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NUIG SU Recruitment: Peer Learning Intern

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Peer Learning Intern


NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks a friendly, motivated and goal-oriented Intern to provide support to existing staff on its CÉIM academic peer learning programme. This is a varied role in which the successful candidate will be required to work closely with diverse partners including students and academic staff to help ensure the effective delivery of CÉIM in an online setting.


About CÉIM
CÉIM is an academic peer support scheme based on the Peer Assisted Study Sessions / Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) model. CÉIM supports 1st year students’ transition to higher education, health and wellbeing, academic success, progression and development of transferable skills. Delivered via a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union, CÉIM will be offered online to approximately 1,650 or nearly 50% of NUI Galway 1st year students in the 2020/21 academic year. See further information on www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim


The Intern will be employed by NUI Galway Students’ Union on a fixed-term part-time contract (4 days per week).

Contract duration: Late-August 2020 – Late May 2021
Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (7 hours per day)


Typically, the intern will work on the NUI Galway Campus, however the current COVID-19 crisis will require working from home.


Job Description

  • Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of CÉIM.
  • Provide general programme and administrative support.
  • Organise materials for student leaders, weekly meetings and training.
  • Provide support to individual students and groups of students.
  • Attend and run weekly meetings with students and academic staff.
  • Support the CÉIM Director and CÉIM Administrator with various duties as they arise.



  • Understanding of the CÉIM programme and experience of peer learning.
  • A strong interest in supporting students to interact with each other and to develop a sense of belonging at NUI Galway.
  • Strong organisational and administration skills.
  • Experienced Microsoft Office user.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Confident operating in an online environment, including video conferencing.
  • Friendly and professional manner with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
  • Highly adaptable with a solution-oriented outlook.
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to deadlines and deliverables.
  • The capacity to acquire new skills and apply them to the role.



Applications must include:

  • Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the post and why you are interested in the post.
  • Curriculum Vitae.


Applications via email to:

Chris Newell

General Manager

NUI Galway Students’ Union


Closing date: 5:00pm, Monday, 22 June 2020
Online interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place week beginning Monday, 29 June 2020

SU Weekly Email 21 – 30th January 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Volunteers Urgently Needed This Saturday!  

We will be holding our annual charity collection day in aid of the SU Charities this Sat 1st of Feb. If you have 2 hours to spare 11am-1pm or 1pm-3pm to shake a bucket please contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie – All funds raised will be going to Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West.

SU Election Info Session

We will be holding an information session for anyone thinking about running for the SU Elections 1pm-2pm on Weds 5th Feb.

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer nominations open Weds 19th Feb
  • 15 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

For more info please contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie

SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open

#GE2020 Meet the Galway West and East Candidates 7.30pm Tuesday

Together with ONE Galway and GMIT SU we will be hosting an event for you to meet with your Galway West and East GE2020 candidates 7.30pm on Tues 4th Feb in the Kirwan Theatre. This is your chance to meet the candidates to discuss their party’s policy on housing, healthcare, education, transport, work, direct provision and public services. Tickets are FREE but limited. Get yours here.

LIFT Training Registration Open – Starts Tomorrow!  

LIFT stands for Leading Ireland’s Future Together and the aim of LIFT is to build a better Ireland by developing leaders of character across our country. We will again be holding 8 weeks of LIFT roundtables in the SU starting Fri 31st Jan. Each weeks session will start at 3pm and last 30-45 minutes. We will cover a different leadership theme each week including Listening; Positive Attitude; Respect; Empathy & Understanding; Honesty & Integrity; Competence; Determination and Accountability.You can read more about the initiative at www.liftireland.ie

The group is limited to 4 students. To sign up/get more info email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Clubs’ Day TODAY!  

Clubs’ Day will take place 12pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 30th of Jan in the Kingfisher Sports Hall. Is your new year’s resolution to get fit and active? Then join an NUI Galway Sports cub, with over 50 clubs to choose from we have everything you may need. From Gaelic Games to Martial arts and from Golf to Water Sports we have it all!

Need Books?

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

Early Bird Ticket Sales end this Fri 31st Jan for Clubs’ Ball

Tickets just €32.50. Get yours here before the price increase

Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Involves meeting weekly with 1st year students to help them transition successfully to NUI Galway, gain a greater understanding of coursework and meet new people. Benefits include: intensive free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Monday, 10 February 2020.

Rally in Support of Theo Ndlovu & Mduduzi Creative Ngwenya

This Sat 1st of Feb at 1pm people are asked to gather at the Spanish Arch and walk to Eyre Square for a cultural event to celebrate the love, joy and wealth of talent that Theo Ndlovu, Mduduzi Creative, and the community of people seeking asylum as a whole have brought to Galway. Theo and Mduduzi have contributed so much to community development in Galway since they arrived 3 years ago. Yet they now both face the threat of deportation.

ALIVE hosts Gaisce Workshop

5pm Mon 3rd Feb in the ALIVE office, Áras na Mac Léinn. Pizza, chats and info about Ireland’s national civic medal! All welcome. Sign up here.

Transition to Employment Launch Weds 5th Feb

Transition to Employment is a series of events for students with a disability or who experience anxiety, stress, depression or other mental health challenges. It is run by the Career Development Centre and will take place in the Careers Seminar Room. All welcome.

  • 1pm-2pm Weds 5th Feb Launch – Get support and advice regarding your career/job search.
  • 1-2pm Weds 12th Feb Disclosure – Learn how/when to discuss your disability/mental health during job-hunting process.
  • 1pm-2pm Weds 19th Feb Employer Panel – Meet employers and graduates in employment with disability/mental health challenges.
  • 1pm-2pm Weds 26th Feb Wrap Up Session – Reflect on learnings from the programme.

Looking to Get Fit in a Non-Competitive, Social Environment?

NUIG Athletic Club’s Fit For Life are free weekly runs every Monday at 6pm meeting at the Kingfisher. This is suitable for all levels of fitness. Contact them here for more info.

Thinking about a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Tues 4th Feb in the Bailey Allen Hall. Short presentations will take place during the day, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. There will be over 100 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, Fees Office, and other student support services.

Sustainable Fashion Workshop

ALIVE is hosting an SDG Workshop with World Vision Ireland that is free for all students to attend about Sustainable Fashion 5pm-7pm Weds 12th Feb in  the Careers Seminar Room.  More clothes are being produced and consumed, but fashion shouldn’t have to cost the earth.  Food will be available for all.

Here’s the Eventbrite link to sign up so there’s enough food!

FREE MMR Booster vaccination dose NOW available from Student Health Unit

Owing to the current national Mumps outbreak, which has been running since late 2018, causing over 3,500 cases of Mumps, and with over 250 cases already diagnosed so far this year, the HSE Dept of Public Health have announced the provision of a FREE MMR Booster vaccination dose. This MMR booster is recommended for any students aged up to 30 years old, who either cannot confirm or are unsure as to whether they previously received the standard recommended 2 doses of MMR vaccination. Should any student require and wish to avail of this FREE MMR Booster vaccination from the NUIG Student Health Unit service, then they should either call in to reception or phone 091-494 337 to book an appointment.

Chili Eating Competition

NUIG Swimming Club are holding a chili eating competition at 5pm on Mon 10th of Feb in Meeting Room 1 in Áras na Mac Léinn. There’ll be loads of prizes and free food for competitors and spectators. It’s gonna be spicy! More info on their insta

Menstrual Pain Among University Students in Ireland Survey

Would you like to take part in a short online survey about the impact of menstrual pain and the management strategies used to cope with it? If you have any questions please contact the researcher K.Monahan5@nuigalway.ie

Survey Link

Potterfest 2020: Phoenixfest

Potterfest, a Harry Potter Convention hosted and organised by NUIG Pottersoc, is coming back for 2020 as PHOENIXFEST from Feb 7th to 9th.Including a Yule Ball Opening Ceremony Gala, as well as panels, quizzes, a raffle and more; we at Phoenixfest would love to see fellow Potterheads there! If interested in being involved or buying tickets, more information is available here

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

This study is concerned with exploring the relationship between NUI Galway undergraduate 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 information 

USI Women Lead 2020

Women Lead is a two day event on the 31st of Jan & 1st of Feb for self-defining women who are interested in running for leadership positions in their Students’ Unions or elsewhere in their community. It features two days of talks and panel discussions by inspirational women on everything from running a campaign to what it’s like to be a CEO!
Register for Women Lead 2020 with this form!

EDEN Conference: Call for Papers

“The Age of the Precariat: Identity and Precarity”: All Island Interdisciplinary Conference Hosted by the Early Doctoral Exchange Network (EDEN) at NUI Galway 24th-25th April. EDEN invites submissions by postgraduate and early doctoral researchers that explore the themes of Identity and Precarity. Abstracts of 250 words, along with a short biography of approx. 50 words, can be submitted by Mon 3rd Feb to eden.nuigalway@gmail.com For more info email or follow us on Twitter @eden_nuig

Driver Experiences in Ireland: The link between childhood trauma and trauma following Road Traffic Collisions

You are invited to take part in an NUIG research study exploring how childhood trauma may be related to the trauma following road traffic collisions. Anyone can take part, as long as you are over 18 and have a driver’s license.

For more information regarding the survey, please click this link  

Galway 2020 TV Promo – Extras Needed

On Sunday 2nd February Galway 2020 are shooting a promo to appear on TG4 and RTE. They require 100 extras aged 18 – 24, there will be bands, colourful flares and dancing. Shooting takes place from 8am -12pm.  Contact: Wesleyoduinn@gmail.com to get involved.

LIFT Facilitator Training at NUIG

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative that aims to increase the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland. Within ten years, LIFT Ireland wants 10% of the population to have taken part in our leadership learning process. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a LIFT Facilitator the next round of facilitator training is on at NUIG 9.30am-1.30pm Friday 7th of February.

More info and booking here.

Free Yoga Meditation Class this Saturday

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are back this Sat 1st Feb 2pm-3pm at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road Galway. All welcome every Saturday.

USAC Fight Night

The USAC Fight Night will take place at 7.30pm on Thurs 27th Feb in the Clayton Hotel in aid of Galway Hospice Foundation. There will be raffle prizes on the night, great entertainment and a showcase of amateur boxing. Be sure to get your tickets, don’t miss out!

Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.



SU Weekly Email 19 – 31st of January 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Neil Delamere 200 Tickets Left

€5 Tickets for comedian Neil Delamere on Monday 18th of February are on sale now from the SU Office and SU Engineering Desk.

UPDATE: Regarding Exam Results and Fee Deadline

We have been made aware that many students are still waiting on their provisional semester 1 exam results and that this is causing a lot of concern as the deadline for the payment of the remainder of fees is today Thursday 31st of January. We have been working with the various departments in the University this week to try to get provisional exam results issued ASAP as we know this might impact on students decision to continue their course.

We have been advised that the Fees Office do not hold Semester 1 exam results for students with outstanding fees.

Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office.

SU Free Cloakroom Open TODAY

The SU Free Cloakroom is open 9am-6pm Thursdays and Fridays during term. It’s located near the SU XL Shop.

Become a 2019/20 CÉIM peer learning leader
Meet weekly with 1st year students and support them to transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, and develop networks. Open to current 1st and/or 2nd year students in specific disciplines. Benefits: develop your skills, boost your CV, meet new people, receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and fulfil criteria to obtain the NUI Galway President’s Award and Employability Award. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 11 February. Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

Student Leap Cards

Remember you can now purchase and top up your Student Leap Cards in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. You can top up your Leap Card with us for monetary amounts or put your weekly/monthly bus ticket on it.

To get your Leap Card:

  1. Apply online here: https://www.studentleapcard.ie/apply-by-mobile/
  2. Bring your code to the SU Office and we will issue your card for €10. Please note the code is only valid for 7 days.

Volunteers URGENTLY Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our annual charity collection day in Galway City this Saturday 2nd of February for the following time slots: 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm. You will be holding a collection bucket and asking the public to donate what they can to the SU Nominated Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway. Email joanna.brophy@nuigalway.ie to volunteer.

Mental Health Week Continues TODAY Thurs 31st Jan

  • 11am-4pm ALIVE Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-5pm Counselling Workshop on Stress & Anxiety in G067 in the Psychology Building
  • 7pm-9pm Comedy Sketch Night in AC215

Know Someone Who Should Run for the #NUIGSU19 Elections?

Do you think your friend would make a great Students’ Union President or Vice-President? Or maybe you’d love to run for election yourself?

Recommend a Friend or Register Your Interest in Running HERE.

Nominations Open at 10am on Thurs 14th Feb for the three full-time paid Officer positions of President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare & Equality Officer.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2019

Sat 9th of Feb

Mon 11th of Feb

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Mondays at Smokey’s Café
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

Tues 12th of Feb

  • 8.10am-8.50am Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre in The Space. €10 Register in advance in SU
  • 6pm-9pm NUIG Premiere Screening of “The Meeting” in D’Arcy Thompson Theatre. Free ticketed event. Register on EventBrite for tickets.
  • 9pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event in the Corrib Room.

Weds 13th of Feb

  • 11am-3pm COPE Galway Violence in Relationships Information Table at Smokey’s Café
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201

Thurs 14th of Feb

  • 10am Valentine’s Day Chocolates and Roses – FREE while stocks last from the SU!
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.
  • 8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness! FREE event in the main bar at Sult.

All Week:

  • Free Condoms from the SU and SU Engineering Desk

More information from/ Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie


Volunteering Fair TODAY

The ALIVE Volunteering Fair takes places 11am-4pm TODAY Thursday 31st of January in the Bailey Allen Hall. Come along, meet community NGO’s and become a volunteer instantly!


1916 Bursary Fund Open

Applications are open for the 1916 Bursary Fund until the 31st of March 2019 which is up to €5,000 per year of study. Applications welcome from full/part time new entry students from under-represented socio-economic. Email access@nuigalway.ie or phone 091- 493 553 for more information.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day on Wednesday

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Wednesday, 6th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. The event will include short presentations covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. 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, and other student support services. You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day or just turn up and register on the day.

Sin Issue 8

You can read Issue 8 of Sin Newspaper here.

NUIG Postgrad Ball Early Bird Tickets

The NUIG Postgrad Ball will take place on the Thursday 7th of March. Early bird €45 tickets go on sale on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of February. More information here.

Transition to Employment Programme

Do you have a disability or mental health challenge? Sing up for the Career Development Centre Transition to Employment programme. Includes CV & Interview Skills Workshop, Employer Panel and Disclosure workshop.

Free safeTALK Course

Online Registration Open for free safeTALK Course 9.30am-1pm Weds 27th Feb in Westside Resource Centre. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares attendees, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Register online here.

USIT J1 Info Sessions Tues 5th Feb

  • 3pm-4pm J1 Summer Options Stand at Smokey’s
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm J1 Summer Camp Talk in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm J1 Information Talk in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn


Student Survey Opens Monday

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. The survey is open to: First Year Undergrad, Final Year Undergrad and Taught Postgrad students.

FREE Mindfulness Based Living 6 week Course starts Monday 4th Feb

Choice of times: 5pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm – 8pm in Áras Moyola MY336

  • Learn skills to address anxiety and stress
  • Have better focus and concentration for study
  • Promotes a better relationship with yourself and others

Book here: https://www.nuigstudents.ie/smartlife


Charity Table Quiz in aid of Palestine

Sinn Fein Society are holding a charity table quiz at Sult at 8pm on Thursday 7th February to raise funds for medical aid in Palestine. It’s €5 per person and prizes include 2x Keilidh MUA makeup masterclass tour tickets for the Galmont Hotel, €40 cash prize, and a signed Gerry Adams cookbook.


Free Weekly Mindfulness Classes

Every week during term there are FREE Mindfulness classes at NUI Galway. Feel free to drop in – all are welcome.

  • 8.10am-8.50am Tuesdays Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Wednesdays Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201


Need help finding the right information for your assignment?

Drop into a Smart Searching for your Assignment session at the Library! Sessions weekly through to the end of February. Info and registration here.


Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Discount Tickets

Use the following discount codes online to get the reduced NUI Galway student rate for these Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 5pm Saturday 16th February Connacht vs Cheetahs CODE: NUIG-Che-1819
  • 2.45pm Saturday 2nd March Connacht vs Ospreys CODE: NUIG-Osp-1819

Limited to 50 tickets per match for the Bohermore Terrace only. NUI Galway Student ID required.


Smart Life FREE Courses

Check out SMART LIFE, a series of **FREE** wellbeing and academic short courses and once-off workshops to help you do better and feel better! More info and booking here: https://www.nuigstudents.ie/smartlife


Fierce AF Monday Interviews

Fierce – Fierce AF will be hosting Facebook Live interviews each Monday with inspirational athletes. First up at 6.15pm on Monday 4th of February is the K1 Atomweight Champion of the World Whitney Sheppard!


My Thesis in French Competition

Registration for My Thesis in 3 minutes in French is now open for PhD students. Deadline 28th Feb and the event takes place in Dublin Weds 13th March. There will be nice prizes to reward the best presentations! Register here.


SpunOut.ie are recruiting for their Action Panels

Action Panels are where young people meet and decide new content ideas for SpunOut.ie. This ensures that the information on www.spunout.ie is based on what young people aged 16-25 across the country want to know about. Action Panels are based in Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Galway and they each meet three times a year. As an Action panel member there are a number of training opportunities such as on how to be an effective advocate for causes you care about, as well as receiving personal and professional guidance.

Find out more and apply here.


Irish Cancer Society​ Research Scholarship Programmes

  • Biomedical Research Scholarship
  • Social and Allied Health Science Research Scholarship

Deadline Expression of Interest: 3pm Tues 26th Feb 2019


Have Your Say on Reform of Electoral Registration Process

The Government has published proposals to make it simpler and more user-friendly for people to register to voter or change their registration details and they would like your views on same.

You can read the proposals online here

You can submit your views on the proposals via email to registerreform@housing.gov.ie and the deadline for submissions is Friday 15th March 2019


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Wins at National Student Achievement Awards

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union won two prizes at the National Student Achievement Awards which took place in Dublin Castle last night. The EXPLORE Programme won first prize in the Community Awareness Award category and the CÉIM programme took top honours in the Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award.

The EXPLORE innovation initiative supports NUI Galway students and staff to collaborate as equal partners to bring about positive change on campus and in the wider community. It was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway in early 2012 and has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff. These projects have gone on to raise over €285,000 funding to date.

CÉIM is an academic peer learning programme which NUI Galway Students’ Union established in 2013. The aim of the programme is to support 1st year students to transition successfully to university, to succeed academically, and to develop networks and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics in 2013 and introduced in the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies in 2015. It will be offered to 20 percent of 1st year students in the next academic year.

The impact to date of the CÉIM programme is very encouraging with 80% of 1st years surveyed in 2014/15 saying it helped them settle into university. Regular CÉIM attendees achieved 9% higher grades in 2014/15 than irregular or non-attendees and were much more likely to pass the year. The Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award was awarded by CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland.

Mr. Boland noted that “CÉIM is innovative and invigorating and shows a depth of work and understanding worthy of any project in higher education.”

The Student Achievement Awards took place in Dublin Castle last night. The Awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to be recognised for its work in the areas of Community Awareness and Student Engagement. As a Students’ Union, everything we do is student centred and we endeavour to ensure that our members are equipped with the skills to achieve their full potential in University, and to be in a position to participate in, and contribute to, their community”

“CÉIM has been a hugely successful programme and has been an enormous benefit to students in NUI Galway. We look forward to making it available to more students in the coming years”

“EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. It has brought NUI Galway students and staff together to work on hundreds of projects that have benefitted the entire community and we look forward to watching its progress”


NUI Galway Student Leaders Celebrated

News & Events

NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway celebrated 41 CÉIM peer learning student leaders on Wednesday, 12 April.

The CÉIM peer learning programme was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st year students transition successfully to university, succeed academically and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted in 2013 in collaboration with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics and with the School of Law in 2015. Due to its success to date, the programme will be rolled out further in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies in 2016/17.

CÉIM is based on the well-evidenced Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) model used in over 30 countries. Student leaders from higher years facilitate weekly study sessions for small groups of 1st years, creating peer-led learning communities where it’s easy to ask questions.

The 41 students who acted as CÉIM leaders in 2015/16 are studying Engineering and Law, and they have each volunteered 40-60 hours since September 2015 to assist 1st years.

According to NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, “Peer learning is not an activity that is traditionally associated with Students’ Unions. We’re delighted to be leading the way in this regard in Ireland. CÉIM is proof that there is a lot to be gained by students’ unions, university staff and higher year students partnering to support 1st years as they transition to university.”

The impact to date of the CÉIM programme is very encouraging with 80% of 1st years surveyed in 2014/15 saying it helped them settle into university. Regular CÉIM attendees achieved 9% higher grades in 2014/15 than irregular or non-attendees and were much more likely to pass the year.


For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,

amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie, 091 494290

Website: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

1. NUI Galway CÉIM peer learning student leaders 2015/16 with staff seated L-R Órla O’Donoghue, CÉIM Administrator, NUI Galway Students’ Union; Dr Annette Harte, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics; Dr Rónan Kennedy, Class Adviser for 1st Year BA in Law; Phelim Kelly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union; and Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan

2. NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, speaks at the CÉIM Leader Celebration 2015/16. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan


SU Weekly Email 24 25th February 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Vote Tomorrow #GE16

Please make sure that you get out and vote in the General Election tomorrow. Polling stations are open 7am-10pm and you will need to bring ID with you. Your vote is your voice so make it heard!

Part Time SU Officer election nominations are now open!

Nominations are now open for the part time voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs’ Captain, Mature Students Officer and the five College Convenors for 2016/17. Nomination forms can be collected from the SU Office or downloaded from our websitehere

Nominations close at 5pm next Wednesday 2nd of March at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

If you are thinking about running for election have a look at our Election Information Packhere.


Exam Timetables Released 4pm Weds 16th March

Semester 2 (2015/2016)  exams are scheduled for Monday, 25th April to Wednesday, 11th May 2016 (inclusive). Students are expected to be available for exams for the entire duration of the exam session. More Information.

Charity Comedy Gig: Kevin McGahern & Fred Cooke €5

Our last NUI Galway Students’ Union comedy gig is Kevin McGahern (Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks) and Fred Cooke (The Fear) at 8pm on Monday 7th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 with all proceeds going to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. Tickets will be on sale soon from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Vote for Us in the Best of Galway Awards!

The Students’ Union has been nominated for a few categories in the Best of Galway Awards. It you have two minutes to spare we would love you to vote for us. You just need to log on to https://www.bestofgalway.com/ and vote for us before midnight on Thursday 24th of March. You can vote for us in the following categories:

  • Best Galway Service Provider
  • Best Galway Retailer
  • Best Galway Pub
  • Best Galway Restaurant/Café

SU Council Chair Election 6pm Monday #NUIGSU16

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 29th of February in IT250. All Class Reps must attend and vote at this meeting.

Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. More Information.

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the Direct Provision System – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union condemns the Direct Provision System for asylum seekers.

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

Do you agree with the following proposition:

“The Students’ Union condemns the direct provision system which is inhumane and denies asylum seekers their basic rights and calls for its abolition and replacement with a system which respects the human rights of asylum seekers. In line with policy supported by the Migrant Rights Centre and other concerned NGOs”

Referendum on Students’ Union position on the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use – Vote on Thursday

On Thursday 3rd March you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.

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 actively supports the decriminalisation of drugs solely for personal use.”

How to Vote in the Elections & Referendums on Thursday 3rd March 

  1. In Person at a Polling Station

Polling Stations will be open on campus from 10:00am to 8:00pm. To vote at a polling station you must present your NUI Galway ID. No other form of ID will suffice.Locations and opening hours of each Polling Station are available on the Students’ Union website.

  1. Remote Vote

Students must register before midnight on Wednesday 2nd March. Once registered students can then cast their vote online during polling hours. To register for Remote Vote, logon to the SU website www.su.nuigalway.ieafter midnight on Sunday 28th of February.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 10 Spaces Left!

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 studentsunion@nuigalway.ie Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Apply now to be a 2016/17 CÉIM Student Leader – develop new skills, boost your CV and expand your network!
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st years settle in quickly to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people.

We’re currently looking for the following students to volunteer as CÉIM student leaders:
(1) 1st year Engineering students – apply by Tues, 8 March 2016
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA in Law in 2nd year – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016
(3) 2nd year BA in Law students – apply by Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Find out more and apply: www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim

NUIG Mental Health Week

NUIG’s Psychological Society are proud to announce our Mental Health Week 29th February to 4th March.

With the help of other NUIG societies such as Lotus Soc, Film Soc, GIG Soc and Photography Soc to name but a few we are hosting a lot of really great events and have a number of brilliant speakers and workshops lined up.

Some of the events include:

  • Wooly Wards Pet Farm
  • Gender Based Violence Discussion Panel
  • Presentation from Please Talk followed by a panel discussion ‘Towards a Mentally Healthy Campus’
  • Mental Health Photography Exhibition

These are only a few of our events! To see the full list please visit our Facebook event page:  HERE.

If you have any questions or want to help out please feel free to message our page or drop us an email psychological@socs.nuigalway.ie

NUIG Connacht Tickets On Sale Now for following matches:

  • Connacht vs Ospreys 7.35pm Saturday 27th February 2016 SOLD OUT
  • Connacht vs Leinster 5.15pm Saturday 26th March 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Munster 7.15pm Saturday 16th April 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Glasgow 3pm Saturday 7th May 2016 €10

Tickets on sale from the SU Office. Student ID required for entry to matches.

Strictly Scrum Dancing 

As a part of the 100minds project we are organising a Tag Rugby Tournament in order to raise money for ChildLine. Every cent is going directly to the charity and if you can’t make the event there is an after-party in Electric that night and wristbands are on sale in the Students’ Union office for €5. More Information.

Take part in the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Galway is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2020 and as part of the bidding process the Galway 2020 Team are now seeking volunteers to be part of their float in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Galway City on Thursday 17th March. As the Galway 2020 Bid is part of the theme of this year’s parade the team want to put together a lively, fun and colourful group who will march at the very front of the parade. Those participating will need to commit 1.5 hours, from 11am to 12.30pm. For more information and to sign up contact Nollaig Mc Guinness at nollaig@galway2020.ie or 087 7489280.

Free Presentation Skills Workshop

Free 2 hour Presentation Skills Workshop 6pm-8pm Tuesday 1st March 1st Room THB GO11 (opposite the entrance gates of the main Library). Learn  in a practical way how to Prepare, Design and Deliver a good presentation. All are welcome. For more information if required: james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Join the NUI Galway Chinese Society for their Chinese New Year Celebration Gala at 6.30pm on Sunday 6th March, in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact chinese@socs.nuigalway.ie

Strictly Come DanSoc Wednesday 9th March

Tickets are on sale now for Strictly Come DanSoc on Wednesday 9th of March and two of the Students’ Union team will be taking part in the event to raise money for the SU Charities. Rebecca our SU Education Officer and Noelle from the College Bar will both be busting moves and throwing shapes so please some along and support the event if you can! More Information.

Vodafone Campus Tour

Vodafone College Campus Tour will be in Áras na Mac Léinn NUIG on Thursday 3rd March from 10:30am-4pm. Try the Grab and Win game on the day where you can win Spotify vouchers, top up vouchers and Power Banks.

The Queen of Ireland Free Screening 2pm TODAY

FREE Screening of The Queen of Ireland (2015) and Q&A with director Conor Horgan 2pm TODAY Thurs 25th February in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway.

A documentary film about how one man in a dress is changing the world.

NUIG Sports Ball Weds 23rd March

Tickets are now on sale for €40 from the Sports Unit for the NUI Galway Sports Ball on Wednesday 23rd of March in the Radisson. More Information.

Need Legal Advice?

Free Legal Advice Clinics every Tuesday evening from 6.30 – 8pm in The Wellness Centre in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn. All welcome, whatever the issue. 

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

Are you thinking of presenting your own research idea on the 23rd of March? Make sure you submit your abstract by Tuesday the 15th of March. We encourage everyone to present at and also attend our 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference. In both cases please make sure that you are registered on the website. You do not need to present to explore different research skills and indeed learn from students from all disciplines. Come and be inspired, expand your mind and your personal interests.

We are looking forward to knowing more about your projects. Remember, the deadline is Tuesday 15th of March for the abstracts. It’s time to get creative! For any further queries please contact us: nuigundergrad.conference@gmail.com

Sin Newspaper Issue 9

Read it online here.

An Evening with Sonia O’ Sullivan

A fun and interactive evening not to be missed with one of Ireland’s greatest athletes. A talk with Sonia will be followed with open Q&A session and photo opportunities. Sonia’s talk will  preceded by expert presentations on Smart Training/Injury Prevention/ Nutrition for younger athletes. This event is being organised by Cradock Performance in conjunction with Connacht Schools Athletics Association as part of the celebrations of 100 years of Irish Schools Athletics. Tickets are €10 for adults/€5 for students and U18s. Tickets can be purchased online here.  

This is a not for profit evening with all proceeds going to Connacht Schools Athletics Association and the development of grass roots athletics in Connacht.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.

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