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GMIT Students’ Union and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have placed a full page advertisement in a number of national and regional newspapers branding Government TDs, including Galway’s Derek Nolan, Brian Walsh, Sean Kyne, Paul Connaughton Jnr, Ciaran Cannon and Colm Keaveney, as ’liars’. The advertisements were designed to ensure the Government honours its pre-election promises on third level fees.
A surfing website designed by two students, which has the potential to develop tourism in the west of Ireland, has scooped the top prize of €15,000 at the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards held this week. The creators of WestCoastSurfer.com were presented with their prize by Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry T.D., NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Peter Mannion.
GMIT Students' Union RAG Week which ran without incident last month raised a total of approximately €10,000 for Serve, Aware, Special Olympics West, and the Irish Heart Foundation with more funds yet to come.
The Student Enterprise Awards, a competition to encourage enterprise and innovation among students, has been launched at NUI Galway. The NUI Galway Students’ Union initiative invites students across campus to put forward proposals for a project or business, with a prize of €15,000 for the overall winner.
NUI Galway students are attempting to break a Guinness World Record by organising the largest “Rock the Boat” dance.
Two hundred students from the Castlebar campus of GMIT travelled to Dublin this week to take part in a national protest against third level college fees but were not involved in the ugly clashes that followed with members of An Garda Síochána.
The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation have officially launched a new scholarship programme for students of GMIT Castlebar Campus which will be funded through the collection of unwanted mobile phones. The new scholarships, valued at €1,000 each, will be awarded to students who have played an active part in fundraising and awareness raising for charities, with these students nominated by staff and students of the Castlebar Campus and the winner selected by an independent panel.
NUI Galway students have raised more than €20,000 for charity as a result of their College Week fundraising events held on campus this month.
On Monday The Green Party unveiled its election team for the 2009 local elections - the first political party in Galway to do so. However the party look unlikely to make any increase on the one seat it secured in 2004.
Galway students are to take to the streets this Thursday to protest at a possible reintroductino of third level fees by Minister for Education and Science Batt O’Keeffe.