SU Weekly Email 9 – 19th November 2020

SU Weekly Email 9 – 19th November 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Mental Health Week Events Continue!

Today Thurs 19th Nov / Déardaoin an 19 Samhain

10:00 Virtual Coffee Morning – Stick the kettle on and join us for a chat/vent about anything and everything! (ZOOM Meeting ID: ID: 518 179 6706) / Maidin Chaife Fhíorúil

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM Meeting ID: 979 9163 5589) / Rang Nirt agus Aclaithe

12:00 Panel Discussion – Mental Health in the Traveller Community (ZOOM Meeting ID: 912 0790 9067) / Díospóireacht Phainéil maidir le Meabhairshláinte i bPobal na dTaistealaithe

15:30 Changing Colours Workshop (Microsoft Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1) /Ag Athrú Dathanna

17:00 Yoga Class with Yoga Soc /  Rang Ióga

19:00 Mama Mia Netflix Party / Cóisir Netflix (Please note you need to have TeleParty installed to take part more info here on how to do this. )

Fri 20th Nov / Dé hAoine an 20 Samhain

08.15 Mindfulness Class / Rang Aireachais


Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.


Hump Day Hoolie

Tickets are available HERE for our next Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm on Weds 25th of November. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.


Read Sin Issue 4

Issue 4 of Sin newspaper is out now with all your NUIG news. Read it here. If you want to get involved in the paper just email Paddy on


Seat Booking Update

If you have booked a seat in the Library or the Bailey Allen Hall and can no longer make your booking please cancel it! Only 55% of people are showing up for seat bookings. Be sound and don’t leave someone else stressing without a seat. Book a seat here.


RAK Challenge

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.


Sign the International Students Petition

International students have not been adequately considered in Ireland’s COVID-19 response. They are calling on the Government to:

  • Resolve the immigration appointment and application backlogs
  • Re-classify international students to avoid unreasonable healthcare costs
  • Consider international students when making policy decisions

Please sign their petition here.


Financial Aid Fund Update

HEAR/Access Fund + PME Fund are now closed. There’s no fixed closing date for the Means Tested Fund + the Hardship Fund but funding is limited so apply as soon as you can. More info.


NUIG Survey – win a €50 One4All Voucher

Now is your chance to give ALL the feedback to the University by filling out this 10 minute survey AND you could win a €50 one4all voucher for completing it!


Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email


Teaching Hero Awards

Do you know a staff member who deserves recognition for how they supported your learning? Nominate staff for the Teaching Hero Award here.


Vote for the GEEC

The NUIG Galway Energy Efficient Car, GEEC, is currently in first place in the Global Shell Eco Marathon Virtual Competition after participating in the Pitch the Future competition. This Thursday you could help them retain that top spot by voting for them from 11am TODAY Thurs 19th Nov. Voting will remain open until Sun 22nd Nov. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram for details on how to vote.


Free Strength + Conditioning Classes

Our free Strength and Conditioning Classes take place at 6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday on Zoom. If you want to come along email for the class links.


SU Shop Goes Online!

Not only is our SU Shop open Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm on campus but you can also shop 24/7 online too! We’ve a new online store where you can get all the stationery you need and there’s free shipping on all orders over €20. Shop Here.


Changing Colours – Today!

An Ecopsychology Workshop Series from Student Services designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. 4 x 1.5 hour Workshops aligned with the cycle of the seasons beginning 3.30pm Thurs 19th Nov. Free, open to all, attend one or all four. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1


Registering with NUIG Disability Support Service (DSS)

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the DSS. You only need to register with the DSS once and this remains in place for the duration of your course. You can register with the DSS at any stage during your studies; however, it is recommended that you register as soon as possible after starting your course or receiving a diagnosis. More info.


Beginners Guide to Changing the World

All are welcome to this interactive workshop 5pm-6.30pm Thurs 26th Nov with Vicky Donnelly and ALIVE to have your mind blown! Sign up here. Questions:


Survey Being a Student during Covid-19

This is a survey about being a student during the time of COVID-19 and is intended for NUIG students ONLY. It is being undertaken as part of a module in Research Methods. If you are not a student at NUIG, please do not complete this survey. By completing it you are helping your fellow students in learning about conducting surveys and how student life is during COVID-19. Complete Survey here.

Justis Database for Legal Research

There’s a series of free workshops taking place on the Justis Database for Legal Research for law students. These can be booked here.


Thinking about doing a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway VIRTUAL Postgraduate Open Day will take place next Tuesday, 24th November. The event will comprise of a series of live presentations taking place during the day featuring all Colleges and postgrad courses, and also such topics as employability, funding opportunities, applications, research, and personal statements. This is your opportunity to virtually meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to talk online with staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services. You can pre-register to attend online now here. 


Blackboard Ally for students

Students – do you know that Blackboard Ally allows you to access more user-friendly file formats for online learning? It is very easy to use and can be really helpful. Simply click on the ‘A’ beside a file! You can get an audio version of a document, or you can download formats that are easier to read on a phone or mobile device. You can learn more HERE


NUIG Strava Club

If you want to win while you run join the NUIG Sport Strava Cub. This is a virtual running group where challenges will be set each week and weekly prizes to the value of €50 will be up for grabs. It’s a great incentive to get outside and stay active!


Need Help Getting Organised?

Notion is a task tracking app that allows you to set up checklists, calendars, task tables etc., You can add due dates and attach documents to tasks. It can be downloaded on all Android, iOS and Windows devices. By setting up an account with your NUIG email, you can get a Personal Pro plan for free (go to setting > plans > personal pro > upgrade)


Misleór Festival starts Today

The Misleór Festival runs 19th-21st Nov celebrating the heritage of nomadic cultures. Join their online festival featuring music, art, storytelling, poetry and cinema from around the world. More info.


The Big Big Science Quiz

This is a Science Quiz on Weds 25th Nov and Weds 2nd Dec in aid of COPE Galway, tickets €5pp or €20 for a team of 4, over €500 in prizes for the winners. Open to undergraduates only. Contact or for more details.


Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all NUIG Mature Students. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room. For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link


Extra Study Space

There are now an extra 50 seats that are bookable Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for 2 hour slots in the Bailey Allen Hall via the library website. This is an interactive learning space with individual pods with sockets so you can talk on Zoom calls or attend your CÉIM sessions. The Library is now open Mon-Fri 08:30-22:00 Sat 08:30-17:30 Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to book your library seat first here.


Join the Kilometre Challenge

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which runs until Mon 30th Nov and you can still join in! You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! More info + Registration link here.

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. You can donate to the charities online here.


Check The Register

Have you registered to vote? You can now go to to check the DRAFT Register of Electors. If your details are missing/incorrect you have until Weds 25th Nov to get them amended so you can vote.


Time Out Thursdays

The International Office are holding Time Out Thursdays at 2pm each Thursday. Join for top tips on self-care and wellbeing, socialise and meet new people, have fun and enjoy yourself! Follow nuigalwayinternational on Instagram for details.


Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.


Need Someone to Talk To?


Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.


Artice by
Joanna Brophy