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SU Weekly Email 24 – 20th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


#NUIGSU20 Elections – Nominations are OPEN

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN! Closing date 5pm Weds 26th Feb.
  • 14 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact for more information.


NUIG Rent Hikes

We are outraged by the University’s decision to increase rent in on-campus student accommodation by 4% for 2020/21. This means that from September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month. This is a huge barrier to accessing education.

Please sign our petition against the rent increases HERE.


Marchathon Motivation Mondays Freebies!

Join us at Smokey’s Cafe 11am-1pm Mon 24th Feb & Mon 2nd March for our Marchathon Challenge sign up desk. We will have FREE STUFF for teams registering for the Marchathon Challenge including fruit and snoods to keep you motivated.  Marchathon Registration is Open NOW and you can win Prizes for Walking! The Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more!

We will also be holding 30 minute walks each Wednesday during the challenge to help you get the steps in, meet new people and maybe get some more free stuff!


Sin Issue 9

Here’s the latest issue of Sin which includes a chance to win tickets to the Sports Ball in the crossword competition. Read more here.


Exit Entry Job Clinic Today

Call up to Smokey’s Café 11am-3pm today to meet Exit Entry at their job clinic – you might even get a free water bottle!


Multicultural Event

1pm-3pm Tues 25th Feb in the Cube downstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more info contact


Clubs’ Forum

The next Clubs’ Forum is on at 6pm on Weds 26th Feb in the Thomas Dillon Theatre on the Concourse. All welcome. Will include Q&A with Director of Sport Mike Heskin and Interim Clubs’ Officer Tanya Schafer. There’ll also be info about running for election as Clubs’ Captain (nominations open Weds 26th Feb!)


Need to sort out your taxes?

The FREE NUI Galway pilot Tax Clinic will run 4.30pm-7pm on the following days in the ILAS Centre, North Campus, offering basic tax info services to NUIG students: 24/25/26 Feb & 2/3/4 March – contact to book your free appointment.


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council


Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here


Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!


Lunchtime Seminar on Sports Journalism

You are invited to a lunchtime seminar on sports journalism 1pm Tues 25th Feb in G010 in Hardiman Research Building. Panelists include: Keith Duggan (The Irish Times), Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill (TG4), Mike Finnerty (Sky Sports & Mayo News), Cliona Foley (freelance sports journalist). RSVP to – refreshments will be served.


The Effects of Emotion Regulation on our Physical and Psychological Wellbeing

This study is a 10 minute survey interested in looking at how our ability to control our emotions can impact  different aspects of our wellbeing such as stress and anxiety. It is also looking at why we have individual differences in our ability to regulate our emotions such as our attachment style.

Survey link. 


Litter Pick this Saturday

Join the NUI Galway Active Citizens Society for a litter pick up at Droim Chaoin 11am-12pm this Sat 22nd Feb! Meet up at the pitch behind the Glen Oaks Lodge.


Funded European Volunteering Experience: ALIVE and the European Solidarity Corps

Would you like to spend three months in Portugal? Or a year in Italy? Fully funded and supported to volunteer with a non-profit organisation to gain experiences and build your skills. The European Solidarity Corp programme might be for  you! Come along to this info session at 12pm TODAY Thurs 20th Feb to learn more about it! ILAS (near Goldcrest) upstairs in the Boardroom (2nd floor) take the free campus bus to the ILAS building. Sign up for free lunch at the talk.


Blood Donation: A Randomised Control Trial

Would you like to take part in a 4 minute online survey regarding individuals’ blood donation intentions and behaviours? For our final year psychology research experiment myself and Sophy Molloy are examining personality, the effect of reciprocity priming and mode of delivery on blood donation intentions and behaviours. We are particularly interested in recruiting college-going participants! Survey Link


Postgrad Ball 2020

The NUIG Postgrad Ball 2020 will take place on Thurs 2nd of April in the Clayton Hotel. Early bird tickets, €45, will be available in Smokey’s on the 26th & 27th Feb 12pm-2pm. Tickets will be available from SocsBox or online for €50 after these dates.


Making Every Contact Count initiative – students’ perspectives

Would you like to take part in a short, anonymous online survey about a new initiative in supporting the prevention of chronic disease? Researcher contact:

Survey Link.


Have your say in the Student Survey – Closing Date This Sun 23rd Feb!

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here


Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop

Rescheduled Note Taking & Study Skills Workshop will take place 5.30pm-7pm Tues 25th Feb in THB-G011 Seminar Room, The Hardiman Building.

Details of more Smart Life FREE Workshops here.


George Moore Scholars Fund For Postgrad Study in USA

This is a €20 million programme (2020-30) to support up to 300 academically talented students who wish to undertake postgraduate study in the USA. The programme is open to students from all backgrounds who completed most of their education on the island of Ireland, and who attended one of the 11 universities of Ireland. Applications close 27th March. Students may also have applied for sources of support to other schemes, such as Fulbright, SFI, IRC or the NUI Travelling Studentship Awards. More info:


Talk: The Psychology of Genocide

The Psychology of Genocide (and other toxic situations) free talk will be at 6.30pm on Weds 11th March in AMBE G065 (psychology building). All students welcome! Please log your interest here.


How does depersonalization and self-categorization affect students’ levels of social anxiety?

This study is concerned with exploring the relationship between NUIG undergrad students levels’ of Self-Categorization, Social Anxiety, Attachment Style, Experiential Avoidance and Depersonalization and should take approximately 20 mins to complete.

Link to study for more info. 


ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities in the community and on campus – get involved in once off volunteering to build your experiences!

Have a click to read more:

Youth Work Ireland

Schools of Sanctuary

Think Outside Event

Engineering Family Day


Would you like to participate in a 1 minute volunteering app development questionnaire?

A group of final year students are developing an app to connect active and hopeful volunteers enabling them to interact with other like-minded people and tackle social issues that they are interested in. The app is in its development and by filling out the survey it would enable the creators to implement any tweaks or features that volunteers would want. Here`s the link to the questionnaire.


Demechanising Bodies: A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory

A Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory for Queer people that will explore the patriarchal roots of gendered and sexual repression and rehearse strategies for resisting these oppressions 10am-6pm Sat 14th of March at NUIG. No previous experience in theatre is necessary. Places are limited so please RSVP HERE. 


Deadline to Register for Seanad Éireann Vote Weds 26th Feb

Are you an NUI Galway graduate? Make sure you register for your Seanad Éireann vote. Seanad Éireann is the Upper House of the Irish Legislature and is composed of sixty members. Three of these senators are elected by National University of Ireland graduates. You can get a registration form in the SU or online here. Please note that if you are not already registered you won’t be able to vote in the upcoming Seanad Éireann election.


National Women’s Council of Ireland: Call out to women with disabilities

We are starting a project to reach out to women with disabilities. We want you to get involved to help us reflect your experiences better in all our work and campaigns for women’s equality. If you are interested and want to get involved please contact Catherine on 01 679 0100 or email


Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register


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 Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Mon–Fri 11am-3pm.


NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2019

News & Events

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 17th of September 2019 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.

Confirmed Exhibitors:
Bus Éireann

Flirt FM
Just Eat
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist
PwC Ireland

Sin Newspaper

Student Leap Card
SU Card
Virgin Media

Food Stalls:

Brown Bag Donuts 

Handsome Burger 
Joachims German Bratwurst – GM-Catering

SU Weekly Email 21 – 9th February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

David O’Doherty Just 100 Tickets Left!

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig will be David O’Doherty on Monday 13th of February at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk now.

Become a CÉIM peer learning Student Leader in 2017/18 DEADLINE MONDAY 13th FEB

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st and 2nd year Geography students. Build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; looks great on your CV; meet new people and work closely with lecturers; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 13th February. Find out more and apply:

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2017

Thursday 9th of February

12pm-2pm FREE Smart Consent Workshop in the SU Boardroom. Spaces Limited. Sign up in the SU Office.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Friday 10th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities The RNLI and Threshold.

All Week: STInder Poster exhibit in the foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn, Arts Millennium and Engineering Buildings.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

More information from

SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • Nominations open for the SU Council Chairperson at 10am on Monday 13th of February and close at 5pm on Monday 20th of February. The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 27th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.
  • Nominations open for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare Officer at 10am on Thursday 16th of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 22nd of February. The election takes place on Thursday 2nd of March.
  • Nominations open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at 10am on Thursday 23rd of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st of March. The election takes place on Thursday 9th of March.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions there is more information here or contact

Election Guide.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Thurs 9th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 20th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 21st Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Weds 22nd Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Feb 6pm – 9pm IT250 IT Building SU Council

Contact Cathal on for more information


Read Sin Issue 9 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email


Reminder: Consumption of Alcohol in Public Places

The new Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places means that the Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days and if you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500. Don’t take the risk.


Give Blood at NUIG Next Week 12pm-3.30pm Weds & Thurs in Bailey Allen Hall

More Information


The Academic Writing Centre is Open Again
You can drop in to the AWC to get FREE help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 11am-1pm and 6pm-8pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights).


USI Officer Board Elections 2017

Enjoy national student representation? The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is looking for student leaders to run for the next USI Officer board!

Nominations for the USI Officer board elections are now OPEN and any registered student in a USI member college can run for any of the Officer board positions.

For more information visit


New Agony Aunt Show starts Thursday 9th February 12 pm on Flirt FM 101.3 and

Need some advice?  Flirt FM 101.3 is here to help. Our agony aunt Josephine O Halloran is a counsellor, psychotherapist and relationship counsellor with over 20 years’ experience. She works with individuals and couples, covering issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, abuse and relationship issues including. Each Thursday from midday she will be answering your questions and giving advice on different topics relevant to students ranging from exam stress to sexual health and wellbeing, as well as speaking to expert guests about various therapies available. If you have a problem you would like advice of email in confidence to  with the subject ‘Agony Aunt’ or text 083 433 1013.


Iarnród Éireann and NUIG ID Cards

Remember because there are no expiry dates on NUI Galway ID cards Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail will only accept NUIG ID as proof of being a student 4 years from issue date i.e. if your ID starts with 14 (issued 2014) they will stop accepting it in 2018.

This is not great if you are doing a long course, took a year out or are back studying after break etc. BUT we are talking to the University about getting expiration dates on the ID cards again!

In the meantime we sell the Student Leap Card for €10 in the SU. They will take that as proof of your “studenthood”


The NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate can be yours!

Deadline for application: 14th of March 2017. Volunteer now for at least 10 hours and you can achieve the award. Volunteer roles with a variety of organisation, times and locations:

Transport available! Email with your questions or for support to volunteer. Certificate Information


GiGSoc Rainbow Week 13th-16th February

More Information.


Please Complete Survey for National Strategy to Reduce Suicide

Over the years many people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have either been directly or indirectly affected by suicide which has a devastating effect on families and the community.
Connecting for Life is Ireland’s national strategy to reduce suicide 2015 – 2020. The HSE, in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations, is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in this plan.
Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below. Your responses are anonymous.

Survey Link

Leagan Gaeilge


The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – JOIN US!

This inspiring event will take place on the 4th of April in NUIG. Students of all faculties and disciplines, in any year, are encouraged to participate and get involved either through presenting your own research, attending the conference or by volunteering. Volunteers like you are needed to help with the organisation of this event. Anyone involved with this event will be awarded a digital badge for attendance, presenting or for organising it. This is a great opportunity to learn more about research studies and develop research skills in a friendly, fun yet academic environment.  Sign up as volunteer here or Contact us:


Complete the National Student Survey – win an iPad

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say and you could win an iPad! It only takes 8 minutes and it will make a big difference to life at NUI Galway.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduates
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on to complete the survey before the 26th of February.


NUI Graduates register for your Seanad Éireann Vote by 26th February

More information here.


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Revenue Commissioners are Hiring
  • SITA – A Day In The Life Of A Graduate
  • CV Review pop-up – drop in
  • First Derivatives Roadshow
  • Employer Presentation – First Derivatives
  • Diversity after University – LGBTQ in the workplace

For more information and to register visit


FREE 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.


Undergraduate Students Required

Undergraduate students required to partake in research project titled ‘Eyewitness Memory’ – A study designed to assess predictors of eyewitness identification accuracy.



#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Book yourself in for a treatment, your body will thank you for it! Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50

Every Monday in the Wellness room – through The Hub. Call or txt Mick on 086 837 8589 to book



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 during term.


Undergraduate Students Required 

I am a psychology student looking for participants for my study titled “Investigative learning and memory using a Street Artist Paradigm”. Participation is open to all undergraduate students on a voluntary basis. SONA credits will be awarded to 1st and 2nd year psychology or psychological studies students.

If you wish to take part or would like more information please contact


Hardiman Phd scholarships

Closing Date Friday 17th February


Recall of Auditory Incidents; Cross-Modal Memory Impairment

A study focused upon explaining and improving components of the Cognitive Interview.

Calling ALL Undergraduate Students to partake, psychology students will receive 2 SONA credits.

Study Link Or Contact:


Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The SU Grinds Register


Improve Your HEALTH and VITALITY

This four-week programme is being conducted within the School of Psychology to investigate the use of mobile smartphone apps in encouraging healthy food attitudes and behaviours. If you are a student, 18 – 25 years of age, we invite you to take part. Participation involves One 30 minute on-campus introductory session of online questionnaires and games. Four weeks of mobile app use and completion of activities (only a few minutes each day). One 30 minute closing session taking place 28 days after the introductory session. Being entered into a draw to win one of two €100 One4all gift cards. To register your interest or learn more, please visit:


FREE Mindful Meditation Practice in room AC201 each week

  • Tuesdays 08:10-08:50
  • Wednesdays 13:10-13:50
  • Thursdays 17:10-17:50

This practice is suitable for everyone interested in practicing meditation from beginners to experienced practitioners and there is no charge to participate.


Oral Contraceptive Pill & Mobile Phone Intervention Research:

Postgraduate Psychology student looking for female participants in a short online survey. The research is investigating the use of smartphone applications and how they may be effective in reminding one to take their oral contraceptive pill. The survey is online, takes no longer than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous!

Survey Link. Any queries feel free to e-mail:


Student Multimedia Awards Entry Deadline 24th February

More Information


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 – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.


SU Weekly Email 31 21st of April 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Here’s our top 10 tips for the exams next week

1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy! 
2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to NUIG – Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. And your housemates alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam.
4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module. 
5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat. 
6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times. 
7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Rebecca Melvin or your College Office. 
8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam. 
9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
10. Relax – you got this!


Vote for us AGAIN! (Pretty Please!)

We are now through to the FINAL of the People’s Choice Award for the Online Marketing in Galway Awards thanks to your votes! So we need you to please vote for us one more time as we are up against some stiff competition and voting has now reopened. It’s one vote per IP address again with no messy registration. Voting deadline 5pm Friday 29th April.

We also made it to the Semi-Final for the Social Media award category. Fingers crossed we scoop something on the night and make ye proud!

We Are Hiring!

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team in the College Bar & Smokey’s Café. Applications close Sunday 24th April. Online application and more information is available here.

Student Health Unit Exam Emergency Hours

The Student Health Unit will have extended opening hours for exam emergencies effective from Monday 25th April 8.30am-5.30pm daily. Closed for Lunch 1-2pm.

Exam Success/De-Stress Programme Mon 18th April-Fri 29th April

FREE Relaxation/De-stressing/Mindfulness

  • 11:00-11:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)
  • 13:00-13:30 Mindfulness in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)
  • 17:00-17:30 Relaxation/De-Stress in The Space (upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn)

FREE Physical Activity Programme for Exam Success

  • 09:00-09:35 Virtual Spin in the Kingfisher Ground Floor Studio D
  • 13:00-14:00 Mon & Thurs 5k Walk/Run meet outside Kingfisher
  • 13:00-15:00 Corrib Village Cages available for a kick about
  • 16:00-16:35 Virtual Body Balance in Kingfisher Upstairs Studio C

The Student Counselling Service will also have extra staff for drop in service 14:00-16:00 each day – no appointment necessary.

NUI Galway Alumni Association Writing Competition 2016 – Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

  • Essay Title: University College Galway and the 1916 Rising
  • Closing Date: 5pm Friday 22nd April 2016
  • Submission length and format: 600 words sent via Word Document to  
  • Entrants: Open to current NUI Galway students only. Please include your NUIG Student ID number.
  • How to Enter: Via email only to
  • Prize: One prize of €1,000  and the winner will also appear in Cois Coribe magazine and Sin newspaper.

In conjunction with Sin Newspaper, NUI Galway Students’ Union, the Galway University Foundation and the NUI Galway College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies.

Extra Study Space for Summer Exams 2016

Sunday 17th April – Wednesday 11th May 08:00-22:00

Arts/Science Concourse:

Tyndall, O’Flaherty, D’Arcy Thompson, Kirwan, Larmor & Dillon Theatres

Engineering Building:

ENG-G018 & ENG-G047

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 13th May 2016

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 13th May 2016. Any items left in your locker after that will be disposed of.

SU Card Reminder

Remember to cash in any points on your SU Card and spend any balances before you leave for summer. You can access your SU Card account through the SU Website:

Although your card will still work in September, points cannot be carried forward to next year. Cash balances will be unaffected. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Alive Certs Collection in SU

Alive Certificates are now available for collection from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

NUIG Pre-Departure Training Day

NUI Galway’s FREE Pre-Departure Training Day is on 9am-5pm Wednesday 18th May in Áras Moyola. Includes speakers on safety, security, culture, global development, child protection, health and wellbeing. Contact to register.

Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 26th-Thursday 28th April in the Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland.

NUIG 5k Colour Dash

The Irish Cancer Society 5k Colour Dash is coming back to NUI Galway on Sunday 12th of June. Register online here.

Suffering from Chronic Pain and/or Fatigue?

A new online informal support group for Galway students who are living with chronic pain and/or fatigue to come together has been set up by NUI Galway students. Find out more

Census 2016 this Sunday

Make sure you fill out your Census 2016 form this Sunday 24th April. Wherever you sleep overnight on Sunday is where you should be included on a census form, whether that’s in your family home, your apartment or even if you stay with a friend.

All details are 100% confidential and provides essential information about Ireland today to help us plan for the future. Your enumerator will call to collect your form next week.

Heading somewhere exotic this summer?

We sell the ISIC Card in the SU Office for €15 and it gives you student discounts in 124 countries!

Free Diabetes Information Evening

FREE Type 1 Diabetes Patient Education Evening, Monday 16th May 6pm in Croí Heart & Stroke Charity in conjunction with Diabetes Ireland and the diabetes team from University Hospital Galway. Please call 091-544310 to reserve your place!

Have an idea for a social or environmental action project?

The Ideas Collective is a part-time programme run by Suas for motivated individuals and groups with an idea for a social or environmental action project. Over the course of 100 days from June-August you will be supported in bringing your idea for change to life. We are looking for applicants who wish to learn about how change happens and who have the desire to create change. If you have ideas for projects, we want to support you to develop and implement these through The Ideas Collective in summer 2016.

For more information see 

Fuelling Ambition Roadshow

Encouraging Female entrepreneurs to maximise their full potential – Wednesday 4th May in The G Hotel Galway. FREE Event REGISTER HERE:

Undergraduate Awards – Application Deadline 31st May

Submit your coursework now and get awarded for your efforts.

Darkness Into Light 2016 4.15am Saturday 7th May

Registration is now open Raising funds for Pieta House

Complete this survey about Facebook for your chance to win an iPad mini 2!

This link below is to a survey about people’s use of Facebook, and their attitudes about products and brands.  The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your input would be invaluable.  

If you have not already done so, and if you would like to participate, please click on the link and complete the survey to be in with a chance to win an iPad mini 2.  If you wish to be included in the draw, please include your student ID number, and complete the questionnaire in full.

For more information about the survey, please contact Dr Elaine Wallace, Marketing Discipline, J. E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway:

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. 

NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2016


The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever!

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! 

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair. 

Confirmed Exhibitors: 

AIESEC Ireland 

Alive NUI Galway

Bank of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland

Campus France Ireland 

Partnership International


Travel Bug Ltd

USIT Ireland 

Confirmed Food Vendors: 

Boxty’s Load It 

Brown Bag Donuts

Men at Wok

The Dough Bro’s Wood Fired Pizza 

The Pancake Factory 

For more information contact

SU Weekly Email 27 – 26th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

David O’Doherty gig IMPORTANT UPDATE

So unfortunately David has to go over to America and teach a Zumba class in the White House BUT the show must go on so we have the wonderful Al Porter, who just sold out 3 nights in Vicar Street, in as a very able, funny, David O’Doherty replacement. Anyone who already bought a ticket for the gig can use it for the Al Porter show which will be on same time/date/venue OR you can get a full refund from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (up until 1pm on Monday 13th April)

Tickets for Al Porter are just €5 and are on sale now from the SU. Al’s show will be on 8pm Monday 13th April in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

David will be back to us in September to play an apology show. 

We need 3 more SU Officers! Nominations close Weds 8th April.

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16.
Nominations for these 3 positions are now open and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on if you would like more information or check here.

Vote for us please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been nominated for a few awards in the Online Marketing in Galway awards this year including Best Website, Best Social Media and the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is where we need your help as you can vote with just one click of your mouse if you think we deserve this honour. Please give us a vote at the link below and spread the word as we are up against some very tough competition!

The deadline to vote is 5pm Monday 30th March.

Easter Holidays Update

  • Lectures/Teaching: There will be no lectures/teaching on the following dates: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April, Thursday 9th April & Friday 10th April. Easter Holidays are Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April inclusive. Please note that students of the school of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science should consult their school calendar here. 
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant will take place between Monday 30th March-Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 8th April-Friday 10th April.
  • James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • The College Bar: The Bar will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. Tues 7th-Fri 10th April 10:30-18:30.
  • Smokey’s Café: Weds 1st April 08:30-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 09:00-17:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive, Tues 7th April 08:30-20:00
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Closed Thursday 2nd April – Friday 10th April inclusive
  • The Hub: Closed Monday 30th March-Friday 10th April inclusive
  • The SU Shop: Weds 1st April 08:00-21:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-21:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive
  • The Wall Café: Weds 1st April 08:00-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-20:00, Fri 3rd April 09:00-17:00, Sat 4th April 09:00-17:00, Mon 5th April 09:00-17:00, Tues 6th April 08:00-21:00

ISIC Cards Available in the SU

Heading somewhere exotic this summer? Don’t forget to get your ISIC Card from the SU office for just €15. This gets you piles of student discounts around the world!

Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

Most ALIVE Class Nominations Open!

Has your class been outstanding volunteers this year? Nominations close Monday 30th March at 9am. Prize is a class party in the College Bar, celebrate your community and nominate your class for its volunteering this year! Apply Here.

Student Leap Card Available in the SU

Join 115,000 students saving every day with Student Leap Card – the official student lifestyle card for travel, entertainment and retail discounts across Ireland. The card is available in the SU office for just €15.

Microsoft FREE Studysmart Sessions Are Back on Monday

Take part in three FREE tutorials on how best to use Microsoft Office for College this Monday 30th March in AC204.

1pm-2pm: Take our Word – everything you need to create the ultimate assignment and thesis document.

2pm-3pm: Pimp my Slides – the ultimate presentation masterclass in 50 minutes.

3pm-4pm: Spreadcheating – everything you need to know about Excel all in one short, free tutorial.

Register Here.

Attention PhD students nearing completion of theses – University 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, 1st May 2015.

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

Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture requires that we re-imagine our future. How can we transform Galway? Share your ideas!
HOW: Register to speak for three minutes about your ideas for Galway’s future. Bring up to three slides or just your words. Let’s discuss!
WHERE: Upstairs in the Róisín Dubh on Dominick Street. 
WHEN: Monday, March 30th, 2015, from 7pm – 8:15pm
Register at: Tweet: @galway2020 More Information.

Congratulations to the winner of this year’s Academic Writing Centre Writing Competition, Esther Woods.

You can read her piece in the next issue of Sin and on the AWC Website.

The AWC will close for Easter on 27 March and re-open on 13 April.

Limited number of 20% student discount tickets now available for Online Marketing in Galway Awards night and panel discussion on Wednesday 8th April in Town Hall Theatre Galway

The Awards night itself, is not just a night for finalists and winners, it is a night to celebrate the great Digital Story’s in Galway at the moment. There will be a special panel discussion with Catriona O’Kennedy, Head of Marketing and Communications at IDA Ireland, Pauric Lenihan, Head of Digital at Aviva and Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association. 
To complete the evening there will be an after party in Brasserie on the Corner – with finger food and a DJ!

Fingers crossed NUI Galway Students’ Union will be walking away with an award or two from our three nominations – oh yeah don’t forget to vote for us in the People’s Choice Award!

Ticket Link.

Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at

Give it Socks to support Galway’s Homeless

The Cope Galway Give it Socks 5k run or walk to support Galway’s homeless takes place at 11am on Saturday 25th April in Salthill. Entry is just €15 and includes medals, timing chips and refreshments for all entrants. Wear your most horrific, funky socks! Register here.

Bake sale TODAY Thursday 26th March 11am-2pm

Why not get yourselves along to the ILAS building and chose from a selection of tasty treats for a reasonable price. Everything must go. All in aid of Nurture Africa.

Volunteers needed for Cúirt Festival of Literature

Cúirt are seeking volunteers from Tuesday 21st to Sunday 27th of April. If interested please fill out this form and return it to

Application Form.

Do you want to be part of something new and exciting this MAY?

VOLUNTEER for Galway Theatre Festival!! This year we’re really pushing the envelope with our most varied, unique and exciting programme yet and we’d love enthusiastic folk to join us in making this the best festival we possibly can! For more info e-mail

Support World Autism Awareness Day

Thursday 2nd April was declared World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by the United Nations.  Please support the World Autism Awareness Day Campaign and donate today to create awareness and also generate funds to improve the lives of people with Autism. Text WAAD to 50300 to donate €2 to The Irish Society for Autism

Semester 2 Exams

The Semester 2 exam timetable will be available online at 4pm on Monday 30th March.

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.

Don’t Forget the Clocks Go Forward an Hour on Sunday! #GrandStretch