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NUI Galway Students’ Union Celebrates 50 Years

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Celebrates 50 Years

On Saturday 7th June 2014 over 120 current and former Students’ Union Officers, Staff, journalists, colleagues and friends gathered in The Students’ Union Club (College Bar) to celebrate the Union turning 50. Liam Kelleher a member of the 1964/65 Students’ Union Executive Committee was present on the night having served alongside President Michael D. Higgins 50 years ago. A special anniversary publication was produced to mark the occassion “SinChaint” with contributions from former editors of Sin and Coolchaint newspapers, NUI Galway Alumni and former Officers from the Students’ Union. 

Incoming Students’ Union President for 2014/15 Declan Higgins spoke at the event acknowledging the amazing work done by the Students’ Union Officers over the last 50 years to make the SU what it is today. The Students’ Union motto “An injury to one is an injury to all” continues to reflect the work of the Students’ Union on behalf of it’s 17,000 members today. 

Read SinChaint here. 

View Photographs of the event here. 

Pictured: Liam Kelleher SU Vice-Secretary 1964/65 and Catherine Breslin SU Vice-President/Education Officer 2013/14

 

Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014 Arrangements

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Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

The SU Office, Cloakroom, Engineering Desk, College Bar, SU Shop, Health Unit, Caifé na Gaeilge and the Hub will all be CLOSED on Monday 5th May for the Bank Holiday.

The Library will be open as normal 8am-10pm but there won’t be any desk services.

The Reading Room will be open as usual 7am-2.30am.

Smokeys Café will be open 9:00am-5:30pm and The Wall Café is open 9:00am-5:30pm.

The following venues are booked for extra study space from 08:30-22:00 until 14/05/14:

$1·         Tyndall Theatre

$1·         O’Flaherty Theatre

$1·         Cairnes Theatre

$1·         D’Arcy Thompson Theatre

$1·         Kirwan Theatre

$1·         Larmor Theatre

$1·         Dillon Theatre

$1·         ENG-G017

$1·         AC202

$1·         AC203

$1·         AC204

In addition, AC201 is booked from 08:30-22:00 from 15/04/14-23/04/14 and from 25/04/14-14/05/14

Thursday 13th March 2014

Whats Happening

SU Part Time Officers Elections. Bring your college ID to vote in the polling stations on Campus for your Part Time SU officers for 2014/15. www.su.nuigalway.ie

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents Rock the Prom

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: Rock the Prom

This is it! 

  • Labrinth
  • Gorgon City
  • DJ Byrno and Graham Doherty
  • Gin ‘n’ Juice

The 2014 NUI Galway Rock the Prom will take place on Thursday the 20th of March amid the sprawling seaside scenery of Salthill Promenade in Leisureland.

Great Music, Great Atmosphere and a College night you will never forget.

This years line up promises to make it the biggest ever music event NUI Galway has ever held.

Ticket Price:€10

Tickets on sale 9am Wednesday 12th of March 2014 from the Students’ Union. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway students only. ID required.

Stay tuned for further details and competitions.

 

Thursday 6th March 2014

Whats Happening

SU Full Time Officer Election Day. Please bring your College ID to vote in the polling stations on Campus for your President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15. www.su.nuigalway.ie 

Thursday 27th February 2014

Whats Happening

SU Part Time Officer Elections. Nominations open at 10am for part time officer positions on SU for 2014/15. Nomination forms avaialable from SU Office and www.su.nuigalway.ie

 

Notice of Referenda 2014

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Referenda 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 20th February 2014

Whats Happening

SU Full Time Officer Elections Nominations open at 10am for 2014/15 paid positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer, SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer. Nomination forms available from the SU Office and www.su.nuigalway.ie 

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.

SU Weekly Email 9th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

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

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

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

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

Exam Results

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

What will you do in 2014?

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

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

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Application Dates

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

More information.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

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

First Year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

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

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition

More Information.

Free Tai-Chi Classes

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

NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence

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

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

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

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

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

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

See Change is looking for Volunteers!

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

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

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

Photo for Europe Contest €1000 Top Prize

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

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update

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

Contact Us

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

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

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