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SU Weekly Email 6 8th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Register to Vote TODAY! (or before the 26th October)

Our Voter Registration Drive takes place today 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn so make sure you get yourself along and get registered. We will also have loads of free stuff which is always a bonus! If you are not around call to the SU Office before the 26th of October and we will get all the paperwork sorted out for you.


The SU Big Fat Table Quiz 7.30pm Weds 14th October

THE SU BIG FAT CHARITY TABLE QUIZ is back in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

First Prize: €200 CASH MONEY! 

Table of Four €20 – Sign up in the SU Office NOW! Spaces are limited. 

10 Rounds of questions compiled by the 15 SU Officers. Free finger food and Spot Prizes for Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team and some other stuff we haven’t thought of yet! 

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig this Monday 12th OctoberTickets on Sale now €5

We are delighted to announce that our next €5 comedy gig is David O’Doherty at 8pm on Monday 12th October in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm).

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Continues


10.30am-12pm  Please Talk Coffee Morning in the Hub

11am-4pm          Voter Registration Drive, Free stuff, Road Safety Freebies, Games and Promo Staff recruitment in Áras na Mac Léinn.

2pm-3pm            Putting Off Procrastination Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Laughter is the Best Medicine Workshop in The View

4pm-5pm            The Wellness Recovery Action Plan Workshop in The View

7.30pm-8.30pm Light Your Candle of Hope in the Chapel

8pm                       After Party for “Be Brave” Campaign Launch in College Bar with GIG Soc

8pm-10pm          Try Handball with NUIG Handball Club in the Sports Centre


All Day Mindful Way Conference

8.30pm-1am       Sober Soc present the Funky Seomra in The Cube. Tickets €5.


10am                     Walk, run or crawl the NUI Galway 8k in aid of Jigsaw on World Mental Health Day. Entry fee €25. Late registration available.

All Week 11am-3pm the SU Welfare Crew will be giving out Free Goodie Bags with tasty treats.

All Week Please Talk Art Exhibition in Áras na Mac Léinn. All events are FREE except where indicated otherwise.

Make your idea happen with EXPLORE Innovation funding
The Students’ Union/NUI Galway EXPLORE initiative is seeking applications from students and staff wishing to work in partnership on innovative new projects to benefit NUI Galway and/or the wider community. Up to €900 is available per project. This is a great way to turn an idea into reality, develop new skills, boost your CV, expand your network and much more! Closing date: Tues, 20 Oct 2015. Find out more and apply at

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale for Connacht vs Zebre 7.30pm Friday 16th October. Tickets on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

Volunteers Needed Saturday for NUIG 8k

If you have any spare time this Saturday 10th October volunteers are needed to help out with the NUI Galway 8k race on Campus in aid of Jigsaw Galway. Please email if you can help.

Please Talk Events Today

Please Talk Coffee Morning “Chats & Laughs” Thursday 8th October 10:30am-12:00pm , The Hub, Áras Na Mac Léinn

Please Talk Vigil, Thursday 8th October 7:30pm – 8:30 pm Chapel, Light Refreshments will be provided

7UP Promotion TODAY

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 12pm-2pm today to have a go at the 7UP game challenges and get some freebies too!

Road Safety Week Freebies TODAY!

Get your free bike lights and high vis vests in Áras na Mac Léinn today from 11am while stocks last!

NUIG 8k Registration Still Open

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on World Mental Health Day Saturday 10th October at 10am. Entry fee is just €25 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway. Register Now.

Student Cycle Challenge – Win Prizes for Cycling!

The National Student Cycle Challenge will run from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd of October (Monday to Friday each week). NUI Galway students are encouraged to get together into teams of three, register online at  and then the aim is to clock up as many cycle trips as possible during the 10 day challenge ….. and win prizes! Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn today 11am-3pm to find out more.

Movember – Coming to a Face Near You Soon!

Movember is coming back with a hairy bang to NUI Galway this November. If you want to get involved and donate your face or your time to support men’s health like the Facebook page here and join the NUIG team The TribesMoMen  here.

Fancy doing some volunteering?

The following events are looking for volunteers and would love it if you could help them out!

RAG: A DramSoc Original Play by Kevin Murphy

8pm Tues 13th– Fri 16th October in the Bank of Ireland Theatre NUI Galway. Tickets €5/€8 on sale from the Socs Box.

NUI Galway Hardiman Research Scholarship scheme for PhD students now open

The Hardiman Research Scholarships and Dr Tony Ryan Research Scholarships are fully funded for four years, with a stipend of €16,000 p.a. plus fees. The Scholarships offer opportunities for suitably qualified individuals to pursue a Structured PhD focused on the five key areas of research in which the University offers leading expertise. These are:

  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
  • Biomedical Science and Engineering
  • Environment, Marine, and Energy
  • Humanities in Context, including Digital Humanities
  • Informatics, Data Analytics, Physical and Computational Sciences

For more information please see

The Academic Writing Centre is now open
You can drop into the AWC to get help with all aspects of essay writing including the writing process (and writer’s block), essay structure, punctuation, using secondary sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Opening hours: 1-11 and 6-8 daily (except weekends and Friday nights).
All NUIG students are very welcome.

Sin Newspaper Issue 2

Catch up on all that’s going on at NUI Galway in issue 2 of Sin newspaper here. If you are interested in helping with the paper email or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                1 Space Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         9 Spaces Left €15

 SU Charities

We are delighted to announce that this year we will be fundraising for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. We are planning a load of fundraising events throughout the year but need your help! If you want to help us out or have an idea for an event just give us a shout on There’s more information on our plans available here.

Sin Issue 2 Is Out Now

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Thurs 8th Oct

6pm – 9pm


IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep Training 1

Mon 12th Oct


Kirwan Theatre


SU Council

Tues 13th Oct

6pm – 7pm

MY231 Seminar Room 2

Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

Thurs 15th Oct



Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council

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 Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.

Operation Transformation Seeks Leaders

Operation Transformation is back for a 9th series and we are looking for 5 new leaders to lead the nation on the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan. This is a chance to change your life while motivating others to do the same, so why not apply today.Click ‘download application form’ to apply today here:

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 16 – 8th January 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your first weekly email of 2015 from your Students’ Union. Happy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas break.

What will you do in 2015?

$1·         Learn Sign Language

SU Life Skills 10 Week Course starts 27th January

$1·         Have the Best Summer Ever

SU Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 28th January

$1·         Raise money for charity

SU Charity Collection Day Saturday 7th February for Console & BeLonG To

$1·         Run for Election

SU Election Nominations open Thursday 19th February

$1·         Get Fit

SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 24th February 750m swim/5km run

$1·         Learn to save lives

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

$1·         Climb a Mountain

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb 28th February

$1·         Shave Your Head/Dye Your Hair

NUI Galway Shave or Dye 16th & 17th February

Contact for more information


Semester 2 Socs & Clubs Days

Here’s another chance to join some of the many clubs and societies on campus. Societies Day & Volunteering Fair Wednesday 14th January 10am-5pm in Áras na Mac Léinn.  Clubs Day Thursday 15th January 10am-5pm in the Sports Centre.


Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications open on Monday

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will open on Monday the 12th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact


Connacht Rugby Student Tickets

  • Connacht vs Edinburgh 7.35pm Friday 9th January €18 Available on the Gate/Online
  • Connacht vs Exeter Chiefs 3.15pm Sunday 18th January €15 on sale in the SU and from the Engineering Desk Monday 12th January


Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Sign Language 10 Week Course Starts Week of 27th January €40 (Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm)
  • 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 15th Jan – Thursday 12th March €40 Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm & Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (No Class 29th Jan)
  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th 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.


Cloakroom & Engineering Desk reopening

The SU Free Cloakroom will reopen at 9am on Monday 12th January. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6.30pm. The SU Engineering Desk will reopen at 11am on Monday 12th January. Opening hours are Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.


Second-hand Books

If you need books for this semester have a look at our online bookstore – if you see the book you need just call in to our office to pay for same. We are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.  


Lockers Available

We still have lockers available to rent on the Concourse, in the IT Building, in the Engineering Building and also in Áras Moyola. To reserve your locker log on to the SU Website and select lockers from our services menu. Get a Locker Now.

Election of a Postgraduate Student as a member of Údarás na hOllscoile for the period February 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. 

Nominations: to be received by the Returning Officer (Gearóid Ó Conluain, Room A131, Quadrangle) by 12.00 noon on Friday, January 23, 2015.

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 27, 2015 in the Concourse from 10.00 to 21.00.


The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline this Friday 9 January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see or email

Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Schemes

5pm Tuesday, 13th January 2015 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.
For further details on the call please see: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (including strategic partner scholarships):


Attention all film and media students the EU have launched a special competition

It is  called Europe in Harmony and is open to amateur video-makers, choirs and singing groups from all 28 EU Member States.

Entrants are required to perform an interpretation of “Ode to Joy” accompanied by a video clip, which can be devoted to a European topic of their choice.

The submission period runs until 20 February 2015 and will be followed by a public vote. The top ten entries according to the public vote will be sent to an expert jury for the final selection. Submissions will be judged on the quality and originality of the video produced as well as the novelty value of the approach to the song, the singing and the musical content. The award ceremony will take place in May 2015 in Brussels.


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 19th Jan

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 19th Jan

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council – All Reps Must Attend

Tues 20th Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 21st Jan

6pm – 7pm

ENG2001 Lecture Room 1

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 22nd Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Law/Commerce Council


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.