SU Weekly Email 14 – 11th December 2014

SU Weekly Email 14 – 11th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Following intense lobbying by the Students’ Union and the Student Health Unit there has been an update on the Exams Deferral protocol:
For the academic year 2014/15 a new policy on deferrals has been introduced, under the terms of which being granted a deferral in one examination automatically triggers a deferral of all subsequent examinations in that Examination session. 
However, Staff of the College Office on behalf of the Dean may now grant exemptions from this policy, allowing the student to defer one or more exams without the requirement to defer all subsequent examinations in a single session. Supporting evidence will be required.
If you have any queries about this please contact the SU Education Officer, Phelim Kelly on

Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic in Galway on Monday

In response to the phenomenal interest and support former NUI Galway student Paul Giblin’sstory has generated, the IBTS has just confirmed a dedicated Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic for Monday, 15 December from 10.30 to 14.30. Venue: Cumasu Centre / Racing Lodge, Doughiska Road, Galway.

5 dedicated IBTS staff will take samples for processing to the Global Registry. They will not be taking regular blood donations. Consequently, the process should be fairly efficient and relatively quick.

Please register your intention to attend by sending an e-mail to“>

Even though you will not be donating blood, the IBTS requests that you read the following before you attend to ensure you are eligible. Read This.

Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Sign Language 2015 Enrolment Now Open

Our Sign Language beginners 10 Week Course Starts the week of the 27th January and costs €40. You can register now in the SU Office.

Course options are: Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm

Petition to Address Gender Imbalance at NUI Galway

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington recently won a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway at the Equality Tribunal. The University has asked her to join it’s task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award for the University. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline’s three conditions.

Sign the Petition Here.

Ropes Literary Journal is Back!

The students of the literature and publishing masters at NUI Galway are currently looking for submissions for this year’s publication. The theme is conversations that can be explored through poetry, prose, artwork and photography. The journal will be launched at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Spring 2015. All proceeds will be going to ACT! for Meningitis. You can follow Ropes 2015 on Facebook and Twitter @Ropes2015.

Please send your submissions to: ropes.submissions@gmail.comby December 30th.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.

Survey on Attitudes to Organ Donation

Please participate in this short NUI Galway survey regarding organ donation. It should take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete by clicking the link here.

Young People, 2015 and Beyond…

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Development Education Programme is delighted to announce and invite you to a FREE Roundtable Event focusing on young people and the post 2015 agenda. This event is open to youth, community, development, and development education organisations, staff, volunteers, students, and young people. It will also include policymakers, academia, politicians and others in Dublin Castle, Tuesday 10th February, 10.00am – 16.30pm


Jailbreak 2015

Applications are now open for Jailbreak 2015. Last year students just like you helped raise over €40,000 euro for SVP and Amnesty International. Do you think you have what it takes? Apply Here.

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

We have partnered with City Direct to run a non-stop direct service to Salthill during the Exams. The service costs €2 per journey and will depart from the bus stop on University Road (between Wards & Tescos) to drop students beside Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel.

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40, 12:10, 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40, 15:10, 18:40


Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

In addition to the spaces in the Library and the Reading Room extra study spaces will be available from the 29th November onwards in the Arts Science Building (Concourse), Áras Uí Chathaill, Arts/Science Tower 2 and the Engineering Building 8am-10pm. Full list of locations.

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.


2015 Dates for your Diaries

Mon 12th Jan

Teaching Begins

Weds 14th Jan

Socs Day

Thurs 15th Jan

Clubs Day

Tues 27th Jan

RUN! SU Election Info Night

Weds 28th Jan

SU Working & Traveling Abroad Fair

Early February

Exam Results out

Sat 7th Feb

SU Annual Charity Collection in Town

Mon 9th Feb – Fri 13th Feb


Thurs 19th Feb

SU Full Time Election Nominations Open

Tues 24th Feb

SU Charity Aquathon

Thurs 26th Feb

SU Part Time Election Nominations OPEN

Sat 28th Feb

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb

Thurs 5th March

SU Full Time Officer Election Day

Thurs 12th March

SU Part Time Officer Election Day

Mon 16th – Mon 30th March

3rd Engineering Spring Exams

Thurs 2nd April-Tues 7th April

Easter Holidays

Sat 18th April

Teaching Ends

Mon 20th April-Sat 25th April

Study Week

Mon 27th April – Weds 13th May



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 the College Bar 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