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Battle of the Dorms Winners Announced

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Students at Goldcrest are in Energy Saving Mode & Winning Prizes Along the Way

Today the winners of the ‘Battle of the Dorms’ were awarded for saving the most energy out of all the apartments in their block, using methods such as turning off the lights before leaving a room and only boiling the water they needed for teas & coffees. The battle was spurred on by the USI “Student Switch Off” Campaign, with the support of Campus Living, NUI Galway Green Campus and NUIG Students’ Union.

The students who took part were provided with tips on how they can save energy within their dorms whilst also reducing their energy bill. Tip’s included: washing clothes at 30 degrees, boiling only what they needed, turning off lights, switching off standby mode and defrosting the freezer.

Students living off campus took part in this campaign also, leaving a clear sign that students care about saving energy and want to leave a cleaner carbon footprint wherever they go. The campaign applied life long advice to students in NUIG such as how to read an energy bill, what to look for when searching for accommodation (eg. BER certs) and much more energy saving tips.

Environmental Health and Safety Manger Lorraine Rushe says: “This is the second year that this campaign has been run in NUI Galway and it has been a huge success.  It creates awareness and empowers the students to take responsibility for the way in which they live and encourages them to reduce their impact on the environment and associated costs.  We can all learn from these initiatives and it is by getting students and staff to engage that we will start to see how small changes in the way we do things can make a big difference”.

This campaign is not over yet, it will continue until exams end and students have the chance to enter the competition by posting photos on Instagram or Snapchat ( of them carrying out energy saving actions. Prizes are continually being won and have been graciously donated by Student Switch Off sponsors; SSEAirtricity, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Irish Rail. So far students have won prizes such as ice cream vouchers, train tickets, tickets to FAI games, various concerts and the zoo just to name a few.

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Pictured left to right are: 

Sinead Barret (Project Manager Campus Living)

Goldcrest Winners

Eibhlín Seoighthe (NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer)

Lorraine Rushe (NUI Galway Environmental Health and Safety Manger)



NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

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NUI Galway Students Pledge To Save Energy On Campus

Galway students told to switch off the lights to save energy and win prizes to combat climate change as part of national campaign

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in partnership with NUI Galway Students’ Union, NUI Galway, and NUI Galway Green Campus has today launched a major European energy efficiency and energy saving campaign called ‘Student Switch Off’ encouraging students in Galway to save energy and combat climate change. The campaign is supported by the European Union to the sum of  €1.5m over the next 3 years across Europe.

Speaking about the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, “We’re delighted to officially launch the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign right here in NUI Galway to help students save energy. It’s great to see students taking the lead on issues like climate change and sustainability. The aim of the campaign is simple: save energy, and win prizes like Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and open student return tickets from Irish Rail. All students have to do to take part is add the campaign on Snapchat on and take part in the call to actions, which involve taking a selfie doing an energy saving action at home.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh went on to say, “NUI Galway Students’ Union are delighted to be involved in the ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign. With the increase in awareness of sustainable living and responsibility with regards to our environment it’s critically important that students play their role in it.

“The Students’ Union along with the Community and University Sustainability Project (CUSP) Team and the NUI Galway Green Campus team have been working together over the past few months to ensure that life on campus provides students with the opportunity to live sustainably. The attitude towards sustainable living that the Students’ Union Commercial Services have now adopted compostable cutlery, plates etc in their outlets. Living plastic free this week has been a huge eye-opener and it’s great to see the movement progressing and moving in the right direction, and ‘Student Switch Off’ will help NUI Galway along the way.”

The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will incorporate national-level partnerships with smart meter delivery agencies to show the benefits of smart meters and saving energy. The ‘Student Switch Off’ campaign will provide ongoing advice and support to students via energy-efficiency and bill management training, peer-to-peer advice sharing via video blogs and regular e-mail and social media communications. DCU, Maynooth University, NUI Galway and UCC are the four Irish universities taking part in the first year of the campaign.

USI is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.

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  • NUI Galway Students’ Union are members of USI – the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland. USI works to improve and protect the lives of students every day on academic and social issues through campaigns, training and research.


  • The “Students Achieving Valuable Energy Savings 2” (SAVES2) programme is funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 programme, and unites students across the EU in energy saving initiatives in their campus accommodation. The programme has been successful in attracting up to €5m of EU funding for activities across Europe to fund a campaign in Ireland called ‘Student Switch Off’.


  • The targets of the Student Switch Off campaign is to reach over 219,358 students (both in private and dormitories) over the duration. 30.95 GWh primary energy savings triggered over project duration (broken down across the 3 academic years).


  • The programme will be co-ordinated across Europe by the National Union of Students – USI’s partner organisation in the UK.


  • Universities and student organisations from across Europe will take part and have received funding through the plan for the energy saving initiative.


For more information, please contact:


Michael Kerrigan – USI President

Mob: (087) 691 1515

Ph: (01) 905 2095



Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh  – NUI Galway Students’ Union President

Mob: 086 385 5502

Ph: 091 492 746