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SU Weekly Email 8 22nd October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Comedy Hypnotist Tickets on Sale NOW!

Our next €5 Comedy gig is hilarious hypnotist Michael McCoy at 8pm on Monday 2nd November in the O’Flaherty Theatre. This is part of our SHAG Week 2015 events so this show is not for the easily offended – you have been warned! 
Tickets are €5 and are on sale now from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) or the SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm). Credit card sales by phone to 091 524810.

Voter Registration & Repealing the 8th Amendment

This Tuesday 27th October from 11am-3pm at Smokey’s there will be a stand giving information on repealing the 8th amendment and why that should be a priority for the next government as well as our final voter registration drive for the year. For more info, contact Phelim on

Life Skills Courses Update:

  • Occupational First Aid – 3 day course: 30th October, 6th & 13th November                4 Spaces Left €100
  • Anti-Racism Training Course – Thursday 5th November                                                   10 Spaces Left €5
  • Child Protection Training – Saturday 14th November                                                         1 Space Left €15

Financial Aid Fund Applications Deadline 12pm Monday 2nd November

Applications close 12 noon Monday 2nd November and you must apply online here.

Students following a full time course of at least one year’s duration leading to an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification can apply to the fund.  

Students are only eligible to apply once in the academic year to the Financial Aid Fund. More information is available here.

If you have any queries please contact the Financial Aid Fund on

Connacht Rugby Tickets on Sale Now

We now have €10 NUIG Student tickets for Connacht v Edinburgh on Saturday 31st of October at 6:45pm in Sportsground. Tickets on sale Mon-Fri 10am-5pm in SU and Mon-Fri 11am-3pm from SU Engineering Desk.

The NUIG Movember Opening Party

The Official NUIG Movember Opening Party takes place at 7pm on Wednesday 28th of October in the College Bar. Get a nice, free, clean shave before you start your Movember journey to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. There will also be free finger food and some other surprises in store on the night. All Mo Bros and Mo Sistas welcome. Over 18’s event. NUI Galway ID Required.

Smoking Shelter

Please note that the new smoking shelter is now in place between the Arts Millennium Building and the Bialann. Smoking isn’t permitted at University building entrances.

NUIG Pink Day

In support of the breast cancer awareness campaign put on your best pink outfit on Wednesday 28th of October. Events on the day include a Bake Sale at Smokey’s, The Quad will be lit up in pink and ribbons will be sold. Please support this event organised by NUIG Cancer Society.

Enrol Now for Free Workshops & Support Groups

The Student Counselling Service is providing a series of Facilitated Free Once-Off Workshops and Ongoing Facilitated Support Groups for Students. Just click on the event title for information on how to get your free space.

Once Off  Workshops:


Coping with Stress

Managing Mood

Exam Preparation           

Support Groups (running for 5 weeks until the end of term):



Fed Up Feeling Down?

Focusing on Study and Exam Prep

Anxiety Management

Mental Fitness & Resilience

PhD Support Group       

LGBTQ Support Group

Belonging Group for Isolated Students

Bereavement Group

For more information contact

NUI Galway Smart Consent Launch and Documentary Film Night, “The Hunting Ground”. 

Come along to the Aula Maxima Quadrangle Tuesday the 3rd of November at 6pm for the Launch of the Smart Consent Campaign and screening of the award winning documentary, “The Hunting Ground”.  The film highlights how students were activated to get justice for their cause, took their case and won! NUI Galway is proud to be addressing sexual assault research findings that indicate that 25 % have experienced sexual assault through the launch of Smart Consent. Through the Film NUI Galway seeks to demonstrate that justice will be found here and work towards a safe campus.  NUI Galway truly care about students safety, health and wellbeing. It will be accompanied with a Panel of NUI Galway people and Community Organisations (HSE, Garda, etc.) to share with students and staff that there is a Policy and every effort will be made to be there for students. For more information or to volunteer to support the event email and

Volunteer with the Ard Resource Centre and travel with ALIVE volunteers from the Quad on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Come along to the Quadrangle Tuesdays and/or Thursdays to grab the ALIVE bus as it heads to the ARD Family Resource Centre to drop off volunteers.  There are two Foroige clubs on Tuesday with children and young people and Thursdays club is for students interested in English language support – TEFL volunteering. For more information please email

Sin Issue 3

You can now read issue 3 of Sin newspaper onlinehere.If you are interested in helping with the paper email or come to the weekly Sin meeting everyMonday 6pm-7pm in AC203.

 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.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 2nd Nov

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Mon 2nd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

SU Council

Tues 3rd Nov

6pm – 8pm

IT250 Theatre

IT Building (1st Floor)

Class Rep  Training 2

Weds 4th Nov

6pm – 7pm

ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 5th Nov

6pm – 7pm


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.

Register to Vote before the 26th October

If you are not registered to Vote yet please call up to the Students’ Union Office in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and we will get all the paperwork sorted out for you.


Bank Holiday Monday Arrangements

The SU Office, the Library, the SU Cloakroom, the College Bar, Café na Gaeilge, The Hub and the SU Engineering Desk will all be closed on Monday 26th October for the Bank Holiday

The SU Shop will be open on Saturday 10am-5pm. It will be closed on Sunday & Monday and re-open on Tuesday as normal.

Smokey’s & The Wall Café will be open 9am-5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Clocks Change this Sunday!

Don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour this Sunday. Enjoy your time travel experience/sleep in!

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 15 – 18th December 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2014 from your Students’ Union.

Life Skills 2015 Enrolment Now Open

  • Sign Language 10 Week Course Starts Week of 27th January €40 (Tuesdays 12pm-1pm, Tuesdays 1pm-2pm, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm or Thursdays 6pm-7pm)
  • 8 Week Yoga Course Thursday 15th Jan – Thursday 12th March €40 Beginners/Improvers 6pm-7.30pm & Intermediate 7.30pm-9pm (No Class 29th Jan)
  • Occupational First Aid 3 Day Course €100 Friday 6th, Friday 13th and Friday 20th February
  • Cardiac First Responder Course €40 Thursday 26th February

You can sign up now in the SU Office (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm) or phone 091 524810 to register and pay by credit card.

The Gift of Healthy Feet: Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Podiatry students and staff at NUI Galway are going to provide podiatry services and new shoes and socks to homeless people in Galway this winter.  This is part of an EXPLORE project in association with COPE Galway and Galway Simon Community. Please help by donating any style of new or unworn men’s shoes and new socks. Donation deadline 9 January 2015. On-campus donations are welcome at the Students’ Union in Áras na Mac Léinn. For more information, see or email

SU Enterprise Awards Finalists Announced

The six finalists have been announced for this year’s SU Enterprise Awards! They are: 
1. The Creative Native
“The Creative Native” project is a business development idea to create innovative digital educational resources for the modern learner. “The Creative Native” team consists of two final year PhD students, Eilis Flanagan from Donegal and Ali Mc Namara from Limerick. 
2. Tidy Shower
Sean Mc Garry is in his 3rd year of Physics with Advanced French for Science. His business, “Tidy Shower”, designs and manufactures household personal storage units. 
3. Part Locater
“’Part Locater” is an online space for sourcing used car parts. The project team consists of two final year Bachelor of Arts students, Olivia Mc Evoy from Renmore and Roisin Lally from Dangan.
4. EduCode
“EduCode” is an innovative business that integrates coding, programming and computer competency into engaging classes for young students. The “EduCode” team members are Joseph Walsh a 3rd year Commerce student from Richardstown, Co.Louth and Daniel O Loughlin a 2nd year Commerce student from Roscommon town, Co.Roscommon.
5. Bike Back
“Bike Back” will reduce bicycle theft on campus initially and ultimately promote cycling around Galway by installing a GPS unit into bicycles allowing them to be tracked. There will be an accompanying marketing campaign aimed to deter opportunistic thieves. The three members of the “Bike Back” team are Billy Delaney, from Newbridge Co. Kildare, a 3rd Year Energy Systems Engineering student specialising in Civil Engineering. David Van Story a 3rd Year Biomedical Engineering who was born in Washington DC and grew up in rural Wicklow. Niall Rutherford, from Ennis, Co Clare, is a 3rd year Energy Systems Engineering student specializing in electrical energy. The team at Enactus NUI Galway are also involved in this project
6. Clutch n Bolt 
“Clutch n Bolt” consists of a newly designed bolt that aims to improve farm safety and convenience when attaching machinery onto tractors. Aaron Duignan a 4th year student studying Corporate Law (International) from Carrick on Shannon in County Leitrim is the creator of “Clutch n Bolt”.
Congratulations to all involved! 

NUI Galway Alumni Club Christmas Party 5.30pm TODAY!

NUI Galway Alumni Club is holding its annual Alumni Christmas get-together from 5.30pm today, Thursday, 18th December in the Staff Club, The Quadrangle, NUI Galway. Graduates are invited to attend and meet with former classmates from home and abroad for carols, mince pies and refreshments. All Alumni, Friends and Guests Welcome! This is a free event, but registration is necessary.


Financial Aid Fund 2015 Applications

Applications for the Financial Aid Fund in semester two will open on the 12th of January. Please note this is only for students who have not applied or been assessed in the first semester. More Information.

If you have any queries about the Financial Aid Fund please contact

NUI Galway Student Health 101: Get Healthy + Enter The December Draw For €750

So why should you read Student Health 101, the NUI Galway online health and wellness magazine at  ?

First, you can enter the December draw for €750 for checking out the December issue.

Second, there are some great articles in Student Health 101:

Capture your calm: 8 small steps to stress less

Calling all night owls: Making your sleep habits work for you

Find your drive to exercise: Take the quiz

Season’s eatings: Healthy twists on holiday dishes

Aftermath & recovery: A student’s guide to getting help after an assault

Like a pro: 7 tips for powerful public speaking

Cheese and _________? What the pairs best with the cheese of your choice? Please share in this week’s poll!

And if you missed it – be sure to check out the November Issue.


Student Leap Card Expiry Date

If you have a Student Travelcard please check the expiry date on same. If it expires on the 31st December 2014 you will need to call in to us to get it renewed before we close for the Christmas break or else you will get a nasty fine! The new Student Leap Card is just €15 and we take your photo and print it off straight away. It’s also the card to get reduced fares on all buses and you can top it up online to avoid carrying cash.

Register Now for the 25th Cope Galway Christmas Day Swim

The 25th COPE Galway Christmas Day swim aims to raise money to help fund COPE’s local services in homelessness, domestic violence and for older people. The swim will take place at Blackrock, Salthill from 10am to 1pm. Register Here.


Capture Your Campus Calendar On Sale Now

The 2015 calendar, featuring the winning photos from the EXPLORE Capture Your Campus (CYC) photo competition, is now available. Priced at €5 only, all proceeds go to Students’ Union charities: Console and BelonGTo. You can buy a copy from the SU Office or Shop now.


Christmas Holiday Arrangements

The Library is open Friday 19th December-Tuesday 23rd December 08:30-17:30. Closed Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st. Christmas/ New Year Closing: Wednesday 24 December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015 (Inclusive)

The SU Cloakroom and SU Engineering Desk will both close on Friday 19th December and reopen on Monday 12th January.

The SU Office will close on Monday 22nd December and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 7th January. Please note we are open 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.

The SU Shop will close at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen at 8am on Monday 5th January.

Smokey’s will be closed on Saturday 20th & Saturday 21st December and will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December for the Christmas break reopening at 9am on Monday 5th January.

The Hub will be closed from Friday 19th December and will reopen on Monday 12th January.

The Wall Café will be closed on Thursday 25th December, Friday 26th December & Thursday 1st January.

Caifé na Gaeilge will be closed from Monday 15th December until Monday 12th January.

The College Bar will close at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd December and will reopen on Monday 5th January. Please note that only the Deli in the College Bar will be serving food on 22nd, 23rd December and for the week of the 5th January. College Bar Pizza and Carvery will reopen on the 12th of January.

Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise. We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you all in 2015!


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.