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Welcome to UL! You made it!

And the Leaving Cert never seemed so far behind you. We’re sure the journey here has been a long and hard one. So come in, sit down, relax and let us tell you what your Students’ Union can do for you. Those of you returning after the summer break are also more than welcome to take a seat and find out what you have to look forward to over the next nine months. Your Students’ Union does all sorts of wonderful things for you. We provide advice on education and welfare issues. We make sure you’re always entertained with great gigs and events. We keep you informed with our fortnightly newspaper, our snazzy website and our popular Facebook Page. Join us! We’re online every day to answer your questions and queries!

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As well as this, we award financial aid if you’re in difficulty. We make sure you get value for money in our retail outlets and services. We get you involved through Clubs & Societies, Class Reps, An Focal, UL FM, and so much more. Your Union wants to make sure that the time you spend at UL is the best it can be. To ensure this we will guarantee your rights and views are campaigned for and represented at all levels within the University. For us, this means sitting on lots of boring committees and spending long hours in meetings. But for you, it means peace of mind. Every registered student of UL is an automatic member of the Students’ Union. So if you feel we’re not doing enough, tell us how we can do better! Each year the students of UL elect six full time sabbatical officers to do all the representing and campaigning on your behalf. This year, the six officers are Derek Daly - President, Tara Feeney - Deputy President/Welfare Officer, Aoife Kenny Vice President/Education Officer, Paddy Rockett - Vice President/ Campaigns & Services Officer, Kelly O’Brien - Vice President/ Communications Officer and Sarah Jane Henelly - Postgraduate Students’ Association President. You’ll get a message from each in the following pages. We won’t keep you any longer as we’re sure you’re dying to explore the campus, get involved and meet new friends. Remember, your Union is always here for you!

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Your Students’ Union President - Derek Daly 7 DP/Welfare Officer - Tara Feeney 9 VP/Education Officer - Aoife Kenny 11 VP/Campaigns & Services Officer - Paddy Rockett 13 VP/Communications Officer - Kelly O’Brien 15 Postgraduate President - Sarah Jane Henelly 17 SU Staff 19 Clubs & Societies 20 - 21 SU Services - What we do for you! 22 - 23 Ents 24 - 25 ULSU... You’ve got the power! 26 Students’ Union Executive 27 Class Reps Council [CRC]

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You are about to embark on the best four years of your life. With so much to do on campus, it’s no surprise if you feel a little lost but we hope the next two pages will shed some light on how to make the most out of your UL experience. For many, the UL campus is just a place for lectures and tutorials. But there’s so much more to it! Soaked in culture and located on the banks of the River Shannon, the 200 acre campus offers you outdoor beauty, a vibrant social scene and plenty of modern amenities. UL is located in Castletroy on the outskirts of Limerick city. Limerick is very student-friendly thanks to the presence of Mary I, LIT and Limerick School of Art & Deign. With great shopping, cafés and a buzzing nightlife, it is well worth taking the short bus journey in to the city to see what’s on offer. That said, it does rain a lot so make sure you have a good umbrella for when you’re out and about or you will get soaked! What’s more, a compact city centre means you don’t need to venture far to find everything you’ll ever need. For those of you staying in one of the five student villages on campus, you will find a laundrette at your disposal. Most off campus houses will also have washing facilities. But if you’re without clean clothes, the University Laundrette is happy to help. Most accommodation also has Internet access. But if you find yourself cut off from the web, there are a number of computer labs around campus and wonderful wireless flows freely. The library is always the busiest, so figure out where the other labs are to save you the hassle of queuing. Each lab has a nickname. The glass-clad Fishtank is probably the most original of these. Each lab has print facilities. The Students’ Union and the library also offer photocopying facilities, so you can catch up on any notes you may have missed.

The food connoisseur, or even the hungry student, will find everything they need on campus. With three Students’ Union shops, numerous restaurants, cafés and three bars, the UL campus will have you spoilt for choice. Almost every building houses a restaurant and there’s always some sort of special deal going on that will help to make your money go further. There’s also a Farmer’s Market every Tuesday in the Students’ Union Courtyard where you can pick up fresh vegetables and fish for dinner, and some fudge for dessert. We’re sure you noticed that we mentioned the bars on campus. The Stables and Scholars are located in the Courtyard outside the Students’ Union and the Sports Bar is beside the University Arena. The Stables and Scholars are great places to go if you’re a fan of live music as there’s always some gig or event going on to keep you entertained. If you’re looking to see some live sport, or want a relaxing pint after a hard workout in the gym, the Sports Bar is the place to go. With all this eating, you may feel a little stuffed. But don’t panic! UL’s ‘sporting campus’ will soon get you fit and healthy again. The University Arena is home to a 50 metre swimming pool, 400 metre outdoor athletics track, an indoor, suspended running track, indoor basketball courts, fitness classes and all of these are available at a special reduced student rate. Clubs and Societies are another great way of keeping active on campus, and are undoubtedly the best way to make friends.

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UL is home to more than 60 Clubs & Societies. These are run by students, with a budget provided by the Students’ Union. You are almost guaranteed to find something that interests you but, if you can’t find anything, speak to Paul Lee in the Students’ Union about starting your own one! Be sure to visit the Clubs & Societies Recruitment Drive in the Arena in Week 1 to see what’s on offer. You’ll also get the chance to meet all of your sabbatical officers for the year. Most importantly, make sure not to forget about your Students’ Union and all the things they can do for you. The Students’ Union offers the cheapest photocopying on campus as well as providing a Common Room with free wireless Internet for all students. The Union also runs a Bike Shop and a free Nitelink bus and Safe Cab scheme. Your Union sabbatical officers are also on hand to help you when you need help. While you’re getting the best out of first year, keep in mind that not everyone living in Castletroy is a student and many of them have young children and early starts. Showing a little consideration for the people living around you will make your time in UL even more enjoyable. UL is a big place and can be a bit overwhelming at the start. But don’t be disheartened. In a matter of weeks you’ll be settled down and strolling through the maze that is the Main Building as if you were born here. College is for learning – both academically and socially. Get involved in whatever way suits you and before you know you’ll have more friends than you can shake a stick at. If at any point you feel that you’re not enjoying your time at UL as much as you’d like, call into your Union and we’ll do our best to help you out. This is your University; this is your Union - and you’re about to have one of the best years of your life.

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- Derek Daly

I’m Derek and I’m your SU President. I’m local and heading for 25 this year. I studied Business (Accounting and Finance with HR) and graduated in 2009. I was Deputy President/ Welfare Officer at ULSU from 2009-2011. Your time at UL is about much more than the classroom experience. That is important, especially for a top quality degree, but the degree will only get you an interview. It is everything you learn outside of the classroom that will get you the job once you get in the room. I need you to get involved in the Union. I want to hear what you have to say, but I also need you to listen to the responses and work through the challenges we face together. The University needs you to get involved in volunteering, in helping the community, your friends, housemates and classmates. Always watch out for each other. What I want is for you to never want to leave UL, though you inevitably will have to. This is now your home away from home. Explore the true person you are, make new friends, discover new interests and develop new skills. In the new world out there, what you learn outside of the classroom is as important as what you learn in it, so get involved. Being at university is about much more than getting a piece of paper that says how well you passed! I cannot stress enough the importance of getting involved, building lifelong relationships, taking a break from the pressure and making a difference. If you make a difference to one person, it is a difference that would not have been made without you. However insignificant to you, even a simple listening ear, “what’s wrong?” or “are you okay?” has saved lives on this campus and will save many more, so do make that difference. Take on the world; affirm yourself, challenge yourself, challenge others, challenge the status quo; do your best and you will excel in whatever life throws at you.

Derek Daly President 061 202326 | 086 043 5300 supresident@ul.ie

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r e c i f f O e r DP/Welfa

- Tara Feeney

HELLO EVERYONE! I’m Tara and I’m here to represent you as your Students’ Union Welfare Officer. Welcome to UL! Well done on getting this far. It’s an exciting time, and your college years really are the best of your life. With such a big change in your life, sometimes things can become overwhelming, and I’m here to lend a friendly ear to any problems that may arise throughout your time here at UL. I’m there for you if you need any help with non-academic issues that might be bothering you, to name a few, mental health, sexual awareness, crisis pregnancy, financial and accommodation issues. So if you have a problem, get in contact, I’ll do my best to help you. I might not be able to fix it but I should know someone who can. Also I’m here for you if you're feeling down, lonely, confused or just want someone to chat to. I’m also involved in any Welfare Campaigns taking place around college throughout the year, such as S.H.A.G. Week, Charity Week, Wellbeing Week and many more, keep your eyes peeled! I’d love to have students on board with the campaigns, so if you are interested why not join the Welfare Working group? It will be loads of fun, look great on your C.V. and it’s a great way to meet other students. Oh and how could I forget?! I’m the girl with the free condoms!! Yay! They’re available from my office or from the front reception of the Students’ Union. Don’t be shy, grab a pack, they’re there for you! Don’t hesitate to get in contact. My office door is always open, so just drop in. If I’m not there I may be with a student or at a meeting, so just drop me an email and we can arrange a time to meet. Also I’m available by appointment after hours on Wednesday evenings. No problem is too big, small, or out of the ordinary, the most important thing is to get it sorted! Have an amazing year; college is what you make it so get involved!! Be safe; take care and most importantly HAVE FUN!!! See you around campus.

Tara Feeney DP/Welfare 061 202519 | 086 043 5301 suwelfare@ul.ie

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r e c i f f O n o i VP/Educat

- Aoife Kenny

Hey peeps, I’m Aoife Kenny, your education officer for the coming year. I’m here to deal with any academic issues that you may encounter during your time in UL. So what exactly do I do? Well, I’m the person you come to if you have any issues with your lecturer, your tutor or your course. You can come to me if you want to change courses or if you have any problems coming up to exam time; illnesses, an extension on a project etc. Whatever the problem, it’s my job to help you solve it or to point you in the direction of someone who can. I have good relationships with the faculty and staff in the University so if you want to have a chat about exemptions or Coop, just call in to the office and I’ll get everything sorted for you. I’m also the person who co-ordinates the Student Representative structure that helps to govern the Union. On top of all this, I sit on countless University committees to represent your views and opinions and to make sure that your voice is being heard. I’m a happy, friendly and approachable person so feel free to call in and have a chat with me about anything that’s bothering you as I’m also here in an advisory capacity. I operate an open door policy so you can drop by at any time! During exam times I’ll be contactable around the clock if you need advice or if you are just stressed out and need someone to talk to. If you want to get involved in the Union and University life, there’s no better way than becoming a class rep. You’ll be working side by side with me and the rest of the Education Team and will see all the opportunities that are at your fingertips. An Education Officer is here to help, support and encourage you throughout your academic year and I’m here to do that for you. All the best in the coming year and enjoy your time at UL. Aoife

Aoife Kenny VP/Education Officer 061 203491 | 086 043 5302 sueducation@ul.ie www.postgrads.ie

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s e c i v r e S d n a s VP/Campaign Officer - Paddy Rockett

Hi! I’m Paddy Rockett and I am your Campaigns and Services Officer. So here you are…congratulations on getting through exams and into the madness that will be the next few years of your college life. Within this college life you are going to experience great times, tough times and ‘oh crap I’ve woken up beside Shergar after a night out’ times. Just know that we at ULSU are here for you every step of the way, just like the friends you will make over the next few years. As Campaigns and Services Officer, it is my duty to raise awareness on key issues that will affect you during your student life such as sexual health and personal wellbeing. I also ensure that your voice is heard at University and national level on issues like fees and poor University services. I look after the services end of the Union such as Safe Cabs and the Nite link – an absolute must for those of you on the bant into town. Look out for all our services during the week and be sure to avail of them. I also get the amazing job of looking after the serious craic and banter of Entertainments along with the Events and Promotions Manager. My goal is to ensure that we have quality acts at an affordable price, that we promote home-grown talent and that we provide the wow factor that sets the scene for your college life. The best advice I can offer is to jump in and be part of it all. Test your boundaries, experience new things and never regret an experience you learned from. Join clubs or societies, get involved in your union, join us, talk to us and use us - we are your ULSU. I’m looking forward to being part of your great year ahead. Do not hesitate to call into me for a chat or, if you spot me on a night out, come up and have the banter! And remember: ‘The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do’. Welcome to the good life!

Paddy Rockett VP/Campaigns and Services Officer 061 213542 | 086 0435303 sucso@ul.ie

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s n o i t a c i n VP/Commu ficer f O - Kelly O'Brien Hello! I’m sure you’re fed up with welcomes by now! So I’ll keep this brief. I’m Kelly and I am your Communications Officer. What do I do for you? Well, a couple of things. I am responsible for An Focal, the University newspaper. An Focal is where you’ll get all your news pieces and fashion fixes, your sports features and your Entertainments updates. I edit it, check it, double-check it, revise it, review it… you get the picture! I rely on students to contribute content so I am always delighted to meet students who want to write for An Focal. As well as An Focal, I also produce the Student Handbook (you’re reading it right now!), Cellar Door, a poetry and prose publication, and Pulse, the Charity Week magazine. As I am in charge of all publicity for the Union, I will be the person updating Twitter, Facebook and ULSU.ie on a regular basis. I’ll also be sending you regular emails letting you know what your Union is up to. A new part of my job lies in the new radio station, UL FM. I have been working on UL FM throughout the summer months in an effort to get it up and running for September. Come along to the official launch in Week 3, you never know what you might get roped into! Other aspects of my job aren’t so interesting. I attend various meetings, reply to an ungodly number of emails and I deal with all on-campus advertisers. As you can image, it get pretty hectic sometimes! I am always on the lookout for potential journalists, photographers, and radio presenters. So if you want to get involved, feel free to contact me on the details below or drop into my office in the Union building. I look forward to meeting you!

Kelly O’Brien VP/Communications Officer 061 202363 | 086 043 5304 sucommunications@ul.ie

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’ s t n e d u t S e t a t Postgradu n e d i s e r P n o i Associat – Sarah Jane Hennelly Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Jane Hennelly and I’m the Postgraduate President. Firstly, I would like to welcome you to UL, and for a lot of you, welcome back! Postgraduate study is vastly different from that of undergraduate. It can be quite daunting for students. It is my role to facilitate any student finding the move difficult. However, as you will find, it is an extremely positive experience which you get to share with others who are also interested in your area of study. The UL campus, along with the PSA, create a strong sense of community for postgrad students who wish to relax, seek help, or socialise. My role as President of the PSA is to act as a social and academic representative. I can help you with academic and non-academic related issues. So if you are a postgraduate and you need help, I’m here for you. As a postgrad, you are a member of the PSA. You have access to the newly refurbished common room, located in the Stables Courtyard. Here you can get free tea, coffee, wireless internet and newspapers. You can also run and vote in any PSA elections. My main focus for this year is to increase awareness and representation of the PSA. You can become involved as there are roles available within the PSA exec. Some of these include events officer, publicity officer, and vice president. It is a brilliant way to meet people, and looks great on your CV! Elections for Exec will be in Week 2 in the PSA Common room. Postgrad social life in UL is second to none. UL has a vast array of Clubs and Societies for you to choose from. The PSA will run many events over the year suited to postgrads, from BBQs to Balls; live music gigs to faculty nights. And if you have a suggestion or two, please let me know. Finally, I hope this is a great year for you all. I have every faith you will love UL Campus. This is your campus now. If you need any advice or support Sarah Jane Hennelly please don’t hesitate to contact me. My door is Postgraduate Students’ always open. I look forward to meeting you! Association President Best wishes, Sarah Jane

061 203473 | 086 043 5305 psapresident@ul.ie | www.postgrads.ie

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SU Staff General Manager: Philip

Mudge

Philip works in an impartial advisory capacity and provides guidance and essential information to the constantly changing sabbat teams from year to year. He’s also the Returning officer for SU elections and you’ll see him at Class Reps Council and at the AGM. He sits on the Union Executive as a non-voting member.

Financial Accountant: Barry

Costello

Barry is a very important member of the ULSU team. He looks after the financial side of the Union, which includes the three ULSU shops on campus, Clubs and Societies Budgets, staff salaries, advertising revenue and much more.

Reception: Adele

O’Carroll

Adele is usually the first port of call for lost UL students. Whatever the query, Adele will always be able to point you in the right direction. She’s ably assisted in reception by various, invaluable part-time staff. You’ll need to talk to them a lot as a student in UL. You’ll be visiting them to enquire about bus timetables, pick up second hand books and much, much more!

Democracy Development Officer:

Roisín Monaghan

Roisín keeps the minutes and the notes from all our meetings and puts the rest of us to shame with her tidiness and affinity for filing. Without Roisín, it’s unlikely any of the sabbatical officers would make any meeting! She also assists the Education Officer with the administration of the class reps system.

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s e i t e i c o S & s b u l C Experience’s Friends New

It’s always nice to belong to a group of people. Whether that’s the local GAA club, soccer club, or a drama group - it’s a natural instinct to want to have a group of friends who share similar interests to you. This sense of belonging is a powerful instinct according to 84% of members in a survey last term that cited making “new friends/social outlet” as their primary reason for an involvement in Clubs & Societies. Our interactions with other people are important to us and that’s why we carefully craft our social networks of friends. These networks offer an opportunity for a good laugh, a friend to go to the gym or the movies with, borrow clothes from, maybe even a shoulder to cry on. And importantly, for things like the notes from a particular class swot friend on the eve of an exam or being set up with your friend’s good looking mate. The University of Limerick is no different to any other community you’ve belonged to, except that it is new and the sense of the unknown can be a little daunting. You’re outside your comfort zone now and your home network of friends might seem quite far away. So, one of the best ways to get to know new people quickly and to enjoy your time in UL is through what’s affectionately known as “Clubs & Soc’s”. There are more than 60 Clubs & Societies. Membership extends not only to undergraduate and postgraduates students, but to staff, alumni and some members from the wider public too. This really means that there are already hundreds of people who have similar interests to you or are keen to experience something new. Have you ever tried dropping out of a plane at several thousand feet in France? Or climbing through caves in Yorkshire? Windsurfing in Spain? Surfing in Morocco? Debating all over Europe? Stage acting or musicals with a Drama Society? You could be part of one of the 30 or so bands in the Music Society. Meet our international students through our International Society or for something totally different you could try our popular Anime-Manga Society. Both are National award winning societies.

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Paul Lee Remember, it does not take any genius or special talent to join these organisations. All you need is a willingness to have a go and make that initial connection. To make that connection a bit easier for you, the ULSU/Clubs & Societies will have its Recruitment Drive Wednesday of Week 1 (7th September) in the UL Sports Arena. And you’re invited! All 60+ Clubs & Societies wish to welcome you to UL and want to invite you to join this fabulous social network of real people - new experiences and friends guaranteed. You may pre-register for membership on line at www.registercs.ul.ie and pay the individual Club or Society on the night of the Recruitment Drive to complete your membership. Even if you miss the Drive, you can still join a Club or Society whenever you like. Just call in to us in your Students Union! For further information visit www.clubsandsocs.ul.ie or contact me directly with the details below. Regards, Paul Paul Lee Clubs & Societies Development Officer 061 213477 | 086 0435307 paul.lee@ul.ie

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ment The Annual Clubs & Society Recruit y Drive will take place in the Universit of Limerick Sports Arena in Week 1 on Wednesday, 7 September.

I’m looking forward to meeting you! Regards, Liz Gabbett Liz Gabbett Clubs & Societies Liaison Officer 061 234891 | 086 0435308 liz.gabbett@ul.ie

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American Football Archery Athletics Badminton Basketball Boarders Chess Dance UL Fencing GAA Handball Judo Karate Shotokan Kayak Krav Maga Ladies Hockey Ladies Rugby Men's Rugby Mountain Bike Outdoor Pursuits Parkour Pool & Darts Rowing Sailing Skydive Soccer Softball Sub Aqua Tae Kwon Do Tennis Trampoline Ultimate Frisbee Water Polo Windsurfing

Anime and Manga Architecture Christian Union Computer Debating Union Development DJ Drama Enterprise & Finance Games History International Law Medical Music Ogra Fianna Fail Out in UL Photographic Poker Socialist Youth Trad Music ULTV Young Fine Gael Choir Cumman Gaelach Fashion Society

Clubs Societies

Hi there, my name is Liz Gabbett and I am your Clubs & Societies Liaison Officer. I work with Paul Lee in the Clubs & Societies office on the 1st floor of the Students' Union building. If you’re beginning your University life, welcome to UL! I encourage you to join a club or society or two! Being an active member of a club or society in UL can help make your University life all the richer in terms of friendship, fun, skill and that sense of belonging with a group of people that share your interests and passions. Make sure you get to the UL recruitment fair! If you can’t make it, don’t worry, you can apply to join any club or society throughout the year. Just contact me or Paul and we’ll point you in the right direction! I am here to provide you with administrative assistance to your clubs and societies. I assist in processing your Student Union cheque requisitions; I look after the C&S minibus, sprinter and Landcruiser in terms of insurance, bookings and servicing; I liaise with student affairs on your behalf for room bookings in the University buildings; I liaise with our insurance broker for personal accident claims; I look after the post; I attend meetings and take minutes; I evaluate your budget submissions and anything else that crops up! I’m here to help you and your club or society, so please drop in, email me or phone if you need any assistance.

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Eventually the idea of the Vikings and its association with Limerick was agreed but mainly due to the infancy of development of Clubs & Societies in the Students Union this concept never took off. However it was adopted by the new start-up UL American Football club in anticipation of wider support hence the UL Vikings. I reignited this discussion 10 years later in 2009 with the Clubs & Societies Executive of the day. MĂĄirtĂ­n Lally, our Skydiver representative of the day, business & marketing student (since graduated), ran a campaign on behalf of the Clubs & Societies Council through An Focal and was supported by the Computer Society. The images generated by the students of UL created a high level of awareness and discussion but none were strong enough to realise the ambitions being set out. In November 2009 I attended a world students union conference in Connecticut (Assoc of College Unions International) and on a 2 day intensive whistle stop tour of 5 US campuses (Boston University, Curry College, Eastern Connecticut, Southern Connecticut and University of Connecticut) I brought that information back to Clubs & Society Council for further discussion to further develop the initiative. We had numerous discussions in the intervening period and we did seek a particular graphic designers input at that time but with very disappointing and uninspired results. We moved to a Focus Group in May 2010, and by March 2011 it was a much more focused approach armed with years of collated data and opinions. Discussions with nearly 8 companies in the area of graphic design were consulted; they were shortlisted down to 2 and a committee and another grouping of Clubs & Societies members determined the style of preferred Artwork. Spark Marketing were awarded the contract and the rest is history in the making as the time of writing. Paul.Lee@ul.ie Clubs & Societies Development Officer University of Limerick Students Union

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Your ULSU Services Students’ Union Shops

There are three Students’ Union shops on campus. 1.The main shop in the Student Centre Courtyard. Opening hours: 08:30 to 20:00 Mon - Thurs 08:30 to 18:00 Fri 11:00 to 17:00 Sat 2. Dromroe Village shop. Opening hours: 08:30 to 19:00 Mon - Thurs 08:30 to 18:00 Fri 3. Capavilla shop. Opening hours: 08:30 to 19:00 Mon - Thurs 08:30 to 18:00 Fri These shops cater for all your grocery needs and have a hot counter and deli.

Print Room The cheapest photocopying on campus is available in the SU print room. Pick up your photocopy card at Reception. A 100 unit card costs €5 and a 50 unit card costs €3.

Reception Laminating: To laminate one A4 is €1.30 and one A3 is €2.55 Fax service: Price on application per page. Stamps: National and international available. Left Luggage: €1 per item on Fridays.

Second Hand Books The ULSU runs a second hand book service from the SU Reception. Here, students can either sell or buy second hand books. Details are available on www.ulsu.ie.

Bike Sales The Students’ Union also sells brand new subsidised bicycles throughout the year from the Bike Shop, located beside the Paddocks restaurant, in the Student Centre. The scheme provides students with affordable means of transport and the shop also sells everything else you could need like helmets, locks and lights. Opening Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 Tue - Sat Phone: 061 234909

Safe Cabs The Students’ Union runs a Safe Cab scheme for students in conjunction with Plassey Cabs. For a small fee students can register for the service which lets them get a taxi home when they have no money. The student can then come in the next day and pay the price of the taxi in the SU. Plassey Cabs Phone: 061 336336

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Common Room/Games Room You can find pool tables, air hockey, foosball and other amusements, refreshment machines and a jukebox in our Games Room. The Common Room has just been refurbished. It’s a great place to chill out, listen to music, watch sky TV on our two plasmas, chat with friends and enjoy your lunch. It is by far the most comfortable place to relax on campus. Come and enjoy it; it’s here for your benefit! Both are open for all students from 09:00 to 23:00

ULSU Photocop y Service

NiteLink The NiteLink is a free bus service to all the main student accommodation locations in Castletroy. Opertating Schedule: 19:00 and 23:00 Mon - Thurs These times are generally extended during exam time. The pick up point is outside the archway near the Paddocks restaurant. See An Focal and www.ulsu.ie for the most up-to-date times.

The SU Spar Shop

Bus Eireann Bus Eireann tickets are available to buy from the Students Union reception. This means less queues and a quicker departure. Timetables are inside the SU entrance.

Student Travel Cards Student Travel Cards at a cost of €15 offer discounted rail travel and these are available to buy at the reception in the SU. A digital photo will be taken when you come in, so you don’t need to bring passport photos with you. Cards are ready in minutes.

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Passport Photos We sell every type of ID photo. So just call in and ask at reception. It’s €6 for 4 top quality prints.

Ents Throughout the year ULSU organises lots of different events for you. See pages 28 and 29 for more details. The second hand book shop can be found behind reception in the SU

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Introduction The Ents team has been working flat out all summer to bring you the best bands, DJs and comedians for the coming year. And what a line up we have for you! Now, after a summer spent relaxing at home getting Mammy dinners, you’re faced with the tough task of getting back into the swing of things – college style!

What the hell is ENTS? Let us enlighten you! It’s cool bands, it’s DJs you can’t stop dancing to, it’s UV parties, it’s theme nights, it’s movies, it’s YouTube parties and jelly-wrestling, it’s more than your imagination can shake a stick at! ENTS stands for every kind of entertainment you can imagine. We have various venues such as The Stables Courtyard, The Scholars, The Swift Theatre, The Jean Monnet Theatre and The Union Courtyard. We also put on events in town and work with various establishments and artists. In other words, we work flat out to try our best to do something for everyone! Here is a taster of what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

Week 0 – Orientation Week This week is the definition of information overload. Remember where your Union is (and maybe the Library too) and you’re laughing. So who did you meet at Orientation? They’ll probably be the first few friends you’ve made in college and trust me; you’ll probably keep them for life. There’ll be music in the Stables Wednesday and Thursday with some great live acts. This is the perfect place to relax and meet your new group of friends. If you’d prefer to stay clear of alcohol or you’re underage, there’s a wide range of alternatives available such as bowling, karting, the cinema and much more. Call into your Union or pick-up An Focal for more information on what’s going on!


Music... Declan O'Rourke plays

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Fresher Fest 2010 - Ocean Colour Scene

Week 1 – Fresher’s Week This week sees the rest of the college descend back to Limerick for one of the best weeks on campus. We put a huge stage in the Union courtyard, throw in about 2500 music loving students and then add some of the best acts out there to have an eclectic mix of entertainment for you. The gig requires you to be a member of the Stables Club, so make sure you bring down your ID! Members must be over 18 and you can sign up in the SU reception for life for just €2.

During the week, every week! Keep your eye out on the Students’ Union website www.ulsu.ie, An Focal and on our Ents posters around campus for upcoming events! We’ll have some of the best comedians in the business, great bands and some other phenomenal acts throughout the year!

Week 8 - Halloween Ball This is one of the best nights of the year. Basically, we get all dressed up and head to a secret location which has been decked out to the max for Halloween. The other colleges of Limerick will be there as well so it will be a good chance to get to know people who you wouldn’t normally see. One of the spookiest and craziest nights of your life. And there’ll be prizes for the best costumes on the night.

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Christmas Daze The exams are before Christmas, so we have to celebrate before we all leave for a well deserved break. It’s three days of Christmas music, egg nog and general merriness in the Stables. All money raised goes to charity, so grab your mates and a Santa hat and raise some money for a good cause! That’s just a taste of the first semester. Don’t forget, Charity Week and the Summer Ball and a whole lot of other stuff’s happening in the second semester! Keep your eyes peeled for posters around campus advertising our events and don’t be afraid to call into the Students’ Union to find out what’s on.

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Students’ Union Executive (Proposed)

Management Committee (Proposed)

A new Executive is proposed which will act as an advisory board to the Management Committee, Council and Officers. It will be responsible for advising on strategic direction and will be the body which holds Union Senior Management to account through the use of the expertise of external members.

A Management Committee is proposed which will have responsibility including monitoring of staffing.

5 Sabbatical (Full-Time) Officers: · · · · ·

President Deputy President/ Welfare Officer Vice-President/ Education Officer Vice-President/ Campaigns and Services Officer Vice-President/ Communications Officer

1 Nominee of Postgraduate Student Association The Chair of Council 3 external members with expertise in any of the following areas: · · · · ·

Financial expertise (compulsory) Strategic management expertise Human Resources Legal expertise Any areas as determined by Council

Any recruitment, expenditure exceeding 5% of capitation income, strategic items considered by Executive and the overall management of the Union shall be within the remit of the Management Committee. The Management Committee will meet at least once per month including summer months.

5 Sabbatical (Full-Time) Officers: · · · · ·

President Deputy President/ Welfare Officer Vice-President/ Education Officer Vice-President/ Campaigns and Services Officer Vice-President/ Communications Officer

1 Nominee of Postgraduate Student Association 3 Members of Council · · ·

1 elected by faculty or academic department 1 elected to a non-academic interest group 1 elected by any means

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General Manager:

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Sits in an advisory capacity to provide information. Advises in relation to finance and the day-to-day running of the Union.

Sits in an advisory capacity to provide information. Advises in relation to finance and the day-to-day running of the Union.

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Students’ Union Executive

14 people sit on the SU Executive. 12 are voting and 2 are non- voting. Here’s a breakdown!

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Class Reps Council (CRC) Union Restructure Council is currently under the largest review in the Union’s 40 year history. A proposal is with the Executive that the current Class Representatives Council should be reformed and that the academic structure should become part of a broader Council that will adopt the strategic and parliamentary responsibilities of what is currently Class Representatives Council.

Why are we doing this? Council has, to a large extent, been lacking when it comes to questioning Executive and the Union’s senior management. Some minor questions are asked from time to time, but the occurrence of issue based debate at Council has been infrequent. Council has been viewed primarily as a method for officers to tell students what we’re at through their Class Rep. It is not the 1970’s anymore, however, and we have email, Twitter, Facebook and blogs amongst other methods of letting you know what’s going on. Times have changed and we now need a Council to govern and lead the Union into the future, not communicate into the past.

· Education and Health Sciences (Faculty officer + 1 member per faculty department) · Science and Engineering (Faculty officer + 1 member per faculty department) · Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (Faculty officer + 1 member per faculty department) Between 4 and 8 students directly elected across campus to each of the following Council Interest Groups. · Recreation (Activities, Societies etc…) · Equal Opportunities (Disabilities, Gender, International etc…) · Experience (Co-op, Volunteering etc…) · 1st Year (one per faculty) · Year (one per year + postgrad reps)

In addition, there will be 2nd year departmental reps who will not sit on council but will be equal in all other ways to the senior department rep.

What have we proposed to Executive?

What about Class Reps?

Aoife and Derek have been working on a plan over the summer, which they discussed with the other full-time officers before sending it to Executive for discussion in early August.

Each class will still have a class rep for dealing with the regular issues such as arranging class parties, bringing issues to the attention of a lecturer, getting hoodies and arranging the fun stuff. Class Reps will meet regularly with their department and faculty reps to bring outstanding academic issues to them.

The proposal is that a new Union council be constituted with no more than 70 members: • • • • •

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Chair Sabbatical Officers (non-voting) General Manager (non-voting) Union Accountant (non-voting) One Council Interest Group per faculty · Kemmy Business School (Faculty officer + 1 member per faculty department)

The aim of the creation of department reps is that they will be a direct line to the Head of Department so that when issues are unresolved there will be a step that can be taken without going to the faculty officer who may not know the HOD. The VP/Education will hold meetings each semester for all Class Reps in a faculty. This will be a full evening event where academic issues can be brought to the VP Education to be addressed at Director or Vice President level in the University.


Survival Guide - Welfare Accommodation - Guidelines for renting off campus. Rent book You are legally entitled to and should request a rent book which will set out how much is payable, how often and provide contact details for your landlord. If you pay rent in cash, your landlord should also sign that they have received it when you hand it over. Letting agreement If you are only going to be staying for one semester, do not sign a lease for the whole year; you will more than likely lose your deposit. Inventory Get a list of contents of the house. Note any damage (tears on couch, cracked tiles, radiators not properly fixed to the walls.) Sign it and get the landlord to sign it. Take photos Photograph every room in the house, being careful to get cracked windows, damaged walls or ceilings, torn furniture, damp patches and damaged flooring. Take photos before moving in and also as you are moving out. Keep everything Keep all receipts for bills and repairs you have had to carry out and all receipts for rent paid. Tax credits If you are working and paying tax, you may be entitled to a tax credit. Call to the Students’ Union Welfare Office for the form or download it from the Revenue Commissioners’ website www.revenue.ie Rent Direct You should rent directly from the landlord as it allows for easier

resolution of issues when they do arise.

Student Checklist

Neighbours You are part of a neighbourhood when you move in to an estate near campus. Get to know your neighbours, get a community feeling about the place. Remember that there are families as well as students living in the estates. Respect their right to a peaceful place to live. Enjoy yourself, but don’t make a nuisance of yourself.

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Deposits Most landlords look for a deposit to cover any damage or bills that are outstanding after you leave. Where a deposit is being held to pay for damage or bills, you should request to see receipts. Do not accept photocopies, ask for the originals, and if in doubt check with the service provider. Deposits do not count as a substitute for rent for the notice period. You may forfeit some or all of your deposit if you: · Do not stay for the entire tenancy period outlined in your tenancy agreement, or give proper notice. · Damage the property in excess of normal wear and tear. · Leave unpaid bills or rent. For any specific queries contact the Welfare Officer or the Accommodation Office.

Contacts ULSU Offers guidance if you’re unsure of who to go to or what to do next. www.ulsu.ie Campus Life Services Provides information and a list of accommodation currently

PRTB Registration BER Certificate Rent Book Inventory TV Licence (if included) All bulbs working Heating working (serviced) Smoke detectors Windows are secure Doors are secure No damp Adequate furniture How are bills paid Study space adequate Will it be easy to heat in winter What are the cooking facilities How is water heated

available both on and off campus. Office: D0-035 (near the Jean Monnet) www.ul.ie/campuslife Threshold A government agency that offers advice and support on accommodation issues; a good first stop for problems that may arise. www.threshold.ie PRTB Keeps a register of tenancies. Intervenes where disputes cannot be resolved between landlord and tenant. www.prtb.ie

Mental Health Stress University can be a very stressful place come exam time and project deadline week. Don’t over stress yourself. Some people work well under stress, some people can’t handle stress, don’t judge yourself by other peoples’ coping ability. Burnout can cause a lot of trouble down the line. If you find yourself feeling pressurised; call into Counselling or the SU Welfare Office.

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Depression Many people will not recognise the signs of depression, and if they do, they don’t know what to do. Signs of depression are available on the AWARE website. They are: · Feeling sad, anxious or bored all the time. · Energy - tiredness, everything is an effort, slow movement. · Sleeping - regularly waking during the night, having difficulty sleeping, or oversleeping. · Thinking - constant poor concentration, forgetfulness or confusion. · Interest - having no interest in your everyday routine (work, food, socialising.) · Value - loss of self esteem. · Aches - headaches or other pains for no reason. · Life – being tired of life, thinking of suicide seriously. If a friend or housemate has 4 or more of these symptoms constantly you should keep a close eye and ask if they want to talk. If they don’t want to talk to you, suggest talking to AWARE, Counselling or the Welfare Officer confidentially. Eating Disorders Bulimia, Anorexia and Binge Eating are all mental health disorders that arise out of having body image issues. We all carry some sort of cross in terms of how we look, even supermodels have parts of their bodies they are not happy with. Each of us needs to come to terms with who we are and university is an excellent place to do that. It’s a new start where you can be yourself. You shouldn’t feel the need to conform to any perceived “norm”. Be yourself! Suicide This rarely gets the coverage it deserves because it is a sensitive

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issue. Suicide is not a solution. There is always a better way of dealing with life’s pressures. Just talking to someone about being pissed off or having a problem can be enough to reassure someone that people care. Families and friends are left devastated by suicide. By just listening or talking, not about anything in particular, a big deal that’s bothering someone can be overcome. The Students’ Union recommends the ASIST course run by the HSE for anyone who would like to learn “suicide first aid”. Student Counselling Every problem imaginable has been through the doors of the counselling service over the years including stress, fitting in, pregnancy, children of alcoholics, bereavement, sexuality, panic attacks, loneliness, depression, eating problems. Do call up, no matter how big or small your problem. Counselling is a FREE service.

Contacts ULSU Here to offer, listen and direct you to other services if necessary. Call: 061-202324 suwelfare@ul.ie | www.ulsu.ie Counselling Drop in hours: 11am-12pm, 3pm4pm every weekday during the semester. Office: CM-073 | Call: 061-202327 | Text: 086 8115829 counselling@ul.ie www.ul.ie/counselling AWARE A listening ear for those experiencing depression, or those who think a friend or family member is feeling depressed. Call: 1890 303 302 Samaritans A listening ear service for people experiencing distress, despair, neglect or general life troubles

that are getting on top of them. Call: 1850 60 90 90 Psychiatrist There is a FREE psychiatrist available at the Student Health Centre. Drop in to Medical Centre Reception to make an appointment. Office: CM-060

Healthy Living Eating Healthy Coming to university, you’ll need to learn quickly how to eat well on a budget. Avoid fast food. The Farmers’ Market every Tuesday in the Students’ Union Courtyard is also a great place to pick up good fresh healthy food. Get Your Ass in Gear Exercise! There’s almost 300 acres of campus out there and you can join one of the many clubs your Union provides for you. Drink, Drugs and Keeling Over Remember, your Union isn’t here to stop you having fun. Quite the opposite in fact. We just want you healthy and happy! Drink We’re not going to be there wagging fingers at you for getting wasted, but we will tell you that it’s not a very healthy option, and can seriously get in the way of exam success if done to the extreme. Of course this means repeats, and repeats mean cash. So don’t just save on the booze, save the cash booze might cost you down the line. Remember it is an offence to have an open alcohol container in public. (The Gardaí will fine you €80 and that includes your front lawn if it’s open). Drugs Don’t do them! They affect everyone differently and you don’t want to become a statistic. Remember, possession of illegal drugs is an offence.


Keep Healthy The Medical Centre deals with acute health issues and provides advice. However it is not a GP service so register with a local GP; staff at the medical centre will help you do this. Services available include: All acute illnesses; Contraception/ family planning; Asthma; Sports injuries; Physiotherapy; Wound dressing; Sexually transmitted infections (clinic and advice); Skin ailments; Well woman checks; Well man checks; Cryotherapy; Psychiatry; Cervical smears; Antenatal & Postnatal. Medical Card If you are not dependent on your parents, your own means and income is considered for assessment. Students can apply for the card, either to the Local Health Office where they attend college or where their parents live. You should review entitlement to a medical card from time to time, especially at the start of the academic year and after the Budget. Kick the Habit Stop smoking! It stinks, it wrecks your throat, gives you bad breath, brown teeth and smoke stains on fingers. If you need any more incentive or help to quit, contact the National Smokers’ Quitline.

Contacts ULSU - Any questions on any of that? Please drop us a line! Call: 061 202324 suwelfare@ul.ie | www.ulsu.ie Counselling Can help to deal with addiction issues or dependence issues relating to drugs. Drop in hours 11am-12pm, 3pm-4pm every weekday during the semester Office: CM-073 | Call: 061 202327 Text: 086 811 5829 counselling@ul.ie

www.ul.ie/counselling Student Health Centre The student health centre offers a variety of different services ranging from sexual health clinics to STI screening, to general medical service to psychiatry and physiotherapy. Office: CM-060 Health Promotion Unit Information on alcohol, drugs, smoking and health in general. See www.healthpromotion.ie Medical Card HSE Limerick East, Holland Road, Plassey, Limerick. | www.hse.ie Alcoholics Anonymous 061 311222 Narcotics Anonymous 061 314111

Sexual Health Sex Happens Always carry a condom! And that’s for guys and girls. ALWAYS practice safe sex. Condoms are available from the Students’ Union. We supply different types of condom, including extra large and nonlatex. Lube is also provided. For XL and Non Latex, drop into Tara. Wearing a condom is the safest form of contraception and protection from STIs. The condoms in the Welfare Office are there to facilitate safe sexual practice. Glyde Dams are also available for guys giving oral sex to girls. Use a condom for any sexual activity. STI Checks If you are having regular sex, you should have regular STI Checks. Screening is free in the Student Health Centre. If the screening shows something up, then you can make an appointment for an STI test at the HSE Clinic. They’ll have seen it all before, so embarrassment takes a back seat here, your health is more important.

Emergency Contraception In the very unlikely event of a condom splitting, the female partner may wish to take the “morning after pill”. You should make an appointment with the Student Health Centre to get a prescription for this. Ensure you inform them it’s urgent! Pregnancy If you think you may be pregnant, the easiest way to find out is to do a home pregnancy test. Test kits are available in most chemists and large supermarkets. If the results are positive then it is necessary to make an appointment with your GP or a pregnancy agency or the UL Medical Centre to have them confirmed. If you are pregnant, it is a good idea to talk to somebody about your options. The DP Welfare is around during drop-in hours and may be available outside of this time for emergencies.

Contacts ULSU (suwelfare@ul.ie or 061 202519) www.ulsu.ie Counselling (CM-072 drop in 11-12 and 3-4 daily or call 061-202327 anytime) Limerick Family Planning Clinic 061 312026 Crisis Pregnancy Services (www.positiveoptions.ie) or freetext LIST to 50444 HSE For more info on your sexual health. www.yoursexualhealth.ie LGBT Liaison Someone to talk to about sexuality (Gerard.Hanely@ul.ie or drop in to Counselling Reception) STI Clinic Regional Hospital Dooradoyle 061 482382

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Show Me The Money University is an expensive place to be. There’s rent, food, books, ENTS gigs and much more. Budgeting is useful! After your rent is paid and bills covered, you should be able to manage well on €50-€70 a week. If you have more, all the better; if you have less, then it’s not the end of the world. www.studentfinance.ie is a good website to refer to. Grants Nearly always late! Each County Council only sends a handful of cheques to UL each year to pay their grant students, and if one student still hasn’t submitted a P60 or some other necessary backup, then everyone from that County Council area will have to wait for their grant. You must submit a grant application each August to your local City or County Council with the required documents (all listed on the ULSU website). For specific queries on grants contact the Financial Support Services Section at the Department of Education. Top-up Grants There is a special rate grant for those with extremely low household income. Call into the Welfare Office at your Union for more info. Money Advice The Money Advice & Budgeting Service (MABS) provides advice for people with financial difficulties. The MABS office on Dominic St will meet with any student to discuss their financial problems and help them create a budget or check out their website www.mabs.ie. Students Assistance/Access Fund This fund is provided by the Dept of Education & Science and is assisted by the European Social Fund (ESF). All registered students in the University are eligible to apply. The fund is means

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tested and applications must be accompanied by supporting financial documentation. Apply through the Access Office. Childcare Assistance Known as the “Childcare Bursary”, this fund was set up to assist students who experience an unplanned pregnancy in continuing at UL. To apply to the fund, pick up an application form and terms and conditions from your Union Welfare Office early in Week 1. Some supporting documentation will be required to apply to the fund: your child’s birth cert, proof of childcare costs and either proof of One Parent Family Payment, Medical Card, Back to Education Allowance, etc. If you are a Postgrad student, please apply through the PSA President. Wednesday of Week 2 is the final closing date for applications. Hardship Loans An interest free loan is given for specific circumstances for a specific period of time. Loans must be repaid by an agreed date as decided when applying for the fund. To apply for a loan, documentation of your financial situation must be provided. As with Childcare Assistance; apply to your Union Welfare Office or to the PSA President for Postgrads. Childcare Assistance and the Hardship Loan are financed from students’ capitation and are a recommended beneficiary by the Alumni Association for Foundation Funding. Fees There is no specific funding available to cover fees due in arrears. It is advisable to pay fees as they fall due, as it is difficult to handle large debts if fees have not been paid for a number of years. You will not be allowed to graduate until you have arranged payment of all fees due to the University of Limerick.

Contacts ULSU - This is a massive area, so don’t hesitate to give us a shout and we’ll try to point you in the right direction. Call: 061 202324 suwelfare@ul.ie | www.ulsu.ie Dept. Of Education Student Support Unit 057 9324381 MABS For some sound independent financial and debt management advice give MABS a call. Call: 061 403109 | www.mabs.ie Financial Regulator The Financial Regulator’s website is a great source of information when comparing financial products such as loans or credit cards. www.itsyourmoney.ie

Legal Advice As a UL student, you are entitled to receive free legal aid from the ULSU solicitor. Any legal issue which you need advice or representation on can be sought from the solicitor free of charge. Call to your Union and all contact will be directed between the student and the solicitor. But please remember: · ·

This service cannot be used for the purpose of taking legal action against your Students’ Union (ULSU) This service cannot be used for the purpose of taking legal action against another UL student.

Fundraising Fundraising is a year long endeavour and we need volunteers to do it, so if you want to get involved email sugetinvolved@ul.ie for more info. If you have any ideas for fundraising events, or would like to run a charities fundraising event, please contact suwelfare@ul.ie.


Survival Guide - Education You’ve probably noticed that there is a huge difference between secondary school and university. You’ve just left a world where you were used to being monitored and watched and where your teachers knew you by name and probably knew your family too. Now you’ve come to a place where you’re treated like an adult and entrusted with far more freedom. The downside of this is that often it kicks in far too late that it’s up to you to attend classes, tutorials, labs and lectures. No-one is going to get you out of bed, unless you live at home of course. It’s up to you to do your course work - no-one is going to remind you what’s due and when, and it’s up to you to keep up with your work load. If you are having problems with the academic side of life, don’t leave it too late. If you’re unsure of anything or have any academic questions, regardless of how small or insignificant they might seem, contact the Students’ Union Education Officer, Aoife Kenny.

Important Resources · · ·

UL website (www.ul.ie) - search for the department or person you’re looking for. ULSU website (www.ulsu.ie) - for all important student dates, FAQs, notices and information. Your timetable can be found at www.timetable.ul.ie.

· The education column in An Focal, the fortnightly newspaper.

Student Handbook The Student Handbook is the guide to Academic Life in UL, copies are available at SAA. It is essential that each student reads it and becomes familiar with it. It contains vital information on registering, fines, the code of conduct, regulations and academic dates. If you have any queries about any aspect of the Student Handbook you can contact the SAA (saa@ul.ie) or Aoife, the SU Education Officer.

Library As well as books and journals, the library provides a variety of supports and services to students. Visit the library website (www.ul.ie/~library) and make a library visit to see what they offer. If the book you’re looking for isn’t there, the library staff will be more than happy to help you organise a loan from another college or a purchase request. Some of the key services the library offers include: · · ·

Familiarisation tours at the beginning of the academic year. Provision of resources required for the completion of the courses in UL. Access to books from other colleges by way of the inter

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library loan service. Faculty librarians, who are very helpful with research materials and guiding you to the resources that you need.

Support Services There are a number of support services to help you with all things academic. Every year the Students’ Union produces stress management guides and relaxation areas. These exam tips/ stress guides can be found in An Focal, which is available online at www.ulsu.ie There is also a number of Learning Centres dedicated to particular areas of study to help you if you fall behind: · · ·

The Mathematics Learning Centre: www.ul.ie/~mlc Language Resource Area: www.ul.ie/lsu and www. ul.ie/~lcs/ languageresourcearea Science Learning Centre: www.ul.ie/~slc

Advisors (See Section 5 of the Student Handbook) Another important way the University provides supports to students is through the Advisor system. This is a member of the academic staff from your department. They are assigned to you during orientation week in first year. They are there to help you with advice in regards to your academic career and you should visit them before making a major decision. If you don’t know who your advisor is or need to contact them their details can be accessed through your student records (www.si.ul. ie). If you have any problems

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contacting your advisor please inform Aoife and she’ll help you out. Look out for the week of term dedicated to advisors this semester.

Student Records www.si.ul.ie All student records are online in UL and you will have to access them for the purposes of registration (during week one of every semester), getting your results, pre-registration (week 5 of every semester if you have a choice of electives the following semester) - see the University Student Handbook for more information. You must register in Week 1 of every semester, otherwise you will be fined and may not receive important information about your modules. Co-op details, whether or not your grant cheque has been lodged and other information is also available on this site.

Subject Choices When registering (Week 1) and pre-registering (Week 5) many courses will give you an opportunity to choose modules during registration. It is important to choose your modules carefully, as they may have an impact on your final reward or career choices. When registering in Week 1 and deciding which module to choose it’s important to: · Research all of your choices. · Get a feel for the subject by attending a lecture. · Submit your choices on time and, · Go with what you like. (Many people fail exams because they simply don’t like the subject.)

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You must register at the beginning of each semester. If you don’t register, you will be fined and you may miss important information. Failure to register will cause problems when you’re sitting your exams, getting results and may hinder your access to resources. Students wishing to register a change of subject/module must do so in Student Academic Admin by completing the Change of Registration Form. If you choose to change a module you can also contact Student Academic Administration at saa@ul.ie

Internal Transfer, Leave of Absence, Exiting Your Course Sometimes students realise that the course they’re doing isn’t for them. Firstly, don’t despair or stress out about it. If you want to change your course, it is important to make an informed decision by talking to Aoife and faculty from your Department. In many cases, second year is very different from first year so talking to students in the year ahead of you may help. At any rate, come and talk to Aoife about it and she can explain the options to you.

Module Outlines At the beginning of each semester (week 1) you are entitled to receive an outline for each module, which must include module contents, how and when assessment takes place and how much the assessment(s) are worth. If you have any queries about the module, ask. A lecturer

cannot change the module outline after Week 1 without approval of the class – including mode of assessment. That is to say, a lecturer cannot issue a ‘surprise’ exam unless it has been previously mentioned in the module outline. If you haven’t received one, ask your lecturer. If you are still having difficulties, contact Aoife and she will help you out.

Exams Exams are an important part of student life (unfortunately) but here is some important information about them:

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· Exam Timetable: The Provisional Exam Timetable is published in Week 9, if you have more than one exam in a day or three exams in a row, you should arrange for your Class Rep to contact your lecture to change the date of the exam. This request must be submitted by Thursday of Week 9.

in cases where the student has not completed all of the requirements for the module and has submitted certifiable evidence of physical or mental illness or immediate family bereavement. I-grades shall not be assigned in response to a plea made in respect of pressure of work.

· I Grades: The aim of the University is to support students who are experiencing difficulties that will have an effect on their academic performance. I grades (meaning “Incomplete Grades”) shall only be awarded

· Academic Cheating: Academic Cheating has many forms; from bringing notes into exams to accidentally having something written on your hand. UL takes cheating and attempted cheating very seriously.

The university operates a Clean Desk Policy - that means nothing except your pens, pencils, ID card and anything authorised by the lecturer can be on the desk. If dictionaries are allowed, they must be free from all writing. Be aware that even the smallest breach of this could mean that you have to appear in front of the Discipline Committee of the University. Plagiarism (copying other peoples work in essays) also counts as Academic Cheating.

choose your y, as they may on your final

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Survival Guide Community Gardaí So you’re in college and you want to have fun, do some crazy things, and have some crazy stories to leave with. Great! Just try not to break the law! The Gardaí are on your side. They want you to have a good time and live your life here to the full so please respect them and the job they have to do. Don’t forget, it’s now illegal to carry an open alcohol container in public. If you get stopped you could find yourself with an €80 fine and a court summons if you don’t pay.

Safety While the campus may sometimes seem like a selfsufficient village where everybody knows your name, bear in mind that we are on the edge of an ever-growing city. Take precautions on your adventures. The University aims to provide a safe environment for you on-campus, but be vigilant.

Some wise words: · Never walk home alone. Always arrange to walk home with a friend or in a group. If you have no choice but to walk alone, always send a housemate a text to let them know where you are and what time you expect to be home. · Take the NiteLink!

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· Avoid dark areas. Once it starts to get dark, don’t take short cuts! Keep to the main UL pathways that are well lit.

If an issue arises: · Report all incidents to the Welfare Officer. · Contact Campus Security - These are the guys that drive around in the red and white vans. In the event of an emergency or an incident, call the emergency line on 061 213333. · Contact the Community Garda.

Numbers to remember: Emergency - 999 or 112 Garda Station (Henry St.) 061-212400 Garda Station (Roxboro) 061-419555

Your Neighbours We know sometimes its fun to bang out the tunes late at night, run around shouting about how you’re so drunk you can’t feel your nose, or indeed have a vocal sing song on the way home from the Stables but you have to remember that there are other people living in Castletroy too. So please, before you go mad and have your fun, just think of your neighbours.


University Services - Chaplaincy Welcome to UL! We wish you well and hope that your time in College will be an enriching experience. If we can support you in any way we will be very happy to do so.

The key activities of the UL Chaplaincy team fall into 3 categories:

Support - Worship - Outreach Students of all religious denominations or none at all, are welcome to visit Teach Fáilte, our Drop in Centre (Opposite Ulster Bank) which is open daily from 9-5pm. Individuals or groups are welcome to have a casual cuppa and chat. In times of difficulty, students are assured of a listening ear and may be facilitated to avail of other supports on campus. Throughout the year, awareness raising and fundraising activities are held in this comfortable, welcoming venue. The Contemplative Centre (opposite the SU) is a haven of peace and tranquillity for those who wish to take time to reflect, pray or listen to sacred music. Religious Services are provided in the Catholic and Anglican tradition.

Rev. Patricia Hanna Room CM 068 Email: Patricia.Hanna@ul.ie

Sr. Sarah O’Rou rke Room cm071 Email: Sarah.O Rour

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Daily Mass: 1.05pm Weekend Masses: Held in the Salesian Parish Church just off campus. Church of Ireland Communion Service: Tuesdays at 12.30pm followed by lunch in Teach Fáilte. There are also special services throughout the year. Visit our website: www.ul.ie/chaplain We look forward to meeting you!

Fr. John Campion Room CM071 Email: John.Campion@ul.ie

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Students with disabilities There are over 250 students with disability attending courses at UL. Almost every course has at least one student with disability. UL has a policy in place since 1995 to ensure the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of campus life. The facilities for these students include a designated assistive technology lab, accessible transport service, specific exam arrangements and a host of other services. If you require information or would like to register with the service, you can contact us by emailing disabilityservice@ul.ie or by phoning 061 202346.

Alternatively you can call to the office on the ground floor of the Library building. Brenda S. Kennedy Disability Officer

Counselling During your time with us here at UL, there are likely to be moments when you may feel like a bit of extra support to deal with life’s trials and tribulations, however minor or major. One of those supports is the professional student counselling service which is available to you throughout the year and in the strictest confidence. 

We see over 500 students each year for a wide variety of reasons. We run a daily drop-in centre from 11.00 - 12.00 and 3.00 - 4.00; Room CM073 and we provide on-going counselling to whoever needs it.  You can also make contact with us by phone (061-202327) or email (counselling@ ul.ie).  We don't operate 24/7 on demand but we will do our utmost to cater for your needs.  We wish you all the very best in your studies and look forward to engaging with you over the coming years in whatever way possible. Declan Aherne Head of Counselling

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) For most people, the first feelings about sexuality are confusing and uncertain. If your orientation is not heterosexual then this is more difficult. It can be easy to end up feeling cut off and alone - like you are the only one. That is not the case. Throughout Ireland there are thousands of people who identify themselves as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. Identifying yourself as either LGBT and disclosing this to other people is often referred to as ‘coming out’. Coming out is a process and the first step of this process is coming out to yourself by accepting that you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender.

What does it mean to "come out"? Coming out means coming to terms with your own sexuality and/or deciding to share your sexual orientation with others e.g. friends or parents. It can be a gradual process or one that is as sudden as a lightening bolt. The first step usually involves coming out to yourself, often with a realization that feelings you've had for some time (months, years) make sense if you can define them as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. While exploring sexuality, try not to fall into the trap of stereotypes.

LGBT people are just as diverse as straight people. There is no mannerism, music or clothing preference that can define a person as LGBT. Coming out is different for every LGBT person. Some experience a lot of pain and anguish while for others acceptance is simple. You may experience fear, doubt, loneliness, anger and even depression. That's why it is good to surround yourself with others that may be going through the same transition or who have already come out; they can be a great support network. If you don't have any LGBT friends or don't know anyone else coming out, then you might consider using the resources listed where you will find support.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance - ‘Out in UL’ All are welcome...The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance of ‘Out in UL’ is a group committed to enhancing and maintaining a unified presence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, as well as the presence of our heterosexual allies. We hope not only to provide support for one another as LGBT students, but also to influence, inform, and educate the greater UL community of LGBT issues. In anticipation of a new academic year with many

new students joining the UL community, LGBT Alliance members are contemplating ways we can make our community more vibrant and worthwhile. We are very excited to welcome new members into the ‘Out in UL’ society. To make contact check out the ‘Out in UL’ website at www.csn.ul.ie/~lgb/.

Contacts: · · · · ·

UL - LGBT Liaison officer: lgbtul@ul.ie or call 061-202332 for an appointment. Student Welfare Officer/ Student Counselling Gay Switchboard Limerick: 061-303010 Rainbow Support Services Limerick: 061-468611 Out in UL website: www.csn.ul.ie/~lgb/

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Environmental Awareness The Environmental Committee was established in July 1999 to help develop environmentally sound and friendly practices on the UL campus. Its responsibilities include the raising of environmental awareness and advising the President on environmental matters. Over the years of its existence, the Committee has led initiatives relating to the recycling of a wide variety of materials; the more efficient use of energy on campus; the development of environmentally friendly solutions to the transport needs of the University community; the development of teaching and research activities related to the environment; and the drafting of a formal Environmental Policy for the University. The Committee consists of staff and student members who share a concern for the environment and an enthusiasm for practical ways in which we can work together to maintain and improve the beautiful campus in which we work and study. Its work and related environmental matters are described on the following website: http://www.ul.ie/ envirocom. You can also follow UL Environmental Committee on twitter http://twitter.com/ ULEnvirocom. Reducing our impact on the environment is the way to more sustainable living and stopping climate change.

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Here are some hints to help you to do your bit to protect the environment and save money.

Be a Conscientious Shopper Choose food products with minimal packaging. Bring your own shopping bag! Avoid using plastic folders, plastic cups etc. Use the recycling facilities available on campus.

Be Thrifty Turning off lights, TVs and radios when not in use saves energy and money. Try not to spend too long in the shower, hot water is very expensive! Turn down the heating instead of opening windows. Boil only the water you need, not the full kettle! Use rechargeable batteries with your electrical appliances. Don’t leave appliances on standby!

Stay Healthy and Support Local Producers Contact Us Walk or cycle to college! It’s healthy and will save you time and money. Shop at the Farmers Market and buy local products, meaning less food miles and less pollution on transporting you to shop. If you must drive to college, why not carpool - check out http://www.ul.ie/environcom/ Carpooling.html

For more information on environmental issues in UL and the UL Environmental Committee, you can visit our website at http://www.ul.ie/ envirocom or email us at envirocom@ul.ie


International Education Lifelong Learning Programme/ Erasmus at the University of Limerick. Have you ever wanted to live and study abroad; to experience a different culture, study at a foreign university, meet new friends, and learn another language? Then ERASMUS may be what you are looking for! The Erasmus programme was established in 1987. It stands for EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students Programme. It offers the possibility of studying abroad in another European country for a period of between 3 and 12 months. Erasmus was the name of a philosopher, theologian and humanist from Rotterdam, who lived and worked in several countries in Europe, in quest of knowledge, experience and insights which only such contact with other countries could bring. The Erasmus programme, run by the International Education Division at UL, allows for students from all degree programmes to study abroad at a partner European university for either one academic semester or a full academic year.

There are also exchange opportunities available outside Europe with partners in the US and Canada, Singapore, China, Korea, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your languages and experience life in another country. You may receive a study grant. And you won’t have to pay university fees abroad! In addition, your studies abroad will be fully recognised at your home university. All your rights, as well as your obligations, as an Erasmus student are specified in the Erasmus

Student Charter, which is provided before leaving for your study period abroad. For further information about studying abroad, call to the International Education Division located in E0-030 in the Main Building. We are open from 09:00 to 17:00 every day, closing between 13:00 and 14:15. www.ul.ie/ internationaleducation.

The University currently has links with over 200 European Universities. These extend across all of Europe. A list can be found at http://www. ul.ie/internationaleducation/ socrates_out_partners.php

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Cooperative Education and Careers Division What is Cooperative Education? (www.ul.ie/coop) Cooperative Education (Coop) gives you the chance to experience the world of work before you graduate. Your Coop placement is a formal element of your degree here at UL and will help you to develop a range of skills that will allow you to plan for your future career. Coop placement is one of the top reasons students choose to come to study at UL and UL graduates consistently say that Coop is one of the highlights of the UL student experience. If you are interested in doing an international Coop, UL has Coop opportunities in more than twenty different countries.

contacts for your future career. • Graduates who have done Coop have a higher success rate in finding employment.

What is Teaching Practice? If you are doing a degree in Education, you will be placed in a school in Teaching Practice as a formal part of your degree programme. This is a great opportunity for you to develop your teaching skills in a real classroom environment. As an undergraduate, you will have two periods of Teaching Practice, one in your second year and another in your fourth year. Your tutors will support, advise and assess you on your Teaching Practice. Students undertake Teaching Practice assignments in schools all over Ireland.

What can Coop do for you?

Careers (www.ul.ie/careers)

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One of the real benefits of choosing to study at UL is that you will have a much better chance of finding employment when you graduate. The employment rate of UL graduates is much higher than the national average for all Irish graduates and this is one of the reasons that so many students put UL down as their first choice. Many graduate employers target UL

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It gives you practical work experience built into your degree programme. It’s an opportunity for you to apply your academic knowledge in a work environment. Coop gives you the chance to develop lots of important skills including teamwork, problem-solving and communications skills. It allows you to make useful

because UL graduates offer a combination of academic experience, personal attributes and relevant work experience. The Careers Service helps you to develop your employability skills and decide what kind of career would suit your personality, interests and abilities. We can help you to: • Get information on the types of jobs that relate to your degree. • Research career and postgraduate study opportunities. • Get in touch with employers through the UL Careers Fair and on-campus company presentations and interviews. • Write your CV and improve your interview skills. • Develop your employability skills. • Get a job – our job website advertises hundreds of jobs at any one time. • Access specialist support services if you’re a mature student or a student with a disability. Remember, we’re here to help. Feel free to drop in! Coop Office – EO-007 Teaching Practice Office – EO007 Careers Service – EO-019


The Glucksman Library

Borrowing:

The Glucksman Library welcomes you to UL. We aim to provide a high quality, personal and friendly service in a student-centred supportive environment. Details of all print and electronic resources, facilities, services and news are available on the library web at www.ul.ie/library.

You can borrow books using the self-service machines or from the Information Desk, which is located near the entrance to the Library. Search the library catalogue to find out if a book is in the Library. Undergraduates can borrow: · 4 general collection books for 14 days. · 1 general collection book for 3 days. · 1 short loan item for 1 day or 3 hours. · 1 reprint (photocopy) for 1 hour. Journals, reference texts, projects and theses can only be used in the Library.

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Books, journals, newspapers and magazines in the library building. Electronic books, journals and databases accessible via www.ul.ie/library. Wifi throughout the building. Self-service borrowing. Silent areas for quiet study. Group study rooms for collaborative work. Information Desk service. Faculty librarians. · Information skills training. Referencing support. Inter library loans. · Photocopying. Support for distance learners and for students with disabilities.

Accessing the electronic library from home:

Need help: · · · · · · · ·

In addition to the books and journals in the library building, we also subscribe to approximately 200,000 electronic books and 50,000 journals on the web. · Access these on any PC on campus at www.ul.ie/library. · Access these at home by logging in at https:// login.proxy.lib.ul.ie, using your UL username and password.

Library opening hours during semester: Opening Hours Study & PC Access only Monday - Friday 08:30 - 23:00 Saturday 10:00 - 19:00 Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

08:30 - 09:00 & 21:00 - 23:00 16:30 - 19:00 11:00 - 18:00

Ask at the Information Desk on the ground floor. Phone the Library at 061 202166 or email libinfo@ul.ie Go to www.ul.ie/library. Follow Glucksman Library UL on Facebook or Twitter. Go on your orientation tour of the library. Ask the library peer advisors for help. Buy the library booklet Cite it Right for help with Harvard referencing. Book an appointment with your Faculty Librarian for help with indepth research.

The Library

Library services available to you:

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Useful Phone Numbers

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Internal Services Students’ Union Main Reception President Welfare Education Campaigns & Services Communications Postgrad Class Reps Clubs & Societies

(Tel) (061) 202324 (Fax) (061) 213476 (061) 202326 (061) 202519 (061) 213491 (061) 213542 (061) 202363 (061)213473 (061) 234105 (061) 203477

University Main Reception Student Personal Services Campus Security Campus Emergency Counsellors Office Medical Centre Access Office Accommodation Office Chaplain-Roman Catholic Chaplain-Church of Ireland Campus Life Services Disability Liaison Office Student Counsellors

(061) 202010 (061) 202327 (Day) (061) 202249 (Night) (061) 202010 (061) 213333 (061) 202180 (061) 202534 (061) 202174 (061) 202412 (061) 202180 (061) 202225 (061) 202433 (061) 202346 (061)202332/151/446

External Services Gardaí Henry Street Roxboro

(061) 212400 (061) 419555

Other Services Addiction Counselling Aids Alliance Alcoholics Anonymous Asthma Society Aware Bodywhys IBTS CARI Cura Citizens Information Bureau Department of Social, Community & Family Affairs Dyslexic Support Centre ESB Emergency Gas Emergency Gingerbread

(061) 45386 (061) 310001 (061) 314111 (061) 227093 (01) 6766166 1890 200444 (061)415392 1890 924567 (061) 318207 (061) 311444 (061) 414799 (061) 227777 1850 372999 1850 205050 (01) 6710291

The Hope Project (Disability) (021) 4888503 Irish Cancer Society 1800 200700 Limerick Family Planning Clinic (061) 312026 Limerick Gay Switchboard (061) 310101 Limerick City Council (061) 415799 Limerick County Council (061) 318477 Limerick Rape Crisis Centre 1800 311511 MABS (Money Advice) 1800-418088 Narcotics Anonymous (021) 4278411 National Poisons Centre (01) 8379964 Rape Crisis Centre 1800-311511 Rainbow – Gay Switchboard (061) 310101 Red Ribbon Project (061) 314354 The Samaritans (061) 412111 1850 60 90 90 Limerick Tax Office (061) 310310 Living Links (Limerick) 087 7998427 Overeaters Anonymous (061) 314111 Positive Options Freetext LIST to 50444 PRTB (Accommodation disputes) (01) 8882834 Silver Apples Creche 061-213468 Threshold (021) 427125 Treoir (Single Parents) (01) 4964155 Transport/Taxi Bus Eireann Iarnrod Eireann Curtins Galvins McNulty’s Moroney’s Plassey Cabs

(061) 418855 (061) 418369 (061) 351596 (023) 45125 (097) 81086 (065) 6824146 (061) 336336

Medical - Doctors in Castletroy Dr. R Magnier (061) 331917 Dr. R Ryder (061) 410858 Medical card holder accepted by the following: Dr. J English (061) 311814 Dr. G O’Reagan (061) 418417 Dr. T O’Callaghan (061) 416677 Dr. Griffin (061) 419986 Dr. C Wallace (061) 419986 Dr. T Nylan (061) 419986 Dr. Kilby (061) 400814 Chemists & Pharmacies in Castletroy Castletroy Pharmacy (061) 333033 Hospitals Limerick Regional Hospital St John's Hospital

(061) 301111 (061) 415822


ORIENTATION WEEK

Lúnasa / Meán Fómhair 2011 AUGUST / SEPTEMBER

“Orientation Week! Welcome from all in the SU, Call in for a chat if you’re feeling lost!”

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ORIENTATION WEEK 01

Meán Fómhair 2011 SEPTEMBER

dé Deardaoin/Thursday Clubs & Socs Seminar (Admin 1)(Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 1 05

Meán Fómhair 2011 SEPTEMBER ““Fresher Week! Join some Clubs and Societies!”

dé Luain/Monday First Seven Weeks Launch at the concert Hall. Free tea and coffee from 12pm-2pm. Information on anything you missed last week.

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dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today! Clubs & Socs Seminar (Admin 2) (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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dé Céadaoin/Wednesday Clubs & Socs Recruitment (Arena 4pm-9pm)

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WEEK 2 12

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“Getting into the swing of things? Call in to Aoife to find out about becoming a Class Rep”

dé Luain/Monday Student Safety Week

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dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

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WEEK 2 15

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dé Deardaoin/Thursday Have you become a fan of ULSU on Facebook? www.facebook.com/ulstudentsunion

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Meán Fómhair 2011 SEPTEMBER “Get to know your Union. Get involved. Find out what we do”

dé Luain/Monday Feeling Healthy – Why not go for a run with your housemates?

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dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 3

Meán Fómhair 2011 SEPTEMBER “Did you know that condoms are available from SU Reception?”

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Meán Fómhair 2011 SEPTEMBER Be positive about Mental Health. Check out pleastalk.ie and reachout.com

dé Luain/Monday Student Wellbeing Week

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dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 5 03

Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER “SHAG Campaign is on. What does SHAG mean? – Checkout ulsu.ie”

dé Luain/Monday SHAG Week!

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dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 6 10

Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER “Have you met your student advisor yet?”

dé Luain/Monday Student Health Week

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Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER

Open Day today, some classes may not be going ahead.

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dé Satharn/Saturday Open Day today

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dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 7 17

Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER

“Look out for others around you, talk to your friends. A positive mental health message from ULSU”

dé Luain/Monday Community Week

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dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 8

Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER

“If you are suffering from depression, don’t turn to drink and drugs, come see a councillor, free of charge.

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dé Luain/Monday Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week

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dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 8

Deireadh Fómhair 2011 OCTOBER

Contact tara.feeney@ul.ie for more info.

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dé Deardaoin/Thursday “Let’s get dressed up for the Hallowe’en Ball!!”

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Deireadh Fómhair /Samhain 2011 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER “Grow your facial hair for a good cause!”

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dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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WEEK 10

Samhain 2011 NOVEMBER

Always Wear a condom when having sex or engaging in sexual activity. Condoms free at ULSU Reception.

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dé Luain/Monday Mens Health Week

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Samhain 2011 NOVEMBER

“Do you have a family history of cancer? Have you had a recent checkup?”

dé Luain/Monday Grab your balls, feel your boobs. Cancer is a silent killer, don’t let it get you.

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“Are you too ill to sit an exam? Talk to Aoife Kenny about getting an I-Grade”

dé Luain/Monday I Grade Awareness Week

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dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (If necessary) (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

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“Are you a student parent? Bring your kids to the annual Children’s Christmas Party!”

dé Luain/Monday Study Week

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WEEK 14

Mí na Nollag 2011 DECEMBER

“Don’t let the pressure of exams get to you. Come and de-stress in the Students’ Union with free tea and coffee.”

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Mí na Nollag 2011 / Eanair 2012 DECEMBER / JANUARY

December dé Luain/Monday

20 December dé Máirt/Tuesday 21 December dé Céadaoin/Wednesday 22 December dé Deardaoin/Thursday 23 December dé hAoine/Friday 24 December dé Satharn/Saturday 25 December dé Domhnaigh/Sunday Nollaig Shona 26 December dé Luain/Monday St. Stephen's Day 27 December dé Máirt/Tuesday 28 December dé Céadaoin/Wednesday 29 December dé Deardaoin/Thursday 30 December dé hAoine/Friday 31 December dé Satharn/Saturday 01 January dé Domhnaigh/Sunday Happy New Year 02 January dé Luain/Monday 03 January dé Máirt/Tuesday 04 January dé Céadaoin/Wednesday 05 January dé Deardaoin/Thursday 88


HOLIDAYS 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Eanair 2012 JANUARY

January dé hAoine/Friday January dé Satharn/Saturday January dé Domhnaigh/Sunday January dé Luain/Monday January dé Máirt/Tuesday January dé Céadaoin/Wednesday January dé Deardaoin/Thursday January dé hAoine/Friday January dé Satharn/Saturday January dé Domhnaigh/Sunday January dé Luain/Monday January dé Máirt/Tuesday January dé Céadaoin/Wednesday January dé Deardaoin/Thursday January dé hAoine/Friday January dé Satharn/Saturday January dé Domhnaigh/Sunday

89


WEEK 1

Eanair 2012 JANUARY

“Reminder – All students need to register online, Week 1 of each semester!”

23

dé Luain/Monday

24

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

25

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

90


WEEK 1 26

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

27

dé hAoine/Friday

28

dé Satharn/Saturday

Eanair 2012 JANUARY

29

91

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 2 30

dé Luain/Monday

31

dé Máirt/Tuesday

Eanair / Feabhra 2012 JANUARY / FEBRUARY

Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

01

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

92


WEEK 2 02

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

03

dé hAoine/Friday

04

dé Satharn/Saturday

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY

05

93

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 3 06

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY “Know your limits. Don’t take risks on the road”

dé Luain/Monday Road Safety Week

07

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

08

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

94


WEEK 3 09

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

10

dé hAoine/Friday

11

dé Satharn/Saturday

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY

12

95

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 4 13

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY “Come along to the food fair and try some exotic foods!”

dé Luain/Monday International Week

14

dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

15

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

96


WEEK 4 16

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

17

dé hAoine/Friday

18

dé Satharn/Saturday

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY

19

97

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 5 20

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY

“The Gardai will never find it as funny as you did” – Fergal Dempsey, CSO 2009/10

dé Luain/Monday Community Week

21

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

22

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

98


WEEK 5 23

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

24

dé hAoine/Friday

25

dé Satharn/Saturday

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY

26

99

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 6 27

Feabhra 2012 FEBRUARY “Pick up a copy of Pulse and get involved in Charity Week 2012!”

dé Luain/Monday Charity Week

28

dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

29

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

100


WEEK 6 01

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

02

dé hAoine/Friday

03

dé Satharn/Saturday

Márta 2012 MARCH

04

101

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 7 05

dé Luain/Monday

06

dé Máirt/Tuesday

Márta 2012 MARCH

An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

07

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

102


WEEK 7 08

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

09

dé hAoine/Friday

10

dé Satharn/Saturday

Márta 2012 MARCH

11

103

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 8 12

Márta 2012 MARCH “Look after yourself”

dé Luain/Monday Student Wellbeing Week

13

dé Máirt/Tuesday Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm))

14

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

104


WEEK 8 15

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

16

dé hAoine/Friday

17

dé Satharn/Saturday

Márta 2012 MARCH

18

105

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 9 19

Márta 2012 MARCH “Make sure your voice is being heard – vote in your student elections”

dé Luain/Monday Election Week

20

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

21

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

106


WEEK 9 22

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

23

dé hAoine/Friday

24

dé Satharn/Saturday

Márta 2012 MARCH

25

107

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 10 26

dé Luain/Monday

27

dé Máirt/Tuesday

Márta 2012 MARCH

Class Reps Council (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

28

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

108


WEEK 10 29

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

30

dé hAoine/Friday

31

dé Satharn/Saturday

Márta / Aibreán 2012 MARCH / APRIL

01

109

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


EASTER BREAK 02

Aibreán 2012 APRIL “Happy Easter!”

dé Luain/Monday This week is Easter Week – no classes!

03

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today Clubs & Socs Council (If necessary) (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

04

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

110


EASTER BREAK 05

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

06

dé hAoine/Friday

07

dé Satharn/Saturday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

08

111

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 11 09

dé Luain/Monday

10

dé Máirt/Tuesday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

Class Reps Council (If Necessary) (Jonathan Swift [B1-023] 6pm)

11

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

112


WEEK 11 12

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

13

dé hAoine/Friday

14

dé Satharn/Saturday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

15

113

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 12 16

dé Luain/Monday

17

dé Máirt/Tuesday

18

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

114


WEEK 12 19

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

20

dé hAoine/Friday

21

dé Satharn/Saturday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

22

115

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 13 23

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

“Are you too ill to sit an exam? Talk to Aoife Kenny about getting an I-Grade”

dé Luain/Monday Study Week

24

dé Máirt/Tuesday An Focal is out today

25

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

116


WEEK 13 26

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

27

dé hAoine/Friday

28

dé Satharn/Saturday

Aibreán 2012 APRIL

29

117

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 14

Aibreán / Bealtaine 2012 APRIL / MAY

“Don’t let the pressure of exams get to you. Come and de-stress in the Students’ Union with free tea and coffee.”

30

dé Luain/Monday Exam Week

01

dé Máirt/Tuesday

02

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

118


WEEK 14 03

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

04

dé hAoine/Friday

05

dé Satharn/Saturday

Bealtaine 2012 MAY

06

119

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


WEEK 15 07

Bealtaine 2012 MAY “Nearly there! Keep on trucking!”

dé Luain/Monday Exam Week

08

dé Máirt/Tuesday

09

dé Céadaoin/Wednesday

120


WEEK 15 10

dé Deardaoin/Thursday

11

dé hAoine/Friday

12

dé Satharn/Saturday

Bealtaine 2012 MAY

13

121

dé Domhnaigh/Sunday


5-6

4-5

3-4

2-3

1-2

12 - 1 11 - 12 10 - 11 9 - 10

TIMETABLE SEMESTER 1

Mon

Tues

Wed

122

Thurs

Fri


5-6

4-5

3-4

2-3

1-2

12 - 1 11 - 12 10 - 11 9 - 10

TIMETABLE SEMESTER 2

Mon

Tues

Wed

123

Thurs

Fri


NOTES

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