                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Leah Brew, Niamh Dolan

6                              2035                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Nuala Campbell, Noreen Cassidy, Billy Delaney

7                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Donal Cooney, John O’Loughlin

8                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Rebecca Molloy, Sorcha Tarpey

9                              2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Claire Crotty, Kate Kerrane

10                           2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Conor Fahy, Julie O’Connor

 

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 23rd Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Drug Awareness Day Mon 27th Jan

The Welfare Crew will giving out information about drugs on campus on Monday next. The Gardaí will also be dropping in to answer any questions you might have! Keep an eye out for the lime green t-shirts!

Look Before You Leap: SU Election Information Night 7pm Tues 28th Jan
Are you thinking of running for election to the SU for the 2014/15 academic year? Come along to our Look Before You Leap – SU Election Information Night and find out all the ins, outs, ups and downs about running for election.  Our current SU Officers will be there to guide and advise you in the Cairnes Theatre on the Concourse from 7pm on Tuesday 28th of January.
Remember: 
Full Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 20th of February/close 26th of February.
Part Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 27th of February/close 5th March. 
For more information email su.president@nuigalway.ie or check here.

Trans and Gender 101

The Students’ Union are delighted to have Laura Harmonn (equality and citizenship officer of USI) and Ivan Fahy (androgynous model) to give a short talk on the basics of trans and gender. Come along and ask any questions you have a and learn a little. 6pm Tuesday 28th of January in the Kirwan Theatre.

Choice 101

The Students’ Union, as part of its mandate to be a pro-choice Union, have teamed up with Choice Soc to have an informative workshop on everything you need to know about pro-choice and why we have a pro-choice Union. Join us in the Kirwan Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday January 28th. There will be guest facilitators and refreshment to follow.

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

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

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website here.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale Monday

At 8pm on Monday 10th of February comedy hypnotist Michael McCoy will be back in NUI Galway doing his SeX Rated show as part of SHAG Week. Tickets are just €5 and go on sale from the SU office this Monday 27th of January – this gig will sell out again so make sure you don’t miss out! 2014 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) takes place from the 10th to the 14th of February. To get involved contact Declan onsu.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 30th January (6 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)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 27th January 6pm-7pm Science Council in AC204
  • Tuesday 28th January 6pm-7pm Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola

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

Clubs Activity Month

The Clubs Activity Month “Get Off The Couch – Get Active” runs from 21st Jan to 26th Feb. New members are invited to join any club , if they attend the same club session for 6 weeks they will be entered into a draw. There are surprise goodie bags and loads of freebies up for grabs. All Welcome! More information.  

FREE Clubs Events App

Find out what all the sports clubs on campus are up to with the new free Clubs NUIG Eventr App on the App Store for IOS Devices  and the Google Play Store for Android Devices.

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Now Open

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

More information.

ECDL Opportunity

The Computer and IT Office of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is an accredited ECDL test centre. The ECDL establishes a measurable standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, and is an internationally recognised certificate.

ECDL online, interactive courseware can be used by all NUIG students via your Blackboard login. Please click here. for instructions on accessing the ECDL Core, and ECDL Advanced, self-study course.

We offer students the opportunity to gain the ECDL qualification at a nominal cost. Students use on-line training facilities to study modules in their own time. Exams are carried out (also on-line) in our Training Centre in AM102.

You are free to use the training material simply as a learning resource. There is a charge ONLY if you wish to register as an ECDL candidate, complete the exams, and gain the ECDL (Core or Advanced) certificate. Contact ecdl@nuigalway.ie for further information.

GiGSoc Rainbow Ball

GiGSoc (Gay in Galway Society) are hosting its first ever Rainbow Ball, aimed at LGBTQ and Ally students. Venue is Salthill Hotel on Saturday 8th February, from 6.30pm onwards. Tickets are €32 each, which covers dinner, dessert, tea/coffee,  cocktail reception on arrival and most stupendous entertainment! For more information or tickets, contact us at gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie or find us on Facebook or Twitter

Postgrad Ball

The Postgrad Ball takes place on Thursday, 6th March in the Westwood Hotel. At 6:30 pm there will be a drinks and sweets reception followed by a four course meal. There will be music from “The Lewd Tunes” followed by DJ. Early Bird tickets are €45 and are available on 5th and 6th of February 12-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn. Normal ticket priced at €50 will be available from the Socs Box thereafter. More information from microbiology@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

Enter McKinsey Venture Academy before February 14th
McKinsey Venture Academy is a social enterprise competition for university students based in the UK and Ireland. It is sponsored by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. The competition involves teams of students putting together a pitch for a social enterprise for €6,000 of seed funding and support from McKinsey mentors. The aim of the competition is to help students to tap into their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, enabling them to transform their seedling ideas into social enterprises that make a difference. 
The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate university students based in the UK or Ireland, regardless of the subject they study. We are looking for groups of 2-8 creative and enthusiastic individuals with a great idea and a desire to create change. You can enter with a social enterprise at any stage of development: from a brand new idea to a business that is already running that you are trying to grow. In last year’s competition, the vast majority of entries (and our winner) were very early stage ideas. Enter with a short summary of the enterprise before February 14th. More information available at: ventureacademy.mckinsey.com. An information session for interested students will take place on Thursday 30th January at 1pm at NUI Galway (Venue to be confirmed)

 

The AWC Annual Writing Competition is now live
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Essays must be on one of the three topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources. The deadline is 21 February 2014. The winner will receive an Apple I-Pad 2; the essay will be published in Sin .Topics, guidelines, and FAQ can be found here.

 

Pass On Your Skills! 
Click and Connect are seeking volunteers for their programme. The programme provides basic introduction to computer classes to those with little knowledge or confidence in using technology. The course covers topics such as using the internet, email and digital photography. Classes are 2 hours per week for 4 weeks here at NUI Galway from 27th January. 
If you can volunteer your time to help someone else make sense of technology please contact pat.byrne@nuigalway.ie ASAP. Complete two sets of 4 classes to earn your Alive Volunteering Cert.

 

The Academic Writing Centre reopens on 20 January.
The AWC will provide free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends.

Snap a Sight for Sightsavers

What is the sight that you’d miss the most? Sightsavers are asking students to snap this sight on their phones or take it from Facebook and enter it into their new photo competition to win some cool prizes including iPads and vouchers. Everyone who enters will be helping Sightsavers to raise the awareness that 4 out of 5 people who are blind in developing countries do not have to be. Enter via:  www.sightsaverscompetition.ie or on Facebook: /SightsaversIreland

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 Charity Aquathon

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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. The top fundraiser will win a pair of tickets to the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival 27th – 29th June 2014 in Bundoran!

You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

5 week training plan for complete beginners by Dr Jane Walsh NUI Galway. Read her blog Running to Stand Still here.

T-shirts kindly sponsored and supplied by Advertees. Food and refreshments kindly sponsored and supplied by NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services.

Complete the Entry Form here. Return same to the Students’ Union Office and collect your Sponsorship Card. 

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here. 

 

SU Weekly Email 12th Dec 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2013 from your Students’ Union!

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5 – FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. Free gift wrapping for very calendar sold from the SU office between now and Christmas. 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.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

  • The Students’ Union office will reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 7th January.
  • The Library will be closed Saturday 21 December to Wednesday 1st January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18.30 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The College Bar will be closed Sunday 22nd December- Sunday 5th January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Shop will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 18th December and reopen at 08:00 on Thursday 2nd January
  • The Hub will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Café na Gaeilge will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Smokeys will close at 15:00 on Friday 20th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 6th January
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December and Wednesday 1st January

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014!

Student Travelcards Expiring

Please check the date on your Student Travelcard and if it expires at the end of this month make sure to renew it in the SU office before we close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Monday 23rd January or else you will be stuck paying the full rate! We take your photo and print the card off straight away and it costs €15.

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.ieandstudentsunion@nuigalway.iefor more information

Financial Aid Fund 2014 Applications

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

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

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.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15– SOLD OUT
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

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.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students is now closed for Christmas.

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.

Concert in Aid of Domestic Violence Response

On Saturday December 14th in St. Nicholas church at 8pm Cois Cladaigh will present a concert of seasonal music in aid of Domestic Violence Response. The concert will include two world premiers of music specially commissioned for the choir including a setting of The Wild Swans of Coole by Icelandic composer Oliver Kentish who will attend the concert and a setting of Ave Maris Stella by Estonian composer Urmat Sissask. Choir Factor winner The Marine Institute choir will also perform with Cois Cladaigh. Tickets €10 from DVR or on the door. 
https://www.domesticviolenceresponse.com/Tel. 091 866740

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

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 5th December 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union!

Reading Room 
It has come to our attention that some students are leaving their belongings including jackets, books and notes at desks in the reading room overnight and not returning to their desk until late morning or in some cases late evening. Students who are not at their desk for longer than 30 minutes between the hours of 06:00 until 09:00 can have their belongings set aside by other students and some staff who will be occasionally monitoring the area. 
The onus is on you if you leave your belongings unattended as this is a 24hour facility and can be accessed by any student at any time. 
Also for the cleaners to be able to carry out their role and maintain the upkeep of the room could all students have their belongings removed from their desk when they enter for their half an hour from 05:45 – 06:15.

The 24 Hour Reading Room runs until Friday 13 December.

Learn Something New in 2014

Enrolment is now open in the Students’ Union for the following Life Skills courses in 2014:

$1·         Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 30th Jan 9am-1pm €40 (usual price €70)

$1·         Occupational First Aid 3 day Course Fri 21st Feb, Fri 28th Feb & Fri 7th Mar 9am-5.30pm €100 (usual price €200)

$1·         10 Week Basic Sign Language Course Course A: Tues 28th Jan – Tues 1st April 12pm-1pm. Course B: Tues 28th Jan – Tues 1st April 1pm-2pm. Course C: Weds 29th Jan – Weds 2nd April 6pm-7pm€40 (usual price €70)

Further Information on Courses.

Operation Santa – Christmas Toy Appeal Deadline Mon 9th Dec
You are invited to contribute to this year’s Christmas Toy Appeal. If you have any unused toys please drop them off at the Students’ Union office, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. They will be donated to St Vincent de Paul’s ‘Operation Santa’, which assists Irish families struggling this Christmas. The deadline for donation isthis Monday, 9 December.

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Aras Uí Chathail Theatre                  Sat 30 Nov – Tuesday 10 Dec (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

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.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students will close for Christmas at 17:00 on Friday 6th December 2013

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.

 

Sin Issue 6 Out Now

The last issue of Sin for 2013 is available to read online now here.If you want to get involved with the paper in 2014 they will be meeting every Thursday 6pm-7pm in AC215 on the Concourse or you can contact the Editor Jess on editor@sin.ie

No Mobile Phones in Exams

Mobile phones will not be tolerated inside exam halls during exams. The best option is to leave it at home before you come in for your exam. If it is left with your belongings outside of the exam hall the University holds no responsibility for items stolen. Students found to have mobile phones in the exam will have them confiscated and be fined €20. Confiscated phones can be collected from the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí Chathail. More information on exam rules and regulations is available here.

Amnesty International conference “Stand up against gender-based violence” Tonight

6.30pm Thursday December 5th in Room AC203, Arts Concourse More Information.

Exams & ID Cards

Make sure you bring your ID card with you and place it on your desk during your exam for inspection. If you do not present your current ID card you will be fined €30. If you have misplaced or lost your ID card, you can get it replaced at the Student Information Desk, Áras Uí Chathail for a fee of €30. During the Exam period the Student Information Desk will be open 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00 Monday to Friday.

                         

116000 Missing Children’s Hotline

ISPCC Childline is one of the charities that we are supporting in 2013/14. Each time you buy an SU Charity Calendar for €5 you are supporting the important work this charity does. Please share this new short movie to raise awareness for their 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline. The Hotline aims to provide advice and support to both young people and adults regarding the issue of missing children 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. This powerful short movie highlights just one scenario that could occur when a child goes missing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZkklDud8xc

 

Greifswald International Students Festival “Lost in Consumption – Rethinking Economy”. 
In June 2014 we will conduct our seventh international students’ festival in Germany. More than 100 students from all over Europe will get together to exchange views on global themes and get to know one another. The application phase is already running and will end on the 15th of January, 2014. Accommodation and food will be provided – students just need to be over 18 and able to pay to travel to the event. A small travel support budget is also available. More detailed information about the festival and its programme can be found here www.students-festival.de.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present 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.

 

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.