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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2017/18. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €15,400 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2016/17 – The RNLI/Galway Lifeboats and Threshold

Application forms for the 2017/18 fund are available here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2017 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Thursday 31st of August 2017. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh, 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.”


GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway Residents

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GMIT and NUI Galway Students’ Union Reject ‘Not In My Backyard’ Attitude To Student Accommodation From Galway Residents

GMIT Students’ Union and NUI Galway Students’ Union today reject local resident and councillors opposition to the development of high end student accommodation in Galway. The resistance comes as plans to replace the Westwood Hotel with 400 beds for students have been met with heated opposition from 200 Newcastle and Dangan residents with support from local councillors.

GMIT Students’ Union Mark O’Brien stated, “The language used by residents that there shouldn’t be student accommodation in ‘our estates’ is a classic example of Not In My Backyard. Students have proven themselves to be valuable assets to any local community, and contribute to the local economy everyday. We feel that councillors jumping in on this discriminatory blockade should have heard all sides of the story first. We have an accommodation crisis spreading through families, students and other groups with rents going through the roof. This number of beds will alleviate the pressure from the 20,000 students in GMIT and NUI Galway scrambling for somewhere to sleep.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “A few years ago redevelopment and increasing capacity of Trinity Hall in Rathgar was met with resistance of the local community protesting against over-concentration of students in that area. Today, the Hall that accommodates 1,000 students is well integrated into community and offers student housing in a convenient location. Diverse and well-balanced local communities have a great potential for regeneration, civic activities and engagement.”

President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Michael Kerrigan, commented, “With the integrated national approach to student accommodation reflected in regional policies, we believe that both the Council and An Bord Pleanála have been equipped with tools to ensure balanced development of the communities and take a strategic approach to spatial distribution and concentration of particular social groups, particularly students, who are particularly vulnerable group facing the housing crisis.”

The National Student Accommodation Strategy published in July identifies the importance of providing dedicated and additional student accommodation to avoid putting additional pressures on the private rental sector, particularly in and around the many universities and third-level institutions in urban areas, and puts actions in place to end the shortage. The Union of Students in Ireland have indicated concern with pockets of residents looking to prevent student accommodation being constructed in local areas, and urge residents to be mindful of damaging stereotypes of students.


News & Events, Recruitment | Earcaíocht

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.

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!

SU Weekly Email 33 – 4th of May 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of the year from your Students’ Union!

Please note ALL Locker Keys must be returned before 5pm Tuesday 16th of May

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys must be dropped up to the Students’ Union Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Lockers will be available to purchase on our website from 10am on Monday 28th August 2017 for the 2017/18 term

Summer Holiday Hours

  • The SU Cloakroom will close for the summer at 5pm  tomorrow Friday 5th
  • The SU Engineering Desk close for the summer at 3pm on Wednesday 10th of May.
  • The SU Office summer opening hours will start from Monday 15th May and we will be open 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm Monday-Friday during the summer.
  • From the 1stof June the Student Health Unit will only be seeing Postgrad & Masters students. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm.
  • Computer DISC, SUMS and the Academic Writing Centre are all closed for the summer now.

More details of who’s open/closed for the summer will be available on our website shortly.


Exam Results and Repeats

Exam Results will be released online between Tuesday 15th and Friday 23rd of June. Autumn exams are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 8th and Friday 18th of August. The results of the Autumn Exams will be out on Friday 1st of September.


SU 8 Week Yoga Course €40

We are now taking sign-ups for our 8 week Ashtanga yoga course during the summer. You can register in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card. The course cost is €40.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 11th May-Thurs 6th July 2017 (no class Thurs 18th May) – COURSE FULL
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thurs 11th May-Thurs 6th July 2017 (no class Thurs 18th May) – 5 SPACES LEFT


Galway Lifeboat Station needs Volunteers

Galway Lifeboat Station are looking for volunteers to sell their Yellow Welly pins. If you have an hour or two to spare over the weekend they would love your help!

Please contact

  • Friday 5 May Eyre Square Centre
  • Saturday 6 May Eyre Square Centre & Tesco Oranmore
  • Monday 7th May Aldi Stores in Knocknacarra, Westside, Headford Road & Oranmore.


Staying in Galway for the Summer?

You will be flat out! Visit our website for our guide to everything going on in Galway this summer. Yay summer!


Cash in your SU Card Points Now!

Remember to cash in any points on your SU Card and spend any balances before you leave for summer. You can access your SU Card account through the SU Website:

Although your card will still work in September, points cannot be carried forward to next year. Cash balances will be unaffected. If you have any queries, please contact us.


Give 2 Hours to Help the Homeless in Galway

Cope Galway have their Annual Flag Day collection on Saturday 13th May – can you spare 2hrs to help? Contact or call/text 085 8597898.


FREE Breakfasts!

NUI Galway students can get free Porridge in Sult and Smokey’s Café  9am-10am/while stocks last each morning.


Be a Charity Concierge at Electric Picnic

Charity Concierge volunteers provide a drinks waiting service around the festival arena to help customers add a little luxury to their festival experience. As a Concierge you’ll never be left miles from the arena, guarding a gate for hours on end: Concierges are always found at the heart of the festival meaning you don’t have to miss your favourite acts even while volunteering. You’ll have a tangible and direct positive impact – the service is charged at a €6 donation, and every €12 you raise could pay for everything a child needs to go to school for a whole month.


Dates for your Diary

Mon 28th Aug SU Lockers On Sale
Fri 1st Sept Autumn/Repeat Exam Results Out
Mon 4th Sept Teaching Begins
Weds 13th Sept SU Freshers’ Fair
Mon 16th – Fri 20th Oct Conferring Week
Sat 25th Nov Teaching Ends
Mon 27th Nov – Sat 2nd Dec Study Week 1
Mon 4th Dec – Fri 15th Dec Exams


Funding Pathways for Early Career Researchers: an Interdisciplinary Guide 10am TODAY School of Psychology Room G065
This session is aimed at early career researchers looking to find out what to do upon finishing their PhDs or when trying to secure funding! It will be a short seminar where we’ll hear useful remarks from the Research Office on how and where to look for funding in different disciplines. We will also have experienced researchers from NUIG discussing the difference between establishing a research career in academia and industry!
More details can be found here. Light lunch will be provided after the session. The event is free but spaces are limited! Register here to secure a place.


Darkness Into Light This Weekend!

You can register online here.


Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs Now Open

The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups.  A competition, specifically for Female Entrepreneurs or female-led start-ups, active in the Manufacturing & Internationally Traded Services sectors including the following subsectors: Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Lifesciences, Food, Cleantech and Industrial Products will close on Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 3pm. Further details

More Details.


Student Health Unit during Exams

During the exams the Student Health Unit will be open for exam emergencies daily 8.30am-5.30pm (Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm) Monday-Friday.

Regular hours for non-emergencies are from 9.15am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm Monday-Friday.


Grant Applications Open

SUSI is NOW OPEN for applications for the 2017-18 academic year for new and renewal students. Apply online here.


PC Suites Unavailable during Exams
The following PC Suites will be unavailable from 17:00 on Friday, April 21st until 17:30 on Wednesday, May 10th as they are being used for exams:
– Arts Millennium
– ENG-G046
– ENG-2016
– ENG-2017

– Finnegan

SU Second-hand Bookstore Clear-out

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any book belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 5pm Friday 12th May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free. We will be accepting books again at the end of August.


The Year Ahead

The Academic Calendar for 2017/18 is available here.


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-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm during the summer.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm. Closing 3pm Wednesday 10th May for the summer.


Thank You!

We would just like to thank everyone for a great year and remember that the current SU Officers are still working for you until the 30th of June. The newly elected officers will take up office on the 1st of July. We hope you all have a great summer. The Weekly Email will be back in September!