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NUI Galway Students’ Union Condemns Rip-Off University

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NUI Galway Students’ Union has condemned the University’s decision to charge students sitting online repeat exams. Students who did not pass exams in May have the option to repeat those exams in August. A fee of €295 is usually charged to cover costs such as venue, supervisors and materials. However, next month’s repeat exams will take place online and many of those costs do not exist in an online format. The Students’ Union is calling on the University to cancel the charge for this year’s repeat exams in line with other colleges across the country.

The Students’ Union is also critical of the University charging the exam fees at a time when many students struggled with new online learning and exam formats at a time of great uncertainty. The Union has accused the University of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income from exam fees.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are disgusted that the University is charging students to sit repeat exams. Students who have failed an exam will have to pay €295 for the pleasure of sitting the repeat exam in their own bedroom.”

“We are in extraordinary times where students have not had access to learning facilities like the library and face to face teaching, and many have struggled as a result. Now, the University wants to punish those students with this charge instead of following the example of other colleges which have cancelled the fee.”

Say no to #RipOffNUIG €295 Repeat Exam Fees! Please sign and share our petition HERE 

For more information or to get involved in the campaign, contact:

Pádraic Toomey


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502


Barista Course

Life Skills

Description: This course is divided into a practical and a theoretical section. Students must attend both.

Part A: Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Practical).

Course objectives: To cover the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder. Covering Safe operation of the equipment, espresso extraction, milk preparation using steam, espresso coffee recipes, grinder settings, espresso machine maintenance.

Course Outline: The demonstration will take approximately 75 minutes

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Part B: Coffee Origins and Espresso Coffee Preparation Basics, (Theoretical).

Course objectives: To cover a brief History of Coffee Culture and Coffee Bean Origins and the basic techniques of Espresso Coffee Preparation using a traditional espresso machine and coffee grinder.

Course Outline: The talk will take approximately 75 minutes.

Assessment: The attendees will be given an outline of the course and sign off that they have undertaken it, by an Instructor from The Coffee Company.

Students per course: Max 12 students per group. Min 8 students for course to go ahead.

Course Venue: The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Course Cost: €10 which will be donated to the Students’ Union Charities

Date/Times (Choose one): 

  • Group 1: 10am-1.30pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
  • Group 2: 2.30pm-6pm Thursday 17th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19
  • Group 3: 11.30am-3pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 13/09/19
  • Group 4: 3.30pm-7pm Friday 18th October 2019 COURSE FULL 12/09/19

NUI Galway Students’ Union Launch Year of Fundraising

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NUI Galway Students’ Union will be supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway this year. Every year the Students’ Union selects two charities that benefit from its fundraising initiatives. This year’s fundraising events will include a pet farm visit with star of the show Kuzco the Llama in December!

Students’ Union President Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to be supporting two very worthy charities this year. Students in NUI Galway have a very proud tradition of fundraising for charity. We hope to improve on last year’s total of €20,500 raised during the year”

Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

Cathy Connolly Executive Director of Galway Rape Crisis Centre said: “We are delighted that NUI Galway Students’ Union have chosen GRCC as one of their nominated charities for 2018/19. Many NUIG students have been part of our volunteer fundraising team in the past and we are ever grateful for the University’s continued support. This Funding will be used to offer counselling to our crisis clients, and reduce our waiting list.”

COPE Galway’s vision is for an improved quality of life in a home of your own for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Head of Development at COPE Galway commented: “COPE Galway is delighted to have been chosen as one of NUIG Student’s Union charities of the year.  Funds raised will be used to extend our Rough Sleeper Street Outreach Service, which identifies and engages with people sleeping rough in Galway city, with the aim of supporting people to get off the street and to access suitable accommodation or other routes out of rough sleeping.  Fundraising and donations are critical in enabling us to provide this service and we are hugely appreciative of NUIG Students’ Union for their support.”

Photos: Kuzco the llama and volunteers at last year’s charity Pet Farm Event


For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

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Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

NUI Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2018/19. Last year students took part in Croagh Patrick climbs, cake sales, table quizzes, a Christmas day in November, comedy gigs, pet farm visits and collection days to raise €20,500 for charity in the process!

All of the money raised from these events was donated to the Students’ Union nominated charities for 2017/18 – Domestic Violence Response and AMACH!

Application forms for the 2018/19 fund are available from the Students’ Union website here: NUIG SU Charity Application Form 2018 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 5th of September 2018.

Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Megan Reilly, Students’ Union President said:

“Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, NUI Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes.”

For more information contact:

Megan Reilly, President, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Ph. 086 385 5502

Attached Photo: Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU), Clare Austick (NUIG SU), Megan Reilly (NUIG SU), Elizabeth Power (Domestic Violence Response), Joanna Brophy (NUIG SU).


News & Events, Recruitment | Earcaíocht

Sin Newspaper is the official Student Newspaper of NUI Galway. A fortnightly publication published by the Students’ Union, the paper includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews. is the online information resource of NUI Galway Students’ Union. The website will include up to date news and features and will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for NUI Galway students with regards to college and local news in particular.

The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating a team of volunteers.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.
  • Overall responsibility for sourcing newspaper and website content
  • Maintain a high standard of writing in both Sin Newspaper and Sin Website
  • Edit 12 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union
  • Update website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc
  • Work with the Graphic Designer to ensure consistent design and layout.
  • Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources
  • Oversee distribution of Sin Newspaper across campus
  • Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time


€500 stipend per issue.

Applications by cover letter and CV to:

Closing date:            5:00pm Monday 17th July 2017

Interviews:              Friday 28th July

Bus Routes

List of Private Bus Companies to Galway. If your destination is not listed please check Bus Eireann or Irish Rail for alternative routes.


Athenry to Galway

Farrell Travel


Ballina to Galway

Treacy Coaches


Ballinamore Leitrim to Galway

West Link Coaches


Ballinrobe/Headford/Tuam to Galway

Burkes Bus


Ballymote/Ballaghaderren to Galway

O’Hara Coaches


Ballymote/Ballinamore/Carrigallen/Longford to Galway

Geraghty Travel


Belmullet/Westport to Galway

Corduff Travel


Birr to Galway

Kearns Travel


Carlow to Galway



Castlerea to Galway

Roscommon Coaches


Clifden/Cork/Dublin/Limerick to Galway

City Link


Dingle to Galway

Kennedy Coaches


Donegal to Galway

Feda ODonnell


Dublin to Galway

Go Bus


Kilkenny to Galway



Loughrea/Oranmore to Galway (daily)

Westport/Castlebar to Galway (weekends)

Healy Bus


Monaghan/Cavan to Galway

Streamline Coaches


Roscommon to Galway


Galway City Service

Bus Eireann

City Direct

NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Presents: David O’Doherty

We are delighted to welcome back David O’Doherty to NUI Galway at 8pm on Monday 13th of February 2017 in the O’Flaherty Theatre.

David O’Doherty – the Aldi Bublé, the Ryanair Enya – is delighted to present an evening of jokes and songs. David has spent the summer on tour in America with Flight of the Conchords, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe and this is the Irish debut of his new show. As seen on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

€5 Tickets on sale from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm and the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm and Friday 12pm-2pm.


SU Weekly Email 19 – 26th January 2017

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Attention Postgrads: VOTE TODAY 11am-3pm!
We are holding a by-election 11am-3pm today in Smokey’s Cafe to elect your new SU Postgrad Officer.

Your two candidates running for election are:
*Colm Duffy
*Andrew Forde

Please note ONLY Postgrads can vote in this election and you must have your NUIG ID with you to vote.

Volunteers Urgently Needed for SU Charity Collection Day Sat 4th Feb

We are urgently looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 4th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for The RNLI and Threshold. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm.

Read Sin Issue 8 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

Sign Language Courses 1 Space Left

Our basic introductory course in Sign Language runs over 10 weeks with a 1 hour class each week and costs just €40. You can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or call 091 524810 to register with credit card. We have just ONE SPACE left on the 6pm-7pm Thursday course which starts tonight and runs until Thursday 30th of March.

Become a CÉIM peer learning Student Leader in 2017/18

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:

David O’Doherty

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 go on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk tomorrow, Friday 27th January.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

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

  • 19:35 Sat 18th Feb Guinness PRO 12 Connacht vs Dragons €15
  • 19:35 Fri 3rd March Guinness PRO 12 Connacht vs Zebre €15

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

First Aid Courses

We are now taking bookings for our First Aid Courses:

  1. Three Day Occupational First Aid Course 9am-5.30pm Friday 10th, Friday 17th and Friday 24th February €100 (usual cost €160)
  2. Cardiac First Responder Course 9am-2pm Friday 3rd March €40 (usual cost €75)

Spaces are limited to 10 students per course. You can sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or phone 091 524810 to register with credit card.

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.

Need Books? Or Want to Sell Books?

The SU Second Hand Bookstore

FREE Event Seminar: “Archives in Research – Methods, Practice, Outcomes” Thursday 2nd February – All Welcome

More Information.

FREE Workshop on Migration, Refuge and the SDGs

ALIVE in collaboration with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will deliver training on the theme of Migration, Refuge, and the Sustainable Development Goals, on Wednesday 1st February in room G011 in the Hardiman Building. This training  will help you to: Understand the plight of refugees; Understand the drivers of migration in a wider political context; Learn how to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool providing insight and guidance. Training will include a number of practical activities to challenge you to think about your own role in the world and to consider ways to take action.

Training is free but spaces are limited so email to reserve a space.

Upcoming FREE Courses at NUI Galway

  • Troubled by Procrastination? Monday Jan 30th, 7-8:30pm, G011 Library Lobby
  • IT Skills for Study, Research & Teamwork, Tuesday Jan 31st, 7-9pm, IT suite AM201 (1st floor Arts Millennium)
  • Anxiety Management Workshop, Jan 31st, 6:30-8pm, G010 Library Lobby
  • PhD Support Group starting Tuesday Jan 31st, 6:30-8pm, AM 205 (1st Floor Arts Millennium)

Career Development Centre Free Events next week include:

  • FDM interview video workshop
  • Employer in Residence – FDM
  • Personal Statement Workshop(All disciplines welcome, book your place on Connect)
  • Careers in Economics
  • Internship & Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Employer in Residence – First Derivatives
  • Transition to Employment
  • Kickstart your career with Matheson (external event)

For more information and to register visit

CompSoc Camara Collection

CompSoc are running their monthly Camara Drop-off Point in 18 Distillery Road starting next Wednesday 1st February 2017 from 10am to 2pm. They are also looking for volunteers to help out for an hour between 10am and 2pm. All computers, laptops, monitors, servers and keyboard donations are welcome from University units, students, staff and the community. They are then sent to Dublin to be wiped to military standards before being sent to schools in Africa. We are unable to accept printers, CRT monitors, switches, projectors. More Info.

Computer DISC New Opening Times

If you need help with programming head along to Computer DISC in the IT building. They are open 12pm-4pm Monday-Friday and this is a FREE service.

NUI Galway Postgrad Ball Thursday 9th of March Salthill Hotel

There will be a Champagne and sweets reception, followed by a 4 course meal on the night. Entertainment will be provided by Top of the Popz and DJ afterwards. It’s going to be a fantastic night! Early bird tickets will be on sale Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd Feb in Áras na Mac Léinn between 2pm-4pm for €45 and also on the Socs web store. Don’t forget your student card!

Free Primary Sources Roadshow in Library

On Wednesday 1st February, the Gale Primary Sources Roadshow will visit NUI, Galway.  The roadshow will take place in the Library foyer from 11-3pm and there will be experts on hand to show students and researchers the best way to find primary sources for essays, projects and dissertations as well as learn how to use powerful tools like term frequency.  It’s a free drop in event and more information on this event can be found on the library website.

Undergraduate Students Required

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


Volunteer Abroad – Summer 2017!

EIL is an opportunity to engage in international volunteering with a twist. International volunteering is about learning from and with others. EIL are offering scholarships for international engagement with learning at the centre.

  • 5 Awards available to NUI Galway students
  • 8 weeks volunteering and cultural immersion programmes
  • Fully funded!
  • Destinations include: Mexico, Thailand, Guatemala, South Africa etc.
  • Apply Now! Deadline: Thursday 9th February, 12 noon.
  • Application and more information at

NUIG Postgraduate Open Day Tuesday 7th of February

The event will run from 1pm to 5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn with talks and panel discussions taking place during the day also, covering such topics as funding opportunities, applications, research and changing direction with your Postgrad study.

There will be over 80 stands on display, so 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, Research Office, and other student support services. More information at

Reminder Financial Aid Fund Applications Deadline 12noon Monday 30th January

Online Application Form.

Exam Results

Semester 1 Exam PROVISIONAL Results will be published on Blackboard throughout January. Please check with your School/Discipline for exact release dates. These results will remain provisional until approved by the exam board. Exam Results FAQ

SUMS FREE Maths Support

SUMS offers FREE mathematics support to students across all colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses.

Survey: The Association between alcohol induced falls, related injuries and occupational dysfunction among Irish university students – a cross sectional study 

I am a final year Occupational Therapy student, as part of my final year research I am inviting NUIG students who have experienced a fall or fall-related injury whilst under the influence of alcohol to complete a questionnaire.  Anyone over the age 18 who has experienced a fall whilst under the influence of alcohol is invited to take part. Participation is wholly voluntary. The questionnaire should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions contact:


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.

90% Discount Dublin Tech Summit Tickets

90% ticket discount for NUIG students attending Dublin Tech Summit 15th & 16th February at this link.

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.



NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

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NUI Galway President commits to Fossil Fuel Divestment

On Wednesday the 30th of November, students from the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Society of NUI Galway, along with the Students’ Union President, Jimmy McGovern, met with NUI Galway President, Dr James Browne, to discuss the divestment of €3.4 million worth of fossil fuel shares held by NUI Galway. Dr Browne applauded the efforts made by the CCAFS Society in highlighting and engaging with the university on the issue, indicating that he is committed to the divestment of fossil fuel shares.

In early November 2016, the CCAFS society submitted a petition of over 1,000 signatures, and a report highlighting the case for divestment of the €3.4 million worth of shares that NUI Galway has invested in companies such as Gazprom and Statoil. Dr Browne welcomed the report, and acknowledged that divestment of these fossil fuel shares is in line with the values held by NUI Galway with regard to sustainability. In pledging his support Dr Browne also indicated that he had spoken to a number of staff and students on the matter, and feels there is a real appetite for divestment. A motion for divestment will be tabled early in the New Year, which will seek full divestment of fossil fuel shares, and the implementation of an ethical investment policy.

Colm Duffy, Auditor of the CCAFS Society and Director of the Fossil Free Campaign was delighted with a significant and positive step towards divestment:

We are thrilled with the response so far from Dr Browne, and see today’s result as a significant step towards divestment. We are looking forward to announcing NUI Galway’s commitment to divestment, and implementation of an ethical investment policy in February. We are hopeful that successes here, and in Trinity College, are the beginning of a cascade effect among Irish Universities.”

Following the meeting with CCAFS, Dr Browne congratulated the student society and the Students’ Union for its commitment to the issue of fossil fuel divestment saying:

“It is important for students to consider their role as global citizens who will shape our planet’s future.  By advocating for an ethical policy on institutional investment, the CCAFS society and the Students’ Union leadership are highlighting an important global issue which impacts on climate change, social equity and a range of important ethical issues today.  I look forward to working with our students to promote a transparent and ethical investment policy at NUI Galway, including fossil fuel divestment.”

Pictured are (left to right): Jimmy McGovern (NUI Galway Students’ Union President); Hazel Wolstenholme (CCAFS); Dr James Browne (NUI Galway President); Colm Duffy (Auditor CCAFS); Aoife Kervic (CCAFS); & Brendan Hallahan (CCAFS).


Should you like to get further information please contact:

Colm Duffy Auditor CCAFS Society

086 275 8527

NUIG Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2016

NUI Galway Christmas Holidays are from Saturday 17th December 2016 to Sunday 8th of January 2017 (inclusive)

Semester 2 Teaching starts on Monday 9th of January 2017. Academic Dates for the rest of 2016/17 are available here. 

The Students’ Union Office will close at 2pm on Thursday 22nd of December and reopen at 10am Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 11am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Cloakroom will close at 5pm on Friday 16th of December and reopen at 9am on Friday 13th of January 2017.

The Students’ Union Shop will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen at 8am on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Sult will close on Wednesday 21st of December and reopen on Wednesday 4th of January 2017.

Caifé na Gaeilge will close on Friday 16th of December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 9th of January 2017.

Smokey’s Café will close on Wednesday 21st of December and will reopen at 8.30am on Wednesday 4th of January.

The Wall Café will be open 9am-3pm Mon 19th Dec-Fri 23rd Dec. Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December. Open 9am-3pm Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th December. Closed 31st Dec & 1st Jan. Open 9am-3pm Monday 2nd Jan-Sun 8th Jan 2017.

The James Hardiman Library will have reduced hours Friday 16th December to Thursday 22nd of December 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat/Sun. The Library will be closed Friday 23rd of December to Monday 2nd of January inclusive.

The Reading Room will only be closed on Sunday 25th and Monday 26th of December.

Some of the Computer Suites will be closed over the holidays for more details check HERE.

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 20th of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Tuesday 10th of January 2017.

Flirt FM will be off air from Saturday 10th December to Sunday 8th of January inclusive.

The Socs Box will close on Thursday 22nd of December and will reopen on Thursday 5th of January 2017.

The Academic Writing Centre will close on Friday 2nd of December and will reopen in January 2017.

SUMS will be closed from Monday 12th of December and will reopen on Monday 23rd of January 2017.

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

See you all in 2017!