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NUI Galway May Bank Holiday Arrangements

The SU Office will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

The SU Engineering Desk will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

The Library will be open 8.30am-5.30pm Sat 29th April, 10am-5.30pm Sun 30th April & 8.30am-10pm on Monday 1st of May (no Desk Service).

The Reading Room will be open as usual.

The Student Health Unit will be closed on Monday 1st of May.

SUMS, Computer DISC and The Academic Writing Centre are now closed until September.

Sult will be closed on Monday 1st of May and will reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 2nd of May.

The SU Shop will be open 10am-4pm Saturday 29th April, 10am-4pm Sunday 30th April & 10am-5pm Monday 1st of May.

Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-5pm Saturday 29th April, 10am-5pm Sunday 30th April & 10am-5pm Monday 1st of May.

The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Saturday 29th April, 11am-3pm Sunday 30th April & 11am-3pm Monday 1st of May.

Caife na Gaeilge will be closed on Monday 1st of May and will reopen on Tuesday 2nd of May.

SU Weekly Email 31 – 20th April 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Here’s our top 10 tips for the exams next week

  1. Check, double check and triple check your timetable NOW! Every year we have students who read their timetable wrong and end up missing an exam – don’t be that guy!
  2. Find your College ID and bring it with you to every exam. If you have lost it call to the Student Information Desk to get a new one for €20. You will be fined €30 if you don’t have your ID with you.
  3. Plan how you are getting to the exams NOW and set all your alarms. You need to be there 20 minutes prior to the start of the examination so that’s: 09:10 for a 09:30 exam, 12:40 for a 13:00 exam and 16:10 for a 16:30 exam.
  4. Leave your phone at home – it’s a €20 fine for bringing your phone to the exam AND other penalties can include mark reduction and getting zero marks for the module.
  5. WASH! If you even have your shopping list written on your hand scrub it off. If you have any writing on your body, no matter how unrelated to the exam, you’ll fail the exam and have to repeat.
  6. Follow the directions of the Exam Invigilators at all times.
  7. If you need advice on deferring your exams please contact the SU Education Officer, Cathal Sherlock or your College Office.
  8. You can’t bring in pencil cases, glasses cases or calculator covers to the exam.
  9. You can’t leave the Exam Venue for the first hour or the last 30 mins of the exam
  10. Relax – you got this!



The Dog-Tor will See You!

We are now taking bookings for 15 minutes slot appointments with Max the SU Puppy (although he’s looking a bit bigger than puppy size now!) for the following days/times:

  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 26th April
  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 3rd May
  • 10am-12pm Wednesday 10th May

FREE Breakfasts!

NUI Galway students can get free Porridge in Sult and Smokey’s Café  9am-10am/while stocks last each morning.


Return your locker keys!

Just a quick reminder that your locker must be cleared out before 5pm on Tuesday 16th May 2017. We have over 3,200 lockers so we can’t “mind” your property until you get back from your holidays. Everything will be dumped, recycled or donated to charity. All keys must be dropped up to the Students’ Union Office in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Lockers will be available to purchase on our website from 10am on Monday 28th August 2017 for the 2017/18 term.


X Factor UK Auditions at NUIG Tuesday

If you ever wanted to take part in the X Factor call up to the Students’ Union Office 12pm-3pm next Tuesday 25th of April where auditions are being held. Please note you must be over 14 years old to take part. More information at


Extra Study Space Available 8am-10pm Mon 24th April – Weds 10th May

O’Flaherty Theatre, Kirwan Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Anderson Theatre


The Voice UK Auditions at NUIG Sunday

We are booking slots for The Voice UK auditions, which are on Sunday 23rd April in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance here on campus. Each student will get 5-10 minutes, which means we should be able to fit in up to 30 students altogether

If you want to book a slot, please email AND before Thursday 20th April. Please mention which song you want to sing.

This is open to current or recent students of NUI Galway ONLY.

We will fill slots first come, first served, and you must email BOTH addresses above.


Galway Water Quality Survey

Hi! We are the City Water Project, based in The Hague, Netherlands. We attempt to improve communications between water consumers and the government. In order to do that, we need your opinions on water quality. We would be very grateful if you could take seven minutes or so to fill out our survey here:

More information on the City Water Project can be found here: You can also email me if you have any questions (


Galway Rape Crisis Centre Volunteers Needed

Galway Rape Crisis Centre will be holding their annual flag day across Galway City and County on Friday 2nd of June. If you can help out for an hour or two please contact them on 091 564800 or email


Free STI Clinics

The NUIG Health Unit Free STI Clinics have now finished for this semester but the good news is they will be back in September! The FREE STI Clinic at University College Hospital Galway is open all year round and you can phone them on 091- 525200 to make an appointment.


Grant Applications Open

SUSI is NOW OPEN for applications for the 2017-18 academic year for new and renewal students. Apply online here.


Library Study Break Policy In Operation

The Library Study Break Policy will be in operation until Wednesday 10th May. If you are taking a break use one of the “I’m taking a study break” sheets to mark what time you are leaving. Remember if you leave your belongings unattended at a desk for more than 1 hours other students have permission to move them and take your space.


Exam Results and Repeats

Exam Results will be released online between Tuesday 15th and Friday 23rd of June. Autumn exams are scheduled to take place from Tuesday 8th and Friday 18th of August.


March for Science – Saturday 22nd April in Dublin

The March for Science will occur on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April, 2017 in Dublin. The aims of the March for Science are to stand up for science literacy, science communication, stable funding for scientific research, and government policy that is informed by science. Buses have been organised to transport marchers from Galway to Dublin and tickets can be bought for €15 in the Students’ Union at NUIG (from tomorrow) or can be ordered through We the People – Ireland.

More Information.



We now have €15 NUIG student tickets on sale for the final Connacht Rugby home match this season against Scarlets at 19:35 on Saturday the 29th of April. On sale in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.


The University bookshop has closed down but the SU Second-hand bookshop is still open for business.

You can browse our stock HERE and then call to the SU Office to pay for and collect your books.


Fueling Ambition Roadshow

Encouraging Female Entrepreneurs to maximise their full potential. Elevator Pitch Competition with prize package worth €4,000 at each event. Wednesday April 26th 2017, Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co. Mayo


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 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 – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.

SU Weekly Email 21 – 9th February 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

David O’Doherty Just 100 Tickets Left!

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig will be David O’Doherty on Monday 13th of February at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk now.

Become a CÉIM peer learning Student Leader in 2017/18 DEADLINE MONDAY 13th FEB

Help 1st year students transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills and meet new people. Open to current 1st year Engineering students, 1st and 2nd year BA Law students, and 1st and 2nd year Geography students. Build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills; looks great on your CV; meet new people and work closely with lecturers; and receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 13th February. Find out more and apply:

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2017

Thursday 9th of February

12pm-2pm FREE Smart Consent Workshop in the SU Boardroom. Spaces Limited. Sign up in the SU Office.

5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic by appointment only. Make your appointment in the Student Health Unit or phone 091 492604.

Friday 10th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities The RNLI and Threshold.

All Week: STInder Poster exhibit in the foyer of Áras na Mac Léinn, Arts Millennium and Engineering Buildings.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

More information from

SU Elections #NUIGSU17

  • Nominations open for the SU Council Chairperson at 10am on Monday 13th of February and close at 5pm on Monday 20th of February. The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 27th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.
  • Nominations open for the 3 Full Time Paid SU Officer Positions of President, Vice President/Education Officer and Vice President/Welfare Officer at 10am on Thursday 16th of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 22nd of February. The election takes place on Thursday 2nd of March.
  • Nominations open for the 11 Voluntary SU Officer Positions of Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students and the 5 College Convenors at 10am on Thursday 23rd of February and close at 5pm on Wednesday 1st of March. The election takes place on Thursday 9th of March.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions there is more information here or contact

Election Guide.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have Connacht Rugby NUIG student tickets on sale for the following matches:

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Connacht vs Zebre €15
  • 19:35 Sat 15th April Connacht vs Leinster €20

Tickets on sale in SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Thurs 11am-3pm & Fri 11am-2pm)


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Thurs 9th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 20th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC201 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 21st Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Weds 22nd Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 27th Feb 6pm – 9pm IT250 IT Building SU Council

Contact Cathal on for more information


Read Sin Issue 9 Here

The Sin Weekly Meetings take place 6pm-7pm every Monday in AC215 and all are welcome. To get involved go to the meeting or email


Reminder: Consumption of Alcohol in Public Places

The new Galway Bye-laws on consumption of alcohol in public places means that the Gardaí can issue a €100 on the spot fine if they catch you drinking in the streets.
This goes up to €200 if not paid within 21 days and if you don’t pay in 56 days you can end up in court facing a charge of €1,500. Don’t take the risk.


Give Blood at NUIG Next Week 12pm-3.30pm Weds & Thurs in Bailey Allen Hall

More Information


The Academic Writing Centre is Open Again
You can drop in to the AWC to get FREE 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-8pm daily (except weekends and Friday nights).


USI Officer Board Elections 2017

Enjoy national student representation? The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is looking for student leaders to run for the next USI Officer board!

Nominations for the USI Officer board elections are now OPEN and any registered student in a USI member college can run for any of the Officer board positions.

For more information visit


New Agony Aunt Show starts Thursday 9th February 12 pm on Flirt FM 101.3 and

Need some advice?  Flirt FM 101.3 is here to help. Our agony aunt Josephine O Halloran is a counsellor, psychotherapist and relationship counsellor with over 20 years’ experience. She works with individuals and couples, covering issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, abuse and relationship issues including. Each Thursday from midday she will be answering your questions and giving advice on different topics relevant to students ranging from exam stress to sexual health and wellbeing, as well as speaking to expert guests about various therapies available. If you have a problem you would like advice of email in confidence to  with the subject ‘Agony Aunt’ or text 083 433 1013.


Iarnród Éireann and NUIG ID Cards

Remember because there are no expiry dates on NUI Galway ID cards Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail will only accept NUIG ID as proof of being a student 4 years from issue date i.e. if your ID starts with 14 (issued 2014) they will stop accepting it in 2018.

This is not great if you are doing a long course, took a year out or are back studying after break etc. BUT we are talking to the University about getting expiration dates on the ID cards again!

In the meantime we sell the Student Leap Card for €10 in the SU. They will take that as proof of your “studenthood”


The NUI Galway Presidential Award for Volunteering, the ALIVE Certificate can be yours!

Deadline for application: 14th of March 2017. Volunteer now for at least 10 hours and you can achieve the award. Volunteer roles with a variety of organisation, times and locations:

Transport available! Email with your questions or for support to volunteer. Certificate Information


GiGSoc Rainbow Week 13th-16th February

More Information.


Please Complete Survey for National Strategy to Reduce Suicide

Over the years many people in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have either been directly or indirectly affected by suicide which has a devastating effect on families and the community.
Connecting for Life is Ireland’s national strategy to reduce suicide 2015 – 2020. The HSE, in partnership with community, voluntary and statutory organisations, is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. We want as many people as possible to have their say about what should be included in this plan.
Please take a few minutes to answer the questions below. Your responses are anonymous.

Survey Link

Leagan Gaeilge


The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Third Annual Undergraduate Research Conference – JOIN US!

This inspiring event will take place on the 4th of April in NUIG. Students of all faculties and disciplines, in any year, are encouraged to participate and get involved either through presenting your own research, attending the conference or by volunteering. Volunteers like you are needed to help with the organisation of this event. Anyone involved with this event will be awarded a digital badge for attendance, presenting or for organising it. This is a great opportunity to learn more about research studies and develop research skills in a friendly, fun yet academic environment.  Sign up as volunteer here or Contact us:


Complete the National Student Survey – win an iPad

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. Make sure you take part and have your say and you could win an iPad! It only takes 8 minutes and it will make a big difference to life at NUI Galway.

The survey is open to:

  • First Year Undergraduates
  • Final Year Undergraduates
  • Taught Postgraduates

Click on to complete the survey before the 26th of February.


NUI Graduates register for your Seanad Éireann Vote by 26th February

More information here.


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Revenue Commissioners are Hiring
  • SITA – A Day In The Life Of A Graduate
  • CV Review pop-up – drop in
  • First Derivatives Roadshow
  • Employer Presentation – First Derivatives
  • Diversity after University – LGBTQ in the workplace

For more information and to register visit


FREE Cloakroom open TOMORROW

The SU FREE Cloakroom will be open on Fridays 9am-5pm during term time. The service is still free but will only be one day per week. Items must be removed at 5pm and we can’t take laptops. The SU Cloakroom is located in the library basement beside the Students’ Union XL Shop.


Undergraduate Students Required

Undergraduate students required to partake in research project titled ‘Eyewitness Memory’ – A study designed to assess predictors of eyewitness identification accuracy.



#MondayMassage offers treatments at an affordable rate to NUI Galway staff and students. Choose from acupuncture, massage, physical therapy and shiatsu. Book yourself in for a treatment, your body will thank you for it! Student rate 30 min €20,  1 hour €30/Staff rate 30 min €30, 1 hour €50

Every Monday in the Wellness room – through The Hub. Call or txt Mick on 086 837 8589 to book



Please note that you must make an appointment in person in the Student Health Unit or by phoning 091 492604 before attending. The STI Clinic runs 5pm-7pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays during term.


Undergraduate Students Required 

I am a psychology student looking for participants for my study titled “Investigative learning and memory using a Street Artist Paradigm”. Participation is open to all undergraduate students on a voluntary basis. SONA credits will be awarded to 1st and 2nd year psychology or psychological studies students.

If you wish to take part or would like more information please contact


Hardiman Phd scholarships

Closing Date Friday 17th February


Recall of Auditory Incidents; Cross-Modal Memory Impairment

A study focused upon explaining and improving components of the Cognitive Interview.

Calling ALL Undergraduate Students to partake, psychology students will receive 2 SONA credits.

Study Link Or Contact:


Need Grinds?/Want to Give Grinds?

The SU Grinds Register


Improve Your HEALTH and VITALITY

This four-week programme is being conducted within the School of Psychology to investigate the use of mobile smartphone apps in encouraging healthy food attitudes and behaviours. If you are a student, 18 – 25 years of age, we invite you to take part. Participation involves One 30 minute on-campus introductory session of online questionnaires and games. Four weeks of mobile app use and completion of activities (only a few minutes each day). One 30 minute closing session taking place 28 days after the introductory session. Being entered into a draw to win one of two €100 One4all gift cards. To register your interest or learn more, please visit:


FREE Mindful Meditation Practice in room AC201 each week

  • Tuesdays 08:10-08:50
  • Wednesdays 13:10-13:50
  • Thursdays 17:10-17:50

This practice is suitable for everyone interested in practicing meditation from beginners to experienced practitioners and there is no charge to participate.


Oral Contraceptive Pill & Mobile Phone Intervention Research:

Postgraduate Psychology student looking for female participants in a short online survey. The research is investigating the use of smartphone applications and how they may be effective in reminding one to take their oral contraceptive pill. The survey is online, takes no longer than 5 minutes and is completely anonymous!

Survey Link. Any queries feel free to e-mail:


Student Multimedia Awards Entry Deadline 24th February

More Information


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 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 – Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 11am-2pm.