SU Weekly Email 20 – 23rd January 2020

SU Weekly Email 20 – 23rd January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Vote Today in SU Referendum

Voting takes place 10am-5pm today Thurs 23rd Jan in the Referendum on Restructuring Students’ Union Officer Roles.

The Union is your advocacy and representative body and we constantly strive to better ourselves to have the most positive impact for you. This referendum is about enhancing the effectiveness and functionality of the Union. More information about the proposed changes is available here:

Make sure to bring your NUIG ID card to Smokey’s Café and have your say about how we represent you. If you have registered for a Remote Vote don’t forget to log on to the SU Website to vote yes or no 10am-5pm today.


Neil Delamere €5 Tickets – Just 70 Left!

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.


Work and Travel Abroad Fair on Wednesday     

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.


Volunteers Urgently 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.


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


Clare Byrne Live #GE2020 Show

The Clare Byrne Live General Election debate is on 9.30pm Mon 27th Jan and is being broadcast live from the Bailey Allen Hall. Because of this there may be access restrictions to Áras na Mac Léinn and surrounding buildings Sun 26th Jan and Mon 27th Jan. More info to follow from the University but the SU Office will be open as usual 10am-5pm Mon 27th Jan.


NUIG Science Student Facing Deportation

NUIG student Mduduzi is from Zimbabwe and has been living in Direct Provision in Galway for the last 3 years. Please sign this petition to help save him from deportation.


LIFT Training Registration Open

LIFT stands for Leading Ireland’s Future Together and the aim of LIFT is to build a better Ireland by developing leaders of character across our country. We will again be holding 8 weeks of LIFT roundtables in the SU starting Fri 31st Jan. Each weeks session will start at 3pm and last 30-45 minutes. We will cover a different leadership theme each week including Listening; Positive Attitude; Respect; Empathy & Understanding; Honesty & Integrity; Competence; Determination and Accountability.You can read more about the initiative at

The group is limited to 4 students. To sign up/get more info email


Sin Issue 7 – Win €25 SU Card Credit!

You can read the latest issue of Sin newspaper online HERE and there’s a chance to win €25 SU Card Credit too!


NUIG Means Tested Financial Aid Fund and the Hardship/Emergency Fund

Applications are now open for:

  1. Means Tested Financial Aid Fund
  2. Hardship/Emergency Fund


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.


Nominations Close 12pm TODAY for Election of a Postgrad Student to 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 TODAY Thurs 23rd of Jan. Nomination forms are available here. Voting will take place next Weds 29th Jan 10am-9pm at Smokey’s Café.


Disability GE2020 Hustings

Next Tues 28th Jan 11am-1pm in the ILAS Building the Disability Federation of Ireland will be holding a hustings of local General Election candidates where you can raise issues of concern and hear from electoral candidates. The General Election Campaign for the voluntary disability sector #DisabilityGE2020 calls for adequate support to people with disabilities and investment in services to ensure can experience the equality for all people with disabilities as promised in the ratification of the UN CRPD. More info and registration here.


How to Vote Workshop 5pm today

Ahead of the General Election The Young Greens Society are running a voting workshop educating students on how voting in Ireland works, how to fill in ballot papers etc at 5pm TODAY Thursday the 23rd of January in the View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome.


Clubs’ Day next Thurs

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!


Access Society Spring Fling Table Quiz

The Access Society are holding a Table Quiz 6pm-8pm Fri 31st Jan at Sult in aid of COPE Galway and Domestic Violence. Cost: €5 per person or €20 for a table of four – Sign up at the Socs Box. Finger Food will be provided as well as a chance to win loads of lovely goodies.


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 at


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.


NUIG Energy Society 5k Wind Farm Run

Made a New Year’s Resolution to get in shape? Us too! Come join us for our Wind Farm 5k to raise money for renewable energy education and the Green Energy Festival (to be held in Galway city on the 17th of April)! The walk, run, or race (depending on how you are feeling) will be on the Peak Ridge Path, winding in and out of the majestic wind turbines with a view of Connemara, lakes, the river, and beautiful Irish scenery. Online registration is €20 and race day sign-ups are €25. The first 50 sign-ups get a free t-shirt so be sure to register today! There will be free refreshments and giveaways for all participants and proceeds go towards Renewable Energy and Energy Reduction Education in Ireland. Order Tickets Here.

Participants Needed: Study on Social Media News Impact

There is a study examining how social media news impacts people online. It is a quick survey that will take approximately 5-8 minutes and is done entirely online. It is open to any student regardless of what you are studying. If you are interested in participating and helping, you can access the survey here.


Give Blood in Galway This Month

5pm-8.30pm TODAY Thurs 23rd or 11.30am-3pm Sunday 26th Jan in the Clybaun Hotel.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 28th, Weds 29th or Thurs 30th Jan in the Menlo Park Hotel.


SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open


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

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


Join’s Action Panels are recruiting young people aged 16-25 from across the country for their Action Panels. These Action Panels are where young people meet in Dublin, Waterford, Cork or Galway to decide new content ideas for Action panels meet 3 times per year and members have a number of training opportunities such as on how to be effective advocates for causes they care about, as well as receiving personal and professional guidance.


Galway Bay Brewery Run Club Back on Monday

The only free 5/8/10k run that rewards your efforts with a free beer is back at 7pm on Monday 27th of January.


Camp Job Fair in Dublin

USA Summer Camp are hosting Ireland’s largest Camp Job Fair in the Aviva Stadium this Sunday 26th January. If you want to secure a summer job in America, make sure you don’t miss out! Over twenty summer camps will be hiring on the day for awesome summer camp positions! For more information, email


5 week Empowerment Self Defence course for Women 

Empowerment Self Defence is a comprehensive and holistic method of violence resistance education for women. You do not require any prior experience or level of physical fitness. The course starts 6.30pm-8pm Weds 29th Jan in Shantalla Community Centre and costs €50. Contact for booking and details Laura  O’Connor 087 317 6066 or Angela  Flanagan 087 906 6198.


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.


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Joanna Brophy