August 2018

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SU Weekly Email 1 – 30th August 2018

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: Megan

Vice-President/Education: Louis

Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Clare

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Adhna

Mature Students: Chuka Paul

Postgraduate Taught: Cameron

Postgraduate Research: Jibran

SU Council Chairperson: Sabrina

Societies: Brandon

Clubs: Ryan

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Rían

Convenor Science: Scott

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Liezel

Convenor Business & Law: Clodagh

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Roshan

International Students: Daniel

Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Alex

Disability Rights: Muireann


Lockers On Sale this Monday 3rd September

You need to register at and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Buildng you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.


FREE SU Diaries

Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook next week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Orientation Week 2018

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

Monday 3rd September

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

12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn

4pm-7pm Table Quiz with comedian Karl Spain at Sult

8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult includes Filthy Food Menu Sampling.

Tuesday 4th 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!

4pm-7pm Sult Takeover with your SU Officers. Free Food, Free Wristbands and your chance to ask your SU Officers anything.

8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult

Wednesday 5th 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!

4pm-7pm Keys to Adventure Party with the Morganettes at Sult.

8pm till late Bongo Steve at Sult

Thursday 6th 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!

4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.

8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th 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!

9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult


SU Outdoor Cinema Monday 10th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm on Monday 10th 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.


Crisis Campout

We are holding a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to call attention to the need for the Government to act on the National Accommodation crisis. We need affordable student purpose built accommodation in order to alleviate this crisis.


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 Tuesday 18th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th 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 from the week of the 10th of September. The clinic is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Glasgow match: NUIG-Glasgow-1819

Please note that all purchasers will have to show valid student ID on the night to gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road, failure to do this will result in payment of the difference.


Your Student Transition Officer

Gráinne Morahan is the new Transition Officer who is available to support you, if you are a first year HEAR students, Access student and or if you entered directly with a QQI/ FET qualification. Gráinne is here to help ease you into University life assisting with social, personal, financial and academic experiences. You can meet with Gráinne any Tuesday morning during term, between 10.00 – 13.00 in Room G011, Ground Floor, Block E.  You can also ring to make an appointment on 091-493 298  or email

More Information.


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 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit 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
  • First Aid Responder Course


Want to Join the Students’ Union Officer Team?

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 13th of September for the new SU Officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September.


SU Comedy Gig 8pm Monday 24th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm on Monday 24th of 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).


Academic Skills Hub

Develop core academic skills with NUI Galway’s Academic Skills Hub at This online resource is packed with tips and information to ensure success in your studies. You can also drop into the Library’s Academic Skills Hub desk for one-to-one support.


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 2019.


Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.


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 Louis 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 10th Sept

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 10th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 1st OctoberMore information.


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!


Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Áine 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 or message her via the Sin Facebook page here.


Give Blood Next Week

Please Give Blood in the Menlo Park Hotel Galway

  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 4th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 5th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thursday 6th September


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) 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.

Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

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Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week

As luxury student accommodation appears across the city, it seems students would be better off taking out a mortgage instead of renting in the current climate.

Today, NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union have strongly criticised prices of ‘luxury’ student accommodation popping up across the city. This comes after new student accommodation has been advertised on the market at €250 per week in the city centre and from another complex directed towards students on Bohermore at a price of €200 per week.

Aaron Burke, President of GMIT Students’ Union, said: ‘Students are not cash cows and this can bring extreme pressure on both parents and students, especially when people are struggling to stay in college. The rate of the grant has not increased since 2012 yet rental prices have increased year on year for six years straight. This kind of accommodation far exceeds the already high rental prices that exist in the city.’

Megan Reilly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, added; ‘We cannot stand by these luxury student accommodation providers taking advantage of the current crisis. At this rate, people could be paying up to €1,250 a month for one room in one apartment; some people wouldn’t even pay that on their mortgage monthly. At the other end of the spectrum we have students who are living in hostels or commuting hours to go to college because they can’t afford to live in Galway.’

Both Unions, together with the One Galway Movement, are planning a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to shed light on the need for purpose built student housing and social housing in general.

Applications Open for SU Cloakroom and Engineering Desk Jobs

News & Events

Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Engineering Building Information Point for the 2018/19 academic term.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, NUI Galway Students’ Union by email only to before 5pm on Monday 27th of August. 

Full job description is available here: Job Description SU Engineering Desk Staff

Late applications will not be accepted.

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom will be open 9am-6pm Thursdays & Fridays during term time. The Engineering Desk will be open 11am-3pm Monday-Friday from Monday 3rd September 2018.

Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours. 

Please note: You must be available for training on Wednesday 29th August and be prepared to start work from Friday 31st August 2018. 

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 2018/19. 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 €20,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2017/18 – Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

Application forms for the 2018/19 fund are available from the Students’ Union website here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2018 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th of September 2018.

Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Megan Reilly, 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.”

For more information contact:

Megan Reilly, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502

Attached Photo: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).

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 2018/19 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious 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 the needs of all tenants. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially

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 Megan Reilly 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 at least 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.”

More accommodation tips and advice are available here.