My name is Mark O’Brien, and I am the President of your Students’ Union for the 2017/18 academic year. Firstly, I would like to welcome back all returning students, I hope you had a great summer! To all the first years, international, and transfer students I would like to congratulate you on being accepted into your course. I studied Higher Cert Culinary Arts in the Hotel School, and have been Deputy President for Education for the past two years and will be representing GMIT as President this year.

The Students’ Union provide a wide range of services and assist you in a lot of different ways. If there is anything you need help with throughout your time in GMIT, just get in touch with us and we will assist you as much as we can. Every registered student in GMIT is automatically a member of the Students’ Union. It is up to you to shape how the SU is ran through voting in elections and referendums, becoming class reps, joining the SU exec or running for election yourself.

As President, I am responsible for the overall running of the SU. I will represent you on various boards and committees in GMIT. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve the SU please get in touch – it is your Union. The best advice I could give to any student, no matter if you are a first to a final year, it would be to get involved in the SU in some way. There are plenty of areas to meet new people, gain new skills and make unforgettable memories during your time here in GMIT. We hold many events on campus and off such as our outdoor music festival Moxegen, The End of Year Ball.

GMIT Students’ Union also run all the Clubs and Societies, and there will be a Clubs and Socs day on campus in September. This is a great way to join something you have an interest in, whether it be competing, just for fun or to meet new people! And remember, if you don’t see a club or society that you would like why not set up your own! Pop down to the SU and we can help!

Your time in college should be the best years of your life, and it is our job to make it as enjoyable as possible. If, for some reason you are finding it difficult or are struggling with personal issues, our doors are always open and we offer complete confidentiality in helping you with any issue you may be facing.

Best of luck in the year ahead, make the most of it and enjoy it!

Mark O’Brien
GMITSU President