Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn Conferring 2018 Bronnadh Céimeanna 2018

Autumn Conferring. There will be a lot of visitors on campus, in particular in the vicinity of the Bailey Allen Hall and Quadrangle. Please take extra care driving on campus!

Location: Bailey Allen Hall Aras Na Mac Leinn     
Time: Monday Oct 15th to Friday Oct 19th

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

CELT Training: Teaching with Technology: Tools for Reflection & Collaboration

In this session, particpants will explore a variety of tools available for use in reflection and collaboration within Blackboard and beyond.Places are limited. Please register here


Location: AM102 in the Arts Millennium Building.    
Time: Wednesday, 24th October 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018

Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practice

The College of Business, Public Policy and Law is engaged on a major project to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students. This is particularly important in the context of increasing student diversity, and the University's strong emphasis on internationalisation.

As part of this project, a half-day training workshop on inclusive teaching and learning practice will be held on Friday 19th October. The aim of the workshop is to promote a greater understanding of the barriers that may affect particular student groups, such as international and intercultural students, students with disabilities, LGBT+ students, and female and non-binary students. Using specially designed training delivered by AHEAD, the workshop will provide practical solutions and strategies for dealing with problems and achieving a more inclusive learning environment.

The workshop will run from 1.30pm to approximately 5pm. Lunch will be available from 12.45pm, and the workshop will be followed by a drinks reception. Attendance is free and is open to anyone teaching in the University. Those teaching in the College of Business, Public Policy and Law are particularly encouraged to attend. For catering and capacity purposes, pre-registration is required.

The support of the NUI Galway Student Project Fund is gratefully acknowledged.

The workshop is accredited by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education as part of the Professional Development Framework (PDF) for all who teach in Higher Education in Ireland. On completion of a number of learner activities, participants will be eligible for a digital badge in recognition for their commitment to ongoing professional development through the improvement of relevant skills and competencies in their teaching and learning practice.

Location: Aula Maxima, Ground Floor, The Quadrangle     
Time: Friday, 19th October 2018

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Mindfulness for Beginners

All are welcome to Mindfulness for Beginners which is free of charge and open to staff, students and members of the public.

Drop in for one session or attend lots of classes and receive a Certificate of Attendance in December!

The mindfulness teacher is Martina Coyne, a qualified nurse, mid-wife and Montessori Teacher who has been working with mindfulness-based therapy since she began to study in-depth meditation and body-centred therapies in New Mexico in 1994.

She is a qualified mindfulness teacher and ‘mindfulness in schools’ facilitator. Throughout her career she has been working in the area of health and well-being in many different settings ranging from homelessness and addiction to cancer care and student services as well as in private practice where preventative therapy, health promotion, education and self-care have been a common thread.

She is a member of the Mindfulness Association in Scotland and in her current MSc. in Mindfulness studies at the University of Aberdeen, she is developing a modified mindfulness-based intervention for people with anxiety.

Location: AC201 on the concourse     
Time: Tuesday, 16th Octboer 2018

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Procurement Training: Stage 1: Foundation Course: How To Buy

The How to Buy workshop is the Foundation Course in the Procurement Training Calendar and is mandatory for all staff members who have any involvement whatsoever in buying goods/services/works.

This course explains the basic principles of procurement, your duties and obligations when spending University funds, the role of the Procurement and Contracts Office, step by step guide to using the Procurement Policy, Overview of the Quotations/Tendering/Sole Source Processes and when to apply them, how to setup new suppliers, and much more. 

ALL STAFF are required to attend this course every 3 years.

Trainer:   Frances Feeney, Contracts Officer, Procurement and Contracts Office

To register, please visit the Staff Development Website


Location: AMB-G065 Training Room, Arts Millennium Building Annexe     
Time: Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Procurement Training: Stage 2: Managing Quotations/Mini Competition Processes

While the majority of day-to-day purchases are well below tendering threshold values, this does not remove the obligation to seek best value for money, nor does it remove the overriding obligation for openness and transparency.     In addition, many centralised contracts are now setup as Framework Agreements where a “mini-competition” is required to decide which supplier to use.    Whether a quotation or mini-competition process is needed, the principals of running this process are quite similar.    The aim of this workshop is to provide University buyers with an understanding of how to specify requirements, seek quotations/mini-tenders, and evaluate bids while maintaining the goals of attaining value for money and ensuring compliance with the NUI Galway Procurement Policy.  This half day workshop covers all important aspects of the quotation/mini-tender process.  All staff who have responsibility for the activity of purchasing must attend this course. 

Audience:    Staff involved in any aspect of the sourcing of supplies and services or purchasing from current centralized contracts.
Pre-requisite:  To get maximum benefit and an understanding of the basic principles, staff must have the Stage 1 Foundation Training Workshop completed first before attending this course.

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Location: AMB-G065 Training Room, Arts Millennium Building Annexe    
Time: Tuesday, 23rd October 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Procurement Training: Stage 3: National Tendering

Audience:  Staff must have completed the Stage 1 Procurement Foundation Workshop:  How to Buy    
Specifically designed for staff involved in purchases greater than €25,000.  
National Tendering applies for purchases valued between €25,000 and €209,000.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Government Guidelines
  • What is National Tendering and when does it apply
  • Defining type of procurement – supplies, services, works
  • Examining the procedures (open and restricted)
  • Timelines and Thresholds
  • Understanding the key components of a tender pack:
    • Scope of Requirements
    • Criteria for selection
    • Award criteria 
  • Advertising on etenders
  • Evaluating tenders
  • The award and conclusion stages:
    • Notification letters
    • Award Notice
  • Records to keep

Trainer:  Michael Swan, Greenville Procurement Partners

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Location: AMB-G065 Training Room, Arts Millennium Building Annexe    
Time: Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Reporting for Recurrent Account Budget Holders and Administrators

There are a limited number of spaces for this training therefore you must register for this course (as there are only a number of spaces available). For registration and training details, please see the staff training page

Location: PC Suite, Nursing & Midwifery Library, Basement, James Hardiman Library     
Time: Thursday, 25th October 2018

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Agresso Web Ordering Training

This course teaches you how to generate purchase orders in Agresso. It also covers approval limits and goods received notes. There is a demonstration and you will be able to practise generating your own purchase orders.

There are a limited number of spaces for this training therefore you must register for this course (as there are only a number of spaces available). For registration and training details, please see the staff training page

Location: PC Suite, Nursing & Midwifery Library, Basement, James Hardiman Library    
Time: Thursday, 6th December 2018