€200 of JJ KAVANAGH & SONS Travel Credit to giveaway!

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JJ Kavanagh & Sons Smartcard is the new convenient way to pay for travel across 180 of their services. It saves you carrying or looking for change and Smartcard fares are 10% cheaper than cash sales!

Using their Smartcard is easy. Simply pick up a Smartcard from the Students’ Union or from their bus drivers. Then register your card online, top up with travel credit and away you go!

Register online here


Now they are teaming up with us in the First Seven Weeks in order to give away LOADS of Smartcards with €20 Travel Credit, sure it doesn’t get sounder than that. It takes less than 60 seconds to enter, just click the banner below. Good luck.


Winner of Book Review Competition

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr

With an incredulous feeling I turn the last page of Anthony Doerr´s All the Light We Cannot See and find myself confronted with the fact that things have not happened as I had hoped they would. Where is the good old happy ending that leaves you without worries back in reality?

All the Light We Cannot See is a lovingly written, well-researched novel that takes you back to the dark times of Nazi Germany. It tells the story of blind Marie-Laure, who is forced by the war to leave her hometown Paris, and Werner, a boy with an extraordinary engineering talent who quickly becomes an important man in the “ever-quickening, ever-expanding machine that is Germany” (69). Even though both lives could not be more different, their paths are, curiously enough, meant to cross.

In his vivid, detail-oriented way of writing, Doerr lets his readers accompany Marie-Laure in her every day struggle and lets them feel with her when fate keeps testing her. He gives insights into Werner´s life in the Hitler Youth and how he slowly becomes a victim of the Nazi ideology. I was especially surprised by the many German terms used in the book, sometimes even without further explanation. They give the story a very original, authentic touch and made it, for me as a German, even more pleasant to read.

It is an interest in the fate of those two strong characters and the well-known imminent circumstances of the Second World War that make your eyes jump to the end of the next page in the hope of finding a name or a hint telling you if Marie-Laure´s father is finally coming back, if Werner and his comrade manage to survive another day without food, or if the risk of spreading secret codes is really worth it …

Even though I am not a big advocate of time warps, they and the short chapters give the story a lifelike and dramatic touch that makes it quite thrilling to follow. It is like a puzzle – you are trying to put the pieces together, to find connections, to understand incidents.

It has been a long time since I have read a novel that treats a serious topic in such a sensitive, but realistic way and that makes you hope, hope until the end. I realize that the story, which is the reflection of brutal and merciless oppression and terror, has found its own adequate end. According to the circumstances, it may somehow also be considered a happy one. It is unexpected, but reasonable.

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Week 5 – Learner Support Centres

As with every week, the HUB is open 08:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday to answer any questions you might have. You can get us online too, but the theme of this week is “Learner Support Centres” and for this week only we are holding workshops and a massive competition.


FREE Workshops … With Freebies

Academic Writing Worshop, Graduate Attributes Hub

Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Writing at university can be very different to the type of writing you did at school or in the workplace, this workshop has a massive amount of advice to offer new first year students.

Here is how to get to the workshop starting at our old friend Brown Thomas.

And because we are sound, everyone that attends the workshop will get a gorgeous First Seven Weeks pocket calculator/sticky note wallet.



Succeeding in Science and Mathematics, Science Learning Centre (BO-021a)

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

It’s a big step from science and maths at school to science and maths in University. Often you end up meeting aspects of these subjects in first year that are totally new to you. Even if you have already studied maths and the sciences at Leaving Cert, you might find the experience of learning them through lectures, labs and tutorials very different to how you are used to being taught in secondary school.
This workshop will look at:
 Learning from lectures
 Getting prepared for lab work and tutorials
 Working in groups
 Making the most of all the learner supports
 Most importantly: maintaining a love of science and mathematics!

And because we are sound everyone that attends the workshop gets a free First Seven Weeks pocket calculator with sticky notes.



Selfie Competition to be in with a chance of winning an iPad, one of two RWC hoodies, and a pocket calculator/sticky note for all participants!

Yes, be in with a chance of winning a delicious iPad and to be in with a shot of winning one of 2 RWC hoodies, and guaranteed a pocket calculator/sticky note wallet, all you have to do is call to the 5 Learning Centres over this week. Just pop in, take a selfie & send them to us on Facebook Messenger.

So, here is what you need to know:


What Learner Centres Are There? Where Are They? And What Are Their Opening Times?

Regional Writing Centre

Location: C1-065 (Main Building, Block C, Level 1)

Opening times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday


Science Learning Centre

Location: BO-021a (Main Building, Block B, Level O)

Opening times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


Mathematics Learning Centre

Location: A2-018a (Main Building, Block A, Level 2)

Opening times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday


ICT Learner Centre

Location: CS1-046 (Computer Science Building, Floor 1)

Opening times: This one is a bit complicated http://ictlc.ul.ie/index.php/timetable


Peer-Supported Learning Centre

Location: C2-061 (Main building, Block C, Level 2)

Opening times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday