SU Weekly Email 4 24th September 2015

SU Weekly Email 4 24th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUIG SU Bus to March for Choice this Saturday

There will be a bus leaving the Quad at 10.30am this Saturday to go to the March for Choice in Dublin. The 4th annual March for Choice will mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. The march will kick off at 2pm in Dublin at the Garden of Remembrance (assembling from 1.30pm), and participants are asked to bring a wheelie case if possible to make the effort and sound of travel abundantly clear!

After the march the bus will be leaving Merrion Square at 5pm sharp to return to Galway. Places on the bus are free but are on a first come, first served basis and NUI Galway ID is essential.

Reminder: Registration deadline is Wednesday 30th September.

You must be registered and have your semester one modules selected by that time. If your record states that you are “pre-registered” this means that you are NOT registered and you must register ASAP! Queries to or check

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Tues, 20 Oct 2015. Find out more and apply at

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig Monday 12th October

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale soon – keep an eye on our Facebook & Twitter for details!

NUIG 8k €20 Early Bird Registration Closes TOMORROW

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October at 10am. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Life Skills 2015 – some spaces left

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November
  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November
  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Sin Issue 1 Read it Online HERE

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Give Blood

  • 5pm-8.30pm TONIGHT Thursday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sunday in Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 29th September, Wednesday 30th September & Thursday 1st October in Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland

Ball in the Bar TONIGHT!

Please support the Ball in the College Bar tonight from 8.30pm in aid of providing humanitarian relief to the refugees in Calais. Admission is €5, there will be a band and a DJ along with prizes for the best dressed. Over 18’s NUIG ID required.

Postgrad Events this Friday

There will be a free walking tour of Galway for NUI Galway Postgrad students this Friday with Cian Moran the SU Postgrad Officer. Meet outside the Galway City Museum at 11am. From 8pm there will be a Postgrad Party in the College Bar with Karaoke and lots of surprises. Contact for more information.

Suas Global Issues Course now Enrolling

The Suas Global Issues course is a seven week evening course designed to give students an opportunity to develop a knowledge of specific development issues. It goes on for two hours, once per week, looking at one issue per lecture and costs €25. However, is not so much of a lecture – it’s more so an interactive session of engaging discussion with students of various disciplines. No prior knowledge is needed at all, so it would suit any student that has even the slightest interest in global issues. 

This is the link to more information and registration:

The 2016-2017 Irish Fulbright Awards are Open for Applications

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards.  The Fulbright awards are grants for Irish or EU citizens (resident in Ireland for three or more years) to study, research, or teach in the U.S. The awards include a monetary grant, plus accident and emergency insurance, cultural and professional programming, and visa administration. Applications are due by Friday, 30th October 2015 and more information can be found on the Fulbright website:

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm


IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct


Kirwan Theatre


SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct



Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Please Talk Art Exhibition Launch Invite

Please Talk will be launching their society with  Art Is A Wound Turned Into Light at 6.30pm on Wednesday 30th September in Áras Na Mac Léinn, NUIG. This Art exhibition involving Galway based artists highlights the therapeutic and communicative value of art in area of mental health. Political commentator Jonny Fallon shall be speaking at the launch and all are welcome.       

Participants Needed to Break a Guinness World Record this Saturday

Run just 100 meters in the 12 hour relay this Saturday 26th September 9am-9pm at the running track in Dangan. Boost your mental and physical health and break the Guinness World Record at this FREE Event.

All levels of fitness welcome!

Interested? Please book your FREE tickets here.

Anxious About Public Speaking or Meeting People?

The Participate programme might help. Participate is a free online programme for shyness and social anxiety.

The programme uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques and is similar to programmes that have been run successfully in NUI Galway and elsewhere in the past. 

All students of NUI Galway are being e-mailed with this link to the Participate website (  You can visit the site, test your social anxiety, and see how the programme works.  If you want, you can then apply to do the programme. For more information contact Éamonn Ó Dochartaigh

Have you booked your place in Galway’s last Startup Weekend of the year?

The weekend is all about learning, trial and error and meeting great people! The event starts Friday week on Friday 2-4 October 2015. Tickets are almost sold out, so we advise you book soon. Technical roles are really filling up. 

You can find all details here

Call for Submissions!  The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2016 issue (Volume 6)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at  The deadline is December 31st, 2015! 

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 – Friday 11am-3pm.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy