August 2017

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SU Weekly Email 1 – 31st August 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.

What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Lorcán

Vice-President/Education: Andrew

Vice-President/Welfare: Megan

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Cónall

Equality: Clare

Mature Students: Eugene

Postgraduates: Colm

SU Council Chairperson: Emily

Societies: Ruth

Clubs: Conor

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Sabrina

Convenor Science: Seán

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Sarah

Convenor Business & Law: Christopher

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Fiachra


NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2017

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

Thursday 31st August

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

8pm Speed Friending with Phil Trill at Sult (over 18’s ID required)

Friday 1st September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

6pm Postgrad Friday Pizza deals, giant games and karaoke (from 9pm) at Sult (over 18’s ID required)

Tuesday 5th September

8pm Outdoor Cinema outside the Engineering Building. Vote on the SU Facebook Event Page for the movie you want to see – free popcorn!

Wednesday 13th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn with ALL THE FREE STUFF!

Monday 18th September

8pm SU Comedy with Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre Tickets €5


SU Outdoor Cinema Tuesday 5th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm on Tuesday 5th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.


Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.


SU Freshers’ Fair Wednesday 13th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Wednesday 13th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.


NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn every Tuesday & Wednesday evening 5pm-7pm from Tuesday 12th of September. The clinic is by appointment only on a first come, first served basis. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


Connacht Rugby Cheap Match Tickets on Sale Now

We are selling reduced rate NUI Galway student tickets for all the Connacht Rugby home matches again this season. First up is Connacht vs Glasgow Warriors Sat 2nd September NUIG Student Tickets €20 (Bohermore Terrace) on sale now from the SU Office. Kick-off is 19:35 Saturday 3rd September. NUI Galway student ID Required.


Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • Occupational First Aid Course


Comedy Hypnotist 8pm Monday 18th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy at 8pm on Monday 18th September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).Warning: This show is not for the easily offended – get your tickets quick as this is always a sell-out event!


Student Leap Cards now just €10

The shiny new Student Leap Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €10 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2018.


Get registered to vote so you can vote in local and national elections!

We’re making it easy for you; all you have to do is collect the form in the SU Office, fill it out and we’ll post it off for you. That’s it, you’re registered!


Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Andrew at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.


Financial Aid Fund opens 11th September

The Financial Aid Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. 

Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund Online Applications open on Monday 11th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 2nd OctoberMore information.


Lockers On Sale Now

You need to register online first at and you can either pay online and collect your key at your leisure OR you locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same. PLEASE NOTE: after the 3 days your reservation expires if you don’t call in to pay.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.


Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!


Check out NUI Galway’s new online Academic Skills Hub
Get handy tips and information on:
– Studying at NUI Galway
– How to take notes and do research
– IT and digital skills
– Doing assignments and exams
– And much more


Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Sorcha is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to


Drop in to Teach Solais this Saturday

Teach Solais is an LGBT+ drop in space in the Teach Solais resource centre just off Eyre Square from 2pm-4pm every Saturday. Anyone can pop in, have a cup of tea and a chat, play some games and find out what’s going on in the centre!


Bus Routes to Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick and Clare:

If you are from any of the four counties above, we’d love to hear from you about your use of bus services to travel home. This will help the University inform our bus partners of how they can better improve their service to you. The survey takes only 3 minutes to complete!


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 Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Free Rent Book & Issues Appeal to Potential Landlords

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Launches Free Rent Book & Issues Appeal to Potential Landlords

With students returning to college this week NUI Galway Students’ Union has launched their free rent book and accommodation guide for students along with an appeal to anyone with a spare room to consider renting it to NUI Galway students. Under the Rent a Room Scheme you can earn up to €14,000 per annum tax free by renting a room. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are uncertain about getting into a long term arrangement. Rooms for rent can be advertised for free on the University’s accommodation website

The Students’ Union free rent book and accommodation guide offers students tips and advice on how to ensure they find accommodation that suits their needs. The guide also offers advice on how to maintain good relationships with your landlord, your housemates and your neighbours. The guide contains a free 10 page rent book and is available from the Students’ Union Office and website.

There are various options available to those wishing to rent a room to students including the option of digs where meals can be provided or just a straightforward rental agreement.

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has now become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students. We are inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. In particular there are a huge amount of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”


Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

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Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet:

Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!

Here’s what your SU Card gets you everyday

  • Collect 2 points for every €1 spent*
  • Buy ten Teas / Coffee and get one free
  • Special SU Card prices on drinks in Sult

Look out for the SU Card Sticker for more benefits

Top up your SU Card with cash!

You can also add credit to your SU Card.

Credit added to your card can be redeemed in any of our outlets.**

Just to spoil you, we’ll add €5 to your SU Card when you top up by €50

To add credit to your account, click here  Anybody can add credit to your card once they have your Student ID Number.

*Excludes: Alcohol, Tobacco, Phone Credit, Any Products that are already part of an SU Card offer

** Excludes: Alcohol & Tobacco products

Are You Gambling Too Much?


It’s just bad luck, I’ll get lucky next time..

Are you gambling too much?

Are you worried about it?

Ever feel like you can’t stop?

Here are some people that you can talk to about it: 

National Gambling Helpline 1800 753 753

Gambler’s Anonymous Galway 086 349 4450 (Meetings every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday in Ozanam House, Augustine Street)

NUIG Counselling Service 091 492 484

NUIG Chaplaincy 091 495 055

NUIG SU Welfare Officer 086 385 3659


We Are Hiring!

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We are now recruiting two staff members for the Students’ Union Desk in the Engineering Building and the Students’ Union Cloakroom in the Library Basement.

Please note that you should only apply for this job if:

  1. You will be a registered NUI Galway Student for 2017/18 Academic Year
  2. You must be available to attend training on Wednesday 30th August and work from Thursday 31st August.
  3. You will be available to work 10.30am-3.30pm Monday-Wednesday and 8.30am-6.30pm Thursday & Friday.

See below detailed job description. Experience of handling cash, taking credit card payments and operating a cash register essential.

The Staff members have responsibility for the running of the NUI Galway Students’ Union desk in the Engineering Building during the academic year 2017/18 Monday to Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm and the SU Cloakroom 8.30am-6.30pm Thursday & Friday (semester 1 only).  Staff will generally work between 6 and 10 hours per week. Rate of pay is minimum wage.

Application Process:

Send CV and Cover Letter to by 1pm on Thursday 24th of August. Late applications will not be accepted.

Job Description SU Engineering Desk Staff

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.”


NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

With the first round of CAO Offers being issued next Monday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2017/18 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be careful before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits then needs of all tenants.

Here are some handy tips before signing a lease:

  1. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc.
  2. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
  3. When viewing the property, check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
  4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
  5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
  6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
  7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
  8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
  9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
  10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
  11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
  12. Make sure to get a free rent book from the Students’ Union particularly if you are paying your rent in cash and have the landlord sign the book and give you a receipt.

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check

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.


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.