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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

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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 13th of February 2017 in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

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 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 12pm-2pm.


SU Weekly Email 19 – 26th January 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Attention Postgrads: VOTE TODAY 11am-3pm!
We are holding a by-election 11am-3pm today in Smokey’s Cafe to elect your new SU Postgrad Officer.

Your two candidates running for election are:
*Colm Duffy
*Andrew Forde

Please note ONLY Postgrads can vote in this election and you must have your NUIG ID with you to vote.

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day Sat 4th Feb

We are urgently looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 4th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for The RNLI and Threshold. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm.

Read Sin Issue 8 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email

Sign Language Courses 1 Space Left

Our basic introductory course in Sign Language runs over 10 weeks with a 1 hour class each week and costs just €40. You can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or call 091 524810 to register with credit card. We have just ONE SPACE left on the 6pm-7pm Thursday course which starts tonight and runs until Thursday 30th of March.

Become a CÉIM peer learning Student Leader in 2017/18

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st and 2nd year Geography students. Build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; looks great on your CV; meet new people and work closely with lecturers; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 13th February. Find out more and apply:

David O’Doherty

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig will be David O’Doherty on Monday 13th of February at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets go on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk tomorrow, Friday 27th January.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Guinness PRO 12 Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Guinness PRO 12 Connacht vs Zebre €15

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)

First Aid Courses

We are now taking bookings for our First Aid Courses:

  1. Three Day Occupational First Aid Course 9am-5.30pm Friday 10th, Friday 17th and Friday 24th February €100 (usual cost €160)
  2. Cardiac First Responder Course 9am-2pm Friday 3rd March €40 (usual cost €75)

Spaces are limited to 10 students per course. You can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card.

FREE Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

FREE Event Seminar: “Archives in Research – Methods, Practice, Outcomes” Thursday 2nd February – All Welcome

More Information.

FREE Workshop on Migration, Refuge and the SDGs

ALIVE in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will deliver training on the theme of Migration, Refuge, and the Sustainable Development Goals, on Wednesday 1st February in room G011 in the Hardiman Building. This training  will help you to: Understand the plight of refugees; Understand the drivers of migration in a wider political context; Learn how to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool providing insight and guidance. Training will include a number of practical activities to challenge you to think about your own role in the world and to consider ways to take action.

Training is free but spaces are limited so email to reserve a space.

Upcoming FREE Courses at NUI Galway

  • Troubled by Procrastination? Monday Jan 30th, 7-8:30pm, G011 Library Lobby
  • IT Skills for Study, Research & Teamwork, Tuesday Jan 31st, 7-9pm, IT suite AM201 (1st floor Arts Millennium)
  • Anxiety Management Workshop, Jan 31st, 6:30-8pm, G010 Library Lobby
  • PhD Support Group starting Tuesday Jan 31st, 6:30-8pm, AM 205 (1st Floor Arts Millennium)

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • FDM interview video workshop
  • Employer in Residence – FDM
  • Personal Statement Workshop(All disciplines welcome, book your place on Connect)
  • Careers in Economics
  • Internship & Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Employer in Residence – First Derivatives
  • Transition to Employment
  • Kickstart your career with Matheson (external event)

For more information and to register visit

CompSoc Camara Collection

CompSoc are running their monthly Camara Drop-off Point in 18 Distillery Road starting next Wednesday 1st February 2017 from 10am to 2pm. They are also looking for volunteers to help out for an hour between 10am and 2pm. All computers, laptops, monitors, servers and keyboard donations are welcome from University units, students, staff and the community. They are then sent to Dublin to be wiped to military standards before being sent to schools in Africa. We are unable to accept printers, CRT monitors, switches, projectors. More Info.

Computer DISC New Opening Times

If you need help with programming head along to Computer DISC in the IT building. They are open 12pm-4pm Monday-Friday and this is a FREE service.

NUI Galway Postgrad Ball Thursday 9th of March Salthill Hotel

There will be a Champagne and sweets reception, followed by a 4 course meal on the night. Entertainment will be provided by Top of the Popz and DJ afterwards. It’s going to be a fantastic night! Early bird tickets will be on sale Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd Feb in Áras na Mac Léinn between 2pm-4pm for €45 and also on the Socs web store. Don’t forget your student card!

Free Primary Sources Roadshow in Library

On Wednesday 1st February, the Gale Primary Sources Roadshow will visit NUI, Galway.  The roadshow will take place in the Library foyer from 11-3pm and there will be experts on hand to show students and researchers the best way to find primary sources for essays, projects and dissertations as well as learn how to use powerful tools like term frequency.  It’s a free drop in event and more information on this event can be found on the library website.

Undergraduate Students Required

Undergraduate students required to partake in research project titled ‘Eyewitness Memory’ – A study designed to assess predictors of eyewitness identification accuracy.


Volunteer Abroad – Summer 2017!

EIL is an opportunity to engage in international volunteering with a twist. International volunteering is about learning from and with others. EIL are offering scholarships for international engagement with learning at the centre.

  • 5 Awards available to NUI Galway students
  • 8 weeks volunteering and cultural immersion programmes
  • Fully funded!
  • Destinations include: Mexico, Thailand, Guatemala, South Africa etc.
  • Apply Now! Deadline: Thursday 9th February, 12 noon.
  • Application and more information at

NUIG Postgraduate Open Day Tuesday 7th of February

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn with talks and panel discussions taking place during the day also, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, research and changing direction with your Postgrad study.

There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services. More information at

Reminder Financial Aid Fund Applications Deadline 12noon Monday 30th January

Online Application Form.

Exam Results

Semester 1 Exam PROVISIONAL Results will be published on Blackboard throughout January. Please check with your School/Discipline for exact release dates. These results will remain provisional until approved by the exam board. Exam Results FAQ

SUMS FREE Maths Support

SUMS offers FREE mathematics support to students across all colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses.

Survey: The Association between alcohol induced falls, related injuries and occupational dysfunction among Irish university students – a cross sectional study 

I am a final year Occupational Therapy student, as part of my final year research I am inviting NUIG students who have experienced a fall or fall-related injury whilst under the influence of alcohol to complete a questionnaire.  Anyone over the age 18 who has experienced a fall whilst under the influence of alcohol is invited to take part. Participation is wholly voluntary. The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions contact:


Please note that you must make an appointment in person in the Student Health Unit or by phoning 091 492604 before attending. The STI Clinic runs 5pm-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term.

90% Discount Dublin Tech Summit Tickets

90% ticket discount for NUIG students attending Dublin Tech Summit 15th & 16th February at this link.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.



NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

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NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Wednesday the 30th of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway, along with the Students’ Union President, Jimmy McGovern, met with NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne, to discuss the divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by NUI Galway. Dr Browne applauded the efforts made by the CCAFS Society in highlighting and engaging with the university on the issue, indicating that he is committed to the divestment of fossil fuel shares.

In early November 2016, the CCAFS society submitted a petition of over 1,000 signatures, and a report highlighting the case for divestment of the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil. Dr Browne welcomed the report, and acknowledged that divestment of these fossil fuel shares is in line with the values held by NUI Galway with regard to sustainability. In pledging his support Dr Browne also indicated that he had spoken to a number of staff and students on the matter, and feels there is a real appetite for divestment. A motion for divestment will be tabled early in the New Year, which will seek full divestment of fossil fuel shares, and the implementation of an ethical investment policy.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign was delighted with a significant and positive step towards divestment:

We are thrilled with the response so far from Dr Browne, and see today’s result as a significant step towards divestment. We are looking forward to announcing NUI Galway’s commitment to divestment, and implementation of an ethical investment policy in February. We are hopeful that successes here, and in Trinity College, are the beginning of a cascade effect among Irish Universities.”

Following the meeting with CCAFS, Dr Browne congratulated the student society and the Students’ Union for its commitment to the issue of fossil fuel divestment saying:

“It is important for students to consider their role as global citizens who will shape our planet’s future.  By advocating for an ethical policy on institutional investment, the CCAFS society and the Students’ Union leadership are highlighting an important global issue which impacts on climate change, social equity and a range of important ethical issues today.  I look forward to working with our students to promote a transparent and ethical investment policy at NUI Galway, including fossil fuel divestment.”

Pictured are (left to right): Jimmy McGovern (NUI Galway Students’ Union President); Hazel Wolstenholme (CCAFS); Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President); Colm Duffy (Auditor CCAFS); Aoife Kervic (CCAFS); & Brendan Hallahan (CCAFS).


Should you like to get further information please contact:

Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS Society

086 275 8527

NUIG Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 17th December 2016 to Sunday 8th of January 2017 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 9th of January 2017. Academic Dates for the rest of 2016/17 are available here. 

The Students’ Union Office will close at 2pm on Thursday 22nd of December and reopen at 10am Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 11am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 9am on Friday 13th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Shop will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen at 8am on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Sult will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Friday 16th of December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

Smokey’s Café will close on Wednesday 21st of December and will reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 4th of January.

The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Mon 19th Dec-Fri 23rd Dec. Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December. Open 9am-3pm Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December. Closed 31st Dec & 1st Jan. Open 9am-3pm Monday 2nd Jan-Sun 8th Jan 2017.

The James Hardiman Library will have reduced hours Friday 16th December to Thursday 22nd of December 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat/Sun. The Library will be closed Friday 23rd of December to Monday 2nd of January inclusive.

The Reading Room will only be closed on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th of December.

Some of the Computer Suites will be closed over the holidays for more details check HERE.

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 20th of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tuesday 10th of January 2017.

Flirt FM will be off air from Saturday 10th December to Sunday 8th of January inclusive.

The Socs Box will close on Thursday 22nd of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 2nd of December and will reopen in January 2017.

SUMS will be closed from Monday 12th of December and will reopen on Monday 23rd of January 2017.

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

See you all in 2017! 

Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Pet Farm Visit

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NUI Galway Students’ Union presents The Ultimate Study Break: Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Pet Farm Visit

11am-4pm Wednesday 30th November 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn
There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs and a llama along with plenty of cake, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM
All funds raised go to RNLI Ireland and Threshold.
Cake Sale is 11am-4pm (while stocks last!)
Pet Farm is 12pm-2pm
Raffle Draw in SU office at 4pm

More information:

NUIG #RockTheRegister

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Are you registered to vote?

We are holding a Voter Registration Drive at NUI Galway on Wednesday 16th November and want to get as many students as possible signed up to vote! The deadline to return the completed form to your City/County Council is 5pm on Friday 25th of November.

Registration forms are available NOW from the Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Class Reps and SU Officers will also be distributing them around campus.

If on the 15th of February 2017 you will be aged 18 or over you are entitled to a vote so make sure you are registered!

Fill out your form and drop it back to us and we will even post it off for you!

If you are already registered to vote please make sure your details appear correctly on

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses 2016

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses 2016 with City Direct Bus Company

€2 Per Journey

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

Monday 5th December-Friday 16th December

Leaving University Road

08:40 15:40

Leaving Salthill (Leisureland)

11:40 18:40

*Extra Service Tuesday 6th December ONLY: Leaving University Road 12:10 & Leaving Salthill 15:10*


NUI Galway Students Demand Divestment of University Fossil Fuel Shares

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NUI Galway Students Demand Divestment of University Fossil Fuel Shares

On Tuesday the 22nd of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway will present a petition of over 1,000 signatures to University President, Dr Jim Browne. The CCAFS society have recently published a report on their findings with regards to fossil fuel investments in the University, highlighting the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil.

NUI Galway, a bastion of sustainability research and development, directly funds fossil fuel companies. These companies are responsible, in no small part, for the climate challenges we face today. Considering the fact that 80% of fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground in order to avoid catastrophic climate change, coupled with the fact that fossil fuel assets will soon become stranded, the students of NUI Galway have taken the initiative and demanded change. So far their efforts have fallen on deaf ears, but the CCAFS society are hopeful that the constructive way in which they have approached the issue will encourage the University to engage in negotiation on the issue.

The students began the campaign a year ago, and have been working ever since to engage with the University.

Auditor of the CCAFS Society, and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign, Colm Duffy, highlighted why it is important for NUI Galway to take the lead among Irish Universities on this issue:

“If it is wrong to wreck the planet, then it is wrong to profit from that wreckage. Our University has praised the efforts of its researchers in their work on sustainability, and rightly so. However, it is hypocritical to, on the one hand, seek to be a global leader in sustainability, and on the other directly fund the efforts of fossil fuel companies. There is a real opportunity for NUI Galway to take the lead here, and possibly start a cascade effect among Irish Universities”.

NUI Galway Students’ Union fully support the campaign for divestment.

Students’ Union President Jimmy McGovern added:

“NUI Galway Students’ Union support the demands for NUI Galway to divest from fossil fuels. Our unique campus is home to some of the most educated minds in our society, and with that education should come civic and social responsibility, and leadership in social change. Our University must lead by example in working toward the betterment of our environment and planet. We encourage all students and staff to engage with this campaign.”

Should you like to get further information, or view the NUIG Fossil Free report, please contact:

Colm Duffy

Auditor CCAFS Society

086 275 8527

Full Report here