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Current Members:

Chairperson: Saoirse NicGabhainn (Academic rep, Health Sciences)

Societies Chairperson (SU) Ruth Sweeney

Elected by the Students union Executive process in Semester 2.

The Academic Staff Reps are:

Nominations are now open for 4 Academic Staff Reps

Staff reps:

John Hannon (Students Services)

Fr. Declan Lohan (Chaplains)

The USCG Student Reps are:

Artistic & Performance: Brandon Walsh 
Social and Cultural: Sinead Ruane 
Academic: Mohanned Gashash
Special Interest: Tim Murphy 
Lifestyle and Well-being: Chris Kelly 
Social Action and Political: Niamh Ni Fhlatharta
Religious and Volunteering: Peter Kelly

Administrator & Secretary: Riona Hughes (Societies Officer)

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

B. The University Societies Coordinating Group will comprise 17 members as follows:

1 member from the list below will be appointed by the Vice President for the Student Experience as Chairperson of the Group

1 member will be a nominee of the Chaplaincy Service

1 member will be the Societies Chairperson of the NUI, Galway Students' Union

5 members will be appointed from the academic staff. One from each school.Their term of office shall be for three years

3 members will be non academic staff. Their term of office shall be for three years

7 members will be elected by the Societies' Auditors to represent the following groupings of Society activity:

  • Artistic and Performing Societies
  • Academic Societies
  • Social Action and Political Societies
  • Volunteering and Religious Societies
  • Social and Cultural Societies
  • Special Interest Societies
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing Societies

The Student representatives and SU Chairperson shall form a student working group which shall meet at least once a month and report back to the committee.

This group shall oversee the Societies ticket sales, bank account and on line and SocsBox ticket sales with the administrative support of the Societies officer and the SocsBox.

As new Societies receive full recognition, the University Societies Coordinating Group has the authority to allocate them to a constituency.

C. Election of Group Representatives

Group representatives will be elected in March of each academic year at a duly convened election. They will take up office on July 1st. Election will be by proportional representation. Each group will be a constituency for the purpose of conducting an election. The candidates for the position of group representative in any constituency must be a member of a society in that constituency and must be nominated by the auditors of two societies within that constituency. No candidate may run for more than one constituency group in a particular election. The Convenor of the election will be the Societies Officer. The term of office of group representatives will be one academic year, and no representative may serve for more three consecutive terms.

D. The Secretary to the University Societies Coordinating Group will be the Societies Officer.

E. Members elected by Societies Auditors will have the responsibility of maintaining close contacts with the wide diversity of Societies on campus, liaising with them and thereby keeping them abreast of important information. The role of members elected by Societies Auditors will be to represent all societies on campus. Societies Auditors may approach any members of the University Societies Coordinating Group in relation to matters pertaining to Societies.

F. Members of the University Societies Coordinating Group who do not attend at least one meeting of the Group in any six-month period will forfeit membership of the Group and will be replaced.

G. The quorum for University Societies Coordinating Group meetings will be 4, including the Chairperson or their designate.

See the Societies complaints procedure here

Society Constituencies

Academic Societies

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

Volunteering and Religious Societies

Best Buddies, Cancer Society, Cath Society, Dochas Christian Society, Draíocht, Enactus, FLAC, Friends of MSF, Islamic Society, St Vincent de Paul, Voluntary Services Abroad.

Artistic and Performing Societies

Art, Choral, Comedy, Cumann Dramaiochta, Dansoc, DJ, Dramsoc, Film, Juggling, Music, Musical (GUMS), Orchestra, Photography, Radio, Rock, Trad Soc, Writers.

Social and Cultural

African Caribbean, Australian Culture, Cumann Gaelach, GIG (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender +), IMPACTE Society, India Society, International Student Society, Literary and Debating, Malaysian Society, Mature Students, Pakistani Society, Russian.

Special Interest Societies

American Football, Anime & Manga, Chess, Computer, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fifa, Foosball, Karting, MMA, Nothing Specific, Poker, Potter, Star Trek Society, Time Lord, Video Game.

Social Action and Political Societies

Amnesty, AMSI, Choice, Cumann de Barra (Fianna Fail), Entrepreneurship, Fáilte Refugees, Feminist, Labour Party, Life, Palestine Solidarity, People Before Profit, Political Discussion Society, Shoutout, Sinn Féin, Social Democrats, SSDP, Young Greens, Young Fine Gael.

Lifestyle and Wellbeing

Baking, Bike Gang, Cheerleading, Lotus, Organic Gardening, Rover, Sl√°inte, Style, Zen.

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