SU Weekly Email 19 – 16th January 2020

SU Weekly Email 19 – 16th January 2020

Weekly Email



Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Referendum Info Table

If you have any questions about the upcoming SU Referendum please call to our information desk at Smokey’s Café 11am-1pm TODAY Thurs 16th Jan or 12pm-2pm Tues 21st Jan. You can also visit our website here for more information including answers to your FAQs about the referendum:

The referendum vote will take place 10am-5pm next Thurs 23rd Jan at Smokey’s Café. Please bring NUIG student ID with you to vote. If you won’t be on campus to vote Remote Vote registration will be open on the SU Website shortly.


Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.


SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open


Work and Travel Abroad Fair

Start planning your best summer ever! The NUI Galway Working & Travelling Abroad Fair takes place 12pm-3pm Weds 29th of Jan 2020 in Áras na Mac Léinn. Exhibitors include J1 Visa Companies, Travel Companies, Volunteering/Adventure Companies and Internship/Training Companies.


SU Council Meeting 6pm Monday

The first SU Council meeting of 2020 is on at 6pm on Mon 20th of Jan in AUC G002 in Áras Uí Chathail. All are welcome to attend!


Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!


Class Reps Meetings This Month

Mon 20th Jan 6pm – 8pm AUC G002 Áras Uí Chathail SU Council
Weds 22nd Jan 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 23rd Jan 6pm – 7pm MY124 Classroom 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Mon 27th Jan 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC202 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Tues 28th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council


Great News!

After serious lobbying efforts and meetings we are delighted to announce that future costs associated with exam buses out to Salthill exam venues will be covered by the University so you don’t have to pay.


Are You Registered to Vote?

You can still get yourself registered to vote in the General Election on Sat 8th of February.

  • Call in to the SU Office to collect an RFA2 Form
  • Fill out the form
  • Get this stamped by a Garda (Bring photo ID with you) *there will be garda at Smokey’s Café TODAY (Thurs 16th Jan) 9am-12pm to stamp forms this has been organised by Sinn Féin Soc*
  • Post it to your local authority by Weds 22nd of Jan


Cloakroom Open

The SU Free Cloakroom is open again 9am-6pm every Thursday and Friday during term. It’s located down beside the SU XL Shop in the Library basement.


Volunteers Needed!

We will be holding our annual charity collection day in aid of the SU Charities on Saturday 1st of February. If you have 2 hours to spare 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm to shake a bucket please contact us on – All funds raised will be going to Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West.


ALIVE Volunteering Fair TODAY!

Have a chat with the charities local to Galway and international projects too. Get a flavour of what you can learn and what you can bring! 12pm-3pm Thurs 16th Jan in The James Hardiman Library Foyer.


Free Bike Lights TODAY!

Galway Cycling Campaign will be handing out free bike-lights 4.30pm-6.30pm TODAY Thurs 16th Jan on University Road (outside Ward’s Shop).


Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020.


Registration Open for Digital Champions Free Workshops

  • Design Workshop
  • Online Video & Creating a Video Pitch
  • Digital Minimalism
  • Podcasts

Book your free space here.


Postgrad International Student Coffee Morning and Panel TODAY!

International students often struggle to navigate the bureaucracy in a new country. Come and ask all your questions to a panel of international postgrads, who are here to help! Current postgrads are also welcome – there will be a coffee session afterwards to share experiences and meet other international students from other colleges. The event takes place 11am-1pm Thurs 16th of Jan in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.


ALIVE Welcome Workshops

Come along to one of our open sessions to learn more and get started with the community volunteering – projects you will love and anytime that’s right for you! Workshops take place 5pm Thurs 16th Jan, 5pm Mon 20th Jan or 5pm Weds 22nd Jan in the ALIVE Office downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.


Circuit Training Just €3!

The NUIG Athletics Club is again running Circuit Training classes 7pm-8pm every Tuesday in the Dangan Sports Pavilion. These classes are just €3 and are open to all NUIG students and staff. These classes with Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Fitzpatrick are geared towards getting people fit and active.


Societies Fair

If you’re interested in finding out about all the student societies that you can join head along to Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm next Wednesday 22nd January.


Registration OPEN for Smart Life FREE Workshops

These cover topics such as:

  • Mindfulness
  • Goal Setting & Motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Career Goals
  • Note Taking & Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Assignment & Exam Preparation


CreateHER Event showcasing Women in the Performing Arts
3pm-5pm Thurs 30 Jan in the O’Donoghue Centre, Studio 1. Tea & Coffee included. RSVP here. 


NUI Galway Arts Office presents Nature / Light Dreams by Juanjo Sierra

Fine Art Photographic Prints in Limited Edition in NUI Galway Art Gallery, Quadrangle Building 20th Jan to 6 March 11am-4pm Mon – Sat (Closed Sundays) Launch: 1pm Mon 20 Jan 2020 All welcome I Refreshments served


Thinking about a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tuesday, 4th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. Short presentations will take place during the day, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 100 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services. More information.


Election of a Postgraduate Student as a Member of Údarás na hOllscoile

Údaras na hOllscoile is the governing authority of NUI Galway. Nominations are now open for a postgraduate student to become a member of Údarás and nominations close at 12pm on Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here.


Clubs’ Day

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm Thurs 30th of Jan in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!


Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here


Clubs’ Ball Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now!

Join the NUI Galway Sports Clubs for a massive night to round off the NUIG year! The 2020 Clubs’ Ball will take place from 7pm on Tuesday 24th of March in The Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. Limited number of Early Bird Tickets on sale now for just €32.50! Get yours now before the price goes up to €40. Ticket includes: Red Carpet Entrance, Drinks Reception, 3 Course Dinner, DJ, Band, Day 2 entry to Electric and lots more surprises to be announced! Over 18’s event – ID required.


Sign Language Now Enrolling

We are now enrolling for our next 10 Week Sign Language courses which are just €40. Options are:

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March – 4 Spaces Left
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tues 28th Jan – Tues 31st March – 3 Spaces Left
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Weds 29th Jan – Weds 1st April – 4 Spaces Left
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thurs 30th Jan – Thurs 2nd April – 5 Spaces Left

You can sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.


Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.


EYE2020 registration now open

Thousands of young Europeans will gather in Strasbourg on 29-30 May 2020 at EYE 2020 (European Youth Event) to meet and inspire other young Europeans and exchange views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers right in the heart of European democracy. If you want to join them registration for EYE2020 is open until 29th February 2020. Register your group here! Looking for group members? Check out the EYE Friends Facebook group.


Free this Saturday?

Galway Tidy Towns will be holding a Clean Up 10am-12pm and need your help! More info here


Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Tues 21st, Weds 22nd & Thurs 23rd or 11.30am-3pm Sunday 26th Jan in the Clybaun Hotel.


Operation Transformation Walk this Saturday

If you need a bit of motivation to get you moving this weekend there’s a free walk in Salthill at 11am on Sat 18th Jan as part of Operation Transformation. Registration is open from 10.15am at Leisureland.


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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Mon–Fri 11am-3pm.


Artice by
Joanna Brophy