Societies Chairperson: Patrick O'Flaherty

Mobile: 086 8523417

su.socs@nuigalway.ie

Responsibilities

The Societies Chair is responsible for:

  • Representing the views of societies to the University and to the Executive Committee
  • Providing assistance to societies in their day to day activities
  • Ensuring the Executive Committee is well informed of society events and issues
  • Working with the Societies Officer to ensure provision of resources to societies
  • Organising and Chairing the societies forum
  • Ensuring societies are made aware of all Union policy and events
  • Providing information on society rights within the University

The Societies Chair is elected by the auditors of the University societies in early March. The Union recognizes the Societies Chair as the chief spokesperson of the Societies
Past campaigns have included:
The establishment of the Society Awards to honour the work of societies on campus
Working with the University to develop society related policy - e.g. postering policy
Negotiation for full society access to the refurbished Áras na MacLéinn
See also: Socsbox/Societies Office

Background:

I've been the Societies Chair for this past year and I'm looking forward to being the representative for societies on again year. You might also hear me referred to as 'pofla', a legacy of my years in the Computer Society. I've over a decade of experience with societies, having served as auditor of the Computer Society three times, on other committees such as the Radio Society as well as roles in the University Societies Coordination Group (USCG). I also have seven years of judging societies at national level at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS). Societies are easily one of the largest and important student activities on campus and I'm always looking for ways to build and expand upon this. If you've any concerns, questions or ideas don't hesitate to contact me. I hope I'm easy to approach but the otherwise my email address and my phone number are on this page.

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