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NUI Galway Students’ Union Life Skills Programme 2015/16
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 – Occupational First Aid & Cardiac First Responder, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Gaeilge, Barista Skills, Personal Safety & Awareness and Yoga.
These classes are provided at a reduced rate giving you a chance to learn a new skill which, in some cases, could save someone’s life. This is also a great chance to broaden your CV.
Please note that classes will only proceed if sufficient numbers of students sign up for same.
These courses are strictly for registered NUI Galway students.
Payment must be paid for all courses (where applicable) upon sign-up. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Fees, where applicable, must be paid at registration. You can sign up in the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn beside the College Bar 10am-5pm Monday to Friday or pay by credit card by phoning 091 493570. 
Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term will include:

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.

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Life Skills
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

Target Audience: This course is suitable for all kinds of students, aged 18 years of age or over – professionals, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. However, it is not recommended that people who are bereaved by suicide in the last twelve months attend.

Sign Up: You can sign up for the workshop in the Students’ Union offices upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building.

Further info:

Cost: There is no cost to attend but you need to pay a €10 deposit which will be refunded to you on the day of the course. The workshop is being organised by NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with the HSE Suicide Prevention Officer. Lunch and refreshments are included. 

Venue: upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Dates: 9am-5pm Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016

If unable to take part in the full programme for the two days please wait until you are available to do so at a later date.

Max: 30 students per class

Cardiac First Responder (CFR)

Life Skills

Course Aim:

Participants will be trained to develop a very high standard in the delivery Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.

Students will be practiced under various scenarios, paying particular attention to safety. Choking and Infant emergencies are also taught and practiced. The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute.

Training Methods:

Classroom presentation on multimedia projector / DVD’s.

Practical demonstrations of techniques.

Course handouts, training manuals, training records and evaluation forms are also provided.

Assessment & Certification:

Cardiac First Response students are required to successfully complete a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) assessment of twenty questions for Responder and twenty five for Practitioner level. 80% is required to be successful on the MCQ.

Competence in skills demonstration is also required. The theory and practical assessment will be set by, or on behalf of, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.

Certification in the Cardiac First Response Standard is required every two years. In order to maintain a readiness to perform CPR and AED interventions effectively the standard interval accepted for retention training is one year after the initial certification. However, as the retention of skills in CPR and the use of AED are known to rapidly diminish, it is recommended that retention training occurs as frequently as practicable.

Cost: €40 (Usual cost €70)

Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Dates: 9am-1.30pm Thursday 18th February 2016

Max: 8 participants per tutor