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SU Weekly Email 3 – 25th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October

Our first Citizenship Day, on Wednesday the 1st of October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léin, will showcase and promote the various groups we have on campus that play an active role in society, embrace the values of active citizenship and contribute to the well-being of Irish Society. Our aim is also to promote the idea of being an active citizen to students in NUI Galway and promote involvement in different types of voluntary and community activities as well as participation in the democratic process. For more information please contact Rebecca Melvin at

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Soon!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.


Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 2nd Oct

Our Cardiac First Responder Course takes place 1pm-5.30pm on Thursday 2nd October. To register please call to the SU Office ASAP with the €40 course fee (usual cost €70)

Financial Aid Fund Now Open

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline is 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to

FREE Postgrad Social events this Friday 26th September
5pm walking tour of Galway given by historian Tonaí Ó Roduib for NUIG postgrads (although if you have friends or partners who want to come, they’re welcome as well). Meet at the Spanish Arch. 
8pm Postgrad-Aoke in the College Bar with karaoke, giant games and a few surprises!

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

SU Volunteer Meeting

We will be hosting an info session for anybody that is interested in volunteering with the Students’ Union on Monday the 29th September at 8pm in Meeting Room 1 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with the Students’ Union this year! For more information contact

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale for the next Connacht Rugby home game against Cardiff Blues on Friday 3rd of October at 7.35pm.

Synapse Friday 26th September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall tomorrow, Friday the 26th of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, LinkedIn and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to

Little Cinema Galway Festival this Weekend

If you like short films and being entertained make sure you head to the Little Cinema Festival this weekend.

Memorial for Conor Cribbin RIP

There will be a memorial mass and dedication ceremony for science student Conor Cribbin (RIP) in the Memorial Garden at 11.30am on Sunday 28th September.  Conor’s family will attend.

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

Class Rep Meetings Timetable.

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 secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling


Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 10 Spaces Left
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – COURSE FULL
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder – 5 Spaces Left
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – COURSE FULL
  • Self Defence Course – 3 Spaces Left
  • Irish – Starts this week

More info on all the courses is available here.  


Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC 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, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Lockers – 586 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.


Galway Hospice “Books for Hospice” Fundraiser on Saturday, 4 October

To facilitate staff and students on campus, books will be collected on campus as follows:

During the week of Monday, 29 September to Friday, 3 October, boxes of books may be left in Room 103, Riverside Terrapin, Distillery Road (8.30-9.30 am and 5.30-6.30 pm). If you have three or four books that would be great too, drop off at my office or send in the internal post. The Hospice slogan is “Every moment matters”, with this project every book donated matters.

Are you a young woman living with ADHD?
Doctoral researcher Andrea Lynch in the School of Education is currently running a study examining the experiences of young women living with a formal diagnosis of ADHD. If you are between the ages of 18-20, you are welcome to participate by completing one personal interview and one online questionnaire. For more information about this study, please contact Andrea at, or visit the study’s Facebook page.

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 new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Connacht Rugby NUI Galway Student Tickets


Connacht Rugby Tickets 

We are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with Connacht Rugby again for 2015/16 to offer you reduced price tickets for all their home games during the season. Tickets will be on sale from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday – Friday 10am-5pm and our desk in the Engineering Building Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

Please note that you must have NUI Galway student ID to purchase these tickets and gain entry to the match at the Sportsground on College Road.

Home Game Schedule 2015/16: 

  • Connacht vs Dragons 19:30 Friday 4th September 2015 €10 NUIG Student Tickets on sale soon
  • Connacht vs Cardiff Blues 17:00 Saturday 3rd October 2015 €10 
  • Connacht vs Zebre 19:30 Friday 16th October 2015 €10
  • Connacht vs Edinburgh 18:45 Saturday 31st October 2015 €10
  • Connacht vs Treviso 19:30 Friday 6th November 2015 €10
  • Connacht vs Ulster 18:00 Saturday 26th December 2015
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 29/30/31 January 2016 TBC
  • Connacht vs Ospreys 26/27/28 February 2016 TBC
  • Connachts vs Leinster 25/26/27 March 2016 TBC
  • Connacht vs Munster 15/16/17 April 2016 TBC 
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 6/7/8 May 2016 TBC