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SU Weekly Email 11 – 3rd December 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week / An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis

TODAY / Déardaoin an 3 Nollaig

  • 15:00 How To Get A-Head in Bed Talk / Ceardlann ar an mBeart a Dhéanamh sa Leaba – Everything you need to know about sex, pleasure and sexual health Talk Zoom Link Here
  • 18:00 Image Based Sexual Assault Workshop / Ceardlann Íomhábhunaithe ar Ionsaithe Gnéis – This workshop explores what revenge porn is, why we need to rename it, legislation, and how we can support victims emotionally and practically. (Tickets via Eventbrite HERE)

Fri 4th Dec / Dé hAoine an 4 Nollaig

  • 15:00 Know the Signs of Dating Abuse /Bíodh Comharthaí na Mí-Úsáide Geandála ar Eolas Agat – COPE Galway will help us understand the signs of dating abuse which can be physical, verbal, sexual or digital.  ZOOM LINK HERE
  • 19:00 Sex Toy Bingo / Biongó Bréagán Gnéis – SOLD OUT!

ALL WEEK / An tseachtain ar fad

SU By-Elections Nominations Open Monday

Positions to be filled:

  • Societies Chairperson
  • SU Council Chairperson
  • Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer

Nominations Open: 10:00 Mon 7th Dec

Nominations Close: 17:00 Fri 11th Dec

Election Day: 10:00-20:00 Thurs 17th Dec

Sin Issue 5

Find out all the NUIG news you need to know in the latest issue of Sin newspaper HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact Paddy the Editor on editor.sin@gmail.com

Q&A with University President

Mark your diaries as we will be hosting a Q&A with the University President Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh at 4pm next Thurs 10th of Dec. More info from su.president@nuigalway.ie

Exam Timetables out 12pm Today

The Semester 1 examination session runs from Mon 11th to Fri 22nd January 2021. Exam timetables and all info will be available HERE.

SU Secret Santa Closing Date Fri 11th Dec

Want presents? Sure don’t we all! Sign up to take part in our SU Secret Santa and you’ll get to give AND receive a present! More info on how it works and how to register is HERE.

SU Irish Classes

Want to learn Irish or improve the Irish you have? We will be holding Irish Language Classes Tues 12th Jan – Tues 2nd Feb 2021. It’s a 4 week course over Zoom with Conradh na Gaeilge. Complete Beginners 6pm-7pm and Improvers 7pm-8pm. Cost is €40 but you will be refunded €20 if you attend all classes and you get a certificate. Registration deadline: To sign up contact: studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Future Library Poll

This is your opportunity to leave your mark on the design of the new NUI Galway Library! Do the poll HERE

Hump Day Hoolie

Tickets are available HERE for our next Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm on Weds 9th of Dec. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.

Extra Study Space

There are now three options for study space on campus, which can all be booked through the Library booking system:

  • The Library: Desk and PC access within a quiet study zone in the main Library building
  • Bailey Allen Hall: Quiet study zone with space for 50 students
  • The Cube: Noise-tolerant study zone with space for 20 students

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

International Day of People with Disabilities Today

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities (#IDPD20) and NUIG are encouraging all staff and students to wear purple to mark the day! There’s also a photo competition #NUIGtogether HERE. Tomorrow Friday there’ll be our weekly Disability Rights Clinic with NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Trish on Zoom.

Need Help?

Sums provide free extra mathematics or statistics tuition.

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all students who are taking any programming/software development courses.

The Academic Writing Centre provide free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing.

The SU Grinds Register provides details of tutors in a wide range of subjects.

 

Support Student Nurses & Midwives

The exploitation of student nurses & midwives whilst on placement in the HSE needs to STOP! Please sign + share the petition HERE to pay student nurses and midwives

 

Join the RAK Challenge! 

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.

 

Teaching Hero Awards

Who is your Teaching Hero? Do you know a staff member who deserves recognition for how they supported your learning? Nominate staff for the Teaching Hero Award here.

 

Upcycled Christmas Tree Competition

Instead of buying a plastic tree for your dorm or apartment this Christmas, make your own using items you have around the house! This saves plastic use, energy consumption, and your wallet! Submit entries to win prizes to energy@socs.nuigalway.ie and/or share on social media with #UpCycledChristmasTree

 

Glassary – Sustainability Initiative for Students

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months? Or are you simply an NUI Galway student who’d like to live more sustainably? Glassary (glas/green-glossary!) is a circular economy initiative which will be implemented at NUIG accommodations in December and January. Donate your leftover household items at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here and contact Dara at d.kerins4@nuigalway.ie for more info!

 

Petition for Refund of Tuition Fees

A group of NUIG students have a petition for NUIG to partially refund tuition fees for 2020/21 due to Covid-19. You can sign the petition HERE

 

FREE Workshops this December

  • How to Tackle an Open Book Exam 1pm Tues 8th Dec
  • Time Management 12pm Thurs 10th Dec
  • Making Connections with Fellow Students & Developing Social Supports 2pm Fri 11th Dec
  • How to Write an Academic Essay 11am Tues 15th Dec
  • Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown 3pm Weds 16th Dec
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Hardiman PhD Scholarship Scheme Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 Hardiman PhD Scholarships scheme for new PhD Students starting Sept 2021. The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are fully funded for four years; with a stipend of €16,000 per annum,  plus fees are paid for the 4 years. Applications close 12th Feb. More info.

 

Social Media Study Participants needed

If you agree to participate, you can win 1 of 3 Amazon gift cards of €50. The purpose of this study is to examine how social media news impacts people. It will take approximately 20 minutes, and 18+ and good command of English required; otherwise, it is open to everyone. Take part HERE.

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all NUIG Mature Students. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

Donate to the SU Charities

This year we are raising funds for 3 great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. If you can spare a few euro please donate here.

  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
  • Galway Autism Partnership supports families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Helplink Mental Health is a charitable organisation providing accessible counselling, information and education mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Toghcháin CML

Poist le líonadh

  • Cathaoirleach na gCumann
  • Chathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mac Léinn
  • Tionólai Coláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí
  • Oifigeach na Mac Léinn Idirnáisiúnta
  • Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach

Osclófar Ainmniúcháin: 10:00 Dé Luain 7 Nollaig 2020

Dúnfar Ainmniúcháin: 17:00 Dé hAoine 11 Nollaig 2020

Lá an Toghcháin: 10:00-20:00 Déardaoin 17 Nollaig 2020

 

NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with NUIG events online here

 

Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Secret Santa

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SU Secret Santa

Want presents?

Sure don’t we all!

Sign up to take part in our SU Secret Santa and you’ll get to give AND receive a present!

All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

More information on how it works and how to register is HERE.

Registration deadline Friday 11th of December. 

Deadline to send presents Tuesday 15th of December. 

RAK Challenge

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#RAKChallenge

Our second Charity Challenge is the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge which takes place from 1st-31st of December. This month we are going to spread positivity wherever we go!

We have lots of suggestions below for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or feel free to come up with your own ones and let us know. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good!

You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 31! You can sign up to take part here. 

When you RAK make sure to share the positivity using #RAKChallenge and tagging nuigsu on our Social Media! We want to encourage as many people as possible to start RAKing every day!

This challenge is raising funds for the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

Please share our fundraising page so we can help them continue their vital work: www.gf.me/u/y4ykb4  

RAKS For Strangers

  1. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
  2. Take part in the SU Clean Up on Fri 4th Dec (subject to Government Regs)
  3. Plant a tree.
  4. Let someone go in front of you in a queue.
  5. Take part in the SU Secret Santa
  6. Buy a warm meal or drink for someone in need.
  7. Stop to assist someone who looks lost.
  8. Do a 2 Minute Beach Clean
  9. Say something encouraging to a parent who’s struggling with unruly kids.
  10. Put together some bags filled with snacks and toiletries to give to the homeless.
  11. Write a letter/send a card to a local nursing/care home resident. It’s free to post them!
  12. Pay for a coffee for the person behind you in the queue.
  13. Pick up a piece of litter on the street and dispose of it.
  14. Pass along a compliment to a front line worker’s boss.
  15. Take the time to write a great online review for a local business you love.
  16. Leave a positive comment on a news article or blog post.
  17. Learn CPR.
  18. Send a care package to a front line worker.
  19. Smile at 5 strangers.
  20. Volunteer – ALIVE have lots of volunteering opportunities here
  21. Become an Organ Donor
  22. Sign up for a charity event – see 28-30 for inspiration!
  23. Introduce yourself to your neighbours, even if — especially if — you’ve lived near each other for a while but haven’t met.
  24. Do some baking and make extras to give to your neighbours.
  25. Do a clear out and donate unwanted items to charity.
  26. Ask neighbours if they’ve any jobs that they need help with.
  27. Set an alarm on your phone to go off at three different times during the day. At those times do something kind for someone else.
  28. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  29. Take part in the COPE Galway Christmas Swim – #SwimWhereYouAre 21st-30th December
  30. Take part in the GOAL Mile 24th – 26th December.
  31. Take part in the Sprint for Simon – 12 days of Christmas challenge. Sprint, run or walk 1k a day from 25th Dec to Jan 5th
  32. Go Vegan

RAKS for Friends/Family

  1. Tell a Friend you value their friendship
  2. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  3. Donate to a friend’s favourite charity in their name.
  4. Give a friend a book you think they would like.
  5. Send a funny meme to brighten someone’s day
  6. Reconnect with someone you haven’t heard from in a while
  7. Tell someone they are important to you
  8. Invite someone to a (virtual) meal online
  9. Figure out a friend or family member’s half birthday (six months from their full birthday) and surprise them with a little treat on that day.
  10. Forgive someone who has wronged you.
  11. Make amends with someone you have wronged.
  12. Write someone a song/poem/letter/postcard
  13. Send someone a song that reminds you of them
  14. Tell someone they make you smile and laugh
  15. Make plans to meet someone for a socially distanced walk
  16. Remind someone of your favourite memory of them
  17. Don’t forget yourself! Schedule a pedicure or massage, spend a few hours reading a great book or make time for another activity you love. Being kind to yourself will give you the energy and strength to be kind to others

 

SU Weekly Email 10 – 26th Nov 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

 

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week / An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis

Tues 1st Dec / Dé Máirt an 1 Nollaig

  • “Not asking for it” / Níl mé á iarraidh (Instagram)
  • 14:00 “Anytime of the Month” Period Poverty Training / Oiliúint i mBochtanas na Fola Míosta –ZOOM LINK HERE
  • 17:00 Active* Consent Workshop / Ceardlann Toilithe –  Tickets via Eventbrite HERE 
  • World AIDS Day / An Lá Domhanda SEIF – The Quad will be lit up in Red this evening to mark World AIDS Day

Weds 2nd Dec / Dé Céadaoin an 2 Nollaig

  • Guess How Many Condoms are in the Jar / Tomhais Cá Mhéad Coincíní atá sa Chrúsca (Instagram Comp)
  • 14:00 Queer Sex Ed/ Gnéasoideachas don Phobal Aiteach – Workshop Zoom Link Here
  • STI Awareness / Feasacht ar Ionfhabhtuithe Gnéas-Tarchurtha
  • 19:30 Hump Day Hoolie / Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua  Tickets via Eventbrite HERE 

Thurs 3rd Dec / Déardaoin an 3 Nollaig

  • 15:00 How To Get A-Head in Bed Talk / Ceardlann ar an mBeart a Dhéanamh sa Leaba – Talk Zoom Link Here
  • 15:00 -19:00 Free Rapid HIV Testing with Sexual Health West in Galway City (Book via booking.shw@gmail.com )
  • 18:00 Image Based Sexual Assault Workshop / Ceardlann Íomhábhunaithe ar Ionsaithe Gnéis – Tickets via Eventbrite HERE 

Fri 4th Dec / Dé hAoine an 4 Nollaig

ALL WEEK / An tseachtain ar fad

More info from / Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie + HERE

 

RAK Challenge Starts Tuesday!  

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.

 

SU Secret Santa

Want presents? Sure don’t we all! Sign up to take part in our SU Secret Santa and you’ll get to give AND receive a present! More information on how it works and how to register is HERE.

 

SU Clean Up

Join us in the Salthill 2pm-4pm Fri 4th of Dec for our socially distanced beach clean-up*. We will have bags and gloves for all volunteers just make sure to bring your own mask and wear warm waterproof clothes. Meeting point will be at Grattan Beach. Book your tickets here.

*Please note this event is subject to Government restrictions regarding outdoor events changing*

 

Environment & Sustainability Working Group

We are setting up an Environment & Sustainability Working Group. If you want to get involved sign up here or email su.president@nuigalway.ie for more info.

 

NUI Galway Future Library Poll

This is your opportunity to leave your mark on the design of the new NUI Galway Library! Poll available at https://nuigalwaynewlibrary.com/

 

Class Reps Council

The next Class Reps Council for all Class Reps will take place at 6pm on Monday 30th November. For more information email su.education@nuigalway.ie

 

Hump Day Hoolie

Tickets are available HERE for our next Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm on Weds 2nd of Dec. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.

 

Fees Deadline

NUIG Semester 1 Fees Payment Deadline is Mon 30th Nov. More information here. Details on the Financial Aid Fund are available here.

 

NUIG Zine call for Submissions

Poetry/Short Fiction/Essays/Memoirs/Art/Photography/Music. Email submissions to nuigzine@gmail.com – Deadline Sat 19th Dec. More info.

 

Need an STI Test?

Book your FREE STI Test with the NUIG Student Health Unit on 091 494 337

 

Beginners Guide to Changing the World Today

All welcome to this interactive workshop with Vicky Donnelly and ALIVE to have your mind blown 5pm-6.30pm today Thurs 26th Nov. Info.

 

Free Rapid HIV Testing

Sexual Health West are holding Free Rapid HIV Testing across Galway next week. To book your appointment email rapidtesting.booking.shw@gmail.com or phone 086 024 9111.

 

Teaching Hero Awards

Do you know a staff member who deserves recognition for how they supported your learning? Nominate staff for the Teaching Hero Award here.

 

FREE Workshops this December

  • Balancing Parenting and Studies 2pm Tues 1st Dec
  • Goal Setting & Motivation 3pm Weds 2nd Dec
  • How to Tackle an Open Book Exam 1pm Tues 8th Dec
  • Time Management 12pm Thurs 10th Dec
  • Making Connections with Fellow Students & Developing Social Supports 2pm Fri 11th Dec
  • How to Write an Academic Essay 11am Tues 15th Dec
  • Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown 3pm Weds 16th Dec
  • REGISTER HERE

 

Petition for Refund of Tuition Fees

A group of NUIG students have a petition for NUIG to partially refund tuition fees for 2020/21 due to Covid-19. You can sign the petition here.

 

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

 

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

Visit our website for new volunteer projects added every week!

 

NUIG International Day of People with Disabilities Photography Competition

International Day of People with Disabilities is on Thurs 3rd of Dec and the theme is “All in this Together”. NUIG students, staff and community partners are excited to build awareness of the wide variety of contexts and people for the International Day of People with Disabilities 2020! More info about the competition.

 

Ar mhaith leat snas a chur ar do Ghaeilge labhartha?

Bí linn ar 26ú Samhain don Ciorcal Comhrá ar líne. Beidh seisiún ón 6-7 agus ceann eile ón 7-8. Bí cinnte clárú go luath mar tá na spásanna teoranta! Seol ríomhphoist ag Seán ag: gaillimh@cnag.ie

 

Survey on student’s attitudes to Influenza vaccine + potential COVID- 19 vaccine

As part of the master’s in health economic course two NUIG students are conducting a survey on students’ attitudes to the Flu vaccine and potential Covid -19 vaccines. This is part of a report to uncover the attitudes in the student population towards taking a COVID vaccine, and the thinking that influences these attitudes. The data collected in this survey is anonymous. Any questions contact r.thompson3@nuigalway.ie or d.hennelly3@nuigalway.ie. Link to survey.

 

Cope Galway Christmas Appeal

There will be donation boxes until 3rd Dec on campus in the CSI Kitchen, HBB and the Socs Desk for the Cope Galway Christmas Appeal. If you can donate any of the following  new/unused items they will be a great help: Colouring books/activity sets, warms socks/gloves/scarves, jumpers/jackets, personal hygiene sets, mugs, pyjamas/vests/underwear, selection boxes/biscuits, tea towels/bath towels, handbags/wallets, tinned food/condiments. For more info contact paediatric@socs.nuiglway.ie

 

NUIG Shark Week

NUIG Animal Ambassadors and ZooSoc are launching a campaign to stop shark finning completely in the EU with real legislative action! They need you to sign their legislation petition here: https://www.stop-finning-eu.org/

 

Societies Online Collab LiveStream!

On Friday 18th of December the first ever Societies Online Collab or SOC Stream livecast will be on Twitch from noon until midnight. This is a totally free event hosted by a collaboration of NUIG societies and all donations will go towards Galway’s Teach Solais, a charity for the LGBT+ youth in the West of Ireland. Find us and more info on all platforms at SOCStreamIRL.

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all NUIG Mature Students. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Seat Booking Update

If you have booked a seat in the Library or the Bailey Allen Hall and can no longer make your booking please cancel it! Only 55% of people are showing up for seat bookings. There’s now more seats available to book in The Cube too. Be sound and don’t leave someone else stressing without a seat. Book a seat here.

 

Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

Free Strength + Conditioning Classes

Our free Strength and Conditioning Classes take place at 6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday on Zoom. If you want to come along email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for the class links.

 

Donate to the SU Charities

This year we are raising funds for 3 great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. If you can spare a few euro please donate here.

  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
  • Galway Autism Partnership supports families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Helplink Mental Health is a charitable organisation providing accessible counselling, information and education mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

SHAG Week 2020

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Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week 2020

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis 2020

Tuesday 1st December / Dé Máirt an 1 Nollaig

  • “Not asking for it” / Níl mé á iarraidh (Instagram)
  • 14:00 “Anytime of the Month” Period Poverty Training / Oiliúint i mBochtanas na Fola Míosta – Period poverty means not having access to the products needed during a period, such as pads, tampons, menstrual cups, or pain relievers to help with cramps. This could be because of problems affording these products, or having difficulty accessing them for social or cultural reasons. ZOOM LINK HERE
  • 17:00 Active* Consent Workshop / Ceardlann ToilitheActive* Consent workshops provide a safe space to explore the nuances of sexual consent and how best to negotiate active sexual consent. The workshop is based on extensive research into young people’s sexual behaviours, attitudes and beliefs. The aim is to not merely give young people the tools to recognise and communicate consent, but to also promote a positive and confident approach to their sexual health. The Active* Consent workshop gives young people engaging and up-to-date information and skills that are practical and relevant for their own relationships. Tickets via Eventbrite HERE – Zoom Link will be sent to you
  • World AIDS Day / An Lá Domhanda SEIF – The Quad will be lit up in Red this evening to mark World AIDS Day

Wednesday 2nd December / Dé Céadaoin an 2 Nollaig

  • Guess How Many Condoms are in the Jar / Tomhais Cá Mhéad Coincíní atá sa Chrúsca (Instagram Comp)
  • 14:00 Queer Sex Ed/ Gnéasoideachas don Phobal Aiteach – This is a general LGBT+ sexual health workshop with Leo Lardie from The Rainbow Project Workshop Zoom Link Here
  • STI Awareness / Feasacht ar Ionfhabhtuithe Gnéas-Tarchurtha
  • 19:30 Hump Day Hoolie / Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua  Tickets via Eventbrite HERE – Zoom Link will be sent to you

Thursday 3rd December / Déardaoin an 3 Nollaig

  • 15:00 How To Get A-Head in Bed Talk / Ceardlann ar an mBeart a Dhéanamh sa Leaba – This talk with Siobhan O’Higgins about everything you need to know about sex, pleasure and sexual health Talk Zoom Link Here
  • 15:00 -19:00 Free Rapid HIV Testing with Sexual Health West in Galway City (Book via booking.shw@gmail.com )
  • 18:00 Image Based Sexual Assault Workshop / Ceardlann Íomhábhunaithe ar Ionsaithe Gnéis – This workshop with Dr Caroline West explores what revenge porn is, why we need to rename it, legislation, and how we can support victims emotionally and practically. This is an issue that is on the rise rapidly in Ireland and we need to work to ensure people understand that this act can have very damaging consequences. (Tickets via Eventbrite HERE Zoom Link will be sent to you)

Friday 4th December / Dé hAoine an 4 Nollaig

  • 15:00 Know the Signs of Dating Abuse /Bíodh Comharthaí na Mí-Úsáide Geandála ar Eolas Agat – COPE Galway will help us understand the signs of dating abuse which can be physical, verbal, sexual or digital.  ZOOM LINK HERE
  • 19:00 Sex Toy Bingo / Biongó Bréagán Gnéis – This is not the type of bingo your granny would go to! There’s loads of sex toy prizes up for grabs and our host is comedian Steve Bennett so the craic will be had. All attendees will also get a 10% discount code to use at SexSiopa.ie. The event is free but there’s a suggested donation amount of €5 which will all go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. Please give what you can. (Tickets via Eventbrite HERE Zoom Link will be sent to you)

ALL WEEK / An tseachtain ar fad

More information from / Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 9 – 19th November 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Mental Health Week Events Continue!

Today Thurs 19th Nov / Déardaoin an 19 Samhain

10:00 Virtual Coffee Morning – Stick the kettle on and join us for a chat/vent about anything and everything! (ZOOM Meeting ID: ID: 518 179 6706) / Maidin Chaife Fhíorúil

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 979 9163 5589) / Rang Nirt agus Aclaithe

12:00 Panel Discussion – Mental Health in the Traveller Community (ZOOM Meeting ID: 912 0790 9067) / Díospóireacht Phainéil maidir le Meabhairshláinte i bPobal na dTaistealaithe

15:30 Changing Colours Workshop (Microsoft Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1) /Ag Athrú Dathanna

17:00 Yoga Class with Yoga Soc /  Rang Ióga

19:00 Mama Mia Netflix Party / Cóisir Netflix (Please note you need to have TeleParty installed to take part more info here on how to do this. )

Fri 20th Nov / Dé hAoine an 20 Samhain

08.15 Mindfulness Class / Rang Aireachais

 

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

 

Hump Day Hoolie

Tickets are available HERE for our next Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm on Weds 25th of November. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.

 

Read Sin Issue 4

Issue 4 of Sin newspaper is out now with all your NUIG news. Read it here. If you want to get involved in the paper just email Paddy on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Seat Booking Update

If you have booked a seat in the Library or the Bailey Allen Hall and can no longer make your booking please cancel it! Only 55% of people are showing up for seat bookings. Be sound and don’t leave someone else stressing without a seat. Book a seat here.

 

RAK Challenge

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.

 

Sign the International Students Petition

International students have not been adequately considered in Ireland’s COVID-19 response. They are calling on the Government to:

  • Resolve the immigration appointment and application backlogs
  • Re-classify international students to avoid unreasonable healthcare costs
  • Consider international students when making policy decisions

Please sign their petition here.

 

Financial Aid Fund Update

HEAR/Access Fund + PME Fund are now closed. There’s no fixed closing date for the Means Tested Fund + the Hardship Fund but funding is limited so apply as soon as you can. More info.

 

NUIG Survey – win a €50 One4All Voucher

Now is your chance to give ALL the feedback to the University by filling out this 10 minute survey AND you could win a €50 one4all voucher for completing it!

 

Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

Teaching Hero Awards

Do you know a staff member who deserves recognition for how they supported your learning? Nominate staff for the Teaching Hero Award here.

 

Vote for the GEEC

The NUIG Galway Energy Efficient Car, GEEC, is currently in first place in the Global Shell Eco Marathon Virtual Competition after participating in the Pitch the Future competition. This Thursday you could help them retain that top spot by voting for them from 11am TODAY Thurs 19th Nov. Voting will remain open until Sun 22nd Nov. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram for details on how to vote.

 

Free Strength + Conditioning Classes

Our free Strength and Conditioning Classes take place at 6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday on Zoom. If you want to come along email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for the class links.

 

SU Shop Goes Online!

Not only is our SU Shop open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm on campus but you can also shop 24/7 online too! We’ve a new online store where you can get all the stationery you need and there’s free shipping on all orders over €20. Shop Here.

 

Changing Colours – Today!

An Ecopsychology Workshop Series from Student Services designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. 4 x 1.5 hour Workshops aligned with the cycle of the seasons beginning 3.30pm Thurs 19th Nov. Free, open to all, attend one or all four. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1

 

Registering with NUIG Disability Support Service (DSS)

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the DSS. You only need to register with the DSS once and this remains in place for the duration of your course. You can register with the DSS at any stage during your studies; however, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible after starting your course or receiving a diagnosis. More info.

 

Beginners Guide to Changing the World

All are welcome to this interactive workshop 5pm-6.30pm Thurs 26th Nov with Vicky Donnelly and ALIVE to have your mind blown! Sign up here. Questions: alive@nuigalway.ie

 

Survey Being a Student during Covid-19

This is a survey about being a student during the time of COVID-19 and is intended for NUIG students ONLY. It is being undertaken as part of a module in Research Methods. If you are not a student at NUIG, please do not complete this survey. By completing it you are helping your fellow students in learning about conducting surveys and how student life is during COVID-19. Complete Survey here.

Justis Database for Legal Research

There’s a series of free workshops taking place on the Justis Database for Legal Research for law students. These can be booked here.

 

Thinking about doing a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway VIRTUAL Postgraduate Open Day will take place next Tuesday, 24th November. The event will comprise of a series of live presentations taking place during the day featuring all Colleges and postgrad courses, and also such topics as employability, funding opportunities, applications, research, and personal statements. This is your opportunity to virtually meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to talk online with staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services. You can pre-register to attend online now here. 

 

Blackboard Ally for students

Students – do you know that Blackboard Ally allows you to access more user-friendly file formats for online learning? It is very easy to use and can be really helpful. Simply click on the ‘A’ beside a file! You can get an audio version of a document, or you can download formats that are easier to read on a phone or mobile device. You can learn more HERE

 

NUIG Strava Club

If you want to win while you run join the NUIG Sport Strava Cub. This is a virtual running group where challenges will be set each week and weekly prizes to the value of €50 will be up for grabs. It’s a great incentive to get outside and stay active!

 

Need Help Getting Organised?

Notion is a task tracking app that allows you to set up checklists, calendars, task tables etc., You can add due dates and attach documents to tasks. It can be downloaded on all Android, iOS and Windows devices. By setting up an account with your NUIG email, you can get a Personal Pro plan for free (go to setting > plans > personal pro > upgrade)

 

Misleór Festival starts Today

The Misleór Festival runs 19th-21st Nov celebrating the heritage of nomadic cultures. Join their online festival featuring music, art, storytelling, poetry and cinema from around the world. More info.

 

The Big Big Science Quiz

This is a Science Quiz on Weds 25th Nov and Weds 2nd Dec in aid of COPE Galway, tickets €5pp or €20 for a team of 4, over €500 in prizes for the winners. Open to undergraduates only. Contact wistem@socs.nuigalway.ie or nuiguniversitychallenge@gmail.com for more details.

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all NUIG Mature Students. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Extra Study Space

There are now an extra 50 seats that are bookable Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for 2 hour slots in the Bailey Allen Hall via the library website. This is an interactive learning space with individual pods with sockets so you can talk on Zoom calls or attend your CÉIM sessions. The Library is now open Mon-Fri 08:30-22:00 Sat 08:30-17:30 Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to book your library seat first here.

 

Join the Kilometre Challenge

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which runs until Mon 30th Nov and you can still join in! You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! More info + Registration link here.

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. You can donate to the charities online here.

 

Check The Register

Have you registered to vote? You can now go to www.checktheregister.ie to check the DRAFT Register of Electors. If your details are missing/incorrect you have until Weds 25th Nov to get them amended so you can vote.

 

Time Out Thursdays

The International Office are holding Time Out Thursdays at 2pm each Thursday. Join for top tips on self-care and wellbeing, socialise and meet new people, have fun and enjoy yourself! Follow nuigalwayinternational on Instagram for details.

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

Mental Health Week

News

NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week / Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte OÉ Gaillimh

Monday 16th Nov / Dé Luain an 16 Samhain

10:00 Mindfulness Workshop / Rang Aireachais

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 913 6188 9314) / Rang Ióga

18:00 Self-Care during Covid-19 Panel Discussion (ZOOM Meeting ID: 968 0375 2952) / Díospóireacht Phainéil maidir le hAire a Thabhairt Duit Féin in Aimsir Covid-19

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class / Rang Nirt agus Aclaithe

Tuesday 17th Nov / Dé Máirt an 17 Samhain

08.15 Mindfulness Class / Rang Aireachais

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 960 4311 0974)

18:00 “Diet or Disorder?” – Eating Disorder Awareness Talk / Aiste Bia nó Neamhord?” Feasacht ar Neamhoird Itheacháin

Wednesday 18th Nov / Dé Céadaoin an 18 Samhain

All Day Competition: Find the positivity pebbles around campus / Comórtas: Aimsigh na clocha dearfacha thart ar an gcampas

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 932 8784 0996) / Rang Ióga

16:00 NUI Galway on Drugs Panel Discussion /  Díospóireacht Phainéil maidir le Feasacht ar Shábháilteacht Drugaí

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class / Rang Nirt agus Aclaithe

19.30 Hump Day Hoolie / Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua

Thursday 19th Nov / Déardaoin an 19 Samhain

10:00 Virtual Coffee Morning (ZOOM Meeting ID: ID: 518 179 6706) / Maidin Chaife Fhíorúil

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 979 9163 5589) / Rang Nirt agus Aclaithe

12:00 Panel Discussion – Mental Health in the Traveller Community (ZOOM Meeting ID: 912 0790 9067) / Díospóireacht Phainéil maidir le Meabhairshláinte i bPobal na dTaistealaithe

15:30 Changing Colours Workshop (Microsoft Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1) /Ag Athrú Dathanna

17:00 Yoga Class with Yoga Soc /  Rang Ióga

19:00 Mama Mia Netflix Party / Cóisir Netflix – YOU NEED TO HAVE TeleParty INSTALLED TO TAKE PART. Info here on how to install. 

Friday 20th Nov / Dé hAoine an 20 Samhain

08.15 Mindfulness Class / Rang Aireachais

19:00 Big Weekend Table Quiz / Mór-Thráth na gCeist an Deiridh Seachtaine FULLY BOOKED!

All events are FREE! Imeachtaí SAOR IN AISCE iad ar fad!

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

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

If you need someone to talk to please contact:

Here are some little things that can make a big difference to your mental health and wellbeing:

    • Keeping Active
    • Talking About Your Problems
    • Looking Out For Others
    • Connecting With Others
    • Eating Healthily
    • Drinking Less Alcohol
    • Sleeping Well

SU Weekly Email 6 – 29th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Starts Monday! Sign Up Now!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which starts this Mon 2nd Nov and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week!

More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part! For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

 

Walktober Final Week To Win

It’s the final week of our NUIG Walktober challenge and there’s loads of ways for you to win again this week:

  1. Hit the step count target of 12,000 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Staycation Limerick writing Competition
  4. Just keep walking and don’t forget to log all your teams final steps by 2pm Mon 2nd Nov!  

 

Free Temporary Bike Lights

As part of the Light Up Your Life campaign we have a limited number of free temporary bike lights available outside the SU Shop along with free high vis vests. Please take what you need and stay safe. We also have free SU Diaries and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the shop for you Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.

 

Hump Day Hoolie!

Our next Hump Day Hoolie takes place at 7.30pm on Weds 4th of Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Limited to 50 people. Get your free tickets here.

 

Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Next programme starts Mon 2nd Nov For more info visit https://stresscontrol.ie  

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Click if you mean it!

At the moment 1/3 of study space bookings in the library are not being claimed – please cancel your booking if you’re not able to use it. Many book requests are not being collected either so please email if you no longer need books you ordered. We are continuing to petition the University to open up more study spaces for students on campus.

 

Free Bootcamp + Yoga Sessions

The NUIG Sports Unit are running weekly Bootcamp (Tues/Thurs) and Yoga sessions (Mon/Thurs) for students/staff to get involved and get active. Head along to their launch events at 11am and 4pm TODAY on Zoom to find out more. Session 1 11am TODAY: Spooktacular Beginners (Passcode: begin1)

Session 2 4pm TODAY: Halloween Survival (Passcode: tough1)

 

Need help with Maths?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second year students across all NUIG colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses. Here you can receive extra mathematics or statistics tuition during their online service hours.

 

COVID-19 Conversations 5pm TODAY!

Join Dr Sue Redmond, Lorraine and Aisling for some Desk Yoga! This fun session will be using ocean and seaweed imagery for movement & exploring self-compassion, all with music. It will take place on Zoom from 5pm TODAY Thurs 29th Oct. Join here.

 

Need help with Writing?

The NUIG Academic Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average.

Need help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUIG students who are taking any programming/software development courses. This free service supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics.

 

Carve + Chill Tonight!

Grab a pumpkin and join NeuroSoc at 7pm tonight Thurs 29 Oct for their pumpkin carving event via Microsoft Teams. More info from neuro@socs.nuigalway.ie or on their Instagram.

 

NUIG Zoom Accounts

All NUIG staff and students now have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can access your NUIG Zoom account through the apps in your Office 365 account or directly from the NUI Galway Zoom Login Page. More info ISS Zoom Webpage.

 

ALIVE Volunteering

Final call for students to join our project with the Galway Safe App. Join a team of volunteers that will brainstorm and engage in social media promotion – together making a big impact! You can have a watch of Neil sharing about the volunteering project on our YouTube channel here.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Pop a line to alive@nuigalway.ie with any questions!

 

Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to ropeslitmag.submimissions@gmail.com – deadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal

 

In Conversation with Úna-Minh Kavanagh : The power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Join this Zoom conversation at 6pm Weds 4th Nov HERE. Úna-Minh is the Founder and Editor of WeAreIrish.ie, Travel Writer, Author of ‘Anseo’, Gamer and a Multimedia Content Producer. In her first book, she writes honestly and humorously about tackling racism, language elitism and online trolls and the joy of turning her love of the internet, video games and accessible Irish-language content into a healthy work/life balance.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 5 – 22nd October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Sign Ups Are Open!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week for 6 weeks starting from this Mon 29th of Oct! Classes will be run by Lucia Byrne Fitness at 6.30pm each Monday and Wednesday via Zoom. More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part!

For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 2 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps

How to win in week 3 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 10,100 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition by 1pm Friday 23rd Oct – theme is rivers/the sea.
  3. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm on Tues 27th Oct (Monday is a Bank Holiday!) on www.activetravellogger.ie

 

Event Crew Meeting Today

The first meeting of our Event Crew is at 4pm TODAY Thurs 22nd October. Give Pádraic a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie if you want to get involved

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Free SU Diaries, SU Cards + Wall Planners

Call to the SU Shop in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner.

 

Level 5 At NUIG Update

 

Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland have put together some great tips, worksheets, videos and resources to help you mind your mental health. More info here.

 

Library Still Open

The NUIG library will be staying open during Level 5 restrictions. Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 and Sun 10:00-17:30. You can book your seat here.

 

Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by this Sunday 25th Oct 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400

 

Sult + SU Shop Still Open

Sult will still be open on campus for takeaway food and tea/coffee Mon-Fri. The SU Shop will also be open in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and you can get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner there!

 

NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.

 

Do you want to learn Irish?

Do you want to learn more about our national language and ways to learn it? Join USI for ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ at 1pm Fri 6th Nov. Tickets here.

 

Win a Student Leap Card Goodie Bag!

Enter their competition on Facebook HERE or on Instagram HERE. Closing date midnight TONIGHT Thurs 22nd Oct!

 

Ar mhaith leat an nGaeilge a fhoghlaim?

Ar mhaith leat níos mó eolais a fháil ar ár dteanga náisiúnta agus conas í a fhoghlaim? Bígí linn ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ Aoine, 6 Samhain, 1 i.n. Cláraigh anseo.

 

Barriers To Law Survey

Are you a law student or graduate that came through the ACCESS programme or HEAR/DARE scheme? Have you encountered particular barriers that did not exist for your peers and colleagues? Please fill out the Barriers To Law survey and have your say HERE.

 

Webinar on Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speakers will be exploring what policy makers can do in Ireland and across Europe to address the challenges of young people in the wake of the pandemic at 11am IST Tomorrow Fri 23rd Oct. Register here.

 

Galway Wind Park Scholarship Fund Open

Students living within 20km of the Wind Park can apply for 50% funding support towards third-level education fees, up to a maximum of 3 years. Closing date for applications is Fri 6th Nov. More info.

 

Can Everyone Afford to be Green?

How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when you’re barely getting by? Can everyone afford to dedicate time to learn and take action to become more sustainable? Join NYCI for this online event 5pm Weds 4th Nov HERE.

 

Free Irish Times Subscription

As an NUIG student you get a Free subscription to The Irish Times. The free one year digital subscription allows access to premium content, unlimited articles and special offers for subscribers. Sign up here.

 

Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with SpunOut.ie about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE

 

Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. The University are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on president@nuigalway.ie

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. Last session is Tues 27th of Oct 11am-12pm.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Charity Challenge

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Charity Challenge

NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Charity Challenge to raise funds for Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink Mental Health. Each month students and staff will be taking part in 6 different Charity Challenges to raise funds for the charities starting in November and running through until April.

The first challenge in November will be the Kilometre Challenge where participants commit to completing a target number of kilometres throughout the month by walking, running or on wheels! December will be a Random Act of Kindness Challenge with each challenger picking a target number of acts to complete and spread some kindness.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are very excited to launch our Charity Challenge to raise much needed funds for three amazing charities. Over the next six months this event will help our students and staff to feel part of the NUIG community, have fun and keep active while fundraising.”

Cathy Connolly, Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Many NUIG students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past and we are ever grateful for their continued support. This Funding will be used to offer counselling to our crisis clients during the changed landscape of Covid-19, by providing a combination of online and face to face support, thereby helping to reduce our waiting list.”

Galway Autism Partnership’s Spokesperson said: ”The support of NUIG Students’ Union is more important than ever, considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on GAP’s fundraising. NUIG students have been volunteering with GAP for nearly a decade; now they will directly support the autistic children and adults of Galway city and county through their fundraising.” 

Helplink Mental Health’s CEO Lochlann Scott relates “Helplink are delighted to be chosen as one of the NUIG SU charities. Our work in the area of mental health with students and the general public over the past eight years will be enhanced by this partnership. We look forward to strengthening our ties with the NUIG community.”

 

Notes about NUI Galway Students’ Union 2020/21 Charities:

Galway Autism Partnership supports families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder

Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Helplink Mental Health
is a charitable organisation providing accessible counselling, information and education mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.