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YOUR UNION

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An introduction to your Students’ Union, including information on your SU Team, how the Union works and how to get involved. This section also looks at new offerings from the SU for 2013-14.

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STUDENT SERVICES

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Student Services provide professional advice on issues such as student health, students with disabilities, counselling, careers, chaplaincy, and financial support.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Here you’ll find information on things such as entertainment, parking, exams, the canteen, I.T. centre, and the International office that should make day-to-day life at GMIT that but easier.

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This section offers advice on areas such as mental & physical health, drinking sensibly, the dangers of drug abuse and there’s a breakdown of support services available to you.

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THE DIARY

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The diary chapter includes a handy view of all the main dates to look out for throughout the year, the Diary section itself, Timetables, Financial Planner, Bus Timetable and Useful Contacts.

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©2013 A GMIT Students’ Union Publication

CREDITS Compilation and Editor Brendan Kenny, Students’ Union Art Direction Fuerty Ventura :: Design Detective Advertising Antoinette Canavan, Students’ Union With thanks to Students’ Union Staff : Noodle Salad : Students’ Union Sabbaticals Photography: Ros Kavanagh, Andrew Downes, Aengus McMahon and Joe O’Shaughnessy, Darachphotography.com and Joe Travers All other contributors Print Castle Print, Galway Disclaimer While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material printed within, GMIT Students’ Union cannot accept liability in respect of any errors or omissions.

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A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM

THE PRESIDENT OF GMIT

Michael Carmody You are very welcome to GMIT and I want to thank you for choosing to come and study with us. First year at college is one of the most interesting and stimulating times in our lives. You will have opportunities to study new subjects and disciplines, get involved in a wide range of clubs and societies and enjoy the general atmosphere of campus life. The most important thing you can do in the first few weeks is to get to know your fellow students who will become your friends in the years ahead; many will continue as friends during your working life. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the layout of the campus and the facilities available. Attend as many events as possible during the induction programme and sign up for something that is very different or that you never considered doing; it may turn out to be the start of a life-long interest. The Students’ Union officers are also available to assist you during the year should the need arise and they keep close contact with the Institute’s management and student services teams. During your first few weeks, make sure that you get an overview of all your subjects and the examination requirements. The biggest difference between the examinations systems at second level and third level is the continuous assessment component. You can accumulate a substantial element of your final grade by doing well in the continuous assessment. Our business here in GMIT is learning, and we see learning as an active collaboration with you. Talk to us about what is working or not working for you in GMIT so that we can improve our service and meet your needs. Above all else, enjoy your time here as a student and I hope that in one way or another, you will be a GMIT student for the rest of your life.

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A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE

SU PRESIDENT Hi everyone,

My name is Sam O’Neill and I’m YOUR Students’ Union President for the coming year. Firstly, to all students returning to GMIT I’d like to welcome you all to what will be another great year here. To all those who will be in GMIT for the 1st time, you have made a great choice. GMIT is one of the finest Institutes of Technology in the country and also one of the best cities. I’m sure you won’t take long to settle into the swing of things. I will hopefully get a chance to meet all of you over your time here. Feel free to call into the office for a chat and introduce yourself if you like! We here at the Students’ Union provide various services and assist you in a host of different areas. This handbook will outline many of the things we do for you. I am here to represent you to the best of my ability. If there is anything we can help you with ranging from Academic issues to problems with your grant then get in touch. As President I am responsible for the overall running of the SU. I will represent you on various boards and committees in the college to give the student input on maters. If you have ANY suggestions throughout the year on ways we can improve then please contact us. It is YOUR UNION after all. I would encourage you to get involved in your time here in GMIT in anyway you can. Helping us by becoming a Class Rep is a great start; it’s where I started back when I was in 1st Year Business! It’s a great way to improve on skills and meet new people. We also have a host of Clubs & Socs to join, if there’s none that are of interest to you then call down and set up one that does. We will also be running entertainment throughout the year, be it our outdoor music festival Moxegen, The End of Year Ball, Christmas day or even events in Red Square. Be sure to keep in touch by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. So any issues you have throughout the year be it big or small, call down to us at the offices beside the banks & nursing unit and we’ll help in anyway we can. Lastly best of luck with the coming year, I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Sam

Your SU President

T: 091-742316 / 085-8215029 E: supresident@gmit.ie @SamE120

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QUICK Q & A

CONTACT SAM

From: Age: Movie: TV: Music: Band: Sports: Sports Teams: Food: Drink:

Ballaghaderreen, Co.Roscommon 23 Forrest Gump / Adam & Paul / Braveheart Entourage/Breaking Bad The Walking Dead / Match of the Day Indie / Most types Babyshambles / Bon Iver / Foo Fighters / Oasis Football / Rugby/ Gyming / F1 Manchester United Chicken Curry Vit-Hit (Non-alcoholic) Double Vodka & Redbull (Alcoholic)


A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE

SU VICE-PRESIDENT

Hey guys, Firstly I would like to welcome back all returning students and I hope that you all had a great summer. To all first year, International and transfer students I would like to congratulate you on being accepted into your course. I have spent 4 years studying in GMIT and I promise that you have made a great choice in coming to GMIT as it is one of the best places in Ireland to study, offers an excellent social life and also to make great friends. To those of you that done know me my name is Michael Kerrigan and I am your vice president and welfare officer for the upcoming academic year. I hope to get the chance to meet all of you throughout the year so please do not hesitate to come down to the office and introduce yourself. As welfare officer I am here to help you with all aspects off college life whether it is academically, emotionally, mentally or if you need any help with accommodation etc. Basically if you have any problems or need any assistance during your stay in GMIT I am here to help. I understand that college life can be a daunting experience so I will be continuously running campaigns to provide you with information on areas such as mental health, sexual health, healthy living and equality to name just a few. I would encourage everyone to get involved with the Students Union in any shape or form, whether it is through becoming a class rep or getting involved in our clubs and societies. The Students Union really is a great way to meet new people, develop your skills and enhance your college experience. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask either myself, Sam or and of the SU staff. We are here to help. All the best and enjoy the year

Michael Kerrigan

Vice-President & Welfare Officer

CONTACT MICHAEL

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T: 091-742316 M: 087-6911515 E: suvpresident@gmit.ie @mkgalway

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From: Age: Movie: TV: Music: Band: Sports: Sports Teams: Food: Drink:

Kilconly, Co. Galway 22 Law Abiding Citizen / Avatar / Shawshank Redemption Match Of The Day Everything Muse/The Killers/They Dubliners Football/Soccer/Hurling Man United/Galway/Kilconly G.A.A Steak Lucozade Orange/Captain Morgan


THE STUDENTS’ UNION WHAT WE ARE?

THE UNION IS A DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION RUN BY STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU. Decision making within the union takes place on three levels: A Student Body B The Assembly C The Executive Every registered student at GMIT is automatically a member of the Students’ Union.

STUDENT BODY

THE ASSEMBLY

The student body is just another word for all of the students of the Institute together. The student body is the supreme decision making body within the union and has final say on all matters of importance affecting the union.

The Assembly is the ‘parliament’ of the students union and is made up of all class representatives and executive officers. The Assembly meets once a month and adopts policy for the union as well as holds the executive officers accountable for the work they do.

HOW DOES THE STUDENT BODY HAVE ITS SAY? This is done in two ways; firstly, by voting in elections for class reps, part-time, and full-time sabbatical officers.Secondly, by voting in referenda which take place on various different topics throughout the year.

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THE EXECUTIVE The Executive is the ‘cabinet’ of the students union and comprises both full time sabbatical officers (the president, deputy president, and campus president for Mayo) and part time officers who continue as full time students while serving the union on a part time basis.


SU EXECUTIVE SU PART-TIME EXECUTIVE OFFICERS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

President - Sam O’Neill Vice President & Welfare - Michael Kerrigan Castlebar Campus President - Mark Duffy Castlebar Welfare Officer - James McArdle Business Head Rep - Martin Munnelly Science Head Rep - Caoimhe Ni Laoi Engineering Head Rep - Brendan Henry Hotel Head Rep - Colm Bushell Heritage Head Rep - Rosanne Dowling Art & Design Head Rep - Grace Mc Ewen Film & TV Head Rep - Ray Heaney Letterfrack Head Rep - VACANT Irish Language Officer - Amy Kelly LGBT Rights Officer - Niall Kelly Mature Students Officer - Joanne Mullins International Students Officer - Dammy Anjorin Entertainment Officer - Lisa Tully

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR WAYS TO GET INVOLVED INCLUDING THE NEW CAMPAIGNS COMMITTEE!

THE PRESIDENT The President is the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson for the Students Union. He/she is responsible for administering the Union on a day to day basis and for negotiating on its behalf with external organisations. The President represents the students on all of the major decision making bodies within GMIT including the Governing Body and the Academic Council.

VICE PRESIDENT / WELFARE OFFICER The Deputy President/Welfare Officer is responsible for welfare services on all campuses with the exception of the Castlebar Campus. The Deputy President provides advice and referral services on issues such as health, accommodation, and general safety while at college. The deputy president also acts in place of the president during his or her absence.

GMIT STUDENTS’ UNION GALWAY IS SPECIFICALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDENTS AT THE DUBLIN ROAD, CLUAIN MHUIRE, LETTERFRACK, AND MOUNTBELLEW CAMPUSES.


THE STUDENTS’ UNION WHAT WE DO IN BRIEF...

THE SU ASSISTS IN AREAS INCLUDING: • ACADEMIC: Grants, Timetables, Exams, and Lectures • Accommodation • Personal issues The Students’ Union is also responsible for managing extra-curricular activities and facilities that enhance the student experience such as: • • • • •

Clubs & Societies Welfare Campaigns Entertainment The SU Shop The SU Gym

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Binding Laminating Common Areas: - Red Square - Union Square

The SU also provides Barbarista, the on-campus cafe at Union Square

SU COMMUNICATIONS You can keep up to date with Students‘ Union activities through... • • • • • •

Our regular SOUP newsletter The SU website www.gmitsu.ie GMITSU Facebook (LIKE!) GMITSU Twitter (FOLLOW!) Plasma screens Info points & noticeboards

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Thi Handbook & Diary (free to all 1st years) The SU text service (register in the SU office today to be kept up to date with all our events) Youtube Channel (SUBSCRIBE!)

‘Like’ our Facebook page @GMIT STUDENTS’ UNION ‘Follow’ us on our Twitter page @GMITSU With our social networks, notice boards, text system, promo teams and our newsletter SOUP, we have every angle covered to keep you all up to date. To have anything communicated through these medium to the student body, please email sucommunications@gmit.ie

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WELFARE CAMPAIGNS (Full list of campaigns in the Welfare Section)

DON’T WALK HOME ALONE GMIT’s official cab company for the year, Pro Cabs, will be running the Don’t Walk Home Alone Campaign. This campaign allows students, who do not have enough money to pay for their taxi fare, to leave their GMIT student card with Pro Cabs, and they will be brought home safely. They can then call back to the Pro Cabs office to collect their card and pay the fare they owe.

Sshhh!! CAMPAIGN & STUDENT PATROL SCHEME This year the Students’ Union will be hiring members of the student body to become paid student patrollers, who will provide a hotline service to local residents to report antisocial behaviour disturbances, and a clean-up service of local residential communities. YOU WOULDN’T TERRORISE YOUR OWN GRANDPARENTS, WHY TERRORISE SOMEONE ELSE’S? RESPECT YOUR COMMUNITY, RESPECT YOUR NEIGHBOURS STUDENT PATROL HOTLINE: 087-6033413 Thank you for your co-operation for this campaign.

Look out for more campaigns throughout the year, including Road Safety Week, SHAG Week, Less Stress, More Success and Positive Mental Health Week CONTACT MICHAEL KERRIGAN IN THE STUDENTS’ UNION FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON THESE AND OTHER WELFARE CAMPAIGNS

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GET INVOLVED!!! It couldn’t be easier to volunteer and get involved with the Students’ Union and our events and campaigns! Just drop off a CV and cover letter to the SU outlining whether you want to join up with the Campaigns Committee, or just volunteer for a specific event or campaign such as SHAG or RAG week, and we’ll be in touch about our next meeting! Alternatively, you can apply via our website, www.gmitsu.ie, just click on the ‘Get Involved!’ tab in the top right hand corner. The Campaigns Committee is involved with the organisation, running and promoting of the various entertainment events & activities ran by the Students’ Union both on and off campus. They will assist Joe over the course of the year in providing GMIT students with the best quality entertainment at affordable prices! The Committee members will also assist Michael in organising, running, and promoting the many welfare campaigns ran by GMIT Students’ Union over the course of the year, such as Mental Health week, Road Safety Week, and SHAG Week. They will ensure that vital information relating to their welfare is communicated to students in GMIT.

STUDENTS WHO VOLUNTEER WITH THE UNION WILL FIND THAT IT’S A GREAT WAY TO MEET NEW FRIENDS, DEVELOP NEW SKILLS, AND JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME IN COLLEGE IN GENERAL!

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GMITSU Sign up for the SU Campaigns Committee today!! You will be assisting in the organisation and promotion of campaigns, including Welfare, Entertainment, National Campaigns such as the Pre-Budget Campaign.

SEND YOUR CV TO SU PRESIDENT SAM O’NEILL EMAIL: SUPRESIDENT@GMIT.IE

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STAND OUT FROM THE MINNIONS...

BECOME A CLASS REP! The Students’ Union could not achieve everything it does year in, year out, without the assistance of Class Reps.

IF YOU FEEL YOU CAN REPRESENT YOUR CLASS MATES WHILE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS’ UNION TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL EVENTS, CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE INSTITUTE, THEN DON’T STAND ON THE SIDELINES...GET INVOLVED TODAY!

CLASS REP ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THE 16TH SEPTEMBER. Please ensure that you are available for class rep training (date and venue to be confirmed). Letters and emails can be sent to lecturers to excuse your absence from class. If you are a student with a disability or a special requirements need to be made please contact Students’ Union office. This information will be kept confidential at all times. NB: Class Reps must attend a minimum of 75% of meetings.

If you have any questions about becoming a rep or anything else please call into the SU.

CLASS REP TRAINING IS TAKING PLACE ON WED 25TH SEPTEMBER. UNLESS EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES OCCUR, IT IS MANDATORY FOR PEOPLE PUTTING THEMSELVES FORWARD FOR CLASS REP TO BE AVAILABLE TO ATTEND ON

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CLASS REPS Your Class Rep (Class Representative) is the spokesperson for your class within the Institute. The Class Rep is the first point of contact for all Institute authorities with your class. The Class Reps are collectively responsible for deciding the policy of the Students’ Union. The Class Reps also hold the elected full-time and part time officers of the Students’ Union to account. What you stand to gain by becoming a Class Rep: •

Leadership skills// your classmates may look to you for leadership on issues that face your class such as, issues with timetables etc.

Negotiation skills// you may be required to negotiate with your department head or a lecturer on matters such as re-arranging a class or extending an assignment deadline etc.

Advocacy skills// This means that you will learn to speak on behalf of your classmates at a number of different levels, i.e. class rep meetings, course boards, etc.

Organisation Skills// as class rep you will be responsible for the organisation of class parties, trips away, etc. Class outings such as these are crucial to developing a group spirit among your class and ensuring that nobody is left out.

Class reps are the means by which you and your class have a chance to raise any issues you are both happy and unhappy with, of both an academic and non academic nature. They are there to provide constructive input and also inform us in the Students’ Union of what is working well. Issues can be as broad as car parking to exam timetables. The class rep can express its class’s opinion at class rep council. This will mainly be related to the agenda topics which the class rep will be informed about a day before a meeting via the SU website and the rep should refer these topics to the class for their views. Reps can also express opinions to lecturers and heads of departments but if they feel uncomfortable doing so they should contact the SU. All agenda topics, minutes and a timetable of meetings will be available via the SU website. There will also be a section on the website listing attendance records of reps who attend meetings and a prize awarded for Semester 1 and Semester 2 best reps. Class reps will come up against both academic and non academic queries. It is an important duty but also it will only take approximately 20 hours over the academic year so isn’t that taxing and the benefit definitely outweighs the cost. By becoming a class rep you are gaining skills that are highly transferrable in today’s workplace and these skills are sought after by employers.

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STUDENTS’ UNION LOGO Introducing ‘Bright Spark’... The SU logo signifies a youthful, vibrant student, while the five segments of the logo represent the unity between the five campuses of GMIT. Five Campuses; One Union.

Look out for the logo around campus, including on signage, at the SU Shop, SU office, SU Gym, Union Square, Red Square and other locations. And watch out for our new mascto this year, the Bright Spark teddy bear which is coming soon!!

SU CHARITIES 2013/2014 The three causes that the Students’ Union will support throughout this year are: •

COPE Galway COPE Galway is a local charity that focuses on providing homeless services, support for victimes of domestic abuse, and services for older people.

Alan Kerins African Projects Alan Kerins Projects is an Irish registered charity supporting community and youth leadership development projects, mostly in Kaoma & Mongu in Zambia, Africa.

Student Assistance Fund designed to tackle disadvantage by providing limited financial support or loans to students to assist them to complete their studies. These charities were voted as most worthy of GMITSU fundraising at a Class Rep Vote which took place in April. Watch out for fundraising events and get involved. Call to the SU office for info!

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GMIT - GALWAY CAMPUSES LETTERFRACK The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s courses in Letterfrack are run in partnership with Connemara West (a community and rural development organisation based in North-West Connemara). Since 1987, the partnership has managed and run furniture courses. Letterfrack will host events throughout the year in conjunction with the Students’ Union.

CLUAIN MHUIRE

(CENTRE OF CREATIVE ARTS & MEDIA)

The Department of Art and Design/Film and Television at Cluain Mhuire (CCAM) campus is rapidly gaining a reputation for high standards in the fields of Fine Art and Design and Media. The Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design is offered in Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles, and Ceramics. Painting is also offered through the part-time mode over a six-year period. The SU will work with Head Reps, Grace McEwen, Ray Heaney.

MOUNTBELLEW Galway Mayo Institute of Technology offers two programmes of study in Agriculture in conjunction with Mountbellew Agricultural College. Students pursuing these courses attend both GMIT and Mountbellew Agricultural College. Mountbellew itself is a quiet market town East of Galway City.

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BE SURE TO FIND US ON FACEBOOK, FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND #GMITSUENTS WHEN ATTENDING OUR EVENTS!

Each year GMIT Students’ Union works along side local businesses to provide quality entertainment. This year we are teaming up with Club K, Fibber Magees, Gbar & Club Buddha and Cactus Jacks Restaurant. There will be a number of events run by the Students’ Union throughout the year, many of which will incorporate fundraising activities for our chosen Union charities for the year.

INDUCTIONS WEEK WELCOME PROGRAMME

Monday 9th – Thursday 12th September

ON CAMPUS FRESHERS WEEK 16TH – 19TH SEPTEMBER (Night time list to be shortly announced on Facebook) MONDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER

Karl Spain, Red Square 12.30pm Red Bull on Campus Caricature in CCAM 12-2pm TUESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER

Bubble Football, Sports Hall 12.30pm WEDNESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER

The Cube 12.30pm Jack Wise in CCAM 12.30 (45 minutes) THURSDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER

Jack Wise 12.30 (45 minutes) Rofi James Red Square 1.30

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HALLOWEEN @ GMIT

Prepare to be spooked this Halloween with a great Halloween party so get them costumes early to win a prize for the best outfit!

CHRISTMAS @ GMIT

Launched in 2008, each December sees hundred of GMIT students get into the festive mood by attending the GMIT Students’ Union Christmas Day. The event includes Christmas dinner, festive music, sweet treats, live bands and DJ, an appearance of the odd bearded man in red, and...a partridge in a pear tree. This December will see the SU Christmas Day take place for the fifth time, so watch out for more information on it in mid November! December also sees the Christmas Kiddies Party hosted by Students Services and the Students’ Union. This event gives students with young children the opportunity to bring them on campus and even meet up with a very special guest from the North Pole.

END OF YEAR BALL

The End of Year Ball is one of the best established events on the SU calendar, which last year saw This Club, A.Skillz, Walking on Cars and Amazing Apples deliver a spectacular night in the Radisson, wrapping up the academic year in fine style.

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MOXEGEN

Over 2000 students attended Moxegen 2013 and this year’s Moxegen will be even bigger! Join us for the biggest event of the SU calendar with an expected crowd of 2,500 students enjoying some of the best entertainment around!

MOXEGEN 2013

Keep an eye on www.gmitsu.ie and the SU Facebook page for further details.

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SU SERVICES

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GMIT SU BUS SCHEME The Students’ Union, in association with Farrell Travel, Tir na gCapall and Cuirt na Rasai, will once again be operating a student shuttle bus scheme. The bus will operate every 15 minutes from 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday, covering a circular route of the GMIT Dublin Rd. campus, Cluain Mhuire campus, Tir na gCapall and Cuirt na Rasai.

The following rates will apply for the student bus service: Single Day Rate: Day Return Rate: Unlimited Weekly:

€ 1.00 € 1.50 € 5.00

Nightlink service from GMIT, Tir na gCapall and Cuirt na Rasai student villages and UNION Student Bar to Coyotes late bar & nightclub in Eyre Square at 11pm, 11.30pm and 12pm. Also to UNION Student Bar from GMIT, Tir na gCapall and Cuirt na Rasai from 9pm-11pm. Bookings available. Look out for special UNION promotions throughout the year. €2.00 a head for nightlink service with free passes to Coyotes late bar and nightclub available. So keep an eye out for buses with the new GMITSU logo for unbeatable convenience and value!! You will find a Bus Timetable at the rear of this diary!

LAUNDRY DROP OFF SERVICE The Students’ Union office will now be operating a laundry drop off service for GMIT students. Students can drop off a standard laundry bag at the SU office, which can then be collected the following day. THE EXTREMELY LOW-COST RATE OF €8.50 PER BAG WILL APPLY. 24

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RED SQUARE The Students’ Union common area, now titled Red Square, is located in Room 509 beside the GMIT canteen. Red Square is an area for students to watch TV, play games and participate in activities, or just chill out on a break from class or after a hard day’s study! It will also be a hub of on-campus entertainment as part of GMITSU events and campaigns all year round. Red Square boasts an extended games area with an air hockey table, table football game, and table tennis. ‘Giant’ board games are also available for rental from the SU Office!

SU SHOP Many items are on sale there, including pens, pencils, paper clips, newspapers (at student rates), refill pads, greeting cards, phone credit, international calling cards, confectionary, drinks, painkillers, photocopying cards (located in the SU office), Bus Eireann tickets (at student prices), rubbers (all types available), and much much more! The SU Shop will also be the location of the post box while construction continues.

OFFICE SERVICES PHOTOCOPYING There are photocopying machines available at the SU Office (as well as the library). Cards cost €2.00 and are available from the card machine and in the SU Shop. LOCKERS Get your locker keys in the SU office. There are a limited amount for each department, so get in early to get yours! The cost is €20.00 for the year, of which you will receive €5.00 back on return of the lock and keys at the end of the year. BINDING, LAMINATING TYPING The SU office provides binding, laminating and typing services throughout the year. Do come in in plenty of time though (particularly at the end of each term) so that we have time to get it done for you! In General: If you require something by the afternoon, bring it in by early morning. HANDBOOK & DIARY

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THE GYM The Fitness Centre (gym) is located upstairs in the Sports Hall. This facility is equipped with the finest treadmills, resistance equipment, cardiovascular machines, and free weights available. The gym is the green and red building located on the city side of the Galway campus. The current opening hours are Monday – Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30pm and Fridays from 8:30am to 3pm.

Prices for Students are as follows: Student Membership GMIT Gym September - May Student Membership GMIT September - December

€80 €50

September To May Daily & Weekly Membership Available In GMIT Gym All New Members Must Complete A Fitness Test & Induction Prior To Using The Gym. Training Programmes Are Free And Included In Membership.

Any Queries Contact The Gym On 742194

GLASÁN CRECHÉ GMIT Students’ Union launch partnership with Glasán Crèche GMIT Students’ Union are delighted to announce our official partnership with Glasán Crèche for the coming year. Glasán Crèche offers reasonable rates with the first week free for students and staff of GMIT upon showing ID. Interested parents are invited to call in to view the crèche. Call Amanda who has 14 years of experience in Childcare to have any other queries answered.

Phone Amanda 091-756216 or just call into the SU office for information

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BARBARISTA The Students’ Union also runs this coffee shop. Located at Union Square, this is a great GMIT meeting place with TV and Playstation! • •

Gourmet quality at student prices Top quality ingredients

Served all day • Smoothies • Speciality teas and coffees • Toasted sandwiches & paninis • Tasty breakfast rolls • Subs • Wraps • Specials of the Day

ASK ABOUT OUR LOYALTY CARD TODAY!

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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES Clubs and Societies at GMIT promote community, personal development, and student involvement. Joining a club or society gives you a chance to explore and participate in interests you might not encounter in your studies. Meet like-minded people and make your college experience something to remember!

HOW TO JOIN A CLUB Joining a Club or Society simply entails signing up at the SU desk, and going along to the meetings or gatherings. The degree of involvement is entirely at the discretion of the student. Information on Clubs and Societies is widely publicised on campus, particularly on the SU website, Facebook and in SOUP. If you miss Clubs and Societies Day, you only need to get in touch with the group and find out when they meet.

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Archery Athletics Basketball Badminton Boxing Camogie Cricket Diving/subaqua DJ Society Engineering Society Equestrian Gaisce Gaelic

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Hotel & Catering Heritage Hurling Indoor Soccer International Society Karate Kayak Kickboxing Ladies Gaelic Football Ladies Soccer Mens Gaelic Football Mens Soccer Photography

• Surfing • Rugby (Men & Women) • Russian • Table Tennis • Tag Rugby • Trampolining • Theatre • Volleyball • Windsurfing • Yoga and much more...


NOT WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR? Start your own Club or Society! Starting your own group is easy! Come into the Students’ Union for a chat and we can get you on your way to starting a new club or society. The process is short and relatively easy. We can help you brainstorm ideas, get them down on paper, and set up your first meeting. We can also help with ideas on fundraising, activities, organisation, and publicity. Contact Molly or Antoinette in the Students’ Union for more details.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER The Sports Development Officer’s role is to provide opportunities for GMIT students to participate in sport and recreation. Molly will distribute information and organise sport-related projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate for fun and those who are interested in competition at all levels, from very local to national and international competition. The Sports Development Officer is also at hand to support and assist all Clubs, at all levels, within the institute. SOCCER Molly will be running Futsal and 5-aside leagues, referee and coaching workshops along with inter-college competitions. RUGBY We currently have men’s teams, women’s teams and tag rugby leagues at GMIT. Phil Pretorius will coach Rugby at GMIT, working with the men’s teams. Phil is a former international coach to Tonga, he is a well known coach in the South Africa rugby circle, having been in charge of Super 14 team the Blue Bulls, and Rugby Stellenbosch University. Phil is currently also head coach for the Corinthians rugby club. You can get in contact with him through the Sports Office Room 631.

CONTACT MOLLY DUNNE

T: 087-7703314 E: molly.dunne@gmit.ie Sports Office Room 631

SCHOLARSHIPS GMIT supports the development of talented athletes and recognises their increasing need to successfully balance both academic and sporting commitments. GMIT facilitates this vision through the Sports Scholarship Programme. For more information on our Sports Scholarships and on how to apply contact Molly Dunne.

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES CO-ORDINATOR The Student Activities Co-Ordinator has the responsibility for coordinating GMIT societies and liaising with students with regard to all official GMIT activities. Antoinette will assist students in organising their own activities across a whole range of areas, and also in the setting up and development of GMIT societies. Her role also encompasses the overall management and oversight of the Students’ Union office, and she also has special responsibility for acting as the SU’s liaison and point of contact for International Students, assisting them in adapting to campus life both socially and culturally and to offer advice on any other difficulties they may be experiencing. CONTACT ANTOINETTE CANAVAN

T: 091-742008 E: antoinette.canavan@gmit.ie

GAA DEVELOPMENT OFFICER GMIT has a full-time GAA Development Officer to deal with the administration and development of Gaelic Games within the Institute. Gaelic Games as a whole have the largest club membership within the Institute. Gaelic Games compromises of Men’s and Ladies Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Handball. For further information on Gaelic Games in GMIT please contact: CONTACT DAMIAN CURLEY

T: 091-742062 E: damian.curley@gmit.ie

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THE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS The Student Achievement Awards are an ideal forum for a celebration of all those who have contributed and excelled in extra curricular activities of the college over the last year. The annual award ceremony commemorates both individuals and teams that have surpassed themselves in academic, personal, and sporting practices. While it is impossible to remember everyone that has contributed, the Awards are an ideal opportunity to highlight all those that have devoted so much of their time and energy to their respective clubs and societies. The 2013 Student Achievement Awards Ceremony and Ball will take place at the end of the college year. The Ball is one of the highlights of the GMIT social calendar and always proves to be a great night out.

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STUDENT SERVICES ADMINISTRATION The Student Services administration staff provides a variety of services to students. Appointments for the Student Health Unit, Counsellors, Careers Advisor and Chaplain are made through the Student Services Secretaries, Nora Walsh and Anita Mahony. HEAD OF STUDENT SERVICES: MONICA MEGRAW

T: 091-742157 E: monica.megraw@gmit.ie STUDENT SERVICES SECRETARIES

E: studentservices@gmit.ie

Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon – Fri

STUDENT SERVICES OFFICE Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm including lunch, Monday to Friday. The office is located in Room 128 on the ground floor of the old building. Yellow footsteps on the floor lead to the yellow door of the Student Services Office. For appointments/information/funding forms, call in person to the office, phone 091-742118 or email studentservices@gmit.ie. Student Services are also on Facebook so become a fan of GMIT Student Services to receive regular updates from all the service providers including careers information and job specs, special events, availability of funding etc.

STUDENT SUPPORT FUND The Student Support Fund and the Student Assistance Fund are also administered in the Student Services Office. These funds are designed to tackle disadvantage by providing limited financial support or loans to students to assist them to complete their studies. Students applying for partial fee waivers must apply through the Student Support Fund. Application forms and guidelines for both funds are available from the Student Services Office.

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COUNSELLING All of us at times can feel overwhelmed or stuck. While it’s good to talk with family and friends, sometimes it can be useful to talk with an objective outsider who will listen and can help clarify things. This can help to get us back in control of our life.

WHAT ISSUES WOULD STUDENTS TALK ABOUT WITH A COUNSELLOR? You can consult the counsellor about any issue, big or small, that is a source of worry or confusion to them. Concerns are very varied and may include: • Academic concerns: Course difficulties, study skills, motivation, exam stress • Personal concerns: Stress, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, addiction, family, issues, relationship issues, relationships, loneliness, shyness, sexual issues, pregnancy. • Welfare concerns: Financial issues, child care issues.

HOW LONG DOES IT NORMALLY TAKE? It depends on the individual. The counsellor can provide a once off session, short-term counselling or longer term therapy if required. Never feel that you are helpless and on your own in college. Contact the counsellor to get help and support in total confidence. COUNSELLING IS FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL Counselling is available one day per week in Cluain Mhuire and Letterfrack campuses.

For more information www.gmit.ie/Life-at-GMIT/counselling

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CAREERS SERVICE The Careers Service is available to all students and recent graduates of GMIT. We aim to support students and graduates in developing and implementing successful careers plans, and to facilitate the recruitment process for students and employers. We can assist you with the following:

Look out for:

• Career Counselling: to assist you to know and evaluate the many possibilities available.

• Careers Information Area: located in 1st floor Main Library. Here students and graduates can access information themselves (both take-away and reference material) occupation files/ employer files/job search material/college prospectus/reference books.

• Pyschometric Testing: Access to computer assistance guidance systems and aptitude tests. • Job Vacancy Information: Email: careers@gmit.ie with your name and course. • Book a career workshop for your class: Email bridie.killoran@gmit.ie. • Further opportunities: For study and transferring to other colleges both within Ireland and abroad. • Employment: job seeking strategies/ employer information/job news/interview skills & techniques.

• Careers Service Newsletter: produced weekly and on careers page of www.gmit.ie. Email: careers@gmit.ie with your name and course if you want to be included on our careers database & emailed relevant jobs each week. • Employer Presentations on Campus • Jobs Notice Boards • Careers Talks/Workshops • Careers Fair - Monday 7th October

• Postgraduate opportunities. • Working and travelling abroad.

For appointments, call in person to the Student Services Office, or email/phone the careers office:

T: 091-742392 E: studentservices@gmit.ie

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HEALTH UNIT Welcome to the Student Health Unit. We are a team of doctors and nurses, who provide health care for the body and the mind during your transition through the college year; however, we do not replace your family doctor. Doctors attend for 20 hours a week and provide a GP service by appointment. These appointments are from 9am to 1pm Mon to Fri, contact the student services secretaries on 091-742118

THE SERVICE IS FREE & CONFIDENTIAL

WHAT CAN WE DO FOR YOU? The Doctors and Nurses can help you with a variety of health issues, for example:

WHERE ARE WE? • • • • • •

Accidents and Emergencies First Aid treatment GP service - treatment of medical complaints arising during the college year Contraceptive advice and information Pregnancy Testing Sexually transmitted disease screening

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Cervical screening Physiotherapy referral Wound dressings Prescription service Health promotion information and literature Health and well being events

The Student Health Unit does not offer a comprehensive medical service. Its purpose is to deal with health issues that arise with students during the course of the college year. Students who have special medical needs are encouraged to register with the Student Health Unit staff as soon as possible and provide details of their condition/medications etc. Students with long-term illnesses such as Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy etc. who require emergency treatment in relation to these illnesses will be seen in the Student Health Unit but should attend their own GP’s for long –term management.

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Nurse is available: 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Thursday. 9:00am - 5:00pm Friday If you have an urgent issue, feeling unwell, can’t wait for an appointment? Come to see the nurse who will ‘Triage’ you (assess and prioritise your needs according to urgency.)

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ACCESS OFFICE The Access Office provides a range of supports and services for students applying to GMIT and attending full-time and part-time courses within the Institute. It facilitates equality of access and participation for all students.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The Office supports students with physical, sensory or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Students with disabilities should contact the Access Office in advance of commencing their course or as early as possible in the academic year so that supports can be put in place. The following supports are available: • • • • • • • •

Alternative induction Application for the fund for students with disabilities Alternative print format Loop system Accessible class location Referral for psychological assessment Personal assistants Interpretation services

• Note takers • Mentoring • One-to-one learning support • Assistive technology • Assistive technology training • One-to-one academic support • Examination support and examination accommodations • Photocopying service

It is vital that students requiring examination accommodations register with the Access Office. The Access Office approves readers, scribes, use of I.T, extra time etc. for end of semester examinations.

MATURE STUDENTS ACCESS SUPPORT The Access Office provides supports for mature students in the following areas: • • • •

Assistance with application process (CAO) Information and advice on funding Pre-entry training Mentoring

Study skills workshops and courses covering: effective study techniques, effective note taking, essay writing, examination techniques, IT (beginners)

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CHAPLAINCY THE CHAPLAIN • invites students and staff to liturgical celebrations, opportunities for spiritual nourishment and expression • responds to, intervenes and is present at times of trauma, crisis, illness, and bereavement • the Chaplaincy is representative of ALL Faiths and will help students of all Faiths to make contact with their spiritual leaders

• provides community building projects including: Opportunity to Volunteer in the wider Community AND Opportunities to be involved in different aspects of college life • offers a pastoral counselling bridge to, and support for professional counselling • helps with Student Support • the Chaplain visits the Cluain Mhuire campus on a weekly basis

Location: Beside the Medical Centre and Counsellors Office on the corridor to the Students’ Union and banks.

FR. TOM PLOWER T: E:

091-742226 tom.plower@gmit.ie

Hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday or by appointment with Student Services Secretaries

STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE WELCOME TO CALL INTO THE CHAPLAIN’S OFFICE EACH DAY BETWEEN 9AM – 5PM.

OTHER CHURCHES CHURCH OF IRELAND TEL 091-521914

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ISLAM IMAM KHALID SALLABI METHODIST TEL 091-751621 TEL 091-591494


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Check the ‘Education’ section of the SU website for information on: • • • • •

Deferrals and Impaired Performance Student Complaints Procedure Exam Rechecks, Reviews and Appeals Exam Compensation Referencing & Plagiarism

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GMIT Student Code of Conduct GMIT Academic Code of Practice GMIT Fees Schedule Many other important forms & documents

For questions on any of the above, or any other academic issues which you encounterduring your time at GMIT, feel free to contact Sam on supresident@gmit.ie

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CHECKING YOUR GMIT EMAIL It is vital that you check your college email account regularly for information updates throughout the year. The Students’ Union will also run a series of competitions exclusively through your GMIT mail! Important information such as details on how to access your exam results will be sent to this account. If the log-in proves difficult why not forward all emails that reach this account to your own personal email account e.g. gmail or yahoo. This way you never miss out on relevant information.

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PARKING FROM SEPTEMBER, ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS MUST DISPLAY A PARKING PERMIT. You can obtain your obtain your official parking permit at www.gmit.ie/parking-management. You will need your laser/visa card and it costs €10.00.See www.gmitsu.ie for details on this. • You’ll need proof of address, drivers license, and insurance certificate. •

Students / Staff living within 1000-1100 meters of the campus are not entitled to a parking permit (see www.gmitsu.ie for the full list of addresses not permitted). From September all vehicles will be liable to be clamped if in breach of GMIT Car Parking Policy. The possession of a parking permit does not guarantee parking.

WHAT ABOUT DRIVERS WITH DISABILITIES? Drivers of vehicles requiring the use of universally parking accessible bays may only do so if their vehicle displays a valid and registered “blue badge”. Universally accessible bays are marked with a sign on the ground and/or on a nearby pole. If drivers display a blue badge, they may use these bays for free.

THERE IS NOW ADDITIONAL PARKING AT GALWEGIANS ON THE DUBLIN ROAD FROM SEPTEMBER WITH 200 EXTRA PARKING SPACES FOR GMIT STUDENTS AND STAFF - PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY.

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FAQS FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS Below are some frequently asked questions that we hope will make the examinations process easy to understand. How do I access the Exam Timetable? The timetable is published on the GMIT website one month prior to the commencement of exams. Go to www.gmit.ie Study at GMIT>Exams>Timetables. Who do I contact if I have a problem with my Timetable? Contact your Head of Department – via the School Office. What do I need to access my results? You need your Student ID number and six digit PIN number. How and where do I get my Student ID number and PIN number? Your student ID number is located on your registration form which is issued to you by the Registration Department prior to registering with GMIT, and it is also located on your Student Card when issued by GMIT. The HEA require students to complete an online survey prior to registering with GMIT. Your registration pack contains the information you will need to access this survey; your PIN number is part of the information contained in this pack. Note: The reset PIN is used to access your exam results. Please keep this PIN in a safe place. This PIN once reset by you WILL NOT EXPIRE and you will need it to complete future Online Admissions, Registration and to access your European Diploma Supplement following graduation. This PIN will not give you access to MOODLE, College email or the computers within

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the Institute. This PIN is issued by the IT Department and expires annually. Who do I contact if I have forgotten or mislaid this PIN? Contact Webforstudent@gmit.ie ensuring you have included your student ID number and Date of birth. Who do I contact if I have to defer an exam? If you become ill, for example, and you need to defer an exam, you should contact your Head of Department – via the School Office. How do I get my exam results? Exam results are only issued online through Web for Student and not posted out to students. (This is the same system you used to complete the HEA Online Survey). To access your results go to www.gmit.ie Click onto: Study At GMIT > EXAMS > Online Results > Access your online results > Enter Secure Area: Enter your student ID number and six digit PIN number and login. To proceed to your results Click onto: Student Services and Financial Aid > Student Records > Provisional Grades > Submit on the Academic Term displayed, eg 2013/2014. Your results will then appear. What do my results mean? Your results page is composed for 2 parts Part 1– Student Information - contains information about the programme you are undertaking; it also contains your academic standing, which means the overall result for the current year. Part 2 – Overall Results to Date – contains the marks achieved for each subject (otherwise know as Module or Course Title)

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SU ADVISORY :: EXAMS Why are my results Provisional? All results remain provisional until they are ratified at the Exam Boards meeting held in September of the following academic year. What does Academic Standing Mean? This is the overall result for a year (stage) in all years other than award years, the result will be either: PS (PASS) EX (EXEMPTIONS Granted) FL (FAIL) DE (DEFER) AB (ABSENT) WH (WITHHELD) What do these mean? PS – means you have passed everything and you can progress to the next year EX – means you have to resit or repeat subjects (modules) FL – means you have failed and you are required to resit or repeat subjects (modules) DE – means you have deferred subjects or the programme AB – means you did not attend for examination WH – means you have something outstanding that must be completed, e.g. continuous assessment, project, practical or final exam. How do I know if I have to repeat an exam? If you have to repeat an exam you will see “exemptions granted”. If the pass mark in your subject (module) is 40% and your mark is less than that, you are required to resit or repeat this subject (module). The same applies for subjects that have a pass mark of 50%. You will receive further notification regarding 52

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the repeats process during the academic year. Please ensure you have activated your college email account. It is your responsibility to ensure you are fully aware of your repeat requirements as the Institute will not be writing to you. Note: You are obliged to resit any failed exams at the next available sitting. Who do I contact if I have a problem with my results? Contact your Head of Department (through your School Office) How do I get an exam rechecked? Please refer to your Code of Conduct Handbook for detailed information on Rechecks, Reviews and Appeals. All rechecks must be in writing (email is acceptable), and submitted to your Head of Department within seven days of the results being published. Note: Requests for rechecks of Winter Exam results are not considered until after the Summer Exams. How do I print out a copy of my results with the Institute logo? Will you are viewing your exam results, click onto: Tools > Internet Options, Advanced, Scroll down until you see the printing symbol and tick Print Background colors and images > OK You will also need to go to File > Page Setup….. Click onto Print Background colors and images > Ok.


SU ADVISORY :: EXAMS Note: Students who are applying for grants should print out their results with the Institute Logo.

The opening hours for the Registration Desk are: 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm

Who do I contact if I need a letter to confirm that I am a student, e.g. for grants, department of social welfare payments, etc? Contact the Registration Desk, which is opposite the reception desk in the main lobby.

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NB: Under the Data Protection Act 1998 as amended in 2003, Institute Personnel cannot discuss your results, registration status etc. with anyone other than yourself. It is your responsibility to adhere to Institute Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.

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MONEY DRAWING UP A BUDGET Few things sound as boring or as mean spirited as counting every penny in a weekly table of what is coming in and going out. However, if you want to make sure you have that little bit extra for your nights out then you should be prepared to spend just a few minutes a week on a simple, honest budget and a little bit of effort making it work. To put it simply you add up all the money that’s coming in to you and calculate how much that leaves you with weekly. Then you compare that to how much money you are spending every week. Include everything from chocolate bars, to TV license to money spent on clothes and alcohol. You should have more coming in than going out and if not you need to find ways to realistically cut down on some of your less important outgoings.

BANKS ON CAMPUS Allied Irish Bank and Bank of Ireland are on campus next to the Students’ Union Office. Their opening hours are 10:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday (except Wednesday; open at 11am). Both banks close for lunch each day from 12:40pm to 1:40pm.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND ADVICE: www.studentfinance.ie MONEY ADVICE BUDGETING SERVICE (MABS) www.mabs.ie T : 091-569349

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Union of Students in Ireland +353 (0) 1 709 9300 www.usi.ie

YOUR ONLINE GRANT AWARDS AUTHORITY Visit www.susi.ie to apply online SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland - The National Student Grant Awards Authority

4 CRITERIA TO QUALIFY FOR A STUDENT GRANT:

1. COURSE

2. RESIDENCY

3. NATIONALITY

4. MEANS

You must be studying a full time approved course in an approved institution. Check out facebook.com/susisupport and www.studentfinance.ie.

You must have been resident in Ireland/EU/EEA / Swiss Federation for 3 out of the last 5 years.

You must hold: (1) Irish / EU, EEA or Swiss nationality; (2) Humanitarian leave to remain in the state; (3) Official refugee status; or (4) Permission to remain in the state due to marriage to an EU national employed here.

The gross income being assessed must be at or below the reckonable income limits outlined below on this poster.

RECKONABLE INCOME: NUMBER OF DEPENDENT CHILDREN

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€ 54,240

€ 49,840

€ 45,790

€ 43,380

€ 40,970

€ 39,875

€ 22,703

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€ 59,595

€ 54,765

€ 50,325

€ 47,670

€ 45,025

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Change of Circumstances

If you have been awarded a student grant or did not apply for a grant or did not satisfy the eligibility conditions to be awarded a full or part grant (i.e. for maintenance, student contribution or tuition fees) and during the year changes of circumstances in relation to reckonable income or other eligibility conditions occur you may become eligible to have your grant application assessed or re-assessed during the academic year to reflect these changes.

(1) In order to qualify for the Special Rate of grant the applicant must have been in receipt of one of the eligible payments as listed in schedule two of the Student Grant Scheme 2012. (2) Adjacent = 45km or less from permanent residence to place of study. (3) Non-Adjacent = >45km from permanent residence to place of study. NB: this document does not purport to be a legal interpretation of the Student Grant Scheme 2012 and it does not cover all aspects therein. Copies of the Scheme and Regulations 2012 can be downloaded from www.studentfinance.ie. The Student Grant Scheme and Regulations 2012 are liable to change during the academic year.

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10 BUDGETING TIPS TO SURVIVE COLLEGE 1. PUT PEN TO PAPER Write down all of your sources of money and all the things you expect to have to fork out for. Don’t forget costs like transport alongside rent, food and books. In essence your making a budget. Being aware of how you spend your money can also show you where you could be saving, such as cutting down on coffees or making your own sandwiches.

2. ORGANISE YOUR INCOME While expenses will crop up on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, your income may come in a lump sum. If you get a grant, for example, it will arrive in large amounts over the academic year. You need to manage that money and make it, along with other sources of income such as part time or summer work, “elastic”, i.e. make it stretch for as long as possible. It can be a good idea to put the money to cover your rent into a separate account that you don’t touch on a day-to-day basis. That way you know how much you have left to spend for the rest of the term. Divide up any money you have left so you know how much you have to spend each week. Whether income is in the form of a loan, parental contribution, bursary or wages know where it’s coming from before it arrives. Work out how it breaks down week-by-week or term-by-term.

3. MAXIMISE YOUR INCOME Some students have a job while they study. But you shouldn’t work too hard, say the experts. Try to keep it to less than 12 hours a week in term time. Full-time work in the holidays can be good for your CV as well as your bank balance.

4. GET HELP The college bank branch will most likely have a student advisor. Take advantage of them - the advice will be free and they can help you manage your money better. Ask about free student banking, interest rates and charges, and any student loans they offer. Your student welfare officer, Sam O’Neill will have seen it all before and might be able to help accessing the college hardship fund. 56

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5. GET A DISCOUNT Look out for deals; such as special offer haircuts and take advantage of “money off” vouchers, BOGOFs – buy one get one free offers - and student deals in restaurants, bars or at the cinema. Use the student ID card to get money off at your favourite retailers.

6. LEARN TO COOK Even the college canteen will charge a couple of euro for something you can make yourself in a matter of minutes. Make your own sandwiches, refill your water or juice bottle, nick your granny’s flask and make your own tea / coffee for lunch. Use markets to buy cheap vegetables and fruit, buy ownbrand labels in the big stores, buy a decent cookbook in the sale, or at a secondhand shop, and get staples like rice in bulk and you can eat well for €30 a week.

7. TURN UNNEEDED THINGS INTO CASH Amazon is a great place to buy and sell used textbooks. Worth knowing when faced with a €150 reading list. Auction sites like eBay are also good for getting rid of unwanted Christmas presents or misplaced purchases. If not online, use campus noticeboards and bookshops.

8. MANAGE YOUR DEBT You will be offered student overdrafts; student credit cards and student store cards but think carefully before you accept any of them. A low-interest overdraft can be a useful tool to help stretch the term’s money, but watch the fees and the interest rate. An introductory offer of a 0% interest credit card

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can also be useful for paying off big-ticket items or short-term borrowing, but don’t keep money on it for longer than the 0% offer lasts – you will then be hammered with interest!!! If you don’t have a 0% card, remember to include the card repayments in your monthly budget.

9. KEEP TABS ON YOUR SPENDING Bank online, read your statements, look at receipts, save your coppers in a jar, compare prices in the supermarket and don’t take out more than you need from the cash machine. It all helps you keep control of what you’ve got.

10. AVOID UNNECESSARY EXPENSES Don’t smoke! Obviously, it is bad for your health and is very expensive. A 20-a-day habit will cost you €9.10 per day, €63.70 per week, €254.80 per month and that’s whopping €3057.60 per year. When you consider that currently the standard 100% maintenance rate is €2500, you need to ask yourself: can I really afford to smoke? Car owners - consider the cost of tax, insurance, servicing costs, initial purchase cost, car loan repayments and of course, the rising price of fuel at the pump. Yes, you may love your runaround but can you really afford it when you are a struggling student?

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MATURE STUDENTS INFORMATION FREE FEES INITIATIVE This is a state sponsored scheme. The state pays for the tuition fees of eligible students who are attending full-time third level education for the first time. Learners must be taking a full-time course that is more than two years in duration and they must be an EU national. However you may have to pay a Student Service Charge (Student Registration Fee). If you meet the criteria to have this paid for, you must submit a grant application form. This applies even if you will not be eligible to receive the maintenance grant. Non-Irish nationals should visit www.education.ie to find out if they meet the eligibility criteria. The Free Fees Initiative only applies to full time courses, if you intend on taking a degree part time, then you will be required to pay full fees. The government recently announced a number of free places in further and higher education. These Labour Market Activation Measures include a number of free places in third level institutions; visit http://www.aontas.com/ information/accessmeasuresm.html to find one near you. HIGHER EDUCATION GRANTS These grants are administered by your local VEC or local authority. Check with GMIT whether it is the VEC or local authority who is administering your grant. A Special Rates Maintenance Grant also known as the Top Up grant is also available to more disadvantaged students in further and higher education. From budget 2011, mature students are now longer automatically entitled to the non-adjacent (higher) rate of the maintenance grant. They must now be assessed under the same distance criteria (45KM) as all other grant applications. Full details and application forms are available on www.studentfinance.ie THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND This is specifically aimed at students that are experiencing financial hardship while in college. Students are recommended to contact the Students’ Union or Student Services. THE NOVA FUND Nova stands for the National Office for Victims of Abuse. To date ₏12.7m has been made available to provide educational programmes to Former Residents and their families. This fund is being administered through NOVA, application forms can be obtained from NOVA and you, your spouse and your children may qualify for funding under the Criteria of Eligibility that has been set down by the committee. Contact NOVA on 1800 252524 58

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ST VINCENT DE PAUL This organisation provides financial assistance for education and training. Applicants can apply to the Education Officer in the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. In order to apply applicants need to enclose a letter, outlining what they are studying and what factors are inhibiting their studies. Generally this fund is reserved for learners who have not been successful with other agencies. For further information see www.svp.ie TAX RELIEF Tax relief can be claimed on tuition fees up to a maximum fee limit of roughly €5000. Learners can claim up to 20% of course fees back through tax relief. Applicants are advised to contact their local tax office in relation to this and to note that the course must be delivered through or in conjunction with approved institution. To get a full list of approved courses students should visit www. revenue.ie BACK TO EDUCATION ALLOWANCE The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) allows people in receipt of certain social welfare payments to retain those payments whilst participating in approved full-time courses in further and higher education. Qualifying payments for BTEA include JobSeekers Allowance, Job-Seekers Benefit, Farm Assist, One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance and Carer’s Allowance. The Back to Education Allowance replaces an applicant’s existing social welfare income and, in addition, participants qualify for an annual €500 cost of education allowance. The cost of the Student Registration Fee will also be met by the Exchequer on behalf of BTEA applicants, but they must submit an application for a Higher Education Grant.

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You can apply for the Back to Education Allowance under a number of different categories including second level and third level. For more information on categories and the Allowance in general visit www.welfare.ie. The qualifying period to access the allowance was recently changed to 9 months for those on a social welfare payment and who want to do a 3rd level course. People awarded statutory redundancy may access the scheme immediately, provided an entitlement to a relevant social welfare payment is established prior to commencing an approved course of study. Budget 2010 eliminated the dual entitlement to the Back to Education Allowance and the maintenance grant for further and higher education students entering a new programme. From 2010-11, eligible students entering a new course of study in higher education can apply for BTEA or the maintenance grant, but not both. Please note that if you are eligible for the BTEA and not the Maintenance Grant, you must still apply for the Maintenance Grant in order to have your registration fee paid for. For certain social welfare payments (e.g. the lone parent allowance), you can continue to receive the same social welfare payment (and not the BTEA), and be eligible for a maintenance grant. Please contact your local welfare office and explore which is the better option for you, as various allowances may also be affected. This will not apply to those in receipt of the Jobseeker’s Allowance. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SCHEME VISIT WWW.WELFARE.IE

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WHAT WE ARE The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is the national representative body for students in Further and Higher Education in Ireland. USI is over 50 years old and represents over 250,000 students in over forty colleges across Ireland. USI is run by students, elected by our members every year, so if you want to get involved; get involved!

WHAT WE DO USI fights for freedom of access to education by: • • • •

Lobbying local and national politicians. Campaigning through meetings, sit-ins, petitions, lawsuits etc. Mobilising tens of thousands of students to march for their rights. Representing students at home and abroad, in all aspects of their student experience, academic and outside college life.

USI BELIEVES 1. That access to education is a fundamental right of all people in Ireland. 2. Students have a right to a decent standard of living including adequate financial support, decent housing and decent prospects of employment in Ireland. 3. Students have an active part to play in promoting and defending all democratic and human rights.

WHAT WE NEED USI needs you to get involved! Each year USI runs campaigns on everything to protecting the grant to promoting good mental health to ensuring students with disabilities are treated equally. Whatever area of activism interests you, please call into your Students’ Union to find out more about how to get involved today!

Joe O'Connor USI President

Union of Students in Ireland 1st Floor 3/4 St. Agnes Road Crumlin 60 Dublin 12 GMITSU

Kevin Donoghue

USI Vice President for the Border, Midlands and Western Region

www.usi.ie twitter.com/theusi facebook.com/usi.ie


SU ADVISORY :: ACCOMMODATION TENANTS’ RIGHTS AND DUTIES Tenants have legal rights and duties. Your legal rights derive from general landlord/Tenant law as well as from any written or verbal tenancy agreement between you and your landlord. Duties include paying your rent, keeping the place in good order, avoiding damage or nuisance and complying with any special terms set down in your tenancy agreement, verbal or written. It may be more difficult to assert your rights where you have broken conditions of your tenancy.

RENT BOOKS Your landlord by law must provide you with a rent book, written letting agreement or lease. All payments made to the landlord, must be recorded either in the rent book or by written statement. In addition, the rent book, or letting agreement, must contain other information about the tenancy, specified by the Rent Book. A limited number of Guides to Student Life (which includes an Accommodation Guide) will be available from the SU office.

REGULATIONS: • The address of the rented dwelling • The name and address of the landlord and his agent (if any) • The name of the tenant • The term of the tenancy • The amount of rent, when and how it is to be paid, (e.g. cash, cheque, standing order) • Details of other payments (e.g. telephone, TV) • The amount and purpose of any deposit paid and the conditions under which it will be returned to the tenant • A statement of information on basic rights and duties of landlords and tenants

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Check out our new accommodation portal at www.gmitsu.ie/accommodation

GMITSU PORTAL

www.gmitsu.ie/accommodation E : info@suoffice.ie

THRESHOLD

www.threshold.ie T : 01 6707000 E : advice@threshold.ie

Collect your USI Guide to Student Life Guide from the SU office. Here you’ll find information on everything from Types of Accommodation to Tentant’s Rights & Duties GLASÁN www.glasan.com / (091 773333 / 779872) CÚIRT NA RÁSAÍ www.cuirtnarasai.com / (091 764131) TÍR NA GCAPALL www.tirnagcapall.com / (091 763328) CEANN BOIRNE www.gmitstudentaccomodation.com / (086 9671249)

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IQ BAR The IQ Bar is available for drinks and speciality food. It is located just around the corner from the canteen, and is open from 6pm to 9pm Monday to Thursday. You can celebrate a birthday there, watch a big match on the widescreen TV, or hold a class party.

I.T. CENTRE Networked computing laboratories are available on all campuses with access to internet and email are also available throughout the Institute. Desktop PCs are used to provide access to a range of applications and services such as word processing, spreadsheets, database software, a wide variety of programming languages, and discipline-specific applications such as computer aided design. Specialist computing resources are also available for research and project work, as well as the availability of printing services.

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SU ADVISORY THE LIBRARY GMIT Libraries provide a wide range of services and facilities to support learning, teaching and research in the Institute. There is a library in each of the four campuses. On registration, all students automatically become library members and use their GMIT ID cards as library cards. On the shelves in our libraries you will find over 100,000 books covering all the subject areas studied in the Institute. We also subscribe to 500 printed journals and have a wide range of CD, DVD and other multimedia material. Online via the library website http://library.gmit.ie you can access over 50,000 ebooks, 10,000 full-text journals and past GMIT exam papers. An Inter-Library Loan service is provided for items not available in our libraries. The library on the Dublin Road includes an Independent Learning Unit for students with special needs, an IT Training Room, Multimedia Room, Research Unit, Archive Room, Photocopying Room and 15 Group Study Rooms.

Website & Catalogue ~ http://library.gmit.ie Term Time Opening Hours Monday – Wednesday Thursday Friday

09.00 – 22.00 09.00 – 21.00 09.00 – 17.00

Saturday opening prior to exams Times subject to change. Please contact us for more information

T: 091 742785 E: library@gmit.ie

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THE FOOD ZONE Located just of the central hub “Union Square” The Food Zone caters for all tastes and includes hot and cold breakfast buffets, sandwich bars, a freshly prepared self service salad bar, a hot food counter offering carved roasts, curries, fish, chicken and many other hot choices prepared freshly on-site. A Take Away service is available and gluten free, vegetarian and speciality diets are catered for. Hot & Chilled beverages, Homemade scones, Confectionery and fruit are also available. The Service is fast, fresh and friendly and the experience offers a social meeting point for students, staff and visitors. Weekly Menus are posted outside The Food Zone; look out for our offers, promotions and Recession Buster Student Specials. Monday–Thursday: 08:30 – 19:00 Friday: 08:30 – 17:00 Saturday: Open at peak times Sunday: Closed

CONTACT Anne Marie O’Shaughnessy, Catering Manager T: 091 742407 annemarie.oshaughnessy@gmit.ie Joe Doyne, Deputy Manager 091 742147 joe.doyne@gmit.ie

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VENDING MACHINES Union Square, Theatre 1000, Sports Hall, Cluain Mhuire. THE ESPRESSO BAR: Hand-made flavoured Coffees, Grab n’Go in Seating Area of the Food Zone COMING SOON!! Frappé chilled drinks

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SU ADVISORY :: INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL OFFICE The International Office is located next to Northern Reception. The office looks after the concerns of students on Erasmus exchange programmes, US exchange students and non-EU students. The office is open to deal with students from Monday to Friday, 2.30 – 4.30pm. (091-742211 direct or international@gmit.ie). Any student requiring a formal letter will be asked to complete a form and the letter will be provided 48 hours later. Students on Erasmus or US exchange programmes have a learning agreement agreed between GMIT and their home college before they arrive. Students very often want to change the subjects they are taking, once they have had a chance to experience GMIT and discuss their interests with lecturers. Any change has to be agreed by the Head of Department concerned and it is the responsibility of the student to then notify the International Office so that your academic record on the student record system is changed. Failure to do this will result in a student having problems obtaining their examination results and transcripts. Students from countries which require a visa to enter Ireland to study full-time will have their visa stamped (stamp 2) with a one month entry stamp when they enter Ireland at airport immigration. They then have the month to prepare the necessary paperwork for the Galway office of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The GNIB office in Galway is located at Unit 2 Liosbaun Industrial Estate, Tuam Road (Ph. 091-768002 or fax 091-768003). The opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 7.30am to 12.30pm and 2 – 3 pm and Friday, 7.30 am to 12.30. It is a 20 minute walk from the Galway campus. Enter Liosbaun estate at the Ulster Bank on the Tuam Road and walk straight to the last building on your right. Registration with them costs €300 annually. The documentation required is as follows: • GMIT identification card • Bank statement showing a balance of €3,000 (non-EU) • Evidence of medical insurance

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You obtain your ID card at registration. You can open a bank account at either of the two banks on campus and they will send you a statement to your local address within one week. Medical insurance, unless you have arranged it yourself, can be obtained through the International Office at an annual premium of â‚Ź120, which can be purchased at www.odon.ie/gmit. Registration with the GNIB is compulsory and you will be issued with a GNIB identity card and your passport will be stamped for one academic year. The card is proof that you are entitled to be resident and studying in Ireland. If you change address, you are legally required to notify GNIB of the change within

7 days. Each time you need to have your visa extended, you can obtain the necessary letter from the International Office, provided you produce proof that you have passed your examinations and are eligible to progress. Students holding visas who want to return home for some reason during the academic year must obtain a reentry visa as your initial one is single entry only. This can only be obtained from the GNIB office at 13-14 Burgh Quay in Dublin (city centre) and you require a letter from the International Office. All non EU full-time students are entitled to work part-time during term time for a maximum of 20 hours per week.

As well as the International Office, visiting students can also contact the Student Activities Co-Ordinator, Antoinette Canavan in the SU Office.

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CONTACT ANTOINETTE CANAVAN

TEL : 091-742008 EMAIL : antoinette.canavan@gmit.ie

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SU ADVISORY :: PEER ASSISTED STUDY SESSIONS (PASS) For most new students, coming to Third Level College is both an exciting new venture and an anxious experience. There are new people to meet, new friends to make, and the opportunity to study in depth a subject you enjoy. At the same time, you’ll probably be wondering whether or not you’ll be able to keep up with your studies, write assignments to an appropriate standard, organise your time effectively, and have the confidence to present your ideas in front of other people. Wouldn’t it be good if there were students from the year above who had been trained to guide you through all this? Now, with the help of PASS, there is.

WHAT IS PASS The PEER ASSISTED STUDY SESSIONS (PASS) scheme was introduced to GMIT Programmes in 2009. PASS is a scheme that offers cross-year support between students on the same course. PASS is run by students for students. It encourages you to support each other and learn co-operatively under the guidance of a trained student from the second year of your course. PASS aims to help you adjust quickly to college life, improve your learning and study skills, enhance your understanding of the subject content of your course and prepare better for your assignments and exams. PASS sessions are intended to be supportive and friendly but also purposeful. In PASS, the emphasis is on everyone in the group working co-operatively to share subjectrelated news items, and develop their understanding of course topics or work to be assessed.

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PASS is therefore about exploratory discussion lead by the PASS Leaders. The more everyone joins in these discussions, the better the sessions will work.

HOW CAN PASS BENEFIT YOU? PASS Leaders are uniquely placed to help first years. They are experts in surviving the first year. PASS Leaders receive training in how to run PASS sessions effectively and how to manage group discussions. They are also provided with resources that will help you develop your study skills and better understand the more challenging topics on your course.

HOW DOES PASS TAKE PLACE? The PASS session for your programme will appear on your timetable from September – April. There will be a one-hour PASS session timetabled each week.


WHAT CAN YOU DISCUSS IN PASS? The most important point about PASS is that you can decide what is to be discussed in your weekly PASS sessions. Ask your PASS Leader to help you: • with accommodation issues, travel or to share information on the best places to go • find your way around campus • locate resources in the Library • practise your referencing skills • avoid plagiarism • discuss how to get the most out of lectures • analyse note taking techniques • explore methods for getting the best from group work • practise presentations • review lectures you’ve found really difficult • analyse assignment questions Anything may be covered, but please remember that the PASS Leaders are not lecturers, so they’re not allowed to teach you - please do not ask them to! PASS will run from the beginning of term when you will meet your PASS Leader who will explain more.

Note: Attendance at your PASS sessions is recorded weekly. Remember that your School Management, lecturers and Course Co-ordinators choose ‘PASS’ to be included in your programme because they understand the benefits PASS sessions provide to their first year students. To find out if PASS is running on your programme check your timetable or www.gmit.ie/pass or email pass@gmit.ie HANDBOOK & DIARY

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WELFARE FOR QUESTIONS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERED, ON ANYTHING IN THIS SECTION, PLEASE CONTACT:

MICHAEL KERRIGAN

T: 091-742316 M: 087-6911515 EMAIL : suvpresident@gmit.ie @mkgalway

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WELFARE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sshh/Student Patrol/DWHA

September 16th – 19th

Money Management

October 7th – 9th

World Mental Health Day

October 10th

Sexual Health 1

October 21st – 24th

Healthy Living

November 11th – 14th

Disability Week

December 2nd – 5th

Less Stress 1

December 9th – 12th

Multi-Cultural/ Diversity

January 27th – 30th

Sexual Health 2

February 10th – 13th

Road Safety

March 10th – 13th

Positive Mental Health

March 24th – 27th

Less Stress 2

April 22nd – 24th

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HEALTH

GENERAL INFORMATION YOU OUGHT TO KNOW!

MENTAL HEALTH As 1 in 12 students today will drop out of college due to financial stress, our first mental health campaign will be purely focused on the links between financial problems and our mental health, the benefits of managing money more effectively and the personal help and support that are available to students that are in financial difficulty. On World Mental Health Day and during mental health week in the second semester we will be raising awareness of mental health. We aim to reduce the stigma attached to mental health and to send a message that mental health, like physical health are part of being human and that no-one should have to suffer in silence.

MENTAL HEALTH TUESDAYS A new initiative for the Student’s Union will see a themed mental health related day being held every second Tuesday throughout the year. This campaign aims to continuously raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

SEXUAL HEALTH The Students Union will be running 2 week-long campaigns aiming at raising awareness and giving guidance on safe sex.

CONDOM WEDNESDAYS This new initiative will see condoms being sold at a very reasonable price on campus every second Wednesday throughout the year, ensuring that students never have to pay over the odds for safe sex.

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YOUR HEALTH A HEALTHY MIND... How do you explain your feelings and worries? Who can help you if you are too shy to ask for help? Does anyone notice when it feels like your world is falling apart? Suicide and depression are huge problems in Ireland today. 10% of the Irish population suffers from depression. But mental illness is a taboo subject and we often ignore the problem until it takes over. However, there’s nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about if you are stressed out, worried, or are struggling emotionally. Everyone goes through it, and it helps to talk to somebody to set your thoughts straight. Mental health is a way to describe the state of your mind, feelings, emotions and nerves. Mental health is the balance between all aspects of life - social, physical, spiritual and emotional. It impacts on how we manage our surroundings and make choices in our lives - clearly it is an integral part of our overall health. Mental health is far more than the absence of mental illness and has to do with many aspects of our lives including: • How we feel about ourselves. • How we feel about others. • How we are able to meet the demands of life.

In this section you’ll find information to help you understand mental health, tips for staying in good mental health and links to support services. GMIT has counsellors available free of charge, available when you want to talk about what’s on your mind. Call Student Services 091-742228 for an appointment. You can also come in for a talk with Michael Kerrigan, the Students Union Vice President and Welfare Officer 091-742316 for peer support and advice. Additionally, you can visit our GMIT Chaplain, whose office is located in the Student Services Area.

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YOUR HEALTH SUICIDE AWARENESS The reasons that someone may decide to attempt suicide are complex. Sometimes the decision to attempt suicide might be linked to depression, loneliness, or it may be a cry for help. It may also be a sudden decision (maybe in anger or sorrow), when drunk or after taking drugs. Maybe it is a desperate attempt to escape from reality. However the most common reason is that the person feels despair or hopelessness and can’t find any other way out.

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There’s a high risk of suicide at traditional celebration times such as Christmas Day or Valentine’s Day. Feeling lonely on these days can push people into despair. If you think someone you know is alone and unhappy at a time like this, remind them that there are people around who care about them and how they are feeling.

Attempting suicide can be a cry for help. Maybe you know someone who has attempted suicide. Perhaps they told someone in time to be brought to hospital. If you or someone you know has attempted suicide then talk to a doctor or support organisation immediately.

• Suffering from depression and not receiving appropriate help or treatment, may increase the risk of suicide. • Going through difficult times such as when a loved one dies or having a long-term or terminal illness can increase the risk of suicide. • Family, relationship and break up problems, abuse and bullying can all be factors in pushing someone towards suicide. • If you abuse alcohol or drugs, you are more at risk of suicide. Both can act as depressants leading to serious problems for your mental health. • Access to a method of suicide, such as harmful medication or a firearm can increase the risk of suicide. • Young men and elderly people are more at risk of suicide.

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If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide or self harm, you should immediately contact a suicide hotline: Samaritans 085 60 90 90 available 24 hours a day. Find more information and support:

SAMARITANS www.samaritans.ie

Email: jo@samaritans.org

Tel: 1850 60 90 90

PLEASE TALK www.pleasetalk.ie/gmit Email: info@pleasetalk.ie

REACH OUT www.reachout.com

JIGSAW www.jigsaw.ie

Email: galway@jigsaw.ie

Text: 087 7725232 Phone: 091 549252 Drop in: 18 Mary Street, Galway City

PIETA HOUSE www.pieta.ie

Email: mary@pieta.ie

Tel: 01 601 0000

CONSOLE www.console.ie

Email: info@console.ie

Tel: 1800 201 890

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SEXUAL HEALTH CONTRACEPTION Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy are the real risks when having sex. More and more young people are becoming pregnant and catching STIs simply because they don’t prepare for sex, or think contraception isn’t necessary. WELL IT IS!! Using contraception should become second nature and a responsibility of both partners. It can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and awkward to deal with but well worth it! Contraception such as condoms is widely available so you shouldn’t have any massive problems. They are available in most supermarkets, chemists and you can also collect one from your Welfare Officer, Sam O’Neill. Keep an eye out for SHAG Week too, a large number of free condoms are handed out then.

Remember... •

It’s best to consult your doctor regarding the best contraception options.

If you are going to have sex you should know the risks first!

Without taking precautions, sex can lead to pregnancy or disease.

Unintended pregnancies and sexual infections are on the increase.

Taking the time to learn about, talk about, and use contraception can save you lots of time, worry, money, and give you peace of mind.

Getting and using contraception shouldn’t be embarrassing, its embarrassing for those who don’t use it.

Contraception is the responsibility of both partners!

If you think you might have sex, always carry a condom.

The pill can guard against pregnancy but not STIs, HIV, or AIDS.

The best contraception is using the pill and a condom together.

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For more information on contraception and safe sex, visit

www.cluedup.ie, www.spunout.ie, www.itssu.ie, Student Health Service, or drop into the students’ Union.

Emergency Contraception Emergency contraception is a secondary method of contraception. It can be used up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It is more effective if it is taken after sex or as soon as possible. It does not protect against sexually transmitted infections!

UNPROTECTED SEX?? CONTRACEPTION FAILED?? What to do if your contraception fails Emergency contraception is also known as post coital contraception and can prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse or if your method of contraception failed (e.g. burst condom, forgotten pill). It is not quite true to say ‘the morning after the night before’ as it can actually work up to 72 hours of unprotected sex. If you have had sex without using contraception or if you think your method might have failed (e.g. burst condom or forgotten pill) you can use emergency contraception. A tablet containing a progestogen hormone (levonorgestrel - Levonelle®) is most commonly used. The second option is to have a copper coil (IUCD) fitted. Emergency contraception can be obtained through your GP, local doctor or a sexual health (familyplanning) clinic. The ‘morning after pill’ is also now available in pharmacies. See www.icgp.ie/go/find_a_gp for your local GP.

When can you use it? It can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but it’s best to take it as soon as possible after having ‘risky’ or unprotected sex. The coil can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex and it must be fitted by a trained doctor.

How effective is the method? The emergency contraceptive tablet is very effective. The failure rate is between 1 and 3%. It is more effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex. The failure rate for the coil insertion is lower (less than 1%).

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Are there side effects? 1. Some women may feel sick after taking emergency contraception but vomiting is extremely rare. If you vomit within 3 hours of taking the tablet you should consult your doctor as the dose may need to be repeated. 2. The tablet can also alter your menstrual cycle. You may have some irregular bleeding after taking emergency contraception. This is not harmful. 3. Your next period may arrive a little early or a little late. If your period is more than 10 days late, you should consult your doctor because of the risk that you might be pregnant. If emergency contraception fails and you find yourself pregnant, there is no proof that it causes any harm to the developing baby. 4. There are other potential complications in having a coil (IUCD) inserted and your doctor will discuss them with you.

Who is suitable? Emergency contraception is suitable for most women. If you have any medical condition or are on medications, your doctor will be able to advise you.

How often can it be taken? Emergency contraception should only be used in an emergency. It is not suitable for regular use as other methods are more reliable over time. There are many forms of contraception you can use regularly and you should seek advice from your doctor on a method that would be suitable for you.

What do you do next? If you were already taking the contraceptive pill you can restart taking it the day after taking emergency contraception. You should also do a pregnancy test at the end of your packet. You can still get pregnant after using emergency contraception if you have further episodes of unprotected sex before your next period.

What other issues should you consider? Remember that having unprotected sex puts you at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections. You can discuss the risks of infection and the need for tests with your doctor. This is also a good time to discuss your future contraception. There are many different options and your doctor can help you choose a method to suit you and your partner.

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PERSONAL SAFETY CRIME PREVENTION Here in Galway, there is an extremely low rate compared to other major western cities. Having said that, it’s not as safe as it once was. This idea that it is only women who need to be careful has long expired. Men are increasingly likely to be victims of crime, particularly physical assaults when alcohol is involved. There is no point living in fear. As well as using your own sensible precautions follow these top 5 tips to stay safe wherever you are: 1_ Never walk alone at night time. Stick to busy streets, with lots of lighting and traffic. Do not take dodgy shortcuts. If you think you are being followed, go to somewhere busy and flag down a taxi. 2_ Only use licensed taxis and hackneys. Ask the driver’s name and when he/she drops you off; ask that he/she waits until you are safely in the door. 3_ Do not leave keys to your home in an accessible place. Everyone knows to look on top of the door frame, in or under the

potted plant, just inside the letter box, under the mat, under that oddly placed huge rock by the door etc. 4_ Always be aware of who’s around you when you go to an ATM. Do not use ATMs at night on isolated streets. And in the top spot is…. 5 Walk with confidence, be alert and always look like you know exactly where you’re going.

DONT WALK HOME ALONE! If you have no money for a taxi, Pro Cabs will bring you home. Simply give the driver your student card and it will be returned to you once the fee is paid! You can then collect your student card from your Vice-President/Welfare Officer for the taxi fare. Don’t forget you need your student ID to sit exams. NO ID. NO EXAM!

PRO CABS 091 565 900 / 091 53 53 53 Contact the Students’ Union for further details

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If you have been a victim of crime, there is help and support available from the Gardaí and Victim Support, as well as the support services in GMIT.

SEXUAL ABUSE/ ASSAULT The Rape Crisis Network gives support to victims of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. They can go with you to the Gardai or police, listen to you or make sure you get counselling. There is also professional help available from your local Health Board.

If you’ve been assaulted or raped (or think you might have been) then report it to the police immediately. Don’t worry if you were drunk or taking drugs, the assault is much more serious.

• You have the right to ask for a male or female garda, police officer, or doctor. • When you’re reporting the attack you can ask for as many breaks as you want and leave the station any time you want.

If you’ve experienced any form of sexual abuse it can be very difficult to talk about it. People often describe feelings of guilt, shame, anger, disgust and even disbelief. There can be worries about what will happen to you or the person involved if you speak out. It is unbelievably difficult for any young person who is the victim of incest (when the abuser is a family member). People who have been abused will often fear that they won’t be believed if they tell someone. However. it is very important not to let this fear stop you from getting help.

Reporting a crime means you’ll be asked a lot of detailed questions and should carefully read through your statement when it’s finished to make sure there are no mistakes.

There are rape crisis centres where you can speak to someone confidentially if you’ve been raped or abused. The centres give support to victims of rape, sexual abuse or child sexual abuse. They can go with you to the Gardai, listen to you or help in any way possible.

If you have been sexually abused or raped:

• Remember that it’s never your fault even if you feel guilty.

• Tell someone you trust, even if you were • If you think you’ve been drug-raped ask abused in the past but never spoke for a medical examination or urine about it. sample to be taken so they can check for traces of the drug.

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Continued How you react to sexual abuse or rape is different for everyone and it can take a long time for you to deal with what happened. • You might feel disbelief, numb, frightened, powerless, ashamed, disgusted with yourself, or humiliated. • You might feel guilty and responsible for what happened or blame yourself for letting it happen. • You might want to be alone and feel unable to tell anyone that you were sexually abused. • You might have nightmares or flashbacks about what happened and find it difficult to get involved with anyone else. • You might become self destructive or out of control: drinking too much or taking drugs, getting an eating disorder, self-harming, or having sex with more people than usual.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND ADVICE: RAPE CRISIS NETWORK www.rcni.ie

Tel: 1800 77 88 88

Provides a 24 hour helpline for victims of rape and sexual abuse. Also provides counselling and therapy for victims of rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and sexual harassment in centres throughout Ireland. Contact details of centres throughout Ireland: www.rcni.ie/hlp map.htm In an emergency always call 999 or 112. If it’s not an emergency, call your nearest Garda station. These can be found in your phone directory or by calling directory inquiries on 11811 and asking the details of the nearest station to you.

Millstreet Garda Station, Galway: 091 538 000

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SEXUAL HEALTH INFORMATION SUPPORT If you want a full screen for STI’s you can avail of the free service in U.C.H.G. STI Clinic

T : 091 525200

MON 2-5 AND FRI 10-12 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY WED 9-12 AND 2-4 WALK IN SERVICE

SEXUAL HEALTH CENTRE w : www.sexualhealthcentre.com

e : info@sexualhealthcentre.com t : 021 42 75 837 The centre provides a range of services in relation to sexual health issues. These include peer support through education and telephone helpline services; personal support & counselling to people with HIV and their families; non directive three option pregnancy counselling and lots more.

IRISH FAMILY PLANNING ASSOCIATION w : www.ifpa.ie

e : post@ifpa.ie t : 01 806 9444 National voluntary organisation promotion sexual and reproductive rights and help. Provides information, support and advice.

THINK CONTRACEPTION www.thinkcontraception.ie www.thinkcontraception.ie is a source of information for men and women living in Ireland who want to learn more about their sexual and reproductive health, especially contraception.

CRISIS PREGNANCY AGENCY w : www.crisispregnancy.ie

e : info@crisispregnancy.ie t : 01 814 6292 The Crisis Pregnancy Agency provides information on Irish pregnancy counselling. Provides info on what to do next and contraception. HANDBOOK & DIARY

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ALCOHOL

ENJOYING IT SENSIBLY!

SO THE ‘DRINK’ MADE YOU… ACT A BIT CRAZY? TEXT YOUR EX? CRY OR TURN INTO A SUPER-FLIRT? THINK AGAIN The reality, according to the new drinkaware.ie booze myths campaign, is that all booze contained in every alcoholic drink is pretty much the same stuff. Whether it’s beer, wine or spirits, it is really just ethanol with some flavourings. So if you think ‘gin makes you cry?’ and ‘whiskey makes you frisky?’ Then it probably will. The fact is that if you expect to react in a certain way to a certain alcoholic drink, you will, even though all alcohol is pretty much the same. Studies have been conducted where volunteers were told they were being given free booze while in fact half of them were being given alcohol-free substitutes that simply had alcohol rubbed on the rim of the glass, duping them into thinking they too were drinking alcohol. 80% of ‘sober’ volunteers who thought they were drinking free booze started acting like they were drunk; talking loudly, staggering, feeling dizzy and slurring their speech. Each of these ‘sober’ volunteers would have passed a breathalyzer test. But because they thought they were drinking free alcohol and getting drunk, they acted like they were drunk.

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ENJOYING IT SENSIBLY! Continued We all have them, our boozey beliefs, with some even more widely believed than others. Is your one golden rule ‘never mix your drinks’? Well, as we said ‘booze is booze’. The booze in every alcoholic drink is pretty much the same stuff - so it’s not the number of different types of drinks that will land you with a whopper of a hangover, it’s the number of drinks, full stop. Next time you’re nursing a hangover, watching Dr. Phil and blaming the drink for those embarrassing flashbacks it may be time to consider that it is not the drink that’s the problem but how much you are actually drinking.

TOP TIPS FOR A SAFER NIGHT OUT: •

Plan how you’re going to get home before you leave. Make sure you’ve got numbers for taxis and keep aside enough money to get home safely.

• Eat before you go out, or during the evening. • Ideally avoid getting involved in a round. Alternatively, limit rounds to 2 or 3 friends. If you find yourself in a round but feel that others are drinking faster than you - or over recommended limits - it’s OK to skip a drink. Also feel free to remove yourself from the round altogether. • Drink water regularly to stay refreshed and hydrated.

• Remember that too much drink will do nothing for your looks - you’re drop dead gorgeous until you drop down drunk. • And don’t succumb to the beer goggles effect - you might think you’ve met your dream date - until the effect wears off. •

Don’t accept drinks from strangers and never leave your drink unattended - it’s all too easy for someone to spike your drink… with more alcohol, for example.

Keep an eye out for your friends. Make sure your phone is fully charged and make contact if you get separated over the course of the night.

• Use soft drinks to pace yourself.

Log onto drinkaware.ie for hints and tips on safer drinking plus competitions to win tickets to the best gigs and festivals! HANDBOOK & DIARY

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THE VERVE WERE RIGHT!

THE MOST OBVIOUS SIGN THAT YOU (OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW) IS ADDICTED TO SOMETHING IS THE FEELING THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE IT OR DO IT. There are other signs, which we have listed below. You may have some of the signs and not others. These signs can also be caused by other issues: talking to your doctor is the best way to find out if you have a problem. Psychological signs: • Using drugs to forget your problems. • Withdrawing from your family/friends or keeping your drug use a secret from them. • Your drug use is affecting relationships- with family, friends, or boyfriends/ girlfriends. • Losing interest in activities that used to be important. • Having problems at work, school, or college because of your drug use. • Spending all your time with people who use drugs. • Spending a lot of time planning how to get drugs. • Owing money because of your drug use. • Thinking about stealing so that you can afford to buy drugs. • Not being able to stop taking drugs, even though you have tried. • Mood swings, anxiety, or depression can be linked to drug use. Physical signs: • Changes in sleeping patterns- finding it very difficult to sleep or sleeping unusual hours. • Feeling shaky, with flu-like symptoms or feeling sick when you try to stop taking the addictive substance. • Needing to take larger amounts of the substance to get the same effects. • Losing a lot of weight or putting on a lot of weight. HANDBOOK & DIARY

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THE VERVE WERE RIGHT! TREATMENT FOR DRUG DEPENDENCY There are various treatment options available once you decide that you are ready to get help for addiction. Not all types of treatment are the same and it’s important that you talk to your doctor or the support services in GMIT to find out which treatment is best for you. Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help or supportthere are people and services available specifically to help you beat addiction.

REDUCING HARM If you aren’t able to stop taking drugs yet, there is still treatment available to improve your health and reduce the harm that drugs are doing to you. Or you might need treatment to prevent your drug use from getting worse: talk to the support services in GMIT for advice and information.

NEEDLE

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If you inject drugs then it’s important that you use clean injecting equipment every time you inject. You can get free needles and advice and support from needle exchanges. Ask your doctor or the support services in GMIT about where the nearest needle exchange is.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY Alternative therapies such as acupuncture can help you feel better while you’re coming off drugs. They can also reduce your cravings.

HOSPITAL, RESIDENTIAL REHAB OR CLINIC TREATMENT

If you are finding it difficult to stop taking drugs while living at home, then consider the option of going into hospital, a residential rehab, or to a clinic that will offer a supportive atmosphere and COUNSELLING treatment. Ask the your doctor or the Talking to a trained counsellor (in GMIT) may support services in GMIT about what option help you realise why you have a drug problem is most suitable for you and where the and help you overcome that problem. nearest hospital, residential rehab, or clinic for addiction treatment is.

MEDICATION If you tell a doctor that you take heroin, he/she might prescribe a replacement drug, like methadone. Methadone and other substitute drugs can help reduce the amount of heroin you take and help you stop taking drugs altogether, or they may just help prevent your drug use from getting worse.

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TREATMENT

Don’t be afraid to ask for continuing support after your addiction treatment is finished. A doctor, support service, or counsellor can provide aftercare that will help keep you off drugs and deal with any other problems you might have. It can also help to join a support group such as Narcotics Anonymous.


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IMPORTANT DIARY DATES PLEASE NOTE: All dates are provisional and are subject to change. Get information on additional events and schedule changes throughout the year on www.gmitsu.ie

SEMESTER I 9th - 10th September: 1st Year Inductions/ Welcome 11th September: All students return 11th September: Don’t Walk Home Alone/ SSHH! Campaign Launch/Student Patrol 12th September: Back to College/ Welcome Back Party 16th September: Repeat results 16th- 20th September: Freshers Week 17th September: Autumn Results consultation day 20th September: Academic Council 17th /18th September: Clubs & Societies Fair 1 25th September: Class Rep Training- Galway 26th September: Governing Body 23rd – 26th September: SU Engage 7th - 10th October: Mental Health Week 1 7th October: Careers Fair 12th October: Academic Council 15th October: Sports scholarship nomination deadline 15th October: Budget 2014 18th /19th October: Open Day 21st - 24th October: Sexual Health Week 1 24th October: Governing Body 31st October: Halloween Fancy Dress Party 1st November: Movember Launch 8th November: Conferring Castlebar 1st November: Conferring- Letterfrack 11th – 14th November: Healthy Living Week 8th November: Conferring- Castlebar 14th /15th November: Conferring- Galway / Graduations Party 15th November: Open Day- Castlebar 15th – 17th November: Pink Training (Queens Belfast) 22nd November: Academic Council 22nd November: Open Day- Letterfrack 25th- 28th November: Culture & Diversity Week During November: CU Alliance Mental Health Campaign 2nd – 4th December: Disability Week (World Disability Day December 3rd) 4th December: Christmas Day Party 5th December: Family Fun Day (Sports ‘Try it Out’ Day & Kiddies’ Xmas Party) 10th December: Lecturing Ends (Most semesterised courses) 9th- 13th December: Study Week for semesterised courses 9th- 12th December: Less Stress, More Success/ Study Skills Campaign 1 2nd – 12th December: SU Christmas Charity Week: Toy Appeal/ Collection in Town / Christmas Carols in Canteen 10th December: Governing Body 10th December: Lecturing Ends (Non-semesterised courses) 14th December: Academic Council 14th December-21st December: Winter Examinations


SEMESTER 2 2nd January: College re-opens 7th January: Non-semesterised students return 13th January: All students return 14th-17th January: Know Your Union/ SUConnect campaign 15th- 16th January: Clubs & Socs Fair 2 17th January: Governing Body 21st – 22nd January: Blood Drive in Sports Hall 24th January: Open Day- Letterfrack 30th January: Chinese New Year 1st February: Academic Council 6th February: Provisional Winter semester released via WFS 10th -13th February: SHAG Week 2 14th February: Academic Council 18th-29th February: Schedule of Events & Fundraisers (inc. MOXEGEN) 27th February: Governing Body 27th February: MOXEGEN 2014- Academic Half Day 8th March: Open Day- All Galway campuses 10th - 13th March: Road Safety Week (Including RSA Shuttle) 14th March: Academic Council 17th March: Public Holiday 18th March: GMITSU Election Nominations Close/ Campaign Starts 27th March: GMITSU Elections / Official Elections Party 24th – 27th March: Mental Health Awareness Week 2 26th March: Student Achievement Awards 4th April: Students select electives for Sept 2014 10th April: End of Year Ball 11th April: Term Ends 17th April: College closed half day 18th- 21st April: College closed Easter 26th April: Lecturing ends 26th April: Academic Council 28th April- 2nd May: Study week 28th April- 2nd May: Less Stress, More Success/ Study Skills Campaign 2 5th May: Public Holiday 6th May-22rd May: Summer exams 23rd May: Academic Council 29th May: Governing Body (Crossover GB) 31st May: Term of Office Ends 2nd June: Public Holiday 17th June: Results released 18th- 20th June: Student consultation days

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GMIT Switchboard Cluain Mhuire Reception Letterfrack Reception

091 753161 091 770661 091 742650

Students’ Union Office Sam O’Neill - SU President Michael Kerrigan - SU Vice President Brendan Kenny - Communications Manager Antoinette Canavan - Activities Co-Ordinator Molly Dunne - Sports Development Officer

091 742264 091 742055 085 8215029 091 742316 087 6911515 091 742308 091 742008 087-7703314

Anita or Nora - Student Services Office Chaplain Pauline Clancy - Counsellor Bridie Killoran - Careers Officer Gemma Broderick - Health Unit / Nurse Deirdre O’Connor - Access Office Dympna - SU Shop Fitness Centre

091 742118 091 742226 091 742563 091 742392 091 742228 091 742129 091 742041 091 742194

AIB - On Campus Bank of Ireland - On Campus Garda Station - Mill Street

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