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SU Weekly Email 1 – 30th August 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.


What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Megan

Vice-President/Education: Louis

Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Clare

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Adhna

Mature Students: Chuka Paul

Postgraduate Taught: Cameron

Postgraduate Research: Jibran

SU Council Chairperson: Sabrina

Societies: Brandon

Clubs: Ryan

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Rían

Convenor Science: Scott

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Liezel

Convenor Business & Law: Clodagh

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Roshan

International Students: Daniel

Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Alex

Disability Rights: Muireann


Lockers On Sale this Monday 3rd September

You need to register at and pay online and collect your key from the SU Office 10am-5pm Monday-Friday. Please note if you’ve booked a locker in Áras Moyola or the Engineering Buildng you collect your key from the SU desk in the Engineering building 11am-3pm Monday-Friday.


FREE SU Diaries

Get your FREE SU Diary and handbook next week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and outside the SU Shop. We also have FREE Flirt FM Wall Planners for you.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Orientation Week 2018

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

Monday 3rd September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, free SU Diaries, free Wall Planners, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

12pm-3pm My First Day at NUIG SU Photo Booth in foyer of Áras Na Mac Léinn

4pm-7pm Table Quiz with comedian Karl Spain at Sult

8pm till late Post Electric Picnic party with DJ Paul Belton at Sult includes Filthy Food Menu Sampling.

Tuesday 4th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Sult Takeover with your SU Officers. Free Food, Free Wristbands and your chance to ask your SU Officers anything.

8pm till late Bingo Loco at Sult

Wednesday 5th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Keys to Adventure Party with the Morganettes at Sult.

8pm till late Bongo Steve at Sult

Thursday 6th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

4pm-7pm Speed Friending with Steve Bennett at Sult.

8pm till late Daithi at Sult

Friday 7th September

10am-5pm SU Office: Get your SU Card, Student Leap Card, Locker, Second hand Books, play our Giant Games and maybe win a prize!

9pm till late Postgradaoke at Sult


SU Outdoor Cinema Monday 10th September

Our SU Outdoor Cinema is back (weather depending) at 8pm on Monday 10th of September outside the Engineering Building. There will be FREE popcorn for the first 100 people and you can vote on our Facebook page for the film you want us to show. Make sure you bring something to sit on and don’t bring any alcohol or you will be asked to leave.


Crisis Campout

We are holding a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to call attention to the need for the Government to act on the National Accommodation crisis. We need affordable student purpose built accommodation in order to alleviate this crisis.


Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our second-hand bookshop for more information on buying or selling here.


SU Freshers’ Fair Tuesday 18th September

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes and competitions.


NUIG Free STI Clinic

The free STI Clinic will reopen in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn from the week of the 10th of September. The clinic is by appointment only phone 091 492 604 to book. Remember you can pick up FREE condoms from the SU Office or the SU Engineering Desk all year long.


Connacht Rugby Tickets Discount Code

There are 50 reduced rate NUIG Student tickets available online using the following code for the Connacht vs Glasgow match: NUIG-Glasgow-1819

Please note that all purchasers will have to show valid student ID on the night to gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road, failure to do this will result in payment of the difference.


Your Student Transition Officer

Gráinne Morahan is the new Transition Officer who is available to support you, if you are a first year HEAR students, Access student and or if you entered directly with a QQI/ FET qualification. Gráinne is here to help ease you into University life assisting with social, personal, financial and academic experiences. You can meet with Gráinne any Tuesday morning during term, between 10.00 – 13.00 in Room G011, Ground Floor, Block E.  You can also ring to make an appointment on 091-493 298  or email

More Information.


Life Skills Sign Up Open

Spaces are filling up fast for our Life Skills Courses for this year. You can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card for:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST)
  • Sign Language
  • Mixed Martial Arts for Self Defence
  • Cardiac First Responder Course
  • Child Protection Training
  • Yoga
  • Anti-Racism Training
  • Disclosure Training
  • First Aid Responder Course


Want to Join the Students’ Union Officer Team?

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 13th of September for the new SU Officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer. Application forms will be available from the SU Office and SU Website and must be returned before 5pm on Wednesday 19th of September to the box in the SU Office. The election will take place on Thursday 27th of September.


SU Comedy Gig 8pm Monday 24th September €5

NUI Galway Students’ Union presents Alison Spittle and Kevin McGahern at 8pm on Monday 24th of September in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).


Academic Skills Hub

Develop core academic skills with NUI Galway’s Academic Skills Hub at This online resource is packed with tips and information to ensure success in your studies. You can also drop into the Library’s Academic Skills Hub desk for one-to-one support.


Student Leap Cards now just €10

The shiny new Student Leap Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €10 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2019.


Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register Here.


Class Representatives

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 Louis at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.


Financial Aid Fund opens 10th Sept

The Financial Aid Fund is intended to tackle disadvantage by providing financial support to students who require financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. 

Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund Online Applications open on Monday 10th of September and close at 12 noon on Monday 1st OctoberMore information.


Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop, Smokey’s Café, The Wall Café, Caifé na Gaeilge. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits.

Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!


Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Áine 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 message her via the Sin Facebook page here.


Give Blood Next Week

Please Give Blood in the Menlo Park Hotel Galway

  • 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 4th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 5th September
  • 5pm-8.30pm Thursday 6th September


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.

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

SU Life Skills


  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognise when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop.

Who provides ASIST workshops?

Each ASIST workshop is led by at least two registered LivingWorks trainers. These trainers will have attended ASIST Training for Trainers, presented workshops regularly, and submitted continuous quality assurance reports. All trainers receive ongoing support from LivingWorks as they work to build suicide-safer communities.

The provision of ASIST training in the Republic of Ireland, is funded by the HSE.

Who should attend an ASIST workshop?

ASIST is for everyone. Anyone can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST over the years.

Note: The content of the ASIST workshop may be difficult to deal with if you are feeling emotionally vulnerable. If you have suicidal thoughts, or have been recently bereaved, particularly through suicide, you may wish to delay taking part in this course until you’re feeling stronger, emotionally.
ASIST training is not suitable for those aged under 18.

Here is what you can expect at your ASIST training:

ASIST is held over two consecutive days for a total of approx 15 hours.
ASIST is based on principles of adult learning. It values participants’ experiences and contributions and encourages them to share actively in the learning process.
ASIST workshops always have a minimum of two active ASIST trainers present for the entire two days.
Some parts of ASIST take place with all participants together, and others take place in a smaller work group. This helps create a balance between safety and challenge. Participants need not disclose personal experiences to the whole group.
Local resources are provided and their availability in the community is discussed.
Participant materials include a 20-page workbook, wallet card, and stickers. Participants also receive a certificate upon completing the workshop.

Sign Up Online: You can sign up online for courses in Galway/Mayo/Roscommon here:

Cost: Training is free but booking is essential

Venues: Western Management Centre + Across Galway/Mayo/Roscommon

Dates: Thurs 21st & Fri 22nd of Nov 2019 (10 spaces for NUIG Students) + Various dates. Contact for booking code for November course.