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SU Weekly Email 23 – 23rd February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm this Monday 27th of February in IT250. Please note that only registered Class Reps can vote in this election.
  • Nominations are now closed for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare. The election takes place next Thursday 2nd of March with polling stations in An Bhialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm), Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and on the SU Website via Remote Vote 10am-8pm (pre-registration required before midnight Weds 1st March)
  • Nominations are now open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at 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

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office by the specified deadline.

Election Guide.

#NUIGSU17 Remote Vote – Registration Open

If you are not on campus on Thursday 2nd March and wish to vote in the Students’ Union elections and referendum, you can use Remote Vote to cast your vote online.

It’s a simple two-step process:

  1. REGISTER Log on to the Students’ Union website before midnight on Wednesday 1st March and register for Remote Vote.
  2. VOTE Log on to the Students’ Union website between 10am and 8pm on Thursday 2nd March.

Remote Vote is easy to use and is completely confidential.

Referendum on NUI Galway Students’ Union’s position on reunification of the island of Ireland

On Thursday 2nd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland.

The wording which will appear on the ballot paper, requiring a Yes / No answer, will be:

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“That NUI Galway Students’ Union supports the reunification of the island of Ireland and calls on the State to hold a national referendum on the question of such reunification.”

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.

Polling Stations will be open: 10am-7pm (An Bhialann), 11am-8pm (Áras na Mac Léinn), 12pm-4pm (Engineering Building), 10am-8pm (Online Remote Vote – registration required by midnight Weds 1st March)

3 Comedians for €5!

Our last SU Comedy Gig of the year is on at 8pm on Monday 6th of March and features Fred Cooke, Kevin McGahern AND Joanne McNally all for €5. Tickets are on sale now from the SU Office and the SU Engineering desk and all proceeds go to the SU charities: RNLI (Galway Lifeboats) and Threshold.

Marchathon 2017 – The 10,000 Step Challenge STARTS Weds 1st March

Win action cameras, shopping vouchers, travel cups, t-shirts, jumpers and lots more!

  1. Free to take part
  2. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  3. Sign up online at
  4. a) Team captain choose a team name and set up your team online
  5. b) Then team members sign up online and join this team
  6. Get a step counter – last few FREE Step Counters available in SU Office or download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), use a fit bit, Ipod or other step tracking device
  7. From the 1st to 31st of March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge reaching 10,000 steps or more by the 31st of March.

For more details or

Equality Week Events TODAY

All Day: Tompax (time of the month packs): Free pads, tampons, and chocolate across campus

11am-1pm ICTU Stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-2pm Do you work?  Do you feel that your rights are infringed? Come to the D’arcy Thompson Theatre! We have a wide range of speakers from Employment Relation representatives who will inform us of our rights.

More information from

Being a Postgrad can be tough.

If you have questions or just want a bit of a rant call to the NUI Galway Students’ Union office every Friday 2pm-4pm.

The SU Postgrad Officer Colm will be here to listen and advise you or just drop him a line on

Complete the National Student Survey before Sunday – 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

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

  • 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)

SU 8 Week Yoga Course Now Enrolling

You can sign up in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card. The course cost is €40.

  • Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May
  • Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm Thursday 16th March-Thursday 4th May

NUIG Vintage Clothes Fair 11am-5pm Thurs 2nd March

We’ll be filling our HUGE VINTAGE SALE, with only the best ON TREND 80s+90s wavy garms at teeny tiny prices! We’ll be stocking; Aztec, Plaid, Cord, Crazy, Pattern, Printed, Cropped, Oversized, Re-worked, USA Vintage, Branded Sportswear, Streetwear, Handmade Jewels, Crystals, Charms, Hats, Pumps, Sweats, Knitwear, 90’s Denim, Suede Bombers, Jackets, Coats, Shirts, Jeans, Dungarees, T’s, Sweaters, Shell, Skirts…. +so much more!

Need Help?

With Writing – The Academic Writing Centre

With Maths – SUMS

With Computer Programming – Computer DISC

With Anything – The SU Grinds Register

5k Fun Run 1pm Tuesday

NUIG Boat Club and NUIG Sports and Recreation Unit are holding a 5k fun run’ NUIG Clash of the Schools’ next Tuesday at 1pm, entry is free and there are lots of great prizes.

More Information.

NUI Awards 2017 Competitions Now Open

Apply now for one of the great Scholarships, Fellowships and Prizes on offer, including:

  • NUI Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Sciences
  • NUI Travelling Studentships

Find full details including eligibility criteria and closing dates at

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference 

On Tuesday the 4th of April, the Third Undergraduate Research Conference will take place in NUIG. This event is a brilliant opportunity for students to gain exposure to research in a friendly yet academic environment. Students will have the chance to present their own abstract ideas based on the Sustainable Development Goals! Digital Badges will also be awarded to anyone who presents or attends. Sign up and register for the event:

CompSoc Camara Collection

CompSoc are running their monthly Camara Drop-off Point in 18 Distillery Road starting next Wednesday 1st March 2017 from 10am to 2pm. They are also looking for volunteers to help out for an hour between 10am and 2pm. All computers, laptops, monitors, servers and keyboard donations are welcome. They are then sent to Dublin to be wiped to military standards before being sent to schools in Africa. We are unable to accept printers, CRT monitors, switches or projectors.

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • LinkedIn Workshop
  • Oracle –Employability Workshop
  • Employer in Residence – Oracle
  • Career Resilience Workshop
  • The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Information Stand
  • Interview Skills Masterclass
  • Fuelling your Ambition

For more information and to register visit


Have your say on academic skills development at NUI Galway

Would you like to attend a student focus group about developing an academic skills hub to support the transition into and success at college? If you’d like to participate, please email indicating your preferred timeslot (10am –11am or 1pm–2pm) on Friday 3rd of March.  Refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.


WIN: €100 or a night in a 5* hotel.

ROPES Literary Journal are hosting a table quiz at 8.30pm Tuesday 28th February in Sult in aid of Pieta House. The top prize is €100 and there will be spot prizes and a raffle on the night! Entry €5 per person with a max of 4 people per table. Prizes include a 1 night stay in a 5* hotel for 2 people, pamper hampers, chocolates and more.

We will have a stall at Smokey’s Café Friday 24th February and Monday 27th February for anyone that wants to purchase tickets/find out more.


Attention Marketing Students win €3,000

Applications are open for the An Post Student Smart Marketing Campaign of the Year Award. This is an opportunity to win a €3,000 cash prize and an internship with the Sunday Business Post. Deadline 5pm 7th March.


Ash Wednesday 1st March

Prayer and Distribution of Ashes in the Chapel of St Columbanus:-

  • 8am Mass
  • 11.15am Prayer Service
  • 1.10pm Mass
  • 5.15pm Prayer Service


Hidden Disabilities and Discrimination in the Workplace

NUIG FLAC Society and Epilepsy Ireland are hosting a free public seminar dealing with discrimination in the workplace because of hidden disabilities at 6pm this Wednesday in AC202. If you have been discriminated against or are thinking about applying for a new job requiring the disclosure of medical information, this event will be of benefit to you.


Arts in Action presents In Illo Tempore’.

FREE event 1pm-2pm Thursday March 2nd in the Cube Theatre – Áras Na Mac Léinn. In Illo Tempore are a band of Fado  student singers from the Coimbra University in Portugal. Fado music originates from Lisbon and can be traced back to the 1820s. It has a long and rich heritage. The group perform with traditional guitars originating from the Coimbra region in Portugal.

We would love to see you there, the performance is free and all are very welcome!


Ennis Stop Now Being Offered by J.J. Kavanagh Coaches

Good news for all NUI Galway students from the Clare area. J.J Kavanagh Coaches are now offering a new stop in Ennis on their Galway to Waterford bus route. The service runs on a Sunday and Friday during term time.

A single ticket to/from Ennis will cost NUI Galway students €8.00

For further details please click J.J. Kavanagh Bus Route



#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.


Help “Raise the Dough” for ISPCC Childline!

Register by emailing Susie shalpin@ispcc or through and receive some delicious Boutique Bake Mixes (Belgian chocolate, Lemon Drizzle, Flapjack cookie). Sell your bakes to your friends and colleagues and help us answer vital calls to children and young people who need to talk.

Last year we answered 400,000 of these very calls from children who talked to us about abuse, neglect, loneliness and depression.

Please use the website for lots of nice ideas.


Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore


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


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.


Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The 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 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 20 28th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUIG SU Galway West General Election Hustings

We will be hosting a General Election Hustings from 6pm on Thursday 4th of February in AM250 the O’Heocha Theatre in the Arts Millennium Building. This is your chance to meet and question the Galway West Candidates about why they are running for election and why they think you should vote for them. For more information contact Phelim on

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day Sat 6th Feb

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm.

Sin Newspaper Issue 8

Read it Online Here.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets €5 on Sale NOW!

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Exam Results
Semester 1 Exam Results will remain “provisional” until exam boards meet at the end of semester 2. The Examinations Office does not release provisional results. 
Provisional results for Semester 1 exams may be available to students via Blackboard. Please note that not all students will receive provisional results for Semester 1 exams. If provisional results are not available to you via Blackboard by the first week in February, please consult with your lecturer for advice. Undergraduate Results: Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released between Tuesday, 14th and Friday 24th June by the Exams Office

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday 1st July.

NUIG Election Information Sessions #NUIGSU16

Nominations open soon for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections and on Wednesday 3rd of February we will be hosting information sessions for anyone who is thinking of running for election. For more information on the event please contact Phelim on or see our website for more information. 


NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 2016

Monday 8th February

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale in SU and SU Engineering Desk now.

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP

Tuesday 9th February

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP

Wednesday 10th February

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

8pmThe Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Friday 12th 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 Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society.

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

Are you registered to vote in the upcoming Seanad elections? REGISTER BY 4PM TODAY

There will be voter registration forms available from the Students’ Union until 4pm TODAY Thursday 28th January. We will be sending all forms off today to be in on time for the deadline.

All graduates of an NUI college (UCC, UCD, NUIG, MU [NUI Maynooth], RCSI, NCAD) are entitled to a postal vote, but you must be registered. If you are already registered and need to update your contact details, these can be updated using the same form.

A copy of the form can be found here should you want to print it off yourself and send it to National University of Ireland, Records Office, 49 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

While at present it will be the February 2015 register that is used, the responsible Minister can use their discretion to use the new 2016 register. NUI Galway Students’ Union, Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and other organisations will be lobbying for this to happen. If you have any questions please contact Phelim Kelly on

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available! CHANGE OF DATE

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 5th of March in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Life Skills Courses – some spaces left

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course €1011th & 12th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training now! 

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Will You Shave or Dye this February?

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email

Applications now open for NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards
1ST PRIZE: Blackstone Launchpad Incubation Space for 8 weeks and €2,500 seed funding to invest in developing your idea
2ND PRIZE: Blackstone LaunchPad Incubation Space for 8 weeks and €500 seed funding to invest in developing your idea.
STEP1: To apply simply record a 3 minute video or submit a written application, telling us about you and your start up idea. Make sure to detail the concept of your project, how you plan to implement your idea and what winning the prize would mean to you in terms of developing your idea further. Submission should be emailed to by Friday 5th February
STEP2: 6 finalists will be selected by a panel of Judges. These finalists will be provided with mentors and supports to develop their idea further and make them pitch ready.
STEP3: All finalists will pitch their idea at our Grand Finale Event in NUI Galway on the 24th of March 2016.

Camara Computer Charity Collection Point

The Computer Society are holding a ​Camara Computer ​Charity Collection Point on Wednesday 3rd February from 11am 6pm on 18 Distillery Rd (beside Security). Computers donated are securely wiped and reused in communities around the world. All computers, laptops, flat-screen monitors, and keyboard donations are welcome.


FREE PhD Support Group

Tuesdays 6.30pm–8pm starting Tues 2nd Feb. Booking/More Info: Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

English classes for international students

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes will take place each Wednesday from 6pm-8pm in AM105 in the Arts Millennium building and on Mondays 5pm-7pm in AM122 in the Arts Millennium Building.

The classes will run for 8 weeks and are open to all full degree international students who wish to improve their academic writing. There is no need for registration, students should simply attend on the day that suits.

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) is now open
You can drop into the AWC in the Library 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). All NUI Galway students are very welcome.

The Impact of Chronic Pain on the Occupational Balance of Third Level Students

My name is Kerrie McGroarty, I am a fourth year Occupational Therapy student and for my final year project I hope to explore the impact chronic pain has on students, and possibly use the results to advocate for supports for students with chronic pain. If you think you have chronic pain, are over 18 years of age  and would like to take part in the research please follow this link to find more information and to complete the survey. If you have any queries or require more information please contact me at

 Take the Survey.

Complete the National Student Survey from Monday 1st of February

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.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduate
  • Taught Postgraduates

Log on to from Monday 1st of February to complete the survey.

ACT For Meningitis

ACT for Meningitis will be on campus at Smokey’s on Wednesday 3rd of February 11am-2pm. Find out more information about Meningitis and how early detection is vital.

Upcoming FREE Workshops & Support Groups provided by the Student Counselling Service

  • 1 hour Study Skills workshop Wednesday 3rd February 6:30pm-7:30pm in Seminar Room THB GO10
  • Belonging & Overcoming Isolation support group starting Monday 1st February 6:30pm-8pm for 6 weeks in AMB 1062
  • Managing Moods personal development group starting Tuesday 2nd February 6:30pm-8pm for 4 weeks in AMB 1064


Common Suspicious Thoughts Research Study
My name is Meagan Lynch and I am a final year student in the School of Psychology. As part of my final year research project i am examining how people respond to common suspicious thoughts. I’m inviting all students in NUI Galway to take part as I need responses from a wide range of people.

NB!  – Undergraduate Psychology students will receive course credits for taking part (1 – 3 credits) so for you this is a great way to start earning research participation credits.

If you’re interested in taking part, please contact me for further information –

Call Out to All Young Irish Filmmakers!

First Cut Film Festival Deadline for Entries Feb 12th 2016

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 80 stands on display, so this is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Research Office, and other student support services.

You can pre-register to attend online now at:  or just turn up and register on the day.

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.