SU Weekly Email 16th Jan 2014

SU Weekly Email 16th Jan 2014

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SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund – Closing date 5pm TOMORROW FRIDAY 17TH JANUARY

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

NUIG Jailbreak 2014

There will be an information talk on NUIG Jailbreak tonight (Thursday 16th January) at 7pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. The first NUIG Jailbreak takes place on 22nd & 23rd of February – you have 36 hours to get as far away from Galway as possible..with no money! All funds raised go to charity. More information here.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. 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. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan which starts on Monday 20th of January to get you ready on our website here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 20th January 2pm-3pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 20th January 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250 – All Class Reps should attend
  • Tuesday 21st January 6pm-7pm Arts Rep Council in AC202
  • Wednesday 22nd January 6pm-7pm Engineering Rep Council in ENG2001
  • Thursday 23rd January 6pm-7pm Law/Commerce Council in AC204

For more information contact Catherine on

Life Skills Spaces Update

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

  • 10 Week Basic Sign Language Course €40 (usual price €70) Tuesdays 12pm-1pm (Full), Tuesdays 1pm-2pm (2 spaces left) and Wednesdays 6pm-7pm (1 space left) – starts 28th Jan.
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 30th January (13 spaces left)
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (5 spaces left)

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee.


Election of a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile
Under the Universities Act, 1997, one postgraduate student is to be elected by the postgraduate students as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile (The University Governing Authority). The period of office of the person elected shall be February 1, 2014 – January 31, 2015 (provided that (s)he continues to be a postgraduate student for the duration of that period) Nominations must be received in writing by the Returning Officer (Gearóid Ó Conluain, Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 24, 2014.
Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00. More Information.


Sin Issue 7

Issue 7 of Sin is available to read online now here. If you are interested in getting involved with the paper just head along to their weekly meetings on Thursdays at 6pm in AC215 or email

USI Officer Elections

Nominations open today for the Union of Students in Ireland Officer positions for 2014/15. You have until the 13th of February to get your nomination in if you fancy running for one of the positions. More information.


EXPLORE Lunchtime Workshop – Tuesday 21 January

A lunchtime workshop will take place for all staff/students who are participating in EXPLORE projects this year. It will take place from 12-2pm in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn on Tuesday 21 January. The meeting will focus on your project’s progress and sharing your experience so far.  We will host three short, practical workshops as part of this event. We would expect at least one staff and one student from each project in attendance. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Participants can register by clicking here or by emailing For students who are interested in how this year’s 30 EXPLORE projects are progressing, each project has their own dedicated webpage here.

Free Cooking Workshop

Cooking and Eating on a Student Budget, with Galway Chefs Rob and Mona Wise .The event will be held Wednesday 29 January at 7.30 pm at Ros Geal Residence, 19 University Rd (next to Tesco Express).

Focus Group – What’s On app

What’s On is an EXPLORE project looking to create a free app for NUI Galway students detailing activities outside of academic life on campus as well as deals available around town. We are hoping to host a focus group in the boardroom of the Students’ Union, Áras na Mac Léinn (beside the College Bar) on Thursday 23 January. Please drop by to let us know what you want from this app and get some free tea/coffee and refreshments.  Students can come along anytime from 1pm-5pm to give their opinion. This app is aimed to help students to make the most of college.

Academic Writing Centre Competition – win an iPad 2

The Academic Writing Centre competition for Undergrad students is now open. Entries must be sent to AND by 21 February 2014. Rules and topics are available here.


Exam Results

Semester one provisional exam results are due to be released on a staggered basis between Wednesday 29th January and Friday 31st January via Blackboard. Release dates vary by School. 

What will you do in 2014?

  • Get fit                                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run
  • Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses
  • Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb – Look Before You Leap Election Information Night 7pm Tuesday 28th January.
  • Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan
  • Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan
  • Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC and for more information

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Now Open

Applications Open 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

More information.

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 Naked Charity Calendar is on sale across campus now and is an way to get yourself organised for 2014 supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

Capture Your Campus Photo Competition

More Information.


In this new health series for TV3 a team of leading medical experts will closely monitor a household’s lifestyle and carry out comprehensive health screening tests, providing them with an accurate assessment of their disease risk factors. The Doctor in the House team will connect the dots between people’s daily behaviours and the impact on their health. We all know that fatty foods or too much caffeine is bad for us, but why? We know that we shouldn’t spend too much time in front of the computer or the TV, but why- what effect is it having on us?A personalised plan will be devised in a bid to encourage each member of the house to make real changes in their lifestyle to benefit their future health. The household will have eight weeks to work together to modify their behaviour before being retested.  It’s all about realisations and connections between everyday life- habits and behaviours- and how they directly relate to potential health problems-  big and small- but all vital to the quality of our life.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form

What’s on in Galway January/February

Akumakon Anime & Manga Convention NUIG Fri 17th – Sun 19th Jan 2014

The Roisin Dubh Art & Craft Indoor Market  Sat 18th January 2014 (Monthly Event)

Harry Potter Festival at NUIG Fri 31st Jan – Sun 2nd Feb 2014

Galway Astronomy Festival  Sat 1st Feb 2014

Galway International Rally Fri 7th – Sun 9th Feb 2014

Muscailt Arts Festival at NUIG Mon 10th – Fri 14th Feb 2014

Connacht Rugby Home Matches Sat 15th Feb, Sat 1st March, Fri 18th April, 2nd/3rd/4th May (TBC) NUIG Student Rate Tickets available in the SU

Tedfest Fr Ted Festival Fri 21st – Mon 24th Feb 2014

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