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Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews. is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.

The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.
  • Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
  • Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
  • Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
  • Update website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
  • Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout.
  • Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
  • Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
  • Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time


€500 stipend per issue.

Applications by cover letter and CV to:

Closing date:            5:00pm Monday 17th July 2017

Interviews:              Friday 28th July

New NUI Galway Students’ Union President Takes Office

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New NUI Galway Students’ Union President Takes Office


Dublin native and medicine student Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh has been elected President of the Students’ Union in NUI Galway. Following his year as the Convenor for the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences Lorcán has now taken up office as President.


The President co-ordinates the activities of the Students’ Union and works with University Management to achieve the best academic environment and quality of life for 17,500 NUI Galway students. The President is responsible for Union finances, co-ordination of Union campaigns and acts as the chief spokesperson of the Union. They oversee the Commercial Services of the SU, uphold the Constitution and look after the day to day running of the SU with staff members.


Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Over the past 4 years of college I have gained invaluable experience through society, charity and Students’ Union activities and I hope to transfer these experiences and skills to my new position as President. I cannot describe just how humbled I feel at the generosity of NUI Galway’s students to trust me and elect me as their President. I am excited to get working with my team and look forward to the year ahead.”


Lorcán will be joined by Andrew Forde who has been elected to the positon of Vice-President/Education Officer and Megan Reilly the new Vice-President/Welfare Officer. Andrew is from Moycullen and a graduate of the School of Law. Megan is from Drogheda and a Commerce graduate. Megan previously served as the SU Equality Officer and also as the SU Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law. All look forward to their terms in office and working with the rest of the team of SU officers and staff.


NUI Galway Students’ Union is a democratic organisation whose mission is “to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.”


NUI Galway Commits to Introducing Anonymous Marking for new Academic Year

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NUI Galway Commits to Introducing Anonymous Marking for new Academic Year

On Thursday the 20th of April, NUI Galway’s Academic Council approved a proposal to introduce Anonymous Marking of exams commencing in the next academic year (2017-18). No student’s name will appear on the formal examination papers and students will only be identified by their unique student ID Number.

Students’ Union Vice President / Education Officer Cathal Sherlock said:

“Thousands of students have just completed their Leaving and Junior Cert exams anonymously whilst students at NUI Galway are still writing their names on their exams. I am delighted with the successful outcome of our yearlong campaign to introduce anonymous marking for NUI Galway students from September. Anonymous marking will remove the potential for any bias or unfair favouritism.”

NUI Galway’s Vice President for Student Experience, Dr Pat Morgan said:

“I share in the enthusiasm for the adoption of anonymous marking and acknowledge the drive and support from the Students’ Union for this initiative.  I am pleased also by the support of colleagues on Academic Council and that of academic staff in adopting the new policy.”


The policy is as follows:

  • No name appears on the formal examination paper. The examiner marks the paper without visibility of the student name and uses the student ID as the identifier.
  • Continuous assessment, course work, laboratory practical’s or any form of Assessment other than the formal written exam would be marked as normal, i.e., anonymous marking would not apply.
  • The examination papers will have a flap where students write their names. These flaps will be opened only where there are issues with identifying the student.

Exam Results, Consultation Days & Repeats 2017

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Exam Results ,Consultation Days and Repeats 2017

Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release from 16th to 23rd June 2017.

Undergraduate Consultation Day: 30th June

Undergraduate Appeals Deadline: 5th July


Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release on 4th  July.

Postgraduate Consultation Day: 7th July

Postgraduate Appeals Deadline: 12th July


The Consultation Day is an opportunity for both academic staff and students to meet and discuss results.

If you have queries regarding your exam results, please attend the Consultation Day and discuss your results with the relevant Academic Discipline/School.  Please contact the School in advance, in order to ensure a member of the School’s staff will be available to meet you.

Many members of Academic Staff may be away from their desks after Consultation Day for research, academic business or vacation therefore, if you wish to discuss your exam results with your lecturer, this is the best day to do so.

Details on how to Appeal any results are available here.

Details on how to get an exam Recheck are available here. 

Repeat/Autumn Exams are scheduled to take place Tuesday 8th – Friday 18th August 2017.

Repeat/Autumn Exam results are due out on the 1st of September for Undergrads and the 12th of September for Postgrads.

The Library will have extended opening hours during the Repeat Exams.

The Repeat Exam Fee is €295. 

Summer Lockers on Sale Now

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Summer Lockers
Taisceadáin Samhraidh

Hanging around NUI Galway for the summer?
Ag fanacht thart ar OÉ Gaillimh don samhradh?

€10 summer lockers go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Wednesday 17th May.
Beidh taisceadáin samhraidh ar díol ar €10 ó Oifig an Chomhaltais ó 10 r.n., Dé Céadaoin, an 17 Bealtaine.

Available Wednesday 17th May to Monday 21st August.
Ar fáil ó Dé Céadaoin, an 17 Bealtaine, go dtí Dé Luain, an 21 Lúnasa.

2017/18 Lockers go on sale 10am Monday 28th of August on SU Website.
Beidh taisceadáin don bhliain 2017/18 ar díol ó 10 r.n., Dé Luain, an 28 Lúnasa ar láithreán gréasáin an Chomhaltais.

Vote for us in Online Marketing in Galway People’s Choice Awards

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Big news! We have been nominated for THREE Awards in the Online Marketing in Galway Awards 2017! 

We have been nominated for:

  • Best Digital Marketing
  • Best Website
  • People’s Choice Award (this is where you come in!)

If you have a minute to spare please give a quick click and vote for us at the link below under PEOPLE’S CHOICE >10 EMPLOYEES – we would really appreciate it!

Voting closes at 23:59 on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

Oh and feel free to join us for the awards night on Friday 26th of May. Limited number of €10 student tickets are available now.


NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2017

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NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2017

  • The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Thursday 11th of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 5th June and Mon 7th Aug (Bank Holidays)
  • The Student Health Unit will only see Postgrad & Masters students from Monday 29th of May. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Closed Monday 5th June and Monday 7th August (Bank Holidays)
  • The Library will be open as follows: 15th May-23rd July Mon-Fri 08.30-17.30 Closed Sat/Sun Closed Mon 5th June (Bank Holiday). 24th July-13th Aug Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday Closed, Closed Monday 7th August Bank Holiday. 14th Aug-27th Aug Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30, Closed Sat/Sun.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • Computer Suites – check availability here. 
  • Caife na Gaeilge will be closed from Friday 5th of May for the summer.
  • Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12.30am Fridays. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • Smokey’s Café will close at 6pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • The Wall Café from Monday 15th May summer hours will be Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Open 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 5th June.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 5th May and will reopen in September.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Wednesday 10th May and will reopen in September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.

Teaching begins on Monday 4th of September for all years. 

The academic calendar for 2017/18 is available here. 

Summer in Galway 2017

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What’s on in Galway this Summer:

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Saturday 6th May 2017

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wednesday 10th May 2017

Gospel Rising Choir Festival Fri 12th – Sun 14th May 2017

Reel Lives Film Festival Weds 17th-Fri 19th May 2017

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 19th – Sun 21st May 2017

Friends of Merlin Woods Biodiversity Week Mon 22nd – Sun 28th May 2017

Claddagh Traditional Boat Festival Weds 24th – Sun 28th May 2017

Forest Days Galway Fri 26th – Sun 4th June 2017

Shantalla Festival Weekend Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017

Galway African Film Festival Fri 26th-Sun 28th May 2017

Galway Burlesque Festival Fri 26th – Sun 28th May 2017

Conamara Bog Week Sun 28th May – Mon 5th June 2017

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 2nd – Mon 5th June 2017

Fives for Lives Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 3rd June 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 7th June 2017

Galway Bike Week Sat 10th – Sun 18th June 2017

Cong-Galway Sailing Race Saturday 10th June 2017

Street Feast Sunday 11th June 2017

Little Cinema & Galway City of Film 48 Hour Challenge Fri 16th-Sun 18th June 2017

Longest Day Swim Sat 17th June 2017

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 18th June 2017

Dip in the Nip for Charity Sunday 18th June 2017

Give Blood in Galway 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th & 29th June 2017

Purefit Spinathon in aid of Let’s Get Galway Talking 7pm-9pm Monday 26th June 2017

Seafest Fri 30th June – Sun 2nd July 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th July 2017

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 11th – Sun 16th July 2017

Westside Arts Festival Tues 11th – Sat 15th July 2017

Give Blood in Galway 11th, 12th & 13th July 2017

Galway Fringe Festival Sat 15th – Sun 30th July 2017

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 15th July 2017

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 17th – Sun 30th July 2017

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 31st July- Sun 6th August 2017

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Galway Pride Festival Fri 11th – Sun 20th August 2017

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Saturday 12th August 2017

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara Fri 18th – Sun 20th August 2017

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th August 2017

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVEwebsite for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2017/18. Start your countdown!

NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €15,400 for Galway Lifeboats & Threshold

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Raise €15,400 for Galway Lifeboats & Threshold

NUI Galway Students’ Union donated €15,400 to Galway Lifeboat Station/the RNLI and Threshold after their year of charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, hair braiding, cake sales, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €15,400 for charity in the process!

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, students have once again done their bit to help others. NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities and they have excelled themselves this year.”

Galway Lifeboat Station/The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

Mike Swan, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) at Galway Lifeboat Station said: “We’re so thankful to the NUI Galway Students’ Union for choosing us as one of their two charities this year. There are so many organisations doing good work in the volunteering and charity sector and we are honoured to be singled out by the Students’ Union. Some of our volunteer crew are students and graduates of Galway colleges so we are all delighted to benefit from the SU’s excellent fundraising initiatives this academic year.”

Threshold works to prevent homelessness and campaigns for housing as a right.

Diarmaid O’Sullivan of Threshold said: “Threshold is delighted to have been selected as one of the charities to benefit from NUI Galway Students’ Union fundraising activities for the 2016/7 academic year.  The funds raised will help Threshold keep families in their homes and prevent homelessness.”

Pictured left to right: Olivia Byrne (RNLI), Tony Hiney (RNLI), Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU), Daniel Khan (NUIG SU), Cliodhna Coyle (NUIG SU), Patrick O’Flaherty (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Damian Duddy (NUIG SU), Cathal Sherlock (NUIG SU), Diarmaid O’Sullivan (Threshold).

Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe


May Bank Holiday Arrangements

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NUI Galway May Bank Holiday Arrangements

The SU Office will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

The SU Engineering Desk will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

The Library will be open 8.30am-5.30pm Sat 29th April, 10am-5.30pm Sun 30th April & 8.30am-10pm on Monday 1st of May (no Desk Service).

The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The Student Health Unit will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

SUMS, Computer DISC and The Academic Writing Centre are now closed until September.

Sult will be closed on Monday 1st of May and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 2nd of May.

The SU Shop will be open 10am-4pm Saturday 29th April, 10am-4pm Sunday 30th April & 10am-5pm Monday 1st of May.

Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Saturday 29th April, 10am-5pm Sunday 30th April & 10am-5pm Monday 1st of May.

The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Saturday 29th April, 11am-3pm Sunday 30th April & 11am-3pm Monday 1st of May.

Caife na Gaeilge will be closed on Monday 1st of May and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd of May.