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We all need a little help from time to time and the Students’ Union is no different. If you’re interested in any of our upcoming campaigns just drop us a line studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or call up. Sometimes you can nab yourself some nifty campaign t-shirts for helping and get other free goodies too.
If you are interested in Volunteering there are various options available.

What is Student Connect?


Basically it’s a programme where students help students!
Do you remember how it felt to be a first year student? Did you find coming to University a daunting experience? Did you know who to ask if you had a difficulty? If the answer to these questions is yes then you could help us with our peer mentoring programme.

The aim of Student connect is to provide a friendly and caring introduction to NUI Galway for first-year students through the facilitation of student-to-student help and encouragement. The benefits of the programme are two-fold: Students have an experienced student to contact if they encounter any difficulties and first year students meet a new group of friends. Your mentor is a 2nd or 3rd year student who has been in the same position as you and can answer and queries you have in relation to starting your new life in University.

How does Student Connect Work?

You will be allocated a mentor at orientation. After meeting our mentor they will bring you and your group on a campus tour and take you for a cup of coffee to chat about the University. Your mentor will give you their mobile number and email address and will contact you a important time throughout the year. They can introduce you into Clubs/Societies and you can contact them to discuss any issues that might be of concern to you. Your mentor will meet you and your group for a second time about 4 weeks into the first semester to check in with you and see how your are doing.

For further info go to the Student Services Website

SIN Newspaper Volunteers


As Galway’s only student newspaper, Sin provides the best opportunity for students to get involved in journalism, photography, design, and other areas of newspaper production. But why contribute? Well there are lots of reasons: there’s the chance to gain experience that will prove valuable and rewarding later on in your career, but also in many other aspects of life; you’ll meet new people, many of whom share some of your interests. There’s also the chance to work with a great group of contributors who’ll teach you invaluable information about the media; Sin provides its contributors with a wide audience, and finally you get your name in print, something that people in print journalism value the most. Sin has a print run of 6000, is out every two weeks, on average is about 28 pages long, and is distributed on campus as well as to many locations in Galway City. To get involved is easy, meetings are held every week, and all are welcome. Contact editor@sin.ie for more information. 

Flirt FM (Campus Radio)


Flirt FM 101.3 is the award-winning student radio station for Galway city. Part of a 23 station national network of community radio stations, we’ve been broadcastng from NUI Galway since September 1995.
With just two paid staff, the station is composed of (up to 120 during term) student volunteers (this is where you com in!).

On air weekdays throughout the year, we have a full-time term schedule of 100 hours, and a reduced academic holiday schedule of 70 hours. You can expect extended coverage of important campus events from the SU elections to event weeks and student issues. We have a dedicated news site at https://www.flirtnewsfeed.com/ to help you keep up with campus happenings.

So what do we sound like? Well, certainly not your average station. Flirt FM is by, of and for the third-level students of Galway; providing an alternative to locally available commercial radio in fact we’re the only dedicated alternative station outside of Dublin. In addition to tuning in on 101.3fm you can listen online and message us at flirtfm.ie, friend us on Facebook, Last Fm, Twitter, Mixcloud and text us on 085 180 1013.

If you’re interested in volunteering complete our online application form.
Whether your interest lies in production, technical work, interviewing, promotion, research, editing or presenting we’d like to hear from you.
Working at the station has many perks; it’s a great social network, you can get an ALIVE certificate, you’ll never worry about speaking in public again, and crucially, if you’d like to work in broadcast the experience and skills you will pick up along the way are invaluable.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities


What is the ALIVE Student Volunteering Programme?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) was established by the University to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that NUI Galway students make by volunteering either at home, in Galway or within the University community itself.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

As an NUI Galway students you can volunteer with a huge variety of community organisations, including:

  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Gaf Youth Café
  • Homework Clubs
  • Simon Community

The list is endless! Log on to www.nuigalway.ie/alive to see the latest opportunities.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain life experiences and skills
  • Meet interesting people Have fun!
  • Gain work experience
  • Give back
  • Be an agent of social change
  • Broaden your horizons
  • For the challenge

Volunteering is a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities, to understand and appreciate the diversity of our society and to work in partnership with communities for mutual benefit.

NUI Galway ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering

Get your ALIVE Certificate when you volunteer, it is a great addition to any CV. The ALIVE Certificate recognises your volunteering at home, in Galway, abroad or on campus, including: Student Connect Mentoring, Societies, Clubs, Access, Flirt FM, Class Reps and community organisations.

For further information contact:

Lorraine Tansey,
Student Volunteer Coordinator
Email : alive@nuigalway.ie
Tel : +353 91 495346, Ext 5346

ALIVE office

Location: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9.15 a.m. to 1p.m.; 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Website: www.nuigalway.ie/alive