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NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2019

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The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 17th of September 2019 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.

Confirmed Exhibitors:
Bus Éireann

Flirt FM
Just Eat
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist
PwC Ireland

Sin Newspaper

Student Leap Card
SU Card
Virgin Media

Food Stalls:

Brown Bag Donuts 

Handsome Burger 
Joachims German Bratwurst – GM-Catering

Swimming Classes and Lifesaving Course

News & Events

Learn To Swim Course and Lifesaving Course 

Here’s some more information about both courses. If you’ve any further questions call to the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club table at Clubs Day 10am-5pm this Tuesday 11th of September or email

All courses are organised by the Swimming, Waterpolo & Lifesaving Club and take place in the pool at the NUIG Kingfisher Gym. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend the courses.

Learn To Swim Course

Learn to swim is a program which will for 12 weeks get a non-swimmer to be able to swim in a pool with confidence. By the end of the program most swimmers will be able to swim several lengths in both deep and shallow water. You will also receive a certificate backing your ability presented by the Swim club and NUIG Sports department.

What do we class as a “non-swimmer”?

A non-swimmer ranges from someone who has only ever stood in water to someone who can keep themselves afloat but would like to learn the strokes. We will start at the basics and get everyone to be able to swim a few lengths by the end of the course.

What about people who can already swim?

The first week will be a general course that assesses how well everyone can swim. More competent and confident swimmers will be in a class that focuses on learning more strokes etc. If we find they are beyond everyone in ability after 2-3 weeks we will offer to move them to the Swim Club fitness squad at no extra cost or a refund

How much?

It will cost €75 all together and will run for 12 weeks. This pays for our instructor and other costs that are involved

When is it on?

There will be two 45 minute sessions on Wednesday evenings starting Wednesday 19th of September

7.30pm-8.15pm or (B) 8.15pm-9pm

Can I choose which time I get allocated to? 

Time slots will be allocated randomly for the first week until we gauge everyone’s experience levels and group them together accordingly.

When can I register?

Monday 17th September 2018

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm – 7.30pm    Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

If places remain there will be another registration on Wednesday at 7pm just before the lesson. This is subject to availability and we may book out prior to this so come early. We can take cash or card. If you don’t pay we can’t hold your booking

What do I get for my money?

1 lesson per week for 12 weeks. Lessons consist of 45 minutes of swimming in the Kingfisher pool with a qualified swim teacher. This is the cheapest course you will find for the amount of weeks involved. You don’t need to be a member of the gym to attend.

How many per class?

There will be a maximum of 20 students per class. There will be 2 instructors if the maximum number attends. Some sessions will also have help from our Racing squad so that you get most attention. Our goal is for all our members to be able to swim by the end.

Lifesaving Course

The Lifesaving Course is a course that turns an adequate swimmer into a fully qualified lifeguard in 12 weeks. This condensed course is the cheapest and fastest way to become a qualified lifeguard.

What is an adequate swimmer?

Someone who can swim about 200m without stopping is a good baseline. We recommend joining the Swimming Club second squad at the same time so you can improve your stamina for the course.

How much does it cost?

The average cost of this course is €250 but is subject to change year on year. Price will be known once our instructor has been confirmed.

What do I get?

You will get 15 certifications.

This includes: 4 water safety’s, 3 basic life supports, 2 endurance’s, 4 rescues and 2 pool lifeguards certs. This qualifies you to work as a pool lifeguard anywhere in Ireland.

Who runs the course?

Irish Water Safety runs the course, we help by subsiding it and helping out in any way we can.

When is it on?

Mondays nights starting Monday 17th of September. The instructor will confirm the times

When do I register?

Monday 17th September

  • 1pm – 2pm          Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn or
  • 7pm-7.30pm      Kingfisher Sports Centre (at the café).

We will take names beforehand but the first people to show up with money will take priority. We will take as many in the course as the instructor is comfortable with


NUI Galway SU Freshers’ Fair Weds 16th September 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 

There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wallplanners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, boxty, sausages and sushi. Flirt FM will be supplying the tunes and Galway 2020 will be in to tell you how to get involved in Galway’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2020. 

Looking for a job? Bring your CV with you on the day as Real Nation will be recruiting promotional staff at the event. 

Attending the fair are: 

Abroad Internships

Bus Éireann



Flirt FM

Galway 2020


Real Nation

Student Leap Card 

The Dough Bros Wood-Fired Pizza

Travel Bug Limited

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)


Zenith Hairdressing 

Freshers Poster image

NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon 2015

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. There will be a prize for the top fundraiser this year!

You can sign up in the Students’ Union office now and collect your Sponsorship Card. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants.

5 week training plan for complete beginners by Dr Jane Walsh NUI Galway. Read her blog Running to Stand Still here.

Complete the Entry Form here. Return same to the Students’ Union Office and collect your Sponsorship Card. Sponsorship cards and funds raised can be returned to the Students’ Union office or brought with you on the morning of the race.

Fundraise Online for the Aquathon here.

THANK YOU: Kingfisher, NUI Gaway, NUI Galway Triathlon Club, Advertees for the t-shirts, College Bar Catering for lunch, the SU Shop for the snacks and water! 

Event Schedule for Competitors: 

  •          9.30am-10.30am Registration in the Sports Centre
  •          10.30am Competitor Briefing and group photo
  •          11am  First wave of competitors enter the pool
  •          11.30am First group of runners start the run
  •          1.30pm Lunch and prizegiving

We are grouping competitors according to their estimated times for each part of the event so the fastest swimmers will be going in the pool first and moving on to start the run first. This way we don’t have people crashing in to each other! 

Equipment Required: 

1. Swim: Swimming togs, flip flops, swimming hat, goggles, towel etc.

2. Run: Running gear, proper rummers (no shoes, boots etc. allowed)

SU Weekly Email 3 – 25th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Citizenship Day Wednesday 1st October

Our first Citizenship Day, on Wednesday the 1st of October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léin, will 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. For more information please contact Rebecca Melvin at

8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway Saturday 11th October – Early Bird Registration Closes Soon!

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. You don’t have to run – walkers are also welcome to take part! There are lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.


Cardiac First Responder Course Thurs 2nd Oct

Our Cardiac First Responder Course takes place 1pm-5.30pm on Thursday 2nd October. To register please call to the SU Office ASAP with the €40 course fee (usual cost €70)

Financial Aid Fund Now Open

Online applications for the Semester 1 Financial Aid Fund are now open. Application deadline is 4th of October. Please note funding for 2014/15 has decreased by 45%. This will impact on the number of successful applications and the amount of aid allocated to individual students. Application Form.

All queries to

FREE Postgrad Social events this Friday 26th September
5pm walking tour of Galway given by historian Tonaí Ó Roduib for NUIG postgrads (although if you have friends or partners who want to come, they’re welcome as well). Meet at the Spanish Arch. 
8pm Postgrad-Aoke in the College Bar with karaoke, giant games and a few surprises!

SU Comedy Gig: Lords of Strut

Our next €5 Comedy gig is the Lords of Strut & Support (Kevin O’Connell) at 8pm on Monday 20th of October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. €5 tickets are on sale now in the Students’ Union Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building.

SU Volunteer Meeting

We will be hosting an info session for anybody that is interested in volunteering with the Students’ Union on Monday the 29th September at 8pm in Meeting Room 1 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Come along and find out more about how you can get involved with the Students’ Union this year! For more information contact

Connacht Rugby Tickets

We now have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale for the next Connacht Rugby home game against Cardiff Blues on Friday 3rd of October at 7.35pm.

Synapse Friday 26th September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall tomorrow, Friday the 26th of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, LinkedIn and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to

Little Cinema Galway Festival this Weekend

If you like short films and being entertained make sure you head to the Little Cinema Festival this weekend.

Memorial for Conor Cribbin RIP

There will be a memorial mass and dedication ceremony for science student Conor Cribbin (RIP) in the Memorial Garden at 11.30am on Sunday 28th September.  Conor’s family will attend.

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

Class Rep Meetings Timetable.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell second-hand 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 2014 – 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 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course 10 Spaces Left
  • Basic Sign Language Classes – COURSE FULL
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder – 5 Spaces Left
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) – COURSE FULL
  • Self Defence Course – 3 Spaces Left
  • Irish – Starts this week

More info on all the courses is available here.  


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 2015.

Lockers – 586 Lockers still available!

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.


Galway Hospice “Books for Hospice” Fundraiser on Saturday, 4 October

To facilitate staff and students on campus, books will be collected on campus as follows:

During the week of Monday, 29 September to Friday, 3 October, boxes of books may be left in Room 103, Riverside Terrapin, Distillery Road (8.30-9.30 am and 5.30-6.30 pm). If you have three or four books that would be great too, drop off at my office or send in the internal post. The Hospice slogan is “Every moment matters”, with this project every book donated matters.

Are you a young woman living with ADHD?
Doctoral researcher Andrea Lynch in the School of Education is currently running a study examining the experiences of young women living with a formal diagnosis of ADHD. If you are between the ages of 18-20, you are welcome to participate by completing one personal interview and one online questionnaire. For more information about this study, please contact Andrea at, or visit the study’s Facebook page.

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 new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.