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SU Weekly Email 19 21st January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 12pm-3pm this Weds 27th Jan

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January in Áras na Mac Léinn. This event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies and internships/training companies to help you plan your best summer ever!

Exhibitors Include: Alive NUI Galway, Bank of Ireland, AIESEC Ireland, Camp Leaders Ireland, Campus France Ireland, Junior Chamber International, Partnership International, SAYIT J1 USA, TaxBack.com, Travel Bug Ltd., USIT Ireland.

Market Stalls (because you can’t plan your summer on an empty stomach!): The Dough Bro’s Pizza, Boxty’s Load It, Men at Wok, The Pancake Factory, Brown Bag Donuts.

NUIG Alumni Election Today
Voting takes place today Thursday 21st of January from 11am-11pm by email vote to elect the NUIG Alumni member of Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway.

All NUI Galway Alumni who have registered with the Alumni Office should receive an email from the Alumni office this morning with a link to vote.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm thisTues 26th January

This event is open to everyone who wishes to #MakeASmartVote in the upcoming General Elections. The hustings will be hosted by the USI at 7pm Tuesday 26th January in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, NUI Galway.
Each political party has been invited to send a representative to represent their party’s views on the defining issues facing students.Students and youth organisations will be able to submit questions in advance or via social media on #MakeASmartVote and candidates will be announced as they are confirmed!

More Information.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets €5 on Sale NOW!

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Take 2 Minute Survey & Win €50 SU Card Credit

Please take two minutes to complete our survey about the Students’ Union Website and you could win €50 SU Card credit to spend in the College Bar, Smokey’s, the SU Shop, the Wall or Caife na Gaeilge! Take Survey.

Exam Results
Semester 1 Exam Results will remain “provisional” until exam boards meet at the end of semester 2. The Examinations Office does not release provisional results. 
Provisional results for Semester 1 exams may be available to students via Blackboard. Please note that not all students will receive provisional results for Semester 1 exams. If provisional results are not available to you via Blackboard by the first week in February, please consult with your lecturer for advice. Undergraduate Results: Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released between Tuesday, 14th and Friday 24th June by the Exams Office

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday 1st July.

NUIG Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale now in the SU

  • Connacht vs Enisei-STM 3pm Saturday 23rd January 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 3pm Saturday 30th January 2016 €10

EIPIC Free Screening TONIGHT!

Cuirfidh TG4 & UCÉ fáilte romhat chuig taispeántas ar shraith nua teilifíse EIPIC.
TG4 & BAI invite you to a preview of the brand new drama series EIPIC. Refreshments will be served. 
The free viewing takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st of January in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 27th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

New Smoke-Free Zones

Would you like to be a Smoke-Free Ambassador and help spread the word about our new smoke-free zones? Please click here to register your interest.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training now! 

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd 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 The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Life Skills 2016 Enrolment Now Open

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course

You can sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

FREE Time Management Workshop 6.30pm Tues 26th Jan

Gain control of your time and life in this 1 hour workshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th January in AC202. Spaces are free but limited. Book your space with james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie or just show up on the night.

NUI Galway we need your heads! (Again!)

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Election Countdown

Nominations open soon for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections! If you are interested in running for one of the 15 SU Officer positions please give us a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie or see our website for more information. 

#NUIGSU16

Galway Talk to Your TD Training this Sunday 10.30am

The Abortion Rights Campaign along with Galway Pro-Choice are offering you a FREE training in how to talk to your elected representatives. The ‘Talk to your TD Training’ will give you the skills that you need in the run up to the General Election to ensure that #Repealthe8th is a RED LINE ISSUE. More information.

Societies Spring Programme Launch

At 1pm on Monday 25th of January the Societies Office will launch their 2016 Spring Programme and their 2015 Yearbook in the Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn. All are welcome to attend – RSVP socsbox@socs.nuigalway.ie

Morning Galwayville – the Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn NUIG  Wednesday January 27th  6:30am – 10am– MC Hector Ó hEochagáin

There is a global awareness of the mental and physical health benefits in early morning dancing. Events are being held all over the world where people get up early and dance before work and its becoming an extremely popular and common event in big cities. Dancing is a way to exercise, connect to your deepest self, to feel free, to let go of pent up energy and one of the best ways to start a day. We are organising this morning session for those of you who would like to “dance your way into the day” full of health and vitality. It is obviously a sober event and there will be yoga, massage, healthy snacks and drinks and all kinds of wonderful things there. The event starts at 6:30am – 10am. Costs are €3 for students and €10 for others. Includes DJ Will Softly, herbal teas/healthy snacks from The Secret Garden Café and free Yoga with Paul Hardiman at 7am and 8:30am – one energetic class and one deep slow stretchy class

FREE Facilitated Support and Skills Groups Book Now Via Email

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 25th Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Science Council

Tues 26th Jan

6pm – 7pm

MY123

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

Nominations close 12pm TOMORROW for election of a Postgrad Student to Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway

Nomination are to be received in writing ( Gearóid Ó Conluain in Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.

More Information.  

Volunteers Needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. 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 6th of February.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

NUI Galway’s Undergrad Research Conference will take place on 23 March, 2016. Registration is now open for attending and presenting at the conference. To find out more please visit our website.

We are also looking for enthusiastic undergraduates who would like to volunteer for the organising committee! In addition to meeting great like-minded people from across a wide range of disciplines on campus, all committee members will be awarded an ALIVE certificate for their participation. You will gain experience in behind the scenes, learning what it takes to run a conference – great addition to any CV! Contact us today to get involved at: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services.

You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or just turn up and register on the day.

Pat Kenny Show 8th Amendment Debate this Friday

NUI Galway’s Literary and Debating Society will debate the 8th Amendment live on Newstalk radio’s Pat Kenny Show this Friday, 22nd January from 10.30am to 12.30pm from the Radisson Hotel, Galway. The Pat Kenny Show would like to invite NUI Galway students to come along and be part of a live audience during and after the debate.

If you are interested in coming along please email Gwen O’Sullivan at NUI Galway’s Press Office on gwen.osullivan@nuigalway.ie

Student participants needed for mindfulness study

You are invited to take part in a research study which involves evaluating the effects of a 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive ability. Participants will spend 6-weeks learning about the concept and practice of mindfulness using Headspace, an app which runs on all major smartphones, tablets and web browsers and will be in with a chance to win a €100 voucher

For more information and to complete the screening form here

‘Germans and Jews Today: Living with the Holocaust?’

Public Lecture by Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar & Deputy President 6.30pm Wednesday, January 27 in  Máirtín Ó Tnúthail Lecture Theatre, AM150, Arts Millennium Building.

More information: https://www.nuigalway.ie/mooreinstitute/

Ros na Rún Auditions

Ros na Rún will be holding open auditions on Friday 29th January in room 211 in Áras na nGael, NUI Galway. Contact 091-558400 or e-mail mairenic@rosnarun.com for further details.

Calling all Students – Get your work published in Hot Press and win other great prizes!

Write Here, Write Now is an exciting writing competition that aims to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country. All you have to do is write a story of Ireland in no more than 500 words – you can be as creative as you like! For further information go to https://www.hotpress.com/writeherewritenow/ and don’t miss out this exciting opportunity to get ahead in the writing game! 

4 Spaces Available on Global Awareness Programme

The Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project based on 4 of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project on an Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala or South Africa.

More Information.

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 18 14th January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Give Blood Tonight

Blood supplies are running dangerously low in Ireland. If you can, please donate blood tonight 5pm-8.30pm in the Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Galway. The recent restrictions on female donors have now been lifted. More Information.

Clubs Day TODAY

Make sure to call in to the Sports Centre today 10am-5pm to see what the many sports clubs on campus have to offer you this semester. You can also join Sports Clubs at any time during the year online HERE.

Michael Bugler Memorial Mass

The lunchtime Mass at 1.10pm on Tuesday, 19th January in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway will be offered for 2BCL student, Michael Bugler, R.I.P. and for his family and friends. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. All are welcome. A Book of Condolence is open at the Chapel this week if you wish to sign it.

At this time of bereavement and loss, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff or to contact the Student Support Services available on campus here.

Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Weds 27th January

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 18th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 19th Jan

6pm – 7pm

O’Flaherty Theatre

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 20th Jan

5pm-6pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Weds 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

AC204

Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

NUIG Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale now in the SU

  • Connacht vs Enisei-STM 3pm Saturday 23rd January 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 3pm Saturday 30th January 2016 €10

SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling

1 Day Bar Skills Course

2 Day ASIST Course

8 Week Yoga Course(Beginners Course FULL – Space available Intermediate only)

10 Week Sign Language Course

Sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card

Nominations open for election of a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway

Nomination are to be received in writing ( Gearóid Ó Conluain in Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.

More Information.  

Volunteers Needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. 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 6th of February.

Smoke-Free Zones

NUI Galway is now a partially smoke-free campus – with two smoke-free zones in the north and south campus.
To see why we’re going smoke-free click on the video here. 

More information.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm Tues 26th January

This event is open to everyone who wishes to #MakeASmartVote in the upcoming General Elections. The hustings will be hosted by the USI at 7pm Tuesday 26th January in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, NUI Galway.
Each political party has been invited to send a representative to represent their party’s views on the defining issues facing students.Students and youth organisations will be able to submit questions in advance or via social media on #MakeASmartVote and candidates will be announced as they are confirmed!

More Information.

EIPIC Free Screening

Cuirfidh TG4 & UCÉ fáilte romhat chuig taispeántas ar shraith nua teilifíse EIPIC.
TG4 & BAI invite you to a preview of the brand new drama series EIPIC. Refreshments will be served. 
The free viewing takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st of January in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

Election Countdown

Nominations open in 31 days for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections! If you are interested in running for one of the 15 SU Officer positions please give us a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie or see our website for more information. 

#NUIGSU16

Free Once-Off Academic  Workshops to Enhance Exam Performance

$1·         Time Management 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th of January                       

$1·         Study Skills 6.30pm-7.30pm Wednesday 3rd February                                     

$1·         Presentation Skills 6pm-8pm Wednesday 17th February

Further information and booking email james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Morning Galwayville – the Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn NUIG  Wednesday January 27th  6:30am – 10am– MC Hector Ó hEochagáin

There is a global awareness of the mental and physical health benefits in early morning dancing. Events are being held all over the world where people get up early and dance before work and its becoming an extremely popular and common event in big cities. Dancing is a way to exercise, connect to your deepest self, to feel free, to let go of pent up energy and one of the best ways to start a day. We are organising this morning session for those of you who would like to “dance your way into the day” full of health and vitality. It is obviously a sober event and there will be yoga, massage, healthy snacks and drinks and all kinds of wonderful things there. The event starts at 6:30am – 10am. Costs are €3 for students and €10 for others. Includes DJ Will Softly, herbal teas/healthy snacks from The Secret Garden Café and free Yoga with Paul Hardiman at 7am and 8:30am – one energetic class and one deep slow stretchy class

NUI Galway Campus Online Forum

The Computer Society Online Forum Working Group are looking at setting up an online forum for the NUI Galway Campus to facilitate discussion, voting and debating, thus improving communication. Please fill out this survey to aid in our research.

https://goo.gl/forms/YT1Cghj4lV

FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 19th January in the Aula Maxima (Upper)

Class Title: Relaxation and Confidence

See times of sessions below:

10:45am – 11:30am – Students – All welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Students – All welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-registration required visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/january-mindfulness-classes-relaxation-and-confidence-tickets-20726768322

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway

Student presenters wanted for the national “Student Talks” conference on March 9th 2016 in UCD, Dublin.

Student Talks is an exciting new national conference series designed for students (think Ted Talks but for Students).

The conference is a half day long, with Student Presenters, Expert Speakers and Networking breaks scheduled throughout.

Student presenters each give a six minute presentation on their chosen subject. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and it’s free to attend. We’ll be arranging buses to get you there too so register now!

Benefits of presenting:

  • Great experience and opportunity to present your work at a national conference
  • Improve your CV, and career profile
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded people.
  • You could win overall Student Talks Presenter Award and prize bundle

If you would like to PRESENT, ATTEND or VOLUNTEER at the Student Talks conference check out studenttalks.ie for all the details.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services.

You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or just turn up and register on the day.

Reclaim 1916 Poetry Competition

Closing date for entries 29th February. First Prize €1,000. More Information.  

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 Ambassadors

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 ambassadors for their event, “RTÉ Reflecting the Rising” which will take place in 75 indoor and outdoor venues around Dublin on Easter Monday 28th March between 11am and 6pm.

This will form part of the government’s official centenary programme with locations including St. Stephen’s Green, the Gaiety Theatre, the Mansion House, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, the Four Courts, Smithfield Square and Collins Barracks. If you are interested in taking on one of the volunteer roles on the day, please email your name and phone number and your preferred role (1916 Ambassador/Walking Tour Host) to 1916@RTE.ie  

Call for Submissions!  

The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2016 issue (Volume 6)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com.  The extended deadline is January 31st, 2016https://www.sgps.ca/thelamp/

Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Closing Date 28th of January

This annual drugs education competition aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug use. More information about the competition can be found at www.drugs.ie/awards  

What will you do in 2016?

Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 19th January

Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 27th January

Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 6th February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & Irish Cancer Society

Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 18th February

Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 23rd February 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 27th February

Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th February

Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

ASIST Course now enrolling

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

The 2 day course will take place 9am-5pm Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February in Áras na Mac Léinn and you must attend both days.

The course is free but there is a €10 deposit required to reserve your place. Spaces are limited – sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

Learn Sign Language in 2016
Registration is now open for our 10 Week Basic Sign Language courses in 2016. The course cost is €40 (usual price €75) and you can pay in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card.

Course options are: 
• 12pm-1pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March)
• 1pm-2pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March)

• 6pm-7pm Wednesday (20th January-23rd March)
• 6pm-7pm Thursday (21st January-7th April)

SU Life Skills Yoga Now Enrolling

The next SU 8 week Ashtanga yoga course is on Thursday 21st January – Thursday 10th March 2016.

The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks and you can pay the course fee in the SU Office now Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. To pay by credit card please phone 091 524810.

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers – COURSE FULL
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

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 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.