SU Weekly Email 13 – 23rd November 2017

SU Weekly Email 13 – 23rd November 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Pet Farm Visit on Wednesday!

11am-4pm Wednesday 29th of November at Áras na Mac Léinn. There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats, pigs, a llama, cake, tea, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM.


Extended Weekend Opening Hours in Library Start This Weekend

After long negotiations we’ve secured extended weekend opening hours of James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway during the Christmas exams. If there is good uptake for this trial period then the extended weekend hours will remain for the summer exams too – so use it or lose it!

The extended opening hours will be Saturday 08.30-21.00 (normally 08.30-17.30) and Sunday 10.00-21.00 (normally 10.00-17.30) for the following weekends:

  • Sat 25th/Sun 26th Nov;
  • Sat 2nd/Sun 3rd Dec;
  • Sat 9th/Sun 10th Dec.


Are you well? Keeping well around exam time
Exams can be the most stressful time of the year; and a lot of peoples’ routines tend to change dramatically. Here’s some tips to help you keep yourself well during exam season.

  1. Don’t isolate yourself
    Exam time can be very lonely as people go off studying on their own. Try to make a conscious effort to meet up with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others. Socialising with others is crucial around this time. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.
  2. Don’t be a hero
    Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some sanity breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk can work wonders.
  3. Eat regularly
    You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.
  4. Sleep regularly
    Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine. It will help you when exams start.
  5. Stay hydrated
    Water is your friend!
  6. Talk to friends and look out for each other
    You might notice some friends or classmates struggling at this time. Maybe they need to be pointed in the direction of one of the support services listed below.
  7. Ask for help if you need it
    • NUIG Health Unit: Walk in service Mon-Fri 9.15am- 12.30am & 2.30pm- 4.30pm
    • NUIG Counselling Service: Drop in Mon-Fri 2pm-4pm,
    • Chaplains: 091 495 055
    • SU Education Officer Andrew Forde:  086 385 3658
    • SU Welfare Officer Megan Reilly:  086 385 3659


Christmas Exams buses with City Direct Bus Company

€2 Per Journey for Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel). Monday 4th December-Thursday 14th December 2017

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40 & 18:40


Sin Issue 6

Catch up on all the NUIG news with issue 6 of Sin newspaper here!


NUIG Student Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale now

  • Connacht vs Brive 3pm Saturday 16th December €20
  • Connacht vs Ulster 7.35pm Friday 23rd December €20

On sale in the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk. NUIG Student ID Required. Tickets are for Bohermore Terrace.


Life Skills Update

  • Child Protection Training  €15 (1pm-5pm Fri 24th Nov or 9.30am-1.30pm Sat 25th Nov)

More information is available here:


Galway Summer of a Lifetime Tour

Looking for opportunities to broaden your horizons, CV and life experience next summer? Well how do you feel about earning $1850 working at a summer camp in the USA, volunteering in the Maldives, washing elephants in Cambodia or teaching sports to under privileged children in South Africa in 2018? Come along and find out further information 12.30pm-1.30pm on Tuesday 5th December about the life changing work and travel opportunities we have available at the Camp Group’s summer opportunities city tour in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn.


Need Help?


Porn Scene questionnaire

I am inviting students who are over the age of 18 to take part in my research by filling out this anonymous online survey. In this questionnaire you will be asked to read short, sexually explicit porn scenes, answer questions about your sexual history, sex education and attitudes toward sexual experiences. Please be advised that some questions or porn scenes described may cause some participants distress. You can withdraw your participation at any time and can skip any question that you do not want to answer.


Win up to €1,500 in a Film Competition

The “Think Before You Flush” film competition is open to all budding 3rd level film makers and there is the possibility to win up to €1,500 for a 1 -2 minute campaign video.

More Details.


The Civic University Symposium 10am-4pm Sat 2nd Dec

What is the purpose of higher education? This event aims to initiate a conversation about the transformations in higher education, its role in society and the community and how can we reimagine the university, its spaces, mission, activities and purposes, with equality, inclusion and rights as fundamental commitments. Keynote speech from Prof Vanessa Andreotti and contributions from Prof Ronaldo Munck and Dr Karen Pashby. The event is free and open to all, but spaces are limited so please RSVP HERE.


Sonic Sea Screening

GMIT in collaboration with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will host a screening of Sonic Sea. Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary, narrated by Rachel McAdams, about the impact of industrial and military ocean noise on whales and other marine life. The screening will take place at the GMIT, Dublin Road Campus, in Theatre 1000 at 19:30 on Wednesday 29th November. This screening is open to anyone interested in learning about the effects of sound in our oceans. We look forward to seeing you there.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

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Joanna Brophy