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CycleLocal – Win Prizes for Cycling!

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Want to win prizes for Cycling?

CycleLocal is a fun three-week cycling event designed to engage NUI Galway staff/students, build morale and increase activity. It will take place between Monday 20th July and Sunday 9th August.

This is a team event where participants complete the trips on their own but share their experience and contribute to their team’s tally. Short cycles outdoor and indoor count as trips. Staff/students who are not signed up are also welcome to join in and enter the weekly Creative Competitions. Every participant, cyclist or competition entrant plays their part in helping their organisation to win the overall prize.

So, whether we get out on our bikes to explore our neighbourhoods, enter competitions or we take to the stationary bike when the children have gone to sleep; we can stay active, enjoy the activity of cycling and remain connected to our NUIG family.

How do I participate?

  1. Visit the Active Travel Logger website to register your team.
  2. During the three weeks of CycleLocal, each cyclist will log the number of trips they complete each week. Once a participant has been cycling for at least 10 minutes that qualifies as a trip. If you do a few loops of your estate over 30 minutes, that still counts as one trip.

Trips made should adhere to the government guidelines i.e. all trips should be within the government’s distance guidelines and at least 2 metres should be kept between cyclists and other road users at all times.

CycleLocal Prizes

Teams will be eligible to win prizes each week once the team trip average meets or exceeds the modest trip targets (3 trips in week one, 4 trips in week two and 5 trips in week three). All trips count, once they take place between the morning of July 20th and midnight on August 9th.

Individuals who reach the target contribute to the organisations tally, as do all staff/students and their households who enter into the CycleLocal Creative Competitions. Ranking on the leaderboard is based on the number from your organisation who –

  1. Take part in the weekly creative competitions
  2. Cycle and achieve the weekly team targets

By ranking at the top of the leaderboard your organisation can win a memento for participants, a Best Organisation trophy and a €400 donation to the charity of your choice.

Rate my Trip

2014/15 Projects

Rate my Trip AWO image

This pilot project aims to develop an app for users to monitor their travel patterns by collecting relevant information about travel habits.

SU Weekly Email 8th May 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of the year from your Students’ Union.

Exam Results/Repeats

  1. Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 Undergraduate exams will be released between 10th and 20th June 2014. 
    Important: No official results will be released for Semester 1 exams for Undergraduates until June 2014. 
  2. Official results for all other Postgraduate courses considered at Summer Exam Boards (Semester 1 and Semester 2 exams) will be released on 27th June 2014.

$13.       Autumn exams are scheduled for Tuesday, 5th August to Friday, 15th August 2014 (inclusive).

SUSI Grant Applications now OPEN for 2014/15 Academic Year

New Applicants Apply Online Here.

Facebook competition – Win a Phone

Need a new phone? As it’s the end of the year and everyone is older and wiser we want to hear what piece of advice you would give the 2014/15 First Years who will be starting in September. Our favourite piece of advice wins a Blackberry 9720 Touch Screen Phone thanks to O2 HEAnet Broadband and Campus.iePut your nugget of advice in the comments below the photo on our Facebook Pageand we will pick a winner on Friday!


Locker Clear Out Deadline Friday 16th May

We know you have become attached to them and they feel like a home away from home BUT all lockers need to be emptied by 5pm on Friday 16th of May. Items not removed will be disposed of. You can drop your key (just the key leave the lock on the locker please!) up to the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday – Friday 10am-5pm.  

Summer Holiday Arrangements

Please note that the SU Cloakroom and the SU Engineering Desk are closing tomorrow, Friday 9th of May for the summer holidays. They will reopen in September.

The Students’ Union office and outlets will remain open during the summer with reduced hours from the last week of May onwards. The Student Health Unit will still see Undergraduate students until Friday 30th of May. During the summer they will only see Postgraduate students Monday-Friday 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm with limited staff numbers. Further summer holiday arrangements can be found on our website.


International Student Identity Cards

Heading away somewhere sunny and exciting this summer? Don’t forget to pick up your ISIC Card from the SU Office. ISIC is your international Student ID card. It offers 126,000 student discounts in 130 countries, is endorsed by the UN and is just €15! ISIC

NUI Galway Students’ Union 50th Anniversary Reunion: Saturday 7th June 2014

All past and present NUI Galway Students’ Union officers, staff, journalists, colleagues and friends are invited to join with us to celebrate as the Union turns 50. 

The reunion is taking place in the College Bar, NUI Galway from 7pm onwards on Saturday 7th June 2014. Tickets are €15 – price includes BBQ, dessert, refreshments, entertainment and lots of surprises along the way. 

If you would be interested in contributing to our special 50th anniversary publication for the event – with photos or words – please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ieASAP! 

Please feel free to bring guests and spread the word! 


The 10 Minute Cycle Challenge runs from the 7th – 27th May and we are looking for NUI Galway teams to participate!

Get together with friends and colleagues to form a team of 3-6 people and try to clock up as many trips on a bicycle as possible, each journey must be at least 10 minutes long to count.

To keep the Challenge competitive each team must have a ‘new cyclist’ (someone who hasn’t cycled in the past six months). If a team doesn’t have a new cyclist they can still take part but won’t be eligible for prizes.

To register your team visit

Or for additional information contact


May’s Student Health 101 is now available!

So why should you read Student Health 101, the NUI Galway online health and wellness magazine at ?

First, you can enter the May draw for €700 for checking out the May issue.

Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101:

Stay Focused Anywhere: How to overcome study distractions

What’s Next? Conquering your fear of the future

You Snooze, You Win: How sleep helps you retain memory

Impress Your Interviewer: Tips for tackling tough questions

The Body as a Canvas: Choosing if body art is right for you

Wealthy or Healthy? Which would you rather be? Please share in this week’s poll!

Survey on Female College Students Breast Health Knowledge

My name is Mairead Moynagh and I am a Master’s in Health Promotion Student here in NUI Galway. I am looking for female participants to take part in my questionnaire for my thesis. The questionnaire is called “An investigation into female college students breast health knowledge, attitudes and determinants of screening practices.” It should take no longer than 7 minutes. The study will investigate female students in NUI Galway, attitudes, knowledge and what determines their choice of breast health screening. Survey Link.

The Galway African Film Festival 23rd-25th May FREE Event on Campus

Filmgoers will be able to see some of best of contemporary film from the African continent.  Come and see films like ‘Rags and Tatters’ which offers an intriguing perspective on the Egyptian Arab Spring and opportunity to see twilight alleyways of an Egypt rarely seen on film. The award winning ‘Mother of George’ which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival touches on attitude toward and silence around fertility issues.  Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave) can be seen in the powerful Nigerian drama ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ which tells a stories of Olanna and Kainene, glamorous twins and their complicated lives caught up in the events of the Nigerian civil war. This wonderful weekend of cinema, now in its 7th year, will be hosted in the heart of the city by the Huston Film School in NUI Galway and is assisted by Galway City Council.  For more information on listings and times see

Festival Volunteering

If you are around Galway for the summer and fancy volunteering with the great festivals taking place here’s information on how to get involved:

Galway Film Fleadh 8th-13th July

Galway Arts Festival 14th-27th July

Darkness Into Light Saturday 10th May

Registrations are now open for the Galway and Tuam Darkness Into Light walks which take place at 4.15am on Saturday, May 10. All funds raised go to suicide prevention charity Pieta House, which opened its first West of Ireland facility in Tuam last December. There is a special student registration rate of €15 Register here.You can also sign up this weekend at their pop-up shop in the Eyre Square Centre.

Dates for your diary 2014/15

Mon 8th Sept

Teaching Begins

Thurs 16th Oct – Fri 24th Oct

Conferring Week

Sat 29th Nov

Teaching Ends

Mon 1st Dec – Sat 6th Dec

Study Week 1

Mon 8th Dec – Fri 19th Dec


Sat 20th Dec – Sun 11th Jan

Christmas Holidays


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebookand 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(reduced hours during the summer time)

Thank You!

We would just like to thank everyone for a great year and remember that the current SU Officersare still working for you until the 30th of June. The newly elected Officerswill take up office on the 1st of July. We hope you all have a great summer.

SU Weekly Email 13th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.



Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and 4 College Convenors for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage. Votes will be counted tomorrow from 9am in Meeting Room 1 & 2 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Follow #nuigsu14 on Twitter for live updates. SU Election & Referenda Results so far.


Rock the Prom – Tickets on Sale Now

  • Labrinth
  • Gorgon City
  • DJ Byrno and Graham Doherty
  • Gin ‘n’ Juice
  • You

The 2014 NUI Galway Rock the Prom will take place from 5pm on Thursday the 20th of March in Leisureland in sunny Salthill. Tickets are €35 and are on sale from the Students’ Union now. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway students only. ID required. Indoor event with full bar.


Notice of Election – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Clubs’ Captain

As no nominations were received for the positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and Clubs’ Captain for 2014/15 a further election will be held to fill these positions. 
Nominations OPEN 10am this Thursday 13th March 2014. Nomination forms will be available from the SU website and SU Office at this time. 
Nominations CLOSE 5pm Wednesday 19th March 2014. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU office – late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstances. 

Canvassing begins 6pm Sunday 23rd March. 
ELECTION DAY: 11am-4pm Thursday 27th March 2014. Votes will be counted once polls have closed. 

Full election rules etc. are available here.

Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane? Registration Deadline Thursday 20th March

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive


Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 2.30pm Friday 14th March 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).


Sin Issue 11

Issue 11 of Sin is out now and you can read it online here.

Teastaíonn do chuid tuairimí uainn maidir leis an nGaeilge san Ollscoil/We want your vision for the Irish language in the University

Cuirtear fáilte romhat teacht chuig na ceardlanna comhairliúcháin thíos chun do chuid tuairimí maidir le cur chun cinn na Gaeilge san Ollscoil a roinnt linn.

Ceardlann do Mhic Léinn Déardaoin, 20 Márta, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge

You’re invited to attend the workshops listed below to share your opinions on how we can increase engagement in the Irish language in the University.

Irish language workshop for StudentsThursday, 20th March, 1pm Seomra A104, Áras na Gaeilge


Plan Your Summer Abroad with SayIt

Our SayIt visa professionals will be visiting NUI Galway on Thursday the 20th of March 2014 to get you on your way to the summer of a lifetime in the USA! Pop down to our stand in the Áras Mc Léinn building  between 11am and 4pm to find out what the SayIt J1 USA Visa Programme is all about! How do I get a job? Where can I go? When can I go? How long can I stay for? How much will it cost? What if I fail my exams? We can answer all these questions and more! Hope to see you on the day!

Complete the National Student Survey – Deadline this Sunday

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.


Cyclists and non-cyclists! 

We are 5 Geography students from the University of St Andrews and will be carrying out research on cycling in Galway from March 31st to April 2nd. As part of our research, we would like to invite a group of 6-8 students to a focus discussion at Kinlay Hostel to discuss their views on cycling. 

We would like to have some cycling enthusiasts and some people who don’t cycle. THERE WILL BE CAKE AND TEA. The focus group discussion will take place on Monday (31.03) or Tuesday (01.04) or Wednesday (02.04) depending on how many people sign up. If interested, please contact


Rails Girls Galway 2014
Rails Girls is back to Galway! A *free* non-profit 2-days workshop June 20-21st, 2014 will provide a first approach to Web application development, relying on the Ruby on Rails framework and on the Rails Girls worldwide community support. Places are limited so be sure to submit your application (deadline: June 5th, 2014). Location: INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland, Galway;
More info at

Microsoft FREE StudySmart Session

Free StudySmart Session on Powerpoint presentations 1pm-2pm Wednesday 19th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here

Registration is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 


Enterprise Ireland would like to draw your attention to theStudent Entrepreneur Awards 2014

The top prize is €10,000 plus mentoring, but there are also 7 new merit awards including the ‘Roots in Research’ Award sponsored by Enterprise Ireland. This award recognises the ability of an individual or group of students to spot and articulate the commercial potential of the research project they are involved in. The winner(s) will receive €5,000.Full details on the awards are available at the closing date for video entries is 17th March 2014.

Saint Patrick’s Day: Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Please note that the following will be closed on Monday 17th March for the Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday:

$1·         Students’ Union Office

$1·         SU Cloakroom

$1·         SU Engineering desk

$1·         James Hardiman Library

$1·         Student Health Unit

$1·         SU Shop

$1·         The Wall Café

$1·         College Bar


Contact Us

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