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SU Elections & Referenda 2015

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SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open

Election/Referendum Results 

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations are now CLOSED.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare Nominations are now CLOSED. Hustings Tuesday 3rd March 3pm President in the College Bar. Hustings Wednesday 4th March 3pm VP/Education & VP/Welfare in the College Bar. 

Election & Referendum Day Thursday 5th March – bring your College ID and vote between 10am-8pm. 

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations are now CLOSED.

Election & Referendum Day Thursday 12th March – bring your College ID and vote between 10am-8pm.

Read our SU Elections Guide here

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

On Thursday 5th March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union adopts a position on the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis.

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 Student’s Union actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over.”

Yes

No

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

 

Referendum on Constitutional Amendment proposed by Students’ Union Executive Committee

 

On Thursday 12 March 2015 you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not to approve an amendment to article 17 of the Students’ Union Constitution as proposed by the Executive Committee.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following constitutional amendment which has been proposed by the Students’ Union Executive Committee:

At Article 17.C replace “Students Union Executive” with “the Board of Trustees as members of the Company”.

Delete Article 17.D in its entirety and re-designate the subsequent sub-articles accordingly.

At the end of the current Article 17.E (to be re-designated 17.D) insert the following new provision:

Once deemed elected, the incoming President of the Students’ Union shall be a non-voting attendee at the Board of Directors until s/he commence his/her term of office as President.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16

 

 

NUIG SU SHAG Week 2015

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2015

Monday 9th of February/Dé Luain, an 9 Feabhra

12pm-3pm SHAG Packs and more at Smokey’s

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. SOLD OUT 6/2/15

Tuesday 10th of February/Dé Máirt, an 10 Feabhra

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s

8pm Tinder Tuesday in the College Bar

Wednesday 11th of February/ Dé Céadaoin, an 11 Feabhra

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week Roadshow in Smokey’s

1pm-4pm SHAG Week Workshop in the Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

Thursday 12th of February/Déardaoin, an 12 Feabhra

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. Line up includes: MC Steve Bennett, Mr Phil Trill, Mr Steven Sharpe, Your Man’s Puppets, Ms Lilly Kelly, Ms Harley Sparks, Ms Shir Madness, Ms Hell Cat Temptress, Mr Sean Gorman and Ms Scarlet Lace. NUI Galway student ID requrired. 

Friday 13th of February/Dé hAoine, an 13 Feabhra

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €2 which goes to the SU Charities Console & BeLonG To.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 2015

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Please Support NUI Galway’s Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Campaign 2015

Most people know somebody who has been affected in some way by cancer. On the 16th and 17th of February 2015 NUI Galway staff and students are getting together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Please get involved by attending the events, taking part in NUI Galway Shave or Dye, volunteering to help at events or donating what you can. All funds raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Care West, Galway Hospice and NBCRI.

Please like and share the campaign Facebook Page

Timetable of Events:

  • 7pm-9pm Monday 16th February Free choral concert in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your tickets here.
  • 10am-1pm Tuesday 17th February Coffee morning and poster presentation on the work being done at NUI Galway to fight cancer
  • 2pm-5pm Tuesday 17th February NUI Galway Shave or Dye in the College Bar with Today FM, Fat Tony’s and Zenith Hairdressing. Register now to Shave or Dye by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or filling out and returning the registration form here. 
  • 7pm-9pm Tuesday 17th February Public Lecture Night, Panel Discussion and Reception in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your FREE ticket here. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the events you can sign up HERE

For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

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

NUIG SU Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents the Ultimate Study Break

Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit

11am-4pm Tuesday 2nd December 2014 in Áras na Mac Léinn (Petting Farm 12pm-2pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn)

There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats and Kuzco the Llama along with plenty of CAKE and tunes from Flirt FM! Raffle prizes to be won include: Tickets to The Strypes, Connacht Rugby Match Tickets, Electric Wristbands and much more! 

All funds raised go to Console and BeLonG To. 

Supported by BakeSoc, Flirt FM, The Gourmet Tart Company, Mr Waffle, The College Bar, Connacht Rugby, The Róisín Dubh, Connacht Rugby, The University Bookshop and Electric Garden & Theatre.

NUI Galway SU Mental Health Week 2014

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Mental Health Week Events 2014

Monday 17th November
12pm-3pm #NUIGColourForChange with Zenith Hairdressing 12pm-3pm in Smokey’s
Dye a strand of your hair to support the campaign!

8pm NUI Galway SU Comedy Presents Panti: High Heels in Low Places, O’Flaherty Theatre 8pm. Tickets €5

Tuesday 18th November
12.30pm Console QPR Training Launch in the View
6pm Refresher Sesh party for 1st years in the College Bar with the Student Connect Mentors and the SU Welfare Crew

Wednesday 19th November
11am-3pm #NUIGChatsForChange packs at Smokey’s
11am-1pm Skills For Work’s Marshmallow Eating Competition at Smokeys #NUIGChallengeForChange

12pm-3pm Puppy Therapy room with MADRA in the Welness Centre, The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn

6pm Skills For Work’s Please Talk Charity Leg Wax in the College Bar #NUIGChallengeForChange

7.30pm YFG Panel Discussion: “Mental Health Removing the Stigma – A discussion on the promotion of positive mental health. Understanding mental health issues and highlighting the services available” in AC204

Thursday 20th November
9am-5pm Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) with HeadsUp – COURSE FULL

10:30am Christmas Morning Charity Swim with BizSoc in Salthill #NUIGChallengeForChange

12pm onwards Christmas Day Charity Fundraiser in the College Bar with BizSoc in aid of Console & BeLonG To

Friday 21st November

9am-5pm Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) with HeadsUp  – COURSE FULL

For more information on these events please contact the SU Welfare Officer Aoife on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Christmas Day 20th November 2014

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Day comes early again this year!

We are holding a massive Christmas Day fundraiser in the College Bar with BizSoc on Thursday 20th of November to raise money for Console and BeLonG To. There will be a traditional Christmas dinner, carols, cheesy Christmas tunes with DJ Byrno and lots of prizes for the best/worst Christmas jumpers along with a whole lot of other Festive merriment! Get your tinsel, mistletoe and jumper ready now! 

Santa also needs some helper volunteers to assist with the fundraising on the day so if you have an hour or two to spare between 11am and 6pm on Thursday 20th November email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to sign up and you will definitely be on Santa’s nice list this year.

The official after party (the Christmas Day Superclub) sees Electric Garden & Theatre and 44 Club Galway combining on the night to continue the Yuletide vibes, wristbands will be on sale in advance and on-the-day for the after party. 

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

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents: The Big Fat Charity Table Quiz In aid of Console and BeLonG To

7.30pm Tuesday 11thNovember in the College Bar

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW!  Limited spaces.

15 Rounds of Questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers.

Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

 

For the 2014/15 academic year we will be fundraising for Console and BeLonG To. Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services. BeLongTo support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland. 

 

If you want to volunteer to help out with our fundraising events or have an idea for an event please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

 

 

NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards: €23,000 Prize Fund!

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards: €23,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards, a competition to encourage enterprise and innovation among students, has been launched at NUI Galway. Now in its fifth year, the initiative invites students across campus to put forward proposals for a project or business, with a prize of €10,000 investment capital for the overall winner and two runners up prizes of €5,000 each.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of NUI Galway students by providing financial support and expertise for students who wish to start a project in the areas of business and/or social entrepreneurship. The six projects progressing to the second round will receive €500 each to develop their proposal further. They will also participate in a series of workshops in areas such as marketing, IT, legal and financial issues.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards are generously supported by NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union.

The closing date for submissions is 5pm Friday 28th November 2014 More information is available HERE. 

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

The Enterprise Awards are a showcase for the best and brightest student minds on campus and reflect the dynamic, innovative and creative graduates we all wish to see emerging from NUI Galway, now and in the years ahead.

Last year’s winner Brian Slattery of Student Talks said:

“The Student Enterprise Awards is a fantastic experience and I believe a must to enter if you want the chance of gaining expert advice and hopefully some considerable financial backing to kick-start your enterprise. I encourage anyone and everyone who has a business idea to take part, even just the process of applying is a good way to formalise your vision and refine your business model.”

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 (37 West Judging Panel),

Joanne Sweeney-Burke (Guest Speaker) and Sean Kearns (2013/14 NUI Galway Students’ Union President)

Photo: Aengus McMahon

NUI Galway Students’ Union support Console and BeLonG To in 2014/15

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NUI Galway Students’ Union support Console and BeLonG To in 2014/15

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting its nominated charities Console and BeLongTo this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. Thousands of euro are raised by NUI Galway students through different activities ranging from sports competitions, collections and even a sponsored skydive.

Students’ Union President Declan Higgins said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €11,000 raised during the year”

Console is a national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services.

Margaret Tierney, Project Development Manager of Console said:

“We are indebted to NUI Galway Students’ Union for choosing Console as one of their charity partners, thereby raising awareness of the work of the Console Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Charity. We are always there to help when you are going through a difficult time and our free helpline 1800 247 247 operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.”

BeLonG To support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Ireland.

David Carroll, Executive Director of BeLonG To said: “We’re delighted to be one of this year’s chosen charities by NUI Galway’s Students Union. The support of allies like the students of NUIG is vital to our work to eliminate homophobic & transphobic bullying and support those lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people and their families and to build a fairer more equal Ireland”

Students interested in volunteering to fundraise for these charities during the year should contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 

Planned fundraising events for the year so far.