What’s so great about your “year’s work”?
In some courses, your year’s work is just about the most important thing you’ll do, and usually consists of lab or project work. Fail this and you’re in big trouble! In a lot of cases, you’ll have to repeat the year, so make sure you do your best!
What is that yellow thing in front of the Library?
It is an “abstract metal sculpture” by the artist Brian King. Over the years it has acquired a few nicknames including The Big Yellow Thing, Archimedes’ Balls, The Squiggle and Galway Yellow. It’s also listed as a protected structure by Galway City Council!
…extra-curricular activities (well, almost!)
What else is there to do in NUI Galway and the city other than studying?
Loads! Firstly, you’ve got the clubs, societies and Alive Volunteering. We can’t stress enough how important it is to get involved! There are also regular plays in the Bank of Ireland Theatre, regular exhibitions on varying topics in the library. Few people seem to know it, but there’s an art gallery in the Quad. Outside of college, there are bars, clubs, cinema, bowling, the weekend market, the museum, festivals, the aquarium and the beach!
Is it worth staying around for the weekend?
Funny you should ask! You’d be surprised how much fun you can have in Galway at the weekend. Most of your friends will be gone home, but you’ll develop wonderful friendships with those who don’t.
What’s this in my inbox?
The Union sends out a weekly email to all our members during term time. This email contains all the latest information you need to know about what’s happening on Campus so make sure you read it!
Why should I buy wet gear?
Galway can be lovely in September, but it gets very wet very quickly, so buy wet gear while you still have the money!
How do I get my laptop on the University Network?
All the information that you need is on the website: https://www.nuigalway.ie/information-solutions-and-services/students/wireless/wireless.html
Where can I get my shots?
The Student Health Unit gives just about every jab going, which is handy if you’re heading away to somewhere wild! Call into the Health Unit for more details.
What’s volunteering about?
Volunteering is when you give up your time to help other people and to give something back to society. If you’re not into just being generally useful for the good of it, you can just help out for the sake of your CV. Either way, everybody gains! Read up on the ALIVE programme in the We Want You section and look out for the Volunteering Fair.
Why did UCG become NUI Galway, seeing that UCC and UCD never changed?
The Universities Act, 1997, originally intended that UCG, UCC, UCD and Maynooth were to become NUI Galway, NUI Cork, NUI Dublin and NUI Maynooth respectively. However, UCC and UCD didn’t want to change, so they didn’t!
Why do women wear sheep on their feet?
Why don’t you ask one? It’s sure to break the ice in any conversation!
Do I really need one?
An umbrella is one of the best investments that you can make while in Galway. It can keep you and a friend dry on the walk home…
When did I join one?
You automatically became a member of the NUI Galway Students’ Union when you registered and paid the Student Levy portion of your fees. Welcome to your Union!
How do I get my tax back from summer jobs abroad?
It can be so complicated, that I don’t really know. However, ESS do have a package to help you out. Check out www.taxback.com
Where do I buy tickets for Students’ Union events?
Tickets for Students’ Union events are usually available from the Students’ Union office and our desk in the Engineering Building.
What’s the difference between a lecturer and tutor?
In some courses, tutors are provided to go through the course material in more detail than the lecturer, and to provide/answer problems. Both are important though!
What do I do if I’m sick for a lab or exam?
If you’re genuinely too sick to attend a lab, make sure you get a doctor’s cert and talk to your supervisor/tutor as soon as possible afterwards. As for exams, well don’t even think about missing one unless you’ve spoken to your Dean!
What does Sin mean?
Originally, it meant Student Information Network, but now it doesn’t really stand for anything! Sin exists in the form of the fortnightly student newspaper and a website – www.sin.ie – which is loaded with up-to-date information on what’s happening in college!
How do I join a society?
Like clubs, societies’ have their day in the limelight – Societies’ Day. Socs’ Day will prove to be one of the most important days in your college life. Join as many societies as you can. Even if you never turn up again, nobody will hassle you about it! If you don’t join a society on the day, you can still join them throughout the academic year and Societies’ Day is re-run in the second semester. Check out www.socs.nuigalway.ie for more details.
What’s the difference between the Students’ Union and Student Services?
The Students’ Union is an independent body whose members are the students of NUI Galway, and is run by fifteen elected student officers who provide representation and advice. Student Services is a University department which runs the counselling services, Accommodation Office, etc. Both work together to provide support services to students.
What does the Students’ Union do?
The Students’ Union is run by students for students. We represent the students on University committees and advise students when they’re in need. The Union also runs commercial activities for the students, such as the College Bar, SU Shop, Smokey’s, secondhand bookshop, cloakroom, grinds register, student travelcards, and a locker service.
How do I call somebody in the University after office hours?
Call (091) 524411 and then press 1 when prompted. Then dial the extension number of the person you require or dial (091) 49 + extension number.
Do I need one of these too?
Yes. Once again, the Students’ Union Welfare Officer is the person to talk to. It’s important that you have a rent book so that your landlord can’t pull a fast one.
So who is my class Rep?
If you don’t know then they aren’t doing their job. Either that or you have been avoiding lectures all year! You can find out who your class rep is by checking with the Students’ Union Education Officer. If you think that you can do the job, get elected!
What’s the Quad?
The Quadrangle is the big, fancy building on the way to the hospital. This is the original University, built between 1845 and 1849. It opened its doors to students in 1849 as Queen’s College, Galway.
Is it true that the President lives in the Quad?
No, but Martin J. Newell, who was President from 1960 to 1975, lived here for his term of office. However, in UCC and UCD, the President does live on campus.
In the University a quality education is what you are looking for. If something is not as good as it can be, don’t be afraid to stand up and do something about it. You deserve the best education that you can get. Talk to your Students’ Union officers or your Class Rep.