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SU Weekly Email 33 – 7th May 2015

Weekly Email

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

Vote YES on Friday 22nd of May! 

The paperwork is all done now it’s time for the real leg work to begin! If you want to make sure that the Marriage Equality Referendum passes on Friday 22nd of May here’s some ways to help: 

1. Go Canvassing! Yes Equality Galway are canvassing across the city every evening and in town on the weekend. To get involved just get in touch with them or just turn up to help out. 

2. Go Talking! Yes Meeting for Marriage Equality 7pm TONIGHT Thursday 7th May in Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street. More information.

3. Go Marching! Galway will March for Marriage Equality 3pm Saturday 16th of May organised by Yes Equality. More Information 

4. Go Voting! On Friday 22nd of May Polling stations will be open 7am-10pm bring your polling card and ID. Text/message/snapchat/yikyak everybody ALL DAY to make sure they have voted too! 

Exam Results/Repeats

Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 1 will be released between Tuesday, 9th and Wednesday, 17th June online. Where ‘Fail’, Absent’, ‘Incomplete’ or ‘Deferred’ appears as the Overall result on your transcript of results, you will be automatically registered to take any written modules for the Autumn repeat session of examinations. Repeat examinations are scheduled August 4th to 14th 2015. 


Remember to cash in any points on your SU Card and spend any balances before you leave for summer. You can access your SU Card account through the SU Website:

Although your card will still work in September, points cannot be carried forward to next year. If you have any queries, please contact us.

SU Second-hand Bookstore Clear-out

Just a quick reminder that you must collect any book belonging to you which are still in the SU Second-hand Bookstore before 5pm Friday May 16th 2015.
We cannot keep the books for you over the summer and any books which have not been collected by this date will be given away for free. We will be accepting books again at the end of August.

Extra Study Space 2015

Mon 4th May- Weds 13th May Arts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre

Connacht vs Ospreys Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUIG student tickets on sale for the last Connacht home match of the season against the Ospreys at 3pm Saturday 16th May.

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Lockers for 2015/16 will go on sale on the SU Website at 10am on Monday 31st of August. You can book and pay online via

Celebrate Explore 12pm-1.45pm Wednesday 13th May in the Aula Maxima

Join us to experience this year’s diverse and exciting EXPLORE projects, to be inspired and to network. Email to register.
EXPORE was launched as a joint initiative of NUI Galway and NUI Galway Students’ Union. Since then, over 500 students and staff have partnered up to deliver more than 80 innovative projects.

Kickstart Your Job Search

For all final years, postgrads, and graduates 9.30am-4pm on Thursday 14th May 2015 in IT250. Lunch provided!
Advice on CV’s & Interviews, Industry Panel Experts, Careers Clinic, Guidance, Workshops etc. Find out more

Staying in Galway for the Summer?

You will be flat out! Here’s our guide to everything going on in Galway this summer. Yay Summer!  

Graduations 2015

Conferrings will take place Monday 19th – Friday 24th October (Undergrads) and Tuesday 24th-Thursday 26th November (PhDs/Postgrads)

Alive Certificates Collection

You can now collect your Alive Volunteering Certificate from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.

SUSI Grant Applications now OPEN for 2015/16 Academic Year

Apply Here

ISIC and Student Leap Cards

Remember our office is open throughout the summer to issue ISIC Cards and Student Leap Cards. We take your photo and print them off straight away for €15.

The Human Rights Cinema, is on every Thursday at 7pm, in the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

May is the Local Filmmakers month, and we are going to be introduced to the filmography of local filmmakers that have human rights relevance.

You are all invited to this free event, this Thursday 7th of May, at 7pm, in the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

Follow the link to get more info.
Looking forward to an exciting evening celebrating local filmmakers and advocating for Human Rights!

Darkness Into Light this SATURDAY!

The walk starts at Leisureland at 4.15am on Saturday. That’s late, late Friday night! The route takes in the prom and South Park, returning to Leisureland. Please get there early, as parking will be limited and some roads will be closed off. YOU CAN STILL REGISTER AND COLLECT T-SHIRTS AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES:

TODAY Thursday (Eyre Square Centre, upstairs) 4-9pm, Friday (Leisureland lobby) 5 to 8pm, Saturday (Leisureland main hall) 3 to 3.45am (ONLY!)

Free Films at 4th REEL LIVES FILM FESTIVAL: Celebrating Ageing Across the Lifecourse
In the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology Monday 18 – Friday 22 May at 1pm each day.
One Irish short + one main feature each day. Free refreshments and spot prizes
Thurs 1pm: NUI Galway Staff Choir. Fri 4pm: Guided walking tour of Dangan with Brendan Hynes

NUIG Colour Dash

11am Sunday 21st of June in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Register Now.

Galway African Film Festival Friday 22nd May to Sunday 24th May

The 8th Galway African Film Festival (GAFF), a local event with a global flair, is back in the Houston Film School NUIG offering a unique opportunity for film lovers to view high quality films not usually available in Ireland. And all for FREE! Places are limited and strictly on a first come first served basis – so make sure you do not miss this extraordinary film experience.

For more information on listings and times, and to download your very own festival brochure, see

Are you brave enough to take on The Chilli M.E. Challenge to raise funds and awareness for myalgic encephalomyelitis?

Take a bite of a hot chilli or shot of tabasco sauce, film your funny reaction and upload it to facebook for all your friends to laugh at. Then nominate five other friends and text HOT to 50300 for a €4 donation. All funds raised go to Invest in ME.
For more information go to or to see challenges already done go to The Chilli M.E. Challenge Facebook page.

Aware Connemara Cycle Saturday 16th May

Registration is now open for the Connemara Cycle 4 Light in aid of Aware on Saturday 16th of May. There is a 65km route or a  125km route, both of which start and finish in Delphi and take in the spectacularly beautiful surrounds of Connemara, Co. Galway. More Information.

Galway Fleadh at NUI Galway seeks Musical Volunteers!

16th and 17th May Volunteers are welcome to support this event to make it an enjoyable experience for visitors to the campus. Love and appreciation of music is all you need!

To volunteer sign up online: Volunteers will get lots of perks for supporting the event!

Registration Open for the Salthill Devon National 5 A Side Competition

30th and 31st May

Summer Holiday Arrangements

  • From Monday 18th of May the SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm.
  • From the 1st of June the Student Health Unit will only be seeing Postgrad & Masters students. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The Wall Café will be open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5:30pm Saturday/Sunday.
  • The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 8:30am-4pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Wednesday 13th May and will re-open at 9am on Monday 7th September.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Wednesday 13th May and will re-open at 11am on Monday 7th September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre, Computer DISC and The Hub Café are all now closed for the summer.

College starts back on Monday 7th of September for all years.

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-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm during the summer.

Thank You!

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

SU Weekly Email 31 23rd April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Extra Study Space 2015

  • Study Week Mon 20th April – Sun 26th April 2015

Engineering Building 8am-10pm

ENG2001, ENG2002, ENG2003, ENG2033, ENG2034, ENG2035, ENG3035, ENG3036, ENGG017 & ENGG018

Arts/Science Concourse 8am-11pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre

Áras Uí Chathail Theatre

Mon 20th April-Sun 26th April 8am-11pm (excluding Saturday 25th April Open Day)

  • Mon 27th April – Sun 3rd May

Arts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre


7Up Ideas Hub on Campus TODAY 11am-3pm

The 7Up Ideas Hub will be in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-3pm today. Share your original idea in 7 words and maybe get some freebies for your efforts! #7upideashub


SU Election Results

Congratulations to the final 3 members of the SU Executive Team for 2015/16 who were elected last Thursday! They are:

Eoin Mangan: Clubs’ Captain
Aoife Bell: Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences 
Robert Forde: Mature Students Officer

Our SU jigsaw is now complete! The 15 new SU Officers will take up office on the 1st of July.


J1 Ireland on Campus TODAY 11am-3pm in Áras na Mac Léinn

J1 Irelandis now offering 10% cost off summer stay and an instalment plan for students who wish to spread their payments. Period of residence is 11 weeks: May 29 to Aug 14 2015.

They are also offering exclusive access to job fair on arrival in Chicago where you will have opportunity to meet employers with 100’s of seasonal jobs to choose from.

Exam De-Stress Programme: 20th April-8th May 2015

Massage, Soccer, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Meditation, Breakfast in a Bag and more!

For information or to book an appointment email

Academic Writing Centre Closes Tomorrow

The FREE Academic Writing Centre in the Library will be closing for the summer tomorrow Friday 24th April and will reopen in October. They are open today 11am-1pm and 6pm-9pm and tomorrow 11am-1pm if you need any help just call in!  

SUSI Grant Application System OPENS TODAY
SUSI open its online grant application system for the 2015/16 academic year on Thursday, 23 April.

Information on grant eligibility and how to apply is available at the SUSI website 
Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the and to use the provided on the SUSI website.

Ropes Launch 5pm Today

Ropes 2015, a literary journal published by the MA in Literature and Publishing at NUI Galway, is launching during this year’s Cúirt Festival. It is going to be launched by Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly and speakers will include Sarah Clancy and Órflaith Foyle. The journal is a compilation of poetry, prose and art from emerging artists and writers. The theme of the journal is ‘Conversations’ and hosts an array of genres.

All proceeds from the journal are being donated to Galway-based charity ACT! for Meningitis. Join us for the launch at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop on Thursday 23rd of April at 5pm.


The next Postgradaoke night will be from 8pm on Friday the 1st of May. Swing along to the College Bar for karaoke, craic and all that stuff.

REMINDER: University PhD Write-up Bursaries Deadline 5pm Friday 1st May

A limited number of write-up bursaries are being offered to address the problems being encountered by PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding.  These write-up bursaries will be tenable for up to a three-month period and will be worth €1,000 per month.   

Completed applications (application form and form B) must be received by the College office on or before 17:00 Friday, 1st May 2015.

The application form & Terms and Conditions are now available here.

Want to earn €10? 

We are running a driving study using our brand new simulator all this week and next in the Arts Millennium Building Extension. It takes just under 1 hour to complete, and will involve a number of simple drives using the simulator and a few short questionnaires in between. You will receive €10 payment for taking part!

To do so, you need a full, Irish driving license, to be aged between 18-24, have insurance and use a smartphone. To arrange a time slot, please contact Aoife at Testing times in the evening and on weekends can also be arranged. Thank you!

Please Complete Mental Health Survey

My name is Stephanie Cloonan and I am a Master’s student studying Community Development in National University of Ireland Galway. I am carrying out research with the Youth Advisory Panel in Jigsaw Galway. We hope to find out if your willingness to get support for your mental health is influenced by your family, friends or peers. We’re inviting 18 – 25 year olds to take part in this study.

Here is a link to the survey if you wish to read more information and participate:

EU-XCEL Seeks Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs

EU-XCEL is a European Virtual Accelerator which seeks talented aspiring tech entrepreneurs to participate in a free start-up scrum due to take place in six European locations this summer. Visit the  and find more information about the Accelerator and the Ultimate Challenge Final!

Do You Have Type 1 Diabetes?

The Diabetes Team in Galway are hosting a free Type 1 Diabetes Patient Information Evening in conjunction with Croí and Diabetes Ireland at 6.30pm on Tuesday 12th May 2015. Register now and get more information from:

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Register to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May

If you missed our Voter Registration Drive fear not! We will still have the forms up here in the SU Office for you to fill out, get stamped at the Garda Stationand return to your City or County Council. You have until the 5th of May to register for the Supplementary Register.

Undergraduate Awards Deadline 29th May

There are now just SIX WEEKS until the deadline for the Undergraduate Awards! 

To be in with a chance to win a Gold Medal, have your work published in an academic journal, attend the exclusive UA Global Summit for free, and be recognised as the best in your field, all you have to do is submit your coursework for free online. It couldn’t be easier! If you place in the top 10% in your category, you receive a Highly Commended certificate which looks great on any CV and is internationally recognised – as well as the opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit and take part in our global alumni network. Any questions, check out the website – – or email 

It’s free to enter, it’s completely anonymous, and you’ve already done the work – you have nothing to lose! 

Friday 24th of April 2015 marks International World Meningitis Day

ACT for Meningitis is a non-government funded support and awareness charity . We are the only charity in Ireland who provide a wide range of free support services to anyone affected by the disease as well as trying to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

Every year on the 24th of April on World Meningitis Day we launch our #JOINHANDSELFIE (Joining hands around the word )to highlight the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of meningitis and to provide support to those dealing with the long term serious after effects of the disease. We would love if you could support us by taking a ‘Joined hands selfie’ and uploading it to your social media on the day with the words ” TEXT ‘ACT’ to 50300 and donate €4 to help us to raise much needed funds for the charity to continue with the work we do.

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

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.