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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.

Battle of the Dorms Winners Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pictured left to right are: 

Sinead Barret (Project Manager Campus Living)

Goldcrest Winners

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

Lorraine Rushe (NUI Galway Environmental Health and Safety Manger)



NUIG Easter Holiday Arrangements

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NUI Galway Easter Holiday Arrangements 2019

  • Teaching ends on Sat 6th of April.
  • Field Trips (where applicable) take place Mon 8th April – Weds 10th April.
  • Study Week takes place Thurs 11th April – Thurs 18th April.
  • Exams Begin Tues 23rd April (except for 5MB3 Students who start Mon 8th April)
  • The Students’ Union Office will close at 5pm on Tues 16th April and will reopen at 10am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 11am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 9am on Thurs 25th April.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open 8am-5pm Fri 12th, 10am-4pm Sat 13th, 10am-4pm Sun 14th and 10am-5pm Mon 15th April.
  • Sult will be closed Fri 19th-Mon 22nd April Inclusive.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 8.30am-6pm Fri 12th, 9am-5pm Sat 13th, 11am-5pm Sun 14th and 10am-5pm Mon 15th April.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-3pm Fri 12th, 9am-3pm Sat 13th, 11am-3pm Sun 14th and 11am-3pm Mon 15th April.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 10am-6pm Fri 19th Sat 20th & Sun 21st April and 8.30am-10pm Mon 22nd April.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Student Health Unit will be closed Fri 19th– Mon 22nd April inclusive. They will re-open at 8.30am on Tues 23rd April. Opening hours during exams are 8.30am-5.30pm and closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with their last issue on Tues 2nd April.
  • The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 29th of March for summer.
  • ComputerDISC will close at 2pm on Friday 26th of April for summer.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

#NUIGSU19 Part Time Officer Election Results 25th/28th March 2019

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#NUIGSU19 Part Time Officer Election Results 25th/28th March 2019

Here are the results of the SU Part Time Officer Elections on 25th & 28th March 2019. As no nominations were received for the post of Postgraduate Taught Officer nominations for this position will reopen in September 2019.

Postgraduate Research Officer

Oifigeach na nIarchéimithe í mbun Taighde

Total Poll                                  40

Spoils                                       0

Total Valid Poll                          40

Quota                                       21

TOCK, Emily                             39

Re-Open Nominations               1

Emily Tock deemed elected.


International Students Officer

Oifigeach na Mac Léinn Idirnáisiúnta

Total Poll                                  96

Spoils                                       3

Total Valid Poll                          93

Quota                                       47

FENTON, Avery                        83

Re-Open Nominations               11

Avery Fenton deemed elected.


Ethnic Minorities Officer

Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach

Total Poll                                  96

Spoils                                       1

Total Valid Poll                          95

Quota                                       48

CHIHUMURA, Victoria               70

McNICHOLAS, Katelyn              18

Re-Open Nominations               8

Victoria Chihumura deemed elected.


SU Council Chairperson

Cathaoirleach na Comhairle do Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Total Poll                                  49

Spoils                                       0

Total Valid Poll                          49

GREEN, Scott                             48

Re-Open Nominations               1

Scott Green deemed elected.

Wind Down Week

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Wind Down Week / Seachtain Scíthe Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Relax, Unwind, De-Stress and Breathe

Faigh faoiseamh ón strus agus lig do scíth

Monday 1st April / Dé Luain an 1 Aibreán

Tuesday 2nd April / Dé Máirt an 2 Aibreán

Wednesday 3rd April / Dé Céadaoin an 3 Aibreán

Thursday 4th April / Déardaoin an 4 Aibreán

Friday 5th/Saturday 6th April / Dé hAoine an 5/Dé Sathairn an 6 Aibreán

More information from / Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó

Taxi Safety Tips

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Some Taxi Safety Tips:

  1. Try not to travel alone; particularly at night
  2. Use the Transport Ireland’s Free Driver Check App
  3. When hailing a taxi on the street do the MPS check – does it have a meter, a registration plate and a registration sticker? Registered taxis must have all 3.
  4. Note the registration number on the roof. Make sure this matches the taxi door number and the number in the taxi itself. Note the driver’s name.
  5. Make a quick call to friends or family, stating the registration number and name of the taxi driver, ensuring the driver hears you
  6. Share your live location with Facebook Messenger or Google Maps

How to make a complaint:

If you wish to make a complaint about a taxi or hackney driver concerning a criminal offence you should contact your local Garda Station immediately and fill in an incident report. In an emergency situation, you should telephone 112 to be put through to the Gardaí.

The National Transport Authority operates a national complaints and enforcement system for taxis and hackneys. This covers:

  • The condition, roadworthiness and cleanliness of the vehicle
  • The conduct, behaviour and identification of a driver
  • Overcharging or other matters relating to fares charged by a driver
  • Matters relating to the hiring and booking of an SPSV
  • The identification and the general appearance of the vehicle
  • Please note: If you booked the service through a dispatch operator, you should first make a complaint to the dispatch operator.

More Information Here.

Can You Vote on Friday 24th of May 2019?

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Can You Vote in the Local and European Elections on Friday the 24th of May 2019?

  1. Find Out if you are registered by going to
  2. If you are not on the register or you won’t be at the address shown on Friday 24th of May to vote then you need to collect an RFA2 or RFA3 form in the SU Office.
  3. These need to be filled out by you and stamped by a Garda. You need to bring your Passport or Driving Licence to the Garda station to get your form stamped. Alternatively call up to Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Wednesday 27th of March or Wednesday 24th of April with your form + your ID and the Gardaí can stamp your form there.
  4. You then need to Freepost your form to the Local Authority where you will be voting before Tuesday 7th of May 2019

#NUIGSU19 Part Time Officer Election Results Friday 15th March 2019

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#NUIGSU19 Part Time Officer Election Results Friday 15th March 2019

Mature Students’ Officer: Chuka Paul Oguekwe Deemed Elected

ELBERT, Gary 229

OGUEKWE, Chuka Paul 384

Total 666

Spoils 34

Total Valid Poll 632

Quota 317

RON 19


Convenor of the College of Engineering and Informatics: Sachi Sinha Deemed Elected

CLIFFORD, David 26

SINHA, Sachi 49

Total 82

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 82

Quota 42



Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law: Clodagh McGivern Deemed Elected

Round 1:

LYNCH, Niamh 36

McGIVERN, Clodagh 51

MURPHY, Ciara 59

Total 137

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 137

Quota 74


Niamh Lynch and RON Eliminated

Round 2:

Non-Transferable 6

McGivern, Clodagh: 71

Murphy, Ciara 70

Clodagh McGivern deemed elected.


Disability Rights Officer: Alex Coughlan Deemed Elected

COATES, Conor 241

COUGHLAN, Alex 373

Total 652

Spoils 25

Total Valid Poll 629

Quota 327

RON 15


Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin Mac an tSaoir Deemed Elected

MAC AN tSAOIR, Erin 573

Total 671

Spoils 32

Total Valid Poll 639

Quota 320

RON 66


Convenor of the College of Science: Kenny Cooke Deemed Elected

COOKE, Kenny 137

Total 159

Spoils 3

Total Valid Poll 156

Quota 79

RON 19


Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Aisling Fitzgerald Deemed Elected

FITZGERALD, Aisling 21

Total 42

Spoils 1

Total Valid Poll 41

Quota 21

RON 20


Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer: Morgan Ruth Queeney Deemed Elected

QUEENEY, Morgan Ruth 590

Total 673

Spoils 29

Total Valid Poll 644

Quota 323

RON 54


Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies: Laura O’Toole Deemed Elected

Round 1:

HOGAN, Kayleigh 113

O’TOOLE, Laura 128

Total 262

Spoils 6

Total Valid Poll 256

Quota 129

RON 15

RON Eliminated

Round 2:

Non Transferable 12

HOGAN, Kayleigh 114

O’TOOLE, Laura 130


Societies Chairperson: Oissine Moore Deemed Elected

MOORE, Oissine 12

Total 18

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 18

Quota 10


Clubs’ Captain: Pádraic Toomey Deemed Elected

Ó BEOLÁIN, Conor 3

TOOMEY, Pádraic 16

Total 19

Spoils 0

Total Valid Poll 19

Quota 10


Positions Still To Be Filled for 2019/20

  • Council Chairperson
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer

Nomination forms are available here:

#FundTheFuture Walk Out 1pm Thurs 21st March 2019

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#FundTheFuture Walk Out 1pm Thurs 21st March 2019

At 1pm on Thursday 21st of March 2019 we are asking all NUI Galway students and staff to leave their lectures in a walk out to demand that the Government #FundTheFuture – we will all be meeting at the Big Yellow Thing outside the Library.

Here’s why:

  • We reject the idea of a loan scheme to fund higher education and condemn the current €3,000 contribution fee.
  • We believe Education is a public good and should be funded as such.
  • Did you know that we used to have free fees when attending college?
  • Did you know that fees increased by 363% between 2007-2014? That’s €825 to €3,000!
  • Did you know we have the second highest fees in Europe? We will have the highest fees in the EU post-Brexit.
  • Grants supports were slashed in 2012 and we still have not seen them restored, never mind increased to meet the increasing costs we’re facing including the massive rents many of us are struggling with.
  • The Cassells report, published in March 2016, was deliberately ignored and neglected, and instead has been kicked to Europe for another year.
  • We cannot accept this delay in finding a sustainable and fair funding model for higher education.
  • State funding per student halved. We need more state funding so YOU and future students are not denied that opportunity.


The system is crumbling, it is chronically underfunded and it is affecting us all.

We need the government to Fund The Future.

We are walking out, alongside staff unions, at 1pm on Thursday 21st of March 2019.

Read our recent letter to the Irish Times “Student Loans No Way To Fund Education” Here.

Chat Up Lines trí Ghaeilge #SnaG19

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Chat Up Lines trí Ghaeilge #SnaG19
  1. Are you well, cause you’re looking well.
An bhfuil tú go maith? Mar tá tú ag féachaint go maith
  1. Do you know what my shirt is made of? Boyfriend material.
An bhfuil a fhios agat céard atá mo léine déanta as? Ábhar gasúir
  1. Do you have a sunburn, or are you always this hot?
An bhfuair tú dó gréine nó an mbíonn tú chomh dathúil sin i gcónaí?
  1. You don’t know how many times I had to swipe left to find you.
An dtuigeann tú cé mhéad uair a bhí orm svaidheáil ar chlé chun tú a aimsiú?
  1. I’m not a photographer, but I can picture me and you together.
Ní Grianghrafadóir mé ach is féidir linn muid a fheiceáill le chéile
  1. I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
An féidir liom d’uimhir ghutháin a fháil? Tá m’uimhir caillte.
  1. Are you a parking ticket? Cause you have got fine written all over you.
An ticéad páirceála thú? Mar tá fíneáil  scríofa ort
  1. Do you have road frontage?
An bhfuil éadanas bóthair agat?