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SU Weekly Email 14 – 13th December 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Sign Language Courses Now Enrolling

10 week basic Sign Language Course just €40 – sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Wednesday 30th Jan – Wednesday 3rd April 2019
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thursday 31st Jan – Thursday 4th April 2019


The SU Clothes Bank Needs Your Donations!

  1. Drop the clothes you don’t need any more to the SU Office 10am-5pm Mon-Fri 10th-19th Dec
  2. Take the clothes you need at our pop up display 12pm-4pm Thurs 20th & Fri 21st Dec in The Large Acoustic Room.
  3. Any surplus clothing will be donated to charity.

More info from


Student Leap Cards Expiring

Don’t get a nasty fine over the Christmas – check the expiry date on your Student Leap Card now. If it’s expiring apply online now for your new one and call in to the SU Office with your code so we can print your new one. The SU Office is closing for the Christmas break Fri 21st Dec to Mon 7th Jan. You can now also top up your Leap Card in the SU office – put credit on your card or add a monthly or weekly student bus ticket and we don’t charge commission!

Apply Here.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses

€2 Per Journey. Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Mon 10th-Thurs 20th Dec

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s Sandwich Bar) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40


Connacht Rugby vs Sale Tickets

Get NUIG student rate tickets for Connacht Rugby vs Sale Sharks 3pm Saturday 12th of January at the Sportsground. Use the following discount code on the Connacht website: NUIG-Sal-1819


Extra Study Space: Available 8am-10pm until Fri 21st Dec 2018

  • AM150 Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre Arts Millennium Building (147 spaces)
  • IT125 Theatre First Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT125G Theatre Ground Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT207 Seminar Room, IT Building (33 spaces)
  • SC005 Tyndall Lecture Theatre, Arts/Science Concourse (125 spaces)
  • TB303 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (30 spaces)
  • TB304 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB305 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB307 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (22 spaces)

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here.

EXTRA Extra Study Space

The Library have opened their ground floor training room for extra study space/PC’s until Friday the 21st of December.

Extended Library Opening Hours for Exams

  • Saturday 15th December:              08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 16th December:                 10:00 – 21:00


Give Blood This Week

5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of December in Menlo Park Hotel.


Working & Travelling Abroad Fair

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2019 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 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!


Are you a Postgraduate Research Student?

The Union of Students in Ireland invites Postgraduate Research Students to participate in the National Postgraduate Living and Working Conditions Survey.

This survey aims to explore the experiences of postgraduate students in Ireland, in particular in relation to income and living standards. This survey is intended to form the basis for a campaign to be rolled out by USI and SIPTU.

We want to hear from you! This survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and will give your National Union the data we need to advocate for improved working and living standards! The Survey is available here


Volunteer with us in 2019!

We are looking for more volunteers to help us raise funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway. Here’s the events we have planned and we need as much help as possible so email to get involved.

  1. SU Charity Comedy Gig with David O’Doherty Monday 28th January
  2. SU Annual Charity Collection Day Saturday 2nd February

All volunteers who help out can include time spent volunteering in their ALIVE Student Volunteer Certificate Application.


Registration Open for Women Lead 2019
#WomenLead19 is taking place from 25th-26th January. This event aims to empower women at third level to run/apply for leadership positions in whatever area they so wish.
Register Here.


Applications Open for Student Entrepreneur Awards

There’s €35,000 in cash prizes with the overall winner receiving €10,000. Deadline to submit your 3 minute video about your business idea is 5pm Friday 8th of March.


Exam Results

The Examinations Office releases official examination results only and is not involved in the release of any provisional results. Provisional results may be released locally by Schools/Colleges via Blackboard Grade Centre. Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office


Anti-Racism Workshop

We are hosting an Anti-Racism Workshop on Wednesday 16th of January with Galway One World Centre. Spaces are just €5 and you can sign up in the SU Office now.


Disclosure Training

We have limited spaces left in our Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre for the new date of Tuesday 12th of February 2019. Sign up now in the SU Office for just €10.


Top-up your Student Leap Card in the SU Office

Load it up with cash or weekly/monthly tickets for Bus Éireann and City Direct and we don’t charge any commission!


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult 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 – 15th March 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union .

Interested in running for election?

Nominations for the 14 SU Part Time Officer Positions open at 10am next Thursday 22nd of March and close at 5pm on Wednesday 28th of March #NUIGSU18

  • Oifigeach na Gaeilge
  • Societies’ Chairperson
  • Clubs’ Captain
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • 5 x College Convenors
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • International Students Officer
  • Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
  • Disability Rights Officer

More information here.


Meet SIPTU Today

SIPTU are on campus today 11am-12pm & 1pm-3pm at Smokey’s Café giving students information on their rights as workers, and campaigning to work towards living wages and to end zero hour contracts. You can get materials with additional information on workers’ rights in the Students’ Union.


Exam Timetable Out 12pm Wednesday 21st March


#NUIGSU18 Election Results

Congratulations to your newly elected SU Officers for 2018/19 – SU President Megan Reilly, SU VP/Education Officer Louis Courtney, SU VP/Welfare and Equality Officer Clare Austick and SU Council Chair Sabrina Vaughan. They will all take up their positions on the 1st of July. Voting takes place on Thursday 12th of April to elect the other SU Officers who will be joining them.


Read Sin Issue 10 Here!

This issue of Sin includes interviews with the #NUIGSU18 Election Candidates. To get involved with the paper email Sorcha on


Connacht vs Edinburgh Tickets €20

We now have NUIG student tickets for Connacht Rugby vs Edinburgh 7.35pm on Friday 23rd March on sale for €20 in the SU and the SU Engineering Desk.


FREE Rapid HIV Test Clinic

AIDS West will be running the free rapid HIV Test clinic at NUIG again 2pm-4pm Thursday 22nd of March in Meeting Rooms 1&2 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.

Here’s what to expect and there’s no appointment necessary:

  1. Call in to Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
    2. Test explained and opportunity for Q&A
    3. Finger prick to get blood sample (tiny amount)
    4. Sample tested & result in 30 seconds


Nominations Close 5pm TOMORROW for USI Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards is the annual opportunity for the Student Movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to the life of Ireland and the student community. The deadline for nominations is 5pm this Friday 16th of March.


Marchathon Team in Green Competition

The next competition for our teams taking part in the NUIG Marchathon Challenge is to send in your Team In Green photo for the St Patrick’s Day themed photo competition before 2pm Tues 20th March! Email photos to:


Do you have a Lecturer at NUIG who inspires you and brings learning to life?

Nominate them for the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Nomination deadline this Friday 16th March Students, staff and Alumni can nominate! Nominate them here!


National Conference: Students Living With Disabilities

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are proud to partner with AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access & Disability) to organise the ‘National Conference: Students Living With Disabilities’. Attendance is free and this event is open to any member of USI who identifies as living with a disability. The event will take place 10am-5.30pm Thursday, 29th March in the Gibson Hotel in Dublin.

Registration Link.


EXPLORE Innovation Awards – Deadline Tomorrow!

The deadline for the EXPLORE Innovation Awards powered by Blackstone LaunchPad is 5pm Friday 16th of March.  EXPLORE is looking for great ideas with real impact with three prizes for students of €2,000, €1,000 and €500.  Visit for more details.


Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Evening

What if there was a tool we could use to build peaceful and sustainable societies for all? In a world with growing inequalities, the Sustainable Development Goals may provide the means to overcome these challenges and to transform our communities. But… what are they? What do they mean to us? How can we put these Goals into practice? All students are invited to come along to this informal workshop on these 17 Global Goals. This fun and interactive session will share the basics of the Sustainable Development Goals and explore their relevance in our daily lives. Workshop takes place 6pm-7.30pm Thurs 22nd March in the ground floor meeting room in the Library. Hot Dinner will be served at 7.30pm! To book your slot in the workshop please email


CompSoc Camara Collection
CompSoc are running their monthly Camara Drop-off Point in 18 Distillery Road starting next Wednesday 21st March 2017 from 10am to 1pm. They are also looking for volunteers to help out for an hour between 10am and 1pm. All computers, laptops, monitors, servers and keyboard donations are welcome. They are then sent to Dublin to be wiped to military standards before being sent to schools in Africa. We are unable to accept printers, CRT monitors, switches or projectors.


Call to Action! We Want to Hear Your Attitudes and Beliefs Towards People with Obesity.

We are currently conducting a study to assess the effectiveness of various interventions to address obesity stigma.

Complete the study here.

If you require more information please contact the researcher Mary Doherty at


Climate Congress 2018

CCAFS Climate Congress will take place 9am-6pm on Thursday 22nd March in the ILAS Building NUI Galway with the theme “Climate Change in local Communities”

Link to register for the event can be found here


Are you a student or qualified midwife working in Ireland?

Share your knowledge, views, and beliefs about having healthy lifestyle discussions with overweight and obese pregnant women. The questionnaire will only take approximately 10 minutes to complete and you can be in a  draw for one of two €50 ‘One4All’ shopping vouchers!

Questionnaire Link. The deadline for responses is May, 1st 2018. For further information contact


At Blackstone Launchpad next week: 

1pm-2pm Thurs 22nd March in Blackstone Launchpad – InnovateHER Series: Free Feet Medical talk with Edel Browne.

Free Tickets Here.


Plastic Free Survey

This survey was compiled by a group of four 2nd year biomedical science students who are working towards making Galway plastic free, it should take less than 3 minutes to complete and you could be in with a chance of winning a reusable cup! #BEWAREOFTHEPLASTICS


Nominations are open for Ireland’s Top Ten Outstanding Young People

Do you know someone who has achieved something special, has made a significant impact on society or has even improved the lives of others through their actions? If you do, don’t keep it a secret, nominate them for the JCI Ireland TOYP Awards.

The closing date for nominations is Monday the 19th of March. Nominations are submitted online via:


Lidl FREE Bus Every Monday from Corrib Village

  • Leaves Corrib Village 6.30pm
  • Leaves Lidl 7.30pm


Can You Vote on Friday 25th of May?


St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Arrangements

  • Monday 19th of March is a Bank Holiday so there are no lectures.
  • The Students’ Union Office will CLOSE at 5pm on Fri 16th March and will reopen at 10am on Tues 20th March.
  • The Students’ Union Engineering Desk will CLOSE at 3pm on Fri 16th of March and reopen at 11am on Tues 20th March.
  • The Students’ Union Shop Sat 17th March 10am-4pm, CLOSED Sun 18th & Mon 19th March.
  • Sult will be CLOSED Sat 17th, Sun 18th & Mon 19th March. Reopening 8.30am Tues 20th March.
  • Caifé na Gaeilge CLOSED Sat 17th, Sun 18th and Mon 19th March.
  • Smokey’s Café Sat 17th March 9am-5pm, Sun 18th March 11am-4pm, CLOSED Mon 19th March
  • The Wall Café Sat 17th March 9am-3pm, Sun 18th & Mon 19th March 11am-3pm
  • The James Hardiman Library will be CLOSED on Mon 19th March.
  • The Reading Room will be open as usual.
  • The Student Health Unit will be CLOSED on Mon 19th March.
  • Sin Newspaper will be back with a new issue on Weds 21st of March.
  • For details about Computer Suite Access check HERE

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm during term.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm during term (Thursday 12pm-3pm)