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SU Weekly Email 17 7th January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome Back! We hope you had a good Christmas break and are all ready for 2016.

What will you do in 2016?

Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 19th January

Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 27th January

Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 6th February for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & Irish Cancer Society

Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 18th February

Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 23rd February 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives

SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Course/ASIST

Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 27th February

Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th February

Contact for more information

Want to do something amazing this month? 
Give Blood in Galway at the following clinics:

$1·         The Clybaun Hotel17:00-20:30 Thursday 7th January

$1·         Menlo Park Hotel17:00-20:30 Tuesday 12th January, Wednesday 13th January & Thursday 14th January

SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling

1 Day Bar Skills Course

2 Day ASIST Course

8 Week Yoga Course(Beginners Course FULL – Space available Intermediate only)

10 Week Sign Language Course

Sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card

Clubs Day

If you missed out on joining a sports club in 2015 you have a second chance to get involved at Clubs Day 10am-5pm Thursday 14th January in the Sports Centre.

Socs Day & Volunteering Fair

If you want to get involved in any of the societies on campus or want to start volunteering make sure you go to the Societies day and Volunteering Fair 10am-5pm Wednesday 13th January in Áras na Mac Léinn.


Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Schemes

5pm Wednesday, 13th January in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building). Dr Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application. This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered.  Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.


CampusCreate, a space and practice, aims to encourage creative thinking across the NUI Galway campus in a fun and playful way. It’s a place for you to flex your creative muscles, and undertake weekly inspiring challenges, and to share these across the campus community. During the 12 weeks of semester two, ‘Creative Challenges’ will be posted via TwitterFacebook, and websiteEach week has a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the challenge. Interpret the ‘Creative Challenge’ in whatever way you like with creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mash-ups, remixes, etc. More details on our website where you can register for news & updates. 

Semester 2: Ball Season!

  • Wednesday 27th January Commerce Ball
  • Wednesday 3rd February Engineering Ball
  • Tuesday 9th February Law Ball
  • Wednesday 10th February Arts Ball 
  • Thursday 3rd March Postgrad Ball

ASIST Course now enrolling

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

The 2 day course will take place 9am-5pm Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February in Áras na Mac Léinn and you must attend both days.

The course is free but there is a €10 deposit required to reserve your place. Spaces are limited – sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Monday-Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

Learn Sign Language in 2016
Registration is now open for our 10 Week Basic Sign Language courses in 2016. The course cost is €40 (usual price €75) and you can pay in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to pay by credit card.

Course options are: 
• 12pm-1pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March)
• 1pm-2pm Tuesday (19th January-22nd March) – Just 3 Spaces Left
• 6pm-7pm Wednesday (20th January-23rd March)
• 6pm-7pm Thursday (21st January-7th April)

SU Life Skills Yoga Now Enrolling

The next SU 8 week Ashtanga yoga course is on Thursday 21st January – Thursday 10th March 2016.

The course cost is €40 for 8 weeks and you can pay the course fee in the SU Office now Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. To pay by credit card please phone 091 524810.

  •  6pm-7.30pm Beginners/Improvers – COURSE FULL
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

Free Anxiety Management Workshops

Learn to manage stress and workload during the college term. This free 4 week group workshop aims to explore tools and techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety during your college year. Facilitated by Aisling Reidy Student Counsellor it starts Wednesday 20th January 2pm-3.30pm in AMBE (Psychology Wing) GO66 Training Room 2. This course is free but please book early as it’s limited to 20 people.

To sign up contact

Free Assertiveness Workshops

This free 4 week group workshop aims to explore tools and techniques to help increase assertiveness in your social and college life. Facilitated by Aisling Reidy Student Counsellor it starts Wednesday 27th January 4pm-5.30pm in AMBE (Psychology Wing) GO66 Training Room 2. This course is free but please book early as it’s limited to 20 people.

To sign up contact


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.


SU Weekly Email 23rd Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SU Drug Awareness Day Mon 27th Jan

The Welfare Crew will giving out information about drugs on campus on Monday next. The Gardaí will also be dropping in to answer any questions you might have! Keep an eye out for the lime green t-shirts!

Look Before You Leap: SU Election Information Night 7pm Tues 28th Jan
Are you thinking of running for election to the SU for the 2014/15 academic year? Come along to our Look Before You Leap – SU Election Information Night and find out all the ins, outs, ups and downs about running for election.  Our current SU Officers will be there to guide and advise you in the Cairnes Theatre on the Concourse from 7pm on Tuesday 28th of January.
Full Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 20th of February/close 26th of February.
Part Time Officer Election Nominations open Thursday 27th of February/close 5th March. 
For more information email or check here.

Trans and Gender 101

The Students’ Union are delighted to have Laura Harmonn (equality and citizenship officer of USI) and Ivan Fahy (androgynous model) to give a short talk on the basics of trans and gender. Come along and ask any questions you have a and learn a little. 6pm Tuesday 28th of January in the Kirwan Theatre.

Choice 101

The Students’ Union, as part of its mandate to be a pro-choice Union, have teamed up with Choice Soc to have an informative workshop on everything you need to know about pro-choice and why we have a pro-choice Union. Join us in the Kirwan Theatre at 7pm on Tuesday January 28th. There will be guest facilitators and refreshment to follow.

SU Charity Aquathon – Win tickets to the Sea Sessions!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 25th of February 2014. The event consists of a 750m swim (30 lengths) in the swimming pool in the Sports Centre followed by a 5km run in Dangan. 

Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €25 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. We now have an extra incentive to get you involved as the Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival have kindly given us a pair of tickets for the participant who raises the most money for charity! You can sign up in the Students’ Union office and the Sports Centre now and collect your Sponsorship Card. You can also fundraise online via our iDonate page here. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. We also have a 5 week training plan to get you ready on our website here.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale Monday

At 8pm on Monday 10th of February comedy hypnotist Michael McCoy will be back in NUI Galway doing his SeX Rated show as part of SHAG Week. Tickets are just €5 and go on sale from the SU office this Monday 27th of January – this gig will sell out again so make sure you don’t miss out! 2014 SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance Week) takes place from the 10th to the 14th of February. To get involved contact Declan

Volunteers needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 8th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline. Please email if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 8th of February.

Life Skills Spaces Update

We are now enrolling students for the following Life Skills Courses:

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 (usual price €70) 9am-1pm Thursday 30th January (6 spaces left)
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (5 spaces left)

$1·         3 Day Door Security Procedure Course €100 (usual price €175) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd February (6 spaces left)

Sign up in the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm with the course fee. More information is available here.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 27th January 6pm-7pm Science Council in AC204
  • Tuesday 28th January 6pm-7pm Health Sciences Council in MY123 Áras Moyola

For more information contact Catherine on

Clubs Activity Month

The Clubs Activity Month “Get Off The Couch – Get Active” runs from 21st Jan to 26th Feb. New members are invited to join any club , if they attend the same club session for 6 weeks they will be entered into a draw. There are surprise goodie bags and loads of freebies up for grabs. All Welcome! More information.  

FREE Clubs Events App

Find out what all the sports clubs on campus are up to with the new free Clubs NUIG Eventr App on the App Store for IOS Devices  and the Google Play Store for Android Devices.

Postgrad Open Day

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will be held in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn (Student Centre), NUI Galway on Tuesday February 11, 2014. This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to lecturers and current postgraduate students about the wide range of taught and research programmes available to you.

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Now Open

Applications Open 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.

More information.

ECDL Opportunity

The Computer and IT Office of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is an accredited ECDL test centre. The ECDL establishes a measurable standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, and is an internationally recognised certificate.

ECDL online, interactive courseware can be used by all NUIG students via your Blackboard login. Please click here. for instructions on accessing the ECDL Core, and ECDL Advanced, self-study course.

We offer students the opportunity to gain the ECDL qualification at a nominal cost. Students use on-line training facilities to study modules in their own time. Exams are carried out (also on-line) in our Training Centre in AM102.

You are free to use the training material simply as a learning resource. There is a charge ONLY if you wish to register as an ECDL candidate, complete the exams, and gain the ECDL (Core or Advanced) certificate. Contact for further information.

GiGSoc Rainbow Ball

GiGSoc (Gay in Galway Society) are hosting its first ever Rainbow Ball, aimed at LGBTQ and Ally students. Venue is Salthill Hotel on Saturday 8th February, from 6.30pm onwards. Tickets are €32 each, which covers dinner, dessert, tea/coffee,  cocktail reception on arrival and most stupendous entertainment! For more information or tickets, contact us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter

Postgrad Ball

The Postgrad Ball takes place on Thursday, 6th March in the Westwood Hotel. At 6:30 pm there will be a drinks and sweets reception followed by a four course meal. There will be music from “The Lewd Tunes” followed by DJ. Early Bird tickets are €45 and are available on 5th and 6th of February 12-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn. Normal ticket priced at €50 will be available from the Socs Box thereafter. More information from


Enter McKinsey Venture Academy before February 14th
McKinsey Venture Academy is a social enterprise competition for university students based in the UK and Ireland. It is sponsored by McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. The competition involves teams of students putting together a pitch for a social enterprise for €6,000 of seed funding and support from McKinsey mentors. The aim of the competition is to help students to tap into their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, enabling them to transform their seedling ideas into social enterprises that make a difference. 
The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate university students based in the UK or Ireland, regardless of the subject they study. We are looking for groups of 2-8 creative and enthusiastic individuals with a great idea and a desire to create change. You can enter with a social enterprise at any stage of development: from a brand new idea to a business that is already running that you are trying to grow. In last year’s competition, the vast majority of entries (and our winner) were very early stage ideas. Enter with a short summary of the enterprise before February 14th. More information available at: An information session for interested students will take place on Thursday 30th January at 1pm at NUI Galway (Venue to be confirmed)


The AWC Annual Writing Competition is now live
All undergraduate students are eligible to compete. Essays must be on one of the three topics, can be no longer than 500 words, and must include citations from one or two published sources. The deadline is 21 February 2014. The winner will receive an Apple I-Pad 2; the essay will be published in Sin .Topics, guidelines, and FAQ can be found here.


Pass On Your Skills! 
Click and Connect are seeking volunteers for their programme. The programme provides basic introduction to computer classes to those with little knowledge or confidence in using technology. The course covers topics such as using the internet, email and digital photography. Classes are 2 hours per week for 4 weeks here at NUI Galway from 27th January. 
If you can volunteer your time to help someone else make sense of technology please contact ASAP. Complete two sets of 4 classes to earn your Alive Volunteering Cert.


The Academic Writing Centre reopens on 20 January.
The AWC will provide free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends.

Snap a Sight for Sightsavers

What is the sight that you’d miss the most? Sightsavers are asking students to snap this sight on their phones or take it from Facebook and enter it into their new photo competition to win some cool prizes including iPads and vouchers. Everyone who enters will be helping Sightsavers to raise the awareness that 4 out of 5 people who are blind in developing countries do not have to be. Enter via: or on Facebook: /SightsaversIreland

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 Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

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