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SU Weekly Email 2 – 1st October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Walktober starts Monday – Win Prizes by Walking!

Walktober our annual Walking Challenge starts this Mon 5th Oct and runs until Sun 1st Nov. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway. How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online
  3. During the Challenge log your steps online at

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge.

Laptop Loan Scheme Applications Close Tomorrow

Applications for the Laptop Loan Scheme close Friday the 2nd of October. You can find more information and apply online here

Clean Up Sesh

This Friday 2pm-4pm we will be doing a clean-up down at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh area of Galway. If you want to join us please register here. Please note spaces are limited due to Covid-19 regulations.

Virtual Clubs & Socs Day Today!

The last virtual Clubs and Societies day takes place 5pm-8pm today.

  • To take part in the Clubs Day pick a Club from the list HERE and use the button on the right to join their virtual booth.
  • To take part in the Societies Day join at the link HERE

You can also join any of the clubs and societies any time by logging on to

How is the return to College going for you?

Take our survey HERE so we know what issues you need us to be aware of.

Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.

Financial Aid Fund Update

The Financial Aid Fund is due to open on Tues 6th Oct. More information about the fund, eligibility and online application will be available here.

Need Someone to Talk To?

SU Services Opening Arrangements

  • SU Pop Up at the Quad 12pm-3pm Mon-Thurs
  • SU Shop 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri
  • Sult 8.30am-7pm Mon-Fri
  • SU Office closed (this means we can’t do Student Leap Cards or sell secondhand books)
  • Smokey’s Café closed

Academic Writing Centre

The Academic Writing Centre reopens today online. They provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They also support student writing through workshops, modules, and competitions.

Free Stress Control Sessions

Take Control with Stress Control the free online stress control programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Starts next Monday 5th Oct. More info

Interested in volunteering while studying for your degree?

Start your volunteer journey at 1pm on Wednesday 14th October with Mairéad Cleary of the Irish Examiner and some special guests from across volunteer organisations and the team. Volunteering is linked to personal wellbeing and professional success have a click in and find out more!

Sign up to attend here.

Or Watch on the YouTube Channel here.

Careers Events

The Career Development Centre has loads of events online this semester to help you get job ready. More info and registration details are available on their website here.

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 Emma at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

Keep it small, keep it safe, keep your distance.

We are supporting the new USI campaign called “Keep it small, Keep it Safe, Keep your Distance”. We know this virus has had a massive impact on our lives – going to college is very different this year, we haven’t had the summer we all had hoped for and we haven’t been able to see as much of our friends and family as we may have hoped. We all have a part to play in limiting the spread of the virus, but we are also concerned about the impact of loneliness or seclusion on students. So, depending on where we are in the country and the restrictions in place at the time, we can meet friends and family providing it’s done in a safe way. This will help support our mental health while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

The main message is that we can still meet with friends and family, we are just asking that you keep your gatherings small, keep yourself and your families safe and keep your distance.

Free Mindfulness Sessions

Free online mindfulness sessions are available for all NUI Galway staff and students 8.15am-8.45am every Tuesday and Friday morning. These are delivered by Dr Eva Flynn and are suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced.

Here’s the link (please use GOOGLE CHROME to open it)

National Breastfeeding Week 1st – 7th of Oct

Breastfeeding works best when women have access to breastfeeding support services. NUI Galway’s Breastfeeding Group helps provide this support to breastfeeding staff and students. The group provides a monthly online peer-to-peer group for breastfeeding mothers with the help of La Leche League, Cuidiú and other colleagues. Women share advice on managing the return to work and study and all other aspects of parenting through breastfeeding. The group meets online on the third Wednesday of every month (during term time). All breastfeeding mothers and female breastfeeding supporters as well as those from outside NUI Galway are welcome to join. Please contact Anne Fallon (, Rachel Hilliard (, Oonagh Meade ( or Claire Withey ( or for further info.

Learn Chinese

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organising an online evening course in Chinese Language and Culture.  The course is an introduction to Chinese language and culture for beginners and will run for 20 weeks with online classes every Wednesday at 7pm starting Weds 14th Oct. It consists of Chinese culture knowledge, basics of Chinese pronunciation rules, Chinese character writing principles, and practical everyday phases.  It establishes a foundation for further study or self- study to reach HSK 2 (Chinese proficiency test level 2). The fee for NUI Galway students is €120. There are no formal exams but students will receive a certificate on completion. To register for the course please contact Suzanne Gilsenan,

Free Face Masks

The SU Office might be closed but you can call in to our SU Pop Up in the Quad to pick up your pack of 3 free reusable face masks. The masks have been supplied by NUI Galway and there’s a pack for every NUIG student so don’t panic! We will also have FREE SU Diaries, SU Cards and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the SU Pop Up. Please wear a mask and follow the social distancing signage/instructions. The Pop Up will be open until Fri 9th Oct and our provisional opening hours are here.

5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact for info

Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056


Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info here.

Library Open

The Library is back open with limited services and you now need to book your seat online before attending. More info on their services here.

Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register here.

Disability Support Service Registration

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the Disability Support Service. Please email


Galway is currently at level 2 (green). We would love to reach level 1 but to do that we need to stop the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Limiting our social contacts to priority contacts.
  2. Practising good hand hygiene. There are hand sanitisation stations all around campus. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  3. Wearing a face covering. Free reusable face masks are available from the SU Pop Up at the Quad. There are 3 for every NUIG student.
  4. Keep social distance of 2 metres and please follow the yellow arrows/social distancing markings on campus.
  5. Maintain good cough/sneeze etiquette. Throw used tissues in the bin.
  6. Self-isolate if you feel you have any symptoms of COVID and ring your GP or the Student Health Unit ASAP to arrange a test.
  7. Download the free Covid Tracker App.

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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.


NUI Galway Students’ Union call on Galway TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

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NUI Galway Students’ Union call on Galway TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

NUI Galway Students’ Union today joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the “Education for All” campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organization that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris TD asking him to take action on a number of key areas:

  • An end to the student contribution charge of €3000, the highest in the EU.
  • A move toward publicly funded education at the heart of government policy.
  • A publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights.
  • A reform of student supports across the island that match the cost of being a student in the new decade.
  • An end to precarious working conditions for academic staff.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We want to see an immediate reduction of €500 on the student contribution charge in Budget 2021. This charge, which is the highest in the EU is a major barrier to students accessing Higher education. Today students are calling on their TDs to sign up to a pledge which would commit them to campaigning on the issues outlined in the letter to Minister Harris. We are urging our local representatives to sign up to this pledge.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “NUIG Students and their families are suffering greatly with job losses, financial uncertainty and continually increasing rent rates in Galway. We need our TD’s to take action on Higher education and not treat it as an afterthought. Every €1 invested in Higher Education delivers €4 to the wider economy. Galway is a student city and without our students the city will suffer hugely.”

How to get Involved in the fight against Racism in Ireland

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How to get involved in the fight against Racism in Ireland

NUI Galway Students’ Union stands in solidarity with everyone affected by the recent racist events in the USA. We all need to work together to build equality for all in our society.

It’s time to start conversations with our family and friends about racism.

It’s time to call out racism in all it’s forms.

It’s time to make changes.

Here are some ways to get involved:


  • The Irish Network Against Racism has some great resources on their website to help people learn about racism, report racism, respond to racism and find help for those affected by racism.
  • The NUI Galway Mincéirs Whiden Society aims to build positive relationships as well as alliances between Traveller students, the student and staff body at NUI Galway
  • The NUI Galway African Caribbean Society celebrate and share the diversity of African and Caribbean Cultures.
  • The NUI Galway Fáilte Refugees Society aim to welcome refugees into every community in Ireland.
  • JSTOR has compiled a syllabus of free readings on institutionalized racism in the US. Access them here. 


  • This Saturday 6th June Galway Anti-Racism Network ask you to join them in an ONLINE protest as well as signing an online book of condolences to victims of systemic racism and police brutality.
  • At 6pm Wednesday 10th June you are invited to a live Anti-Racism Zoom Chat with ALIVE Email to get involved – All welcome to learn, grow, reflect, take action, discover and be together.
  • The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) are asking you to email Government Ministers with their proposals on keeping people seeking asylum safe during and after COVID-19. The email also calls for an end to Direct Provision. It only takes a minute to send the email here.
  • Take part in the STAND and USI #10000students movement and pledge to be a better ally.
  • Join NUI Galway Students’ Union in fighting for students rights. We will be electing Class Reps for every class from the start of the 2020/21 academic year and we will also be running elections to fill our five vacant officer positions.
  • Join The Sanctuary Runners who bring together Irish residents, refugees and asylum seekers to run, jog or walk on the same Sanctuary Runners team.


  • If you need to buy masks please think of buying them from We Make Good. When you buy a mask they also donate one to somebody living in direct provision.
  • You can also find out how to donate to the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) here and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland here.


Please note this is a working document that we will be updating as the fight for equality continues and builds.

SU Weekly Email 22 – 6th February 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week 2020

Mon 10th Feb

  • All Day look out for our volunteers giving out free Condoms and Lube across campus
  • 12pm-2pm “Loving Your Sexual Body” free talk with Anna Keogh in The View
  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity. In some developing countries wearing a bra is a symbol of wealth, status and power and will protect young women from sexual abuse. Most charity shops won’t accept donations of bras so this is a sustainable way to find a new home for old bras whilst helping women in need.

Tues 11th Feb

Weds 12th Feb

  • 10.30am-4.30pm USI & HSE Sexual Health Information at Smokey’s Café
  • 11am-4pm Rapid HIV Testing in The Space with Sexual Health West (formerly AIDS West)

Thurs 13th Feb

  • 2pm-4pm Bra Collection at Smokey’s Café with BioMed Soc. Donate old bras to charity.
  • 7pm Sex Toy Bingo in the Corrib Room at Sult (€5 Tickets via Eventbrite HERE)

Fri 14th Feb

ALL WEEK Free Condoms from the SU and the SU Engineering Desk

More info from


Become a 2020/2021 CÉIM Leader – Applications Close Monday!
Apply now to become a CÉIM peer learning student leader in 2020/21. Benefits include: free leadership training, skills development, improved CV, feel good factor of helping 1st years, meeting new people, CÉIM leadership certificate and digital badge, and more. Closing date: Mon 10th Feb.


Disclosure Training – Limited Spaces Left

We have just a few spaces left for our Disclosure Training 10am-1.30pm next Tues 11th Feb with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. The course cost is €10 and you can sign up in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570. This course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur.


#NUIGSU20 Elections

  • 3 x Paid Full Time Officer nominations open Weds 19th Feb
  • 15 x Voluntary Part Time Officer nominations open Weds 26th Feb
  • SU Council Chair Nominations open Thurs 5th March

Your guide to running for #NUIGSU20 Elections is HERE or contact for more information.


Sin Issue 8

Hot off the presses here’s the latest issue of Sin Newspaper with all your NUI Galway news and your chance to win SU Card Credit! Read it here.


Have your say in the Student Survey

This is your chance to improve your University experience at NUI Galway and you could win a €200 gift voucher! The survey can be completed by first year and final year undergrads and taught postgrads. Complete the survey now here


SU Life Skills Sign Ups Now Open


SU Council Meeting this Monday

Our next SU Council meeting takes place 6pm Mon 10th of Feb in AUC G002 in Áras Uí Chathaill. All welcome!

For more info contact or


Need a Valentine’s Day present?

If you need a Valentine’s Day present for your sole mate why not give the gift of cosy feet! Our Big Yellow Thing Charity socks are just €9 a pair and are on sale from the SU Office, the SU Shop and our website HERE. They’re perfect for secret library crushes too and all funds go to the SU Charities!


Sex Toy Bingo Tickets On Sale

Sex Toy Bingo is back next Thurs 13th Feb for SHAG Week, tickets are selling fast and all proceeds go to the SU Charities.

Get yours here.


Upcoming Class Reps Meetings

Mon 10th Feb 6pm – 8pm AUC G002 Áras Uí Chathail SU Council
Tues 11th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Weds 12th Feb 6pm – 7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Thurs 13th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Mon 24th Feb 2pm – 3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council
Mon 24th Feb 6pm – 7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 25th Feb 6pm – 7pm MY123 Seminar Room 1 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council


Climate Strike: Fridays For Future TOMORROW

This Climate Strike is a pre-election protest lead by the Fridays for Future campaign. We will be meeting outside Sult at 12:30pm and then marching to Eyre Square where we will hold the strike from 1pm to 3:30pm. We need the Government to hear us loud and clear in this upcoming election, our future is in their hands. For more information contact younggreens@socs.nuigalway


Update on Postgraduate Election to Údarás na hOllscoile

Following the voting process for a Postgraduate Student to Údarás na hOllscoile on 29th January, 2020 the voting result was inconclusive. Therefore, the voting process will be re-run. Voting will take place 10am-9pm on Tues 11th Feb on the Concourse for the following candidates:

  • O’Connor, Dómhnall
  • Ward, Owen

Please note: You must present a valid Student ID in order to vote. All previous votes have expired. Only Postgraduate taught and research students are eligible to vote


Clubs’ Ball Tickets

Early Bird tickets are now SOLD OUT for the Clubs’ Ball! €40 full ball tickets are flying out the door already so get yours quick here


Need Books?

Save some money by checking the SU Second hand bookshop to see if we have what you need!


Looking to Get Fit in a Non-Competitive, Social Environment?

NUIG Athletic Club’s Fit For Life are free weekly runs every Monday at 6pm meeting at the Kingfisher. This is suitable for all levels of fitness. Contact them here for more info.


Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register


Galway 2020 Opening Ceremony this Saturday

If you are around Galway this Saturday make sure you head down to South Park from 5pm for the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony.


Marchathon Registration is Open – Win Prizes for Walking!

You are invited to participate in the annual Smarter Travel Step Challenge, Marchathon. The Marchathon Challenge will run from Mon 2nd to Fri 27th March. Get together in teams of 3 to 6 people and have your team captain register your team on to be in with a chance to win some great prizes including gift vouchers, activity trackers, Bluetooth speakers, power banks and more! The more you walk the more chances you have to win!


The Prevalence, Perception and Adherence of Alternative Dietary Lifestyles in College Students

You are invited to take part in a survey assessing how prevalent certain diets among college students, student perceptions of these diets and the levels of adherence that accompany them.

Study Link.  Researchers email:


ShoutOut Volunteer Training

ShoutOut are hosting volunteer training in Galway 7pm-9.30pm Thurs 13th Feb in Bar Nova. This is your chance to make a real difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ young people. More info here.


The Effects of Emotion Regulation on our Physical and Psychological Well-Being

This study is a 10 minute survey interested in looking at how our ability to control our emotions can impact on different aspects of our wellbeing such as stress and anxiety. It is also looking at the causes of our ability to regulate our emotions such as our attachment style.

Survey Link. 


Health Promotion Postgraduate Open Evening

Are you interested in learning about health and well-being, and the wider determinants of health?  Why not join us for our Health Promotion Postgrad Open Evening at 6pm on Fri 28th Feb in Áras Moyola. More info from


Would you like to participate in a quick study on social media?

You  may have tried to help a few weeks ago, and unfortunately the server crashed. Technology always makes life interesting, doesn’t it? It has been fixed now, and we apologize for any inconvenience. But we still need your help. We are running an online study on how social media news impacts people. It will take approximately 5-8 minutes (honestly). It is open to every student in every discipline. If you are interested in participating and helping, you can access the survey here. If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact Christie at


USI Connecting Minds Event

Whether you are a student who has lived experience of mental illness in third level, someone who is interested in student mental health, a student researcher in the area, or if your society has done something in relation to mental health in third level, USI would like to invite you to their student mental health event, which will take place on Thurs 26th March (venue TBC) from 10am – 4pm.


Menstrual Pain Among University Students in Ireland Survey

Would you like to take part in a short online survey about the impact of menstrual pain and the management strategies used to cope with it? If you have any questions please contact the researcher


Free Yoga Meditation Class this Saturday

Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes are back this Sat 8th Feb 2pm-3pm at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road Galway. All welcome every Saturday.


Beer Run this Sunday

Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is back at 12.30pm this Sunday for a sociable 5/8/10km run followed by a free beer. Meet up down at the Salthouse and you can leave your bags there while you run!


Call for participants in Council of Europe No Hate Speech Training Course

Training is via e-learning modules from March to May and a residential course in May in Strasbourg. Deadline for applications is Weds 12th Feb 2020 More info here.


Recommend a Friend (or yourself!)

Know someone who would make a great #NUIGSU Officer? Maybe you are starting to think about running for election yourself! Recommend a friend (or yourself!) for #NUIGSU20 Elections here


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Mon–Fri 11am-3pm.

Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

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Students’ Union Organise GE2020 Information Day

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting two major events on Tuesday 4th of February to help their 19,000 student members to decide who to vote for in the General Election on the 8th of February.

The first event is a live broadcast of the Moncrieff show on Newstalk FM from campus. The live student audience will be voicing their concerns about climate change and what they think politicians should be doing about it. This event is a collaboration with, NYCI and USI taking place 1.30pm-4pm in The View in Áras na Mac Léinn. Free tickets are available here.

The second event will see a hustings of the Galway election candidates where students can discuss their party’s policies on housing, healthcare, education, transport, work, direct provision and public services. This event is in collaboration with ONE Galway and GMIT Students’ Union and will take place from 7.30pm in the Kirwan Theatre. Free tickets are available here.

Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We have registered thousands of NUI Galway students to vote again this year and we want them to be as informed as possible when they go to vote on the 8th of February. Our student members are more engaged than ever and are adamant that the next Government address their concerns regarding accommodation, funding for education, climate change, healthcare and direct provision.”


SU Weekly Email 23 – 28th February 2019

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Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


SU Part Time Officer Nominations Close 5pm TODAY!

Nomination forms are available from the SU Office and the SU Website now for the following positions:

  • Oifigeach na Gaeilge
  • Mature Students’ Officer
  • Postgraduate Taught Officer
  • Postgraduate Research Officer
  • Societies Chairperson
  • Clubs Captain
  • Convenor of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies
  • Convenor of the College of Science
  • Convenor of the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
  • Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • Convenor of the College of Engineering & Informatics
  • International Students Officer
  • Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer
  • Disability Rights Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer


Marchathon Starts Monday – Freebies Tomorrow!

Call up to the Students’ Union Office tomorrow Friday 1st March 10am-11am to register your team for the Marchathon Challenge which starts on Monday. We will have (limited) freebies including 10 goodie bags with memory sticks, pedometers and high vis stuff! Just let us know your team name.

How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3 – 6 people
  2. Sign up online at
  3. Get a Step Counter — download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device
  4. From 4th March to 29th March get walking where possible, aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge
  5. Have Fun and Get Competitive!


Hustings Tonight 7pm Kirwan Theatre

There’s another chance at 7pm tonight to meet your candidates who are running for election and hear what they have to say. Hustings for President, VP/Education and VP/Welfare & Equality hosted by Lit & Deb takes place in the Kirwan Theatre. Come along to listen, question and decide who to vote for on the 7th of March!


Sin Issue 10

Read the latest issue of Sin online HERE


Class Reps Council This Monday

SU Class Reps Council meeting 6pm Monday 4th of March in the O’Flaherty Theatre. This meeting includes hustings for Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Elections.
All Class Reps must attend.


#NUIGSU19 Vote on Thursday 7th of March 10am-8pm

Election Polling will take place in the following locations next Thursday to elect your new President, VP/Education Officer and VP/Welfare Officer  – Bring NUIG ID!

  • 10am-8pm on The Concourse
  • 11am-8pm in Áras na Mac Léinn
  • 12pm-5pm in the Engineering Building


Not on campus to vote in #NUISU19 on Thurs 7th March?

  1. Register for your Remote Vote by logging on to the SU Website before midnight Weds 6th March.
    2. Log on to the website 10am-8pm Thurs 7th March and Vote!


Free Exam Prep Workshop

7pm-8.30pm Tuesday 5th of March Exam Preparation Workshop in Library Lobby G010. Admission Free. Plan your study. Answer Strategies. Study Techniques. Pomodoro study method.


Table Quiz this Tuesday

The NUIG Women’s Rugby team are having a Table Quiz at Sult at 7pm on Tuesday 5th of March. There are lots of great prizes to win on the night and it’s only €5 per person with 4/5 people per table.


Mentor Recruitment is Open

Student Connect are beginning to recruit mentors for next year’s first year students. If anyone is interested they should apply online here: here. Applicants should be from any of the following colleges: Arts, Science, Medicine and Health Science, and Law. Mentoring is an extremely rewarding role. Questions can be directed to


Want to Go Paintballing?

International Paintball Group will be on campus 11am-4pm next Thursday 7th of March in Áras na Mac Léinn with great deals on paintballing trips in Ireland and around the world!


Find Your Masters month at NUI Galway

If you’re thinking about postgrad study, then Find Your Masters month should be of interest to you. Events include a Power Brunch, lunchtime presentations, a Mini Open Evening, and more. Full schedule online: check calendar often, events will be added as they present. Email for information.


NUIG 5k Early Bird Registration is Open

The NUI Galway 5k run in aid of Jigsaw Galway takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 2nd of April. This is a spectacular Run, Jog or Walk around the University Campus along the banks of the river Corrib. Early bird registration rate is €10 for students and €15 for staff/public and includes a free t-shirt! Register here.


CUSP Sustainability Summer Internships on offer at NUI Galway

The Community and University Sustainability Project Team (CUSP) is seeking to offer Sustainability Leadership Awards to up to 4 NUI Galway Students to advance the roll-out of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2017-2020.   The Awards are being offered in 4 project  theme areas namely Energy; Water; Nature & Ecosystems; and Communications & Engagement. The awards are open to NUI Galway Students and successful applicants will be awarded an 8 week scholarship (June-August 2018) funded by the NUI Galway Students’ Union through the Student Project Fund.  Log onto our CUSP website to find out more information.  Closing date for applications is Tuesday 19th March.


Lower Back Pain Study – Participants Needed

Undergraduate students are needed to complete a questionnaire on the prevalence and factors associated with low back pain among undergraduate students at NUI Galway. Complete the questionnaire HERE.


Table Quiz in aid of Maths & Education Final Year Symposium

There will be a fun Pub Quiz at 8pm on Thursday 7th of March at Sult. It’s just €20 per table, max of 4 people per team with lots of spot prizes up for grabs.


Casino Night

The Student Connect Mentoring team are having a Casino Night in DNA on Wednesday the 20th March. Early bird tickets are €15 and €20 thereafter. There will be a lot of amazing prizes given away on the night including an iPad bundle for someone who buys a ticket to the event.


USA J1 Info

Fancy spending your summer in America doing something you love, travelling and exploring everything the USA has to offer? USA Summer Camp will be in Áras na Mac Léinn next Thursday the 7th of March to tell you about your J1 options and opportunities! More Info.


Connacht Rugby Student Discount Ticket Codes

  • 14:45 Saturday 2nd March Connacht vs Ospreys:  NUIG-Osp-1819
  • 19:35 Friday 22nd March Connacht vs Benetton: NUIG-Ben-1819
  • 15:00 Saturday 13th April Connacht vs Cardiff: NUIG-Car-1819

Buy your tickets on the Connacht Rugby website and use the codes above to get the reduced rate NUIG student price. Valid for 50 tickets per match. NUIG student ID required. Bohermore Terrace only.


Carna Galway  – Brazilian Carnival

Our annual Great Carnival Party is back again, this time at Electric Theatre and Garden on March the 3rd from 2pm with live bands, DJs, dance classes, capoeira performances, and loads of food in our food market. Free entry and family friendly event.


Give Blood In Galway This March

  • 12pm-3.30pm Tues 5th & Weds 6th March Bailey Allen Hall, NUIG
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 19th, Weds 20th & Thurs 21st March Clybaun Hotel
  • 12pm-3.30pm Sun 24th March Clybaun Hotel
  • 5pm-8.30pm Tues 26th, Weds 27th and Thurs 28th March Menlo Park Hotel


International Women’s Day Fundraiser

To mark International Women’s Day there will be an Open Mic Fundraiser 9.30am-11.30am Friday 8th of March at the Kitchen Café in Galway City Museum in aid of Domestic Violence Response. Entry is €10 and includes coffee and cake. More details from


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult 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 14 – 13th December 2018

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Sign Language Courses Now Enrolling

10 week basic Sign Language Course just €40 – sign up now in the SU Office or phone 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.

  • Course A: 12pm-1pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course B: 1pm-2pm Tuesday 29th Jan – Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • Course C: 6pm-7pm Wednesday 30th Jan – Wednesday 3rd April 2019
  • Course D: 6pm-7pm Thursday 31st Jan – Thursday 4th April 2019


The SU Clothes Bank Needs Your Donations!

  1. Drop the clothes you don’t need any more to the SU Office 10am-5pm Mon-Fri 10th-19th Dec
  2. Take the clothes you need at our pop up display 12pm-4pm Thurs 20th & Fri 21st Dec in The Large Acoustic Room.
  3. Any surplus clothing will be donated to charity.

More info from


Student Leap Cards Expiring

Don’t get a nasty fine over the Christmas – check the expiry date on your Student Leap Card now. If it’s expiring apply online now for your new one and call in to the SU Office with your code so we can print your new one. The SU Office is closing for the Christmas break Fri 21st Dec to Mon 7th Jan. You can now also top up your Leap Card in the SU office – put credit on your card or add a monthly or weekly student bus ticket and we don’t charge commission!

Apply Here.


NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Exam Buses

€2 Per Journey. Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Mon 10th-Thurs 20th Dec

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s Sandwich Bar) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40


Connacht Rugby vs Sale Tickets

Get NUIG student rate tickets for Connacht Rugby vs Sale Sharks 3pm Saturday 12th of January at the Sportsground. Use the following discount code on the Connacht website: NUIG-Sal-1819


Extra Study Space: Available 8am-10pm until Fri 21st Dec 2018

  • AM150 Mairtin O Tnuthail Theatre Arts Millennium Building (147 spaces)
  • IT125 Theatre First Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT125G Theatre Ground Floor, IT Building (122 spaces)
  • IT207 Seminar Room, IT Building (33 spaces)
  • SC005 Tyndall Lecture Theatre, Arts/Science Concourse (125 spaces)
  • TB303 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (30 spaces)
  • TB304 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB305 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (19 spaces)
  • TB307 Seminar Room Arts/Science Tower 2 (22 spaces)

The Library has a number of bookable group study rooms as well as a mini-studio that can be booked here.

EXTRA Extra Study Space

The Library have opened their ground floor training room for extra study space/PC’s until Friday the 21st of December.

Extended Library Opening Hours for Exams

  • Saturday 15th December:              08:30 – 21:00
  • Sunday 16th December:                 10:00 – 21:00


Give Blood This Week

5pm-8.30pm Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th of December in Menlo Park Hotel.


Working & Travelling Abroad Fair

The NUI Galway Working and Travelling Abroad Fair 2019 will help you to plan the best summer ever! The Fair will take place 12pm-3pm on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 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!


Are you a Postgraduate Research Student?

The Union of Students in Ireland invites Postgraduate Research Students to participate in the National Postgraduate Living and Working Conditions Survey.

This survey aims to explore the experiences of postgraduate students in Ireland, in particular in relation to income and living standards. This survey is intended to form the basis for a campaign to be rolled out by USI and SIPTU.

We want to hear from you! This survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and will give your National Union the data we need to advocate for improved working and living standards! The Survey is available here


Volunteer with us in 2019!

We are looking for more volunteers to help us raise funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and COPE Galway. Here’s the events we have planned and we need as much help as possible so email to get involved.

  1. SU Charity Comedy Gig with David O’Doherty Monday 28th January
  2. SU Annual Charity Collection Day Saturday 2nd February

All volunteers who help out can include time spent volunteering in their ALIVE Student Volunteer Certificate Application.


Registration Open for Women Lead 2019
#WomenLead19 is taking place from 25th-26th January. This event aims to empower women at third level to run/apply for leadership positions in whatever area they so wish.
Register Here.


Applications Open for Student Entrepreneur Awards

There’s €35,000 in cash prizes with the overall winner receiving €10,000. Deadline to submit your 3 minute video about your business idea is 5pm Friday 8th of March.


Exam Results

The Examinations Office releases official examination results only and is not involved in the release of any provisional results. Provisional results may be released locally by Schools/Colleges via Blackboard Grade Centre. Students are advised to check Blackboard for information about provisional result release dates in the first instance or contact your College/School Office


Anti-Racism Workshop

We are hosting an Anti-Racism Workshop on Wednesday 16th of January with Galway One World Centre. Spaces are just €5 and you can sign up in the SU Office now.


Disclosure Training

We have limited spaces left in our Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre for the new date of Tuesday 12th of February 2019. Sign up now in the SU Office for just €10.


Top-up your Student Leap Card in the SU Office

Load it up with cash or weekly/monthly tickets for Bus Éireann and City Direct and we don’t charge any commission!


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 Instagram Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

News & Events

National Housing Protest | Student Lockout 2018

Wednesday 3rd of October 2018, Dublin.

€2 Return Bus Tickets on sale from the SU 2pm Tuesday 25th of September. NUIG student ID required.

Bus departs from Galway Cathedral 8am sharp Wednesday 3rd of October. Return to Galway by 7pm (approx)

Spiraling costs. Rogue landlords.
27%+ increases to rent of student accommodation overnight.
Little to no deposit protection.
Damp, run down and regularly overcrowded conditions.
Box rooms with 2 beds.
Sleeping on friends couches.
Staying overnight in cars outside college.
Paying night by night in hostels.
€255+ a week or €1000+ a month.
Living out of hostels
Commuting 2+ hours to get to your first lecture.
…or not being able to attend college at all.

Students are footing the second highest fee in Europe for third level education, and we are being further locked out by the lack of, and cost of, accommodation across Ireland.

Union of Students in Ireland (USI), with Students’ Unions and student activists across Ireland are organising with trade unions, community groups, charities, women’s groups and political parties as part of the National Homeless & Housing Coalition. to call for urgent action during this national crisis.

Our national student protest will join the rally outside Leinster House, but first we are taking to the streets. Join us.

We need to #RaiseTheRoof on the Dáil, and wake the Government up.

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords

News & Events

Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords


NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.


Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.


President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the and websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”


Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)



For more information, contact:

Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

#NUIGSU18 SU Council Chair Election Results + USI Elections

News & Events

Students’ Union Council Chairperson Election Monday 5th March 2018

Returning Officer: Andrew Forde


COOKE, Kenneth


GARRISON, Annelise

VAUGHAN, Sabrina

Total Votes Cast: 68

Total Spoiled Votes: 0

Total Valid Votes: 68

Quota: 35

Count 1

COOKE, Kenneth 7

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 20

GARRISON, Annelise 10

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 31

COOKE, Kenneth eliminated and second preferences distributed.

Count 2

DEVLIN LARSEN, Megan Jane 21

GARRISON, Annelise 12

VAUGHAN, Sabrina 35







CAHILL, Síona 59



HASSAN, Oisín 61



BYRNES, Michelle 62



DEASY, Aoife 64



ELDER, Jessica 16

MCLEAN, Damien 34

MURTAGH, Niamh 10

SHERLOCK, Rachel 2



CUSACK, Aisling 41

HEVERIN, Anna 22



CLOHESSY, Barry 35

O’DONNELL, Robert 28