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SU Weekly Email 3 17th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Accommodation Problems Survey

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

Be Aware: Student Houses Targeted by Burglars.

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

When you are not at home:

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

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

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

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

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

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

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

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

Class Representatives

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

SU Card

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

Lockers – Just 316 Left!

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

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

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

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

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

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

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

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

Talk on the BDS Campaign on Monday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give Blood in September

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

Galway Culture Night this Friday

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

ComputerDISC: Opening Thursday September 24th 2015

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

FREE Meet and Train Sessions for the NUIG 8k

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

Register Now.

Join the NUIG Bioblitz Team

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

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

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

Books – Buy & Sell

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

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

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

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

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

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

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

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

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

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

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

SU Free Cloakroom

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 2 10th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter This Monday 8pm!

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

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

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

Lockers – 531 Left!

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

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

Books – Buy & Sell

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

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

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

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

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

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Volunteering Fair 1pm-5pm Tues 15th Sept

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

Missed Clubs and Socs Days?

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

Log in to Your Space.

Connacht Tickets €10

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

An Afternoon With Google at NUI Galway

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

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

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

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

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

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

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

 

SU Free Cloakroom

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

Class Representatives

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

Sin Needs You!

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

Register now for the NUIG 8k for Jigsaw

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

Register Now.

Chinese Course at NUI Galway

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

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

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

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

SUAS 8×8 Free Film Festival at NUI Galway

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Us

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

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

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

SU Weekly Email 9 – 6th November 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz In aid of Console and BeLonG To

7.30pm Tuesday 11thNovember in the College Bar. First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW!  Limited spaces.15 Rounds of Questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers. Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

Panti Bliss Gig & Book Signing Monday 17th November €5

Join National F*&%king Treasure, Performance Legend and Accidental Activist – Panti Bliss – in her hit comedy High Heels in Low Places, as she hitches up her skirt and hitchhikes to NUI Galway this November. Panti will be glamming up the O’Flaherty Theatre on Monday 17th November at 8pm. After the show she will be signing (and selling) copies of her autobiography “Woman in the Making”.

Tickets €5 from the Students’ Union Office and the SU Engineering Desk

SU Enterprise Awards 2015 – Now Open! Deadline Fri 28th November

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

SU Life Skills Programme Update

Upcoming courses we now have spaces in this semester are:

  • Child Protection Course Saturday 15th November 9.30am-1.30pm €15 – 10 Spaces Left
  • ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 2 Day Course 9am-5.30pm Thursday 20th & Friday 21st November €10 Deposit – 2 spaces left

 

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUIG student tickets on sale for the Connacht vs Zebre match at 7.35pm on Friday 21st November. Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Mature Students Officer Clinic

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

 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 10th November 6pm Science Council in AC216.
  • Wednesday 12th November 6pm Health Sciences Council in MY337.
  • Wednesday 12th November 6pm Arts Council in AC204.

If you have any queries about Class Reps please email Phelim on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Christmas Day

Date for you diaries: NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Day Thursday 20th November. Raising money for Console and BeLonG To.

Movember at NUI Galway

Calling all NUIG Mo Bro’s & Mo Sista’s, who doesn’t love to grow a moustache? Movember’s just started and if you have any interest in joining the NUIG team we will be glad to have you!

Find more information on the Facebook pageand even if you don’t want to get involved don’t hesitate to give us a like!

Calling all Champion Commuters!

Transport for Ireland are looking for nominations for superstars of buses, trains, trams, taxis, walking and cycling. There are some great prizes on offer and the deadline is November 17th. Best of luck. Apply here!

Arts in Action Free Gig

1pm-2pm TODAY Thursday 6th November in The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn with The Begley Family: Breanndán Begley, Cormac Begley and Clíodhna Begley.

Investigating the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home:  A Question of Human Rights”

On Monday 10 November, the Irish Centre for Human Rights will convene a public seminar, “Investigating the Tuam Mothers and Babies Home:  A Question of Human Rights”. Speakers will include Catherine Corless (keynote speaker), Kevin Higgins, Professor Michael O’Flaherty of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Tanya Ward, Children’s Rights Alliance. The event will be chaired by Mark Kelly, Irish Council for Civil Liberties.  The seminar will run from 5 to 7pm at  NUI Galway MRI Annex- MRA201.  All are welcome.

Have you heard about Student Health 101, the new online magazine for students, with great articles, cooking and fitness videos, and a chance to win €750? 

The November issue has some great articles including:

– The job problem: How learning to lead can help you succeed

– Understanding depression: A student’s journey

– Beyond pregnancy prevention: A custom guide to birth control
– And much more…Check it out – https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html  .

Would you like to learn how to help prevent suicide? 

You are invited to apply for a place on an upcoming safeTALK suicide alertness course being held on campus.  Open to students and staff.

  • What is safeTALK?  safeTALK prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.  The course is free, and participants will receive a certificate of attendance.  Numbers are limited.
  • When is it taking place? Thursday, 13th November, 6:30 – 9:30pm
  • How do I apply? Email cindy.dring@nuigalway.iefor an application form and further information. 

Free Help with Essays Over the Phone: A Service for All NUI Galway Distance Learners (including students of St Angela’s College)

If you are unable to come to campus, the Academic Writing Centre can still help you with your writing. Book an appointment HERE.We will phone you at the appointed time (1pm or 1.30 pm on Monday and Wednesday).

NUI Galway Science Week 10th-15th November

Full list of events here.

 

Need Help…

 

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

For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

 

Want to volunteer in India next summer?

Suas invites you to apply for the 2015 Volunteer Programme. Suas Volunteers teach English to underprivileged children for ten weeks, alongside local teachers in under-resourced communities. 

Find out more and apply online at www.suas.ie/volunteer-overseas or email vp@suas.ie for more information. 

 

Balls 2014/15

Wednesday 19th November Science Ball – Physics Society

Friday 19th December Medicine Ball – Medicine Society

Wednesday 28th January 2015 Commerce Ball – Business Society

TBC Wednesday 4th February 2015 Law Ball – Law Society

Wednesday 4th February 2015 Engineering & Nursing Ball – Engineering Society

Friday 13th February Masquerade Ball – Italian Society

Tuesday 31st March 2015 Societies Awards – Societies Office

TBC 2015 Arts Ball – Cumann Staire

TBC 2015 Postgrad Ball – Micro Soc

TBC 2015 Sports Awards – Sports Unit

 

Run for Ger

Geraldine Lavelle, a 27-year-old NUI Galway graduate, is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a cycling accident last October. On Sunday 16th of November at 11am there will be a fundraising walk/run at NUI Galway to help raise funds for her rehabilitation. You can sign up online to take part now for just €10 here.

 

If you thought November in Galway was going to be quiet..think again!

  • Galway Restaurant Week 3rd – 9th November
  • Tulca Visual Arts Festival 7th – 23rd November
  • Galway Design Week 10th – 17th November
  • Galway Science & Technology Festival 10th – 23rd November
  • Galway Junior Film Fleadh 12th – 15th November
  • Connacht Rugby vs Zebre Friday 21st November €10 NUIG Student tickets on sale now
  • Galway Christmas Market 21st November – 22nd December
  • Connacht Rugby vs Scarlets Saturday 29th November

 

Contact Us

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

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

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