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Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

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Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

With the introduction of new regulations for short-term letting in “rent pressure zones” this week NUI Galway Students’ Union are asking Galway homeowners who rented rooms on platforms such as Airbnb to consider renting to students instead. The new regulations have been introduced to address the impact on the private rental market using residential homes for short-term tourism type letting in areas of high housing demand.

Landlords can rent out rooms in their homes to students tax-free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum under the Rent a Room Scheme. This remains unchanged and landlords can also advertise their accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie. The option is also available to just rent a room for one semester to a visiting student if homeowners are unsure about getting into a long-term arrangement

President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Clare Austick said “We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing now rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. This will provide steady tax-free income for homeowners and a home for NUI Galway students who contribute so much to the local economy. The lack of accommodation here in Galway City has become a serious issue putting access to education at risk for many students.”

Brandon Walsh Students’ Union VP/Welfare & Equality Officer added “We are already inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. There are also a huge number 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.”

Pictured (Left to Right): Cameron Keighron (SU VP/Education Officer) Clare Austick (SU President), Brandon Walsh (SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer)

Exam Results Summer 2019

News & Events

Exam Results Important Dates 2019: 

  • 17th – 24th June Undergrad Exam Results Released Online
  • 28th June Undergrad Consultation Day (Contact School/College Office in advance)
  • 2nd July Postgrad Exam Results Released
  • 4th July Undergrad Exam Appeal Deadline
  • 5th July Postgrad Consultation Day (Contact School/College Office in advance)
  • 10th July Postgrad Exam Appeal Deadline
  • 11th July Autumn/Repeat Exam Timetable Released
  • 6th-16th Aug Autumn/Repeat Exams
  • 30th Aug Undergrad Autumn Exam Results Released
  • 2nd Sept Autumn sitting students – online registration for course & modules opens
  • 6th Sept Undergrad Autumn Appeal Deadline
  • 10th Sept Postgrad Autumn Exam Results Released
  • 17th Sept Postgrad Autumn Appeal Deadline

More information is available from the Examinations Office Website HERE

We Are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

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We are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks a friendly, energetic and goal-oriented Intern to provide support to existing staff on its CÉIM academic peer learning programme. This is a varied role in which the successful candidate will be required to work closely with diverse partners including students and academic staff to help ensure the effective delivery of CÉIM.

About CÉIM
CÉIM is an academic peer support scheme based on the Peer Assisted Study Sessions / Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) model. CÉIM supports 1st year students’ transition to higher education, health and wellbeing, academic success, progression and development of transferable skills. Delivered via a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union, CÉIM will be offered to approximately 1,500 or nearly 50% of NUI Galway 1st year students from September 2019. See further information on www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

 

The Intern will be employed by NUI Galway Students’ Union on a fixed-term part-time contract (3 days per week).

Contract duration: Mid-August 2019 – Late April 2020
Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (7 hours per day)

Job Description

  • Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of CÉIM.
  • Provide general programme and administrative support.
  • Organise materials for student leaders, weekly meetings and training.
  • Provide support to individual students and groups of students.
  • Attend weekly meetings with students and academic staff.
  • Support the CÉIM Director and CÉIM Administrator with various duties as they arise.

 

Requirements

  • Understanding of the CÉIM programme, and an interest in supporting students to make the most of their time at university.
  • Strong organisational and administration skills.
  • Experienced Microsoft Office user.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Friendly and professional manner with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly adaptable with a solution-oriented outlook.
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to deadlines and deliverables.
  • The capacity to acquire new skills and apply them to the role.

 

Applications

Applications must include:

  • Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the post and why you are interested in the post.
  • Curriculum Vitae.

 

Applications via email to:

Chris Newell

General Manager

NUI Galway Students’ Union

recruitment@su.nuigalway.ie

Closing date: 5:00pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on: Wednesday, 12 June 2019

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2019

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NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2019

  • The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Monday 20th of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 3rd June and Mon 5th Aug (Bank Holidays)
  • The Student Health Unit  summer service starts on Tues the 4th of June and they will only see undergraduates until Friday 31st of May.  The summer service is restricted to current post-graduate students only and remains an acute illness service. Summer hours are Monday-Friday 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm. Nurse available 10am–12pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm
  • The Library will be open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri and Closed Saturdays & Sunday from Mon 13th May to Sun 29th July & Mon 19th Aug to Sun 1st Sept. Closed Mon 3rd June (Bank Holiday). REPEAT EXAMS: Open Mon 29th July-Sun 18th Aug: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-10pm, Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-5pm, Sun Closed. Bank Holiday Mon 5th Aug 10am-5pm. Detailed opening hours are available here.
  •  The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • Computer Suites – check availability here. 
  • Caife na Gaeilge is closed for the summer.
  • Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Thursday & 8.30am-00.30am Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • Smokey’s Café Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday
  • The SU Shop Monday-Friday 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The Wall Café Monday to Friday 8am-3pm.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 10th May.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Fri 10th May.
  • SUMS and Computer DISC are now closed for the summer.
  • The Academic Writing Centre will reopen in July/August for a special intervention to help students to stay at the University and to help Postgraduate students.

Teaching begins on Monday 9th of September for all years. 

The academic calendar for 2019/20 is available here.

SU Weekly Email 31 – 2nd May 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email this year from your Students’ Union! We hope you have a great summer and the weekly email will be back in September.

 

Open all Summer

The SU Office is open all summer (except Bank Holidays) Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm. Call in for Student Leap Cards, free stuff and advice!

 

Locker Key Return Deadline next Fri 10th May

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out and key returned before 5pm on Friday 10th of May to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday. Any items left in the locker after this date will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. Lockers for 2019/20 will go on sale 10am Monday 2nd September on the SU Website. Lockers for 2019/20 on sale Monday 2nd September

 

Voter Registration Deadline Tuesday

Reminder that the last chance to get registered to vote in the upcoming local/European elections and the Divorce Referendum is this Tuesday 7th of May. You completed application form stamped by a Garda must be submitted to your City/County Council by this date. If you’ll be in Galway city to vote on the 24th of May then you can call up to Galway City Council on Tuesday 10am-4pm and there’ll be a Garda there to stamp your form – just bring passport/driving licence.

 

SU AGM

The Students’ Union Annual General Meeting takes place 12pm-2pm Thursday 16th of May in the D’Aracy Thompson Theatre NUI Galway. All are welcome.

 

European Election Hustings

Meet and question the candidates running for the European Elections 12pm-2pm Wednesday 15th of May in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre NUI Galway.

 

Summer Lockers

€10 summer lockers go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Wednesday 15th May and will be available until Monday 19th August. 2019/20 Lockers go on sale 10am Monday 2nd of September via the SU Website.

 

Summer In Galway

Here’s just some of what is going on in Galway this summer: https://su.nuigalway.ie/summer-in-galway-2019/

 

Win €50 or €25 and help the Environment

For your chance to win a €50 or €25 ‘ONE FOR ALL’ voucher fill out this survey below. P.S. you are helping the environment too!

 

Cake Sale Today

There’s a cake sale today 10am-12pm in the foyer of the Orbsen Building in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and there will be some great raffle prizes too.

 

ALIVE Certificates

If you missed the ALIVE Certificate Award ceremony you can collect your certificate from the Socs Box 10am-7pm until Friday 10th of May or alternatively next September from the ALIVE office.

 

A Feminist Manifesto for Europe

This free NWCI Galway Hustings Event takes place 6pm-8pm Tues 7th May in the Harbour Hotel Galway. Sign up for Free Tickets Here.

 

Applications Open UN Youth Delegate Programme

Applications are open for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2019 – 2020 which will support two young people aged between 18-25 years to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York. Application deadline 5pm 19th May. More Info Here.

 

Darkness Into Light Sat 11th May

The Galway Darkness Into Light 5k walk/run takes place at 4.15am on Saturday 11th of May in Salthill and will raise funds to fight against the tide of suicide. Register here.

 

Cruinniú Poiblí Faoi Phlean Gaeilge Chathair na Gaillimhe

Reáchtálfar cruinniú poiblí faoi Phlean Gaeilge Chathair na Gaillimhe Dé Máirt 7 Bealtaine ag 7.30pm i seomraí G010 & G011, Áras Taighde Uí Argadáin, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh. Tá sé mar aidhm ag an gcruinniú deis eile a thabhairt do phobal na cathrach a dtuairimí a léiriú faoin bPlean Gaeilge atá á ullmhú ag OÉ Gaillimh ar son Chomhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe agus Gaillimh le Gaeilge. Ionas go mbeidh deis ag gach duine páirt a ghlacadh beag beann ar chúlra teanga, beidh dhá chruinniú ar siúl ag an am céanna, ceann i nGaeilge agus ceann i mBéarla. Tá fáilte roimh chách.

 

Public Meeting About Galway City Irish Language Plan

A public meeting about the Galway City Irish Language Plan will be held on Tuesday May 7th at 7.30pm in rooms G010 & G011, Hardiman Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway. The meeting aims to provide another chance to people in Galway to give their opinions about the Irish Language Plan being prepared by NUI Galway on behalf of Galway City Council and Gaillimh le Gaeilge.  So that everyone can take part regardless of language background, two meetings will be held simultaneously, one in Irish and the other in English. All are welcome.

RSVP by Friday 3rd May to eolas@gleg.ie  – Go raibh maith agat

 

Free Concert 8pm Tomorrow

The Wind, String and Jazz ensemble from Thomas S. Hart Middle School from the USA will perform a free concert at 8pm tomorrow in the Town Hall Theatre and all are welcome. The Program will include Classical and modern works of Holst, Gershwin, Handel, Bernstien, Copland, Stevie Wonder, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

 

Colour Dash at NUI Galway

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 5k Colour Dash in aid of the Irish Cancer Society at 11am on Sunday 9th of June

 

Run & Get Free Beer This Summer!

The free Galway Bay Brewery Running Club continues all summer long. Join them for a 5/8/10k run and get a free beer at the end! Their next event is 12.30pm Sunday 12th of May.

 

Go to Festivals for Free

Want to go to festivals for free this summer including Electric Picnic and raise money for charity at the same time? More info.

 

Calling all students and recent graduates who want to make a positive change in the world

STAND is looking for 30 students/recent grads to take part in our Ideas Collective summer project. The Ideas Collective will provide the tools to take an idea for social/environmental change and put it into action! Deadline for applications is May 10th. Apply here.

 

Exam Results & Repeats

Undergrad results are scheduled for release from 17th-24th of June. Postgrad results are scheduled for release Tues 2nd July.

Details on how to appeal your exam results and the deadline for same are available here. Details on how to get a recheck of your exam are available here.

Repeat exams will take place Tuesday 6th – Friday 16th of August and the fee for same is €295.

 

SUSI Applications are Open

Applications for the 2019/20 SUSI Grant are now open. More information and application available here.

 

Need a Student Leap Card?

  1. Apply online here: here.
  2. Call in to SU Office with your application code + €10 (the code lasts 7 days)
  3. Get your card and save all the money!

You can also top up your card in the SU Office.

 

Copernicus Hackathon Ireland, 10th – 12th May

ICHEC (National Supercomputing Centre) host Ireland’s first Copernicus Hackathon in NUI Galway on May 10-12th 2019. Hackathon participants will be challenged to come up with solutions for real-world problems using Copernicus satellite data and will compete for a range of prizes for solutions which have commercial potential. Participants must be over 18 and a resident of the EU member states, Norway and Iceland. See here for more information and to register.

 

Cloakroom Open TODAY

The FREE SU Cloakroom is open today and tomorrow 9am-6pm.

 

SU Bookstore Collection Deadline Weds 15th May

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any books belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm on Wednesday 15th May. 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.

 

NUI Galway Arrangements for Bank Holiday Monday 6th of May

  • The Students’ Union Office will CLOSE at 5pm on Fri 3rd May and will reopen at 10am on Tues 7th of May
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will CLOSE at 3pm on Fri 3rd of May and reopen at 11am on Tues 7th of May
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will CLOSE at 6pm Fri 3rd of May and reopen at 9am on Thurs 9th of May.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 08:30-21:00 Sat 4th, 10:00-21:00 Sun 5th and 08:30-22:00 Mon 6th May.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open 10am-4pm Sat 4th & Sun 5th and 9am-5pm Mon 6th of May.
  • Sult will be CLOSED Sat 4th, Sun 5th & Mon 6th May. Reopening 8.30am Tues 7th of May.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge is now CLOSED for the summer and will reopen in September.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Sat 4th, 10am-5pm Sun 5th and 9am-5pm Mon 6th of May.
  • The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Sat 4th, 11am-3pm Sun 5th and 11am-3pm Mon 6th of May.
  • The Student Health Unit will be CLOSED on Mon 6th of May.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

 

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Summer in Galway 2019

News & Events

Here’s just some of what’s on in Galway this Summer:

Galway Theatre Festival Fri 3rd – Sat 11th May 2019

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Sat 11th May 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 12th May 2019

Banff Mountain Film Festival Mon 13th May 2019

Colours Festival Weds 15th – Mon 20th May 2019

Oranmore Arts Festival Thurs 16th – Sun 19th May 2019

Galway Early Music Festival Fri 24th – Sun 26th May 2019

Galway Africa Day Sat 25th May 2019

Conamara Bog Week Tues 28th May – Mon 3rd June 2019

Galway Juggling Convention Fri 31st – Mon 3rd June 2019

Galway African Film Festival Sat 1st & Sun 2nd June 2019

Fives for Lives Tag Rugby & Soccer tournament in aid of Pieta House Sat 1st June 2019

West End Summer Street Festival Mon 3rd June 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th June 2019

Mojo Fest Thurs 6th – Sat 8th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 9th June 2019

Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash NUIG Sunday 9th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 7pm Mon 17th & Mon 24th June 2019

Galway Ukulele Festival Fri 21st – Sun 23rd June 2019

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 29th June 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 7pm Mon 1st, Mon 8th, Mon 15th, Mon 22nd & Mon 29th July 2019

Give Blood in Galway Tues 2nd, Weds 3rd, Thurs 4th, Sun 7th, Tues 9th, Weds 10th & Thurs 11th July 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Galway International Food & Craft Festival Fri 5th – Sun 7th July 2019

Galway Film Fleadh Tues 9th – Sun 14th July 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 14th July 2019

Galway Fringe Festival Mon 15th – Sun 28th July 2019

Galway International Arts Festival Mon 15th – Sun 28th July 2019

Galway Summer Drama Festival Sat 20th – Sat 27th July 2019

Galway Races Horse Racing Festival Mon 29th July- Sun 4th August 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 7th August 2019

Galway Pride Festival Mon 12th – Sun 18th August 2019

Streets of Galway 8km Race 7pm Sat 10th August 2019

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club 12.30pm Sun 11th Aug 2019

Give Blood in Galway 5pm-8.30pm Weds 21st or Thurs 22nd Aug 2019 in Clayton Hotel

Galway Heritage Week Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 2019

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 Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

If you just can’t wait to get back to NUI Galway here’s the Semester Dates for 2019/20. Start your countdown!

Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

News & Events

NUI Galway Arrangements for Bank Holiday Monday 6th of May 2019

  • The Students’ Union Office will CLOSE at 5pm on Fri 3rd May and will reopen at 10am on Tues 7th of May
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will CLOSE at 3pm on Fri 3rd of May and reopen at 11am on Tues 7th of May
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will CLOSE at 6pm Fri 3rd of May and reopen at 9am on Thurs 9th of May.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 08:30-21:00 Sat 4th, 10:00-21:00 Sun 5th and 08:30-22:00 Mon 6th May.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open 10am-4pm Sat 4th & Sun 5th and 9am-5pm Mon 6th of May.
  • Sult will be CLOSED Sat 4th, Sun 5th & Mon 6th May. Reopening 8.30am Tues 7th of May.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge is now CLOSED for the summer and will reopen in September.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Sat 4th, 10am-5pm Sun 5th and 9am-5pm Mon 6th of May.
  • The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Sat 4th, 11am-3pm Sun 5th and 11am-3pm Mon 6th of May.
  • The Student Health Unit will be CLOSED on Mon 6th of May.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

SU Weekly Email 30 – 25th April 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

Locker Key Return Deadline Fri 10th May

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out and key returned before 5pm on Friday 10th of May to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday. Any items left in the locker after this date will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. Lockers for 2019/20 will go on sale 10am Monday 2nd September on the SU Website.

 

Exam Results & Repeats

Undergrad results are scheduled for release from 17th-24th of June. Postgrad results are scheduled for release Tues 2nd July.

Details on how to appeal your exam results and the deadline for same are available here. Details on how to get a recheck of your exam are available here.

Repeat exams will take place Tuesday 6th – Friday 16th of August and the fee for same is €295.

 

Need to defer an exam?

Here’s how.

 

SUSI Applications are Open

Applications for the 2019/20 SUSI Grant are now open. More information and application available here.

 

Need a Student Leap Card?

  1. Apply online here: here.
  2. Call in to SU Office with your application code + €10 (the code lasts 7 days)
  3. Get your card and save all the money!

You can also top up your card in the SU Office.

 

Taught Postgrad Scholarships Open

Applications are open for the NUI Galway Taught Postgraduate Scholarships which provide €1,500 per student. Scholarships are rewarded to students who have a first class honours degree and have been accepted to a full time taught Masters programme. More here.

 

Cloakroom Open TODAY

The FREE SU Cloakroom is open today and tomorrow 9am-6pm.

 

PC Suites During Exams

The following PC Suites are unavailable during the exams. All other PC Suites will operate as normal.

  • Block E: Finnegan Suite
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building: ENG-G046
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building: ENG2016
  • Alice Perry Engineering Building: ENG2017
  • I.T. Building – Room 106: IT106

 

Copernicus Hackathon Ireland, 10th – 12th May

ICHEC (National Supercomputing Centre) host Ireland’s first Copernicus Hackathon in NUI Galway on May 10-12th 2019. Hackathon participants will be challenged to come up with solutions for real-world problems using Copernicus satellite data and will compete for a range of prizes for solutions which have commercial potential. Participants must be over 18 and a resident of the EU member states, Norway and Iceland. See here for more information and to register.

 

Do you know what a money mule is?

Money mules are people recruited by fraudsters to help transfer stolen money from bank accounts. They either use the excuse that they can’t open an account themselves or they pose as employers with job vacancies. Being a money mules is a criminal offence and it can carry up to 14 years imprisonment.

 

Fancy a trip to Finland?

The EU Youth Conference will be held in Finland 1st-3rd June and they are looking for 3 young people to represent Ireland. More here.

 

NUI Galway Summer School in Visual Analytics

Running from the 10th – 14th of June at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland, the KDU Visual Analytics Summer School will provide students, researchers, academics and industry professionals with an opportunity to come together to learn, share experiences and to develop new cross-disciplinary partnerships. Over the course of this 5 day-long summer school participants will:

  • learn from key researchers in the field,
  • take part in hands-on sessions to deepen these learnings, and
  • work together on case-study oriented mini-projects.

Fees: €250 early bird registration (before May 1st) / €350 regular

Extra Study Space

The following venues will be available 8am-10pm as extra study space until Fri 10th May

  • IT206
  • SC004 McMunn Theatre
  • SC005 Tyndall Theatre
  • TB302
  • TB303
  • TB304
  • TB305
  • TB307
  • AM109
  • AM110
  • SC003 Dillon Theatre
  • SC002 Larmor Theatre

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here.

 

Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote or to change your address to make sure you can vote on 24th of May in the Local Elections, European Elections and divorce referendum is Tuesday 7th of May. You can pick up the paperwork to register to vote or to change your address details in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

 

SU Bookstore Collection Deadline

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any books belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm on Wednesday 15th May. 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.

 

Library Opening Hours Exams

The Library will have Extended Weekend Opening Hours until 21:00 on these dates

  • Sat/Sun 27/28 April
  • Sat/Sun 04/05 May

 

How to Avoid Rental Scams this summer:

  1. Do your homework – familiarise yourself with the average rent price in the area. If the rent is super low and seems too good to be true, it usually is.
  2. Use online maps to double check the property exists and is at the stated address.
  3. Check short-term rental sites to ensure the property is not being use by a fraudster for “viewings” who will take your deposit money.
  4. Keep copies of all correspondence between yourself and the advertiser including bank details + property ad.
  5. Use legitimate well-known rental agencies if possible.
  6. Don’t hand over money until you have seen the property and are happy with its condition. Bring someone with you to get a second opinion.
  7. Don’t make payments until you have keys and a signed contract. Check the keys fit the lock.
  8. Don’t transfer any money unless you’ve carried out all these checks and are sure the listing is genuine.

You can pick up a FREE rent book in the SU Office with lots more tips.

 

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 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.

SU Summer Lockers

News & Events

SU Summer Lockers

€10 summer lockers go on sale from the SU Office at 10am on Wednesday 15th May and will be available until Monday 19th August 2019.

2019/20 Lockers go on sale 10am Monday 2nd of September via the SU Website.

Battle of the Dorms Winners Announced

News & Events

Students at Goldcrest are in Energy Saving Mode & Winning Prizes Along the Way

Today the winners of the ‘Battle of the Dorms’ were awarded for saving the most energy out of all the apartments in their block, using methods such as turning off the lights before leaving a room and only boiling the water they needed for teas & coffees. The battle was spurred on by the USI “Student Switch Off” Campaign, with the support of Campus Living, NUI Galway Green Campus and NUIG Students’ Union.

The students who took part were provided with tips on how they can save energy within their dorms whilst also reducing their energy bill. Tip’s included: washing clothes at 30 degrees, boiling only what they needed, turning off lights, switching off standby mode and defrosting the freezer.

Students living off campus took part in this campaign also, leaving a clear sign that students care about saving energy and want to leave a cleaner carbon footprint wherever they go. The campaign applied life long advice to students in NUIG such as how to read an energy bill, what to look for when searching for accommodation (eg. BER certs) and much more energy saving tips.

Environmental Health and Safety Manger Lorraine Rushe says: “This is the second year that this campaign has been run in NUI Galway and it has been a huge success.  It creates awareness and empowers the students to take responsibility for the way in which they live and encourages them to reduce their impact on the environment and associated costs.  We can all learn from these initiatives and it is by getting students and staff to engage that we will start to see how small changes in the way we do things can make a big difference”.

This campaign is not over yet, it will continue until exams end and students have the chance to enter the competition by posting photos on Instagram or Snapchat (@switchoff.ie) of them carrying out energy saving actions. Prizes are continually being won and have been graciously donated by Student Switch Off sponsors; SSEAirtricity, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Irish Rail. So far students have won prizes such as ice cream vouchers, train tickets, tickets to FAI games, various concerts and the zoo just to name a few.

Make sure to follow @switchoff.ie on Instagram or Snapchat and @NUIGSSO on Facebook.

Pictured left to right are: 

Sinead Barret (Project Manager Campus Living)

Goldcrest Winners

Eibhlín Seoighthe (NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer)

Lorraine Rushe (NUI Galway Environmental Health and Safety Manger)