SU Weekly Email 20 28th February 2016

SU Weekly Email 20 28th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUIG SU Galway West General Election Hustings

We will be hosting a General Election Hustings from 6pm on Thursday 4th of February in AM250 the O’Heocha Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building. This is your chance to meet and question the Galway West Candidates about why they are running for election and why they think you should vote for them. For more information contact Phelim on

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day Sat 6th Feb

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm.

Sin Newspaper Issue 8

Read it Online Here.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets €5 on Sale NOW!

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Exam Results
Semester 1 Exam Results will remain “provisional” until exam boards meet at the end of semester 2. The Examinations Office does not release provisional results. 
Provisional results for Semester 1 exams may be available to students via Blackboard. Please note that not all students will receive provisional results for Semester 1 exams. If provisional results are not available to you via Blackboard by the first week in February, please consult with your lecturer for advice. Undergraduate Results: Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released between Tuesday, 14th and Friday 24th June by the Exams Office

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday 1st July.

NUIG Election Information Sessions #NUIGSU16

Nominations open soon for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections and on Wednesday 3rd of February we will be hosting information sessions for anyone who is thinking of running for election. For more information on the event please contact Phelim on or see our website for more information. 


NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 2016

Monday 8th February

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale in SU and SU Engineering Desk now.

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP

Tuesday 9th February

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP

Wednesday 10th February

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

8pmThe Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Friday 12th February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

More information from

Are you registered to vote in the upcoming Seanad elections? REGISTER BY 4PM TODAY

There will be voter registration forms available from the Students’ Union until 4pm TODAY Thursday 28th January. We will be sending all forms off today to be in on time for the deadline.

All graduates of an NUI college (UCC, UCD, NUIG, MU [NUI Maynooth], RCSI, NCAD) are entitled to a postal vote, but you must be registered. If you are already registered and need to update your contact details, these can be updated using the same form.

A copy of the form can be found here should you want to print it off yourself and send it to National University of Ireland, Records Office, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

While at present it will be the February 2015 register that is used, the responsible Minister can use their discretion to use the new 2016 register. NUI Galway Students’ Union, Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other organisations will be lobbying for this to happen. If you have any questions please contact Phelim Kelly on

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available! CHANGE OF DATE

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 5th of March in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Life Skills Courses – some spaces left

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course €1011th & 12th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training now! 

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Will You Shave or Dye this February?

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email

Applications now open for NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards
1ST PRIZE: Blackstone Launchpad Incubation Space for 8 weeks and €2,500 seed funding to invest in developing your idea
2ND PRIZE: Blackstone LaunchPad Incubation Space for 8 weeks and €500 seed funding to invest in developing your idea.
STEP1: To apply simply record a 3 minute video or submit a written application, telling us about you and your start up idea. Make sure to detail the concept of your project, how you plan to implement your idea and what winning the prize would mean to you in terms of developing your idea further. Submission should be emailed to by Friday 5th February
STEP2: 6 finalists will be selected by a panel of Judges. These finalists will be provided with mentors and supports to develop their idea further and make them pitch ready.
STEP3: All finalists will pitch their idea at our Grand Finale Event in NUI Galway on the 24th of March 2016.

Camara Computer Charity Collection Point

The Computer Society are holding a ​Camara Computer ​Charity Collection Point on Wednesday 3rd February from 11am 6pm on 18 Distillery Rd (beside Security). Computers donated are securely wiped and reused in communities around the world. All computers, laptops, flat-screen monitors, and keyboard donations are welcome.


FREE PhD Support Group

Tuesdays 6.30pm–8pm starting Tues 2nd Feb. Booking/More Info: Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

English classes for international students

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes will take place each Wednesday from 6pm-8pm in AM105 in the Arts Millennium building and on Mondays 5pm-7pm in AM122 in the Arts Millennium Building.

The classes will run for 8 weeks and are open to all full degree international students who wish to improve their academic writing. There is no need for registration, students should simply attend on the day that suits.

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) is now open
You can drop into the AWC in the Library to get FREE help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights). All NUI Galway students are very welcome.

The Impact of Chronic Pain on the Occupational Balance of Third Level Students

My name is Kerrie McGroarty, I am a fourth year Occupational Therapy student and for my final year project I hope to explore the impact chronic pain has on students, and possibly use the results to advocate for supports for students with chronic pain. If you think you have chronic pain, are over 18 years of age  and would like to take part in the research please follow this link to find more information and to complete the survey. If you have any queries or require more information please contact me at

 Take the Survey.

Complete the National Student Survey from Monday 1st of February

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduate
  • Taught Postgraduates

Log on to from Monday 1st of February to complete the survey.

ACT For Meningitis

ACT for Meningitis will be on campus at Smokey’s on Wednesday 3rd of February 11am-2pm. Find out more information about Meningitis and how early detection is vital.

Upcoming FREE Workshops & Support Groups provided by the Student Counselling Service

  • 1 hour Study Skills workshop Wednesday 3rd February 6:30pm-7:30pm in Seminar Room THB GO10
  • Belonging & Overcoming Isolation support group starting Monday 1st February 6:30pm-8pm for 6 weeks in AMB 1062
  • Managing Moods personal development group starting Tuesday 2nd February 6:30pm-8pm for 4 weeks in AMB 1064


Common Suspicious Thoughts Research Study
My name is Meagan Lynch and I am a final year student in the School of Psychology. As part of my final year research project i am examining how people respond to common suspicious thoughts. I’m inviting all students in NUI Galway to take part as I need responses from a wide range of people.

NB!  – Undergraduate Psychology students will receive course credits for taking part (1 – 3 credits) so for you this is a great way to start earning research participation credits.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact me for further information –

Call Out to All Young Irish Filmmakers!

First Cut Film Festival Deadline for Entries Feb 12th 2016

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 80 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.

You can pre-register to attend online now at:  or just turn up and register on the day.

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 and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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

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Joanna Brophy