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SU Weekly Email 4 – 15th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


SU Walk & Talks

We are holding more socially distant Walk and Talks for NUIG students at 1pm TOMORROW Fri 16th of Oct and at 1pm this Sat 17th of Oct. You must book a ticket to be able to attend but they are free! This is a great chance to have a walk, a chat, clear your head and meet other students in a safe and socially distanced way.


SU Charity Challenge

This year we will be fundraising for 3 amazing charities who are: Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink. Our plan is to run a different challenge for students to take part in each month starting in November and running through until April. You can sign up for one challenge, all six challenges or anything in between – it’s up to you!  You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around the challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part.

For more info contact


Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 1 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps + to Talkie Walkie for winning a prize in photo comp

How to win in week 2 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 8,200 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Limerick competition
  4. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm each Monday on


SU Hump Day Hoolie

Mark your diary 7pm Weds 21st Oct is our first Hump Day Hoolie! There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes. Limited to 50 people. Want in? Email


Join the SU Event Crew

Want to learn how to organise events? Join the SU Event Crew! Contact for more info


Want to be a Class Rep?

Class Rep Elections is a two-step online process this year on the NUIG YourSpace platform

Undergrad students:

Step 2: Voting is open and runs until Mon 19 Oct

Postgrad Students:

Step 1: Nominations close 12pm tomorrow Fri 16 Oct

Step 2: Voting Mon 19 Oct to Fri 23rd Oct

More information about being a Class Rep is available on our website here. You can also give the SU VP/Education Officer Emma a shout on if you have any questions


Join the SU Welfare Crew

Passionate about Student Welfare Issues? Join the SU Welfare Crew! Contact for more info


Win prizes by completing NUIG Success Quiz before tomorrow!

Prizes are: Gym Membership, €100 One4all Gift Card, Hamper, NUIG Hoodie. Take the quiz here.


Attention NUIG Club Captains!

Our SU Clubs Captain Kirsty will be holding the first SU Clubs Forum at 7pm TODAY Thurs 15th Oct. Link has been sent to your club email or contact  for more details.


Virtual Socs Fair Today

2pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 15th October 2pm – 4pm. Join them here.


Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY “Covid-19 Conversations” with Gary from USI talking about the new campaign on students staying safe while living life to the full. JOIN HERE
  • 4pm Tues 20th Oct  How to get the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering. JOIN HERE.
  • 5pm Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE


Want to improve your digital learning experience?

Join NUIG Digital Champions for a free workshop 11am-12.30pm Weds 21st of Oct on enhancing your digital learning experience. The aim of the workshop is to help you utilise technology and stay organised!


Are you a young adult (18-30 years) living with asthma? Participants needed!

Researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway are conducting a study on the use of a smartphone app to support adherence to preventer inhalers. Participation will involve 2 brief online questionnaires and downloading and using an app. To take part or for more info, click here.


NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.


Need Help with Writing?

The Academic Writing Centre,  provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They are holding a workshop for first-year NUIG students on Mon 19 Oct. More info


Extended Library Opening Hours

Good news! The library now has extended opening hours Mon-Fri 08:30-20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 an Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to pre-book your seat in advance here. More good news is that seats in the library can now be booked for the full day.


NUIG Wellbeing Week Events

There’s more free virtual Wellbeing Week events happening today and tomorrow including: Responding (Not Reacting) to Stress/Anxiety; Drop-In and Breath; Societies Fair; The Success Quiz; Stammering support workshop. More info + registration links here.


Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG has confirmed that Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. They are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.


NUIG Laptop Loan Scheme Good News!

There will be a second round of applications opening soon. There were 688 applicants in first call + staff are working to process the current applications + distribute laptops as swiftly as possible. Check here for updates.


Need Help Finding Theses?

Finding Theses (NUIG & external) virtual workshop 12pm-1pm TODAY Thurs 15 Oct. Booking and more info here


What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.


Meet Your SU  

Here’s a quick video explaining who we are and what we do for you! Our office is still closed but we are working away remotely so please do get in touch with any issues you may be encountering. You can also give us a shout if you want to get involved in the SU or any of our programmes this year! Contact us on  More info at


Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.


Online Learning Tips


Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. These drop in sessions are running on the following dates:

Tuesday 20th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

Tuesday 27th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

More info from


Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by 25th October 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email  or phone 091 536 400


Need Someone to Talk To?


Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056


Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.

SU Weekly Email 2 – 1st October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Walktober starts Monday – Win Prizes by Walking!

Walktober our annual Walking Challenge starts this Mon 5th Oct and runs until Sun 1st Nov. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway. How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online
  3. During the Challenge log your steps online at

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge.

Laptop Loan Scheme Applications Close Tomorrow

Applications for the Laptop Loan Scheme close Friday the 2nd of October. You can find more information and apply online here

Clean Up Sesh

This Friday 2pm-4pm we will be doing a clean-up down at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area of Galway. If you want to join us please register here. Please note spaces are limited due to Covid-19 regulations.

Virtual Clubs & Socs Day Today!

The last virtual Clubs and Societies day takes place 5pm-8pm today.

  • To take part in the Clubs Day pick a Club from the list HERE and use the button on the right to join their virtual booth.
  • To take part in the Societies Day join at the link HERE

You can also join any of the clubs and societies any time by logging on to

How is the return to College going for you?

Take our survey HERE so we know what issues you need us to be aware of.

Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.

Financial Aid Fund Update

The Financial Aid Fund is due to open on Tues 6th Oct. More information about the fund, eligibility and online application will be available here.

Need Someone to Talk To?

SU Services Opening Arrangements

  • SU Pop Up at the Quad 12pm-3pm Mon-Thurs
  • SU Shop 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri
  • Sult 8.30am-7pm Mon-Fri
  • SU Office closed (this means we can’t do Student Leap Cards or sell secondhand books)
  • Smokey’s Café closed

Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre reopens today online. They provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions.

Free Stress Control Sessions

Take Control with Stress Control the free online stress control programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Starts next Monday 5th Oct. More info

Interested in volunteering while studying for your degree?

Start your volunteer journey at 1pm on Wednesday 14th October with Mairéad Cleary of the Irish Examiner and some special guests from across volunteer organisations and the team. Volunteering is linked to personal wellbeing and professional success have a click in and find out more!

Sign up to attend here.

Or Watch on the YouTube Channel here.

Careers Events

The Career Development Centre has loads of events online this semester to help you get job ready. More info and registration details are available on their website here.

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 Emma at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

Keep it small, keep it safe, keep your distance.

We are supporting the new USI campaign called “Keep it small, Keep it Safe, Keep your Distance”. We know this virus has had a massive impact on our lives – going to college is very different this year, we haven’t had the summer we all had hoped for and we haven’t been able to see as much of our friends and family as we may have hoped. We all have a part to play in limiting the spread of the virus, but we are also concerned about the impact of loneliness or seclusion on students. So, depending on where we are in the country and the restrictions in place at the time, we can meet friends and family providing it’s done in a safe way. This will help support our mental health while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

The main message is that we can still meet with friends and family, we are just asking that you keep your gatherings small, keep yourself and your families safe and keep your distance.

Free Mindfulness Sessions

Free online mindfulness sessions are available for all NUI Galway staff and students 8.15am-8.45am every Tuesday and Friday morning. These are delivered by Dr Eva Flynn and are suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced.

Here’s the link (please use GOOGLE CHROME to open it)

National Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th of Oct

Breastfeeding works best when women have access to breastfeeding support services. NUI Galway’s Breastfeeding Group helps provide this support to breastfeeding staff and students. The group provides a monthly online peer-to-peer group for breastfeeding mothers with the help of La Leche League, Cuidiú and other colleagues. Women share advice on managing the return to work and study and all other aspects of parenting through breastfeeding. The group meets online on the third Wednesday of every month (during term time). All breastfeeding mothers and female breastfeeding supporters as well as those from outside NUI Galway are welcome to join. Please contact Anne Fallon (, Rachel Hilliard (, Oonagh Meade ( or Claire Withey ( or for further info.

Learn Chinese

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organising an online evening course in Chinese Language and Culture.  The course is an introduction to Chinese language and culture for beginners and will run for 20 weeks with online classes every Wednesday at 7pm starting Weds 14th Oct. It consists of Chinese culture knowledge, basics of Chinese pronunciation rules, Chinese character writing principles, and practical everyday phases.  It establishes a foundation for further study or self- study to reach HSK 2 (Chinese proficiency test level 2). The fee for NUI Galway students is €120. There are no formal exams but students will receive a certificate on completion. To register for the course please contact Suzanne Gilsenan,

Free Face Masks

The SU Office might be closed but you can call in to our SU Pop Up in the Quad to pick up your pack of 3 free reusable face masks. The masks have been supplied by NUI Galway and there’s a pack for every NUIG student so don’t panic! We will also have FREE SU Diaries, SU Cards and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the SU Pop Up. Please wear a mask and follow the social distancing signage/instructions. The Pop Up will be open until Fri 9th Oct and our provisional opening hours are here.

5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact for info

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056


Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info here.

Library Open

The Library is back open with limited services and you now need to book your seat online before attending. More info on their services here.

Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register here.

Disability Support Service Registration

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the Disability Support Service. Please email


Galway is currently at level 2 (green). We would love to reach level 1 but to do that we need to stop the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Limiting our social contacts to priority contacts.
  2. Practising good hand hygiene. There are hand sanitisation stations all around campus. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  3. Wearing a face covering. Free reusable face masks are available from the SU Pop Up at the Quad. There are 3 for every NUIG student.
  4. Keep social distance of 2 metres and please follow the yellow arrows/social distancing markings on campus.
  5. Maintain good cough/sneeze etiquette. Throw used tissues in the bin.
  6. Self-isolate if you feel you have any symptoms of COVID and ring your GP or the Student Health Unit ASAP to arrange a test.
  7. Download the free Covid Tracker App.

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.


NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2017

News & Events

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2017

  • The SU Office will be open Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm from Thursday 11th of May. The SU Office will BE CLOSED Mon 5th June and Mon 7th Aug (Bank Holidays)
  • The Student Health Unit will only see Postgrad & Masters students from Monday 29th of May. Opening hours during the summer: 09:30am-12:30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri. Closed Monday 5th June and Monday 7th August (Bank Holidays)
  • The Library will be open as follows: 15th May-23rd July Mon-Fri 08.30-17.30 Closed Sat/Sun Closed Mon 5th June (Bank Holiday). 24th July-13th Aug Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday Closed, Closed Monday 7th August Bank Holiday. 14th Aug-27th Aug Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30, Closed Sat/Sun.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • Computer Suites – check availability here. 
  • Caife na Gaeilge will be closed from Friday 5th of May for the summer.
  • Sult will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-12.30am Fridays. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • Smokey’s Café will close at 6pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Weds 10th, Thurs 11th & Fri 12th May – closed Sat 13th & Sun 14th From Monday 15th May summer hours are: 8.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.
  • The Wall Café from Monday 15th May summer hours will be Monday to Friday 8am-4pm. Closed Saturday & Sunday. Open 11am-3pm Bank Holiday Monday 5th June.
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 5th May and will reopen in September.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 3pm on Wednesday 10th May and will reopen in September.
  • SUMS, The Academic Writing Centre and Computer DISC are all now closed for the summer.

Teaching begins on Monday 4th of September for all years. 

The academic calendar for 2017/18 is available here. 

St Patrick’s Day Holiday Arrangements

News & Events

Saint Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday

The following will be closed on Saint Patrick’s Day Friday 17th of March:

The SU Office, the Library, the Academic Writing Centre, the SU Cloakroom, the SU Engineering Desk, the SU Shop, the Student Health Unit, Sult, Caife na Gaeilge, and Smokey’s Café.

The Wall Café will be open with reduced hours 11:00-15:00. The Reading Room will be open as usual.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

‘Breaking the SEAL’ – Student Engagement with Archives through Learning

2015/16 Projects

5.2 Breaking the Seal Archives Poster-page-001 Revised Image

This project focuses on connecting second level students to the archival material, primary sources, and collections of the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.

NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2015


NUI Galway Summer Holiday Arrangements 2015

The SU Office will be open throughout the summer with reduced hours Monday-Friday 10:00-12:30 & 14:00-16:30 and will be closed for the June & August Bank Holiday Mondays. Summer Lockers will go on sale on Monday 25th May for €10. 

The Student Health Unit will be on reduced hours from the 1st of June and will only be seeing Postgraduate & Masters students. Monday-Friday 09:30-12:30 & 14:30-16:30.

The James Hardiman Library will be open: 18th May-19th July & 17th Aug-30th Aug Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30 Sat/Sun CLOSED. Monday 1st June CLOSED.

During the Repeat Exams the Library will be open: 20th July-16th Aug Mon-Thurs 08:30-22:00, Fri 08:30-17:30, Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun CLOSED. Mon 3rd August 10:00-17:00. 

The Reading Room will be open as usual during the summer 07:00-02:30 every day. 

The SU Shop will be open Monday-Friday 08:30-16:00. Closed Saturday/Sunday.

The Hub Café will close on Friday 24th April for the summer holidays and will re-open on Monday 31st of August. 

Smokey’s Café will be open throughout the summer with reduced hours. Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30. Sat/Sun Closed.

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.

The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 24th April and will re-open in October. 

Computer DISC is closed for the summer and will re-open on the 24th September 2015. 


Exam Results  will be out between Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 17th June online. Final Year Undergrad and Postgrad Results will also be posted out.

Autumn/Repeat Exams will be held from Tuesday 4th August to Friday 14th August.

SU Lockers will go on sale online at 10am on Monday 31st August from the SU Website. 

First Year Orientation takes place from Monday 31st August to Friday 4th September.

Teaching Begins for all years on Monday 7th September.

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

We hope you all have a great summer! 


Easter Holiday Arrangements 2015


Easter Holiday Arrangements 2015 

  • Lectures/Teaching: There will be no lectures/teaching on the following dates: Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April, Wednesday 8th April, Thursday 9th April & Friday 10th April. Easter Holidays are Thursday 2nd April to Tuesday 7th April inclusive. Please note that students of the school of Medicine, Nursing & Health Science should consult their school calendar here. 
  • Field Trips: Field Trips where relevant will take place between Monday 30th March-Wednesday 1st April and Wednesday 8th April-Friday 10th April.
  • James Hardiman Library: The Library will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. 
  • The Reading Room: The Reading Room will be open as usual over the Easter. 
  • Student Health Unit: The Health Unit will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive.
  • Students’ Union Office: The Students’ Union Office will be closed Thursday 2nd April-Tuesday 7th April inclusive. 
  • Students’ Union Cloakroom: The Cloakroom will close at 18:30 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • Students’ Union Engineering Desk: The Engineering Desk will close at 15:00 on Friday 27th March and will reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th of April
  • The College Bar: The Bar will be closed Friday 3rd April-Monday 6th April inclusive. Tuesday 7th April-Friday 10th April 10.30-18.30. Monday 13th of April normal hours resume. 
  • The College Bar Carvery: Tues 7th-Fri 10th April inclusive closed. Mon 13th April normal hours resume. 
  • The College Bar Coffee Dock: Tues 7th-Fri 10th April inclusive 08:30-15:00
  • The College Bar Deli/Pizza (serving 1 Hot Dinner Option): Tues 7th – Fri 10th April 11:00-15:00. Mon 13th April normal hours resume. Please note there will be no evening pizzas Tues 7th-Fri 10th April. 
  • Smokey’s Café: Weds 1st April 08:30-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 09:00-17:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive, Tues 7th April-Fri 10th April 08:30-20:00. Sat 11th & Sun 12th April 09:00-17.30.
  • Caife na Gaeilge: Closed Thursday 2nd April – Friday 10th April inclusive. Monday 13th April normal hours resume.
  • The Hub: Closed Monday 30th March-Friday 10th April inclusive. Monday 13th April normal hours resume. 
  • The SU Shop: Weds 1st April 08:00-21:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-21:00, Closed Fri 3rd April-Mon 6th April inclusive
  • The Wall Café: Weds 1st April 08:00-20:00, Thurs 2nd April 08:00-20:00, Fri 3rd April 09:00-17:00, Sat 4th April 09:00-17:00, Mon 5th April 09:00-17:00, Tues 6th April 08:00-21:00
  • Academic Writing Centre: Closing for Eater on Friday 27th March and re-opening on Monday 13th April.



SU Weekly Email 13 – 4th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Good Luck in your exams from all of us in the Students’ Union!


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.

Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Tickets on Sale Now:

$1·         Connacht vs Bayonne 5pm Saturday 6th December 2014 €15 (Main Stand)

$1·         Connacht vs Munster 5pm Thursday 1st January 2015 €15 (Only 50 tickets available behind goal)

Tickets available from SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

Exam De-Stress Programme 24th Nov – 12th Dec

Wouldn’t a massage feel great?  Or maybe some relaxing reflexology or an amazing acupuncture treatment?  The Exam De-stress Programme offers you subsidised de-stressing treatments  in the Wellness Centre, back of the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn.  It all starts Monday 24th November and runs for 3 weeks.  You can see all the details at this link.  To make a booking email

Special Gift Idea for Christmas: Become a Bone Marrow Donor

A former student (Civil Engineering), rower and rowing coach of NUI Galway, Paul Giblin is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the fourth time in a bid to fight off an aggressive form of cancer. He and his friends are urging people to sign up to the bone marrow registry in the rare chance they would be a match. He is a serving army officer at Renmore Barracks here in Galway. Find out more here.


Online Marketing in Galway FREE Event with Pat Divilly

Register now for last Online Marketing in Galway meet up of 2014 in the Harbour Hotel at 7pm on Tuesday 16th December with speakers Pat Divilly and Martha Fraser. Register Here.


Fundraising Update and next events

Hope you all enjoyed the Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Petting Farm Visit as much as we did! With your help we raised €421 for the SU Charities so we now have a total of €5,978.76 raised so far this year and a lot more charity events to come in semester 2 to raise money for Console & BeLonG To.

2015 Provisional Events: 
-SU Annual Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February 2015
-SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 2015
-SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb with NUIG Mountaineering Club Saturday 28th February 2015
-SU Charity Comedy Gig Monday 2nd March 2015

For more information or to get involved in our charity events please email


Leaders of Tomorrow Awards

The Accenture Leaders of Tomorrow Awards are now open to students and recent graduates with business ideas. Closing date for entries is Monday the 8th of December. More Information.

Need Help…

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.


Galway Rape Crisis Centre 30th Anniversary Walk Saturday 6th December 2014

Join Galway Rape Crisis to mark 30 Years of Healing and hope for survivors of sexual abuse and violence. Begins at 3pm from the Spanish Arch and ends at Blackrock. For information and registration visit

Full Registration Fee €30. Reduced Registration Fee for Students & OAP €15.


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.

Summer Holiday Arrangements 2014


Summer Holiday Arrangements 2014

The Students’ Union Office will remain open throughout the summer Monday-Friday 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm until the 31st of August. (Closed Bank Holiday Monday 2nd June & Monday 4th August)

The Students’ Union Cloakroom, Caifé na Gaeilge, the Hub, the SU Engineering Desk and the College Bar Carvery will be closed until September. 

The Student Health Unit will be open to all students until Friday 30th May. From Monday 2nd June onwards they will only see Postgraduate students and their hours are reduced to 9.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm Monday-Friday. There will be reduced staff numbers during the summer.

The Students’ Union XL Shop will be open 8.30am-4pm Monday-Friday from the 19th of May and closed Saturday/Sunday. 

Smokey’s Café will be open 8.30am-6pm Monday-Friday from the 19th of May and closed Saturday/Sunday.

The Wall Café will be open as usual 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday/Sunday.

The College Bar Coffee Dock will be open Monday-Friday 8.30am-3.30pm (Hot Beverages & Pastries) 3.30pm-6.30pm (Hot Beverages only) and closed Saturday/Sunday. 

The College Bar Deli Counter will be open Monday-Friday 11am-2.30pm with a daily hot meal option alonside sandwiches, salads etc. Closed Saturday/Sunday. 

The College Bar Pizza Counter will be open Monday-Thursday 12pm-2.30pm and Friday 12pm-9pm. Closed Saturday/Sunday. 

James Hardiman Library Opening Hours Monday 19th May – Sunday 31st August 2014: 

19th May – 20th July & 18th August – 31st August: Monday-Friday 08:30-17:30, Saturday/Sunday Closed. 

Library Closed June Bank Holiday Monday 2nd June

21st July – 17th August: Monday-Thursday 08:30-22:00 Friday 08:30-17:30 Saturday 10:00-17:00 Sunday Closed 

August Bank Holiday Monday 4th August 10:00-17:00 

2014/15 Semester Dates



SU Weekly Email 1st May 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

The SU Office, Cloakroom, Engineering Desk, College Bar, SU Shop, Health Unit, Caifé na Gaeilge and the Hub will all be CLOSED on Monday 5th May for the Bank Holiday. The Library will be open as normal 8am-10pm but there won’t be any desk services. Smokeys Café will be open 9:00am-5:30pm and The Wall Café is open 9:00am-5:30pm.


Learn about the Birds and the Bees (and the slugs, butterflies and bats!)

The Intervarsity BioBlitz is on from 5pm on Thursday 1st to 5pm on Friday 2nd  May and all events are on campus and FREE!  BioBlitz Timetable.


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! 



Create a Computer Game in 12 Hours

INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics at NUI Galway, is bringing the GameCraft 2014 to Galway for the first time after it has been running in Dublin for years and all over the world. Gamecraft is a game jam, which means you and yours have a ludicrously short amount of time (12 hours) to turn an idea into a computer game.

It’s on Saturday May 10th from 9am to 9pm, in our conference room. It’s a great way to meet new folk, have some fun and most importantly make more games!

Please, do register hereand spread the word.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)
NUI Galway Students’ Union has officially joined the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for an academic, cultural and economic boycott of the state of Israel. The decision was taken by a referendum of NUI Galway students last month. The referendum, which was called by The Palestine Solidarity Society asked students whether or not they agreed with the motion: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel”. 65% of voters supported the motion. Read more.


Connacht vs Cardiff Tickets

We have €10 NUI Galway student tickets on sale now in the SU for last Connacht Rugby home match of the season this Saturday 2nd May 5pm in the Sportsground vs Cardiff.


Try Sailing for Free this Sunday

Galway Bay Sailing Club situated at Renville, Oranmore, County Galway is hosting an OPEN DAY at the Club on  SUNDAY the 4th MAY between 12 noon and 5.00pm. 

The Open Day is part of the Irish Sailing Association initiative to give everybody the chance and opportunity to get out onto the water and, we at Galway Bay Sailing Club would like to welcome members of the public down to the club and to take this opportunity to get out on the water on dinghies, ribs and cruisers for FREE!  It promises to be a great day with lots of action for all ages from young children to teenagers adults and families. 

For any further information please check our website: www.gbsc.ieand our Facebook Page: Galway Bay Sailing Club.


Looking for a laugh this weekend in Galway? 
The Irish Laughter Championship is taking place in the Harbour Hotel in Galway this Sunday 4th May.
It’s open to the public to register to take part, check out the event pagefor more information. All funds raised go to Jigsaw Galway.


Extra Study Space

The following venues are booked for extra study space from 08:30-22:00 until 14/05/14:

$1·         Tyndall Theatre

$1·         O’Flaherty Theatre

$1·         Cairnes Theatre

$1·         D’Arcy Thompson Theatre

$1·         Kirwan Theatre

$1·         Larmor Theatre

$1·         Dillon Theatre

$1·         ENG-G017

$1·         AC202

$1·         AC203

$1·         AC204

In addition, AC201 is booked from 08:30-22:00 from 15/04/14-23/04/14 and from 25/04/14-14/05/14


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.  

Autumn Exams

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

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.

Check the Register: Deadline 6th May

Are you registered to vote in the European & Local elections on 23rd May 2014? If you are entitled to vote but don’t appear on the register the closing date for inclusion on the Supplemental Register of Electors is the 6th of May. The Postal and Special Supplement closing date is the 26th April. Application forms are available here.

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.

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