SU Weekly Email 9 – 27th October 2016

SU Weekly Email 9 – 27th October 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Christmas Day €5 Wristbands now on Sale

Christmas is coming early to NUI Galway with our Charity Christmas Day on Thursday 17th of November in aid of The RNLI and Threshold. The day kicks off in Sult with Santa’s Grotto, Christmas Treats, a photo booth, Santa Hats, DJs, Freebies, Cheesy Christmas tunes, jumpers and a whole lot of tinsel from 11am.

€5 wristbands are now on sale in the SU Office and these get you in to either Electric or Four/Four between 10pm-11pm for the official after party.

If you want to help out with our fundraising on Thursday 17th of November please sign up here.

Equality Week at NUI Galway

The newly formed SU EQUALITEAM have been hard at work putting together ideas and events to make NUI Galway campus a more inclusive place. If you want to get involved in the EQUALITEAM contact Megan on

Tuesday 1st November

6pm Discussion night with GiG (Gay in Galway) Society: Post Marriage Equality, where do we go from here? 

Time Lord Society screening of Doctor Who Equality themed episodes

6.30pm Shout Out screening of Pride

FemSoc screening of ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’

Wednesday 2nd November

6pm-7pm ESN and the Students’ Union: International/Irish student meet up in AC202

Thursday 3rd November

1pm Privilege walk outside Áras na Mac Léinn

6.45pm Islamic Society talk: Substantive Equality for Persons with Disabilities: A Human Rights Based Approach In AMB G-O65

All week: 8 Ways to Make Campus a More Inclusive Place

  1.  We have many different people of different religious beliefs here on campus, respect them all!
  2.  Pronouns refer to whether a person likes to be referred to as she, he or they. If you’re not sure, ask someone what their pronouns are when talking to them
  3.  Start a conversation with an international student; find out about their culture and how it might be different or similar to ours.
  4.  Join an anti-hate speech campaign online, and learn how to stop hurtful and derogatory language against others.
  5.  Volunteer! It’s one of the best ways to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about the issues affecting different people in our society.
  6.   Don’t assume someone isn’t from Ireland just because of their skin colour.
  7.  Try to work offensive and derogatory terms out of your vocabulary.
  8. We are not all the same and that’s a good thing; recognise and celebrate our diversity as staff, students and human beings


Reminder: Pay Fees by Monday to Avoid Penalties

A reminder that your fees need to be paid by this Monday 31st of October to avoid late payment penalties: The Student Levy of €224 must be paid in full + 50% of Student Contribution Charge and/or Tuition (remaining 50% due by 31/01/17)


NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents Joanne McNally and Eric Lalor

It’s two for the price of one for our next comedy gig with Joanne McNally (Republic of Telly) and Eric Lalor ( at 8pm on Monday 7th November in the O’Flaherty Theatre.
Tickets are on sale now for just €5 from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.


NEW Library Study Break Policy

In response to feedback received from users about the 30 Minute Rule, and in an effort to reduce the instances of desk hogging, the Library is introducing a new ‘Study Break Policy’ for the monitoring and managing of study space during peak times in the Library. The policy will apply during the following periods: 01 November – 16 December 2016 and 03 April – 10 May 2017.


Child Protection Training Course – Enrol Now

This course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. You can sign up for €15 now in the SU Office or by credit card on 091 493570. Choose to attend either 1pm-5pm Friday 11th November or 9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 12th November.


Read Sin Issue 4 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC213 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email


Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.


Connacht Tickets

We now have €15 NUIG student tickets on sale for the next two Connacht Rugby matches against Cardiff Blues (7.35pm Friday 25th November) and Benetton Treviso (3pm Saturday 3rd December). On sale in SU office and at SU Engineering desk. Tickets are for Bohermore Terrace.


NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day

NUI Galway are hosting a postgraduate Open Day on Tuesday 8th November from 12-4pm. This is a perfect opportunity to plan for your future. You can visit the hall  to speak to lecturers from all postgraduate programmes, and there will be a series of talks on careers, why you should choose NUI Galway for your postgraduate study and more. First 100 people to visit the hall will get free tea/coffee. Register in advance here.


Class Reps Training

This year NUI Galway Students’ Union is involved in a pilot scheme called the National Student Engagement Programme pilot (NStEP). We will be running 5 sessions of the NStEP training, the first two have taken place already. The date of the next training session is Thursday the 3rd November. You can book a place via the Eventbrite links. If you have attended either of the first two training sessions, you do not need to attend again. For more information contact


The Centenary Conversations Galway – FREE Conference & Fringe Events

From the 10th-12th of November inclusive, you can delve into fascinating worlds of discovery, from scientific invention to history to current affairs, or flex your political muscle at events in NUI Galway and surrounds, designed to enlighten and spark debate as well as to tickle your funny bone. Free registration and more information available at


Careers Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Employer in Residence: Aldi
  • Employer presentation: Aldi

For more information and to register visit


Are You Registered to Vote? Deadline this Mon 31st Oct

If you want to register to vote, the RFA form is available in the SU Office or at the link below. The form has to be sent to your County Council before Monday the 31st of October.

If anyone has any questions contact Cathal, the SU Education Officer, at

Download RFA form


NUI Galway Gaisce Information Evening 7pm-8pm Weds 2nd Nov

How would you like to take part in one of the most valuable and beneficial experiences in Ireland? On Wednesday the 2nd of November between 7-8pm in the Library meeting room, we will be sharing with you plenty of useful information about Gaisce and the President’s Award Leader. We look forward to seeing you there!

More Information.


Think Before You Flush Video Competition €1,000 Prize

The Think Before You Flush team invites third level students to submit a 1-2min campaign video for the ‘Think Before You Flush’ or ‘Think before You Pour’ initiatives. The competition is run by Clean Coasts (An Taisce) and Irish Water. The first prize for this competition is €1,000, second prize is €500 and third prize is €250. There is also a People’s Choice Prize, of €500, that will go to the video with the most public views. All students enrolled in third level colleges in the Republic of Ireland may enter. All details can be found at here

The closing date for the competition is 5pm on Friday 4th November 2016.


Upcoming SU Life Skills Courses:
• Cardiac First Responder Course. 9am-1.30pm Thursday 3rd November. Cost €40 (Usual cost €75)
• Child Protection Training. 1pm-5pm Friday 11th November or 9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 12th November. Cost: €15.
• Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course. 9am – 5.30pm Fri 4th Nov, Fri 11th Nov & Fri 18th Nov. Cost: €100 (Usual cost €160)

You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card.

More Information.


Help us raise money for the RNLI & Threshold

This year we will be raising money for the RNLI and the homeless charity Threshold but we need your help! If you have any time to volunteer or have any wild ideas for a fundraising event then please get in touch with us! Email



Please note that you must make an appointment in person in the Student Health Unit or by phoning 091 492604 before attending. The STI Clinic runs 5pm-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


FREE Mindful Meditation Every Wednesday 1.10pm-1.50pm

Mindful Meditation Practice for Semester 1 will take place every Wednesday from 1:10pm to 1:50pm in classroom AC202 on the concourse. All are welcome including staff, students, alumni, members of the local community and guests to campus.


Bank Holiday Arrangements

  • The SU Office and SU Engineering Desk will be closed on Monday 31st October for the Bank Holiday.
  • The Library will be open Saturday 08:30-17:30 and Sunday 10:00-17:30. Closed Monday.
  • Sult will be closed from 11.30pm Friday 28th of October until 8.30am Tuesday 1st of November.
  • The SU Shop will be open Saturday as normal and then closed until Tuesday 1st November.
  • Caife na Gaeilge will be open Friday as normal and then closed until Tuesday 1st November
  • Smokey’s will be open Saturday & Sunday as normal. Closed Monday 31st October and open again on Tuesday 1st November
  • The Wall Café will be open Saturday & Sunday as normal and open Bank Holiday Monday 31st October from 9am to 4pm.


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 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