SU Weekly Email 26 10th March 2016

SU Weekly Email 26 10th March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 


Today you are asked to vote to elect your SU Part Time Officers for 2016/17. Your vote is your voice so make sure you use it!

Polling Stations are in the following locations and you need your NUIG ID with you to vote:

  • An Bhialann 10am-7pm
  • Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm
  • Engineering Building 12pm-4pm
  • Remote Vote 10am-8pm on SU Website (for those who registered before midnight last night)

Society Auditors please note that you may only vote for the SU Societies Chairperson in An Bhialann 10am-6pm or at the auditors meeting in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 6pm-7pm or in Áras na Mac Léinn 7pm-8pm.

Club Captains please note you may only vote for the SU Clubs Captain in An Bhialann 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm or at the Captains meeting 1pm-2pm upstairs in the Sports Unit.

Remote Vote option is not available for Socs Chair or Clubs Captain election.


Easter Break & Teaching

Please note that teaching (for students other than Clinical Medical Students) ends on Saturday 19th March and resumes on Monday 4th of April until Saturday 16th of April. Field Trips where relevant take place Monday 21st March-Wednesday 23rd March and Wednesday 30th March – Friday 1st April. More Information.

#NUIGSU16 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Jimmy McGovern, Vice-President/Education Officer Cathal Sherlock and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Daniel Khan. Aaron Reeves was also elected as your SU Council Chair for the year ahead. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now actively support the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use. The students of NUI Galway also voted that the Students’ Union will now condemn the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and call 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.

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • 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.

Need Free Legal Advice?

FLAC Society are running Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday Evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue.

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can book your space by calling in to the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday or by phoning 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card. The course fee is €40. The course dates are Thursday 14th April to Thursday 2nd June. Beginners/Improvers: 6pm-7.30pm. Intermediate: 7.30pm-9pm

NUI Galway Alumni Association Writing Competition 2016

·         €1,000 prize fund

·         Winner will also be published in Cois Coiribe & Sin Newspaper

·         Essay Title: University College Galway and the 1916 Rising

·         For more information please contact

·         In conjunction with Sin Newspaper, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and the NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies.

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

NUIG Becomes Hogwarts this Weekend

PotterFest at NUI Galway.

Free One-hour Exam Preparation Workshop

18:30-19:30 Tuesday 15th March in Room GO11 in the main Library lobby beside the soft seating. No need to book, all are welcome! Learn how to: Focus, Prioritise, Plan and Remain Calm

NUIG 5k 6pm Tuesday 22nd March

The NUIG Sports Office are organising a free timed 5K for all students and staff who wish to participate. Open to all levels of ability. More information.

FREE Workshops with the Academic Writing Centre

Workshop 1: ‘How to Plan, Structure and Write an Essay’ 5pm Friday 11th March 2016

Register Here.

Workshop 2: ‘The Complete Essay Writing Process’ 4pm Monday, 14 March 2016

Register Here.

Note: The AWC will remain open until 18 March 2016 and will re-open after the Easter break, on 4 April.

The Crisis of Mental Health in Ireland: It’s time for radical change 

At 7pm on Wednesday 23rd March, NUI Galway will be delighted to welcome Niall Breslin, better known as ‘Bressie’, and Dr Paul D’Alton, Clinical Psychologist to discuss current challenges and the future of mental health in Ireland. The event will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Egan, School of Psychology, NUIG and is free of charge. 

More Information.

Have you volunteered this year?

Add it to your CV with the NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering from President Jim Browne – Apply Now!  All volunteering at home, on campus, in Galway or international is recognized. Just log on with your student ID and password to tell us all about it and then come celebrate!

Please note the application deadline is over Easter Break! Apply online at by the deadline of Monday 29th March 2016, 5.00pm.  To connect with the Presidential Award organisers please email for advice and any questions.  The Ceremony will be held after Easter during the last week of term on Tuesday 12th April at 11:30am in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

Updated Engineering Desk Opening Hours

Please note that the Students’ Union desk in the Engineering Building will now be open Monday 11am-2pm and Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm.

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

Only two weeks left until the Conference! The date is fast approaching and we are getting very excited about all the fantastic research ideas that will be shared on the day. Come along and explore research skills from all disciplines as well as meeting like-minded people to get inspired. For those of you thinking of presenting we have extended our deadline for submitting abstracts to next Friday, 18th of March.

We believe that everyone can make a change; it depends on your motivation and the hard work that you put behind your unique ideas. So keep up the good work and we are looking forward to meeting all of you soon. Also, if you present your idea and/or attend the conference, please make sure you register on the website. Contact us at for any questions or queries.

Have a great idea for an app, product or service?

Apply to The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition by April 7th at

Candidates will have an opportunity to develop their business ideas and compete for a chance to win up to €16,000 in cash prizes and other supports.


Are you in Galway? Do you walk or cycle to college? Do you feel safe?

If yes, this is the study for you. This study is looking at Galway’s walking and cycling infrastructure through using the app Strava to monitor peoples travel patterns across Galway and ultimately highlighting infrastructural deficits in the city.

If you wish to participate in the study, you can do the survey here. On completion of the survey, you will receive an email telling you how you can record trips. 

Thank you so much for your time, it is appreciated. If you would like more information you can email

Sin Newspaper Issue 10: The Election Special

Read all about it here.

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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.

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am Saturday 7th May

Registration is now open Raising funds for Pieta House.

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Thursday 17th of March:

The Library, the Academic Writing Centre, the SU Office, the SU Shop, the Student Health Unit, the College Bar, Caife na Gaeilge and Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 10:00-15:00. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The SU Cloakroom and the SU Engineering Desk will both close on Wednesday 16th March and reopen on Monday 4th April after St. Patrick’s Day & Easter.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

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

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Joanna Brophy