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SU Weekly Email 5 1st October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

NUI Galway Mental Health Week Events 5th – 10th October #littlethings

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.


11am-4pm          Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall

12.30pm               Mental Health Week Launch at the Quad

12pm-1pm          Building Resilience Workshop in The View

2pm-3pm            Strategies for Taking Study in Your Stride in The View

6pm-8pm            Juggling Workshop at the Arts Millennium Building


12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-4pm            Singing with Dementia Patients in The Meeting Rooms

6pm-8pm            Seas Suas Programme Room 129 Áras Moyola

8pm-11pm          Film: The Dead Poet’s Society in The Meeting Rooms


12pm-3pm          Little Things Stand at Smokey’s with freebies

2pm-3pm            Mindfulness for Daily Life Workshop in The View

3pm-4pm            Stress Busting Techniques Workshop in The View

6pm                       Capoeira Workshop in The Cube with Dance Soc

8pm                       Bring a Dish event in AC203 with Potter Soc


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


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.

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

David O’Doherty Comedy Gig 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).

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Cardiac First Responder – Friday 9th October                                                                      3 Spaces Left €40
  • 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

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have NUI Galway student €10 tickets on sale for the Main Stand for the next Connacht Rugby home match against Cardiff Blues at 5pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Anti-Social Behaviour

It has come to the attention of both the University and the Students’ Union that more incidents regarding anti-social behaviour have occurred. We ask that all students please keep in mind their neighbours during their stay in Galway. The accommodation shortage has come to the forefront and incidences regarding anti-social behaviour are and will only make the current crisis much worse. Please exercise caution during any events you may have at home and keep noise levels to a minimum. Be a good neighbour!

Are You Registered to Vote?

Get registered to vote before the 26th October deadline. Register in the SU Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or come to our Voter Registration Drive 11am-4pm Thursday 8th October in Áras na Mac Léinn (there will be free stuff!).

Road Safety Week Freebies Thurs 8th Oct

We have loads of FREE High Vis Vests and Bike Lights to give away as part of Road Safety Week this Thursday 8th October 11am-4pm in Áras na Mac Léinn (while stocks last!) #besafebeseen

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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes for international students
Classes for full degree international students who need support with academic writing and referencing are taking place as follows:
Arts Millennium building:

  • Wednesdays –  AM107  – 16:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesdays  –  AM110 – 18:00 to 20:00
  • Fridays – AM107 – 17:00 to 19:00

No pre-registration is necessary. Due to demand and class size restrictions places are limited and will therefore be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Graduate Jobs Fair12.30pm-4pm Tuesday 6th October

More than 75 actively recruiting companies across all industries will feature at the NUI Galway Graduate Jobs Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall, on Tuesday 6th October from 12.30pm – 4.00pm.  A student’s main objective on the day is to secure your first graduate job. Many graduate employers now recruit graduates from all academic disciplines so don’t be misled by an organisation’s name – they may have the perfect graduate opportunity for you!

Details on participating exhibitors is available from

USI FREE Activist Academy this Saturday

This day long event will provide you with the skills and training needed to become a student activist. Workshops include: lobbying, fundraising, networking, working with the media, social media and how to build a community of activists. Register Now.

The Sober Society presents Funky Seomra Friday 9th October

Sober Soc aims are to create a culture that encompasses fun, exciting and interesting events in NUIG that don’t finish up with a trip to the pub.

Their first event is Funky Seomra 8.30pm-1am on Friday 9th October – a night club that includes not only amazing dance music, but massage areas, games areas, arts & crafts, chill out zone and delicious healthy cakes, snacks and herbal teas. The event takes place in The Cube Áras na Mac Léin and tickets are only €5 to members of Sober Soc who buy tickets in advance. Students and staff can become members of Sober Soc and avail of this cheap offer.

Societies Global Week 5th – 8th October

The second annual NUI Galway Global Week is taking place from October 5th-8th, with the Global Fair in the Bailey Allen Hall on Monday 5th of October from 11am – 4pm.

Global week aims to: A) Raise awareness of global issues B) Raise awareness of ecological issues and promote a green agenda C) Celebrate Diversity

NUIG Snowsports Challenge 6th/7th of October – Win a free trip worth €739!

Compete in teams in a series of wacky challenges to win a trip to Val D’Isere in January with the NUIG Snowsports club. Sign up in Smokies between 12-2 on Tuesday before the challenge kicks off that evening in the College Bar, it continues the following day in Monroes where the winner will be announced! Check here for all the info!

Free 8×8 Festival  5th – 9th October 2015

SUAS would like to invite you the third 8×8 Free Film festival at NUIG. 8×8 is a development-focused arts festival with a touring photo exhibition and award-winning documentary film screenings. Visit the exhibition on campus outside the library and pop along to one of the events. To secure your place register for you free tickets at×8   

Participants Required for Research Study on Mindfulness

You are invited to take part in a research study which involves evaluating the effects of a 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention on cognitive ability. Participants will spend 6-weeks learning about the concept and practice of mindfulness using Headspace, an app which runs on all major smartphones, tablets and web browsers. You will be provided with a free subscription to Headspace which will last for another 6 months after the study finishes if you complete all data collection. This is usually worth around €60. More information and the screening form can be found here

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.

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. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

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 26 – 19th March 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Vote for us please!

NUI Galway Students’ Union has been nominated for a few awards in the Online Marketing in Galway awards this year including Best Website, Best Social Media and the People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award is where we need your help as you can vote with just one click of your mouse if you think we deserve this honour. Please give us a vote at the link below and spread the word as we are up against some very tough competition!

The deadline to vote is 5pm Monday 30th March.


FREE Comedy gig with The Viper, Eric Lalor, Karl Spain & Hilary Rose on Wednesday

Sign up for your FREE Tickets now to the Sprite #‎RefreshingTruth comedy tour which will be at NUI Galway on Wednesday 25th of March! The comedians on the tour are: Hilary Rose, The Viper, Eric Lalor and Karl Spain. Get FREE tickets here.


Semester 2 Exams

The Semester 2 exam timetable will be available online at 4pm on Monday 30th March.

David O’Doherty Tickets on Sale Now €5!

David O’Doherty is coming back to NUIG to tell us how he has Checked Everything on Monday 13th April at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Building Desk.

We need 3 more SU Officers!

We are still looking for a Mature Students Officer, a Convenor of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences and a Clubs’ Captain to join the Students’ Union team for 2015/16.
Nominations for these 3 positions will reopen at 10am on Monday 23rd March and close at 5pm on Wednesday 8th April. The election will take place on Thursday 16th April.

Give us a shout on if you would like more information.

Watch the Solar Eclipse TOMORROW at 9am

Meet at 9am tomorrow Friday 20th March at the Quad to watch the Solar Eclipse safely and find out what it’s all about with NUI Galway Astronomy Society.

Do you know how to make Galway a better place?

Register now to Speak Out and share your ideas 7pm-8.15pm Thursday 19th March in Galway Arts Centre.

Why? Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020 requires that re-imagine our future. How can we transform Galway? Share your ideas!

How: Register to speak for three minutes about your ideas for Galway’s future. Bring up to three slides or just your words.

Register at: or tweet @galway2020

Alive Cert Application Deadline 5pm TOMORROW

The deadline to apply for your Alive Volunteering Certificate is 5pm tomorrow. Make sure that your efforts are recognised. The Awards Ceremony is on Tuesday 31st March. Just login at and go to the ALIVE Certificate application section.

Could you be a Mentor in 2015/16?

NUI Galway are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for NUIG’s Student Connect Programme. Online application deadline Weds 25th March.

The key benefits of this programme for Mentors are: 
All volunteers receive an ALIVE Certificate at the end of the Programme 
Develop communication and leadership skills through training and interaction with mentees. 
Enhanced employability attributes 
The opportunity to meet new people and make friends 
Personal satisfaction and the chance to share your knowledge and experience with new arrivals

If you are interested in applying, the form is available at: and will be open until Wednesday, 25th March.


Are you an undergraduate student? Over the age of 18? Who experiences anxiety in social situations?

If you are interested in taking part in a confidential​ 10 minute online survey examining the impact of Social Anxiety on daily living activities and academic activities in undergraduates or would like further information contact (4th year Occupational Therapy student) or access the survey at

Survey on attitudes toward Organ Donation

Please complete this survey on attitudes amongst University students to organ donation:

Sin Newspaper

Issue 11 of Sin Newspaper is now available online here. 

Rails Girls need Volunteers

Ever felt the stereotypes and prejudices that keep more women from entering IT a little overwhelming? want to contribute to change this trend? you can volunteer to co-organise and/or coach during a 2-days workshop that will allow women to easily build a web application, demystifying the “coding” activity. the workshop has been running since 2013 and is part of the “Rails Girls” [1] movement, successful worldwide. If interested in coaching, please provide your 2-days availability at If interested in co-organising, you can pick up a task from the  list [2]. In both cases, just let us know your intentions at   

In this week’s NUI Galway Student Health 101..

Cherish your sleep: How to take back the night

Would you rather have 100 puppy-sized lions or 100 lion-sized puppies?

Everyone’s issue: How we can all help prevent sexual assault  

Find out more – and enter the March draw for €2350- in NUI Galway Student Health 101:


‘Seas Suas’ is an initiative aimed to encourage students to be proactive in helping fellow students

The objective of the programme is to:

$1·         Encourage students to be more observant of fellow students in need of help

$1·         Develop skills to respond safely

Date: Thursday 19th March

Time: 5 – 7pm   Location: RoomGO11James Hardiman Library                   

Topic: Introduction to Seas Suas

Trainer: Dr Siobhan O’Higgins, PhD , School of Psychology, NUI Galway

The training examines topics such as mental health, alcohol, sexuality and suicide. What are the benefits of being involved in Seas Suas?

$1·         Gain valuable experience and knowledge, and learn new skills

$1·         Contributes positively to your CV and future employment prospects

$1·         Receive the ALIVE certificate awarded by the President of NUI Galway

$1·         Application forms and further information are available from the Chaplaincy Services, NUI Galway  or phone 091 49 5055

Would you like to win an iPad and help improve mental health supports for students?

ReachOut Ireland, the HSE and the Irish Association of University and College Counsellors (IAUCC), are conducting a short online survey to find out where college students get mental health information and support. The survey is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland.

Take part and have your say!

The Irish Centre for Human Rights presents “Witness”

The Irish Centre for Human Rights, will host a rehearsed performance out of context, dealing with human rights & humanitarian law issues. The play “WITNESS” performed by Andrea Kelly, will take place on Friday, the 27th of March 2015, MRI Theatre of NUIG, at 4:00pm.
This play asks the question:
All are welcome! Free entrance! For further information please follow the link:

The NUI Galway Green Campus team have 10 Leap cards pre-loaded with €5 credit up for grabs!
Just email to enter the draw. Winners will be contacted on Friday 20th March. Best of luck!

#NUIGSU15 Election Results so far

Congratulations to the newly elected NUI Galway Students’ Union officers who will take up office on the 1st of July. They are:

President: Phelim Kelly

Vice-President/Education Officer: Rebecca Melvin

Vice-President/Welfare Officer: Jimmy McGovern

SU Council Chair: Cathal Sherlock

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Lucy Costello

Equality Officer: Catherine Ryan

Societies Chair: Patrick O’Flaherty

Postgraduate Officer: Cian Moran

Arts Convenor: Jasmine Shaw

Science Convenor: Tara Ward

Engineering Convenor: David Newell

Business/Law Convenor: Niall Gaffney


Connacht Rugby Tickets Ulster Match

Connacht vs Ulster NUIG Student Tickets €15 (College Road Stand) on sale now from the SU Office and Engineering Desk. Kick-off is 14:40 Saturday 11th April.

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.