SU Weekly Email 15 – 20th December 2018

SU Weekly Email 15 – 20th December 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2018 from your Students’ Union.


What Will You Do in 2019?

*Learn Sign Language
SU Sign Language 10 Week course starts 29th January

*Have the Best Summer Ever
SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Wednesday 23rd January

*Raise Money For Charity
SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 2nd February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre/COPE Galway

*Run For Election
SU Election Nominations open Thursday 14th February

*Learn To Save Lives
SU Life Skills First Aid Responder Course/CFR Course/ASIST

SU €5 Comedy Gigs: David O’Doherty (28th Jan) & Neil Delamere (18th Feb)

Contact for more information


The SU Clothes Bank Is Open Today

Take the clothes you need at our pop up display 12pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 20th & Fri 21st Dec in The Large Acoustic Room. More info from


Away From Home This Christmas?

The Chaplaincy Centre will be open and is hosting FREE dinners on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 1pm. All students are welcome. Their facility will also be open 8am-11pm Saturday 22nd December to Sunday 13th of January and includes Student Common Room, Kitchen, Study Room and the College Chapel.


National Be Safe Be Seen Day TOMORROW

‘National Be Safe Be Seen Day’, is being held on the shortest and darkest day of the year, tomorrow Friday 21st December, 2018. FREE high visibility vests are available now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk while stocks last. ‘Be Safe, Be Seen Day’ reminds all road users of the importance of wearing high visibility material when out walking, cycling or motorcycling throughout the year, but especially on the shortest day of the year and during the winter months.


SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling for 2019

You can register in the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card. Please note the SU Office will close on Friday 21st of December for the Christmas break and will reopen on Monday 7th of January 2019.

  • Anti-Racism Workshop                                  €5 Wednesday 16th January
  • Manual Handling Training                             €30 Wednesday 9th January
  • Cardiac First Responder Course                 €40 Friday 1st February
  • Disclosure Training                                          €10 Tuesday 12th February
  • First Aid Responder Course                         €100 Friday 8th, Friday 15th & Friday 22nd February
  • Sign Language                                                   €40 Four x 10 Week Courses starting week of 29th January


Christmas Gift Collection for those living in Direct Provision in Galway

Drop-off deadline: 1pm TOMORROW Friday, 21 December. Drop-off point: Parking and Travel Office, Room 103a, Arts Millennium Building

Please help make the season special for children and adults in Direct Provision in Galway. Gifts can be dropped off to the Parking and Travel Office on or before Friday 21 December 1pm.

Email: for more information. Suggested gifts: Kids: soft toys, clothes, books, puzzles, arts/craft supplies, sports equipment, musical instruments, blocks/lego, etc. Adults: outerwear (hats, gloves, scarves), sports equipment, books, cosmetics/toiletries, chocolates/sweets, small electronic devices, art/craft supplies, gift vouchers, etc.


Call for Volunteers

COPE Galway need volunteers who can help for an hour (or more) on Christmas Day between 10am-2pm at their Christmas Day Swim fundraiser. Email to get involved.


Are You A Mature Student?

Make sure to sign up for the USI Mature Student gathering 2019, hosted by Trinity College Students’ Union. Contact Colm ( or Barry ( for more information.

Sign Up here.


The Year Ahead 2019

Thurs 10th & Fri 11th Jan International Student Orientation
Mon 14th Jan Teaching Begins
Mon 21st Jan SU Council
Tues 22nd Jan Societies Day
Weds 23rd Jan SU Working & Traveling Abroad Fair
Weds 23rd Jan Clubs Day
Weds 23rd Jan Commerce Ball
Mon 28th Jan SU Charity Comedy David O’Doherty
Tues 29th Jan SU Vintage Clothes Fair
Weds 30th Jan Engineering & Nursing Ball
Thurs 31st Jan Deadline for Fees Payment Semester 2
Sat 2nd Feb SU Charity Collection Day
Weds 6th Feb Arts Ball
Mon 11th – Fri 15th Feb SU SHAG Week
Mon 11th Feb SU Council
Mon 18th Feb SU Comedy Neil Delamere
Thurs 14th Feb SU Full Time Election Nominations OPEN
Thurs 21st Feb SU Part Time Nominations OPEN
Mon 4th March SU Council & SU Council Chair Election
Thurs 7th March SU Full Time Officer Elections
Thurs 14th March SU Part Time Officer Elections
Mon 18th March St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday
Sat 6th April Teaching Ends
Mon 8th – Weds 10th April Field Trips
Friday 19th April Good Friday
Mon 22nd April Easter Bank Holiday
Thurs 11th – Thurs 18th April Study Week
Tues 23rd April Exams Begin
Mon 6th May May Bank Holiday
Fri 10th May Exams End


Student Leap Cards Expiring

Don’t get a nasty fine over the Christmas – check the expiry date on your Student Leap Card now. If it’s expiring apply online now for your new one and call in to the SU Office with your code so we can print your new one. The SU Office is closing for the Christmas break Fri 21st Dec to Mon 7th Jan. You can now also top up your Leap Card in the SU office – put credit on your card or add a monthly or weekly student bus ticket and we don’t charge commission!

Apply Here.


Class Reps Meetings in January

Mon 21st Jan 6pm – 8pm O’Flaherty Theatre Arts Concourse SU Council
Weds 23rd Jan 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 24th Jan 6pm – 7pm MY124 Classroom 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Mon 28th Jan 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Tues 29th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC203 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

Don’t forget to collect your FREE Class Rep hoodie from the SU Office before we close for Christmas. Please contact with any Class Rep queries.


Sign Language Courses Now Enrolling

10 week basic Sign Language Course just €40 – sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Wednesday 30th Jan – Wednesday 3rd April 2019 COURSE FULL
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thursday 31st Jan – Thursday 4th April 2019


Working & Travelling Abroad Fair

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2019 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 in Áras na Mac Léinn. Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer!


Volunteer with us in 2019!

We are looking for more volunteers to help us raise funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway. Here’s the events we have planned and we need as much help as possible so email to get involved.

  1. SU Charity Comedy Gig with David O’Doherty Monday 28th January
  2. SU Annual Charity Collection Day Saturday 2nd February

All volunteers who help out can include time spent volunteering in their ALIVE Student Volunteer Certificate Application.


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


Christmas Day Charity Fundraisers in Galway


Deadline Extended for Submissions to Lamp Literary Journal to Fri 11th Jan

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students. If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at


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.


Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2018

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 22nd December 2018 to Sunday 13th of January 2019 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 14th of January 2019. Academic Dates for the rest of 2018/19 are available HERE.

  • The Students’ Union Office will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen at 10am Mon 7th Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 21st of Dec and reopen at 11am on Mon 14th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 21st of Dec and reopen at 9am on Thurs 17th of Jan.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen Mon 7th Jan.
  • Sult will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen at 8.30am on Mon 7th Jan.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 14th Jan.
  • Smokey’s Café will close on Fri 21st Dec and reopen Mon 7th Jan.
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Fri 21st Dec and will be open with reduced hours on the following days Thurs 27th Dec, Fri 28th Dec, Weds 2nd Jan, Thurs 3rd Jan, Fri 4th Jan & Mon 7th Jan.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be closed Sat 22nd Dec to Tues 1st Jan inclusive.
  • The Reading Room will be closed on Tues 25th and Weds 26th of Dec.
  • The Student Health Unit will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 7th Jan.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tues 15th of Jan.
  • The Socs Box will close on Fri 21st Dec and will reopen on Mon 7th Jan.
  • SUMS will be closed from Fri 14th of Dec.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access over the holidays check HERE

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2019!

Artice by
Joanna Brophy