SU Weekly Email 27 16th March 2016

SU Weekly Email 27 16th March 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Exam Timetables Released TODAY

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.

NUI Galway Students’ Union presentsThe Big Fat Charity Table Quiz II

In aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society 8.30pm Wednesday 6th April in the College Bar.

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY!

Table of Four €20 – Sign up now in the SU Office.

Finger food, passes for Electric/Four Four & Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet!

Need Help?

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 SOLD OUT
  • 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.

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

Issue 11 of Sin is out now

Read it online here

NUI Galway Students’ Union & the NUIG Science Class Reps present The Big Bang Party

8.30pm Thursday 7th April in the College Bar FREE ENTRY. The last big session before the end of the semester is going to a massive beach party! There’ll be laid back tunes, limbo, finger food, exotic refreshments, a raffle, Giant Jenga, spot prizes and a FREE after party in Electric.

All funds raised on the night will go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society

Increase in Smartphone Thefts in Galway

Make sure you protect your Smartphone by following these steps:

  1. Dial *#06# and save a screenshot of your IMEI number. Email the image to yourself.
  2. Keep your phone locked and enable the PIN security and phone finder features.
  3. Keep your phone out of public view – be streetwise.
  4. Don’t call or text while crossing the road.
  5. Don’t leave your phone behind in the car.
  6. Report phone theft or loss to the Gardaí and your service provider.

Fulbright Awards Info Session

The Fulbright Awards allow you to study, research or teach in the US. There will be an information session on the awards at 2pm on Wednesday 6th April in THB G010 James Hardiman Library.

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.

Scholarships Available for 11th Cinema Human Rights & Advocacy Summer School

The Summer School takes place 16th-25th June and the scholarship application deadline is 30th April. Apply here.

PhD Write Up Bursaries

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.  These write-up bursaries will be tenable for up to a three-month period and will be worth €1,000 per month.   

Completed applications (application form and form B) must be received by the College office on or before 17:00 Friday, 29 April 2016.

More Information.

NUI Galway Climate Congress 2016 Speakers Needed

This year we are hosting a competition for postgraduate and early stage researchers to showcase their research. Instead of a boring poster or long, drawn-out talk we want you to give an Ignite talk.

An Ignite talk consists of 20 slides, the slides automatically advance every 15 seconds meaning you have 5 minutes to present your research!

The theme for the Ignite talk is “New voices in Climate Change research”.

The prize for the best talk will be a certificate of your achievement plus €100! If you wish to enter please send a brief outline of your research plus the topic of your presentation to The deadline for submission is 20/03/16 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance on 23/03/16.

Event Link.

Call for Abstracts for 5th Annual Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference (LPRC).

The closing date for abstract submissions is April 29th and these can all be sent to The conference takes place on the 25th of May. More Information.

Common Suspicious Thoughts Research Study
My name is Meagan Lynch and I am a final year student in the School of Psychology. As part of my final year research project I am examining how people respond to common suspicious thoughts. I’m inviting all students in NUI Galway to take part as I need responses from a wide range of people.

NB!  – Undergraduate Psychology students will receive course credits for taking part (1 – 3 credits) so for you this is a great way to start earning research participation credits.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact me for further information –

Ravelóid Early Bird Ticket Offer Ends this Friday

Ravelóid is a new unique summer festival in which people will come together to celebrate today’s Irish language culture – music, dance, comedy, drama, sport, literature and more – and to enjoy the wonder and diversity of our beautiful world. The Festival takes place 10th & 11th June in Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Dublin. More info.

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

Everyone excited? Only one week left until the Conference. We are looking forward to meeting all students who have been working hard on their wonderful research ideas that will be shared next Wednesday, the 23rd of March. Those who are still undecided, we hope you have been encouraged by the extended date for the submission of the abstracts, which is now Friday, the 18th of March. Also, those of you who are thinking of attending without presenting, please come along to support your fellow students from across a range of disciplines and get immersed in a well of inspiration, brainstorming, and researching.

We want to thank you all for your hard work that you have dedicated to researching and preparing for the Conference and also your interest in coming along and attending. Don’t forget the date to submit the abstracts, if you haven’t done it yet. Whether you are presenting or not, we would ask you each to register to attend on the website. If you have any questions or queries don’t hesitate to contact us:

Participants Wanted for TV Show

We are currently looking for outgoing pairs who would like to get involved in this new exciting series! We are looking for all sorts of couples who want to have an honest conversation and find out the answers to those questions on their mind:

  • Exes
  • Current Couples
  • Potential couples (online daters, friends who might want more etc.)

Email us now at to find out more.

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

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am Saturday 7th May

Registration is now open Raising funds for Pieta House.

Easter Holiday Arrangements

  • Lectures/Teaching:  Please note that teaching (for students other than Clinical Medical Students) ends on Sat 19th March and resumes on Mon 4th April until Sat 16th April.
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant take place Mon 21st March-Weds 23rd March and Weds 30th March – Fri 1st April.
  •  James Hardiman Library: Closed Fri 25th March – Mon 28th March inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: Open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: Closed Thurs 24th March -Tues 29th March inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: Closed Thurs 24th March-Tues 29th March inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: Closing at 18:30 on Weds 16th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Mon 4th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: Closing at 15:00 on Weds 16th March and will reopen 11:00-14:00 on Mon 4th of April
  • The College Bar: Closed Thurs 24th – Mon 28th March inclusive. Opening Hours Tues 29th March-Fri 1st April 08:30-18:00 with Deli Service only. 
  • Smokey’s Café: Thurs 24th 08:30-18:00. Closed Fri 25th to Mon 28th March inclusive. Tues 29th to Thurs 31st March 08:30-20:00.
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Mon 21st – Weds 23rd 09:00-15:00. Closed Thurs 24th March – Sun 3rd April inclusive. Reopens Mon 4th April 09:00-15:00.
  • The SU Shop: Thurs 24th March 08:00-17:00, Closed Fri 25th March- Mon 28th March inclusive.
  • The Wall Café: Closed Sun 27th March. Mon 28th March 11:00-15:00.
  • Academic Writing Centre: Closing for Easter on Fri 18th March and re-opening on Mon 4th April


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