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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Practical Training for Students

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NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their Life Skills courses for the 2016/17 academic year. Since 2009 the Students’ Union has been running a wide range of subsidised courses for the 17,500 students of NUI Galway with the aim of increasing their practical knowledge. These courses help to improve the employment prospects of students during and after college by boosting their CV’s. The courses also teach them important life skills including how to save lives.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “We are delighted to announce details of our Life Skills courses for the year ahead. Having attended these courses myself I know first-hand how invaluable the knowledge I gained has been. Whether it’s learning how to help someone who may be suicidal or gaining the skills to administer CPR. All of these courses help to provide a well-rounded education for our students whilst also helping them to make their CV’s stand out from the crowd when looking for jobs.”

The courses on offer from the Students’ Union for the 2016/17 academic year include:
• Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
• Sign Language
• Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
• Cardiac First Responder Course
• Manual Handling Training
• Child Protection Training
• Yoga
• Anti-Racism Training
• ERASMUS & Complete Beginners Irish Classes
• Occupational First Aid Course

The full course descriptions, costs and booking information can be found here.

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.”

Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors Tickets on sale now

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Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors NUIG Student Tickets €15 (Bohermore Terrace) on sale now from the SU Office. Kick-off is 17:15 Saturday 3rd September.

The Students’ Union office is located upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. We are open Monday – Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm until the 26th August and 10am-5pm from the 29th August.

Please note that you must have NUI Galway student ID to purchase these tickets and gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2016/17 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be careful before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits then needs of all tenants.

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
12. Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check”

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.”
For more information, contact:
Jimmy McGovern
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2016/17. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

Application forms for the 2016/17 fund are available here and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 29th of August 2016. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Jimmy McGovern, Students’ Union President said:
“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

For more information contact:
Jimmy McGovern, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502
Attached Photo 1: Left to right: Jimmy McGovern (NUIG SU VP/Welfare Officer 2015/16), Rebecca Melvin (NUIG SU VP/Education Officer 2015/16), Phelim Kelly (NUIG SU President 2015/16), Cathy Connolly (Galway Rape Crisis Centre) and Damien Duddy (Irish Cancer Society)

We are Recruiting: Sin Editor

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We are Recruiting: Sin Editor


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.

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 Newspaper and Website content – Source articles for newspaper and website.
  • 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.
  • Ensure consistent design and layout.
  • Maintain a clear brand image.
  • Develop links with other College Newspapers 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 Tuesday 2nd August 2016

NUI Galway Students’ Union Secures Gender Neutral Bathrooms for Campus

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured an agreement from the University to install gender neutral bathrooms in each building on campus. The bathrooms will be rolled out across the campus from September onwards to ensure that each main building has a bathroom that is all gender accessible.

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to ensure a more inclusive campus for all students and staff. Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional Female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in. NUI Galway Students’ Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured gender neutral bathrooms for the staff and students of NUI Galway. This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union Secures On Campus STI Clinic

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has secured funding for an on campus Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic which will commence operation at the start of the new academic year. From September NUI Galway students will be able to get tested for STI’s for free at the clinic which will operate from the Student Health Unit.

Funding for the clinic was secured by the Students’ Union through the University’s Student Projects Fund. This means the 17,500 NUI Galway students will have easier access and shorter waiting times for STI tests.

The rates of STI’s in Ireland is still greatest among the under 25 age bracket. There are 25 different types of STI’s which include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and pubic lice. Many people with STI’s do not display symptoms which is why it is so important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STI’s can have long term complications such as infertility and can be passed on even when you don’t display any symptoms.

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns. The Students’ Union also distributes free condoms all year round.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to have secured funding for the STI Clinic on campus. We aim to encourage students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and to be comfortable talking about it. It is vital that such issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly.”

NUI Galway Summer Exams 2016

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NUI Galway Summer Exams 2016 

Exam Timetables: 

Semester 2 (2015/2016) exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. Exam timetables are available on the Exams Office Website

Exam Results: 

Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released from Tuesday, 14th to Friday, 24th June 2016.

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday, 1st July 2016.

Exam Result Appeal Deadlines & Online Application. 

Exam Result Recheck Deadlines & Online Application.

Repeat/Autumn Exams: 

Will take place Tuesday 2nd – Friday 12th August 2016. The repeat/Autumn exam timetable will be released online at 4pm on Friday 8th July 2016.

The Library will have extended opening hours for the Repeat Exams Mon 25th July – Sat 13th August: Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun Closed

Extra Study Space for Summer Exams 2016: 

Saturday 16th April 08:00-22:00

Arts/Science Concourse:

Tyndall Theatre

Sunday 17th April – Wednesday 11th May 08:00-22:00

Arts/Science Concourse:

Tyndall, O’Flaherty, D’Arcy Thompson, Kirwan, Larmor & Dillon Theatres

Engineering Building:

ENG-G018 & ENG-G047

Student Health Unit Extended Opening Hours 

From Monday 25th April the Student Health Unit will have extended opening hours for exam emergencies 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday. Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.

Need Help?

• With your subjects? Check the SU Grinds Register 

• With Maths? Contact the SUMS FREE Maths Support Centre

• With Essays? Contact the FREE Academic Writing Centre

• With Programming? Contact Computer DISC for FREE help

Exam Success/De-Stress Programme Mon 18th April-Fri 29th April:

FREE Relaxation/De-stressing/Mindfulness

• 11:00-11:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

• 13:00-13:30 Mindfulness in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

• 17:00-17:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

FREE Physical Activity Programme for Exam Success

• 09:00-09:35 Virtual Spin in the Kingfisher Ground Floor Studio D

• 13:00-14:00 Mon & Thurs 5k Walk/Run meet outside Kingfisher

• 13:00-15:00 Corrib Village Cages available for a kick about

• 16:00-16:35 Virtual Body Balance in Kingfisher Upstairs Studio C

The Student Counselling Service will also have extra staff for their drop in service 14:00-16:00 each day – no appointment necessary.

More Exam Tips & Information 



We Are Recruiting: Bar Operations Manager

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As part of an exciting strategic refurbishment of the NUIG campus Bar venue, the position of Bar Operations Manager is being recruited for. The rebranded venue will have several new food concepts and corporate event business.  The College Bar is the main social and entertainments venue on the NUI Galway campus, playing host to clubs, societies and class parties in a safe and friendly environment. It also has a substantial Restaurant and Café business. It is operated by the NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services Ltd and comprises one part of the company’s wider operations.

Job Title:  Bar Operations Manager

Purpose of Job:

The Manager will be responsible for maximizing the performance of the unit and those employed therein, including event management, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, sales and financial performance.

Main Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Manage the operation of the bar to ensure consistent positive customer experiences through the implementation of service standards and KPIs.
  • Effectively lead, motivate, develop and manage the team, aligning individuals’ goals and objectives to those strategic to the success of the organisation.
  • Maintain and develop policies, systems and procedures to ensure the smooth operation of the business.
  • Oversee the development and consistent delivery of the food and beverage offering.
  • Promote, sell and deliver student and corporate events at this iconic campus venue.
  • Work closely with the accounts department to ensure set budgets and financial targets are achieved.
  • Manage a calendar of marketing and promotions activities to maximise the venues sales and profile.
  •  Regular reporting to senior management on College Bar operations and performance.


Required Skills & Experience:

This operational role requires the ideal candidate to have a minimum of 5 years previous management experience in both busy Bar & Restaurant environments. Excellent interpersonal, organisational, leadership and management skills are essential.

  • Event Management experience, in both sales and event delivery, minimum 2 years.
  • A passion for food and extensive experience in current food trends.
  • Good ability to manage pressurised situations and busy periods.
  • Demonstrates success and leadership in operational excellence, customer satisfaction and employee development.
  • Experience of managing budgets, cost controls and profitability.
  • Excellent customer care skills and a commitment to providing excellent standards of customer service.
  • Computer literacy, excellent verbal and written communication skills in the English language.


  • Workable knowledge of or willingness to learn Irish

Salary:  Negotiable

College_Bar_LogoTo apply, please submit a letter of application, along with your current CV and at least two referees to

Closing date for applications is the 24th of June 2016.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Commercial Services an equal opportunities employer.


Students Launch Annual Report with €22,500 Donation to Charities

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NUI Galway Students’ Union launched their annual report celebrating a great year of student activism. The report outlines all the activities the SU has been involved in throughout the academic year including their charity events. Students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, head shaves, leg waxes, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €22,500 for charity in the process!

Copies of the annual report can be obtained from the SU Office and online here. 

All of the money raised from these events has been donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/16 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

Phelim Kelly, Students’ Union President 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.”

Cathy Connolly of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “Galway Rape Crisis Centre is delighted and honoured to have been chosen as one of the NUI Galway Students’ Union nominated charities for 2015/2016. NUI Galway Students’ Unions commitment in working towards the betterment of every member of society will provide the necessary and vital help the GRCC needs.”

John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: “We are delighted to be chosen as a charity partner for NUI Galway Students’ Union. As an independent charity, we rely on the public to support the work which we do in providing free services to cancer patients in Galway and across the country. One in three people in Ireland will now get cancer with incidence on the increase so demand for our services continues to grow.”