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NUIG SU Equality Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2018

Seachtain Chomhionannais Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 19th February/Dé Luain an 19 Feabhra

6pm GiGSoc Book Club Discussing “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Law Society & Fáilte Refugees Society Direct Provision and the Right to Work Panel Discussion in the AC201.

9pm Late & Live for SU Equality Week with Comedy Soc. FREE Comedy, Music, pints and pizza in the Bank of Ireland Theatre (beside Sult)

Tuesday 20th February/Dé Máirt an 20 Feabhra

1.30pm-2.30pm Universal Design for Learning with NUIG Disability Support Services. Panel discussion and group work for lecturers and students on how to make learning materials more accessible to all students. Venue THB-G010 Moore Institute. Sandwiches, tea & coffee provided.

7pm Fáilte Refugees Society Table Quiz in the Roisin Dubh aimed at overcoming myths around refugees and asylum seekers. €5 with reduced Silent Disco entry included.

Wednesday 21st February/Dé Céadaoin an 21 Feabhra

6pm-9pm Impacte Society Movie Night “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre with free pizza, tea and coffee.

6pm-9pm Fáilte Refugees Society “A Taste of Home” Clothes Collection in Teach Solais LGBT Resource Centre.

7pm-9pm GiGSoc Dance, dress up and drag event in IT202 with free pizza and drinks.

9.30pm GiGSoc and Drama Soc Lip Sync Battle in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Thursday 22nd February/Déardaoin an 22 Feabhra

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. The University of Sanctuary Campaign is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of Universities welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their communities. The Campaign fosters a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

Galway students told to switch off the lights to save energy and win prizes to combat climate change as part of national campaign

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with NUI Galway Students’ Union, NUI Galway, and NUI Galway Green Campus has today launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Galway to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum of  €1.5m over the next 3 years across Europe.

Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We’re delighted to officially launch the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign right here in NUI Galway to help students save energy. It’s great to see students taking the lead on issues like climate change and sustainability. The aim of the campaign is simple: save energy, and win prizes like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and open student return tickets from Irish Rail. All students have to do to take part is add the campaign on Snapchat on and take part in the call to actions, which involve taking a selfie doing an energy saving action at home.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “NUI Galway Students’ Union are delighted to be involved in the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign. With the increase in awareness of sustainable living and responsibility with regards to our environment it’s critically important that students play their role in it.

“The Students’ Union along with the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) Team and the NUI Galway Green Campus team have been working together over the past few months to ensure that life on campus provides students with the opportunity to live sustainably. The attitude towards sustainable living that the Students’ Union Commercial Services have now adopted compostable cutlery, plates etc in their outlets. Living plastic free this week has been a huge eye-opener and it’s great to see the movement progressing and moving in the right direction, and ‘Student Switch Off’ will help NUI Galway along the way.”

The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to show the benefits of smart meters and saving energy. The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications. DCU, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and UCC are the four Irish universities taking part in the first year of the campaign.

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

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  • NUI Galway Students’ Union are members of USI – the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.


  • The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their campus accommodation. The programme has been successful in attracting up to €5m of EU funding for activities across Europe to fund a campaign in Ireland called ‘Student Switch Off’.


  • The targets of the Student Switch Off campaign is to reach over 219,358 students (both in private and dormitories) over the duration. 30.95 GWh primary energy savings triggered over project duration (broken down across the 3 academic years).


  • The programme will be co-ordinated across Europe by the National Union of Students – USI’s partner organisation in the UK.


  • Universities and student organisations from across Europe will take part and have received funding through the plan for the energy saving initiative.


For more information, please contact:


Michael Kerrigan – USI President

Mob: (087) 691 1515

Ph: (01) 905 2095



Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh  – NUI Galway Students’ Union President

Mob: 086 385 5502

Ph: 091 492 746



Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

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Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week


NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) events which will include free confidential rapid HIV testing with AIDS West. The Rapid HIV Test is remarkable as it gives a HIV result in less than a minute – it is the world’s fastest HIV test. Worryingly the numbers of new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland have increased by 35% since 2011. Early diagnosis is also key, as HIV is often transmitted by people who are unaware that they are HIV Positive. The World Health Organisation estimates that 30% of people living with HIV do not know their status.


No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to attend the clinics 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Monday 12th or Wednesday 14th of February in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. Contact AIDS West on 091 566 266 or email to find out more or to book an appointment if you prefer.


Other free events during the week include a charity comedy hypnotist gig, disclosure training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, the Dirty Circus and Sex Toy Bingo which is nothing like the bingo your Granny might attend! The free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic will have extended hours during SHAG Week. The Students’ Union will also distribute free condoms to all students.


NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe, consensual sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns.


Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to be working with AIDS West to bring this free and confidential service to campus for the first time. I would encourage people to get tested if they have concerns over their HIV Status. We’re looking forward to working with AIDS West in the future by having more regular testing on campus and also providing information and education.”


Manager of AIDS West, Joe McDonagh added: “We are very grateful that we have received funding from the Galway City Council Health Ireland Pobal Fund, which will allow us to roll out our Free Confidential Rapid HIV Testing service. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Infectious Disease Clinic at University Hospital Galway as we are very aware that there is considerable under detection/reporting of HIV, therefore there is a much greater need for accessible free HIV testing.”



For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly

Vice-President / Welfare Officer

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 091 493 570 / 086 385 3659


Full timetable of events available here:

A Message from An Garda Síochána

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A Reminder from An Garda Síochána that they have a zero tolerance approach with regards to excessive drinking, drug abuse and public disorder in Galway.

Excessive drink/drug abuse and public disorder will lead to one or more of the following:

  • Fixed Charge Notice
  • Arrest
  • Charge Sheet or Summons to Court
  • Fines of up to €1,500
  • Criminal Conviction
  • Imprisonment

The Implications of a Criminal Conviction:

  • You won’t get a J1 Visa
  • You may not get future employment
  • Expelled University for Breach of Student Code of Conduct
  • Impact on Garda vetting for future employment

Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places:

  • Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
  • This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days.
  • If you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500.
  • Don’t take the risk.

Please act responsibly and respectfully. Look after yourselves and each other.


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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2018

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2018

Monday 12th of February/Dé Luain, an 12 Feabhra

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm Comedy Sex Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 all proceeds go to Draiocht.

Tuesday 13th of February/Dé Máirt, an 13 Feabhra

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – Limited to 20 Students – €10 Donation to Galway Rape Crisis Centre.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

8pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event.

Wednesday 14th of February/ Dé Céadaoin, an 14 Feabhra

Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm FREE Rapid HIV Testing in the View

12pm-2pm AIDS West table at Smokey’s Café and Snapchat takeover

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness at Sult. FREE event.

Thursday 15th of February/Déardaoin, an 15 Feabhra

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492 604.

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus. Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

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Referendum Result

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The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution has passed with 90% in favour.

Total Poll: 546
Spoils: 2
Total Valid Poll: 544
Yes: 494
No: 50

Mental Health Week 2018

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Mental Health Week Events 2018

Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte Comhaltas na Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh 2018

Monday 29th January / Dé Luain, an 29 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

All Day Jigsaw Galway Snapchat takeover!

Tuesday 30th January / Dé Máirt, an 30 Eanáir

10.30am-11.30am FREE pop up Yoga in The Large Acoustic Room, Áras na Mac Léinn (downstairs)

11am – 5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Wednesday 31st January / Dé Céadaoin, an 31 Eanáir

10.30am – 3.30pm Chats For Change USI Roadshow in the Foyer of the Hardiman Research building

5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Thursday 1st February / Déardaoin, an 1 Feabhra

10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn (upstairs)

10.30am-11.30am Online live Q&A with the Counselling Service

Saturday 3rd February / Dé Sathairn, an 3 Feabhra

11am-5pm Do good, feel good! Volunteer with the SU Charity Collection Day in aid of Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

All week: Help us build a Mental Health Toolkit add your suggestions to the wall in the SU Office or email them to

All week: Look out for Snapchat takeovers from the Community Connector, Jigsaw and more!

All week: Look out for Welfare packs from the Welfare Crew!

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#littlethings is a mental health and wellbeing campaign. It highlights that there are things that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope.

If you need any support or information please contact any of the following people: 

Chaplaincy Service 091 495 055

Counselling Service 091 492 427

Student Health Unit 091 492 604

SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly 091 492 747

Jigsaw Galway 091 549 252

Samaritans Free phone 116 123

Here are the #littlethings that can make a big difference to our mental health and our wellbeing:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well


SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

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NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 12th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

All proceeds from the gig will be going to Draíocht Nuig

This is part of our SHAG Week events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!

Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week 2018 runs from Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February.

Notice of Referendum Thursday 1st February 2018

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Notice of Referendum Thursday 1st February 2018

On Thursday 1st of February you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the restructuring of students’ union officer roles. The wording which will appear on the ballot paper requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

“Do you agreed with referendum motion proposed by the Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland Galway on 15th January 2018?”

The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution, as proposed by the SU Executive Committee, if passed, will result in the following:

  • The Vice-President / Welfare Officer will become the Vice-President / Welfare and Equality Officer with added responsibilities in the area of equality.
  • The current part-time Equality Officer position will be abolished.
  • The current Postgraduate Officer will be abolished.
  • Five new part-time officer positions will be created:
  1. The International Students Officer
  2. The Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
  3. The Disability Rights Officer
  4. The Postgraduate Taught Officer
  5. The Postgraduate Research Officer

Polling will take place on Thursday 1st of February in the following venues and you must present your NUI Galway ID to vote:

  • 10am-5pm at Smokey’s Café
  • 11am-6pm in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 10am-6pm via online Remote Vote on the SU Website. You must register in advance for the Remote Vote option before midnight on Wednesday 31st of January by logging on to

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Referendum Result

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb

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SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb Saturday 17th of February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 17th of February 2018 in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

You can sign up by emailing or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk.

Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Please note that you must raise a minimum of €40 to take part in the Climb.
All funds raised must be returned to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Monday 12th February 2018

You can set up an online fundraising page HERE once you are registered. Sponsorship cards are also available from the SU Office.

Provisional Timetable for Saturday 17th February 2018
9.30am Bus Leaves from the Quad
11am Bus Arrives at Croagh Patrick. Final Briefing.
11.30am Climb Begins
1.30pm Lunch break and photos at the top of Croagh Patrick
2pm Descent begins
4pm Bus leaves Croagh Patrick
5.30pm Bus arrives at the Quad

What You Need
Before you can board the bus, you must have all of the following:
Walking boots (with ankle support!)
PLEASE NOTE: Runners, hiking shoes, shoes and Doc Martens are not permitted as they provide no grip or ankle support.
Trousers (not jeans)
Waterproofs (not Ponchos)
Hat and Gloves
Food and Drink (at least 1.5 litres of drinking water/fluids)
Spare Clothes and Shoes

Remember all time spent volunteering with the Students’ Union can be included in your ALIVE Student Volunteering President’s Certificate Application

Want to get in some training before the Climb? Join NUI Galway Mountaineering Club for one of their Sunday hikes!