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SU Weekly Email 25 – 12th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

VOTE TODAY!

Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU Part Time Officers for 2015/16. You are also asked to vote in a referendum on an amendment to the Students’ Union Constitution. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations will are open in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Society Auditors & Club Captains please note you may only vote at the polling station in An Bialann. Remote Vote option is not available for Socs Chair or Clubs Captain election.

SU Personal Safety  and Awareness Course now enrolling€5

We are now enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course which takes place 1pm-5pm Thursday 19th March. The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office.

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí.

David O’Doherty Tickets on Sale Now!

David O’Doherty is coming back to NUIG to tell us how he has Checked Everything on Monday 13th April at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building Desk.

J1 Ireland are on campus TODAY!

If you are thinking of heading over to Chicago on the J1 this summer call in to Áras na Mac Léinn today 11am-3pm and talk to J1 Ireland about it. https://j1ireland.com/

Have you signed up yet for Please Talk NUI Galway FREE Volunteer Training? 
The next session is at 1pm TODAY Thursday 12th March and you can sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/please-talk-volunteer-training-tickets-16052024036

Scheduled downtime for the WiFi Service: To facilitate essential maintenance the WiFi service will be unavailable as follows –
Area Affected: Entire NUI Galway Campus Date / Time: Friday 13th March – 19:00 to 23:00
Area Affected: James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway Date / Time: From Friday 13th March at 19:00 until Sunday 15th March at 17:30
This downtime will affect both NUIGWiFi and eduroam users. The wired network service will not be impacted.

If you have any queries, please contact the Service Desk Tel. 091 495777 Email: servicedesk@nuigalway.ie

Have you applied for your ALIVE Certificate yet?

The ALIVE certificate recognises your hard work as a volunteer whether that’s through your work as a Class Rep, an SU volunteer, a society member, a club member or volunteering in a charity. The application deadline for this Presidential Award for Volunteering is 5pm on Friday 20th of March. Just login at www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the ALIVE Certificate application section. This certificate is a great addition to your CV And there will be an awards ceremony on Tuesday 31st March at 11.30am in the Bailey Allen Hall where you can meet other recipients.

8 Week Yoga Course €40

The next 8 week Yoga course with Marese Cregg is now enrolling in the Students’ Union Office. The cost of the course is €40 and you can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by credit card. The course will run from Thursday 19th March to Thursday 14th of May – please note that there is no class on Thursday 7th of May.

·         Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm

·         Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm

#NUIGSU15 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Phelim Kelly, Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca Melvin and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Jimmy McGovern. Cathal Sherlock was also elected as your SU Council Chair for the year ahead. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults aged 18 years and over. 

No nominations were received for the positions of SU Mature Students’ Officer and SU Convenor of the School of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences so we will be reopening nominations for these two positions shortly. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you are interested in running.

Do you Blog?
Nominations close at 5pm this Friday 13th of March for the Online Marketing in Galway Awards and there are €20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs including cold, hard cash! https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/awards/

Ireland’s only Harry Potter convention, PotterFest Galway is coming to NUIG this weekend Friday 13th-Sunday 15th March!

Visitors of all ages will have the chance to experience the magic of the Wizarding World right here in Galway. Áras na Mac Léinn will be transformed into Hogwarts for three days of magical fun, with a huge variety of events such as Potter-themed games, cosplay competitions, panels, classes, roleplaying workshops and guest speakers on everything Potter. Special guests over the weekend are set to include Wizard Wrock act Romilda Vane and the Chocolate Cauldrons, as well as the creators of upcoming original fan film, “Mudblood and the Book of Spells”. Pre-registration is now open on Eventbrite.ie. Standard Day tickets cost €10, while full weekend tickets are only €15. Special concessions are available for families and children under 12. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come and celebrate JK Rowling’s beloved series this bank-holiday weekend in Galway. Let the magic begin!  https://www.potterfestgalway.com

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact k.dillane1@nuigalway.ie (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZNDMHVJ

Undergrad Awards

Submissions are now open for the Undergraduate Awards -the world’s only pan-discipline academic awards programme. Submit up to three pieces of your academic work and get your academic achievements recognised!

https://www.undergraduateawards.com/

Are you a university student with developmental coordination disorder (also known as dyspraxia)? If so, please read this!

My name is Lisa Hynes and I am a fourth year occupational therapy student here in NUI Galway. I am currently seeking university students with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia) to participate in a research study exploring participation in daily life activities. Participants will be asked to complete one confidential interview with the researcher in Áras Moyola, NUI Galway.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact me for further information. Your participation would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks, Lisa Email: l.hynes5@nuigalway.ie

Is Too Much Exercise Bad for Your Heart?

Free public talk 7pm Friday 20th March in the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre, Newcastle, Galway. More information and booking at www.croi.ie

Complete Buildings Office Customer Survey – win €50

The Buildings Office is conducting a Customer Survey to gather feedback on what areas of our service that you, our customers, are satisfied with and also on areas that we can improve on.  Please help us by taking the time to complete this short, on-line survey.

All respondents to the survey who give their email address (in question 10) will be entered into a prize draw for two €50 vouchers to be added to your Students’ Union Card. The SU Card allows you to spend in the SU Shop and all SU catering outlets.  The Survey closes on Thursday 26th March.

Survey link https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg57e3a

Discounted Tickets for MojoCon

RTÉ MojoCon Ireland is a conference aimed at photography, social media and journalism students which is being held on 27th March and 28th March 2015.  https://mojocon.rte.ie/

We are offering a 50% discount to students, to check out the discount please click on the following link:- https://mojocon.rte.ie/2015/02/24/announcing-a-special-group-discount-for-students 

Tickets are limited, so if you are interested in this offer then please e-mail me: Cliona.OReilly@rte.ie and please enter the subject of the e-mail MOJOCON

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Course Thursday, 26th March 6:30-9:30pm G010 Moore Institute seminar room, Hardiman Building

What is safeTALK? safeTALK is a suicide alertness programme that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. These specific skills are called suicide alertness and are taught with the expectation that the person learning them will use them to help save lives. This course is being run by the HSE West with the support of NUI Galway Health Promotion Service

For an application and further information, email cindy.dring@nuigalway.ie

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Complete the National Student Survey – Win an iPad Air 2!

A national Student Survey is being carried out, which aims to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking you in detail about your 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.

As a thank you for your participation, NUI Galway is offering you the opportunity to win an iPad Air 2!  Just tick a box at the end of the survey to be included in the prize draw. The winner will be chosen at random.

What you need to know

  • Only first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students can take the survey.
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 23 February and Sunday 15 March.
  • The survey is available at www.studentsurvey.ie
  • The survey comprises 100 questions.
  • Students can partially complete the survey and return to the questions at any time while the survey is open. Answers will be saved and students have the possibility to change their answers up until the survey closes.

Registration is open for Darkness Into Light in aid of Pieta House

Starting at 4.15am, and crossing the line just as dawn is breaking, the phenomenon that is Darkness Into Light, the annual 5km walk/run in aid of Pieta House will celebrate its seventh year on Saturday, May 9th 2015, with 80 venues across Ireland and beyond lined up including Salthill in Galway. Student registration rate is €15. https://dil.pieta.ie/

St Patrick’s Day Arrangements

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Tuesday 17th of March:

The Library, The SU Cloakroom, The SU Office, The SU Shop, The Student Health Unit, The College Bar, The Hub, Caife na Gaeilge, Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Don’t forget to call your Mammy – it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday!

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 27th March 2014

Weekly Email

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your vote today Thursday 27th March. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling station in Smokey’s 11am-4pm and vote to elect your Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 . Alternatively vote online between 11am-4pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote. Please note that only Clubs’ Captains may vote for the Clubs’ Captain position and remote vote is not available for this. Votes will be counted once polls have closed in SC200A.

 

Do you think this campus could be better?
Do you think the Students’ Union could represent better? 
Do you want to make a difference towards this universities strategic plan? 
Then please take five minutes this evening to complete this short survey that will be used along with other qualitative and quantitative methods to create a document telling the university how Students see “NUI Galway towards 2020”. 
You can positively impact this university, your university into the future. Please Share and please participate. 5 minutes is all it takes. Do some useful procrastination!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Towards_a_better_NUIGalway_2020

 

Examination Advice for Students – Mobile Phones Not Permitted in the Exam Hall

Be aware of Examination Regulationsand review them before your exams.

Mobile phones will be confiscated for the duration of the exam and a fine of €20 will apply in each case. Abreach of exam regulationswill apply. The possible penalties are as follows:

(a) Letter of reprimand
(b) 5% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(c) 10% reduction of marks for the relevant module
(d) Zero mark for the relevant module
(e) Zero mark for the relevant module with a cap on the mark for the repeat (if a repeat sitting is allowed by the Marks and Standards for the programme) of a pass mark for the relevant programme.

View a short Examination Advice video

 

Sin Issue 12

The final issue of Sin for the 2013/14 academic year is available to read onlinehere. Well done to Jess and all the Sin team on a great job this year.  

 

Postgrad-Aoke

Postgrad Karaoke is back at 8pm this Friday 28th March in the College Bar. All performers will be rewarded for their efforts!

 

Is Mentoring for me and, if so, how do I become a Mentor?

If you remember how it felt to be a first year student and found coming to University a bit daunting then mentoring is for you.  You can help 1st year and new students engage with academic and social activities.

If you are interested please fill out the application form at: https://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/2e2cg555We will be closing the application on Friday 28th March this year as we would like to meet all prospective mentors for an hour on 4th April.  All volunteers will be required to confirm their place on the 4th April and therefore we will not be accepting volunteers after that date.

The aim of the Mentoring Programme in NUI Galway is to integrate students to University life (socially and academically) as quickly and easily as possible. 

 

Connacht vs Munster Tickets

Connacht vs Munster 18:15 Saturday 19th April 2014. €15 NUI Galway Student Tickets on sale11am Tuesday 1st April from the SU Office.

 

Moving Out?

If you are leaving Galway and cannot take all your stuff, you can drop off your quality unwanted items to the Alive Office in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn on the following dates and times and they will be donated to Gorta:

  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 3rd April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 17th April
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 1st May
  • 2pm-5pm Thursday 8th May

They want: clothes, shoes, books, accessories, jewellery, household items, DVDs and CDs. They can’t accept toys, electrical or nursery items. Gorta needs your help to fight world hunger.

 

Eva Bartlett: Human Rights Activist talks on Gaza

8pm Friday 28th March 2014 in The Imperial Hotel, Galway. All Welcome. Further Details.

 

Grinds Register

If you are interested in giving or getting Grinds visit our Grinds Register for all the information you need https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/grind_adverts/

 

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 sellinghttps://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

 

Need Help?

With Maths: SUMS

With Computer Programming: Computer Disc

With Writing: Academic Writing Centre.

With Legal Issues: FLAC

These services are all FREE!

Social media – how does it shape your life?

From Twitter to Tumblr, nowadays our online identities are as real as our offline ones. The following survey examines social media use among NUIG students. It’s quick, confidential and an easy way to have your say about the role of social media in our lives: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HHDZ8T               

Galway Simon Gigs 10th April

The Galway Simon Gigs is the first variety show in aid of the Galway Simon Community run by Michael Kiernans of LiveMicsWorld.com . The idea behind it is to raise much needed funds for the homeless while giving talented artists a chance to showcase themselves at The Quays Bar. Gig takes place on April 10th starting from 8 till late. Tickets €5 for Students. More information and Line Up.

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

SU Weekly Email 6th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Vote TODAY!

Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also be asked to vote in two separate referenda: 1. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion and 2. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.

 

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

 

Vote on Thursday 13th March – Part Time Officers & Civil Marriage Referendum

Polling will take place for the 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 on Thursday 13th of March. Students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day (except for Societies Chair and Clubs Captain positions). You need to register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 12th of March.

You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.

For more information on the elections please see our website here.Information on the Referenda is available here.

Elections 2014 Guide.

 

1st Year Engineers – Recruitment of CÉIM Leaders for next year

We will shortly begin recruiting 1st year Engineering students to be CÉIM Leaders for the 2014/15 academic year. We will be holding two information sessions in place of the CÉIM sessions next week. Interested 1st Years can attend on either:

  • Tuesday 11 March, 11am-12pm, Room 2034
  • Wednesday 12 March, 2pm-3pm, Room 2034

Benefits of being a CÉIM leader:

Internationally recognised and looks great on your CV // Builds your leadership and teamwork experience // Allows you to work closely with your lecturers // Improves your confidence, ability to work with others // You can share your experiences and help 1st years // Hoody, lunch vouchers, pizza and parties for leaders // Be part of something new and positive on campus

Questions? Email emmet.connolly@nuigalway.ie

 

Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 14th March 
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. 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

 

Sin Issue 10

Issue 10 of Sin is out now and features an Election Special with interviews of all candidates. Read it online here.

Calling all gaming fans! 

Still haven’t had a chance to try out PS4?  Now’s your chance! PlayStation will be setting up in Áras Na Mac Léinn next Thursday 13th March so pop in to check out loads of great PS4 games, take part in challenges and win PlayStation prizes! PlayStation will also be running a treasure hunt on the day – just look for the special gold envelopes hidden around the college for your chance to win a PS4 & more.

 

Complete the National Student Survey – Undergrad  First year/Final year students and Postgraduate Taught Students

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.

 

Every Step Counts!

How many steps do you take every day? Would you like to get active using a pedometer app on your smartphone? My name is Kathryn Kearney and I am a student of Psychology at NUI Galway. I am currently conducting research on thoughts and beliefs and their influence on physical activity levels. Project Title: Thoughts, Beliefs and Physical Activity: A Smartphone Intervention.

What will you have to do? This is a three week study. Participants will be required to download a free pedometer app and a free messaging app to their phones. You will then monitor your step count for three weeks. Participants will receive daily messages from the researcher during the second week. At the end of each week you will complete a short online questionnaire and email your step count total to the researcher.

If you are interested in participating click hereto find out more and sign-up.

 

Microsoft Free StudySmart Sessions – Presentations

Powerful Presenting – the ultimate powerpoint presentation 1pm-2pm Wednesday 12th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here https://campus.ie/studysmart/calendarRegistration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 

 

Organ Donation Awareness Talk

A talk presented by Colin White (Irish Kidney Association) and his colleague regarding Organ Donation Awareness is being held on Tuesday 11th March from 12:00-13:00 in the Larmor Theater (along the concourse). It has been organised by six second year Biomedical Science students who would greatly appreciate if you would complete their short 10 question survey here. There will be FREE lunch for early arrivals to the talk!

 

Diabetes Awareness Day

You are invited to join us on Monday March 10th for our diabetes awareness day. As part of our 2nd year Biomedical Science Community Knowledge Initiative we will be having an event on the concourse. Test your knowledge about diabetes and perhaps learn a few things. Fill out our survey on the day and you’ll be in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Help us spread knowledge about this disease. We’ll be near Smokeys from 11am-3pm

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