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This outreach pilot project will invite 5th and 6th class students into the School of Psychology at NUI Galway and will use innovative technology to teach children about neuroscience in novel and fun ways. 

YOLO (YOung peoples’ Life Opportunities)

2014/15 Projects

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Responding to a current knowledge gap on employment opportunities for young people, this pilot project aims to develop an ‘employment opportunities’ toolkit for use by community development workers in Galway. 

European Union on Campus

2014/15 Projects

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This project will promote EU job opportunities at NUI Galway by educating students about the variety of job possibilities the EU has to offer and encouraging them to apply for careers in the EU, and its institutions and agencies.

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

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. 

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. 

NUI Galway Freshers’ Events

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NUI Galway Freshers’ Events 2014 

Monday 8th September

Teaching Begins All Years

4pm Electric Roadshow in the College Bar 

Tuesday 9th September

4pm DJ Graham Doherty in the College Bar

Wednesday 10th September

11am-5pm Societies Day, Áras na Mac Léinn

8.30pm DJ Soc presents in the College Bar

Thursday 11th September

11am-5pm Clubs Day, Sports Centre

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 12th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 15th September

8pm SU Comedy Gig in O’Flaherty Theatre – Foil, Arms & Hog + Support Tickets €5

Tuesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn – Freebies, Giveaways, Competitions & Food! 

4pm DJ Graham Doherty in the College Bar

Wednesday 17th September

11am-4pm Societies Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn

8.30pm DJ Soc presents in the College Bar

Thursday 18th September

11am-5pm Radio Open Day at Flirt FM

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 19th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 22nd September

8pm SU Freshers’ Night in College Bar with Crossfire covers band

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €11,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & ISPCC

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raises €11,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & ISPCC

NUI Galway Students’ Union organised a wide array of charity events over the 2013/14 academic year. Over 500 students took part in naked calendars, charity skydives, aquathons, fight nights, a Christmas day in November and collection days to raise €11,000 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2013/14 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC).

Applications are now open for charities wishing to apply to be considered as one of the Students’ Union nominated charities for the 2014/15 academic year. Further information is available here. 

Declan Higgins, Students’ Union President said:

“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”

Helen Mortimer, Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said:

 “We are extremely grateful to the students of NUI Galway for their continued support of Galway Rape Crisis Centre’s vital work. Income levels for the Galway Rape Crisis Centre continue to fall due to grant cuts and a poor commitment by government to address the issues of sexual violence and child abuse. These funds will be a huge help.”

Emma Hayden, ISPCC Fundraising Officer said:

“We are delighted with this support from NUI Galway Students’ Union.  The money raised will go towards funding our 24 hour Childline telephone and online services. Last year in our Galway office alone, we received just over 35,000 calls from children that are vulnerable, alone or in need of the support of a trusted adult.”

Photo Left to right: Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU Education), Declan Higgins (NUIG SU President), Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin (NUIG SU Welfare), Carmen Taheny (ISPCC), Aoife Lee (Galway Rape Crisis Centre)

Photo: Mike Shaughnessy