SU Weekly Email 19 – 25th January 2018

SU Weekly Email 19 – 25th January 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Notice of Referendum Thursday 1st February 2018

On Thursday 1st of February you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the restructuring of students’ union officer roles. The wording which will appear on the ballot paper requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

“Do you agreed with referendum motion proposed by the Executive Committee of the Students’ Union of the National University of Ireland Galway on 15th January 2018?”

The proposed amendment to the NUI Galway Students’ Union constitution, as proposed by the SU Executive Committee, if passed, will result in the following:

  • The Vice-President / Welfare Officer will become the Vice-President / Welfare and Equality Officer with added responsibilities in the area of equality.
  • The current part-time Equality Officer position will be abolished.
  • The current Postgraduate Officer will be abolished.
  • Five new part-time officer positions will be created:
  1. The International Students Officer
  2. The Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
  3. The Disability Rights Officer
  4. The Postgraduate Taught Officer
  5. The Postgraduate Research Officer

Polling will take place on Thursday 1st of February in the following venues and you must present your NUI Galway ID to vote:

  • 10am-5pm at Smokey’s Café
  • 11am-6pm in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 10am-6pm via online Remote Vote on the SU Website. You must register in advance for the Remote Vote option by logging on to

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.


Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day Sat 3rd Feb

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 3rd February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Domestic Violence Response & AMACH! Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm or 3pm -5pm.


Mental Health Week Events 2018

Mon 29th Jan

  • 10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in the Library Foyer
  • All Day Jigsaw Galway Snapchat takeover!

Tues 30th Jan

  • 10.30am-11.30am FREE pop up Yoga in the Library Foyer
  • 11am – 5pm Vintage Clothes Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Weds 31st Jan

  • 10.30am – 3.30pm Chats For Change USI Roadshow in the Foyer of the Hardiman Research building
  • 5pm – 7pm FREE STI Clinic in Student Health Unit by appointment

Thurs 1st Feb

  • 10.30am-11.30am FREE Pop up yoga in the Library Foyer
  • 10.30am-11.30am Online live Q&A with the Counselling Service

Sat 3rd Feb

  • 11am-5pm Do good, feel good! Volunteer with the SU Charity Collection Day in aid of Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!

All week: Help us build a Mental Health Toolkit add your suggestions to the wall in the SU Office or email them to

All week: Look out for Snapchat takeovers from the Community Connector, Jigsaw and more!

All week: Look out for Welfare packs from the Welfare Crew!

More information from


SU Leadership and Elections Evening #NUIGSU18

At 6pm on Wednesday the 31st of January in  IT250 we are hosting an “SU Leadership and Elections Evening”. The event will see Padraic O’Maille , Ireland’s leading motivational speaker address the audience on Leadership and the discipline of success. Lorcán, the SU President, will then give information on the skills he has needed in his roles as a Class Rep, Part Time Officer and SU President. We will provide information on all upcoming election dates and follow up with a Q & A session, where questions can be put to Students’ Union officers about all things elections and leadership! The event will end with a social at Sult from 8pm! Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you all there!


Become a 2018/19 CÉIM peer learning leader

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, and meet new people in a relaxed environment. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st year and 2nd year Geography students. Benefits: develop your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; boost your CV; meet new people; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 12 February. Find out more and apply:


Sin Issue 7

You can read the current issue of Sin Newspaper HERE. Email Sorcha on to get involved with the paper.


Vintage Clothes Fair Returns This Tuesday

We will have another Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm Tuesday 30th of January in Áras na Mac Léinn. There’ll be loads of 80s+90s Vintage Fashion with the best trend led Street and Sportswear, Big Brands, Reworked and Accessories.


Bike Safety Day on Wednesday

NUI Galway Bike Safety Day is this Wednesday 31st of January. Look out for the volunteers giving out freebies to cyclists at campus entrances 8.30am-10am. Call to the SU Stand at Smokey’s 12pm-2pm to get free bike seat covers and free High Vis gear. We will also have bike lights on sale for just €2 each.


Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 29th Jan 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 29th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 30th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC214 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Tues 30th Jan 6pm – 7pm AC215 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

For more details contact Andrew on


Need Books?

Check our second-hand bookshop here


SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 20 Spaces Left!
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 17th of February in conjunction with NUIG Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Domestic Violence Response & AMACH!
You can sign up by emailing or by calling to the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.


Upcoming FREE Courses at NUIG

  1. Mindfulness 7 week Course starts Weds 7th Feb 5pm-6.30pm OR 6.30pm-8pm in MY123, Áras Moyola. Learn skills to address anxiety and stress.
  2. Positive Mind-set & Resilience 4 week Course starts Tues 6th Feb 5:30pm -7pm in Psychology Building 1st floor, Group-room 1064. Explore practical tools for Positive Mind-set and Resilience in a safe, enjoyable and confidential group setting
  3. Managing Your Time & Workload Tues 6th Feb 7pm-8:30pm in GO10 Library Lobby. Gain control and balance of your time and life. Practical tools to work smarter – not harder.
  4. Note Taking & Study Skills Tues 6th Feb 5.30pm-7pm in G011 Library Lobby. Learn practical study skills that make a real difference. Practical note-taking for lectures and study.
  5. Exam Skills & Stress Management Tues 27th Feb 5:30pm–7pm in G010 Library Lobby. How to use past – exam papers. Smart tips and tricks to up your grades. Study/exam stress Management.

More information


2018 Hardiman PhD Scholarships Scheme Application Deadline 5pm Friday 16th February

The Hardiman scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 per annum,  plus your fees are paid for the 4 years. These Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. You will find potential PhD supervisors at Find a Supervisor/ PhD

All information relating to these scholarships will be posted HERE


SHAG Week Comedy Hypnotist Tickets on Sale

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 12th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 from the SU/SU Engineering Desk and all proceeds from the gig will be going to Draíocht NUI Galway. This is part of our SHAG Week events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned!


NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day Tues 6th Feb in Áras na Mac Léinn

The event will run from 12noon to 3pm, with short presentations taking place during the day also, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. SUSI (Grants Authority) will also be in attendance. There will be over 60 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, Research Office, and other student support services. More information and pre-registration is available at:  or just turn up and register on the day.


Me Too Campaign Survey

Survey available for all students to help with a video being made to raise awareness for the #MeToo sexual harassment campaign. The more students that participate the better so please take the time to take the survey


Free Lunchtime Lecture Series

The NUIG School of Geography & Archaeology is running a FREE Spring Lunchtime Lecture Series every Monday at 1pm in the Town Hall Theatre Galway. All Welcome!


FREE Cloakroom Open Today

The SU FREE Cloakroom is open every Thursday & Friday 9am-6pm during term beside the SU XL Shop.


NUIG Free STI Clinic every Tues & Weds

The free STI Clinic is in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn every Tuesday & Wednesday evening 5pm-7pm. The clinic is by appointment only on a first come, first served basis. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register


Give Blood in Galway

5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 30th January, Wednesday 31st January & Thursday 1st of February or 12pm-3.30pm Sunday 4th February in the Clybaun Hotel Galway. “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2018.  

The ‘Let’s Talk about Drugs’ National Media Awards Competition deadline is 9th April 2018. This year, we want students between 18 and 25 years of age to discuss Club Drugs and Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs (PIEDs). Winners in each category will receive a €250 One4All gift card and the overall winner will receive a prize of a €1,000 One4All gift card. More details and examples of previous winners at


Connacht Rugby Tickets On Sale Now

NUI Galway student tickets now on sale in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk for the following Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 9th Feb vs Ospreys €20
  • 19:35 Fri 16th Feb vs Zebre €15


Life Skills Courses Update

Sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524 810 to register by credit card


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 during term.

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

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Joanna Brophy