SU Weekly Email 13 – 6th December 2018

SU Weekly Email 13 – 6th December 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Exam Tips

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
    2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
    3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam. We have buses arranged for the Salthill exam centres.
    4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module. iWatches are also not permitted at exams.
    5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
    6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
    7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Eibhlín Seoighthe, or your College Office.
    8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
    9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
    10. Relax – you got this!


NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses

€2 Per Journey. Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Mon 10th-Thurs 20th Dec

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40


Child Protection Training Courses TOMORROW nearly full:

  • 9am-1pm – 1 space left
  • 2pm-6pm – 5 spaces left

Sign up in the SU Office now or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card €15.


Extended Library Opening Hours for Exams

  • Saturday 8th December:               08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 9th December:                    10:00 – 21:00
  • Saturday 15th December:              08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 16th December:                 10:00 – 21:00


Cheap Connacht Rugby Tickets

Use the discount code NUIG-Per-1819 to get reduced rate NUIG Student tickets online for Connacht Rugby vs Perpignan 3pm Saturday 8th of December.


Extra Study Space: Available 8am-10pm until Fri 21st Dec 2018

  • AM150 Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre Arts Millennium Building (147 spaces)
  • IT125 Theatre First Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT125G Theatre Ground Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT207 Seminar Room, IT Building (33 spaces)
  • SC005 Tyndall Lecture Theatre, Arts/Science Concourse (125 spaces)
  • TB303 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (30 spaces)
  • TB304 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB305 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB307 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (22 spaces)

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here:


Reduced Hours for SU Engineering Desk

Please note that the SU Engineering Desk will be closed Friday 7th,  Monday 10th and Thursday 13th of December. For any queries please call to the SU Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exam Results

The Examinations Office releases official examination results only and is not involved in the release of any provisional results. Provisional results may be released locally by Schools/Colleges via Blackboard Grade Centre. Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office


Anti-Racism Workshop

We are hosting an Anti-Racism Workshop on Wednesday 16th of January with Galway One World Centre. Spaces are just €5 and you can sign up in the SU Office now.


Disclosure Training

We have limited spaces left in our Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre for the new date of Tuesday 12th of February 2019. Sign up now in the SU Office for just €10.


NUI Galway Family Christmas Party 12pm-3pm Sun 16th Dec

The NUI Galway Family Christmas Party is back this year for staff and students with children. This fun on-campus event is strictly ticketed only. Look out for an email from the Office of the Vice-President for Equality and Diversity at 12pm TODAY Thursday 6 December with a link to book your free ticket. Don’t miss it!


HRB Summer Scholarship Opportunities

The prestigious Health Research Board (HRB) Summer Student Scholarships will support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during summer 2019. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage an interest in research and to give the student an opportunity to become familiar with some research techniques. In line with the HRB strategy, the project must fall within one of the following research areas:  patient-oriented and clinical research, health services research or population health research. Applications that focus solely or predominantly on basic biomedical research are not eligible. The HRB will make an award to a host institution nominated in the application. Summer Scholars will be paid €300 per week for a maximum of eight weeks by the host institutions. Applications open on the 10/12/2018 and close on 14/2/2019. Additional information can be found at here. or contact


Collection for the Homeless

There will be a collection of items for the homeless on Wednesday 12th of December in Áras Moyola. Shoe boxes or Christmas bags with hats, scarves, toiletries, socks, non-perishable food etc., required. For more information or to get involved contact


How to Have a Very Sustainable Christmas

Get your sustainable Christmas Tips here.


Hardiman PhD Scholarship Applications are Open

These Scholarships are for students starting their PhD in September 2019. The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. Applications Close 15th February.


Paid Work: Students Required for Metaphor Annotation

If you are seeking a bit of extra cash and would like to play around with some metaphors feel free to apply for this job. I am currently hiring participants as part of my  PhD at the Unit for Natural Language Processing (UNLP) of the Data Science Institute, NUI Galway. My topic focuses on metaphor analysis in Twitter. I am looking for native-speakers of English, studying English at NUI Galway, to help as human annotators in metaphor detection in Twitter.
The experiment will be asking the annotator a yes/no question by giving them a tweet and asking them if the highlighted expression is a metaphor or not. Payment is based on the number of annotated tweets. To apply email with a brief description of your professional experience. More information.


Take a Mindful Break from Studying

  1. Listen to our mindful moments on soundcloud to help handle stress or visit our YouTube channel
  2. Free Mindfulness for Beginners Class Tuesday 11th December: 8:10am – 8:50am in AC201 on the concourse. The last mindfulness for beginners class of the year!
  3. Free Mindfulness Shared Practice Wednesday 12th & 19th December 1:10-1:50pm in AC202 on the concourse. All are welcome to this mindfulness shared practice which is suitable for people with no previous knowledge of mindfulness as well as those who have been practising for many years.


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) 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