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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2019/20. Last year students took part in cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas jumper party, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €11,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2018/19 – Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway.

Application forms for the 2019/20 fund are available here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2019 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 4th of September 2019. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Clare Austick, Students’ Union President said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”



NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Urges Caution Booking Student Accommodation


With the first round of CAO Offers being issued this Thursday thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2019/20 academic year. Housing for students has been an issue in the past and NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious before committing to a private residence this year. Before rushing into signing a lease/contract it is extremely important to make sure the property fits the needs of all tenants and to look out for rental scams. There are properties available so don’t panic and make sure you keep a close eye on all the accommodation websites especially

Here are some handy tips:

  1. Be aware of the following rental scams: Scammer claims to be out of the country so can’t show you the property but requests a deposit. Scammer is living at the property, and shows a number of people around. They get a deposit from several people and then flee with the cash. The transaction appears to have gone smoothly until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.
  2. Take your time when viewing a property. Ensure all the necessities are there e.g. washing machine, furnishings etc. Check that all gas and electrical appliances are in good working order.
  3. Take photos of the property and make sure to highlight any damages already there e.g. Cigarette burns, carpet stains etc.
  4. If there are any repairs to be made in the property, be sure to get it in writing from the landlord or agency that these problems will be rectified before handing over your deposit.
  5. Avoid paying the deposit in cash and ensure you get a receipt for any moneys exchanged. You are legally entitled to a receipt so make sure to insist on one.
  6. Request a viewing prior to the move in date to ensure that all outstanding issues have been rectified.
  7. Ensure the house is well ventilated and that heating sources are identified prior to signing a contract/lease.
  8. Insist that a building energy rating (BER) certificate is provided prior to signing the contract. This will help you know how cold the house is likely to get and will give you an idea of the cost for heating.
  9. Ensure you are clear on the duration of the tenancy. If you sign a lease and leave early you may be liable to pay outstanding rent even though you are no longer living there.
  10. Make sure it’s clearly outlined in your lease which utility bills you must pay.
  11. Take out contents insurance as the landlord’s policy will not cover your personal possessions.
  12. Make sure to get your free rent book from the Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “Finding accommodation can be extremely stressful and people tend to rush into it. It is paramount that you follow these guidelines to avoid scams and ensure that the house you live in will be sustainable for you and your friends. Never rush into getting accommodation, be cautious and insist on receipts and any repairs where necessary. This will be where you stay for at least nine months so make sure you have all the necessities before making any commitments. Students still seeking accommodation should check





Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

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Students’ Union Issues Plea to Former Airbnb Hosts

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

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

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

Brandon Walsh Students’ Union VP/Welfare & Equality Officer added “We are already inundated with queries from students looking for accommodation. There are also a huge number of visiting students that will just be attending NUI Galway for one semester, September to December or January to May, who are desperately in need of accommodation. We would encourage anyone with a spare room to strongly consider renting to a student as soon as possible.”

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

Exam Results Summer 2019

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Exam Results Important Dates 2019: 

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

More information is available from the Examinations Office Website HERE

We are Recruiting: Sin Editor

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We are Recruiting: Sin Editor


Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews. is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.

The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers
  • Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
  • Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
  • Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
  • Update website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
  • Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout
  • Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
  • Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
  • Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time


€500 stipend per issue


Please include the following:

  • Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • CV
  • A sample proposal outlining a plan of action of how you would manage Sin Newspaper over the next academic year. This should include your plans for writer recruitment and retention, format of Sin, general promotion of Sin, and your ideas for distributing Sin for maximum readership


Applications by email only to:

Closing date:            5:00pm Thursday 20th June 2019

Interviews:              Tuesday 25th June 2019

We Are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

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We are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern

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

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


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

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

Job Description

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



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



Applications must include:

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


Applications via email to:

Chris Newell

General Manager

NUI Galway Students’ Union

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

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2019

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NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2019

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

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

The academic calendar for 2019/20 is available here.

Summer in Galway 2019

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

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

Darkness Into Light 4.15am Sat 11th May 2019

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival Mon 13th May 2019

Colours Festival Weds 15th – Mon 20th May 2019

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

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

Galway Africa Day Sat 25th May 2019

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

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

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

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

West End Summer Street Festival Mon 3rd June 2019

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 5th June 2019

Mojo Fest Thurs 6th – Sat 8th June 2019

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

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

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

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

Soapbox Science Galway Sat 29th June 2019

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

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

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Wednesday 3rd July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free Entry to all OPW Attractions Weds 7th August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of these festivals and events need volunteers to help out so please give them a shout if you are available to lend a hand!

There are also lots of charitable organisations looking for volunteers to help out. Check the NUIG ALIVE Volunteering website for volunteering opportunities.

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

Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

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

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

SU Summer Lockers

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SU Summer Lockers

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

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