SU Weekly Email 24 – 7th March 2019

SU Weekly Email 24 – 7th March 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.



Today is your chance to vote to decide who will be the next Students’ Union President, VP/Education Officer and VP/Welfare & Equality Officer so make your voice heard! Bring your NUIG ID card and vote:

  • 10am-8pm Concourse (old Print That Shop near Smokey’s Café)
  • 11am-8pm Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-5pm Engineering Building
  • 10am-8pm via Remote Vote on the SU Website

Voting to elect your Part Time Officers takes place on campus 10am-8pm next Thursday 14th of March. If you won’t be on campus to vote Remote Vote Registration via the SU Website will open this weekend and you have until midnight Weds 13th March to register.


Semester 2 Exam Timetable

The Semester 2 Exam Timetable will be available online from 12noon Thursday 14th of March. Semester 2 exams will begin on Monday 8th April (5MB3 Students Only) and Tuesday 23rd April (All Students). All exams will end on Friday 10th of May. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).


International Women’s Day #Time4Equality

We will be joining the International Women’s Day #Time4Equality protest at 3.30pm tomorrow Friday 8th March in Eyre Square – please join us!


Sin Election Special

Still not decided who to vote for today? Read the Sin Election Special for interviews with all the candidates. Remember voting closes at 8pm TODAY!


Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019 #SnaG19

Neart imeachtaí ar siúl in OE Gaillimh mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Féach Anseo.


Still Want to Run for SU Elections?

We have a number of part time officer positions left to fill.

  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer

If you are interested in running for election to any of these positions just give us a shout on

SU Council Chair Election nominations will open at 10am on Monday 11th of March and close at 5pm Tuesday 19th of March. Nomination forms will be available from the SU Office and website.


First Steps To Success Free Careers Event TODAY

4pm-5.30pm today head along to HBB-G019 in the Human Biology Building to learn how to develop your personal brand, understand your worth and optimise your career with Sonya Lennon (Designer, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur and Campaigner). Own your worth and plan your game strategy.


FREE STI Clinics

The free STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


NUIG Pride Parade

GigSoc are hosting the NUI Galway Pride Parade next Wednesday. All are welcome to gather at the Engineering Building at 1:30pm on Wednesday 13th March and the parade will end with free food and speeches in the Cube in Áras na Mac Léinn.


Want to Go Paintballing?

International Paintball Group will be on campus 11am-4pm TODAY Thursday 7th of March in Áras na Mac Léinn with great deals on paintballing trips in Ireland and around the world!


Student Achievement Awards Nominations Close 5pm Tues 12th March

Nominations for the Student Achievement Awards Ireland 2019 are now OPEN with a record total of 22 awards categories! The awards recognise the great achievements of students all over Ireland, and their dedication to improving education and society. If you are one of the shortlisted nominees you will be invited to the USI SAAI Awards Ceremony in Dublin on April 18th. Go to to find out more and submit a nomination online.


Marchathon Competition Time

  1. Team Photo Competition: This week we want to see the most creative, quirky and original photos of your team ‘Stepping’ up to the Challenge, so grab your team mates and get posing. Each member of the winning teams will be awarded a Smarter Travel Goodie Pack! All photos must be submitted by 12pm on Friday 8th March at this link.
  2. Go the Distance Competition- Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail: Each week we will be challenging your team to collectively complete a well-known walking trail, or climb to the top of a mountain. This week we’re staying close to home and challenging you to achieve a team average of 45,000 steps during the first week of the competition, to complete the Cliffs of Moher Walking Trail (up and back – that’s 37km in total). Teams who reach a team average of 45,000 steps or above will be entered into a draw for Me2You Shopping Vouchers and Smarter Travel Goodie Packs.

You can still join the Marchathon challenge at any time in March – just register your team of 3-6 online and get walking!


USA J1 Info Today

Fancy spending your summer in America doing something you love, travelling and exploring everything the USA has to offer? USA Summer Camp will be on campus today Thursday the 7th of March in Áras na Mac Léinn to tell you about your J1 options and opportunities!


Outreach project ‘Let’s Talk Cancer’

‘Let’s Talk Cancer’ aims to dispel the numerous myths surrounding the risk factors associated with cancer, where facts can often be misinterpreted and research studies sensationalised. This is achieved through short, snappy, animated videos! The first video focuses on obesity and its links to breast cancer: Watch it Here.

They would also like people to vote for the next topic that they would like to see discussed through this link.


Table Quiz TONIGHT in aid of Maths & Education Final Year Symposium

There will be a fun Pub Quiz at 8pm on Thursday 7th of March at Sult. It’s just €20 per table, max of 4 people per team with lots of spot prizes up for grabs.


Student Survey on AED’s

Some NUI Galway students are carrying out a survey to see how aware people are of local AEDs and the need for them. Please complete their survey here.


Vodafone Promotion next Thursday

Vodafone will be in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Thursday 14th of March with lots of deals, freebies and prizes!


PhD Write Up Bursary Applications Open

The closing date for completed applications is Friday, 26 April 2019.


Student Lifestyle Survey + Prizes!

Some NUI Galway students are doing a  project with Croí and they are trying to get some feedback into the lifestyle of students on campus. They will be in the Bialann 1pm-3pm  this Monday 11th March with prizes for people completing their survey. Please complete their quick survey here.


Upcoming FREE Courses & Workshops

  • 5.30pm-7pm Tuesday 12th March Note Taking and Study Skills Workshop in the Library Lobby G010. Learn effective note taking. Organise your study & limit distractions.
  • 7pm-8.30pm Wednesday 13th March Managing your Time and Workload Workshop in Library Lobby G010. Gain control & balance of your time and life. Work smarter – not harder.


Student Budget Planner App Survey

Some NUI Galway students need your help with their survey on a student App providing money management, local & online discounts, healthy living guide, accommodation assistance and a student carpooling forum. Complete the survey here.


The Academic Writing Centre is Open Until the 29th of March

Drop into them in the library, if you’d like to work on your writing – their one-on-one tutorials are free! No appointment necessary.

Opening hours are as follows:

  • Mon: 6pm-8pm
  • Tues: 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm
  • Weds: 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm
  • Thurs: 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm (with priority given for access students)

Buail isteach chuig an Ionad Scríbhneoireachta Acadúla nó The Academic Writing Centre mar sin, áit a gcabhrófar leat na diabhail aistí sin a chur i gcrích. Suite ar an dara hurlár den leabharlann, glacaimid le scoláirí Nua-Ghaeilge ar an Luan, an Mháirt agus an Chéadaoin 6-8.


GigSoc Launch T Fund

The T Fund recognises the extra financial burden faced by transgender and non-binary students. Funding is provided to students of NUI Galway for financial costs related to social transition. For more info email


NUIG Free Astronomy Conference this Saturday

The joint congress of University Astronomy Societies will take place 9am-5pm on Saturday 9th March in the Human Biology Building at NUIG. There are five speakers, Prof Andy Shearer and Dr Mark Lang from NUIG, Prof Niall Smith CIT, Prof Créidhe O’ Sullivan Maynooth University, and Prof Stuart Reid University of Strathclyde. There will be refreshments throughout the day and the event is totally free.


#SnaG19 Arts in Action & BLOC Event

BLOC & Arts in Action present for an eclectic lunchtime event, the spoken word collective REIC & DJ Shampain in the O’Donoghue Theatre 1pm Weds 13th March.

Get your free tickets here.


Research Study: Factors Affecting Blood Donation Intentions and Behaviours

Last chance to take part! NUI Galway students are invited to take part in a research study investigating the factors that influence how likely people are to donate blood. Participation involves filling out a 10 minute online survey here.

For more info contact or NB: You may not take part in this study if you are unable to donate blood, or if you are under 18 years of age.


Free Weekly Mindfulness Classes

Every week during term there are FREE Mindfulness classes at NUI Galway. Feel free to drop in – all are welcome.

  • 8.10am-8.50am Tuesdays Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Wednesdays Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201


Mikkeller Running Club This Sunday

The free running club with a difference is back this Sunday 10th of March. Join them at 12.30pm on Sunday starting/finishing at the Salthouse for a 5/8/10k run along the Prom and get a free beer at the end for your efforts!


Cancer Care West Information Stand

Cancer Care West will have an information stand 12pm-3pm Weds 13th March at Smokey’s Café. Call up with any queries or concerns that you might have.


Darkness Into Light Early Bird Registration

Registration is now open for this year’s Darkness Into Light 5k Walk/Run in aid of Pieta House at 4.15am on Saturday 11th of May. The early bird rate is available until the 31st of March. Sign up here.


Galway City Mayor’s Awards

Applications close at 4pm tomorrow Friday 8th of March for the Mayor’s Awards. The Awards are a yearly initiative by Galway City Council to acknowledge voluntary work carried out by people within Galway City.


NUIG 5k Early Bird Registration is Open

The NUI Galway 5k run in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd of April. This is a spectacular Run, Jog or Walk around the University Campus along the banks of the river Corrib. Early bird registration rate is €10 for students and €15 for staff/public and includes a free t-shirt! Register here.


Connacht Rugby Student Discount Ticket Codes

  • 19:35 Friday 22nd March Connacht vs Benetton: NUIG-Ben-1819
  • 15:00 Saturday 13th April Connacht vs Cardiff: NUIG-Car-1819

Buy your tickets on the Connacht Rugby website and use the codes above to get the reduced rate NUIG student price. Valid for 50 tickets per match. NUIG student ID required. Bohermore Terrace only.


Give Blood In Galway This March

  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 19th, Weds 20th & Thurs 21st March Clybaun Hotel
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sun 24th March Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 26th, Weds 27th and Thurs 28th March Menlo Park Hotel


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.

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



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Joanna Brophy