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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

Christmas Exam Buses 2017

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses 2017 with City Direct Bus Company

€2 Per Journey

Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel)

Monday 4th December-Thursday 14th December 2017

Leaving University Road

08:40 & 15:40

Leaving Salthill (Leisureland)

11:40 & 18:40

Charity Christmas Day

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Deck the halls and jingle your bells! The biggest charity event of semester 1 is upon us!
All proceeds go to Domestic Violence Response Ltd & Amach LGBT Galway
Featuring Christmas Dinner, Santa, Christmas jumpers, tinsel, good cheer, cheesy Christmas tunes, DJs and lots of festive surprises from 1pm at Sult NUI Galway. Entry to Sult is €5 and includes Christmas Dinner in a box (served until 3pm). Tickets are now SOLD OUT for Sult.
€5 wristbands for entry to Electric Garden & Theatre or 44ClubGalway between 10pm-11pm on sale from the SU Office (10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (11am-3pm – card only). Over 18’s ID required.
Please note wristbands only allow entry between 10pm and 11pm to either Electric or 44 – they will fill up quick so get there early if you’ve a preference! After 11pm you’ve to pay in as normal.
Over 18’s ID Required. Normal house rules apply.
Wristbands don’t get you in to Sult NUI Galway no matter what your friend says!

Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Pet Farm Visit

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents The Ultimate Study Break:
Cuireann Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh, An Briseadh Staidéar Iontach i Láthair:

Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Pet Farm Visit
An Díolachán Cácaí Mór Millteach ar son Carhanachtaí agus Cuairt Fheirm Pheataí Wooly Ward

11am – 4pm Wednesday 29th November 2017 in Áras na Mac Léinn
11r.n. – 4i.n., Dé Céadaoin, an 29 Samhain 2017 Áras na Mac Léinn

There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs, a llama, cake, tea, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM.

All funds raised go to Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!
Tabharfar an t-airgead ar fad do Domestic Violence Response agus AMACH!

NUIG Vs GMIT Fight Night

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NUIG Vs GMIT Fight Night
Oíche Throda idir OÉ Gaillimh agus GMIT

8pm Wednesday 22nd November 2017/8i.n. Dé Céadaoin, an 22 Samhain 2017

The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway
Tickets €15 Students/€25 Non Students

All proceeds go to the following charities:

Domestic Violence Response
Galway Hospice
Hand in Hand
Milford Care Centre
Special Olympics Ireland

Spot Prizes on the night

Tickets on sale from NUI Galway Students’ Union Office


Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance Week 2017

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2017

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2017

Monday 23rd of October/Dé Luain, an 23 Deireadh Fómhair

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

6pm-7pm Queer Sex Ed with GiG Soc, in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn.

Tuesday 24th of October/Dé Máirt, an 24 Deireadh Fómhair

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

6pm-8pm Let’s Talk About Sex (Toys) – In conversation with Shawna Scott of Sex Siopa in AC202.

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult

Wednesday 25th of October/ Dé Céadaoin, an 25 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-2pm Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATU) Stand in Smokey’s Café

1pm-3pm ‘Asking for it’ Consent workshop with FREE pizza in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

Thursday 26th of October/Déardaoin, an 26 Deireadh Fómhair

4pm-6pm Menstural Health Workshop in The Cube.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Runday

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NUI Galway Students’ Union RUNDAY!

Run, jog, walk or crawl charity 5k.

NUI Galway 10am Sunday 12th of November.

All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

Early Bird Sign up: €5 students or €10 staff/public until 31st October and €10/€15 thereafter.

Online Registration Closes 9pm Thursday 9th of November.

Number Pick Up: 10am-5pm Friday 10th of November in the Students’ Union Office or 8.30am-9.30am Sunday 12th of November at the Engineering Building.

Chip Timed and goodie bags will be provided to all competitors.


Don’t want to run but interested in volunteering at the event?


Never run a 5k before?

Here’s our 4 Week beginners training plan which starts from Monday 16th of October.

Runday Training Plan

NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2017

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2017

Seachtain Chomhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2017

Monday 16th October/Dé Luain an 16 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-2pm “Creating Inclusion” the official launch event for Social Inclusion Week in Tribeton, Merchants Road, Galway

12pm-2pm Look out for the EqualiTeam in green t-shirts handing out rainbow badges all around campus to show support to the LGBT+ community.

8:15pm – 9:15pm Talk on Marriage Equality in the North in AC202. Discussion about issues faced by people living in Northern Ireland alongside brainstorming on how we can help.

Tuesday 17th October/Dé Máirt an 17 Deireadh Fómhair

12pm-2pm Equality Week disability information stand at Smokey’s Café. Call up for a chat.

7pm-9pm Writer’s Soc/Fem Soc collaboration in the Dillon Theatre. Rewrite/personalise your favourite stories to bring a little more diversity to today’s popular fiction! Take your favourite stories and remake the characters to be more inclusive.

Wednesday 18th October/Dé Céadaoin an 18 Deireadh Fómhair

1pm-5pm ”Step outside your defining box” to see beyond the ”labels” and celebrate everyone’s diversity. Meeting point at Galway Yellow, outside the Arts/Science concourse. Then, we will paint our hands in different colours and print them on a sheet. Messages of welcome to refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and international students can be written on the handprints.

Thursday 19th October/Déardaoin an 19 Deireadh Fómhair

12pm-2pm Look out for the EqualiTeam in green t-shirts who will be handing out Repeal the 8th Amendment badges. Stop us to ask any questions.

5pm Choice Soc will have speakers talking about why they are pro-choice and what repealing the 8th Amendment means to them. All are welcome in AC201.

7pm-till late A Stevening with Steven Sharpe & Steve Bennett at Sult. FREE Admission, songs, comedy, games, guests and surprises.

All Week

Tompax (Time of the Month packs) available at the SU office & the SU Engineering desk throughout the week.

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NUIG SU Mental Health Week 2017

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2017

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2017

Monday 9th October / Dé Luain, an 9 Deireadh Fómhair

11am-2pm SU Mental Health Stand at Smokey’s Café.  Tell us what Mental Health means to you, the good, bad and the in between.

8pm SU Comedy with Neil Delamere and Gearóid Farrelly in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5.

Tuesday 10th October / Dé Máirt, an 10 Deireadh Fómhair

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

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

6pm-8pm Jigsaw FREE Mental Health 5 A Day Talk followed by Q&A in AC204.

Wednesday 11th October / Dé Céadaoin, an 11 Deireadh Fómhair

1pm-2pm #loveyourmug ceramic take-away mug decorating workshop in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn. FREE mugs for first 10 people/€5 reduced rate thereafter.

2pm-4pm FREE Mind Hacks workshop on building resilience and managing stress in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn. Limited spaces. Sign up in the SU Office.

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

Thursday 12th October / Déardaoin, an 12 Deireadh Fómhair

7pm Be a Spark in the Dark: Join us on the President’s Lawn to bring some light into the darkness.

8pm-10pm “Inside Out” FREE Movie in the Thomas Dillon Theatre

All week: Positive pebbles around campus, handmade by the Welfare Crew, look out for them and if you find one, feel free to take it as a keepsake.

“I am not defined by” campaign. Look out for our “I am not defined by” video, as well as badges from our Welfare Crew.

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#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