SU Weekly Email 22 – 15th February 2018

SU Weekly Email 22 – 15th February 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week 2018

Mon 19th Feb

6pm GiGSoc Book Club Discussing “But I’m a Cheerleader” in the Art Room, Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Law Society & Fáilte Refugees Society Direct Provision and the Right to Work Panel Discussion in the AC201.

9pm Late & Live for SU Equality Week with Comedy Soc. FREE Comedy, Music, pints and pizza in the Bank of Ireland Theatre (beside Sult)

Tues 20th Feb

1.30pm-2.30pm Universal Design for Learning with NUIG Disability Support Services. Panel discussion and group work for lecturers and students on how to make learning materials more accessible to all students. Venue THB-G010 Moore Institute. Sandwiches, tea & coffee provided.

7pm Fáilte Refugees Society Table Quiz in the Roisin Dubh aimed at overcoming myths around refugees and asylum seekers. €5 with reduced Silent Disco entry included.

Weds 21st Feb

6pm-9pm Impacte Society Movie Night “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre with free pizza, tea and coffee.

6pm-9pm Fáilte Refugees Society “A Taste of Home” Clothes Collection in Teach Solais LGBT Resource Centre.

7pm-9pm GiGSoc Dance, dress up and drag event in IT202 with free pizza and drinks.

9.30pm GiGSoc and DramSoc Lip Sync Battle in the Bailey Allen Hall.

Thurs 22nd Feb

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre. The University of Sanctuary Campaign is an initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of Universities welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their communities. The Campaign fosters a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

More information from


NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 11am-3pm Thursday 22nd of February Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.


Give Blood Today 12pm-3.30pm in the Bailey Allen Hall


#NUIGSU18 Elections Nominations Open Thursday!

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare & Equality Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 22nd of February 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 21st of March 2018.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.


How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!


Want to win a 32GB iPad and make NUI Galway a better place?

Take 10 minutes to complete the National Student Survey now! The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergrad students, and students on Taught and Research Postgrad programmes. Deadline Sunday 25th February


SU 8 week €40 Ashtanga Yoga Course Now Enrolling

It will run from Thursday 1st March to Thursday 19th April.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-6pm

The course cost is €40 and you can pay in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524 810 to register with credit card.


Upcoming FREE Workshops

  • 5.30pm-7pm Tues 20th Feb Note Taking & Study Skills in G011 Library Lobby
  • 5.30pm-7.30pm Weds 21st Feb Troubled by Procrastination in G010 Library Lobby
  • 1pm-2pm Thurs 22nd Feb Transition to Employment – Employer Panel in GO10 Library Lobby. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Weekly Job Market in Bank of Ireland on the concourse – come meet GlanAgua, Medtronic, Aldi, Mixtape Marketing, Siren (data Intelligence). Free pizza and cake!
  • Medtronic CV and Interview Skills Workshop
  • GlanAgua and Medtronic Company Presentation
  • Engineering Industry Panel Event
  • LinkedIn Workshop
  • CV Workshop
  • Transition to Employment Workshop

For more information and to register visit


Run out of power in your laptop, smart phone or tablet?

You can charge it up for FREE in the NUIG Library’s new self-service charging lockers. Drop by the library foyer to try them out. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a video on how to use them just in case!


Sign up to the Undergraduate Research Conference – Build your CV and Skills

The Undergraduate Research Conference is a great event to be part of – you can come along and listen, or you can register to speak and share a paper or project you have worked on. It’s a fun, comfortable, and relaxed space for you to experience a conference. Friday March 16th from 10am – 2pm great food, and chance to give a short talk to a small group about an area that interests you. Great for the CV!

To sign up to attend

To sign up to speak

To join the volunteer team


NUIG & AIT ACS Masquerade Ball

As it will be taking during Black History Month on Friday 16th of Feb our Dress Code will be – Class meets Culture. You can choose to wear formal (Black Tie) or cultural attire. It will be a night filled with music, dance, poetry and food. This fantastic night will consist of a 3 course meal, major acts, crowning of the King and Queen and other amazing activities! It’s a night not to be missed. ID will also be required on the night. Tickets are €20 and are available in the Soc Box in NUIG. P.S – Masquerade Masks are COMPULSORY on the night


FREE Talk: Searching for your research topic

14:30-15:30 Thurs 22nd Feb in the Library. Register here


Applications for the next NUIG Explore Innovation Awards have been launched!

1st Place: €2,000, 2nd Place: €1,000, 3rd Place: €900

CLOSING DATE: 3rd March 2018


What Kind of Writer Are You?

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) manager Dr Ira Ruppo will be in the Library 12pm-1pm Thursday 22nd February to help you answer the question, ‘What kind of writer are you?’ Learning about your writing type can help you to manage your time as you research, draft, and edit your assignments. She can also answer any questions you have about the AWC and its services. You can find the Academic Skills Hub in the NUI Galway Library foyer, inside the electronic gates and then diagonally to your left.


Read Sin Issue 8 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on


LibQual 2017 Survey

You may have completed our LibQual survey last year. Thanks for your feedback! So what have we done about it? Find out here


Blackstone Launchpad Open Day 1pm-2pm Weds 21st Feb

This event is an open day for all students to come into the Launchpad on the Concourse where they can hear the interns talk about the services provided by Blackstone Launchpad, how our mentoring works and the successful projects Blackstone has had so far. There will also be some give-aways (free food!) on the day and a creativity workshop with clay modelling to help inspire creativity.


Become one of Ireland’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Advocates With Overseas Placement in Vietnam or Tanzania

The SDG Advocate programme offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to represent their community, by becoming one of Ireland’s positive change makers. The 8 month training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. Closing Date: 5th March 2018


Are you an NUI Galway or NUI graduate living in Ireland or overseas?

Are you registered to vote in Seanad Éireann elections? The deadline to be added to the NUI Seanad voter register is Monday 26th February.

Go to to download the registration form. It must be printed, signed and posted to the Records Office, National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 or sent as a scanned copy to before Monday 26th February 2018. Overseas graduates are eligible to vote in Seanad elections too.


NUI Galway 8K FREE Meet & Train Sessions 

The NUIG Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw Galway will be held on Saturday 10th March on the NUI Galway Campus starting at 10am at the Kingfisher Club and finishing at the Quadrangle. There are free meet-and-train sessions on at 1pm each Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday and also Wednesdays at 6pm departing from the Sports Centre on the NUI Galway campus.


Connacht Rugby Tickets On Sale Now

NUI Galway student tickets now on sale in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk for the following Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 19:35 Fri 16th Feb vs Zebre €15


Life Skills Courses Update

Sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524 810 to register by credit card


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 during term.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)


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