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SU Weekly Email 11 – 7th November 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.


SU Council Meeting This Monday

All are welcome to attend the next SU Council meeting 6pm-8pm Mon 11th Nov in HBBG019 in the Human Biology Building. More info from


Vote Next Thursday

We are holding an election to fill the vacant position of SU Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer next Thurs 14th Nov 10am-5pm at Smokey’s Café. Please bring your NUIG ID with you to vote. If you won’t be on campus to vote you can register for a Remote Vote on the SU website until midnight Weds 13th Nov.


We Are Open!

Please note that during the graduation ceremonies we are open as usual 10am-5pm Monday-Friday – just let security know you need to go to the SU. All the other services in Áras na Mac Léinn are open as usual too including Flirt FM, ALIVE, the Student Health Unit and the Socs Box.


Sin Issue 5

Hot off the presses you can read the new issue of Sin newspaper here.


Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.


Win an iPad

Please complete the NUI Galway Accommodation survey and you could win an iPad. It is very important to us to find out your views on NUI Galway’s current accommodation options. This survey is also relevant to students who commute. Complete the survey here before 15th November.


Library Study Break Policy Starts Monday

Just a reminder that the Library Study Break Policy starts this Mon 11th Nov until to Fri 20th Dec. If you leave your belongings unattended at study desk for more than 1 hours other students have permission to move them and use your desk. Please use the “I’m taking a study break” sheets in the Library.



Congratulations! 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.


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



Semester 1 (2019/2020) exams will take place Mon 9th Dec-Fri 20th Dec. The Semester 1 Exam Timetable will be released online Thurs 14th Nov.


Try Sports Next Week – Win Prizes!

  • 2pm-4pm Monday try basketball and volleyball in the Kingfisher
  • 2pm-4pm Tuesday try Tag Rugby in the Kingfisher
  • 11am-2pm Wednesday try Rowing outside the Library


Class Rep Meetings This Month

Mon 11th Nov 6pm – 8pm HBB G019 Human Biology SU Council
Mon 18th Nov 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 18th Nov 6pm – 7pm AC214 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 18th Nov 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 19th Nov 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Weds 20th Nov 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 20th Nov 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Mon 25th Nov 6pm – 8pm HBB G019 Human Biology SU Council

Please email for more information


Invitational Boxing Tournament

The NUIG Boxing Club is holding an Invitational Boxing Tournament at 6pm on Sun 24th of Nov in the Kingfisher NUIG. Tickets are €10 for adults and €5 for students. Email for information.


Coldvember Continues

Coldvember is a fundraising event for the month of November aiming to raise money to bridge the gap in funding for Mental Health Services for students at NUI Galway. Each day during November you are invited to join them for a swim at Blackrock. The first swim is at 1.30pm tomorrow Friday 1st of November. More info and the donation page are available here.


Beer Run this Sunday

The Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is the only free running club that gives you a free beer for your efforts! Join them this Sunday at 12.30pm for their monthly 5/8/10k run.


Free Meditation Class Saturday

FREE Introduction to Meditation class 2pm-3pm this Sat 9th Nov at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road. This event is free of charge and open to everybody.


Be Part of Galway 2020

Galway 2020 is looking for 2,020 participants to take part in their Opening Ceremony in February. The lead up to the opening ceremony will take place from 2nd February with 7 nights of events across Galway finishing on Saturday 8th February with a huge open air finale in Galway city. More info is available here.


Living With Loss Talk

The Irish Hospice Foundation are holding a free talk on Living With Loss at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th of November in the Clayton Hotel. The talk will provide information about grief and the range of supports available to bereaved people. All are welcome and more information is available here.


What Are We Doing for You?

You can find details of your SU Officer Reports, minutes from the SU Officer meetings and your Class Rep Council meetings HERE. If you’ve any questions/comments just give us a shout!


Limited spaces left on following Life Skills courses:

Sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.


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.


Students Get Their Socks On For Charity

News & Events

Students Get Their Socks On For Charity

NUI Galway Students’ Union have today launched fundraising socks featuring a tribute to the iconic “Galway Yellow” (AKA Big Yellow Thing) sculpture on campus. The socks, a collaboration with Galway company Irish Socksciety, are on sale now for €9 a pair with all proceeds going to the SU charities. They’re an ideal present for anyone who has ever said “I’ll meet ya at the Big Yellow Thing” over the years!

The “Galway Yellow” sculpture outside the NUIG Library was created by artist Brian King in 1976 and has been a landmark and meeting point for UCG/NUIG students since then. It goes by a few nicknames most commonly “The Big Yellow Thing” but also “The Squiggle” and “Archimedes Balls”. The socks are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Shop at NUI Galway. They can also be purchased online HERE.

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We are delighted to launch our socks just in time for the NUI Galway conferring ceremonies. They are a great gift and will support the work of two very worthy local charities AIDS West and Domestic Violence Response. We hope past and present staff and students will love the socks as much as we do. We look forward to seeing them on cosy feet across campus!”

AIDS West offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health.

Domestic Violence Response are a community led organisation responding to the issue of domestic abuse in County Galway.



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