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SU Weekly Email 6th March 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.



Please make sure you use your voteTODAY. Bring your College ID to vote in our polling stations in An Bialann (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) or the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm) and vote to elect your SU President, Vice-President/Education Officer and Vice-President/Welfare Officer for 2014/15. Alternatively vote online between 10am-8pm if you have registered for a Remote Vote.

You will also be asked to vote in two separate referenda: 1. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the Issue of Abortion and 2. Referendum on the Students’ Union Position on the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the State of Israel.


Fancy Jumping out of a perfectly good Plane?

If you are interested in taking part in our SU Charity Skydive this year in aid of Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC Childline email studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith the subject “JUMP” for more information. Here’s one of our previous Skydives to give you a taste of what to expect! Skydive


Vote on Thursday 13th March – Part Time Officers & Civil Marriage Referendum

Polling will take place for the Students’ Union part time voluntary positions of Oifgeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies Chair, Clubs Captain, Postgrad Officer, Mature Students Officer and the 5 College Convenor positions for 2014/15 on Thursday 13th of March. Students will also have an option to use our Remote Vote if they won’t be on campus that day (except for Societies Chair and Clubs Captain positions). You need to register for your Remote Vote before midnight on Wednesday 12th of March.

You will also be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not the Students’ Union supports couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.

For more information on the elections please see our website here.Information on the Referenda is available here.

Elections 2014 Guide.


1st Year Engineers – Recruitment of CÉIM Leaders for next year

We will shortly begin recruiting 1st year Engineering students to be CÉIM Leaders for the 2014/15 academic year. We will be holding two information sessions in place of the CÉIM sessions next week. Interested 1st Years can attend on either:

  • Tuesday 11 March, 11am-12pm, Room 2034
  • Wednesday 12 March, 2pm-3pm, Room 2034

Benefits of being a CÉIM leader:

Internationally recognised and looks great on your CV // Builds your leadership and teamwork experience // Allows you to work closely with your lecturers // Improves your confidence, ability to work with others // You can share your experiences and help 1st years // Hoody, lunch vouchers, pizza and parties for leaders // Be part of something new and positive on campus

Questions? Email


Semester 2 Exam Timetables available 14th March 
1. Check your personal exam timetable online 
2. Also check the Amendments webpage regularly as examination dates/times may change up to the day of your exam. 
3. If your timetable is incorrect or you do not have a timetable, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions online before visiting the Student Information Desk in Áras Uí­ Chathail (Ground Floor).


Sin Issue 10

Issue 10 of Sin is out now and features an Election Special with interviews of all candidates. Read it online here.

Calling all gaming fans! 

Still haven’t had a chance to try out PS4?  Now’s your chance! PlayStation will be setting up in Áras Na Mac Léinn next Thursday 13th March so pop in to check out loads of great PS4 games, take part in challenges and win PlayStation prizes! PlayStation will also be running a treasure hunt on the day – just look for the special gold envelopes hidden around the college for your chance to win a PS4 & more.


Complete the National Student Survey – Undergrad  First year/Final year students and Postgraduate Taught Students

A national Student Survey is being carried out in all Irish universities, IoTs and Colleges of Education in February and March. The aim of the survey is to help enhance the quality of education Irish students receive by asking them in detail about their experiences. It is the only national student survey in Ireland, and it is important for the University to make sure our students’ views are well represented.

What you need to know

  • The survey is available at
  • The survey will run in NUI Galway between Monday, 24 February and Sunday 16 March
  • It is open to first year, final year and Postgraduate taught students only
  • The survey comprises 100 questions and takes 15 minutes to complete
  • For every completed survey, €1 will be donated to the NUI Galway Financial Aid Fund for students.


Every Step Counts!

How many steps do you take every day? Would you like to get active using a pedometer app on your smartphone? My name is Kathryn Kearney and I am a student of Psychology at NUI Galway. I am currently conducting research on thoughts and beliefs and their influence on physical activity levels. Project Title: Thoughts, Beliefs and Physical Activity: A Smartphone Intervention.

What will you have to do? This is a three week study. Participants will be required to download a free pedometer app and a free messaging app to their phones. You will then monitor your step count for three weeks. Participants will receive daily messages from the researcher during the second week. At the end of each week you will complete a short online questionnaire and email your step count total to the researcher.

If you are interested in participating click hereto find out more and sign-up.


Microsoft Free StudySmart Sessions – Presentations

Powerful Presenting – the ultimate powerpoint presentation 1pm-2pm Wednesday 12th March in AC204. Also includes a section on creating the best possible presentations, using tools you already have. Edit video and images, use transitions properly, and learn how to cheat at looking great while presenting. Register for the events and find tips here is not necessary, but you will receive a reminder on the day if you do register. 


Organ Donation Awareness Talk

A talk presented by Colin White (Irish Kidney Association) and his colleague regarding Organ Donation Awareness is being held on Tuesday 11th March from 12:00-13:00 in the Larmor Theater (along the concourse). It has been organised by six second year Biomedical Science students who would greatly appreciate if you would complete their short 10 question survey here. There will be FREE lunch for early arrivals to the talk!


Diabetes Awareness Day

You are invited to join us on Monday March 10th for our diabetes awareness day. As part of our 2nd year Biomedical Science Community Knowledge Initiative we will be having an event on the concourse. Test your knowledge about diabetes and perhaps learn a few things. Fill out our survey on the day and you’ll be in with the chance of winning a cash prize. Help us spread knowledge about this disease. We’ll be near Smokeys from 11am-3pm

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

SU Weekly Email 30th Jan 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist – Tickets on sale NOW!

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 are on sale now in the SU Office and at our desk in the Engineering Building (11am-3pm)  – 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

Student Travelcards Update

Our Student Travelcard  Machine is finally working again so we can take your photo and print off your travelcard straight away in the SU Office for €15 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We are also able to issue ISIC Cards for €15 which work worldwide as student identification.

Exam Results

The Examinations Office website has now been updated to include advice about provisional results for Semester 1 –

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 6th February (4 spaces left)NEW DATE
  • 3 Day Occupational First Aid Course €100 (usual price €200) 9am-5.30pm Friday 21st Feb, Friday 28th Feb & Fri 7th March (1 space left)

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

$1·         6 Week AWARE Living Life to the Full Course FREE 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 6th March-Thurs 10th April (23 spaces left)

$1·         Coming Soon: Bar Skills Course and Barista Training – email if you are interested.

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

SU Alcohol Awareness Day

The Welfare Crew will be holding an Alcohol Awareness day on Tuesday 4th February and this will include a visit from the Marie Keating Foundation in Smokeys 12pm-3pm. To get involved email Declan on

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.

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

  • Monday 3rd February 2pm-3pm Postgrad Council in the SU Office
  • Monday 3rd February 6pm-8pm SU Council in IT250
  • Tuesday 4th February 6pm-7pm Arts Council in AC202
  • Wednesday 5th February 6pm-7pm Engineering Council in ENG2001
  • Thursday 6th February 6pm-7pm Law/Commerce Council in AC213

For more information contact Catherine on

Financial Aid Fund Semester 2 Apply by 7th Feb
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m. More information.

Sin Issue 8

Issue 8 of Sin is out now across campus or you can read it online here. There are just 4 issues left this semester so if you have been harbouring dreams of writing major scoops act now and contact Jess on


Postgrad-Aoke is back!

Postgrad Karaoke is back in the College Bar at 8pm this Friday 31st January. There will be free refreshments for all who perform regardless of talent!


Capture Your Campus Photo Competition – Closing date 28th February

Send in your photo and win €100!

Marriage Equality

Media training in Galway this Saturday 1st February for people who want to contribute to the marriage equality debate. Get in touch with – there are only a few places left.

FREE Student Workshops

The Student Counselling Service is running a number of free student workshops in the coming weeks. Places are limited so book early to secure your place.

  1. Coping with Stress: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd February
  2. Finding Optimism on the Blue Days: 5pm-7pm Monday, 3rd  February
  3. Troubled by Procrastination: 6pm-8pm Tuesday 4th February

For more information or to book your please contact

Seminar  ‘What drives attitudes about organ donation?

Friday 31st January at 8:00 pm sharp in Martin Ryan Annex Theatre 201. Speaker: Dr Eddie Rooney (Chief Executive, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland; Chair of the NI committee on organ donation and transplantation. Followed by contributions by donor families and recipients and an introduction to the commemorative garden by Denis Goggin. Anyone interested in or affected by organ donation is invited to attend. Tea/ coffee to be served afterwards and a chance to chat with donors and recipients

Are you a young adult (18 – 25 years) living with type 1 diabetes?

If so, we invite you to an exciting and important evening where you will meet other people with type 1 diabetes. This is the first step in establishing a Youth Panel to design and share ideas to influence research in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Get involved and be a voice for young adults with diabetes. The event is being held on Wednesday 19th February 2014, from 6:30pm-8pm in JIGSAW, Fairgreen Road, Galway (opposite the new Coach Station). For further information or queries, please contact Mary Clare O’Hara, Diabetes Centre, University Hospital Galway on 091-542840 or email

Suas Global Issues’ Course – Early Bird Rate now enrolling

The Global Issues’ Course is a seven week evening course which gives students an introduction to development issues in a critical, challenging, engaging and interactive way. This course is designed from a global justice perspective and provides a range of viewpoints on each of the key issues explored. Topics covered include an introduction to development, education, global health, trade and livelihoods, environmental sustainability and debt justice. The course will address each issue by looking at both the symptoms and the causes, as well as possible alternatives. The final session of the course will look at ‘what next’? and supports participants in finding a role for themselves to get involved and take action for positive change. On successful completion of the course all participants will receive a certificate.

The course will run for 7 weeks starting Tuesday 11 February from 6.30-8.30pm.

The cost for participants is €25 but an early bird price of €20 is available for participants who book and pay online at least one week before the course begins at The cost is subsidised by Irish Aid and EuropeAid. Any queries please email:

Student Legal Convention

UCD’s Student Legal Convention, Ireland’s very first student legal forum, is taking place on Thursday 13th February. We’ve been invited to join many major players of the Irish legal, business and political system, and to take part in several workshops and seminars with them. For more information visit, or come visit Jana and Shauna in Smokies on Monday and Tuesday, 3rd and 4th, where they will be selling tickets.

Interested in your heart and lung function?

Male smokers and non-smokers aged 18 to 25 required to participate in a 4th year physiology project. Email for more details.

Clubs Day 2

Clubs Day takes place 11am-3pm on Monday 3rd February in the Sports Centre where over 50 sports clubs will be hoping you join them. More information.

Connacht Rugby Tickets

Connacht vs Edinburgh Saturday 15th February 2014 at 5pm NUIG Student discounted tickets on sale Monday 3rd February from the SU Office.


ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR – Just for the health of it!

11am-5pm Wednesday February 5th 2014 Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn

  • Visit over 25 informative and interactive stands
  • Demonstrations including –Tai Chi, Cookery, Table Tennis Club, Cheerleading Soc, Knit & Crochet
  • Workshops – ‘How to get ahead in bed’ (Dr Siobhan O’Higgins); ‘Risky Business’ (AIDS West); ‘Growing herbs for health’ (Laura O’Conner)
  • Bring your iPod or music player and test its impact on your hearing  levels!
  • Freebies galore!

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.

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.


The Academic Writing Centre is now open

The AWC provides free one-on-one tutorials on academic writing at 11-1 and 6-9 every day except Friday nights and weekends. More Information.


1st year Engineers – CÉIM Sessions

1st year Engineering students should take note of the times for their Semester 2 CÉIM sessions. These peer-assisted study sessions, led by 2nd years, will take place each week until the end of term. You were all assigned to a particular CÉIM Group early in September (Groups 1 to 10, below) and notified of this by email. If you are unsure of which CÉIM Group you are in, you can email, search for “CÉIM” in your student mail inbox or attend a CÉIM Group which is most convenient for you. All sessions take place in the Engineering Building.

CÉIM Group       Location               Day                        Time                      2nd year Group Leaders

1                              3012                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Constantino Fiuza, Claire Fox     

2                              1002                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        David Symes, Fiachra Sherry

3                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Katie Monahan

4                              2035                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Joan Fitzgerald, Caitlin Jansen   

5                              2034                       Tuesdays             11am-12pm        Leah Brew, Niamh Dolan

6                              2035                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Nuala Campbell, Noreen Cassidy, Billy Delaney

7                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Donal Cooney, John O’Loughlin

8                              2034                       Wednesday        2pm-3pm            Rebecca Molloy, Sorcha Tarpey

9                              2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Claire Crotty, Kate Kerrane

10                           2003                       Wednesdays      2pm-3pm            Conor Fahy, Julie O’Connor


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.