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How to get Involved in the fight against Racism in Ireland

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How to get involved in the fight against Racism in Ireland

NUI Galway Students’ Union stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the recent racist events in the USA. We all need to work together to build equality for all in our society.

It’s time to start conversations with our family and friends about racism.

It’s time to call out racism in all it’s forms.

It’s time to make changes.

Here are some ways to get involved:


  • The Irish Network Against Racism has some great resources on their website to help people learn about racism, report racism, respond to racism and find help for those affected by racism.
  • The NUI Galway Mincéirs Whiden Society aims to build positive relationships as well as alliances between Traveller students, the student and staff body at NUI Galway
  • The NUI Galway African Caribbean Society celebrate and share the diversity of African and Caribbean Cultures.
  • The NUI Galway Fáilte Refugees Society aim to welcome refugees into every community in Ireland.
  • JSTOR has compiled a syllabus of free readings on institutionalized racism in the US. Access them here. 


  • This Saturday 6th June Galway Anti-Racism Network ask you to join them in an ONLINE protest as well as signing an online book of condolences to victims of systemic racism and police brutality.
  • At 6pm Wednesday 10th June you are invited to a live Anti-Racism Zoom Chat with ALIVE Email alive@nuigalway.ie to get involved – All welcome to learn, grow, reflect, take action, discover and be together.
  • The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking you to email Government Ministers with their proposals on keeping people seeking asylum safe during and after COVID-19. The email also calls for an end to Direct Provision. It only takes a minute to send the email here.
  • Take part in the STAND and USI #10000students movement and pledge to be a better ally.
  • Join NUI Galway Students’ Union in fighting for students rights. We will be electing Class Reps for every class from the start of the 2020/21 academic year and we will also be running elections to fill our five vacant officer positions.
  • Join The Sanctuary Runners who bring together Irish residents, refugees and asylum seekers to run, jog or walk on the same Sanctuary Runners team.


  • If you need to buy masks please think of buying them from We Make Good. When you buy a mask they also donate one to somebody living in direct provision.
  • You can also find out how to donate to the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) here and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland here.


Please note this is a working document that we will be updating as the fight for equality continues and builds.

Notice of Referendum

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Notice of Referendum Thursday 12 April 2018

Fógra maidir le Reifrinn Déardaoin, an 12 Aibreán 2018

On Thursday 12th April you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the creation of the positon of Ethnic Minorities Officer.

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

Do you agree with referendum motion proposed by the SU Council on 5th March 2018 to create the position of Ethnic Minorities Officer?

If passed, a new part-time officer position of Ethnic Minorities Officer will be created.

Déardaoin, an 12 Aibreán, iarrfar ort vótáil i reifreann ar cibé acu a thacaíonn nó nach dtacaíonn tú le cruthú Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach.

Is mar seo a leanas a chuirfear an cheist ort ar an bpáipéar ballóide, agus beidh ortsa freagra Tá / Níl a thabhairt uirthi:

An bhfuil tú ag toiliú leis an rún reifrinn a mhol Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn an 5 Márta 2018 le hOifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach a chruthú?

Má éiríonn leis an reifreann, cruthófar post d’oifigeach páirtaimseartha nua dar teideal Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach.

Polling will take place in the following locations – please bring your NUIG ID to vote:

An Bialann 10am-6pm

Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-8pm

Engineering Building 12pm-3.30pm

Friars Café 1pm-4pm

Online via Remote Vote on SU Website 10am-8pm (Deadline to register for Remote Vote midnight Weds 11th April)

Equality Week at NUI Galway

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The newly formed SU EQUALITEAM have been hard at work putting together ideas and events to make NUI Galway campus a more inclusive place. If you want to get involved in the EQUALITEAM contact Megan on su.equality@nuigalway.ie


Tuesday 1st November/Dé Máirt, an 1 Samhain

6pm Discussion night with GiG (Gay in Galway) Society: Post Marriage Equality, where do we go from here? in AC214

6.30pm Shout Out screening of Pride

7pm Time Lord Society screening of Doctor Who Equality themed episodes in D’Arcy Thompson Theatre & Discussion

7pm FemSoc screening of ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry’ in the Fottrell Theatre

Wednesday 2nd November/Dé Céadaoin an 4 Samhain

6pm-7pm ESN and the Students’ Union: International/Irish student meet up in AC202

Thursday 3rd November/Déardaoin an 3 Samhain

1pm Privilege walk outside Áras na Mac Léinn

POSTPONED 2pm-4pm Equality Week Workshop with Finbar 247. Drop in at any point and be part of a creative experience around equality in Meeting Rooms 1 & 2

6.45pm Islamic Society talk: Substantive Equality for Persons with Disabilities: A Human Rights Based Approach In AMB G-O65

All week: 8 Ways to Make Campus a More Inclusive Place Poster Campaign

  1.   We have many different people of different religious beliefs here on campus, respect them all!
  2.  Pronouns refer to whether a person likes to be referred to as she, he or they. If you’re not sure, ask someone what their pronouns are when talking to them
  3.  Start a conversation with an international student; find out about their culture and how it might be different or similar to ours.
  4.  Join an anti-hate speech campaign online, and learn how to stop hurtful and derogatory language against others.
  5.  Volunteer! It’s one of the best ways to step outside of your comfort zone and learn about the issues affecting different people in our society.
  6.   Don’t assume someone isn’t from Ireland just because of their skin colour.
  7.  Try to work offensive and derogatory terms out of your vocabulary.
  8. We are not all the same and that’s a good thing; recognise and celebrate our diversity as staff, students and human beings


More information from su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolas ar fáil su.equality@nuigalway.ie

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SU Weekly Email 18 – 22nd January 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 12pm-3pm this Weds 28th Jan

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 28th January 2015 in Áras na Mac Léinn. This event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and festivals to help you plan your best summer ever!

Exhibitors Include: Abroad Internships, ALIVE NUI Galway’s Student Volunteering Programme, BusAbout, Erasmus Student Network, Fahy Travel, Flirt FM, Galway Fringe Festival, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, SayIt Travel, Smaller Earth, SUAS, Travel Bug Limited, USIT and Voluntary Service International.

Market Stalls (because you can’t plan your summer on an empty stomach!: Healthy & Hearty, The Dough Bro’s Pizza, Joachim’s German Bratwurst and The Pancake Factory. More Info.

Exam Results Update
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, 9th and Wednesday, 17th June by the Exams Office


Special SU Council Meeting 7pm-9pm AC202 Tuesday 27th January

There will be a special meeting of the Students’ Union Council regarding gender equality on campus in light of the case of Dr Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington. There will also be an information session on running for Students’ Union elections taking place at this Council as well. It will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, 27th January, in AC 202. All Class Reps are asked to attend.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February 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: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 7th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Console and BeLonG To. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 7th of February.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training Now!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 24th of February 2015. 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: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website.

Please Support NUI Galway’s Cancer Awareness and Fundraising Campaign 2015

Most people know somebody who has been affected in some way by cancer. On the 16th and 17th of February 2015 NUI Galway staff and students are getting together to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Please get involved by attending the events, taking part in NUI Galway Shave or Dye, volunteering to help at events or donating what you can. All funds raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Care West, Galway Hospice and NBCRI

Please like and share the campaign Facebook Page

Timetable of Events:

  • 7pm-9pm Monday 16th February Free choral concert in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your tickets here.
  • 10am-1pm Tuesday 17th February Coffee morning and poster presentation on the work being done at NUI Galway to fight cancer
  • 2pm-5pm Tuesday 17th February NUI Galway Shave or Dye in the Bailey Allen Hall with Today FM, Fat Tony’s and Zenith Hairdressing. Register now to Shave or Dye by emailing studentsunion@nuigalway.ie or filling out and returning the registration form here. 
  • 7pm-9pm Tuesday 17th February Public Lecture Night, Panel Discussion and Reception in the Bailey Allen Hall. Register for your FREE ticket here. 

If you would like to volunteer to help out at the events you can sign up HERE

For more information please contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

SALE! NUIG Capture Your Campus 2015 Charity Calendars are now just €2
On sale now from the SU Office, SU Shop and NUIG Reception. All proceeds go to Console and BeLonG To Youth Services


Students for Marriage Equality is a campaign by USI, NUI Galway Students’ Union, other SUs and students across Ireland for a YES vote in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality. Join the campaign here.

The Academic Writing Centre (AWC) is Open Once Again

You can drop in to the AWC to get 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-9pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights). More Information

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso Tickets

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale soon from the SU and the Engineering Desk

Academic Writing Centre Competition: win an iPAD 2! 
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Entries must be on one of the topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources available at the James Hardiman Library (including databases and other on-line material). This year, competitors must use the Harvard System of Referencing. Top Prize: Apple I-Pad 2. The winner’s piece will be published on the website and in Sin Newspaper.
Entries must be sent to irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie AND awccompetition@gmail.com by 19 February 2015. Competition Topics and Rules.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day Weds 4th Feb

If you’re thinking about doing a postgraduate course, then don’t miss the upcoming Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 4 February, 12–4pm, Bailey Allen Hall. There’ll be over 80 stands exhibiting, employment and careers talks will take place, and there’ll be a free CV Clinic. Pre-register for the event here.

Study on Facebook and Narcissim

We at National University of Ireland Galway are conducting a study on narcissism and how it correlates with various Facebook activities of users. For this purpose we have developed a Facebook app that requests your data while asking you to complete a narcissism survey which will not take much of your time (only about 5-10 minutes). At the end a narcissism score will be generated based on which you can assess whether or not you are a narcissist.

Here is the link for the app: https://unhp.com.pk/experiments/my_app/ you have to click Okay for Facebook authorization (or login with your Facebook account if you are not logged in). This will then take you to survey and you can fill it according to given instructions.

Please note there is a €50 cash prize for one lucky draw winner of all the participants who will complete this study.

Mature Students Clinic

There will be a drop in clinic for Mature Students 2pm-4pm every Wednesday from 21st of January onwards in the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information contact Michelle Mitchell on su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

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.

SU Weekly Email 14 – 11th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Following intense lobbying by the Students’ Union and the Student Health Unit there has been an update on the Exams Deferral protocol:
For the academic year 2014/15 a new policy on deferrals has been introduced, under the terms of which being granted a deferral in one examination automatically triggers a deferral of all subsequent examinations in that Examination session. 
However, Staff of the College Office on behalf of the Dean may now grant exemptions from this policy, allowing the student to defer one or more exams without the requirement to defer all subsequent examinations in a single session. Supporting evidence will be required.
If you have any queries about this please contact the SU Education Officer, Phelim Kelly on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic in Galway on Monday

In response to the phenomenal interest and support former NUI Galway student Paul Giblin’sstory has generated, the IBTS has just confirmed a dedicated Bone Marrow Recruitment Clinic for Monday, 15 December from 10.30 to 14.30. Venue: Cumasu Centre / Racing Lodge, Doughiska Road, Galway.

5 dedicated IBTS staff will take samples for processing to the Global Registry. They will not be taking regular blood donations. Consequently, the process should be fairly efficient and relatively quick.

Please register your intention to attend by sending an e-mail to BoneMarrow@ibts.ie“>BoneMarrow@ibts.ie

Even though you will not be donating blood, the IBTS requests that you read the following before you attend to ensure you are eligible. Read This.

Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Sign Language 2015 Enrolment Now Open

Our Sign Language beginners 10 Week Course Starts the week of the 27th January and costs €40. You can register now in the SU Office.

Course options are: Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm

Petition to Address Gender Imbalance at NUI Galway

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington recently won a gender discrimination case against NUI Galway at the Equality Tribunal. The University has asked her to join it’s task force designed to review gender equality practices. This is part of the aim to win an Athena SWAN award for the University. She will agree to join the task force ONLY if the University meets three conditions, which she also feels are essential for the award. Please sign this petition and demand that NUI Galway meet Micheline’s three conditions.

Sign the Petition Here.

Ropes Literary Journal is Back!

The students of the literature and publishing masters at NUI Galway are currently looking for submissions for this year’s publication. The theme is conversations that can be explored through poetry, prose, artwork and photography. The journal will be launched at Cúirt International Festival of Literature in Spring 2015. All proceeds will be going to ACT! for Meningitis. You can follow Ropes 2015 on Facebook and Twitter @Ropes2015.

Please send your submissions to: ropes.submissions@gmail.comby December 30th.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.

Survey on Attitudes to Organ Donation

Please participate in this short NUI Galway survey regarding organ donation. It should take a maximum of 5 minutes to complete by clicking the link here.

Young People, 2015 and Beyond…

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Development Education Programme is delighted to announce and invite you to a FREE Roundtable Event focusing on young people and the post 2015 agenda. This event is open to youth, community, development, and development education organisations, staff, volunteers, students, and young people. It will also include policymakers, academia, politicians and others in Dublin Castle, Tuesday 10th February, 10.00am – 16.30pm


Jailbreak 2015

Applications are now open for Jailbreak 2015. Last year students just like you helped raise over €40,000 euro for SVP and Amnesty International. Do you think you have what it takes? Apply Here.

Exam Buses to Salthill Venues

We have partnered with City Direct to run a non-stop direct service to Salthill during the Exams. The service costs €2 per journey and will depart from the bus stop on University Road (between Wards & Tescos) to drop students beside Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel.

  • Leaving University Road: 08:40, 12:10, 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland): 11:40, 15:10, 18:40


Extra Study Space 29th November-16th December

In addition to the spaces in the Library and the Reading Room extra study spaces will be available from the 29th November onwards in the Arts Science Building (Concourse), Áras Uí Chathaill, Arts/Science Tower 2 and the Engineering Building 8am-10pm. Full list of locations.

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.


2015 Dates for your Diaries

Mon 12th Jan

Teaching Begins

Weds 14th Jan

Socs Day

Thurs 15th Jan

Clubs Day

Tues 27th Jan

RUN! SU Election Info Night

Weds 28th Jan

SU Working & Traveling Abroad Fair

Early February

Exam Results out

Sat 7th Feb

SU Annual Charity Collection in Town

Mon 9th Feb – Fri 13th Feb


Thurs 19th Feb

SU Full Time Election Nominations Open

Tues 24th Feb

SU Charity Aquathon

Thurs 26th Feb

SU Part Time Election Nominations OPEN

Sat 28th Feb

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb

Thurs 5th March

SU Full Time Officer Election Day

Thurs 12th March

SU Part Time Officer Election Day

Mon 16th – Mon 30th March

3rd Engineering Spring Exams

Thurs 2nd April-Tues 7th April

Easter Holidays

Sat 18th April

Teaching Ends

Mon 20th April-Sat 25th April

Study Week

Mon 27th April – Weds 13th May



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.

Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October 2014


Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October

My name is Rebecca Melvin and I am the Equality Officer with the Students’ Union in NUI Galway.
Part of my brief is promoting the ideals of equal opportunities and participation within the Union, the University and in our community and providing information on student and minority rights within the University and within society.

This year we are organising a Citizenship Day, on Wednesday the 1st of October 2014 11am-4pm in NUI Galway, to 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.

We will be hosting various groups in the foyer in Áras na Mac Léinn in NUI Galway on the day. If you would like to book a table please contact Rebecca Melvin at su.equality@nuigalway.ie or 087 6201678
It will be a great opportunity for any group, club or society to showcase the work that they do.

Our aim for the day is to:

  • Promote how students are aware and care about the welfare of fellow citizens through active involvement in voluntary and community activities.
  • Promote how students respect ethnic and cultural diversity.
  • Promote how students play a part in making decisions on issues that affect them through the democratic process
  • Welcome new citizens to Ireland.

Tea and coffee will be provided on the day and we hope that you will be able to join us!