SU Weekly Email 24 25th February 2016

SU Weekly Email 24 25th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Vote Tomorrow #GE16

Please make sure that you get out and vote in the General Election tomorrow. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm and you will need to bring ID with you. Your vote is your voice so make it heard!

Part Time SU Officer election nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the part time voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs’ Captain, Mature Students Officer and the five College Convenors for 2016/17. Nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our websitehere

Nominations close at 5pm next Wednesday 2nd of March at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

If you are thinking about running for election have a look at our Election Information Packhere.


Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5

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.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

SU Council Chair Election 6pm Monday #NUIGSU16

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 29th of February in IT250. All Class Reps must attend and vote at this meeting.

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

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns the Direct Provision System for asylum seekers.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”

How to Vote in the Elections & Referendums on Thursday 3rd March 

  1. In Person at a Polling Station

Polling Stations will be open on campus from 10:00am to 8:00pm. To vote at a polling station you must present your NUI Galway ID. No other form of ID will suffice.Locations and opening hours of each Polling Station are available on the Students’ Union website.

  1. Remote Vote

Students must register before midnight on Wednesday 2nd March. Once registered students can then cast their vote online during polling hours. To register for Remote Vote, logon to the SU website midnight on Sunday 28th of February.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 10 Spaces Left!

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.

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply:

NUIG Mental Health Week

NUIG’s Psychological Society are proud to announce our Mental Health Week 29th February to 4th March.

With the help of other NUIG societies such as Lotus Soc, Film Soc, GIG Soc and Photography Soc to name but a few we are hosting a lot of really great events and have a number of brilliant speakers and workshops lined up.

Some of the events include:

  • Wooly Wards Pet Farm
  • Gender Based Violence Discussion Panel
  • Presentation from Please Talk followed by a panel discussion ‘Towards a Mentally Healthy Campus’
  • Mental Health Photography Exhibition

These are only a few of our events! To see the full list please visit our Facebook event page:  HERE.

If you have any questions or want to help out please feel free to message our page or drop us an email

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February 2016 SOLD OUT
  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Strictly Scrum Dancing 

As a part of the 100minds project we are organising a Tag Rugby Tournament in order to raise money for ChildLine. Every cent is going directly to the charity and if you can’t make the event there is an after-party in Electric that night and wristbands are on sale in the Students’ Union office for €5. More Information.

Take part in the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Galway is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2020 and as part of the bidding process the Galway 2020 Team are now seeking volunteers to be part of their float in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway City on Thursday 17th March. As the Galway 2020 Bid is part of the theme of this year’s parade the team want to put together a lively, fun and colourful group who will march at the very front of the parade. Those participating will need to commit 1.5 hours, from 11am to 12.30pm. For more information and to sign up contact Nollaig Mc Guinness at or 087 7489280.

Free Presentation Skills Workshop

Free 2 hour Presentation Skills Workshop 6pm-8pm Tuesday 1st March 1st Room THB GO11 (opposite the entrance gates of the main Library). Learn  in a practical way how to Prepare, Design and Deliver a good presentation. All are welcome. For more information if required:

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Join the NUI Galway Chinese Society for their Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th March, in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact

Strictly Come DanSoc Wednesday 9th March

Tickets are on sale now for Strictly Come DanSoc on Wednesday 9th of March and two of the Students’ Union team will be taking part in the event to raise money for the SU Charities. Rebecca our SU Education Officer and Noelle from the College Bar will both be busting moves and throwing shapes so please some along and support the event if you can! More Information.

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone College Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG on Thursday 3rd March from 10:30am-4pm. Try the Grab and Win game on the day where you can win Spotify vouchers, top up vouchers and Power Banks.

The Queen of Ireland Free Screening 2pm TODAY

FREE Screening of The Queen of Ireland (2015) and Q&A with director Conor Horgan 2pm TODAY Thurs 25th February in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway.

A documentary film about how one man in a dress is changing the world.

NUIG Sports Ball Weds 23rd March

Tickets are now on sale for €40 from the Sports Unit for the NUI Galway Sports Ball on Wednesday 23rd of March in the Radisson. More Information.

Need Legal Advice?

Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue. 

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

Are you thinking of presenting your own research idea on the 23rd of March? Make sure you submit your abstract by Tuesday the 15th of March. We encourage everyone to present at and also attend our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. In both cases please make sure that you are registered on the website. You do not need to present to explore different research skills and indeed learn from students from all disciplines. Come and be inspired, expand your mind and your personal interests.

We are looking forward to knowing more about your projects. Remember, the deadline is Tuesday 15th of March for the abstracts. It’s time to get creative! For any further queries please contact us:

Sin Newspaper Issue 9

Read it online here.

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.

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.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy