SU Weekly Email 13th Feb 2014

SU Weekly Email 13th Feb 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Elections 2014 Countdown – 7 Days to Go!

Students’ Union full time paid officer positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer and SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 20th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 26th of February. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 6th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

Students’ Union part time voluntary positions of Oifgeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs Captain, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and the 5 College Convenor positions for 2014/15:

$1·         Nominations open at 10am on Thursday 27th of February. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and office at this time.

$1·         Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by 5pm on Wednesday 5th March. Late nomination forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

$1·         The Election takes place on Thursday 13th of March and students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day.

For more information on the elections please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ieor see our website here.

SU Charity Aquathon – Entry Deadline 5pm Friday 21st February

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014.The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 21st of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. The Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office, the Engineering Desk and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Spring & Semester 2 Exam Timetables

The Semester 2 Exam Timetable will be available on 14-Mar-2014. 
The Spring exam timetable will be available online on 12-Feb-2014. 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. View a short Examination Advice video (below). 
If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).

David O’Doherty Will Try to Fix Everything at NUIG

We are delighted to announce that our final comedy gig of the year will be David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 3rd of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

$1·         3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Fri 21st Feb, Fri 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (1 space left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

$1·         8 Week Yoga Course €40 Thursday 13th February-Thursday 3rd April Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm (FULL) Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (3 spaces left)

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (14 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email if you are interested.

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm €10 NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale from the SU Office NOW!

Student Counselling Service FREE group workshops:

  1. Coping with feeling Stressed                  – Wed, February 19, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days     – Mon, February 24, from 5.15pm-7.15pm
  3. Troubled by Procrastination                   – Tues, February 25, from 6.15pm-8.15pm

Bookings and queries to


EXPLORE projects

The SU and the University are supporting over 180 staff and students in delivering on 28 innovative projects which were awarded €1,000 funding each as part of the EXPLORE initiative. You can check out the various projects and their progress here.


How to apply for the ALIVE Certificate’ Workshops on the following dates:

$1·         1pm-2pm Tues 18th Feb in AM205 Arts Millennium Building

$1·         5pm-6pm Thurs 20th Feb in AC204 on the Concourse

$1·         12pm-1pm Mon 24th Feb in MY124 Áras Moyola

$1·         3pm-4pm Weds 26th Feb in CA005 Cairnes Building

Deadline for NUI Galway student Applications is 12pm 15th March and the ALIVE  Certificate Ceremony takes place at 11.30am on the 1st April in the Bailey  Allen Hall.

Sin Issue 9

Read it here.

The new secure bicycle compound is now open.

Anyone with a valid student / staff University ID card can access the compound.

Please note

  • There are separate entrances and exits for cyclists’ use only, to the South side (The Hardiman Building) and to the North side (Bank of Ireland) of compound
  • There is one pedestrian exit turnstile and one pedestrian entrance turnstile (on  Arts Science Building  / Canal side)
  • In the interest of safety, cycling is prohibited within the compound.

Maps are available on the Buildings Office website

Islam, Secularism and Democracy

A talk presented by Abdullah al Andalusi and the NUI Galway Islamic Society 7pm Monday 17th February in the Colm OhEocha Theatre, Arts Millennium Building. All Welcome. More information from

Cyberbullying Survey

I am a doctoral researcher in the Business Information Systems Department conducting national research into cyberbullying within higher education institutes in Ireland. I would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to participate in this survey. As recent news bulletins have highlighted this topic, this study aims to look at the prevalence and aspects of cyberbullying of students attending higher education institutes in Ireland.

It will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

Thank you for your participation. Survey Link.

Survey on Disabilities and Academic Success

I am currently conducting a study on learning support strategies and self-efficacy in dyslexia and non-dyslexic students in third level education, as part of my degree.

As a dyslexic student myself I am interested in finding ways to help students with any form of disability achieve academic success and have a positive college experience.

I would be sincerely grateful if you would complete the attached survey.  The survey consists of a participant information sheet and two questionnaires, which will only take a few minutes to complete.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: The survey can be accessed at  this link.

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email

Special Olympics Polar Plunge Fundraiser

Take part in the Special Olympics Connacht Polar Plunge challenge on Saturday 1st of March 10am-4pm at Blackrock Salthill Galway. To sign up and get your sponsorship card contact

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith 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 the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

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Joanna Brophy