December 2013

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SU Weekly Email 12th Dec 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2013 from your Students’ Union!

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5 – FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. Free gift wrapping for very calendar sold from the SU office between now and Christmas. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

  • The Students’ Union office will reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 7th January.
  • The Library will be closed Saturday 21 December to Wednesday 1st January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18.30 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The College Bar will be closed Sunday 22nd December- Sunday 5th January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Shop will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 18th December and reopen at 08:00 on Thursday 2nd January
  • The Hub will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Café na Gaeilge will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Smokeys will close at 15:00 on Friday 20th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 6th January
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December and Wednesday 1st January

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 2014!

Student Travelcards Expiring

Please check the date on your Student Travelcard and if it expires at the end of this month make sure to renew it in the SU office before we close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Monday 23rd January or else you will be stuck paying the full rate! We take your photo and print the card off straight away and it costs €15.

What will you do in 2014?

Get fit                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses

Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb

Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan

Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan

Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC more information

Financial Aid Fund 2014 Applications

Applications Open Monday 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.
More information

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
Dr. Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application on 5pm Tuesday, 14th January 2014 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building) This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered. Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
More information.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15– SOLD OUT
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students is now closed for Christmas.

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.

Concert in Aid of Domestic Violence Response

On Saturday December 14th in St. Nicholas church at 8pm Cois Cladaigh will present a concert of seasonal music in aid of Domestic Violence Response. The concert will include two world premiers of music specially commissioned for the choir including a setting of The Wild Swans of Coole by Icelandic composer Oliver Kentish who will attend the concert and a setting of Ave Maris Stella by Estonian composer Urmat Sissask. Choir Factor winner The Marine Institute choir will also perform with Cois Cladaigh. Tickets €10 from DVR or on the door. 091 866740


In this new health series for TV3 a team of leading medical experts will closely monitor a household’s lifestyle and carry out comprehensive health screening tests, providing them with an accurate assessment of their disease risk factors. The Doctor in the House team will connect the dots between people’s daily behaviours and the impact on their health. We all know that fatty foods or too much caffeine is bad for us, but why? We know that we shouldn’t spend too much time in front of the computer or the TV, but why- what effect is it having on us?

A personalised plan will be devised in a bid to encourage each member of the house to make real changes in their lifestyle to benefit their future health.

 The household will have eight weeks to work together to modify their behaviour before being retested.  It’s all about realisations and connections between everyday life- habits and behaviours- and how they directly relate to potential health problems-  big and small- but all vital to the quality of our life.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form

Contact Us

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

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

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

CÓR – Choral Online Repository

2013/2014 Projects


An online resource of traditional Irish songs, innovatively arranged for choirs. The CÓR will include scores and recordings of such songs by staff and students at NUI Galway. As many of these songs are currently difficult to obtain, the project will make them available to a global audience.

Learn to Swim

2013/2014 Projects

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Students of the Swimming, Water Polo and Lifesaving Club will provide fellow students basic swimming lessons. With over five hundred people requiring rescue from Irish waters each year, the Learn to Swim project aims at promoting water safety.

NUIG: Behind the Scenes

2013/2014 Projects

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Staff and students of the Huston School of Film and Digital Media and Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge will produce short videos focusing “behind the scenes” on various aspects of NUI Galway. The project will explore how the various offices, organisations, commercial outlets and staff and student groups operate on campus.

RISE: Taking the Pressure Off

2013/2014 Projects


This project aims to encourage preventative measures to help people avoid costly and damaging pressure ulcers through a public awareness campaign. Taking the Pressure Off is an inter-disciplinary project between the School of Nursing & Midwifery and the Discipline of Podiatry which aims at benefiting the wider community.

Come Abroad

2013/2014 Projects

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Come Abroad will involve the creation of a web community for both NUI Galway students going on exchange and for foreign students coming to NUI Galway. The website will act as a forum for students to ask questions, get advice and seek information on exchange studies opportunities.

STARTS: Students Teaching Apps of Relevance To Staff

2013/2014 Projects

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This project involves trained students hosting workshops for NUI Galway staff who are interested in developing basic apps, which can benefit the delivery of courses and the campus overall. The mission is to create a teaching package for students to teach staff something that adds value to the students’ own learning experiences, the premise being “learning through teaching”. The staff also get value from learning basic coding and programming. 

Capture Your Campus

2013/2014 Projects


The Marketing and Communications Office will work with the student PhotoSoc in hosting an online competition for students and staff to submit high-definition photographs of the campus. Successful entrants can see their work used in official publications while an exhibition of the submissions will also take place.

NUI Galway Mobile App

2013/2014 Projects


Staff and students will team up to create a broad-ranging app for NUI Galway, which will include maps, exam timetables, upcoming events and general information. The app should be of benefit to both current and prospective students as well as staff and visitors to the campus.

Disability Awareness Week

2013/2014 Projects


This project aims at increasing staff, student and public awareness about people with disabilities, with a view to combating stereotypes and promoting the contributions of people with disabilities through a campus-wide awareness week.