SU Weekly Email 32 – 16th April 2020

SU Weekly Email 32 – 16th April 2020

News & Events

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.


Exams & Assessments Update

  • As most of you have finished online learning now, you will be focusing on your assignments and upcoming exams. If you have any issues in relation to these please contact your lecturer as soon as possible. Throughout the duration of the exam period, if you run into any problems your module co-ordinator is on hand to support and advise you.
  • In terms of “No Detriment” policies, the SU have continued to engage nationally on this issue and have brought this to the attention of senior management in the University. As of now, we know the University are looking at passing regulations that allow exam boards to look at the overall performance of a class in a module to examine if there is a significant difference to previous years and to make adjustments if necessary, this is to ensure no student is disadvantaged during this exam period. We have more meetings over the coming weeks with the University on this issue.
  • There has been discussions about the weighting of years that makes up the final degree classification you receive, this is still in the early stages and has not been ironed out yet. We are pushing for a system that benefits all students but the exact details of how or if this would work still need to be discussed.
  • Repeat and deferred examinations are still scheduled to take place in August but we do not yet know if these will be in person or online exams but we will continue to monitor the situation.
  • For Education queries contact Cameron on for Welfare/Equality queries contact Brandon on


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.


Need help with Maths or Stats?

SUMS (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) is offering online support for 1st and 2nd year NUIG students until TOMORROW Fri 17th of April. Details on how to book an appointment are available HERE.


NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date:


Have you used Ally yet?

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). More info here.


Stress Control

Stress control online programme available now HERE

The programme covers topics including:

  • how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts
  • skills to overcome panicky feelings
  • tips to getting a good night’s sleep


Uploading Exam Answers to Blackboard

Are you going to be taking an exam in which you’ve to upload a scanned copy of your answers to Blackboard? Here’s an FAQ list with information about the Blackboard test site that you can use to practice here.


Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.


Music Choices & Feminism

An NUIG student is conducting a survey on the influence of pop artists on student’s attitudes towards feminism. You don’t have to know anything about feminism to take part! If you have 5 minutes, please access the survey using the link here. 


Open Education for Accessibility and Affordability, online seminar 1pm-2pm Mon 20 April

Join speakers from NUI Galway’s School of Maths, Students’ Union, and Library for a discussion about the potential of Open Textbooks and Open Education Resources. Staff and students welcome! More info and registration


Are you having accommodation issues due to COVID-19?

USI (the Union of Students in Ireland) are gathering personal stories from students about the issues they’re facing with accommodation during this pandemic. This information will be used to put more pressure on the government and private accommodation firms to give students refunds and also to gain more public support to make this happen. Tell your story here


NUIG Postgrad Information

  1. Handbook: Sign up here to download The Postgraduate Handbook—a must-read guide to all things postgrad.
  2. Scholarships: The NUI Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is now open and accepting applications. The J.E. School of Business & Economics is also offering new masters’ scholarships this year. Details of these and other scholarship schemes are online here.
  3. SUSI Grants: SUSI the national grants authority is now accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Follow links here to apply online and to use their Eligibility Reckoner.
  4. Applications: NUI Galway is accepting and processing postgrad applications normally. You can apply online here. If as a prospective postgrad, you have specific queries, they may be answered on the new FAQs site.


University PhD Write Up Bursary Deadline

The closing date for applications is 5pm Fri 24th of April to the 2020 PhD Write-Up Bursary scheme for PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding. More info here


Inter Library Loans Update

Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan. Inter-library loans of electronic journal articles, or supply of book materials as an e-book, may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Requests may be placed in the usual manner via the Library website.


Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions you may have.


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Joanna Brophy