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NUIG Shave or Dye 2016

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Shave or DyeNUI Galway Shave or Dye is back in the College Bar 1pm-6pm on Tuesday 16th of February 

We are asking staff and students to get involved and either:

1. Shave their heads
2. Dye their hair 
3. Volunteer to help raise funds on the day. 
4. Just turn up on the day to support the event. 

All funds raised will go to Irish Cancer Society and THE GRAFTON BARBER will be looking after our heads on the day! 

To sign up call in to the Students’ Union Office or email

More information is available HERE



NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

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NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting a hustings for all Galway West – South Mayo candidates for the upcoming General Elections. The Hustings will take place in NUI Galway on February 4th at 6pm. Galway students’ unions registered over 9,000 students to vote this year alone. Both NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union are working together to get students mobilised for the elections.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has teamed up with to help students make an informed vote in the general elections and aim to build on the momentum from the Marriage Equality Referendum last May.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “Students are ready. Last May we saw just how powerful the student vote is and we will vote for the candidates/parties who have our best interests at hand. We have registered so many students that candidates simply must engage with us. Third level funding is at the top of our manifesto and we cannot be side-lined in the next government. We are delighted to work with GMIT Students’ Union on the general election. We have been working together on this since July in our pre-budget lobbying and will continue to do this even after the election result.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union will in collaboration with GMIT Students’ Union run with the national #MakeASmartVote campaign which has been trending over Ireland with the national student hustings. has been described as a tinder for politics enabling young people and students to make an informed vote on the various issues facing Ireland’s youth today. Speaking on Smartvote Phelim Kelly said “One of the major problems with political engagement for young people is that they are not sure who or what party they should vote for. Smartvote will match the student with the candidate who has the similar ideals as them and will really give students an ownership of their vote. I am really excited to see how this will affect the election results.”

GMIT Students’ Union will host a hustings for all Galway East candidates the following week on Tuesday February 9th at 6pm. GMIT Students’ Union President Michael Kerrigan added “The student voice is louder than it has been in years, these hustings will give students a chance to raise issues as well as helping them to decide who best to vote for.

Updated event information including list of attendees can be found here:

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2016

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The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

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: 

AIESEC Ireland 

Alive NUI Galway

Bank of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland

Campus France Ireland 

Partnership International


Travel Bug Ltd

USIT Ireland 

Confirmed Food Vendors: 

Boxty’s Load It 

Brown Bag Donuts

Men at Wok

The Dough Bro’s Wood Fired Pizza 

The Pancake Factory

For more information contact

22 Innovative New Projects funded by EXPLORE

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22 Innovative new projects funded by EXPLORE

The EXPLORE innovation programme, a joint initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway, recently awarded funding to 22 innovative new projects to be piloted in Galway.

Now entering its fifth year of operation, EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to step out of their traditional roles and work together as equal partners to bring new ideas to life. The new projects receiving EXPLORE funding involve over 145 students, staff and external partners and span areas as diverse as peer-to-peer mediation, history, healthcare, schools outreach, the environment, and technology.

EXPLORE is the first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education and to date has supported over 100 new projects involving more than 600 participants. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.

Phelim Kelly, NUI Galway Students’ Union President says: “It is very encouraging to see the growing interest in EXPLORE both from staff and students, and also locally and nationally. EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. The ongoing success of former EXPLORE projects in a wide variety of areas is extremely encouraging, and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of the projects that have just been awarded funding.”

Prof. Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation & Performance, NUI Galway adds: “The EXPLORE initiative is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. EXPLORE is part of a wider initiative at NUI Galway to foster an innovative, ideas culture where students and staff are encouraged to come up with ideas and run with them.”

Examples of projects recently awarded EXPLORE funding:

Loss Of the Night in Galway (LONG) – aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/sky quality measurement campaign by engaging the student body to conduct a large-scale volunteer survey of the night sky brightness using low-light-capable mobile phone cameras that many students already possess. Loss of nocturnal darkness, through excessive and badly executed artificial lighting, is recognised by the EU as harmful to public health, disruptive to animal behaviour, and a costly waste of energy and public money. Results will be processed into maps and time-series. Prompted by the project results, Galway could set out to become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
Lead student partner: Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner: Dr Ray Butler

CampusCreate – aims to encourage creativity on the NUI Galway campus in a fun and engaging way. During the 12 weeks of Semester Two ‘Creative Challenges‘ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and through the website using the hashtag #CampusCreate. Each week will have a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the themed challenge. Participants can interpret the ‘Creative Challenges’ in whatever way they like and upload their creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mashups, remixes etc. 

The project has the potential to tie in with the Galway 2020 campaign, and could likely be applied to other campuses/cities.
Lead student partner: Sally McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr Tony Hall & Dr Fiona Concannon

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)

This project aims to mark the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City. All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year, and this marks NUI Galway’s contribution. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

Lead student partner: Emer McHugh

Lead staff partner: Dr Lindsay Reid


For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,, 091 494290

– Clodagh Barry, EXPLORE Founder, NUI Galway Research Office,, 091 492860

Pictured: New EXPLORE participants 2015-2016

NUIG Movember Opening Party 2015

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Movember – Coming to a Face Near You Soon!

Movember is coming back with a hairy bang to NUI Galway this November.

The Official NUIG Movember Opening Party takes place at 7pm Wednesday 28thOctober 2015 in the College Bar

Get a nice, free, clean shave before you start your Movember journey to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. There will also be free finger food and some other surprises in store on the night.

All Mo Bros and Mo Sistas Welcome. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway ID Required.


The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising €485 million and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

If you want to get involved and donate your face or your time to support men’s health like the Facebook pagehere and join the NUIG team The TribesMoMen here.

The Official NUIG Movember Closing Party will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 in the College Bar. 

Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

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Christmas in November and a Llama as NUI Galway Students’ Union launch year of Fundraising!

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’sfundraising events will include a Christmas Day fundraiser in November and a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December!

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €12,500 raised during the year”

Galway Rape Crisis Centre offer emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and abuse via a help line, face to face counselling, training and education services.

Cyril Connole 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.”

The Irish Cancer Society aim to improve the lives of those affected by cancer.

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.”

Interested in helping out? Sign up here or email to get involved.

Photo: Kuzco the Llama and admirer at last year’s SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit. Photo: Eibhlín Seoighthe