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Referendum Result

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The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution has passed with 90% in favour.

Total Poll: 546
Spoils: 2
Total Valid Poll: 544
Yes: 494
No: 50

Mental Health Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 29th January / Dé Luain, an 29 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

All Day Jigsaw Galway Snapchat takeover!

Tuesday 30th January / Dé Máirt, an 30 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE pop up Yoga in The Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn (downstairs)

11am – 5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Wednesday 31st January / Dé Céadaoin, an 31 Eanáir

10.30am – 3.30pm Chats For Change USI Roadshow in the Foyer of the Hardiman Research building

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Thursday 1st February / Déardaoin, an 1 Feabhra

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

10.30am-11.30am Online live Q&A with the Counselling Service

Saturday 3rd February / Dé Sathairn, an 3 Feabhra

11am-5pm Do good, feel good! Volunteer with the SU Charity Collection Day in aid of Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

All week: Help us build a Mental Health Toolkit add your suggestions to the wall in the SU Office or email them to

All week: Look out for Snapchat takeovers from the Community Connector, Jigsaw and more!

All week: Look out for Welfare packs from the Welfare Crew!

More information from/Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó


#littlethings is a mental health and wellbeing campaign. It highlights that there are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.

If you need any support or information please contact any of the following people: 

Chaplaincy Service 091 495 055

Counselling Service 091 492 427

Student Health Unit 091 492 604

SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly 091 492 747

Jigsaw Galway 091 549 252

Samaritans Free phone 116 123

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well


SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

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NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 12th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

All proceeds from the gig will be going to Draíocht Nuig

This is part of our SHAG Week events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!

Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week 2018 runs from Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February.

Notice of Referendum Thursday 1st February 2018

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Notice of Referendum Thursday 1st February 2018

On Thursday 1st of February you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the restructuring of students’ union officer roles. The wording which will appear on the ballot paper requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

“Do you agreed with referendum motion proposed by the Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland Galway on 15th January 2018?”

The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution, as proposed by the SU Executive Committee, if passed, will result in the following:

  • The Vice-President / Welfare Officer will become the Vice-President / Welfare and Equality Officer with added responsibilities in the area of equality.
  • The current part-time Equality Officer position will be abolished.
  • The current Postgraduate Officer will be abolished.
  • Five new part-time officer positions will be created:
  1. The International Students Officer
  2. The Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
  3. The Disability Rights Officer
  4. The Postgraduate Taught Officer
  5. The Postgraduate Research Officer

Polling will take place on Thursday 1st of February in the following venues and you must present your NUI Galway ID to vote:

  • 10am-5pm at Smokey’s Café
  • 11am-6pm in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 10am-6pm via online Remote Vote on the SU Website. You must register in advance for the Remote Vote option before midnight on Wednesday 31st of January by logging on to

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Referendum Result

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb

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SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb Saturday 17th of February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 17th of February 2018 in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

You can sign up by emailing or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk.

Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Please note that you must raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the Climb.
All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Monday 12th February 2018

You can set up an online fundraising page HERE once you are registered. Sponsorship cards are also available from the SU Office.

Provisional Timetable for Saturday 17th February 2018
9.30am Bus Leaves from the Quad
11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.
11.30am Climb Begins
1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick
2pm Descent begins
4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick
5.30pm Bus arrives at the Quad

What You Need
Before you can board the bus, you must have all of the following:
Walking boots (with ankle support!)
PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.
Trousers (not jeans)
Waterproofs (not Ponchos)
Hat and Gloves
Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)
Spare Clothes and Shoes

Remember all time spent volunteering with the Students’ Union can be included in your ALIVE Student Volunteering President’s Certificate Application

Want to get in some training before the Climb? Join NUI Galway Mountaineering Club for one of their Sunday hikes!

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2018

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The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2018 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018 in Áras na Mac Léinn with talks/presentations taking place 12pm-8pm in The View. 

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer!

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair.

Confirmed Exhibitors:

ALIVE  – The NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering

Amba France /Campus France – The French Embassy in Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland – Summer Camp and resort jobs in the USA

CCUSA – Summer Camp jobs, working and volunteering opportunities in the USA and worldwide

Interrailing Packages – European Rail and Accommodation Packages

ISIC – The International Student Identity Card

J1 Ireland – Plan your J1 summer

JCI Galway – Junior Chamber International Galway is a voluntary, world-wide, independent, personal development organisation for young professionals and entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 40.

SAYIT – Plan your J1 summer

Partnership International – Global Internships.

USIT  – Plan your J1 summer.

VMM International – Volunteering opportunities in Asia & Africa.

Food Stalls: 


Brown Bag Donuts 

Joachim’s German Bratwurst

FREE Talks Schedule in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Wednesday 24th of January

1pm-2pm SAYIT J1 “SAYIT J1 USA 2018”

2pm-3pm Camp Leaders Ireland “Summer Camps in America for your J1 – everything you need to know with Camp Leaders”

3pm-4pm USIT Ireland “J1 Options: Camp USA, Soccer USA, J1 Classic”

4pm-5pm Partnership International “Global Work & Travel Opportunities”

NUIG Christmas Holiday Arrangements

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Christmas Holiday Arrangements 

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 16th December 2017 to Sunday 14th of January 2018 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 15th of January 2018. Academic Dates for the rest of 2017/18 are available HERE.

  • The Students’ Union Office will close at 4.00pm on Thurs 21st Dec and reopen at 10am Mon 8th Jan. Reduced opening hours Mon 18th Dec – Thurs 21st Dec 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 15th of Dec and reopen at 11am on Mon 15th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 15th of Dec and reopen at 9am on Thurs 18th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will close on Thurs 21st Dec and reopen Wed 3rd Jan 8am-5pm.
  • Sult will close at 12pm on Weds 20th Dec and will reopen at 8.30am on Mon 8th Jan.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Fri 15th Dec and will reopen on Mon 15th Jan.
  • Smokey’s Café will close on Thurs 21st Dec and reopen Wed 3rd Jan 8.30am-5pm.
  • The Wall Café will be 9am to 3pm over the Christmas period except closed 23rd to 26th Dec inclusive & closed 30th Dec to 1st Jan inclusive.
  • The James Hardiman Library will have reduced hours Fri 15th Dec to Fri 22nd of Dec 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat/Sun. The Library will be closed Sat 23rd Dec to Tues 2nd Jan inclusive. Weds 3rd Jan- Sun 14th Jan reduced hours: Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30 Sat/Sun Closed.
  • The Reading Room will only be closed on Mon 25th and Tues 26th of December.
  • The Student Health Unit will close on Weds 20th Dec and will reopen on Mon 8th Jan.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tues 23rd of Jan.
  • Flirt FM will be off air from 10th December to Mon 15th Jan.
  • The Socs Box will close on Fri 22nd Dec and will reopen on Mon 8th Jan.
  • The Academic Writing Centre will close on Fri 1st of Dec and will reopen in Jan 2018.
  • SUMS will be closed from Mon 11th of Dec and will reopen on Mon 29th of Jan.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access over the holidays check HERE

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

We are delighted to welcome back David O’Doherty to NUI Galway at 8pm on Monday 22nd  of January 2018 in the O’Flaherty Theatre, NUI Galway. Tickets are just €5 and all proceeds to go the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH! 

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of jokes and songs. David has spent the summer on tour in America with Flight of the Conchords, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and this is the Irish debut of his new show. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

€5 Tickets on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Bar Skills Training Added for SU Life Skills in 2018

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Bar Skills Training Added for SU Life Skills in 2018

We are delighted to announce that we are adding a Bar Skills Training Course to our SU Life Skills Courses for 2018. The course fee is €20 which will be donated to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH! 

Registration is now open for this course and our Sign Language  Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) First Aid Responder & Cardiac First Responder Courses. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to book and pay by Credit Card.

The provisional schedule for the Bar Skills Training course is as follows:

  • Bar Skills Course

Course objectives: To cover the basic fundamentals of drinks and drink service methods, including the social responsibility on all parties to serve drink in a responsible manner.

Course Date:10am-5pm Friday 26th January or Friday 16th February 2018

Course Content:                

1: Responsible selling of alcohol

2: Introduction to Wines

3: Spirits appreciation and theory

4: Stouts, beers and Ciders (theory and service)

Assessment/Certification: There is no assessment. A certificate of participation will be given.

Sign Up: In the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Course Fee: €20 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities

Course Venue: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn

Max number: 40 students

Many thanks to Gareth and the team at Sult for organising the course.

Are you well?

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Are you well? Keeping well around exam time
Cén chaoi a bhfuil tú? Treoir le tú féin a choinneáil ar bhóthar do leasa ag aimsir na scrúduithe

Exams can be the most stressful time of the year; and a lot of peoples’ routines tend to change dramatically. Here’s some tips to help you keep yourself well during exam season.

1. Don’t isolate yourself / Ná bí leat féin i gcónaí
Exam time can be very lonely as people go off studying on their own. Try to make a conscious effort to meet up with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others. Socialising with others is crucial around this time. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.

2. Don’t be a hero / Ná déan iarracht bheith i do laoch
Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some sanity breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk can work wonders.

3. Eat regularly / Ith go rialta
You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.

4. Sleep regularly / Faigh neart codlata
Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine. It will help you when exams start.

5. Stay hydrated / Ól go leor uisce
Water is your friend!

6. Talk to friends and look out for each other / Labhair le cairde agus bí ag faire amach dá chéile
You might notice some friends or classmates struggling at this time. Maybe they need to be pointed in the direction of one of the support services listed below.

7. Ask for help if you need it / Iarr cabhair má tá cabhair ag teastáil uait
• NUIG Health Unit: Walk in service Mon-Fri 9.15am- 12.30am & 2.30pm- 4.30pm
• NUIG Counselling Service: Drop in Mon-Fri 2pm-4pm,
• Chaplains: 091 495 055
• SU Education Officer Andrew Forde: 086 385 3658
• SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly: 086 385 3659

You can find more tips to help you with Exams here