SU Weekly Email 2 – 6th September 2018

SU Weekly Email 2 – 6th September 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • First Aid Responder Course


Orientation Week Events Continue

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

TODAY Thursday 6th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.

8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, SU Diary, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult


SU Outdoor Cinema Monday 10th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm this Monday 10th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.


Crisis Campout

We are holding a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to call attention to the need for the Government to act on the National Accommodation crisis. We need affordable student purpose built accommodation in order to alleviate this crisis.


Learn To Swim & Lifeguard Course

Together with the Swimming Club we will be offering 12 week Beginners and Intermediate Swimming Lessons at a reduced rate for NUI Galway Students this semester. There will also be a 12 Week Lifeguard Course which includes First Aid Training. If you are interested in either of these courses email ASAP for more information.


Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.


SU Freshers’ Fair Tuesday 18th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.


Lockers On Sale NOW

You need to register at and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Building you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.


FREE SU Diaries

Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you while stocks last!


NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn from the week of the 10th of September. The clinic is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Zebre match: NUIG-Zeb-1819

Please note that all purchasers will have to show valid student ID on the night to gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road, failure to do this will result in payment of the difference.


Want to Join the Students’ Union Officer Team?

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 13th of September for the new SU Officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September.


SU Comedy Gig 8pm Monday 24th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm on Monday 24th of September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).


Apply Online for your Student Leap Card Now

Apply online now for your shiny new Student Leap Card and upload your photo. You can then call to the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday with your code, your ID and €10 to collect your card. These are valid until the 31st of December 2019.


Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.


Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Louis at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.


Financial Aid Fund opens on Monday

The Financial Aid Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. 

Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund Online Applications open on Monday 10th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 1st OctoberMore information.


Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!


Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Áine is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to or message her via the Sin Facebook page here. Follow Sin on Twitter – their new account is here!


Breakfast Week

9am-10am Monday 10th September to Friday 14th September in The View, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. INVITEES: First year HEAR students, students who have completed the Access programme and those that entered directly with a QQI/ FET qualification. More Information.


Clubs Day

Clubs Day is coming up 10am-4pm Tuesday 11th of September in the Sports Centre with over 50 Sports Clubs for you to join. NUI Galway Sport are also now on Snapchat! Add nuigsport to see what they are up to, what great events they have on and what the clubs are doing.


Chinese Course at NUI Galway

A 20 week evening course, An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, will commence in NUI Galway on Wednesday 19th September 2018.  Classes will run one night a week from 7pm to 9pm.  The fee is €120 for students. The course is designed for people with no Chinese language basics but who have a strong interest in China or who travel or do business in China.  It covers not only the Chinese language basics but also a brief introduction to the history of China, Chinese philosophies, customs and traditions, Chinese protocol and business etiquette, Chinese food and wine, Chinese medicine and the concepts of Fengsui and yinyang. More Information  or contact Suzanne Gilsenan,, tel. 091 494037.


Digital Champions Workshops

Join us and take part in fun, interactive & FREE workshops designed to develop and build digital skills to enhance college life and beyond! Register on our website:

Lunch is included and there’ll also be goodies and hoodies


ALIVE Internship Applications are Open

Join the ALIVE Team to take a hands on role in supporting your fellow students to volunteer, promotion of volunteer roles and leading on small group projects. Apply here.


Need Help with IT?

Advice and support on IT services are available from the Library & IT Service Desk located in the James Hardiman Library foyer. Student IT Services information is available at

Click on ‘New Students, let’s get started’ to get a copy of our Quick Start Guides or to watch the Quick Start Video.

Download the new NUI Galway App today!


Looking for Part-Time Work?

Sign up for job alerts with the Career Development Centre’s Career Connect Service here.


Interested in Digital Rights and a Trip to Scotland?

The British-Irish Council (BIC) digital inclusion working group are looking for 2 young people from 18-24 years to represent #Ireland at the 5Rights Summit in Scotland on the 3rd Oct 2018 (travelling on the 2nd Oct).


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.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy