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NUI, Galway, University Societies Coordinating Group (USCG) - Terms of Reference

A. The aim of the NUI Galway University, University Societies Coordinating Group will be:

To assist the Societies of the University in fulfilling their aims and, in doing so, to develop and facilitate social and community life in the University

To consider applications and make recommendations on the recognition of new University Societies.

To regulate the continuing recognition of Societies.

To agree allocation of funds made available for Societies at NUI, Galway.

To develop and recommend policy in relation to Society activity and the provision and use of facilities for activity to the Vice President for the Student Experience.

To promote the interests of Societies and to act as their representatives within the University.

2019/2020 USCG Reps 

Oissine Moore: Societies Chairperson

    Scott Green - Artistic & Performing
    Ferdia O'hEadhra -  Social Action + Political
    Owen Mac an Bhaird - Social and Cultural
    Kevin McLoughlin - Special Interest 
    Eamon MacGiobuin - Religious and Volunteering
    Aoife O'Shaughnessy - Lifestyle and Wellbeing 
    Cormac Kavanagh - Academic 


    Staff Reps
    Saoirse NicGabhann (Chair)
    John Hannon
    Padraig McNeela
    Mary Dempsey
    Thomas McArdle
    Jimmy McGovern

      How the elections take place:

      Elections for 2020/2021 will be open April 2020. 

      Candidates return their signed form to the Societies Office in √Āras na Mac L√©inn. The updated form is available here:


      USCG Student Representative Election Procedure 
      - Any society member is eligible for election. 
      - The rep must be nominated by three auditors of the academic year 2019/2020 within their constituency. In the event of more than one candidate in any constituency an election will be held. 
      - One vote per Society. Auditors may vote. In the absence of an auditor a vice auditor may vote. Proxy voting forms will be available in the SocsBox for collection by the Auditor or Vice Auditor, which will need to be signed and submitted to the SocsBox by 4pm on the evening of the election. 
      - Candidates will be elected by proportional representation. 
      - Voters may number all the candidates in order of preference but are encouraged to indicate at least first, second and third preferences. 
      USCG reps may attend the Auditors forum but may not vote unless he/she/they is/are an Auditor. 
      - The returning officer shall be the Societies Officer 

      If you notice your society is missing contact the socsbox. 

      Academic Societies 

      Archaeology, Astronomy, Bio-Med, Botany, Business, Business Analytics, Chemistry, Classics, Cumann Staire, Emergency Medicine, Energy, Engineering, Finance, French, G-eos, Geography, German, Health Care Society, Italian, Journalism, Law, Marine, Maths, Medicine, Microbiology, Neuro,  Occupational Therapy, Paediatric, Philosophy, Physics, Psychiatry, Psychological, Spanish, Speech & Language, Surgical, Zoological.

      Artistic and Performing Societies 
      Art, Choral,- Circus, Comedy, Cumann Dramaiochta, Dansoc, DJ, Dramsoc, Film, Music, Musical (GUMS), Orchestra, Photography, Radio, Rock, Trad Soc, Writers.

      Lifestyle and Wellbeing 
      Baking, Bike Gang, Cheerleading, Environmental Society, Healthy Hearts, Lotus, Niteline, Organic Gardening, Rover, Sl√°inte, Strength Soc, Style, Veg Soc.

      Social and Cultura
      Access, African Caribbean, Chinese, Cumann Gaelach, GIG (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender +), IMPACTE, India Society, International Student Society, Literary and Debating, Malaysian Society, Mature Students, Mincéirs Whiden, Pakistani Society, Russian, Saudi Soc.

      Social Action and Political Societies 
      AMSI, Cumann de Barra (Fianna Fail), Entrepreneurship, Fáilte Refugees, Junior Chamber Galway, Labour Party, Sinn Féin, Social Democrats, Young Fine Gael, Young Greens.

      Special Interest Societies 
      Anime & Manga, Computer, Drone Soc, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Irish Sign Language, Poker, Time Lord, Video Game

      Volunteering and Religious Societies  

      Anaphora Orthodox Christian Fellowship, Believers Connect, Best Buddies, Cancer Society, Cath Society, Dochas Christian Society, Dra√≠ocht, Enactus, FLAC, Friends of MSF, Islamic Society, PENSA, St Vincent de Paul, Voluntary Services Abroad.

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