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SU Weekly Email 7 15th October 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your Weekly Email from your Students’ Union.

Financial Aid Fund Applications Now Open

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

For students who are having difficulty accessing the form or need assistance filling it out, there will be information clinics on Monday 19th October, Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October 1pm – 3pm in the Arts Faculty PC Suite. The Arts Faculty suite (Room 229a), is located on the first floor on the main Concourse. It’s on the way to the Careers Office and Archaeology.

Deadline for EXPLORE Innovation funding: Tuesday, 20th October 2015
Want to work in partnership with staff to turn an innovative idea into reality? Make sure to submit an application to EXPLORE by Tuesday 20th October. Up to €900 available per project. Find out more and apply at Contact the EXPLORE Coordinator at the Students’ Union if you’ve any questions at or 091 494290.

Comedy Hypnotist Tickets on Sale NOW!

Following our sold out David O’Doherty gig we are delighted to announce that 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.

Connacht Rugby Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale for Connacht vs Zebre 7.30pm Friday 16th October. Tickets on sale from the SU Office (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm) and SU Engineering Desk (Mon-Fri 11am-3pm)

India Soc Bollywood Night this Friday

NUIG India Society are hosting a Bollywood DJ dance party from 7pm this Friday 16th October in the College Bar. Admission is free and all funds raised will go to the Students’ Union charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society.

Sin Issue 3

You can now read issue 3 of Sin newspaper online here. 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 19th Oct

2pm – 3pm

Students’ Union Exec Office

Áras na Mac Léinn

Postgrad Council

Tues 20th Oct



Arts Concourse

Arts Council

Weds 21st Oct


ENG2003 Lecture Room 2

Engineering Building

Engineering Council

Thurs 22nd Oct



Arts Concourse

Science 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.

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                                                         5 Spaces Left €15

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.


Movember – Coming to a Face Near You Soon!

Movember is coming back with a hairy bang to NUI Galway this November. If you want to get involved and donate your face or your time to support men’s health like the Facebook page here and join the NUIG team The TribesMoMen  here.

Acquired Brain Injury Ireland need your vote

We need your vote  if you have done the Maynooth to Galway cycle, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland are looking for you to Vote for us to become the one of the cycles charities.  Find those cyclists who have done this cycle and get them on board for Children with an acquired brain injury  

Fancy doing some volunteering?

The following events are looking for volunteers and would love it if you could help them out!

Doctor in the House Show seeks participants

TV3’s Doctor in the House series is looking for households to sign up for this exciting health opportunity. Apply as a couple, a family or a group of housemates.

Gain professional medical advice; Receive comprehensive medical screening; Receive a personalised health and lifestyle plan; Reduce your health risk factors; Lose weight; Get fit and active.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form If you would like a form sent to you or more information please contact Clare 01 7088149/01 7088183 or email

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 12th Dec 2013

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2013 from your Students’ Union!

Naked Charity Calendar on Sale NOW €5 – FREE GIFT WRAPPING!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union 2014 NakedCharity Calendar is on sale across campus nowand is an ideal Christmas present supporting two great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. Free gift wrapping for very calendar sold from the SU office between now and Christmas. 63 brave NUI Galway students revealed all for the calendar and you can get an eyeful for only €5! Calendars are on sale from the Students’ Union Office, the SU Shop, the SocsBox, the Hub, Smokey’s and the SU desk in the Engineering Building.

Christmas Holiday Arrangements

  • The Students’ Union office will reopen at 10:00 on Tuesday 7th January.
  • The Library will be closed Saturday 21 December to Wednesday 1st January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Cloakroom will close at 18.30 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The SU Engineering desk will close at 15:00 on Tuesday 17th December and reopen at 11:00 on Monday 13th January.
  • The College Bar will be closed Sunday 22nd December- Sunday 5th January (Inclusive)
  • The SU Shop will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 18th December and reopen at 08:00 on Thursday 2nd January
  • The Hub will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Café na Gaeilge will be closed Saturday 14th December-Sunday 12th January (Inclusive)
  • Smokeys will close at 15:00 on Friday 20th December and reopen at 09:00 on Monday 6th January
  • The Wall Café will be closed on Wednesday 25th December, Thursday 26th December and Wednesday 1st 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 2014!

Student Travelcards Expiring

Please check the date on your Student Travelcard and if it expires at the end of this month make sure to renew it in the SU office before we close for the Christmas break at 5pm on Monday 23rd January or else you will be stuck paying the full rate! We take your photo and print the card off straight away and it costs €15.

What will you do in 2014?

Get fit                                                   SU Charity Aquathon Tuesday 25th Feb 750m swim/5km run

Learn to save lives                                           SU Life Skills Occupational First Aid Course/CFR Courses

Run for election                                                SU Election nominations open Thursday 20th Feb

Learn Sign Language                                       SU Life Skills 10 week Courses start 28th Jan

Win €10,000                                                        SU Enterprise Awards Submission deadline Fri 17th Jan

Raise money for charity                                SU Charity Collection Day 8th Feb Galway Rape Crisis/ISPCC more information

Financial Aid Fund 2014 Applications

Applications Open Monday 13th January, 2014
Applications Close 7th February, 2014 at 5.00 p.m.
More information

Christmas Exam Buses Monday 2nd December – Monday 16th December 2013

NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with City Direct Bus has organised a Christmas Exam Bus service from NUI Galway to the Salthill Exam Venues of Leisureland and the Galway Bay Hotel. Buses will leave University Road bus stop 30 minutes before the exam starts and will provide a non-stop service to Leisureland. Return buses will leave from Leisureland 10 minutes after the exam finishes and drop students back to University Road. 

Cost: €2 per journey.

Advisory Session for applicants to the IRC Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
Dr. Lucy Byrnes (Dean of Graduate Studies), together with the Research Office, will host an advisory session on preparing a successful application on 5pm Tuesday, 14th January 2014 in Lecture Theatre (243), Áras Moyola (Nursing Building) This is a good opportunity for applicants to seek guidance on their application and to have any questions answered. Supervisors are also encouraged to attend.
More information.

Connacht Rugby Ticket Update – Christmas Matches

NUI Galway Student Tickets are on sale NOW in the SU Office for: 
Connacht vs Toulouse Saturday 14th December at 6pm €15– SOLD OUT
Connacht vs Dragons Saturday 21st December at 5pm €10
Connacht vs Leinster Saturday 4th January at 7.15pm €10ONLY 20 TICKETS LEFT
Please note that the SU is closed for the Christmas holidays from Monday 23rd December until Tuesday 7th January so tickets need to be bought prior to this for the Leinster match.

Extra Study Space Semester 1 2013

Larmor Theatre                                    Sunday 1 Dec – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08-00 until 22.00)

Tyndall Theatre                                    Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

O’Flaherty Theatre                             Friday 29 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Cairnes Theatre                                   Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Darcy Thompson Theatre                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Kirwan Theatre                                    Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

Dillon Theatre                                       Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

McMunn                                                Saturday 30 Nov – Tuesday 17 Dec 2013 (08.00 until 22.00)

24 Hour Reading Room                    Monday 25 Nov- Friday 13 Dec

SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today. 
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.

Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here.

Support Centres Update

$1·         SUMSthe free FREE mathematics support service for students is now closed for Christmas.

$1·         TheAcademic Writing Centreis still open until Friday 13th December. Make use of their FREE one-on-one writing sessions in the Library.

$1·         Computer DISCFREE Support for programming and software development students.

Concert in Aid of Domestic Violence Response

On Saturday December 14th in St. Nicholas church at 8pm Cois Cladaigh will present a concert of seasonal music in aid of Domestic Violence Response. The concert will include two world premiers of music specially commissioned for the choir including a setting of The Wild Swans of Coole by Icelandic composer Oliver Kentish who will attend the concert and a setting of Ave Maris Stella by Estonian composer Urmat Sissask. Choir Factor winner The Marine Institute choir will also perform with Cois Cladaigh. Tickets €10 from DVR or on the door. 091 866740


In this new health series for TV3 a team of leading medical experts will closely monitor a household’s lifestyle and carry out comprehensive health screening tests, providing them with an accurate assessment of their disease risk factors. The Doctor in the House team will connect the dots between people’s daily behaviours and the impact on their health. We all know that fatty foods or too much caffeine is bad for us, but why? We know that we shouldn’t spend too much time in front of the computer or the TV, but why- what effect is it having on us?

A personalised plan will be devised in a bid to encourage each member of the house to make real changes in their lifestyle to benefit their future health.

 The household will have eight weeks to work together to modify their behaviour before being retested.  It’s all about realisations and connections between everyday life- habits and behaviours- and how they directly relate to potential health problems-  big and small- but all vital to the quality of our life.

If you are 18 and over apply online or download an application form

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith 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 new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.