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SU Weekly Email 18 14th January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

Give Blood Tonight

Blood supplies are running dangerously low in Ireland. If you can, please donate blood tonight 5pm-8.30pm in the Menlo Park Hotel, Terryland, Galway. The recent restrictions on female donors have now been lifted. More Information.

Clubs Day TODAY

Make sure to call in to the Sports Centre today 10am-5pm to see what the many sports clubs on campus have to offer you this semester. You can also join Sports Clubs at any time during the year online HERE.

Michael Bugler Memorial Mass

The lunchtime Mass at 1.10pm on Tuesday, 19th January in the Chapel of St. Columbanus, NUI Galway will be offered for 2BCL student, Michael Bugler, R.I.P. and for his family and friends. Refreshments will be provided afterwards. All are welcome. A Book of Condolence is open at the Chapel this week if you wish to sign it.

At this time of bereavement and loss, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff or to contact the Student Support Services available on campus here.

Working & Travelling Abroad Fair Weds 27th January

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2016 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January 2016 in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Exhibitors include: J1 Visa companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies, internships/training companies and there will be delicious food stalls to fill your belly as you plan your summer! 

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 18th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 19th Jan

6pm – 7pm

O’Flaherty Theatre

Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 20th Jan


Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Weds 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on su.education@nuigalway.ie

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

NUIG Connacht Rugby Tickets on sale now in the SU

  • Connacht vs Enisei-STM 3pm Saturday 23rd January 2016 €15
  • Connacht vs Scarlets 3pm Saturday 30th January 2016 €10

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

Nominations open for election of a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway

Nomination are to be received in writing ( Gearóid Ó Conluain in Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 22, 2016. Each nomination must be on a Nomination Paper signed by two postgraduate students and also signed by the candidate. The names of the candidates will be notified to voters as soon as possible thereafter.

Election Procedure: The election will be conducted by ballot, if necessary, of the postgraduate students on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.

More Information.  

Volunteers Needed for SU Charity Collection Day

We are looking for volunteers to help out with our SU Annual Charity Collection day on Saturday 6th February. We will be shaking buckets and convincing the good people of Galway to give us their spare change for Galway Rape Crisis Centre & The Irish Cancer Society. Please email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 6th of February.

Smoke-Free Zones

NUI Galway is now a partially smoke-free campus – with two smoke-free zones in the north and south campus.
To see why we’re going smoke-free click on the video here. 

More information.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm Tues 26th January

This event is open to everyone who wishes to #MakeASmartVote in the upcoming General Elections. The hustings will be hosted by the USI at 7pm Tuesday 26th January in the D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, NUI Galway.
Each political party has been invited to send a representative to represent their party’s views on the defining issues facing students.Students and youth organisations will be able to submit questions in advance or via social media on #MakeASmartVote and candidates will be announced as they are confirmed!

More Information.

EIPIC Free Screening

Cuirfidh TG4 & UCÉ fáilte romhat chuig taispeántas ar shraith nua teilifíse EIPIC.
TG4 & BAI invite you to a preview of the brand new drama series EIPIC. Refreshments will be served. 
The free viewing takes place at 7pm on Thursday 21st of January in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway.

Election Countdown

Nominations open in 31 days for the NUI Galway Students’ Union Officer Elections! If you are interested in running for one of the 15 SU Officer positions please give us a shout on su.president@nuigalway.ie or see our website for more information. 


Free Once-Off Academic  Workshops to Enhance Exam Performance

$1·         Time Management 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th of January                       

$1·         Study Skills 6.30pm-7.30pm Wednesday 3rd February                                     

$1·         Presentation Skills 6pm-8pm Wednesday 17th February

Further information and booking email james.mccormack@nuigalway.ie

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Morning Galwayville – the Cube, Áras Na Mac Léinn NUIG  Wednesday January 27th  6:30am – 10am– MC Hector Ó hEochagáin

There is a global awareness of the mental and physical health benefits in early morning dancing. Events are being held all over the world where people get up early and dance before work and its becoming an extremely popular and common event in big cities. Dancing is a way to exercise, connect to your deepest self, to feel free, to let go of pent up energy and one of the best ways to start a day. We are organising this morning session for those of you who would like to “dance your way into the day” full of health and vitality. It is obviously a sober event and there will be yoga, massage, healthy snacks and drinks and all kinds of wonderful things there. The event starts at 6:30am – 10am. Costs are €3 for students and €10 for others. Includes DJ Will Softly, herbal teas/healthy snacks from The Secret Garden Café and free Yoga with Paul Hardiman at 7am and 8:30am – one energetic class and one deep slow stretchy class

NUI Galway Campus Online Forum

The Computer Society Online Forum Working Group are looking at setting up an online forum for the NUI Galway Campus to facilitate discussion, voting and debating, thus improving communication. Please fill out this survey to aid in our research.


FREE Student Mindfulness Classes with Tibetan Monk, Gelong Thubten
Tuesday, 19th January in the Aula Maxima (Upper)

Class Title: Relaxation and Confidence

See times of sessions below:

10:45am – 11:30am – Students – All welcome
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Students – All welcome

13:15pm – 14:00pm Students – All welcome
Classes are free of charge and available on a drop-in basis

Pre-registration required visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/january-mindfulness-classes-relaxation-and-confidence-tickets-20726768322

For further information on NUI Galway Mindful Way visit: www.nuigalway.ie/mindfulway

Student presenters wanted for the national “Student Talks” conference on March 9th 2016 in UCD, Dublin.

Student Talks is an exciting new national conference series designed for students (think Ted Talks but for Students).

The conference is a half day long, with Student Presenters, Expert Speakers and Networking breaks scheduled throughout.

Student presenters each give a six minute presentation on their chosen subject. The Student Talks conference is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and it’s free to attend. We’ll be arranging buses to get you there too so register now!

Benefits of presenting:

  • Great experience and opportunity to present your work at a national conference
  • Improve your CV, and career profile
  • Opportunity to network with like-minded people.
  • You could win overall Student Talks Presenter Award and prize bundle

If you would like to PRESENT, ATTEND or VOLUNTEER at the Student Talks conference check out studenttalks.ie for all the details.

NUIG Postgrad Open Day 12pm-4pm Weds 3rd Feb

The NUI Galway Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 3rd February in Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-4pm. Presentations taking place during the day will cover such topics as funding opportunities, applications, and research. 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.

You can pre-register to attend online now at: www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduate-open-day  or just turn up and register on the day.

Reclaim 1916 Poetry Competition

Closing date for entries 29th February. First Prize €1,000. More Information.  

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 Ambassadors

RTÉ are recruiting 1916 ambassadors for their event, “RTÉ Reflecting the Rising” which will take place in 75 indoor and outdoor venues around Dublin on Easter Monday 28th March between 11am and 6pm.

This will form part of the government’s official centenary programme with locations including St. Stephen’s Green, the Gaiety Theatre, the Mansion House, Trinity College, Liberty Hall, the Four Courts, Smithfield Square and Collins Barracks. If you are interested in taking on one of the volunteer roles on the day, please email your name and phone number and your preferred role (1916 Ambassador/Walking Tour Host) to 1916@RTE.ie  

Call for Submissions!  

The Lamp is looking for submissions for its 2016 issue (Volume 6)!

The Lamp is an international literary journal dedicated to showcasing the creative writing of graduate and professional students.  If you write poetry, short fiction, scripts, creative nonfiction, or any other form of textual art, please submit your work to The Lamp at thelampeditor@gmail.com.  The extended deadline is January 31st, 2016https://www.sgps.ca/thelamp/

Drugs.ie ‘Let’s Talk About Drugs’ National Youth Media Awards Competition Closing Date 28th of January

This annual drugs education competition aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to create either: a short video, an audio podcast, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The hidden harm of alcohol use; (b) The effects of drug use. More information about the competition can be found at www.drugs.ie/awards  

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 studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for more information

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)

• 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 

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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 1 3rd September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.

What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Phelim su.president@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Education: Rebecca su.education@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Welfare: Jimmy su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Laoighseach su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Equality: Catherine su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Robert su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduates: Cian su.postgrad@nuigalway.ie

SU Council Chairperson: Cathal su.council@nuigalway.ie

Societies: Patrick su.socs@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Eoin su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Jasmine su.arts@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Science: Tara su.science@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Aoife su.medicine@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Business & Law: Niall su.business@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: David su.engineering@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2015

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

Monday 7th September

9am Teaching begins

You Really Should See A Doctor – RTE Medical TV Show filming on Campus

Tuesday 8th September

10am-5pm Clubs Day in the Sports Centre

10am-2pm Bike freebies and advice in An Bialann

Wednesday 9th September

10am-5pm Societies Day in Áras na Mac Léinn

Monday 14th September

8pm Al Porter SU Comedy Gig in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5 on sale in the SU and SU Engineering Desk NOW!

Tuesday 15th September

1pm-5pm Volunteering Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Wednesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair in Áras na Mac Léinn

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/bookstore/

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course
  • Irish
  • Yoga

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

If you would like to win two tickets to our Al Porter comedy gig on Monday 14th September at 8pm just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie and tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2015/16. Competition closes 1pm Monday 14th September.

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy: su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SU Free Cloakroom reopens Monday 7th September

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Rebecca at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.


Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at www.su.nuigalway.ie and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to editor@sin.ie.

Is Your Bicycle Safe?

The Security Office, Students’ Union, An Garda Síochána and Transport Ireland are teaming up to promote bike security on campus. Pop along to the Bialann on Tuesday 8 September between 10-2pm for some top tips and goodies. Did you know the most secure place to lock your bike is the new Bicycle Park located beside the Arts/Science Building? Entrances are controlled by Student/Staff ID cards and there are CCTV cameras in place. With room for 300 bicycles, it’s where the smart cyclists park! Together we can cut out bike theft on campus.

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to synapsegalway.com and tweet #synapse15.

You Really Should See a Doctor – For Free!

New RTE medical series, You Should Really See a Doctor will be at NUIG on Monday 7th September. If you would like the chance to be seen by Dr Pixie McKenna or Dr Phil Kieran, you can apply here.

50km Charity Cycle for Diabetes Saturday 26th September

The Diabetes Centre at Galway University Hospital are holding a 50km cycle to raise funds for local charity Diabetes Care West on Saturday 26th of September. Money raised will go to support activities for young people (18-30 years) with diabetes. Registration is €30 and you can register here.

PIETA 100 Charity Cycle

The Pieta House 100 Charity Cycle is taking place on Sunday 27th September in 3 locations around Ireland – Limerick, Cork and Galway.

Each venue will host 2 Routes, a 50k  for all our leisure Cyclists and a 100k  for the more experienced. If you are interested in taking part and supporting the work of Pieta House pleaseregister today  at www.pieta100cycle.com or call 061 484448.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.