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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.