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NUI Galway Students’ Union offers a variety of services including:
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The Union operates a year-round online second-hand bookstore where you can buy or sell text books covering every subject taught in the University.
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The Students’ Union rents out lockers located at convenient points around the University. There’s a charge of  €15-€25 for renting a locker for the academic year. 2015 Lockers will go on sale 10am Monday 31st August 2015. You can reserve and pay for your locker online and collect your key at the SU Office/Engineering Desk. 
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With the SU Card, you can now earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any of the Students’ Unions businesses. Students’ Union businesses are spread thought out the campus, so your SU Card will quickly start to clock up the points.
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The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world through classes in areas such as: Sign Language, First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Self Defence, and many more.
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NUI Galway and the Students’ Union joined forces in early 2012 to introduce the EXPLORE Innovation Initiative. The first scheme of its kind in the Irish third-level sector, EXPLORE invites students and university staff to work in equal partnership to deliver innovation on campus and in the community.
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CÉIM is a collaborative approach to learning and settling in to university life. 1st year students meet weekly for an hour to learn from each other under the guidance of trained 2nd year Student Leaders, with input from academic staff. CÉIM is a form of academic peer support, better known as PASS or PAL.
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A free baggage room run by the Students’ Union is available in the basement of the Library Building near the SU Shop. The cloakroom is open 09:00 – 18:30 Monday-Friday during term time. Students can drop in luggage on a daily basis, but all items must be removed before closing time.
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The Union run an online grinds register. It’s updated regularly, with the majority of those offering grinds being NUI Galway postgraduate students. Before taking grinds, you should always consult with your lecturer or programme director, who may be able to help you out.
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The Students’ Union operates a campus shop, which is located in the basement of the library building, where students can buy all the essentials. It’s open from 08:45 until late in the evening Monday to Friday and daytime hours on a Saturday.
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Published bi-weekly during term time Sin is Galway’s only student newspaper. With a circulation of 6,000 copies, Sin is student & campus focused, celebrating the achievements of NUI Galway’s students, athletes, artists, writers & staff.
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The Union operates a licensed club located at Áras na Mac Léinn. The Club is better known as “The College Bar” and provides top quality food and beverages for students all year round.
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Smokey’s is a popular coffee dock on the Concourse of the Arts/Science Building, serving a full range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and fresh juices and smoothies.
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The Wall Cafe is located in the new Sports Centre, at the back of the climbing wall hence it’s name. It’s the perfect place to grab a healthy sandwich, smoothie, panini and much more. The Wall is open Monday – Friday, 08:00 – 20:00 and Saturday & Sunday, 09:00 – 18:00.
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The SU also manages the cafe in the Hub Common Room in Áras na Mac Léinn providing a range of hot drinks and confectionery. A microwave is also available for students’ use.
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Bia Léinn is located in Áras na Gaeilge and is a café provides a dining experience through Irish. All staff converse through Irish and customers have the opportunity to come and interact as Gaeilge.
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Skills Register 
The Union run an online skills register. It’s updated regularly, with those offering skills being NUI Galway students. So if you are looking for a plumber or a babysitter click HERE! 

Barista Course

Life Skills

Description: This course is divided into a practical and a theoretical section. Students must attend both.

Part A: Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Practical).

Course objectives: To cover the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder. Covering Safe operation of the equipment, espresso extraction, milk preparation using steam, espresso coffee recipes, grinder settings, espresso machine maintenance.

Course Outline: The demonstration will take approximately 75 minutes

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Part B: Coffee Origins and Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Theoretical).

Course objectives: To cover a brief History of Coffee Culture and Coffee Bean Origins and the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder.

Course Outline: The talk will take approximately 75 minutes.

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Students per course: Max 12 students per group. Min 8 students for course to go ahead.

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Course Cost: €10 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities

Date/Times (Choose one): 

  • Group 1: 10am-1.30pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
  • Group 2: 2.30pm-6pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
  • Group 3: 11.30am-3pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 13/09/19
  • Group 4: 3.30pm-7pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19

Occupational First Aid Refresher Course

Life Skills

$1·         Occupational First Aid Refresher Course

Course Content:

This one day refresher course will cover:

$1·         First Aid in the Workplace

$1·         Cardiac First Response

$1·         Patient Assessment

$1·         Respiratory Emergencies

$1·         Wounds & Bleeding

$1·         Altered Levels of Consciousness

$1·         Musculoskeletal Injuries

$1·         Burns, Scalds, Chemicals, Electric Shock

Assessment & Certification: There is no examination at the end of the day, the tutor will be observing the practical’s throughout the day and assisting anyone with any difficulties. The Certificate for Refreshers last for two years, the certificate come from the Emergency Services Training Institure and is added to the FETAC award to confirm continuing certification. You don’t receive another FETAC certificate. 

Cost: €80 (Usual cost €100)

Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Time: 9am-5.30pm

Dates: Fri 30th October 2015

Manual Handling Training

Life Skills
  • Manual Handling Training Course – COURSE FULL 25/08/15

Course Aim:

To provide you with the information and training necessary to be competent in Manual Handling, in order to avoid injury to yourself and to others. The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute.

Course Objectives:

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Define Manual Handling.

State relevant Irish and EU Legislation.

Describe the basic Anatomy of the Spine.

Utilise correctly the 8 Principles of Safe Lifting.

Course Programme:

Manual Handling Legislation – as it applies to the employer 
and employee.

Dangers and harm caused by careless / unskilled methods of manual handling.

Principles of levers and laws of motion.

Anatomy of the spine and muscular system.

How to handle loads safely.

Practice in safe handling of loads.

Assessment & Certification:

To receive certification for Manual Handling all participants must successfully complete a theory quiz and a practical lifting assessment. The certification is valid for 2 years from the date of training.

Course Attendance: Maximum of 10 participants per instructor.

Cost: €30 (Usual cost €50)

Venue: The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Dates: 9am – 1.30pm Wednesday 26th August 2015


Life Skills

8th September 2017

We are not currently offering Irish Classes.

Please contact:

Roinn na Gaeilge OÉ Gaillimh:

Áras na nGael:


Cumann Gaelach:


Bar Skills Course

Life Skills

Bar Skills Course 

Course objectives: To cover the basic fundamentals of drinks and drink service methods, including the social responsibility on all parties to serve drink in a responsible manner.

Course Date: 10am-5pm Friday 5th February 2016 COURSE FULL 19/01/16

Course Content:                

1: Responsible selling of alcohol

2: Introduction to Wines

3: Spirits appreciation and theory

4: Stouts, beers and Ciders (theory and service)

Assessment/Certification: There is no assessment. A certificate of participation will be given.

Sign Up: In the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Course Fee: €20 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

Course Venue: The College Bar

Max number: 40 students

Child Protection Training

Life Skills

Child Protection Training 

Course Description: The content is awareness level and covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. 

It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios.

Course Audience: Staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people.

Assessment/Certification: Certification is based on attendance pf the programme and it is certified by the National Youth Council of Ireland.

Sign Up: In the SU Office or by credit card on 091 493570

Date/Time: 1pm-5pm Friday 13th November or 9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 14th November 2015

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Cost: €15

Max Number Students: 20

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union, ALIVE and the National Youth Council of Ireland. 


Life Skills

Ashtanga Yoga

The next SU 8 week yoga course with Marese Cregg is on Thursday 9th June – Thursday 28th July 2016. The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks. 

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers 
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

The Course venue is The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Directions to The Space: As you come in the main doors of Áras na Mac Léinn take the stairs on the left, turn left at the top, go through the glass doors and down the steps – The Space is the last room on the left.

Yoga mats and belts are provided. Open to NUI Galway students and staff only.


Personal Safety and Awareness Course

Life Skills

Personal Safety and Awareness Course 

We will soon be enrolling students for our Personal Safety and Awareness course for 2015. 

Cost of the course :€5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card. 

Course Aim/objectives: To instil a focused and active sense of personal safety and awareness of dangers in the course participants and point them towards further help and education. This course is being run by Dave King of the SU Security Team in conjunction with the Gardaí and other experts.

Course Date/Time: 1pm-6pm Thursday 24th September

Course Venue: The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Part 1: Introduction and course outline                                                                                                                

Definition of awareness within the personal safety milieu.

‘Self-defence’ vs ‘personal awareness’

Ineffectiveness of most physical techniques.

The adrenal response.

The predator outline.

Importance of reporting

Physical skills

Garda Briefing

Revision, Q&A, and feedback.

Part 2: Awareness and its relationship to personal safety.                                                                                          

Situational awareness and the ‘360 mind-set’

Watching your ‘6’

Visualising your journey/local knowledge.

Threat recognition/trusting your instincts.

Mobiles: Pros and cons



Part 3: The Predator outline and the Adrenal response                                                                                

Predator/Assailant preplanning and visualisation.

Predator escalation and the importance of reporting.

The percentage game (minimising/maximising your safety at all times)

The Adrenal response, physical, emotional and psychological.

Ineffectiveness of most complex physical techniques within an adrenalized situation.

Avoiding becoming a ‘target of opportunity’.

Part 4: Garda Briefing                                                                                                                   

TBC, but in our conversation beforehand we discussed the importance of people knowing the legal definitions of assault, harassment, intimidation etc. And a stressing of the early reporting of situations and using the Gardaí as a community resource rather than a call of last resort.

Part 5: Physical Skills.                                                                                                                   

A re-stressing of the legal terms defined earlier by the Garda and a re-stressing of the facts that complicated physical techniques tend towards the ineffective.

High percentage and low percentage moves.

Basic grab evasion.

The essentialities of escape.

How to strike.

Sell Your Books

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You can sell your old textbooks through the Students’ Union bookshop by dropping the books you wish to sell in to the Students’ Union office. You set the price at which you want to sell the books and the Students’ Union take a €2 administrative charge for each book sold.
Note: We ask that all books are priced lower than the original cost !!

We currently have a large stock of certain books and unfortunately we cannot take anymore in. Please click below to view the list of books which we can no longer accept. 

BOOKS WE CAN’T TAKE (We have too many, they’re old copies, they’re off the curriculum)- Updated Sept 2015

If the books have not sold by the end of the academic year you can choose to have them returned to you or alternatively they can be donated to charity. 

Please note that books without an ISBN code cannot be accepted by the bookshop. 

Please print and complete the following form and hand it in with your books at the Students’ Union Reception. 

Students’ Union Card

SU Card

Select Your Account Type

Having a Students’ Union account puts a wealth of services at your finger tips. Choose one of the following options to proceed:

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NUIG Student/Staff

You will be taken to a secure Edugate page, where you will be prompted to enter your Student ID/Staff ID and password. This is the same password that you use to log in to the PC Suites, NUIGWiFi, Blackboard and Library Systems.

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Non Student/Alumni

If you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can use this method to log into your account. Some NUI Galway staff members may need to log in using this method (if you previously logged in using your email address).

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