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NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2015

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 24th of February 2015. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan.

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser this year!

You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants.

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Complete the Entry Form here. Return same to the Students’ Union Office and collect your Sponsorship Card. Sponsorship cards and funds raised can be returned to the Students’ Union office or brought with you on the morning of the race.

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here.

THANK YOU: Kingfisher, NUI Gaway, NUI Galway Triathlon Club, Advertees for the t-shirts, College Bar Catering for lunch, the SU Shop for the snacks and water! 

Event Schedule for Competitors: 

  •          9.30am-10.30am Registration in the Sports Centre
  •          10.30am Competitor Briefing and group photo
  •          11am  First wave of competitors enter the pool
  •          11.30am First group of runners start the run
  •          1.30pm Lunch and prizegiving

We are grouping competitors according to their estimated times for each part of the event so the fastest swimmers will be going in the pool first and moving on to start the run first. This way we don’t have people crashing in to each other! 

Equipment Required: 

1. Swim: Swimming togs, flip flops, swimming hat, goggles, towel etc.

2. Run: Running gear, proper rummers (no shoes, boots etc. allowed)

Socs Day

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NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2015


The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2015 will help you to plan the best summer ever! 

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 28th January 2015 in Áras na Mac Léinn. 

This event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and festivals! 

Event Talks in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

1pm-1.30pm USIT

3pm-4pm SAYIT

4pm-5pm SERVE

2015 Confirmed Exhibitors Include: 

Abroad Internships

ALIVE NUI Galway’s Student Volunteering Programme


Erasmus Student Network

Fahy Travel

Flirt FM

Galway Fringe Festival 

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

SayIt Travel


Smaller Earth


The Hope Foundation

Travel Bug Limited


Voluntary Service International

Confirmed Market Stalls (because you can’t plan your summer on an empty stomach!)

 Healthy & Hearty – Soups, cakes, brownies, teas and coffees.

The Dough Bro’s – Wood Fired Pizza

The Pancake Factory 



SU Weekly Email 16 – 8th January 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your first weekly email of 2015 from your Students’ Union. Happy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas break.

What will you do in 2015?

$1·         Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 27th January

$1·         Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 28th January

$1·         Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February for Console & BeLonG To

$1·         Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 19th February

$1·         Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 750m swim/5km run

$1·         Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

$1·         Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 28th February

$1·         Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th & 17th February

Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information


Semester 2 Socs & Clubs Days

Here’s another chance to join some of the many clubs and societies on campus. Societies Day & Volunteering Fair Wednesday 14th January 10am-5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn.  Clubs Day Thursday 15th January 10am-5pm in the Sports Centre.


Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications open on Monday

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will open on Monday the 12th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact financialaid@nuigalway.ie


Connacht Rugby Student Tickets

  • Connacht vs Edinburgh 7.35pm Friday 9th January €18 Available on the Gate/Online
  • Connacht vs Exeter Chiefs 3.15pm Sunday 18th January €15 on sale in the SU and from the Engineering Desk Monday 12th January


Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Sign Language 10 Week Course Starts Week of 27th January €40 (Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm)
  • 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 15th Jan – Thursday 12th March €40 Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm & Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (No Class 29th Jan)
  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.


Cloakroom & Engineering Desk reopening

The SU Free Cloakroom will reopen at 9am on Monday 12th January. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6.30pm. The SU Engineering Desk will reopen at 11am on Monday 12th January. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.


Second-hand Books

If you need books for this semester have a look at our online bookstore – if you see the book you need just call in to our office to pay for same. We are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.  


Lockers Available

We still have lockers available to rent on the Concourse, in the IT Building, in the Engineering Building and also in Áras Moyola. To reserve your locker log on to the SU Website and select lockers from our services menu. Get a Locker Now.

Election of a Postgraduate Student as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile for the period February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. 

Nominations: to be received by the Returning Officer (Gearóid Ó Conluain, Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 23, 2015.

Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. 
The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.



The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline this Friday 9 January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see https://on.fb.me/1zyYMga or email elaine.hyslop@nuigalway.ie

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Schemes

5pm Tuesday, 13th January 2015 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building). Dr Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application. 

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.
For further details on the call please see: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (including strategic partner scholarships): https://research.ie/scheme/government-ireland-postgraduate-scholarship-scheme-2015-call-now-open


Attention all film and media students the EU have launched a special competition

It is  called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 EU Member States.

Entrants are required to perform an interpretation of “Ode to Joy” accompanied by a video clip, which can be devoted to a European topic of their choice.

The submission period runs until 20 February 2015 and will be followed by a public vote. The top ten entries according to the public vote will be sent to an expert jury for the final selection. Submissions will be judged on the quality and originality of the video produced as well as the novelty value of the approach to the song, the singing and the musical content. The award ceremony will take place in May 2015 in Brussels.


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 19th Jan

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 19th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council – All Reps Must Attend

Tues 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 22nd Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with 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 reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

International Student Orientation

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New Year’s Day

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