SU Weekly Email 29 – 11th April 2019

SU Weekly Email 29 – 11th April 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Extra Study Space

The following venues will be available 8am-10pm as extra study space

Thurs 11th April-Fri 10th May

  • IT206
  • SC004 McMunn Theatre
  • SC005 Tyndall Theatre
  • TB302
  • TB303
  • TB304
  • TB305
  • TB307

Fri 12th April-Fri 10th May

  • AM109
  • AM110
  • SC003 Dillon Theatre
  • SC002 Larmor Theatre

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here.


Yoga Starts Tonight!

Our 8 Week €40 yoga course starts this evening and there’s ONE space left on beginners/improvers and FIVE spaces left on intermediate. Call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card or call in to the SU Office.


Locker Key Return Deadline Fri 10th May

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out and key returned before 5pm on Friday 10th of May to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. We’re open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday. Any items left in the locker after this date will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. Lockers for 2019/20 will go on sale 10am Monday 2nd September on the SU Website.


Exam Freebies in SU Office

We have limited free stress balls, phone charging packs, pens, colouring books and notebooks in the SU Office to keep you going through exam season.


Library Survey

Complete the Library Survey and you could win a Smartphone!


End of the Marchathon Celebration

We will be holding our end of the Marchathon Challenge Celebration 10.30am TODAY Thursday 11th of April in the Corrib Room at Sult. There’ll be tea, coffee and pastries. All participants are invited and there might even be some freebies!


Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote or to change your address to make sure you can vote on 24th of May in the Local Elections, European Elections and divorce referendum is Tuesday 7th of May. You can pick up the paperwork to register to vote or to change your address details in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We will have the Gardaí at our Voter Registration Drive at Smokey’s Café 12pm-2pm Weds 24th April to stamp your paperwork – just bring your passport or driving licence!


Free 30 Minute De-Stress Yoga Classes

Lotus Society have arranged 9am-9.30am free de-stress yoga classes over the next two weeks in Áras na Mac Léinn. These are open to all levels and students and mats are provided. More info and locations are available on their Facebook page here.


Beer Run

The only free running club with a free beer at the end is back Saturday 20th of April! Join Mikkeller Running Club at 12.30pm Saturday 20th of April at the Salthouse for a 5/8/10k run along the prom and back with a free victory beer at the end!


SU Bookstore Collection Deadline

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any books belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 4.30pm on Wednesday 15th May. We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free.


Need help with programming?

ComputerDISC is open until 2pm Friday 26th of April More Info.


Student Innovation Summit Invitation

LaunchPad in partnership with the Innovation Office at NUI Galway look forward to welcoming you to our first Student Innovation Summit at NUI Galway 3pm-4.30pm Tues 16th April. More info and free tickets HERE.


Library Opening Hours Exams/Easter

The Library will have Extended Weekend Opening Hours until 21:00 on these dates

  • Sat/Sun 13/14 April
  • Sat/Sun 27/28 April
  • Sat/Sun 04/05 May

Easter Weekend 2019 – Library Opening Hours

  • Fri 19th April 10:00-18:00
  • Sat 20th April 10:00-18:00
  • Sun 21st April 10:00-18:00
  • Mon 22nd April 08:30-22:00


Upcoming Sinn Féin Debate

“This House Supports the Legalisation of Cannabis for Medicinal Use” Weds 17th April. We’ll be hosting a debate surrounding this topic, the speakers proposing the motion are Joe Loughnane PBP, Louise O’Reilly TD Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, and Luke “Ming” Flanagan MEP. The speakers on the opposing side are yet to be revealed. Free pizza!

More info from:


Drug/alcohol use and psychological well-being in university students

I am looking for participants aged 18 + to complete my masters dissertation study, exploring the relationship between drug and alcohol use and psychological wellbeing. If you do not use drugs or alcohol, you can still complete it as your answers will still be useful.


Are You Interested in Youth Mental Health Research?

YOULEAD are seeking 15 young people (aged 18 to 25) to be part of a youth mental health research advisory panel (YAP for short). We are interested in hearing from young people from all walks of life who are interested in youth mental health and knowing more about youth mental health research. This may mean having personal experience of a mental health difficulty, or experience of a friend or family member who has a lived experience.  Equally you may not have personal experience but would like to be part of the conversation. If so, we want to hear from you!  YAP meet ups will be held in Galway city, starting in April and run as a pilot over the summertime.  To get involved or for more information contact:


PhD Write-up Bursaries

Are you near to completing your thesis but have run out of funding? Good news! The university is offering a limited number of PhD Write-up Bursaries.

The application form & Terms and Conditions are now available here.

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


Videogame Addiction Survey

The World Health Organisation classified videogame addiction as a distinct behavioural addiction last year, but there are very little studies, statistics or research available to support their decision. This survey is just to get a general feel if anyone has felt gaming has impacted their life beyond their expectations. It is completely anonymous and open to anyone. If any fellow students had 2 minutes to complete it, it would be a huge help.


Have Your Say on Ireland’s New Diaspora Policy

Global Ireland: Ireland’s Global Footprint to 2025 – the Government’s plan to double our international presence – commits to the introduction of a new Diaspora Policy in 2020. This new policy will guide Ireland’s engagement and relationship with our diaspora: our emigrants, our citizens abroad, those of Irish heritage and those who feel an affinity with Ireland around the world. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., will be holding an open public consultation to inform this new policy at 6pm on Monday 15 April in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway. To register for this event, please click here.

This event is open to all. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available upon arrival.


NUI Galway Easter Holiday Arrangements 2019

  • Teaching ends on Sat 6th of April.
  • Field Trips (where applicable) take place Mon 8th April – Weds 10th April.
  • Study Week takes place Thurs 11th April – Thurs 18th April.
  • Exams Begin Tues 23rd April (except for 5MB3 Students who start Mon 8th April)
  • The Students’ Union Office will close at 5pm on Tues 16th April and will reopen at 10am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 11am on Tues 23rd April.
  • The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 6pm on Fri 5th April and reopen at 9am on Thurs 25th April.
  • The Students’ Union Shop will be open 8am-5pm Fri 12th, 10am-4pm Sat 13th, 10am-4pm Sun 14th and 10am-5pm Mon 15th April.
  • Sult will be closed Fri 19th-Mon 22nd April Inclusive.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 8.30am-6pm Fri 12th, 9am-5pm Sat 13th, 11am-5pm Sun 14th and 10am-5pm Mon 15th April.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-3pm Fri 12th, 9am-3pm Sat 13th, 11am-3pm Sun 14th and 11am-3pm Mon 15th April.
  • The James Hardiman Library will be open 10am-6pm Fri 19th Sat 20th & Sun 21st April and 8.30am-10pm Mon 22nd April.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Student Health Unit will be closed Fri 19th– Mon 22nd April inclusive. They will re-open at 8.30am on Tues 23rd April. Opening hours during exams are 8.30am-5.30pm and closed for lunch 1pm-2pm.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with their last issue on Tues 2nd April.
  • The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 29th of March for summer.
  • ComputerDISC will close at 2pm on Friday 26th of April for summer.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE


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.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy