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SU Weekly Email 1 3rd September 2015

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: Phelim

Vice-President/Education: Rebecca

Vice-President/Welfare: Jimmy

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Laoighseach

Equality: Catherine

Mature Students: Robert

Postgraduates: Cian

SU Council Chairperson: Cathal

Societies: Patrick

Clubs: Eoin

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Jasmine

Convenor Science: Tara

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Aoife

Convenor Business & Law: Niall

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: David

NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2015

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

Monday 7th September

9am Teaching begins

You Really Should See A Doctor – RTE Medical TV Show filming on Campus

Tuesday 8th September

10am-5pm Clubs Day in the Sports Centre

10am-2pm Bike freebies and advice in An Bialann

Wednesday 9th September

10am-5pm Societies Day in Áras na Mac Léinn

Monday 14th September

8pm Al Porter SU Comedy Gig in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale in the SU and SU Engineering Desk NOW!

Tuesday 15th September

1pm-5pm Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Wednesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand 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 2015 – 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 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course
  • Irish
  • Yoga

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

If you would like to win two tickets to our Al Porter comedy gig on Monday 14th September at 8pm just email and tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2015/16. Competition closes 1pm Monday 14th September.

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 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy:

SU Free Cloakroom reopens Monday 7th September

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

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


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.

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica 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

Is Your Bicycle Safe?

The Security Office, Students’ Union, An Garda Síochána and Transport Ireland are teaming up to promote bike security on campus. Pop along to the Bialann on Tuesday 8 September between 10-2pm for some top tips and goodies. Did you know the most secure place to lock your bike is the new Bicycle Park located beside the Arts/Science Building? Entrances are controlled by Student/Staff ID cards and there are CCTV cameras in place. With room for 300 bicycles, it’s where the smart cyclists park! Together we can cut out bike theft on campus.

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to and tweet #synapse15.

You Really Should See a Doctor – For Free!

New RTE medical series, You Should Really See a Doctor will be at NUIG on Monday 7th September. If you would like the chance to be seen by Dr Pixie McKenna or Dr Phil Kieran, you can apply here.

50km Charity Cycle for Diabetes Saturday 26th September

The Diabetes Centre at Galway University Hospital are holding a 50km cycle to raise funds for local charity Diabetes Care West on Saturday 26th of September. Money raised will go to support activities for young people (18-30 years) with diabetes. Registration is €30 and you can register here.

PIETA 100 Charity Cycle

The Pieta House 100 Charity Cycle is taking place on Sunday 27th September in 3 locations around Ireland – Limerick, Cork and Galway.

Each venue will host 2 Routes, a 50k  for all our leisure Cyclists and a 100k  for the more experienced. If you are interested in taking part and supporting the work of Pieta House pleaseregister today  at or call 061 484448.

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.

SU Council

Whats Happening

SU Council 6pm-8pm  IT250 IT building 1st Floor

Health Science Council

Whats Happening

Health Science Council 6pm-7pm MY123 Aras Moyola 

Science Council

Whats Happening

Science Council 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse

Engineering Council

Whats Happening

Engineering Council 6pm-7pm ENG2001 Lecture Room 1 Engineering Building

Arts Council

Whats Happening

Arts Council 6pm-7pm AC202 Arts Concourse

SU Council

Whats Happening

SU Council 6pm-8pm IT250 IT Building First Floor

Postgrad Council

Whats Happening

Postgrad Council 2pm-3pm Students’ Union Exec office Aras na MacLeinn

Health Science Council

Whats Happening

Health Science Council 6pm-7pm MY123 Aras Moyola 

Science Council

Whats Happening

Science Council 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse