May 2015

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Bar Skills Course

Life Skills

Bar Skills Course 

Course objectives: To cover the basic fundamentals of drinks and drink service methods, including the social responsibility on all parties to serve drink in a responsible manner.

Course Date: 10am-5pm Friday 5th February 2016 COURSE FULL 19/01/16

Course Content:                

1: Responsible selling of alcohol

2: Introduction to Wines

3: Spirits appreciation and theory

4: Stouts, beers and Ciders (theory and service)

Assessment/Certification: There is no assessment. A certificate of participation will be given.

Sign Up: In the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Course Fee: €20 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

Course Venue: The College Bar

Max number: 40 students

Child Protection Training

Life Skills

Child Protection Training 

Course Description: The content is awareness level and covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. 

It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios.

Course Audience: Staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people.

Assessment/Certification: Certification is based on attendance pf the programme and it is certified by the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Sign Up: In the SU Office or by credit card on 091 493570

Date/Time: 1pm-5pm Friday 13th November or 9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 14th November 2015

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Cost: €15

Max Number Students: 20

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union, ALIVE and the National Youth Council of Ireland. 


Life Skills

Ashtanga Yoga

The next SU 8 week yoga course with Marese Cregg is on Thursday 9th June – Thursday 28th July 2016. The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks. 

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers 
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

The Course venue is The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Directions to The Space: As you come in the main doors of Áras na Mac Léinn take the stairs on the left, turn left at the top, go through the glass doors and down the steps – The Space is the last room on the left.

Yoga mats and belts are provided. Open to NUI Galway students and staff only.


Personal Safety and Awareness Course

Life Skills

Personal Safety and Awareness Course 

We will soon be enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course for 2015. 

Cost of the course :€5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card. 

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí and other experts.

Course Date/Time: 1pm-6pm Thursday 24th September

Course Venue: The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Part 1: Introduction and course outline                                                                                                                

Definition of awareness within the personal safety milieu.

‘Self-defence’ vs ‘personal awareness’

Ineffectiveness of most physical techniques.

The adrenal response.

The predator outline.

Importance of reporting

Physical skills

Garda Briefing

Revision, Q&A, and feedback.

Part 2: Awareness and its relationship to personal safety.                                                                                          

Situational awareness and the ‘360 mind-set’

Watching your ‘6’

Visualising your journey/local knowledge.

Threat recognition/trusting your instincts.

Mobiles: Pros and cons



Part 3: The Predator outline and the Adrenal response                                                                                

Predator/Assailant preplanning and visualisation.

Predator escalation and the importance of reporting.

The percentage game (minimising/maximising your safety at all times)

The Adrenal response, physical, emotional and psychological.

Ineffectiveness of most complex physical techniques within an adrenalized situation.

Avoiding becoming a ‘target of opportunity’.

Part 4: Garda Briefing                                                                                                                   

TBC, but in our conversation beforehand we discussed the importance of people knowing the legal definitions of assault, harassment, intimidation etc. And a stressing of the early reporting of situations and using the Gardaí as a community resource rather than a call of last resort.

Part 5: Physical Skills.                                                                                                                   

A re-stressing of the legal terms defined earlier by the Garda and a re-stressing of the facts that complicated physical techniques tend towards the ineffective.

High percentage and low percentage moves.

Basic grab evasion.

The essentialities of escape.

How to strike.

Exams end

Whats Happening

4,000 NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register for May 22nd Referendum


4,000 NUI Galway Students Added to Electoral Register for May 22nd Referendum

A Voter Registration Drive by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway GigSoc (NUI Galway’s LGBTQA Society) has resulted in 4,000 students being added to the supplemental register of electors. The campaign sought to register both new voters and voters wishing to change their address who might otherwise have missed out on the opportunity to have their say on 22nd May. Although Voter Registration Drives are not unusual events on campus, the Marriage Equality Referendum has attracted a huge amount of interest amongst NUI Galway students. Last year GigSoc called a referendum of NUI Galway students on the issue of marriage equality which was supported by 95% of students. Both the Students’ Union and GigSoc are confident that those figures will apply to the 4,000 students who have registered to vote and will provide a significant boost in the overall poll.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President / Education Officer Phelim Kelly said: “We are delighted to support the yes vote in the upcoming referendum. There is an overwhelming appetite for a yes vote among the student body and the Students’ Union has made every effort to accommodate its members in this referendum. Students are making it very clear that they will have their say on something they believe will change Ireland for the better. It’s very clear that students believe that marriage is something that should be made available to everyone regardless of gender or sexual orientation.” 

Gary McMahon, Communications Officer, Galway City Council said: “We had seen an unprecedented amount of registrations come in the weeks prior to the deadline especially on Tuesday May 5th. We were unable to keep track of the amount registered. To facilitate the overwhelming demand of applications to the supplemental register, a member of an Garda Síochána from Mill Street Station was present on the closing date to stamp the necessary forms. We estimate that we had at least four times the usual amount of applications to the supplemental register, and a lot of young voters in particular were adamant to get on the register for these referenda.”


For more information, contact:

Phelim Kelly                        

Vice-President / Education Officer                                                                      

NUI Galway Students’ Union                               

Ph. 086 385 3658


SU Weekly Email 33 – 7th May 2015

Weekly Email

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

Vote YES on Friday 22nd of May! 

The paperwork is all done now it’s time for the real leg work to begin! If you want to make sure that the Marriage Equality Referendum passes on Friday 22nd of May here’s some ways to help: 

1. Go Canvassing! Yes Equality Galway are canvassing across the city every evening and in town on the weekend. To get involved just get in touch with them or just turn up to help out. 

2. Go Talking! Yes Meeting for Marriage Equality 7pm TONIGHT Thursday 7th May in Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street. More information.

3. Go Marching! Galway will March for Marriage Equality 3pm Saturday 16th of May organised by Yes Equality. More Information 

4. Go Voting! On Friday 22nd of May Polling stations will be open 7am-10pm bring your polling card and ID. Text/message/snapchat/yikyak everybody ALL DAY to make sure they have voted too! 

Exam Results/Repeats

Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 1 will be released between Tuesday, 9th and Wednesday, 17th June online. Where ‘Fail’, Absent’, ‘Incomplete’ or ‘Deferred’ appears as the Overall result on your transcript of results, you will be automatically registered to take any written modules for the Autumn repeat session of examinations. Repeat examinations are scheduled August 4th to 14th 2015. 


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. If you have any queries, please contact us.

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 May 16th 2015.
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.

Extra Study Space 2015

Mon 4th May- Weds 13th May Arts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre

Connacht vs Ospreys Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUIG student tickets on sale for the last Connacht home match of the season against the Ospreys at 3pm Saturday 16th May.

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Lockers for 2015/16 will go on sale on the SU Website at 10am on Monday 31st of August. You can book and pay online via

Celebrate Explore 12pm-1.45pm Wednesday 13th May in the Aula Maxima

Join us to experience this year’s diverse and exciting EXPLORE projects, to be inspired and to network. Email to register.
EXPORE was launched as a joint initiative of NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union. Since then, over 500 students and staff have partnered up to deliver more than 80 innovative projects.

Kickstart Your Job Search

For all final years, postgrads, and graduates 9.30am-4pm on Thursday 14th May 2015 in IT250. Lunch provided!
Advice on CV’s & Interviews, Industry Panel Experts, Careers Clinic, Guidance, Workshops etc. Find out more

Staying in Galway for the Summer?

You will be flat out! Here’s our guide to everything going on in Galway this summer. Yay Summer!  

Graduations 2015

Conferrings will take place Monday 19th – Friday 24th October (Undergrads) and Tuesday 24th-Thursday 26th November (PhDs/Postgrads)

Alive Certificates Collection

You can now collect your Alive Volunteering Certificate from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.

SUSI Grant Applications now OPEN for 2015/16 Academic Year

Apply Here

ISIC and Student Leap Cards

Remember our office is open throughout the summer to issue ISIC Cards and Student Leap Cards. We take your photo and print them off straight away for €15.

The Human Rights Cinema, is on every Thursday at 7pm, in the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

May is the Local Filmmakers month, and we are going to be introduced to the filmography of local filmmakers that have human rights relevance.

You are all invited to this free event, this Thursday 7th of May, at 7pm, in the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

Follow the link to get more info.
Looking forward to an exciting evening celebrating local filmmakers and advocating for Human Rights!

Darkness Into Light this SATURDAY!

The walk starts at Leisureland at 4.15am on Saturday. That’s late, late Friday night! The route takes in the prom and South Park, returning to Leisureland. Please get there early, as parking will be limited and some roads will be closed off. YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AND COLLECT T-SHIRTS AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:

TODAY Thursday (Eyre Square Centre, upstairs) 4-9pm, Friday (Leisureland lobby) 5 to 8pm, Saturday (Leisureland main hall) 3 to 3.45am (ONLY!)

Free Films at 4th REEL LIVES FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating Ageing Across the Lifecourse
In the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology Monday 18 – Friday 22 May at 1pm each day.
One Irish short + one main feature each day. Free refreshments and spot prizes
Thurs 1pm: NUI Galway Staff Choir. Fri 4pm: Guided walking tour of Dangan with Brendan Hynes

NUIG Colour Dash

11am Sunday 21st of June in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Register Now.

Galway African Film Festival Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May

The 8th Galway African Film Festival (GAFF), a local event with a global flair, is back in the Houston Film School NUIG offering a unique opportunity for film lovers to view high quality films not usually available in Ireland. And all for FREE! Places are limited and strictly on a first come first served basis – so make sure you do not miss this extraordinary film experience.

For more information on listings and times, and to download your very own festival brochure, see

Are you brave enough to take on The Chilli M.E. Challenge to raise funds and awareness for myalgic encephalomyelitis?

Take a bite of a hot chilli or shot of tabasco sauce, film your funny reaction and upload it to facebook for all your friends to laugh at. Then nominate five other friends and text HOT to 50300 for a €4 donation. All funds raised go to Invest in ME.
For more information go to or to see challenges already done go to The Chilli M.E. Challenge Facebook page.

Aware Connemara Cycle Saturday 16th May

Registration is now open for the Connemara Cycle 4 Light in aid of Aware on Saturday 16th of May. There is a 65km route or a  125km route, both of which start and finish in Delphi and take in the spectacularly beautiful surrounds of Connemara, Co. Galway. More Information.

Galway Fleadh at NUI Galway seeks Musical Volunteers!

16th and 17th May Volunteers are welcome to support this event to make it an enjoyable experience for visitors to the campus. Love and appreciation of music is all you need!

To volunteer sign up online: Volunteers will get lots of perks for supporting the event!

Registration Open for the Salthill Devon National 5 A Side Competition

30th and 31st May

Summer Holiday Arrangements

  • From Monday 18th of May the SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm.
  • From the 1st of 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.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5:30pm Saturday/Sunday.
  • The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Wednesday 13th May and will re-open at 9am on Monday 7th September.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Wednesday 13th May and will re-open at 11am on Monday 7th September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre, Computer DISC and The Hub Café are all now closed for the summer.

College starts back on Monday 7th of September for all years.

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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm during 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.

Summer In Galway 2015


What’s on in Galway this Summer: 

March for Marriage Equality Galway 3pm Saturday 16th May 2015

Pint of Science 18th & 19th May 2015

Get out and VOTE to Make Grá The Law 7am-10pm Friday 22nd May 2015

Galway African Film Festival 22nd-24th May 2015

Salthill Devon National 5 A Sides Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd June 2015

Galway Bike Week 13th-21st June 2015

NUIG Colour Dash Sunday 21st June 2015

Dip in The Nip Sunday 21st June 2015

Galway Simon 10km or 10mile Sunday 28th June 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 1st July 2015

Colours Fringe Festival 1st-8th July 2015 

Galway Film Fleadh 7th – 12th July 2015

Galway Fringe Festival 11th – 27th July 2015

Galway Aquathon Festival Sat 11th July 2015 

Galway International Arts Festival 13th – 26th July 2015

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 27th July- Sunday 2nd August 2015

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th August 2015

Streets of Galway 8k Race Saturday 8th August 2015

Galway Community Pride Thursday 13th- Sunday 16th August 2015

Cruinniú na mBád Kinvara 14th – 16th August 2015

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 ALIVE website for volunteering opportunities. 

Stay tuned to all the Galway Festival action on Galway Festival Radio 101.3 FM 

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2015/16. Start your countdown! 

May Bank Holiday

Whats Happening