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SU Weekly Email 2 10th September 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Al Porter This Monday 8pm!

We have only 100 tickets left for comedian Al Porter this Monday 14th September at 8pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Don’t miss out – get your €5 ticket from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or the SU Engineering Desk Monday-Friday 11am-3pm.

SU Freshers’ Fair 11am-4pm Wednesday – All the FREE stuff!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 
There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wall planners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, pizza, sausages and sushi. 

Lockers – 531 Left!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling

Life Skills 2015 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2015/16 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Bar Skills – COURSE FULL
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Child Protection Training
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course – COURSE FULL
  • Irish
  • Yoga – Beginners Course FULL

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Volunteering Fair 1pm-5pm Tues 15th Sept

The NUI Galway Volunteering Fair takes place 1pm-5pm on Tuesday 15th September in Áras na Mac Léinn. There will be loads of amazing volunteering opportunities for you to choose from and your time spent volunteering will also go towards earning your Alive Certificate. The Alive Certificate is the President’s Award for Volunteering at NUI Galway and it’s a great addition to your CV. Time spent volunteering with the SU, as a Class Rep or with Clubs or Societies also counts towards your certificate.

Missed Clubs and Socs Days?

Don’t worry! You can still register to join ALL the Sports Clubs and Societies that NUI Galway has to offer by just logging on to Your Space. You can also manage your Alive Volunteering Certificate account here.

Log in to Your Space.

Connacht Tickets €10

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

An Afternoon With Google at NUI Galway

All students studying computer science and allied fields are welcome (from 1st year to post-grad). 1pm-5pm Tuesday 22nd September. Register HERE for your free ticket.

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Al Porter

If you would like to win two tickets to our Al Porter comedy gig on Monday 14th September at 8pm just email and tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2015/16. Competition closes 1pm Monday 14th September.

Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2016.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Jimmy:


SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is situated beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

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.

Sin Needs You!

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

Register now for the NUIG 8k for Jigsaw

The NUI Galway Kingfisher 8k walk/run/crawl in aid of Jigsaw will take place on Saturday 10th October. Early bird entry fee is just €20 and all funds raised will support mental health services for young people in Galway.

Register Now.

Chinese Course at NUI Galway

A 20 week evening course, An Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, will commence in NUI Galway on Wednesday 16th September 2015.  Classes will run one night a week from 7pm to 9pm.  The fee is €120.00 for students. The course is designed for people with no Chinese language basics but who have a strong interest in China or who travel or do business in China. 

For further details please see the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures website here  or contact Suzanne Gilsenan, tel. 091 494037.

Synapse Wednesday 23rd September

Synapse //a Tech Carnival, is a student organised, free one day interactive technology showcase by top companies in the Bailey Allen hall on Wednesday the 23rd of September. We have talks, discussion panels, give-a-ways, prizes and stalls from Microsoft, Google, Ericsson and many more, for full line up and free tickets go to and tweet #synapse15.

SUAS 8×8 Free Film Festival at NUI Galway

Volunteering and speaking opportunities are now available for the forthcoming  8×8  Festival. If you have a passion for global development & social justice issues, then help us spark the conversation on campus.
Takes place October 5th -9th. Contact:

Suicide Awareness Week – Bring a Friend 5k Walk/Run

At 9am on Saturday 12th September Knocknacarra Parkrun will be holding a special parkrun in conjunction with parkrun HQ. It’s “Bring-A-Friend Day” so we’d love it if you brought a friend or two to join you in the walk/jog/run (you choose). We’d love it even more if you could wear something yellow as it’s Suicide Prevention Week and by wearing yellow we’re going to show our support for Pieta House and the many other organisation that help people in crisis.

Competition Time!! Get PUBLISHED in the Irish Times & win €500.

Are you a young person interested in development and global justice issues? Are you a returned volunteer with something to say? This…may be for YOU!

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.