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SU Weekly Email 19 – 31st of January 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Neil Delamere 200 Tickets Left

€5 Tickets for comedian Neil Delamere on Monday 18th of February are on sale now from the SU Office and SU Engineering Desk.

UPDATE: Regarding Exam Results and Fee Deadline

We have been made aware that many students are still waiting on their provisional semester 1 exam results and that this is causing a lot of concern as the deadline for the payment of the remainder of fees is today Thursday 31st of January. We have been working with the various departments in the University this week to try to get provisional exam results issued ASAP as we know this might impact on students decision to continue their course.

We have been advised that the Fees Office do not hold Semester 1 exam results for students with outstanding fees.

Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office.

SU Free Cloakroom Open TODAY

The SU Free Cloakroom is open 9am-6pm Thursdays and Fridays during term. It’s located near the SU XL Shop.

Become a 2019/20 CÉIM peer learning leader
Meet weekly with 1st year students and support them to transition to university, gain a greater understanding of coursework, and develop networks. Open to current 1st and/or 2nd year students in specific disciplines. Benefits: develop your skills, boost your CV, meet new people, receive a CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and fulfil criteria to obtain the NUI Galway President’s Award and Employability Award. Full training provided. Closing date: Monday, 11 February. Find out more and apply:

Student Leap Cards

Remember you can now purchase and top up your Student Leap Cards in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. You can top up your Leap Card with us for monetary amounts or put your weekly/monthly bus ticket on it.

To get your Leap Card:

  1. Apply online here:
  2. Bring your code to the SU Office and we will issue your card for €10. Please note the code is only valid for 7 days.

Volunteers URGENTLY Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our annual charity collection day in Galway City this Saturday 2nd of February for the following time slots: 1pm-3pm or 3pm-5pm. You will be holding a collection bucket and asking the public to donate what they can to the SU Nominated Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway. Email to volunteer.

Mental Health Week Continues TODAY Thurs 31st Jan

  • 11am-4pm ALIVE Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-5pm Counselling Workshop on Stress & Anxiety in G067 in the Psychology Building
  • 7pm-9pm Comedy Sketch Night in AC215

Know Someone Who Should Run for the #NUIGSU19 Elections?

Do you think your friend would make a great Students’ Union President or Vice-President? Or maybe you’d love to run for election yourself?

Recommend a Friend or Register Your Interest in Running HERE.

Nominations Open at 10am on Thurs 14th Feb for the three full-time paid Officer positions of President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare & Equality Officer.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2019

Sat 9th of Feb

Mon 11th of Feb

  • 1pm-3pm Mental Health Mondays at Smokey’s Café
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.

Tues 12th of Feb

  • 8.10am-8.50am Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 10am-1.30pm Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre in The Space. €10 Register in advance in SU
  • 6pm-9pm NUIG Premiere Screening of “The Meeting” in D’Arcy Thompson Theatre. Free ticketed event. Register on EventBrite for tickets.
  • 9pm Sex Toy Bingo at Sult. FREE Event in the Corrib Room.

Weds 13th of Feb

  • 11am-3pm COPE Galway Violence in Relationships Information Table at Smokey’s Café
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201

Thurs 14th of Feb

  • 10am Valentine’s Day Chocolates and Roses – FREE while stocks last from the SU!
  • 5pm-7pm FREE STI Clinic in the Student Health Unit. Phone 091 492 604 for appointment.
  • 8pm The Dirty Circus at Sult – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness! FREE event in the main bar at Sult.

All Week:

  • Free Condoms from the SU and SU Engineering Desk

More information from/ Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó


Volunteering Fair TODAY

The ALIVE Volunteering Fair takes places 11am-4pm TODAY Thursday 31st of January in the Bailey Allen Hall. Come along, meet community NGO’s and become a volunteer instantly!


1916 Bursary Fund Open

Applications are open for the 1916 Bursary Fund until the 31st of March 2019 which is up to €5,000 per year of study. Applications welcome from full/part time new entry students from under-represented socio-economic. Email or phone 091- 493 553 for more information.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day on Wednesday

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place 12pm-3pm Wednesday, 6th February in the Bailey Allen Hall. The event will include short presentations covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. This is your opportunity to meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to meet staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, and other student support services. You can pre-register to attend online now at: or just turn up and register on the day.

Sin Issue 8

You can read Issue 8 of Sin Newspaper here.

NUIG Postgrad Ball Early Bird Tickets

The NUIG Postgrad Ball will take place on the Thursday 7th of March. Early bird €45 tickets go on sale on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of February. More information here.

Transition to Employment Programme

Do you have a disability or mental health challenge? Sing up for the Career Development Centre Transition to Employment programme. Includes CV & Interview Skills Workshop, Employer Panel and Disclosure workshop.

Free safeTALK Course

Online Registration Open for free safeTALK Course 9.30am-1pm Weds 27th Feb in Westside Resource Centre. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares attendees, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognise these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources. safeTALK-trained helpers are an important part of suicide-safer communities, working alongside intervention resources to identify and avert suicide risks.

Register online here.

USIT J1 Info Sessions Tues 5th Feb

  • 3pm-4pm J1 Summer Options Stand at Smokey’s
  • 4.30pm-5.30pm J1 Summer Camp Talk in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 5.30pm-6.30pm J1 Information Talk in The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn


Student Survey Opens Monday

The National Student Survey is your chance to make a difference to the future of students at NUI Galway. The survey is open to: First Year Undergrad, Final Year Undergrad and Taught Postgrad students.

FREE Mindfulness Based Living 6 week Course starts Monday 4th Feb

Choice of times: 5pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm – 8pm in Áras Moyola MY336

  • Learn skills to address anxiety and stress
  • Have better focus and concentration for study
  • Promotes a better relationship with yourself and others

Book here:


Charity Table Quiz in aid of Palestine

Sinn Fein Society are holding a charity table quiz at Sult at 8pm on Thursday 7th February to raise funds for medical aid in Palestine. It’s €5 per person and prizes include 2x Keilidh MUA makeup masterclass tour tickets for the Galmont Hotel, €40 cash prize, and a signed Gerry Adams cookbook.


Free Weekly Mindfulness Classes

Every week during term there are FREE Mindfulness classes at NUI Galway. Feel free to drop in – all are welcome.

  • 8.10am-8.50am Tuesdays Mindfulness for Beginners Class in AC201
  • 1.10pm-1.50pm Wednesdays Mindfulness Shared Practice in AC201


Need help finding the right information for your assignment?

Drop into a Smart Searching for your Assignment session at the Library! Sessions weekly through to the end of February. Info and registration here.


Connacht Rugby NUIG Student Discount Tickets

Use the following discount codes online to get the reduced NUI Galway student rate for these Connacht Rugby home matches:

  • 5pm Saturday 16th February Connacht vs Cheetahs CODE: NUIG-Che-1819
  • 2.45pm Saturday 2nd March Connacht vs Ospreys CODE: NUIG-Osp-1819

Limited to 50 tickets per match for the Bohermore Terrace only. NUI Galway Student ID required.


Smart Life FREE Courses

Check out SMART LIFE, a series of **FREE** wellbeing and academic short courses and once-off workshops to help you do better and feel better! More info and booking here:


Fierce AF Monday Interviews

Fierce – Fierce AF will be hosting Facebook Live interviews each Monday with inspirational athletes. First up at 6.15pm on Monday 4th of February is the K1 Atomweight Champion of the World Whitney Sheppard!


My Thesis in French Competition

Registration for My Thesis in 3 minutes in French is now open for PhD students. Deadline 28th Feb and the event takes place in Dublin Weds 13th March. There will be nice prizes to reward the best presentations! Register here. are recruiting for their Action Panels

Action Panels are where young people meet and decide new content ideas for This ensures that the information on is based on what young people aged 16-25 across the country want to know about. Action Panels are based in Dublin, Waterford, Cork and Galway and they each meet three times a year. As an Action panel member there are a number of training opportunities such as on how to be an effective advocate for causes you care about, as well as receiving personal and professional guidance.

Find out more and apply here.


Irish Cancer Society​ Research Scholarship Programmes

  • Biomedical Research Scholarship
  • Social and Allied Health Science Research Scholarship

Deadline Expression of Interest: 3pm Tues 26th Feb 2019


Have Your Say on Reform of Electoral Registration Process

The Government has published proposals to make it simpler and more user-friendly for people to register to voter or change their registration details and they would like your views on same.

You can read the proposals online here

You can submit your views on the proposals via email to and the deadline for submissions is Friday 15th March 2019


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 located 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 – Friday 11am-3pm.


SU Weekly Email 23 – 22nd February 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Road Safety Day

Road Safety Authority Interactive Shuttle + Roll-Over Simulator 11am-3pm TODAY Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Practice your driving and hazard perception skills on our simulators (car, motorbike, bicycle)
  • Take part in the roll-over simulation which demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision.
  • Practice the driver theory test.
  • Get FREE High Vis stuff.
  • FREE Bike Clinic with An Mheitheal Rothar
  • Practice safe cycling skills on our state of the art bicycle simulator
  • See how driving environments and speed affect your braking distances on the brake reaction timer.


#NUIGSU18 Elections Nominations Open TODAY!

Nominations for the 3 full-time paid officer positions of President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer will open at 10am TODAY Thursday 22nd of February 2018. Nominations close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th of February at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. The Election will take place 10am-8pm on Thursday the 8th of March 2018.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 12th of April 2018. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 21st of March 2018 and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th of March.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 5th of March 2018. Nominations for this position are now open and will close at 5pm on Monday 26th of February. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2018/19 is available HERE.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Equality Week Events TODAY

12pm-1pm Official University of Sanctuary Campaign launch in the Siobhan McKenna Theatre.

3.30pm-6pm Cultural Food Fair in The View and Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 Áras na Mac Léinn

More information from


SU Council Chair Nominations are Open #NUIGSU18

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website. Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 26th of February at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The Election will take place at the SU Council Meeting on Monday 5th of March at 6pm in AM250 Arts Millennium Building.

PLEASE NOTE: only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.


How many steps a day do you do? Could you handle 10,000?

The Marchathon 10,000 Step Challenge is happening from Monday 26th February to Friday 23rd March. Students and staff from colleges throughout the country will get out walking in this fun event to win prizes, get fitter and use their feet as a sustainable form of transport. Sign up your team of 3-6 people now!


Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 26th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 26th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 27th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council

For More Information Contact Andrew on


Read Sin Issue 9 Here!

To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on


Upcoming J1 Information Sessions

  • 6pm-7pm Monday 26th January USIT Talk in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 4pm-5pm Tuesday 27th February Camp Leaders in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn


FREE Talks this Tuesday in the Library

Citation and referencing: beginner 14:00-15:00 Tues 27 Feb

Paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism 15:00-16:00 Tues 27 Feb


Undergraduate Research Conference presents – PUBLIC SPEAKING: HINTS & TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Worried about public speaking? If the thought of talking in a small or large group gives you worries, come along to our workshop on communication and public speaking. Facilitator Joanne Duffy will be giving a fun, interactive talk about the hints and tips that have helped her to overcome confidence challenges and go on to be strong communicator! 6pm-7pm Tues 5th March in the Meeting Room upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.


NUIG Relay For Life 2018

NUIG’s Cancer Society is holding their 4th annual Relay for Life 6pm-6am on Thursday 15th March. There will be various events on the night such as the survivors lap, competitions to win amazing prizes, themed laps, movie screenings, candle of hope ceremony, plenty of food, a variety of different performances and all while raising vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society. It’s open to EVERYBODY! You can sign up online using this link.

For more information on registering your team, email:, or message NUIG Cancer Society on Facebook


Registration now open for NUI Galway International Women’s Week Events 5th-9th March


Casting call for extras for 2 short films and a documentary

Masters students are looking for extras of all ages, ethnicities, and genders to take part in two short films and a documentary. If interested, please email with a picture and some details about yourself.


Focus Group Participants Required – FREE Pizza + €10 SU Card Credit!

The University are looking for students to take part in Focus Groups looking at your thoughts and opinions on NUI Galway “the brand”.

The Focus Groups will take place on Tuesday 27th of February at the following times

  • 2.00pm – 3.30pm
  • 3.45pm – 5.15pm

It will be a very laid back discussion with free pizza! If you are interested in taking part please email        


Galway Sports Partnership FREE Activity Leader Award Course this Friday & Saturday

Normally this course is €45 per person but NUI Galway students can attend for FREE. The course is targeted a people who are looking at delivering activities (sporting/games) to groups and it would suit anyone aiming to help out at summer camps, youth groups etc. The course takes place this Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm in the Connacht hotel. If interested please contact ASAP for application form. Application deadline 5pm TODAY.


NUIG First Year Ball

The NUI Galway First Year ball takes place on Wednesday 14th of March and tickets are just €30 or €15 for afters only.


Call to Action! We want to hear your attitudes and beliefs towards people with obesity – survey takes less than 10 minutes

We are currently conducting an online survey of the levels of obesity stigma within the student population at NUI Galway. The results will be used to test the effectiveness of various interventions to address obesity stigma.


Charity Concierge recruiting volunteers for Latitude & Electric Picnic

All funds raised go to provide clean water, daily meals, deworming tablets, malaria nets, health education and more to children in African countries.


Events at Blackstone Launchpad next week


Applications open for “My Thesis in 3 minutes… in French!” Contest 

If you are a PhD student and you speak French, take part to this very special competition in Dublin on 14th March in Trinity College Dublin. You will have 3 minutes to present your research to a non-specialist audience. Registration is open until Tuesday the 27th February. This contest is open to all disciplines and all nationalities, with great prizes to win!


Upcoming FREE Workshops

  • 1pm-2pm TODAY Transition to Employment – Employer Panel in G010 Library Lobby. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.
  • 5.30pm-7.30pm Tues 27th Feb Exam Skills & Stress Management in G010 Library Lobby. Open to all students
  • 1pm-2pm Thurs 1st March Transition to Employment – CV Workshop in Careers Seminar Room. Open to students with a disability or mental health challenge.


2018 Chinese Lantern Festival

To celebrate the Chinese New Year of Dog, NUI Galway China Society will hold a Lantern Festival Party in the Hub from 1pm on Sunday 4th of March. We will show some Chinese traditional culture, such as Chinese writing, painting and we will teach you how to cook the delicious Chinese dumplings. All students welcome! Attendance is free but you have to book your place HERE. More info at NUI Galway China Society Facebook page or email


Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • Weekly Job Market in Bank of Ireland on the concourse – come meet Revenue, LK Shields, EY, ALISON publishing, Verve, GLG, IntertradeIreland, Lidl . Free pizza and cake!
  • Careers with Botany and Plant Science
  • Diversity after University
  • Company presentations by Lidl and Wayfair
  • Career Options with Arts Fair
  • Careers in Creative Industries
  • Interview Skills Workshop


Want to win a 32GB iPad and make NUI Galway a better place?

Take 10 minutes to complete the National Student Survey now! The survey is open to all First Year and Final Year Undergrad students, and students on Taught and Research Postgrad programmes. Deadline this Sunday 25th February


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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm during term.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)