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SU Weekly Email 6 – 29th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Starts Monday! Sign Up Now!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which starts this Mon 2nd Nov and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week!

More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part! For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.

 

Walktober Final Week To Win

It’s the final week of our NUIG Walktober challenge and there’s loads of ways for you to win again this week:

  1. Hit the step count target of 12,000 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Staycation Limerick writing Competition
  4. Just keep walking and don’t forget to log all your teams final steps by 2pm Mon 2nd Nov!  

 

Free Temporary Bike Lights

As part of the Light Up Your Life campaign we have a limited number of free temporary bike lights available outside the SU Shop along with free high vis vests. Please take what you need and stay safe. We also have free SU Diaries and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the shop for you Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.

 

Hump Day Hoolie!

Our next Hump Day Hoolie takes place at 7.30pm on Weds 4th of Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Limited to 50 people. Get your free tickets here.

 

Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Next programme starts Mon 2nd Nov For more info visit https://stresscontrol.ie  

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email: su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

 

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

 

Click if you mean it!

At the moment 1/3 of study space bookings in the library are not being claimed – please cancel your booking if you’re not able to use it. Many book requests are not being collected either so please email if you no longer need books you ordered. We are continuing to petition the University to open up more study spaces for students on campus.

 

Free Bootcamp + Yoga Sessions

The NUIG Sports Unit are running weekly Bootcamp (Tues/Thurs) and Yoga sessions (Mon/Thurs) for students/staff to get involved and get active. Head along to their launch events at 11am and 4pm TODAY on Zoom to find out more. Session 1 11am TODAY: Spooktacular Beginners (Passcode: begin1)

Session 2 4pm TODAY: Halloween Survival (Passcode: tough1)

 

Need help with Maths?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second year students across all NUIG colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses. Here you can receive extra mathematics or statistics tuition during their online service hours.

 

COVID-19 Conversations 5pm TODAY!

Join Dr Sue Redmond, Lorraine and Aisling for some Desk Yoga! This fun session will be using ocean and seaweed imagery for movement & exploring self-compassion, all with music. It will take place on Zoom from 5pm TODAY Thurs 29th Oct. Join here.

 

Need help with Writing?

The NUIG Academic Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average.

 

Terence O’Malley/DLA Piper Scholarships OPEN

The NUIG School of Law recently received a generous donation to support an annual student bursary + 2 annual scholarships supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The closing date for applications is Fri 6 Nov. Apply here

 

Need help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUIG students who are taking any programming/software development courses. This free service supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics.

 

Carve + Chill Tonight!

Grab a pumpkin and join NeuroSoc at 7pm tonight Thurs 29 Oct for their pumpkin carving event via Microsoft Teams. More info from neuro@socs.nuigalway.ie or on their Instagram.

 

NUIG Zoom Accounts

All NUIG staff and students now have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can access your NUIG Zoom account through the apps in your Office 365 account or directly from the NUI Galway Zoom Login Page. More info ISS Zoom Webpage.

 

ALIVE Volunteering

Final call for students to join our project with the Galway Safe App. Join a team of volunteers that will brainstorm and engage in social media promotion – together making a big impact! You can have a watch of Neil sharing about the volunteering project on our YouTube channel here.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Pop a line to alive@nuigalway.ie with any questions!

 

Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to ropeslitmag.submimissions@gmail.com – deadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal

 

In Conversation with Úna-Minh Kavanagh : The power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Join this Zoom conversation at 6pm Weds 4th Nov HERE. Úna-Minh is the Founder and Editor of WeAreIrish.ie, Travel Writer, Author of ‘Anseo’, Gamer and a Multimedia Content Producer. In her first book, she writes honestly and humorously about tackling racism, language elitism and online trolls and the joy of turning her love of the internet, video games and accessible Irish-language content into a healthy work/life balance.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 5 – 22nd October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Sign Ups Are Open!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week for 6 weeks starting from this Mon 29th of Oct! Classes will be run by Lucia Byrne Fitness at 6.30pm each Monday and Wednesday via Zoom. More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part!

For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 2 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps

How to win in week 3 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 10,100 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition by 1pm Friday 23rd Oct – theme is rivers/the sea.
  3. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm on Tues 27th Oct (Monday is a Bank Holiday!) on www.activetravellogger.ie

 

Event Crew Meeting Today

The first meeting of our Event Crew is at 4pm TODAY Thurs 22nd October. Give Pádraic a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie if you want to get involved

 

Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Free SU Diaries, SU Cards + Wall Planners

Call to the SU Shop in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner.

 

Level 5 At NUIG Update

 

Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland have put together some great tips, worksheets, videos and resources to help you mind your mental health. More info here.

 

Library Still Open

The NUIG library will be staying open during Level 5 restrictions. Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 and Sun 10:00-17:30. You can book your seat here.

 

Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by this Sunday 25th Oct 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400

 

Sult + SU Shop Still Open

Sult will still be open on campus for takeaway food and tea/coffee Mon-Fri. The SU Shop will also be open in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and you can get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner there!

 

NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.

 

Do you want to learn Irish?

Do you want to learn more about our national language and ways to learn it? Join USI for ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ at 1pm Fri 6th Nov. Tickets here.

 

Win a Student Leap Card Goodie Bag!

Enter their competition on Facebook HERE or on Instagram HERE. Closing date midnight TONIGHT Thurs 22nd Oct!

 

Ar mhaith leat an nGaeilge a fhoghlaim?

Ar mhaith leat níos mó eolais a fháil ar ár dteanga náisiúnta agus conas í a fhoghlaim? Bígí linn ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ Aoine, 6 Samhain, 1 i.n. Cláraigh anseo.

 

Barriers To Law Survey

Are you a law student or graduate that came through the ACCESS programme or HEAR/DARE scheme? Have you encountered particular barriers that did not exist for your peers and colleagues? Please fill out the Barriers To Law survey and have your say HERE.

 

Webinar on Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speakers will be exploring what policy makers can do in Ireland and across Europe to address the challenges of young people in the wake of the pandemic at 11am IST Tomorrow Fri 23rd Oct. Register here.

 

Galway Wind Park Scholarship Fund Open

Students living within 20km of the Wind Park can apply for 50% funding support towards third-level education fees, up to a maximum of 3 years. Closing date for applications is Fri 6th Nov. More info.

 

Can Everyone Afford to be Green?

How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when you’re barely getting by? Can everyone afford to dedicate time to learn and take action to become more sustainable? Join NYCI for this online event 5pm Weds 4th Nov HERE.

 

Free Irish Times Subscription

As an NUIG student you get a Free subscription to The Irish Times. The free one year digital subscription allows access to premium content, unlimited articles and special offers for subscribers. Sign up here.

 

Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with SpunOut.ie about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE

 

Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. The University are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on president@nuigalway.ie

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. Last session is Tues 27th of Oct 11am-12pm.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé

 

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

SU Weekly Email 4 – 15th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

 

SU Walk & Talks

We are holding more socially distant Walk and Talks for NUIG students at 1pm TOMORROW Fri 16th of Oct and at 1pm this Sat 17th of Oct. You must book a ticket to be able to attend but they are free! This is a great chance to have a walk, a chat, clear your head and meet other students in a safe and socially distanced way.

 

SU Charity Challenge

This year we will be fundraising for 3 amazing charities who are: Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink. Our plan is to run a different challenge for students to take part in each month starting in November and running through until April. You can sign up for one challenge, all six challenges or anything in between – it’s up to you!  You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around the challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part.

For more info contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 1 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps + to Talkie Walkie for winning a prize in photo comp

How to win in week 2 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 8,200 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Limerick competition
  4. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm each Monday on www.activetravellogger.ie

 

SU Hump Day Hoolie

Mark your diary 7pm Weds 21st Oct is our first Hump Day Hoolie! There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes. Limited to 50 people. Want in? Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

 

Join the SU Event Crew

Want to learn how to organise events? Join the SU Event Crew! Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for more info

 

Want to be a Class Rep?

Class Rep Elections is a two-step online process this year on the NUIG YourSpace platform

Undergrad students:

Step 2: Voting is open and runs until Mon 19 Oct

Postgrad Students:

Step 1: Nominations close 12pm tomorrow Fri 16 Oct

Step 2: Voting Mon 19 Oct to Fri 23rd Oct

More information about being a Class Rep is available on our website here. You can also give the SU VP/Education Officer Emma a shout on su.education@nuigalway.ie if you have any questions

 

Join the SU Welfare Crew

Passionate about Student Welfare Issues? Join the SU Welfare Crew! Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for more info

 

Win prizes by completing NUIG Success Quiz before tomorrow!

Prizes are: Gym Membership, €100 One4all Gift Card, Hamper, NUIG Hoodie. Take the quiz here.

 

Attention NUIG Club Captains!

Our SU Clubs Captain Kirsty will be holding the first SU Clubs Forum at 7pm TODAY Thurs 15th Oct. Link has been sent to your club email or contact su.clubs@nuigalway.ie  for more details.

 

Virtual Socs Fair Today

2pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 15th October 2pm – 4pm. Join them here.

 

Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY “Covid-19 Conversations” with Gary from USI talking about the new campaign on students staying safe while living life to the full. JOIN HERE
  • 4pm Tues 20th Oct  How to get the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering. JOIN HERE.
  • 5pm Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with SpunOut.ie about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE

 

Want to improve your digital learning experience?

Join NUIG Digital Champions for a free workshop 11am-12.30pm Weds 21st of Oct on enhancing your digital learning experience. The aim of the workshop is to help you utilise technology and stay organised!

 

Are you a young adult (18-30 years) living with asthma? Participants needed!

Researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway are conducting a study on the use of a smartphone app to support adherence to preventer inhalers. Participation will involve 2 brief online questionnaires and downloading and using an app. To take part or for more info, click here.

 

NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.

 

Need Help with Writing?

The Academic Writing Centre,  provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They are holding a workshop for first-year NUIG students on Mon 19 Oct. More info

 

Extended Library Opening Hours

Good news! The library now has extended opening hours Mon-Fri 08:30-20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 an Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to pre-book your seat in advance here. More good news is that seats in the library can now be booked for the full day.

 

NUIG Wellbeing Week Events

There’s more free virtual Wellbeing Week events happening today and tomorrow including: Responding (Not Reacting) to Stress/Anxiety; Drop-In and Breath; Societies Fair; The Success Quiz; Stammering support workshop. More info + registration links here.

 

Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG has confirmed that Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. They are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on president@nuigalway.ie

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.

 

NUIG Laptop Loan Scheme Good News!

There will be a second round of applications opening soon. There were 688 applicants in first call + staff are working to process the current applications + distribute laptops as swiftly as possible. Check here for updates.

 

Need Help Finding Theses?

Finding Theses (NUIG & external) virtual workshop 12pm-1pm TODAY Thurs 15 Oct. Booking and more info here

 

What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing COVID-19@nuigalway.ie or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.

 

Meet Your SU  

Here’s a quick video explaining who we are and what we do for you! Our office is still closed but we are working away remotely so please do get in touch with any issues you may be encountering. You can also give us a shout if you want to get involved in the SU or any of our programmes this year! Contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie  More info at www.su.nuigalway.ie

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.

 

Online Learning Tips

 

Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. These drop in sessions are running on the following dates:

Tuesday 20th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

Tuesday 27th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie

 

Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by 25th October 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé

 

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

SU Weekly Email 3 – 8th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Want to be a Class Rep?

Class Rep Elections will be a two-step online process this year on the NUIG YourSpace platform

Undergrad students:

Step 1: Nominations are open until 12pm Weds 14 Oct

Step 2: Voting Weds 14 Oct to Mon 19 Oct

Postgrad Students:

Step 1: Nominations open 12pm Mon 12 Oct to 12pm Fri 16 Oct

Step 2: Voting Mon 19 Oct to Fri 23rd Oct

More information about being a Class Rep is available on our website here. You can also give the SU VP/Education Officer Emma a shout on su.education@nuigalway.ie if you have any questions

 

SU Walks & Talks!

We are holding socially distant Walks and Talks for NUIG students 1pm-2.30pm TODAY Thurs 8th Oct and 12pm-1.30pm Sat 10th Oct (World Mental Health Day). BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and spaces are limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. Get your free ticket here! Don’t forget your face mask.

 

Last Day of SU Pop Up Today!

TODAY is our LAST DAY of our SU Pop Up in the Quad so call over 12pm-3pm to get ALL THE FREE STUFF! Including: Face Masks, SU Diaries, SU Cards, Flirt FM Wall Planners and High Vis Vests. We still don’t have a reopening date for the SU office from the University.

 

How is College Life Going for You?

Please take our October survey here so we can address the issues that are worrying you.

 

Sin Issue 1 Link

Here’s the link to issue 1 of Sin newspaper with all the NUIG news you need to know! Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college. NUIG online applications will be available here soon.

 

Walktober Weekly Competitions

There’s 3 ways to win this week if you are taking part in our Walktober Challenge:

  1. Virtual Challenge. This is a virtual 37km walk through the hills of Donegal which means a weekly team average of 49,300 steps, equating to approximately 7,100 steps per person per day. Get all team members to that target this week, log your steps and you could win prizes!
  2. Team Photo competition. In keeping with our trip to Donegal we would love to see can you include a hill or mountain summit in the background.  Submit your team photo via our Competition Entry Form by Friday 9th October at 1pm.
  3. Get your team in the Top 25 of the leader board and you will be entered into a draw to win a Smarter Travel Goody Bag. The only way to get here is to step and log on to register your steps!

 

Suirbhé chun ranganna Gaeilge/spás sóisialta a fháil ar champas

 

Survey for Irish classes and social spaces on campus

 

Online Events

The University is running a series of online events including information sessions about the Library, a Jobs Fair, Volunteering information, mindfulness classes and more. Full details and booking here.

 

“COVID-19 Conversations” 5pm Thurs 15th Oct via Zoom 

Hear from national student’s union leader, Gary who joins Aisling and Lorraine in a chat on the USI new campaign on students staying safe, while living life to the full! Come along for tea and chat.

Register for zoom link here.

 

What is a Money Mule?

A money mule is a person recruited by criminals to help in transferring stolen or fraudulently obtained money from bank accounts. Money muling equals money laundering. You might be offered a job that involves receiving money into your bank account and transferring it into another account letting you keep some of the cash for yourself. Doing so would make you a Money Mule. 30 people have been arrested and €1.5 million has been stolen so far. More arrests are expected. Gardaí are particularly appealing to students to be vigilant and never ever allow your bank account to be used in this way. A conviction of this type carries a potential prison sentence of 14 years. Check www.fraudsmart.ie for more info.

 

Some good news from the Library

  1. You can now book a seat in the Library for the whole day via their website.
  2. PhD Students can now check out up to 20 books
  3. They are holding an online info session at 12pm TODAY Thurs 8th Oct to learn more about using the library. Link here.

 

Volunteering In The New Academic Year: Getting Started In Third-Level Volunteering

First years and new volunteers, join Mairead Cleary and the studentvolunteer.ie working group 1pm-2pm Weds 14th Oct as they help you start your volunteer journey in university or college. Our team will be on board to ask any questions you have about starting volunteering in the this new academic year. COVID19 has changed the volunteer landscape significantly but you can still be involved and share your knowledge and skills with some fantastic organisations in your community Register on Zoom HERE to attend.

 

Stammering Support

ISA workshop ‘Accessing Higher Level- Supports for someone who stammers’ at 10am Thurs 15th October via zoom. Register for free here. Suitable for students who stammer or anyone supporting those who stammer. Panel discussion + Q & A.

 

Online Learning Tips

 

Need help with Maths?

SUMS is back with free online informal mathematics support for NUIG Students in 1st and 2nd year and on Access/Foundation courses from Monday 12th of October. More info here.

 

Jobs Fair on Monday

The NUIG Job Fair takes place 11am-4pm on Mon 12th Oct. Open to all NUIG students and those who graduated from NUIG this year. More info here.

 

Did you miss Orientation?

There’s loads of information for new NUI Galway students here. The University have also produced a video with all the NUIG services for students here.

 

Computer DISC is Online

Computer DISC is a free online service that supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics at all years and levels in NUI Galway. More information is available here or email computerdisc@it.nuigalway.ie

 

Join Clubs and Societies

It’s never too late to join up to Clubs and Societies! Just sign up at www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie

 

Student feedback wanted on NUIG Draft Sustainability Strategy

NUIG is on a journey to establishing the university as a leading, green smart and healthy campus.  They recently published a draft Sustainability Strategy for the period 2020-2025 and need student input on the draft document. Please read the draft strategy here and share your opinions with them. What do you think of the aims, objective and targets they have set? Does the Strategy meet your needs on campus? How can they improve the strategy? Let them know what you think by 5pm Fri 16th Oct.  You can share your comments and feedback here.  Alternatively email sustainability@nuigalway.ie

 

Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support.

These drop in sessions are running on the following dates:

Tuesday 13th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

Tuesday 20th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

Tuesday 27th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie

 

Aware Free Online Programme

If you need help managing feelings of stress, worry, anxiety or depression – Aware’s Life Skills Free Online programme may be for you. Registration opens Mon 12 Oct. Register here if you want to be notified when it opens. Learn simple and practical skills online over 8 weeks for free.

 

First Year Student Helpline Open

The NUIG Student First Year Hotline is open until Friday the 14th of October. Contact them for all your queries including registration, fees, orientation and accommodation on +353 91 493 999. Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 9am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm.

 

Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by 25th October 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400

 

Learn Suicide Prevention Skills Online

LivingWorks Start is an online programme suitable for anyone over the age of 18 who wants to help prevent suicide and is prepared to become more suicide alert. This interactive training programme will give you the skills and knowledge to keep others safe from suicide. More info about the programme is available here and you can contact mary.mcgrath9@hse.ie to sign up. Please note this programme is the step before safeTALK and ASIST.

Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.

 

Need Someone to Talk To?

 

Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions.

 

5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month from November we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact su.education@nuigalway.ie for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

CÉIM  

Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info 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.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 2 – 1st October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Walktober starts Monday – Win Prizes by Walking!

Walktober our annual Walking Challenge starts this Mon 5th Oct and runs until Sun 1st Nov. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway. How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online www.activetravellogger.ie
  3. During the Challenge log your steps online at www.activetravellogger.ie

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge.

Laptop Loan Scheme Applications Close Tomorrow

Applications for the Laptop Loan Scheme close Friday the 2nd of October. You can find more information and apply online here

Clean Up Sesh

This Friday 2pm-4pm we will be doing a clean-up down at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area of Galway. If you want to join us please register here. Please note spaces are limited due to Covid-19 regulations.

Virtual Clubs & Socs Day Today!

The last virtual Clubs and Societies day takes place 5pm-8pm today.

  • To take part in the Clubs Day pick a Club from the list HERE and use the button on the right to join their virtual booth.
  • To take part in the Societies Day join at the link HERE

You can also join any of the clubs and societies any time by logging on to www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie

How is the return to College going for you?

Take our survey HERE so we know what issues you need us to be aware of.

Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.

Financial Aid Fund Update

The Financial Aid Fund is due to open on Tues 6th Oct. More information about the fund, eligibility and online application will be available here.

Need Someone to Talk To?

SU Services Opening Arrangements

  • SU Pop Up at the Quad 12pm-3pm Mon-Thurs
  • SU Shop 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri
  • Sult 8.30am-7pm Mon-Fri
  • SU Office closed (this means we can’t do Student Leap Cards or sell secondhand books)
  • Smokey’s Café closed

Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre reopens today online. They provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions.

Free Stress Control Sessions

Take Control with Stress Control the free online stress control programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Starts next Monday 5th Oct. More info

Interested in volunteering while studying for your degree?

Start your volunteer journey at 1pm on Wednesday 14th October with Mairéad Cleary of the Irish Examiner and some special guests from across volunteer organisations and the StudentVolunteer.ie team. Volunteering is linked to personal wellbeing and professional success have a click in and find out more!

Sign up to attend here.

Or Watch on the StudentVolunteer.ie YouTube Channel here.

Careers Events

The Career Development Centre has loads of events online this semester to help you get job ready. More info and registration details are available on their website 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 Emma at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

Keep it small, keep it safe, keep your distance.

We are supporting the new USI campaign called “Keep it small, Keep it Safe, Keep your Distance”. We know this virus has had a massive impact on our lives – going to college is very different this year, we haven’t had the summer we all had hoped for and we haven’t been able to see as much of our friends and family as we may have hoped. We all have a part to play in limiting the spread of the virus, but we are also concerned about the impact of loneliness or seclusion on students. So, depending on where we are in the country and the restrictions in place at the time, we can meet friends and family providing it’s done in a safe way. This will help support our mental health while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

The main message is that we can still meet with friends and family, we are just asking that you keep your gatherings small, keep yourself and your families safe and keep your distance.

Free Mindfulness Sessions

Free online mindfulness sessions are available for all NUI Galway staff and students 8.15am-8.45am every Tuesday and Friday morning. These are delivered by Dr Eva Flynn and are suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced.

Here’s the link (please use GOOGLE CHROME to open it)

National Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th of Oct

Breastfeeding works best when women have access to breastfeeding support services. NUI Galway’s Breastfeeding Group helps provide this support to breastfeeding staff and students. The group provides a monthly online peer-to-peer group for breastfeeding mothers with the help of La Leche League, Cuidiú and other colleagues. Women share advice on managing the return to work and study and all other aspects of parenting through breastfeeding. The group meets online on the third Wednesday of every month (during term time). All breastfeeding mothers and female breastfeeding supporters as well as those from outside NUI Galway are welcome to join. Please contact Anne Fallon (anne.fallon@nuigalway.ie), Rachel Hilliard (rachel.hilliard@nuigalway.ie), Oonagh Meade (oonagh.meade@nuigalway.ie) or Claire Withey (claire.withey@nuigalway.ie) or for further info.

Learn Chinese

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organising an online evening course in Chinese Language and Culture.  The course is an introduction to Chinese language and culture for beginners and will run for 20 weeks with online classes every Wednesday at 7pm starting Weds 14th Oct. It consists of Chinese culture knowledge, basics of Chinese pronunciation rules, Chinese character writing principles, and practical everyday phases.  It establishes a foundation for further study or self- study to reach HSK 2 (Chinese proficiency test level 2). The fee for NUI Galway students is €120. There are no formal exams but students will receive a certificate on completion. To register for the course please contact Suzanne Gilsenan, suzanne.gilsenan@nuigalway.ie

Free Face Masks

The SU Office might be closed but you can call in to our SU Pop Up in the Quad to pick up your pack of 3 free reusable face masks. The masks have been supplied by NUI Galway and there’s a pack for every NUIG student so don’t panic! We will also have FREE SU Diaries, SU Cards and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the SU Pop Up. Please wear a mask and follow the social distancing signage/instructions. The Pop Up will be open until Fri 9th Oct and our provisional opening hours are here.

5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact su.education@nuigalway.ie for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

CÉIM  

Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info here.

Library Open

The Library is back open with limited services and you now need to book your seat online before attending. More info on their services here.

Graduating soon?

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

Disability Support Service Registration

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the Disability Support Service. Please email disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie

COVID-19 and NUIG

Galway is currently at level 2 (green). We would love to reach level 1 but to do that we need to stop the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Limiting our social contacts to priority contacts.
  2. Practising good hand hygiene. There are hand sanitisation stations all around campus. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  3. Wearing a face covering. Free reusable face masks are available from the SU Pop Up at the Quad. There are 3 for every NUIG student.
  4. Keep social distance of 2 metres and please follow the yellow arrows/social distancing markings on campus.
  5. Maintain good cough/sneeze etiquette. Throw used tissues in the bin.
  6. Self-isolate if you feel you have any symptoms of COVID and ring your GP or the Student Health Unit ASAP to arrange a test.
  7. Download the free Covid Tracker App.

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

SU Weekly Email 1 – 24th September 2020

Weekly Email

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

 

Free Face Masks

The SU Office might be closed but you can call in to our SU Pop Up in the Quad to pick up your pack of 3 free reusable face masks. The masks have been supplied by NUI Galway and there’s a pack for every NUIG student so don’t panic! We will also have FREE SU Diaries, SU Cards and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the SU Pop Up. Please wear a mask and follow the social distancing signage/instructions. The Pop Up will be open until Fri 9th Oct and our provisional opening hours are here.

 

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

President: Pádraic su.president@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Education: Emma  su.education@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Róisín  su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Michelle  su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Taught: Martin su.pgtaught@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Research: Sebastiaan  su.pgresearch@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Kirsty su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Claire su.arts@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Science and Engineering: Aoife su.scienceengineering@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Evan su.medicine@nuigalway.ie

Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Maeve su.lgbt@nuigalway.ie

Disability Rights: Patricia su.disability@nuigalway.ie

 

5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact su.education@nuigalway.ie for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info

 

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056

 

COVID-19 and NUIG

Galway is currently at level 2 (green). We would love to reach level 1 but to do that we need to stop the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Limiting our social contacts to priority contacts.
  2. Practising good hand hygiene. There are hand sanitisation stations all around campus. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  3. Wearing a face covering. Free reusable face masks are available from the SU Pop Up at the Quad. There are 3 for every NUIG student.
  4. Keep social distance of 2 metres and please follow the yellow arrows/social distancing markings on campus.
  5. Maintain good cough/sneeze etiquette. Throw used tissues in the bin.
  6. Self-isolate if you feel you have any symptoms of COVID and ring your GP or the Student Health Unit ASAP to arrange a test.
  7. Download the free Covid Tracker App.

 

#EducationForAll

This week the national #EducationForAll campaign was launched calling on politicians to take immediate action on Higher Education Funding. It’s time to end fees. Cut Rents. Support Students. Learn more about the campaign here. Sign the campaign petition here.

 

Walktober – Win Prizes by Walking!

Walktober our annual Walking Challenge that runs from Mon 5th Oct to Sun 1st Nov. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway. How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online www.activetravellogger.ie
  3. Participants can download an app, buy a pedometer, step counter, or other step tracking device.
  4. During the Challenge: participants are asked to log steps online at www.activetravellogger.ie

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge, including photo competitions, story competitions and weekly prize draws.

 

How is the return to College going for you?

Take our survey HERE so we know what issues you need us to be aware of.

 

Need to get forms stamped?

Here’s a handy update from Student Registry Helpdesk on what they can/can’t stamp for you and how to get in touch to arrange this. Please note they don’t stamp FRS2 (Student Free Fee Declaration) form. This form must be sent to the Fees Office (fees@nuigalway.ie) for completion.

 

Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.

 

CÉIM  

Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info here.

 

Library Open

The Library is back open with limited services and you now need to book your seat online before attending. More info on their services here.

 

Laptop Loan Scheme

Applications are open for the Laptop Loan Scheme until Friday the 2nd of October. You can find more information and apply online here

 

Online Learning Guide

Online Learning at NUI Galway – Getting Started Guide Available here.

 

NUIG Clubs Day and Socs Day are going virtual!

You can meet them all on Tues 29th Sept, Weds 30th Sept and Thurs 1st Oct. You can also use your YourSpace login to sign up to any club/society online any time! More info about CLUBS HERE and about SOCIETIES HERE.

 

Are you a young adult (18-30 years) living with asthma? Participants needed!

Researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway are conducting a study on the use of a smartphone app to support adherence to preventer inhalers. Participation will involve 2 brief online questionnaires and downloading and using an app. To take part or for more info, click here.

 

Graduating soon?

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

 

Disability Support Service Registration

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the Disability Support Service. Please email disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie

 

Flirt FM is 25!

The NUIG radio station Flirt FM turns 25 this Monday 28th of September and to mark this huge occasion they are holding a 25 hour broadcast! Find out how to get involved and join the party 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 Emma at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

 

Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card at the SU Pop Up at the Quad 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 and Smokey’s Café. 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 is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop him a line to editor.sin@gmail.com

 

Attention Postgrad Research Students

The NUIG Postgraduate Research Society will be holding a virtual AGM TONIGHT Thurs 24th Sept 6pm-7pm with an optional fancy dress competition! If you are not a member of the society, join via YourSpace or email postgrad@socs.nuigalway.ie

 

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

 

 

SU Weekly Email 36 – 14th May 2020

Weekly Email

Last Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email this semester from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you all summer so keep in touch. Our term is slowly coming to an end but we are grateful for all the memories we have made along the way. We’ve have an incredible year meeting you all, running campaigns and events and trying to better your student experience here in NUI Galway. We want to thank you for all your continuous engagement and making the year unforgettable. We’ll always remember our time in the Students’ Union and look back on the unbelievable experience we had. We want to wish you the absolute best of luck in the remainder of your studies and hope you get to enjoy the summer holidays in some way. If you ever see us around, don’t hesitate to stop us for a chat. All the best from Clare, Brandon, Cameron and all your SU Team 2019/2020!

 

SU Annual Report

Please find below our SU Annual Report for 2019/20

 

Exams & Academic Year 2020/2021

Here’s some updates from SU Education Officer Cameron to recent student queries:

When will repeat exams take place?

Repeat exams will take place from 10th-21st Aug and these will also take the form of online or remote assessments. However, if possible and Government guidelines allowing, facilities may be made available to students who cannot complete remote assessments.

Will these exams be capped?

All repeat examinations will be uncapped this year and we are awaiting confirmation about the repeat fee.

When will results be issued?

Undergraduate results will be released 3rd-10th July

Postgraduate results will be released from 17th July (full programme results will be issued after thesis submission)

Why can’t we start like usual in September?

With the moving of exam results, repeat exams and the need for online teaching for large lectures more time is needed to ensure:

  • sufficient time for these processes to take place
  • sufficient time for the digitizing of large material for different courses

Why can’t we have exams before Christmas?

Each semester is 12 weeks long to ensure you have enough time to engage in your academic work and meet the learning outcomes of each module, this is key to the integrity of your degree. This means that starting on 28th Sept, in order to have a 12 week semester, your semester 1 finish date is 18th Dec. This does not leave sufficient time for exams before Christmas.

When are Semester 1 2020/2021 exams?

Semester 1 exams for 2020/2021 will start 11th Jan and finish 22nd Jan 2021, it is still unclear if these will be in person or online and they will be subject to government and health guidelines.

Why can’t we start Semester 2 directly after exams?

Semester 2 2021 starts 8th Feb, 2 weeks after the end of Semester 1 exams. This is to allow for a number of things:

  • Teaching for 1st years does not end until 29th Jan
  • Exams will need to be graded and marked, academics will need time to do this
  • The alignment of teaching for all undergraduate years in Semester 2

When will Semester 2 exam start?

Semester 2 exams 2021 will run from 18th May 18th to 4th June. This will allow for results to be released sometime in July 2021.

I am a PhD student (returning), what do these dates mean for me?

Social distancing regulations are being looked at to get PG students back onto campus and into their research programmes. They are advised to contact their supervisor to ensure they communicate a plan together for this.

I am a PhD Student (new), what do these dates mean for me?

You are advised to contact your supervisor and commence a plan for your start date and programme.

 

Lockers Update

Due to the current Government restrictions in place we have decided to extend the lease term for all lockers. Once restrictions have been eased and the University re-opens buildings, all students will be given time to clear their lockers. All contents of lockers are safe. We will update all students once we have more information.

 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions you will find a lot of information and updates HERE at the University’s FAQ page.

If you still need advice contact: SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie or SU VP/Education Officer Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie or SU President Clare on su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

Student Achievement Awards Online – Book Your Space

The Student Achievement Awards, now in its seventh year, is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognize the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. NUI Galway Students‘ Union has been shortlisted in 8 categories this year! The awards will take place online via Zoom from 6pm on Weds 27th of May. You can register for your free ticket here.

 

SUSI Grant Priority Closing Dates

The priority closing dates for 20/21 are:

  • Renewal Applications – Thurs 11th June
  • New Applications – Thurs 9th July

 

Webinar 6pm Today

The third Living and Learning Empathy in Covid-19 webinar will take place at 6pm today on the NUI Galway Facebook page. Theme: “Ubuntu is to say, ‘My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.” – Desmond Tutu. South African students who are part of MAD Leadership Foundation will share their stories of the challenges they face during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the spirit of Ubuntu seems to be even stronger during times like these.

 

Make Summer 2020 Your Gaisce Summer!

If you would like to set a goal for this summer, why not consider achieving the Bronze, Silver or Gold Gaisce Award from the President of Ireland? Spend one hour a week on a physical activity, practicing a skill, volunteering, and reflecting on your goals. Achieving Ireland’s national award medal by the end of the summer is a great opportunity! To learn more visit the Instagram page or contact ALIVE at studentvolunteering@nuigalway.ie to be assigned an NUI Galway Gaisce PAL.

 

Student Insta Competition Deadline Tomorrow!

The Irish Universities Association’s #IUADigEd project want to hear about learning online at an Irish university during COVID19! The 3 best videos will win a €100 One4All Voucher each!To be in with a chance of winning:

  • Post a short video on your Instagram account (2 mins) about your experience of online learning during COVID-19 using #HEinIsolation
  • Tag @edtl.iua and @nuigalway
  • You must be following @edtl.iua
  • Closing Date Fri 15th May

By the end of the video we should know who you are, what you study and your experience of learning and assessment online! Are you helping lecturers with their technology? Is working from home difficult for you? What would be some useful feedback for lecturers on how to teach students online?

 

Stress Control

Take Control with Stress Control – FREE online classes to help you manage stress. Visit https://stresscontrol.org/ for more info

 

UN Youth Delegate Applications Open

Applications are open until 28th May for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme 2020-2021. This programme is an amazing opportunity that will see two young people aged 18-25 join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations, and give voice to issues concerning young people in Ireland and around the globe. More info here.

 

Join the European Youth Event Online

The European Youth Event (EYE2020) has moved online with different activities organised in digital formats, where young people from all over the EU and beyond meet virtually, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers. You can find out more about the event and programme here.

Upcoming events include:

  • Tues 19 May: The future of farming in Europe post Covid-19, which will be an interactive session linked to agriculture with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Breda Larkin, Irish farmer and activist.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live discussion on Climate emergency with Mairead McGuinness, MEP and First Vice-President, and Alex McLaughlin, Researcher and teaching fellow at University of Reading.
  • Thurs 28 May: Live session by Eurofound on results from European survey on ‘Living, working and COVID-19’.

 

BuzzBox

35% of food in the world relies heavily on bee pollination and Enactus NUIG aims to contribute to saving the 33% of Irish bees facing extinction through selling flower boxes made from old pallets, and using the funds to plant wildflower areas and run workshops in primary schools. Survey link

 

E-code

E-code is a project that aims to reduce waste on campus through the use of QR codes that allow people to easily learn how to recycle. We want people to Like our Facebook page where they will learn more about the importance of recycling and answer our survey which helps us improve our impact on Recycling rates.

 

Irish National Digital Experience Survey Results

Big thanks to everyone who completed the INDEX Survey earlier this year. You can now view the survey findings here.

 

Galway Community Circus present MAYHEM

Galway Community Circus will be holding their first ever online festival MAYHEM 22nd-24th of May. More details on their Facebook page with lots of ways to get involved

 

Galway Film Fleadh

Galway Film Fleadh will be running an online festival from the 7th of July and the deadline for Short Film Submissions has been extended to Fri 22nd May.

 

Fancy a free trip to the theatre?

You can now watch 3 Druid Theatre productions online:

  • The Playboy of the Western World
  • Riders to the Sea
  • The Shadow of the Glen

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 35 – 7th May 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

 

#FreezetheFour Update

NUI Galway Students’ Union has welcomed the University’s decision to provide a rent rebate for on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. This means that in September students renting in the campus Goldcrest and Corrib Village student accommodation will be entitled to apply for a 3-4% refund of their rent. Read more here.

 

USI Congress Applications Open

Congress is an annual event hosted by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), where hundreds of student representatives convene to elect our leadership, direct the policies and set the agenda for the student movement for the years ahead. Due to the coronavirus, it will take an online format this year from Mon 25th to Weds 27th May with sessions taking place each morning for these three days. NUI Galway Students’ Union will have 19 delegate spaces. If you attend as an NUI Galway delegate, you will be representing NUIG students on national issues, and will be expected to be present for all sessions. Deadline for applications is 5pm Tues 12th of May. Apply online here.

 

Have Questions?

If you have any questions you will find a lot of information and updates HERE at the University’s FAQ page.

If you still need advice contact: SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie or SU VP/Education Officer Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie or SU President Clare on su.president@nuigalway.ie

 

Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm until Fri 15th May.

Phone: 091 497 999

Text/International Call: +353 89 462 3763

Email/Video Call: examstress@nuigalway.ie

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

Upcoming PhD Thesis Boot Camp 10-12 June

  • Are you a PhD student struggling with the writing-up battle?
  • Do you put off writing tasks until ‘tomorrow’?
  • Are you finding it tough going it alone?

Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), the Thesis Boot Camp is designed to help doctoral students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing progress if it has stalled. Application Deadline 10am Weds 13th May. Open to NUIG PhD students only and limited to 30 spaces. Apply here.

 

Student Insta Competition

We know exam time is stressful especially at the moment, so when you have time for a study break we want to give you the chance to win a €100 One4All Voucher. The Irish Universities Association’s #IUADigEd project want to hear about learning online at an Irish university during COVID19! The 3 best videos will win a €100 One4All Voucher each!To be in with a chance of winning:

  • Post a short video on your Instagram account (2 mins) about your experience of online learning during COVID-19 using #HEinIsolation
  • Tag @edtl.iua and @nuigalway
  • You must be following @edtl.iua
  • Closing Date Fri 15th May

By the end of the video we should know who you are, what you study and your experience of learning and assessment online! Are you helping lecturers with their technology? Is working from home difficult for you? What would be some useful feedback for lecturers on how to teach students online?

 

Open Scholarship Week 11-15 May

During Open Scholarship Week (#OSWGalway2020) staff, students, members of the public and a variety of other stakeholders will come together to talk about changing the ways scholarly information is openly communicated, shared and used. There will be a diverse range of talks and workshops representing many different perspectives and disciplines on Open practices in research and education. The event is for Open enthusiasts as well as to everyone who wants to find out what Open Scholarship is all about.

 

Webinar Today

6pm Thurs 7th May Responding to children at risk and in need of support at home during COVID-19 – watch live on the NUI Galway Facebook page

 

DownDog App Free Subscription

NUI Galway students and staff can avail of a free subscription to the DownDog app until the 1st of July. Just sign up using your NUI Galway email address and then you have free access to any of their apps including yoga, HIIT, Barre and 7 minute workouts.

 

Getting Job Ready

The Careers Office have some great tips here on how to work on your employability during lockdown.

 

Darkness Into Light

As the annual Pieta House Darkness Into Light fundraiser can’t go ahead this year they are looking for your support with their Darkness Into Light Sunrise Appeal. Please donate what you can HERE and join them at 5.30am this Sat 9th May to share your sunrise moment using #DIL2020

 

Free Condoms

Remember you can get free condoms and lube posted out to you. Just contact Sexual Health West on info@sexualhealthwest.ie to get your protection package.

 

European Youth Event Online Programme

The EYE Online offers young people from all over the European Union and beyond a unique opportunity to virtually meet and inspire each other, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers.

  • Thurs May 7 2PM (CET) Become an EU activist: Join together.eu community!
  • Fri May 8 12PM (CET) E-citizenship + #COVID19

 

Galway Film Fleadh Applications Open

Whilst the Galway Film Fleadh is not going ahead as planned they are still accepting short film applications and the deadline to submit is 5pm Mon 11th of May. We look forward to hearing their contingency plans for the Festival soon – the show will go on!

 

Ros na Rún seeks Irish speakers with acting ability

If you’re an adult male, female, a teenager or  a child with proficiency in GaeilgeRos na Rún is inviting you to create your own tapes. Consideration will be given to all via a new virtual audition process. To be in with a chance to audition for the 25th season of Ros na Rún, forward your self-tapes to leiriuchain@rosnarun.com before 29th May.

 

Digital Theatre Programme

InterAction Galway is a digital theatre programme where 6 artists will create works 18th – 30th May. It will feature live digital events, works-in progress, panel discussions and workshops by local and international artists.

 

SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year. More info and online application here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 34 – 30th April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

SU Updates

Exams

CELT have been producing some wonderful information around scanning and uploading exams, so please check their website out for this.

Several measures have been put in place to ensure you are not disadvantaged in these exams – including easier deferrals process, carrying forward of failed Semester 2 modules, exam boards reviewing module wide marks for significant discrepancies and leniency with deadlines & extensions. If you are struggling with this new online format, please make contact with your module lead or programme director as soon as possible. They are aware that students are struggling and they do want to help.

August repeat examinations and deferred examinations will most likely take place in an online format also, this will be confirmed or changed in line with the continued guidelines from both the HSE and Government.

Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm until Fri 15th May.

Phone: 091 497 999

Text/International Call: +353 89 462 3763

Email/Video Call: examstress@nuigalway.ie

Academic Year 2020/2021

The dates for the next academic year have been circulated to you this week. The major changes include a start date of Mon 28th Sept (First years Mon 2nd Nov), exams in January, and online teaching for most people in Semester 1. This is due to the Covid-19 guidelines and strategies that will need to be put in place to ensure the stop of the spread of the virus. This is also recognizing that we have members of our University population that will need to cocoon or support someone cocooning or have continued caring responsibilities to ensure they can continue their education. We understand that this situation in not ideal but these are the best dates and plan to support all our students.

Postgraduate Issues

We are aware of the tough circumstances our Postgrad Taught and Postgrad Research students are in currently, we are working with support services and the Deans office to ensure your concerns are heard, and that we can get you some clarity on issues faced. We have also engaged nationally and with SIPTU on campus in relation to some concerns raised. If you are PGR or PGT student and you have some concerns, issues, are feeling isolated or are wondering what supports are available to you, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

SAAIs

This year we are delighted to be nominated in 8 of the 19 categories of the USI Student Achievement Awards. The awards take place on 27th of May at 6pm online. We are nominated in the following categories:

Full-time Officer of the Year – Clare Austick

Postgraduate Champion – Cameron Keighron

Part-time Officer of the Year – Pádraic Toomey

Student rep of the Year – Reiltín Tynan

International Student of the Year – Mansi Kesarwani

Equality Champion – University of Sanctuary

Access Champion of the Year – NUIGSU – Library Laptop Loan Scheme

Outstanding Mental Health Activism of the Year – Emma Jane Kinsella

Accommodation

Both the SU President and the NUI Galway president, jointly, have written to student accommodation centres to ask for them to consider refunds and leniency with students in this time. We have also made contact with several accommodation providers in relation to next year’s academic dates and their plans around leases and tenancies.

 

Upcoming Webinars TODAY

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

NStEP Are Hiring

Student trainer recruitment is now open for the National Student Engagement Programme. They are seeking enthusiastic, approachable and innovative students to join the NStEP team to deliver class rep training across the country in academic year 2020/21. Closing date for applications 5pm Mon 25th of May. More info here.

 

SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year. More info and online application here.

 

Little Cinema Galway

Little Cinema Galway will be doing a live stream of short films (3 minutes or less) 9pm Weds 6th May. Watch along here.

 

Academic Writing Centre Still Open

The Academic Writing Centre is still open for email appointments to help you with essay writing. Get in touch with them at awctutors@gmail.com

 

Healthy Galway City Website

The Healthy Galway City website has been launched with lots of great free resources and signposting to reliable sources of health & wellbeing information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.

 

Change Our Streets

Change Our Streets is a new campaign by groups representing people on foot and people on bikes in Galway. Would you like to sign to support?

  • wider footpaths, cycle lanes, quiet ways
  • lower speed limits

More info here.

 

Tips for Looking After Yourself During Exams

  • Don’t isolate yourself – Exam time can be very lonely especially now we are all self-isolating. Try to make a conscious effort to arrange online meet ups, phone calls or Facetime with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others like taking a free exercise class over Zoom. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.
  • Don’t be a hero – Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk in your 2km radius can work wonders.
  • Eat regularly – You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.
  • Sleep regularly – Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine.
  • Stay hydrated – Water is your friend!
  • Ask for help if you need it
    • Student Health Unit
    • NUIG Counselling Service
    • Chaplains
    • SU Education Officer
    • SU Welfare & Equality Officer

 

Global Undergraduate Awards

Applications are open for the Global Undergraduate Awards until the 2nd of June. Submit and see your work recognised by an international programme, judged by professional academics from the world’s top universities, and join a network of fellow undergraduates delivering top research in your chosen field.

 

Student Health Unit Update

The NUIG Student Health Unit is continuing to operate and provide services to students albeit in a different manner. At present there is no longer a “walk-in” service – instead they are endeavouring to provide remote consultations for health advice/support and prescriptions. This applies to all health issues/complaints including COVID-19. For a very limited number of issues/conditions they can attempt to provide face-to-face consultations under very strict protocols. If you need to contact them regarding any health concerns, prescription requests, blood tests, STI screening or vaccinations please phone 091 494 337 or 083 325 0034 Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. If you can’t reach them by phone email healthunit@nuigalway.ie to arrange a call back.

 

RTÉ Short Story Competition – Win €3,000

RTÉ is currently accepting short story submissions for one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus. Deadline is 5pm Fri 8th May to submit your story with prizes of €3,000 (1st), €2,000 (2nd) and €1,000 (3rd) up for grabs. More info.

 

Kyoto International Student Film Festival

Submissions are open until the 30th of June for the Kyoto International Student Film & Video Festival.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 33 – 23rd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.

 

Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Chaplaincy Support staff who will be running Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm from Tues 21st of April to Fri 15th May.

 

Tips for Looking After Yourself During Exams

  • Don’t isolate yourself – Exam time can be very lonely especially now we are all self-isolating. Try to make a conscious effort to arrange online meet ups, phone calls or Facetime with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others like taking a free exercise class over Zoom. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.
  • Don’t be a hero – Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk in your 2km radius can work wonders.
  • Eat regularly – You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.
  • Sleep regularly – Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine.
  • Stay hydrated – Water is your friend!
  • Ask for help if you need it
    • Student Health Unit
    • NUIG Counselling Service
    • Chaplains
    • SU Education Officer
    • SU Welfare & Equality Officer

 

Student Health Unit Update

The NUIG Student Health Unit is continuing to operate and provide services to students albeit in a different manner. At present there is no longer a “walk-in” service – instead they are endeavouring to provide remote consultations for health advice/support and prescriptions. This applies to all health issues/complaints including COVID-19. For a very limited number of issues/conditions they can attempt to provide face-to-face consultations under very strict protocols.

If you need to contact them regarding any health concerns, prescription requests, blood tests, STI screening or vaccinations please phone 091 494 337 or 083 325 0034 Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. If you can’t reach them by phone email healthunit@nuigalway.ie to arrange a call back.

Disability Supports During Exams

The NUI Galway Disability Support Service (DSS) has put together a list of FAQs for students registered with them with regards to reasonable accommodations for the upcoming end of semester assessments/exams.

Read more here

 

Academic Writing Centre Still Open

The Academic Writing Centre is still open for email appointments to help you with essay writing. Get in touch with them at awctutors@gmail.com

 

COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.

 

Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.

 

Online Wellness Resilience Training

The University is running free online 45 minute workshops 21st – 30th April including:

  1. Wellness Workshops: Working individually on aspects of resilience. Reflecting on the experience if you wish to. Mindfulness exercises. Self-Compassion and Self Care.
  2. Time Management: How to get control of your time and life. Get the important tasks done. Practical tools to work smarter, not harder. Have more time for the people & things you enjoy.
  3. Responding (not reacting) to Exam Anxiety: Understanding the physiology behind anxiety. Experience self-awareness strategies that undermine anxiety. Explore which ‘grounding’ techniques might work best for you.

You can just listen or join in any group discussion. Register online for the time/day that suits you here.

For more info email: resilience@nuigalway.ie

 

If you need help with:

  • Finding Information for your essay/assignment
  • Finding Material on your Reading Lists
  • Managing References
  • Using EndNote
  • Academic Writing
  • Literature/Systematic Reviews
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Research Data Management
  • Archives
  • Special Collections

Contact library@nuigalway.ie for help!

 

Society Awards

Well done to the 125 NUI Galway societies and their 11,792 members on another great year which included 3,154 society events! They held their annual awards virtually and it includes some great highlights from the year. Watch it here.

 

Hoax/Phishing Emails

There has been an increase in the number of hoax and phishing emails in circulation – these are emails which attempt to trick you into providing account login details or financial/banking information. You are asked to be extra vigilant and cautious when you receive an email of this nature, including those that seem to come from a trusted source. If you receive a suspicious message asking for your account details or financial information please forward it to phishing@nuigalway.ie
If you believe you have already replied to emails of this nature or clicked on a web link within an email and provided your password, you must reset your Campus Account password online at https://cass.nuigalway.ie

 

Female Students Needed for Survey

If you are a female college student, under 25, who has not previously had a smear test, and would like to participate in MSc research on factors affecting intentions to attend cervical cancer screening, please fill out this survey here.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Discounts & Free Courses

Thanks to USI’s partnership with SIPTU NUI Galway students now have access to a new benefits website packed with discounts and educational courses completely free of charge. Login at siptu.group-login.com

 

SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year

More info and online application here.

 

Postgraduate Student Tips

Here’s some advice from the Union of Students in Ireland to postgraduate students for studying and staying connected during the COVID-19 Crisis. Watch video here.

 

Are you a student working in any essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Union of Students in Ireland is launching a campaign to raise awareness and thank students working on the frontline and they want to hear from you! Fill out your details here:

 

Free Leadership Training

LIFT are running free online leadership training sessions for everyone! In each session participants work through a proven process to think about leadership values, what they mean to us and how we could strengthen them. This is done by connecting a small group through Zoom and working through a LIFT leadership trait such as Positive Attitude, Determination, or Resilience. Sessions run every day 6 times a day – you just pick a time that suits and build your leadership muscle! More info and online booking here.

 

Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.

 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.