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SU Weekly Email 19 21st January 2016

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. 

NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 12pm-3pm this Weds 27th Jan

The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 27th January in Áras na Mac Léinn. This event brings together J1 Visa Companies, travel companies, volunteering/adventure companies and internships/training companies to help you plan your best summer ever!

Exhibitors Include: Alive NUI Galway, Bank of Ireland, AIESEC Ireland, Camp Leaders Ireland, Campus France Ireland, Junior Chamber International, Partnership International, SAYIT J1 USA,, Travel Bug Ltd., USIT Ireland.

Market Stalls (because you can’t plan your summer on an empty stomach!): The Dough Bro’s Pizza, Boxty’s Load It, Men at Wok, The Pancake Factory, Brown Bag Donuts.

NUIG Alumni Election Today
Voting takes place today Thursday 21st of January from 11am-11pm by email vote to elect the NUIG Alumni member of Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway.

All NUI Galway Alumni who have registered with the Alumni Office should receive an email from the Alumni office this morning with a link to vote.

#MakeASmartVote General Election Hustings 7pm thisTues 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.

SHAG Week Hypnotist Tickets €5 on Sale NOW!

Following his sold out semester 1 gig we are delighted to announce that hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy is back at 8pm on Monday 8th February in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets are just €5 and are on sale from the SU Office and the SU Engineering Desk.

Take 2 Minute Survey & Win €50 SU Card Credit

Please take two minutes to complete our survey about the Students’ Union Website and you could win €50 SU Card credit to spend in the College Bar, Smokey’s, the SU Shop, the Wall or Caife na Gaeilge! Take Survey.

Exam Results
Semester 1 Exam Results will remain “provisional” until exam boards meet at the end of semester 2. The Examinations Office does not release provisional results. 
Provisional results for Semester 1 exams may be available to students via Blackboard. Please note that not all students will receive provisional results for Semester 1 exams. If provisional results are not available to you via Blackboard by the first week in February, please consult with your lecturer for advice. Undergraduate Results: Official results for Semester 1 and Semester 2 will be released between Tuesday, 14th and Friday 24th June by the Exams Office

Postgraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results will be released on Friday 1st July.

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

EIPIC Free Screening TONIGHT!

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.

SU Charity Croagh Patrick Climb – just 50 Spaces Available!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Croagh Patrick Climb takes place on Saturday 27th of February in conjunction with NUI Galway Mountaineering Club. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of €40 to take part and all proceeds will go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and return bus.

New Smoke-Free Zones

Would you like to be a Smoke-Free Ambassador and help spread the word about our new smoke-free zones? Please click here to register your interest.

SU Charity Aquathon – Sign up and get training now! 

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Charity Aquathon takes place on Tuesday 23rd of February. 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 The Irish Cancer Society. You can sign up by emailing Entry includes free t-shirt and food for all participants. 

Life Skills 2016 Enrolment Now Open

  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 5th, Friday 12th and Friday 19th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 18th February
  • 2 Day ASIST Course

You can sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

FREE Time Management Workshop 6.30pm Tues 26th Jan

Gain control of your time and life in this 1 hour workshop. 6.30pm-7.30pm Tuesday 26th January in AC202. Spaces are free but limited. Book your space with or just show up on the night.

NUI Galway we need your heads! (Again!)

NUI Galway Shave or Dye will take place on Tuesday 16th of February and we need volunteers to donate their heads to be shaved or dyed on the day. We also need volunteers to help out with the promotion and running of the event. All funds raised on the day will go to the Irish Cancer Society.

If you want to get involved please email

Election Countdown

Nominations open soon 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 or see our website for more information. 


Galway Talk to Your TD Training this Sunday 10.30am

The Abortion Rights Campaign along with Galway Pro-Choice are offering you a FREE training in how to talk to your elected representatives. The ‘Talk to your TD Training’ will give you the skills that you need in the run up to the General Election to ensure that #Repealthe8th is a RED LINE ISSUE. More information.

Societies Spring Programme Launch

At 1pm on Monday 25th of January the Societies Office will launch their 2016 Spring Programme and their 2015 Yearbook in the Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn. All are welcome to attend – RSVP

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

FREE Facilitated Support and Skills Groups Book Now Via Email

Provided by the Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service

Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 25th Jan

6pm – 7pm


Arts Concourse

Science Council

Tues 26th Jan

6pm – 7pm


Áras Moyola

Health Sciences Council

For any queries please contact Rebecca on

Sin Issue 7

Read Issue 7 of Sin Newspaper.  

Nominations close 12pm TOMORROW for election of a Postgrad 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 if you can help out at any of the following times 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm -5pm on Saturday the 6th of February.

The Brain Café: NUI Galway’s Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

NUI Galway’s Undergrad Research Conference will take place on 23 March, 2016. Registration is now open for attending and presenting at the conference. To find out more please visit our website.

We are also looking for enthusiastic undergraduates who would like to volunteer for the organising committee! In addition to meeting great like-minded people from across a wide range of disciplines on campus, all committee members will be awarded an ALIVE certificate for their participation. You will gain experience in behind the scenes, learning what it takes to run a conference – great addition to any CV! Contact us today to get involved at:

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:  or just turn up and register on the day.

Pat Kenny Show 8th Amendment Debate this Friday

NUI Galway’s Literary and Debating Society will debate the 8th Amendment live on Newstalk radio’s Pat Kenny Show this Friday, 22nd January from 10.30am to 12.30pm from the Radisson Hotel, Galway. The Pat Kenny Show would like to invite NUI Galway students to come along and be part of a live audience during and after the debate.

If you are interested in coming along please email Gwen O’Sullivan at NUI Galway’s Press Office on

Student participants needed for mindfulness study

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 and will be in with a chance to win a €100 voucher

For more information and to complete the screening form here

‘Germans and Jews Today: Living with the Holocaust?’

Public Lecture by Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar & Deputy President 6.30pm Wednesday, January 27 in  Máirtín Ó Tnúthail Lecture Theatre, AM150, Arts Millennium Building.

More information:

Ros na Rún Auditions

Ros na Rún will be holding open auditions on Friday 29th January in room 211 in Áras na nGael, NUI Galway. Contact 091-558400 or e-mail for further details.

Calling all Students – Get your work published in Hot Press and win other great prizes!

Write Here, Write Now is an exciting writing competition that aims to uncover the best new young writing talent in the country. All you have to do is write a story of Ireland in no more than 500 words – you can be as creative as you like! For further information go to and don’t miss out this exciting opportunity to get ahead in the writing game! 

4 Spaces Available on Global Awareness Programme

The Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project based on 4 of the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project on an Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala or South Africa.

More Information.

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.


NUIG Working & Travelling Abroad Fair 2016


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! 

NUI Galway does not endorse or affiliate any external company exhibiting at the Fair. 

Confirmed Exhibitors: 

AIESEC Ireland 

Alive NUI Galway

Bank of Ireland

Camp Leaders Ireland

Campus France Ireland 

Partnership International


Travel Bug Ltd

USIT Ireland 

Confirmed Food Vendors: 

Boxty’s Load It 

Brown Bag Donuts

Men at Wok

The Dough Bro’s Wood Fired Pizza 

The Pancake Factory 

For more information contact

SU Weekly Email 15 10th December 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

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 
  • 7.30pm-9pm Intermediate 

Exam Buses to Salthill

We have partnered with City Direct Bus Company to provide buses to the two exam venues in Salthill at Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. This service will run twice a day during the exams and costs €2 per journey. Buses will leave University Road at 08:40 & 15:40 for Salthill. Buses will leave Leisureland in Salthill at 11:40 & 18:40 to return to University Road via Eyre Square. Look out for the red double decker bus.


Extra Study Space for Christmas Exams 2015

Monday 7th December – Friday 18th December 8am-10pm

Arts/Science Concourse

O’Flaherty Theatre*, Darcy Thompson Theatre, McMunn Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, Larmor Theatre, TB303, TB304, TB305, TB307

Engineering Building

ENG-G017 Lecture Theatre 02, ENG-G018 Lecture Theatre 01

Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale now in the SU Office

  • Connacht vs Newcastle SOLD OUT!  
  • Connacht vs Ulster 18:00 Saturday 26th December €15

Collection for the Homeless Weds 16th Dec

NUIG Rover Soc is organising a collection for the homeless of Galway on Wednesday 16th December. Any clothes, non-perishable foods, bed clothes and hobby materials that you can’t take home with you can go to a worthy cause! They will be driving around to all the main student accommodations so join the event here and tell your friends!

Upcoming FREE Workshops for PhD Students

9am-12pm Thursday 28th January: How to Plan Your PhD REGISTER HERE

1pm-4pm Thursday 28th January: Defeating Self-Sabotage REGISTER HERE

Student Travelcards & ISIC Cards Expiring 31st December 2015

Please check the expiration date on your Student Travelcard/ISIC Card – if it expires on 31st December 2015 make sure you call in to us before the Christmas break to renew it if you want cheap travel over the holidays! The Students’ Union office will close at on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

We take your photo and print the card off straight away for just €15.

University Crèche – Meeting Notice

Parents / Guardians of children in the University Crèche (or interested in enrolling in the Crèche) are invited to a meeting in AC201 (Concourse of Arts/Science Building):

The two options are either:

Thursday 10th December 2015 at 4.00pm – 5.00pm OR Friday 11th December 2015 at 1.00 pm to 2.00pm

This will be an opportunity to get an overview and update on the Crèche (from Theresa Murphy, Spraoi Early Learning Centre), participate in a discussion on safety and gain information on Crèche Comm (software).

This will also be an opportunity to elect new members for the Crèche Parents Committee. For queries on the meeting please email are offering all NUI Galway students and their friends a 10% discount on Irish and USA tax refund applications. have been helping Irish students to claim taxes back for almost 20 years

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NUI Galway Christmas Holiday Arrangements 2015

The Students’ Union office will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Thursday 7th January.

The Library will be closed Thursday 24th December to Sunday 3rd January (inclusive)

The Student Health Unit will close on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Wednesday 6th January.

The SU Cloakroom will close at 6.30pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen at 9am on Monday 11th January

The SU Engineering Desk will close at 3pm on Friday 11th December and will reopen at 11am on Monday 11th January

The College Bar will close at 3pm on Monday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The Hub will close on Friday 11th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

Caife Na Gaeilge will close at 3pm on Friday 18th December and will reopen on Monday 11th January.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8am-5pm)

Smokey’s Café will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday 22nd December and will reopen on Monday 4th January (reduced hours for first week back 8.30am-5.30pm)

The Wall Café will be open 10am-4pm Monday 21st-Wednesday 23rd December. Closed Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th December. Open 10am-4pm Monday 28th December, Tuesday 29th 10am-12.30pm and 10am-4pm Wednesday 30th December. Closed Thursday 31st December & Friday 1st January. Open 9am-6pm Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th January.

SUMS will close on Friday 11th December and will re-open on Monday 11th January.

Computer DISC will close on Friday 4th December and re-open on Monday 18th January.

The Academic Writing Centre is closed and will reopen in late January.

The Socs Box will be closing on Friday 18th December.  

Sin Newspaper Issue 6 Read it Online Here

If you are interested in helping with the paper email or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

NUIG Alumni Galway Christmas Gathering

On Thursday 17th December from 6.30pm the NUIG Alumni Office will be holding their annual Christmas Gathering in Galway. There will be a performance from Cois Cladaigh and alumni, friends and NUI Galway staff are welcome. All proceeds from the night will go directly to the Student Hardship fund and tickets can be purchased by visiting 

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 (Closing Friday 11th December for Christmas)