SU Weekly Email 20 – 2nd February 2017

SU Weekly Email 20 – 2nd February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day this Saturday

We are urgently looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day this Saturday 4th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for The RNLI and Threshold. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 1pm-3pm or 3pm -5pm.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2017

Monday 6th of February

10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. This training is designed to increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence and give participants an opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence. Sign up in the SU Office – 4 Spaces Left – €10 Deposit Required.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

7pm-9pm FREE Movie: Dallas Buyers Club with popcorn and discussion afterwards in Dillon Theatre

8pm-10pm Draiocht Society Comedy Hypnotist in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 from Socs Box.

Tuesday 7th of February

10am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s

3pm-6pm Pop Up Hair Braiding Stand at Smokey’s. All donations to the SU Charities.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Wednesday 8th of February

10am-6pm SHAG Week Information Stand at Smokey’s

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in Sult. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed and free passes for Traffic Light Party. NUI Galway student ID required.

11pm till late Traffic Light Party in 44. Get your sticker: Red means you are unavailable, Orange means you could be convinced and Green means you’re a single Pringle looking to mingle! Over 18’s ID required. €5 or FREE if you go to the Dirty Circus!

Thursday 9th of February

12pm-2pm FREE Smart Consent Workshop in the SU Boardroom. Spaces Limited. Sign up in the SU Office.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Friday 10th of 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 The RNLI and Threshold.

All Week: STInder Poster exhibit in the foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn, Arts Millennium and Engineering Buildings.

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


David O’Doherty €5 On Sale Now

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig will be David O’Doherty on Monday 13th of February at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk now.


Upcoming SU Workshops & Courses

  1. Disclosure Training 10am-1.30pm Monday 6th of February. FREE course with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. 1 Space Available. Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence. 5 CPD points per training – these are through the Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
  2. Smart Consent Workshop 12pm-2pm Thursday 9th of February. FREE Course. Limited Spaces. A workshop where students explore what consent means in a fun environment. You are never asked about your own sexual history or experiences. Facilitators use their research findings to present scenarios and involve you in activities, to raise your awareness of what consent means to you.
  3. Occupational First Aid 3 day course 9am-5pm Friday 10th, 17th and 24th of February. €100 (usual cost €160) FETAC Level 5 course.
  4. Cardiac First Responder Course 9am-1pm Friday 3rd March €40 (usual cost €75). ONE space left.

More information about these courses is available at the links above. You can sign up in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register now.


Can You Braid Hair?

We are looking for some more hair braiders to volunteer for our fundraiser next Tuesday 7th Feb 3pm-6pm. Volunteers must know how to add extensions/attachments to braids.

Email if you can help out.


SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • Nominations open for the SU Council Chairperson at 10am on Monday 13th of February and close at 5pm on Monday 20th of February. The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 27th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.
  • Nominations open for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare Officer at 10am on Thursday 16th of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 22nd of February. The election takes place on Thursday 2nd of March.
  • Nominations open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at 10am on Thursday 23rd of March and close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st of March. The election takes place on Thursday 9th of March.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions there is more information here or contact


Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)


Class Reps Meetings Next Week

Mon 6th Feb 6pm – 8pm IT250 IT Building SU Council
Tues 7th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC203 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 8th Feb 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 9th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council

Contact Cathal on for more information


Charity Multi-Coloured Hair Braiding 3pm-6pm Tues 7th Feb

Get some colour in your hair! Brighten up that man bun!
Our talented volunteers will be on hand with hair extensions in all the colours of the rainbow to braid your hair in Smokey’s Cafe 3pm-6pm on Tuesday 7th of February as part of SHAG Week. Suggested donation €2 per braid but pay what you feel – all donations go to the SU Charities RNLI & Threshold Ireland

Dirty Circus & Traffic Light Party

More Information.


New Postgrad Officer Elected

Your new Postgraduate Officer for the remainder of 2016/17 academic year is Colm Duffy


SU Card

Have you picked up your FREE SU Loyalty Card yet? Collect yours in the SU Office now and start collecting points each time you buy stuff in Sult, the SU Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café and Caife na Gaeilge. The points you collect magically turn into money, free teas/coffees and free dinners!


Read Sin Issue 8 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email


Become a CÉIM peer learning Student Leader in 2017/18

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st and 2nd year Geography students. Build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; looks great on your CV; meet new people and work closely with lecturers; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 13th February. Find out more and apply:


Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore


NUI Graduates register for your Seanad Éireann Vote by 26th February

More information here.


Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The SU Grinds Register


Academic Skills at the Library

The Library’s Academic Skills team offer a rich suite of information skills workshops as well as drop-in sessions. To see what’s available this semester, check out our Eventbrite page, below:


NUIG Postgraduate Open Day 1pm-5pm Tuesday 7th February

In addition to programme stands in the Bailey Allen Hall, there will be a series of talks including SUSI, talks on Research funding, and on Changing Direction from your undergraduate degree.

Register Now.


The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – Be a volunteer!

We want to help students to present their own perspective on research, in a friendly yet academic environment. We need people like you to create this opportunity for students to inspire and open new doors in the research studies. We are looking for volunteers who would help organising the event which takes place on the 4th of April. Digital badges will be awarded for people who attend, present and organise. A perfect touch on your CV while you grow, explore and learn new research skills.

Come and be part of an inspirational project in an encouraging and positive environment.

Sign up as volunteer here or Contact us:


What Do USI Do?

USI (Union of Student in Ireland) is the national representative body for the 354,000 students in third level education in Ireland – this includes you!

Find out what USI have been up to.


Do You have a Disability or Mental Health Challenge?

Career Development Centre – NUI Galway are running a free series of talks to help students with disabilities or mental health challenges to make the transition from student to employee.

Email for more information/to sign up.


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Employability Workshop/Employer in Residence – PwC
  • Careers in Marketing
  • GradIreland #FYI careers showcase (external)
  • GRADchances Language Fair (external)
  • GRADchances STEM Fair (external)

For more information and to register visit


Mindful Meditation

FREE Mindful Meditation Practice in room AC201 each week

  • Tuesdays 08:10-08:50
  • Wednesdays 13:10-13:50
  • Thursdays 17:10-17:50

This practice is suitable for everyone interested in practicing meditation from beginners to experienced practitioners and there is no charge to participate.


Open Call for Short Films: First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2017

Deadline 28th February – Filmmakers aged 12-24 wanted Apply here.


Stock School Book Launch

On Wednesday, February 8th final year B. Comm student Jason Walsh launches his first book, ‘Stock School, A Colour Coded Guide To Financial Trading & Investing.’ The launch takes place in the library lobby at 4pm. The book, goes into greater detail than is covered in the Stock School lectures, which Jason has been teaching in NUIG since September 2015 as part of the Entrepreneurship Society events. The book launch is followed at 6pm with a trading workshop in AC 201 hosted by Dublin trading firm Positive Equity. There will be catering at both events and all students are welcome to attend either or both events. More information.


FREE Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.


NUI Galway Postgrad Ball Thursday 9th of March Salthill Hotel

There will be a Champagne and sweets reception, followed by a 4 course meal on the night. Entertainment will be provided by Top of the Popz and DJ afterwards. It’s going to be a fantastic night! Early bird tickets will be on sale Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd Feb in Áras na Mac Léinn between 2pm-4pm for €45 and also on the Socs web store. Don’t forget your student card!


Exam Results

Semester 1 Exam PROVISIONAL Results will be published on Blackboard throughout January. Please check with your School/Discipline for exact release dates. These results will remain provisional until approved by the exam board. Exam Results FAQ


SUMS FREE Maths Support

SUMS offers FREE mathematics support to students across all colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses.



Please note that you must make an appointment in person in the Student Health Unit or by phoning 091 492604 before attending. The STI Clinic runs 5pm-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term.


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 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 – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.



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Joanna Brophy