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SU Weekly Email 21 – 12th February 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week 2015

TONIGHT Thursday 12th of February

8pm The Dirty Circus Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed.

TOMORROW Friday 13th of February

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses available while stocks last from the SU Office

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €2 which goes to the SU Charities Console & BeLonG To.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

More information from

This Tuesday will you SHAVE or DYE to fight Cancer?

NUI Galway Shave or Dye takes place this Tuesday 17th February 2pm-5pm in the College Bar. Please support the event by volunteering to get your hair shaved or dyed (temporary options available!) or just come along to support the brave NUI Galway students and staff that are getting the chop!

All funds raised will go to the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Care West, Galway Hospice and NBCRI. Please like and share the campaign Facebook Page

For more information please contact

SU Elections 2015 – Nominations Open Next Week

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 2nd March 2015 in IT250. Please note that only registered class reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

Nominations open at 10am on Monday 16th February – nomination forms will be available from the SU Office and website.

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 23rd February – completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. Late nominations will not be accepted.

Full Time Officer Elections – President, VP/Education, VP/Welfare – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 19th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 25th February. Election Day Thursday 5th March.

Part Time Officer Elections – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality, Societies, Clubs, Postgrad, Mature Students, 5 Convenor Positions – Nominations Open 10am Thursday 26th February. Nominations Close 5pm Wednesday 4th March. Election Day Thursday 12th March.

#NUIGSU15 Election Guide

SU Charity Aquathon – Just 30 Spaces Left!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 24th of February 2015. 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: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Sin Newspaper

Read the latest issue here.

College Campus Radio Ltd. (operator of Flirt FM 101.3) are seeking nominations for Student Representatives to their Board of Directors. 

They are looking for current NUI Galway Students that will be in university next academic year 2015-16 also, that will work well as part of a team, contribute reasoned opinion and accept and support decisions reached by the Board and are able to commit the time and resources to serve on the Board and committees, as requested.

This is YOUR opportunity to become involved with College Campus Radio Ltd, to help shape the organisation’s future.

If you are interested, please email for more details

Are you a graduate of UCD, NUI Galway, UCC or Maynooth University?

If so, make sure to claim your Seanad vote for the NUI panel in time for the next general election! Graduates have until 26th February to register More Information.

Deadline for the AWC Annual Writing Competition 21st February

Submit your mini-essay by 21st February. Top prize: I-Pad 2. The winner’s essay will be published in Sin. All entrants will receive feedback and advice on their writing. Competition Rules.

In this month’s NUI Galway Student Health 101

NUI Galway Annual Health Fair – Wednesday, 18th Feb, 11am – 5pm, in the Bailey Allen Hall

Visit over 35 informative and interactive stands with lots of freebies! Demonstrations: 11.30am Yoga Taster Class, 12:30pm Cookery, 1:30pm Kendo. There will also be Health Screenings, free Massage, skin analysis and make-overs.

Next Blood Donation Clinics & Marrowmatch registration opportunities in Galway in February: 
• 5pm-8.30pm Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 12pm-3.30pm Sunday 15th February in the Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra
• 5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th February in The Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland
You can get further details about blood donation clinics here:

Win Prizes for Walking!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Marchathon. Get a team of 3 together and log your walks and you could win a heap of prizes!

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Deadlines

  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 20th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

“Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical.” – Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks.

The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is carrying out a national survey among 3rd level students on attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Examining student interest in becoming entrepreneurs, the survey will assess the positive and negative factors that influence students when it comes to entrepreneurship,and we would love to hear your opinions.
The short survey takes about 2 minutes to complete and all responses are completely anonymous. You can complete the survey here.

Connacht vs Benetton Treviso Tickets On Sale Now

5.15pm Sunday 1st March 2015 NUIG Student Rate €10 – Tickets on sale NOW from the SU(Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – Just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 28th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Console and BeLonG To. You can sign up in the Students’ Union office/Engineering Desk and collect your Sponsorship Card now. Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

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.

NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014


NUI Galway Students’ Union Election Results 2014

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union Sabbatical officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are: President Declan Higgins, Vice-President/Education Officer Phelim Kelly and Vice-President/Welfare Officer Aoife Ní Shúilleabháin. The students of NUI Galway also voted to keep the Students’ Union Pro-Choice on the issue of abortion and voted to support the BDS Campaign against the state of Israel.

On Thursday 13th of March students will go back to the polls at NUI Galway to elect their part-time officers and to decide on a referendum regarding the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Couples of the Same Gender Availing of Civil Marriage.

Here are the full election and referenda results:


Duff 324

Higgins, Declan 1734 (elected)

McDonnell 827

Moran 110

O’Donnell 213

Re open nominations 34

Spoiled 64

Quota 1622

Vice President Education

Fitzgibbon, Conor 1479

Kelly, Phelim 1510 (elected on 2nd count)

Re open nominations 142

Quota 1566

Vice President Welfare

Mc Donald 600

Ní Shúilleabhain, Aoife 1466 (elected on 2nd count)

O’Dowd 1013

Re open nominations 64

Quota 1572

Referendum: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union repeal the result of RFC13/1 (position on Abortion), which mandated the Students’ Union to adopt an active pro-choice position in relation to abortion. Henceforth, the Students’ Union shall adopt a neutral position with regard to abortion.”

Yes: 1,418

No: 1,748

Spoiled 130

Referendum: “That NUI Galway Students’ Union actively supports the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.”

Yes: 1,954

No: 1,059

Spoiled 248

Thursday 6th March 2014

Whats Happening

SU Full Time Officer Election Day. Please bring your College ID to vote in the polling stations on Campus for your President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15. 

Thursday 20th February 2014

Whats Happening

SU Full Time Officer Elections Nominations open at 10am for 2014/15 paid positions of SU President, SU Vice-President/Education Officer, SU Vice-President/Welfare Officer. Nomination forms available from the SU Office and