SU Weekly Email 22 11th February 2016

SU Weekly Email 22 11th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

March at 1pm TODAY

Join us to march from the Aula Maxima NUI Galway to City Hall at 1pm today Thursday 11th February. We are supporting: sustainable transport solutions instead of N6GCTP, social housing policy improvements, and affordable student accommodation.

Will You Shave or Dye this Tuesday?

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

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke

Our last NUI Galway Students’ Union comedy gig is Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks) and Fred Cooke (The Fear) at 8pm on Monday 7th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 with all proceeds going to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale soon from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

By-Election of Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics: Vote on Monday

Election Day polling: 11am-3pm Monday 15th February in the foyer of the Engineering Building. Only students of the College of Engineering & Informatics can vote in this election. You must bring College ID to vote. 

Remote Vote: If you won’t be on campus to vote on Monday 15th February you can register for a REMOTE VOTE until midnight Sunday 14th of February. You can then vote online on the SU Website 11am-3pm Monday 15th February. 

Focus Group Participants Required – FREE PIZZA!

Galway is applying to be the 2019 European Youth Capital and we need your help! We want the chance to show Europe how amazing Galway is for young people and in the process make Galway even more amazing for young people. We will be holding one hour focus groups, with free lunch thrown in,  to get your thoughts and opinions on all things Galway. If you wish to take part please email with your name, phone number and the group that suits you best to attend:

  • 12pm-1pm Friday 12th February
  • 1pm-2pm Wednesday 17th February
  • 2pm-3pm Thursday 18th February

SU Council Chair Election #NUIGSU16

Nominations will open at 10am on Monday 15th February 2016 for the position of SU Council Chair for 2016/17.

Nominations will close at 5pm on Monday 22nd February 2016 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year on Monday 29th of February 2016. 

Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. More Information.

Give Blood at NUIG next week

12pm-3.30pm Tuesday 16th February, Wednesday 17th February and Thursday 18th February in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Less than 5 minutes could give you a chance to win one of five €50 top ups on your Students’ Union card.

We are carrying out a review of our current food and beverage services on campus to ensure that we are offering the best possible service and value for money to you the students. Completing this short questionnaire is your opportunity to have your voice heard and to make a difference to your experience of student life on campus. The date for completion of all questionnaires is next Wednesday the 17th February.

Click on this link to complete this short questionnaire:

Do Comhaltas, Do Sheirbhísí

Sin Newspaper Issue 9

Read it online here.

Complete the National Student Survey – win an iPad Air

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 and you could win an iPad Air! It only takes 8 minutes and it will make a big difference to life at NUI Galway. There is one iPad Air to be won each week at NUIG.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduate
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on to complete the survey before the 21st of February.

Connacht Tickets

€10 NUIG Student Tickets now on sale in the SU & SU Engineering desk for Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February Main Stand.

NUI Galway Cancer Research & Awareness EveningTONIGHT

There will be a free Cancer Research and Awareness evening 7pm-9pm Thursday 11th February in Áras Moyola. All are welcome. For more information contact

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 30 Spaces Available!

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 – Learn CFR next week

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February

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

SU Charity Aquathon – Registration Deadline 5pm this Friday! 

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. 

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

Do you have an interest in research, but you are an undergraduate student? This is your chance to be part of a life-changing experience. Come along this 23rd of March to our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference and meet like-minded people who want to inspire, go the extra mile and consequently contribute to their research field. If you want to attend or present, register on the website.

Also, enthusiastic volunteers are welcome to be part of the organising committee which is a wonderful opportunity to learn life skills and a great addition to your CV as you receive an ALIVE certificate for your participation! Get in touch, you can make the change. To contact us:

Memorial Musical Concert for Eniola Adekeye (BA Connect Children’s Studies) this Sunday 5pm

There will be a memorial musical concert for NUI Galway student Eniola Adekeye (nee Adebisi) at 5pm this Sunday 14th of February in St Nicholas Collegiate Church. All proceeds go to Cope Galway and Mabweni Diocesan Project to build new classrooms for a girls’ Masai Secondary School in Kenya. Performers include: St Nicholas School & Church choirs, Galway Baroque singers, Bel Canto, Cois Cladaigh, Tribal Chamber Choir, Cormac Begley & Gary Hastings.

FREE Presentation Skills Workshop

Free 2 hour Presentation Skills Workshop Wednesday Feb 17th 6 – 8pm Room THB GO11. Contact or just show up on the night

Take Part in NUIG Sleep Paralysis Survey

The Sleep Paralysis (SP) study is up and running and we’d be grateful if all students could respond! The study is exploring personality and cognitive factors that may influence SP episodes, though you don’t need to have had an SP experience to take part. We’re trying to run the biggest study in this field in Ireland, so if you have half an hour or so, please fill out the survey below. Again, you don’t need to have had SP to take part; all responses will be appreciated. If you’ve any questions you can contact me at

Click here to complete survey.

NB. If you’re a 1st or 2nd year psychology student you can get 2 credits for taking part in this study by signing up for it through the Sona website at Once you complete the survey, credits will be administered in due course.  

KEY Ideas Workshop | Your Vision for Ireland 2016 – 2021 this Saturday

KEY Ideas + Decisions is a voter empowerment initiative designed by young people for the young people of Ireland. 
We want to give young people in Galway-West/South-Mayo a chance to come together and define their priorities for change in Irish society in a specially designed workshop which takes place 11am-4pm this Saturday in G036, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building. More information and registration.

There will be a launch of the initiative in and workshop findings on Saturday evening 7pm-8pm in Monroe’s and all are welcome:

FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 23rd February in the Aula Maxima (Lower) See times of classes below:

10:45am – 11:30am – All Students Welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – All Students Welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All Students Welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-registration required visit:

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit:

An Evening with Sonia O’ Sullivan

A fun and interactive evening not to be missed with one of Ireland’s greatest athletes. A talk with Sonia will be followed with open Q&A session and photo opportunities. Sonia’s talk will  preceded by expert presentations on Smart Training/Injury Prevention/ Nutrition for younger athletes. This event is being organised by Cradock Performance in conjunction with Connacht Schools Athletics Association as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Irish Schools Athletics. Tickets are €10 for adults/€5 for students and U18s. Tickets can be purchased online here.  

This is a not for profit evening with all proceeds going to Connacht Schools Athletics Association and the development of grass roots athletics in Connacht.

Survey about Irish university students’ attitudes towards job interviews in Ireland

The survey is ONLY for Irish students, for example exchange students cannot unfortunately take part in this. Completing the survey should take about 15 minutes of a respondent’s time, possibly less. These responses are my primary data, so I value and appreciate every single response. All respondents will remain anonymous, I will not ask for any personal information which could help identify anyone.

Complete the Survey.

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