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SU Weekly Email 28 – 1st April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote for us again please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union is now through to the final 10 in the People’s Choice Award in the Online Marketing in Galway Awards thanks to your votes. We need you to vote one more time before 12pm on Sunday 5th April so we can hopefully win this award against some very tough competition! It only takes two clicks to vote here: https://www.galwaymarketing.ie/peoples-choice/

Al Porter Tickets on Sale Now!

Our last comedy gig of the year is Al Porter at 8pm on Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office. Al Porter just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street so make sure you get your tickets quick! Please note that this is a replacement gig for our earlier advertised David O’Doherty gig.

Exam Timetables now available online HERE.

Semester 2 exams are scheduled for Monday, 27th April to Wednesday, 13th May 2015 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session.

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).

If you have accessed your Timetable & you experience the following (1) cannot see your modules (2) some modules showing and other modules missing, please contact sid@nuigalway.ie with your missing modules I.e. course instance code, module code and student ID and we can schedule you for late entry seating or alternatively call in to SID Aras Ui Chathail between 9am-12:30pm & 2pm- 4 pm to be scheduled.

SU Enterprise Awards Winners

Congratulations to Sean Mc Garry, a 3rd year NUI Galway student studying Physics with Advanced French for Science from Westport Co. Mayo, who has won the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His company, “The TidyShower Co.”, has designed a range of contemporary bathroom accessories which solely focus on minimizing clutter and maximizing experience, thereby helping to breathe joy back into your shower time.

The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each were awarded to “The Creative Native” and “Safe Farming Solutions”.

The Creative Native” is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Safe Farming Solutions”.

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition this year!

We need 3 more SU Officers Nominations close Weds 8th April.

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16. Nominations for these 3 positions are now open and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you would like more information or check here.

Last Issue of Sin newspaper

The last issue of Sin newspaper for this year is now available online here. Well done to Jess and all the team at Sin on a great year of news

Canvassing Training, Wednesday 8th April 7pm, The View (Áras na Mac Léinn)

GiG Soc in conjunction with the NUIG Marriage Equality Taskforce are hosting Canvassing Training on Wednesday 8th April in the View. We will have a number of representatives from the Union of Students in Ireland coming down to facilitate the training, including USI Equality & Citizenship Officer Annie Hoey. If you’re interested in playing your part in this historic Referendum, then this event is not to be missed. Here’s a link to More Information.

Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

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.

Nominations are now open for the USI Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is an annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. Nomination deadline is 5pm 14th April.https://usi.ie/awards/

Student Leap Card Available in the SU

Join 115,000 students saving every day with Student Leap Card – the official student lifestyle card for travel, entertainment and retail discounts across Ireland. The card is available in the SU office for just €15. https://www.studentleapcard.ie/#about

 

Flirt FM Turns 20 this September!  

Save this date, because we’ve got big plans. Radio and dinner and cake and dancing plans… feel free to ask any Flirt Alumni you might be in contact with to join this event. If you have any old promotional material in digital format feel free to send it on to info@flirtfm.ie

If you have audio files our dropbox is flirtstudio@gmail.com  

 

Console Memorial Walk 2pm Sunday 12th April

Join the Console Memorial Walk to walk in memory of our loved ones who have died by suicide at 2pm on Sunday 12th April. Pat Divilly the Console Youth Mental Health Ambassador will start the walk at the Claddagh Hall. For sponsorship cards contact Margaret on 087 9500380. https://console.ie/

Student Summit 2015

The USI Student Summit is Ireland’s largest Entrepreneurship and Innovation event just for students. On the evening of April 14th, student entrepreneurs and Ireland’s finest start-ups and innovative business leaders will converge in the Round Room, Mansion House, for the USI Student Summit 2015.
Get Tickets Here.

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

Women Entrepreneurs Around The World – Free Event

11am-12.30pm Friday 17th April in Room 110 Cairnes Building More Information.

How have events in your life affected your travel patterns? 

Take the CONSENSUS Mobility Biography survey to record your travel history and inform policies for sustainable transport. The survey takes just 15 minutes and is available at: surveysoftware.net/hostss/nuigalway.htm

Dublin to Galway Cycle 18th -20th July in aid of Alzheimer Society of Ireland

Leinster Scrum Half Noel Reid and Connaught Fly Half John Cooney took time out of their gruelling training schedules to call on cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to sign up now for the Dublin to Galway cycle which will bring much needed funds to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s local services. To sign up today and get your fundraising pack, please go to www.alzheimer.ie. Or call Orla on 012073833

Easter Holidays Update

  • Lectures/Teaching: There will be no lectures/teaching on the following dates: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April, Thursday 9th April & Friday 10th April. Easter Holidays are Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April inclusive. Please note that students of the school of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science should consult their school calendar here. 
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant will take place between Monday 30th March-Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 8th April-Friday 10th April.
  • James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • The College Bar: The Bar will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • Smokey’s Café: Weds 1st April 08:30-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 09:00-17:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive, Tues 7th April 08:30-20:00
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Closed Thursday 2nd April – Tuesday 7th April inclusive
  • The Hub: Closed Monday 30th March-Tuesday 7th April inclusive
  • The SU Shop: Weds 1st April 08:00-21:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-21:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive
  • The Wall Café: Weds 1st April 08:00-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-20:00, Fri 3rd April 09:00-17:00, Sat 4th April 09:00-17:00, Mon 5th April 09:00-17:00, Tues 6th April 08:00-21:00

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 Enterprise Awards Winners 2015

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Student Wins €10,000 with Tidy Shower product at NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards

Sean Mc Garry, a 3rd year NUI Galway student studying Physics with Advanced French for Science from Westport Co. Mayo, has won the top prize of €10,000 in this year’s NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. His company, “The TidyShower Co.”, has designed a range of contemporary bathroom accessories which solely focus on minimizing clutter and maximizing experience, thereby helping to breathe joy back into your shower time.The founder of “The Tidy Shower Co.” was presented with his prize by local entrepreneur Pat Divilly and judging panel member Dr Aidan Daly together with NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins.

The competition which is an initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union is supported by NUI Galway and seeks to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students. In its five years, the competition has attracted entries from students studying a variety of subjects.

The two runner-up prizes of €5,000 each were awarded to “The Creative Native” and “Safe Farming Solutions”. The Creative Native” is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Safe Farming Solutions”.

Pat Divilly, who spoke at the awards ceremony said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to speak at the SU Enterprise Awards. Setting up a business and going after a vision can be the most rewarding journey but can also bring massive challenges and even self-doubt. It’s important that young entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are encouraged and mentored to instil confidence and belief in them. The SU have done a brilliant job in putting this event together and it was a brilliant evening”.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Declan Higgins said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. They show that students are both able and willing to create the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted to be in a position to facilitate some of these ideas as they take their first steps. I have no doubt but that we are working with the leaders of the future.” 

Meet The 2015 Finalists

 

 

 

SU Weekly Email 15 – 18th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2014 from your Students’ Union.

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Sign Language 10 Week Course Starts Week of 27th January €40 (Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm)
  • 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 15th Jan – Thursday 12th March €40 Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm & Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (No Class 29th Jan)
  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline 9 January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see https://on.fb.me/1zyYMga or email elaine.hyslop@nuigalway.ie

SU Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

The six finalists have been announced for this year’s SU Enterprise Awards! They are: 
1. The Creative Native
“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick. 
2. Tidy Shower
Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “Tidy Shower”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units. 
3. Part Locater
“’Part Locater” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.
4. EduCode
“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.
5. Bike Back
“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project
6. Clutch n Bolt 
“Clutch n Bolt” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.
Congratulations to all involved! 

NUI Galway Alumni Club Christmas Party 5.30pm TODAY!

NUI Galway Alumni Club is holding its annual Alumni Christmas get-together from 5.30pm today, Thursday, 18th December in the Staff Club, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway. Graduates are invited to attend and meet with former classmates from home and abroad for carols, mince pies and refreshments. All Alumni, Friends and Guests Welcome! This is a free event, but registration is necessary.

REGISTER HERE

Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will open on the 12th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact financialaid@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Student Health 101: Get Healthy + Enter The December Draw For €750

So why should you read Student Health 101, the NUI Galway online health and wellness magazine at https://readsh101.ie/nuigalway.html  ?

First, you can enter the December draw for €750 for checking out the December issue.

Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101:

Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less

Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you

Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz

Season’s eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes

Aftermath & recovery: A student’s guide to getting help after an assault

Like a pro: 7 tips for powerful public speaking

Cheese and _________? What the pairs best with the cheese of your choice? Please share in this week’s poll!

And if you missed it – be sure to check out the November Issue.

 

Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.

 

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

 

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

The Library is open Friday 19th December-Tuesday 23rd December 08:30-17:30. Closed Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st. Christmas/ New Year Closing: Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015 (Inclusive)

The SU Cloakroom and SU Engineering Desk will both close on Friday 19th December and reopen on Monday 12th January.

The SU Office will close on Monday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 7th January. Please note we are open 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen at 8am on Monday 5th January.

Smokey’s will be closed on Saturday 20th & Saturday 21st December and will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December for the Christmas break reopening at 9am on Monday 5th January.

The Hub will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 12th January.

The Wall Café will be closed on Thursday 25th December, Friday 26th December & Thursday 1st January.

Caifé na Gaeilge will be closed from Monday 15th December until Monday 12th January.

The College Bar will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday 5th January. Please note that only the Deli in the College Bar will be serving food on 22nd, 23rd December and for the week of the 5th January. College Bar Pizza and Carvery will reopen on the 12th of January.

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

See you all in 2015!

 

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.

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

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

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

Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community in 2015 will let the finalists develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.

Declan Higgins, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

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

The final six projects are:

1.    The Creative Native

“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick.

2.    The Tidy Shower Co.

Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “The Tidy Shower Co.”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units.

3.   Ask4It.ie 

“’Ask4It.ie” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.

4.    EduCode

“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.

5.    Bike Back

“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project

6.    Safe Farming Solutions

“Safe Farming Solutions” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 28th of March 2015 in the College Bar, NUI Galway.

 

Pictured at the 2014 Enterprise Awards ceremony are left to right: Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President), Brian Slattery (2014 NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Award winner) Gill Carroll (Judging Panel),Joanne Sweeney-Burke (Guest Speaker) and Sean Kearns (2013/14 NUI Galway Students’ Union President)

Photo: Aengus McMahon