September 2013

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SUSI Grants Awarding Authority Clinic


SUSI is the single Awarding Authority for all new student grant applications. The online application system provides you with a quick, user friendly way to apply for your grant for 2014/2015. If you are thinking of embarking on either a Further Education or Higher Education Course you should investigate whether you are eligible, and, if so, submit an application. This website is a comprehensive source of information on the student grant scheme and provides a handy step-by-step guide to eligibility and the grants process.

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Applications are now open for the Students Projects Fund.

Applications are invited for funding for appropriate Projects from the Students Projects Fund for Projects to be implemented in the period beginning October 1, 2012

The purpose of the Students Projects Fund is to support projects in the general student services domain that are either:

Capital, including Building Projects,


Non-capital/Specific Student Services Projects.

In the case of a Non-capital/Specific Student Services project, the fund is intended to support a project with a finite timeframe, typically up to three years, e.g. Pilot Project or Research Style Project.

A Project must cost in excess of €5,000 to be eligible for funding.

Where the cost of a Project is significant, an element of “matched” funding is an advantage.

An application for funding must be supported by a detailed proposal,

  • The Proposal should set out:
  • The rationale for the project including strategic basis
  • A description of the activity to be undertaken
  • Outputs and outcomes aimed for
  • Evaluation and key performance indicators
  • Budget, including detail of matched funding and amount of funds being sought (Matched Funding may be expressed in terms of value/cost of existing manpower input.)

Completed applications should be submitted to Matt Doran, Administrative Officer, Student Services, Áras Ni Eimhigh, NUI Galway.

The closing date for receipt of applications is April 30th, 2012

Download Student Projects Fund Application

Applicants may be invited to a meeting of the Students Projects Fund Committee to provide any necessary additional briefing on an application. Projects allocated funding by the Students Projects Fund Committee are advised to the Vice President for the Student Experience for approval by University Management.

Back to Education Allowance


Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection, you may take part in a second-or third-level education course and get a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

If you want to do other types of courses not covered under the BTEA, for example, personal development courses or general training courses you can return to education under the Education, Training and Development optionPart-time Education option or the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).

The Department of Social Protection has published Frequently Asked Questions about the scheme.

From June 2014 all new BTEA claims from jobseekers must be recommended by a DSP case officer before a decision is made on your BTEA entitlement.

Changes for 2015/16 academic year

If you were getting a jobseeker’s payment or a One-Parent Family Payment you must re-establish your entitlement to a primary payment to continue to be entitled to BTEA for the second or subsequent years of study.

Student grants

The Student Grant Scheme is divided into 2 components – maintenance grants and fee grants. You cannot get the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and the maintenance component of a student grant together.

Although you are not entitled to the maintenance component of the student grant, you must still submit a student grant application form to be assessed for a fee grant to pay your Student Contribution (formerly called the student services charge), field trip costs and tuition fees (if payable).

If you are getting a One-Parent Family Payment (or Jobseeker’s Allowance Transitional payment) or a disability payment (Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension or Illness Benefit) you can choose to stay on your current social welfare payment (if you continue to meet the rules of the scheme) and apply for a student grant or you can choose to transfer to the BTEA, depending on which option benefits you most. In general, people who are studying full-time are not entitled to Rent Supplement unless they are getting BTEA.


Tax Relief on Fees


You may be able to clain tax relief on tuition fees paid for approved Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Lists of courses and colleges approved for relief each year are published on the Revenue website

Further information is available here.

You can claim tax relief as long as you have actually paid the fees, either on your own or on behalf of another person.

You cannot claim tax relief on:

  • Registration, examination or administration fees
  • Any part of the tuition fees that is met directly or indirectly by a grant, a scholarship or otherwise, e.g.where fees are reimbursed by an employer.

To apply, collect a form from local Tax Office or download a copy from the Revenue website at

You’ll have to include the following information and/or documentation:

  • receipt from University for fees paid, indicating amount of tuition fees paid and academic year to which they relate;
  • name and address of the student;
  • title of course of study and its duration;
  • indication as to whether the course is full-time or part-time;
  • name and address of the individual who has paid the tuition fees, if not paid by the student (e.g. parent, spouse);

For more information, contact the Students’ Union Vice-President / Education Officer, or your local tax office.

The number for the Galway Tax Office is (091) 547700.
For up-to-date info check

Sell Your Books

Do Chomhaltas, Do Sheirbhísí

You can sell your old textbooks through the Students’ Union bookshop by dropping the books you wish to sell in to the Students’ Union office. You set the price at which you want to sell the books and the Students’ Union take a €2 administrative charge for each book sold.
Note: We ask that all books are priced lower than the original cost !!

We currently have a large stock of certain books and unfortunately we cannot take anymore in. Please click below to view the list of books which we can no longer accept. 

BOOKS WE CAN’T TAKE (We have too many, they’re old copies, they’re off the curriculum)- Updated Sept 2015

If the books have not sold by the end of the academic year you can choose to have them returned to you or alternatively they can be donated to charity. 

Please note that books without an ISBN code cannot be accepted by the bookshop. 

Please print and complete the following form and hand it in with your books at the Students’ Union Reception. 

Students’ Union Card

SU Card

Select Your Account Type

Having a Students’ Union account puts a wealth of services at your finger tips. Choose one of the following options to proceed:

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NUIG Student/Staff

You will be taken to a secure Edugate page, where you will be prompted to enter your Student ID/Staff ID and password. This is the same password that you use to log in to the PC Suites, NUIGWiFi, Blackboard and Library Systems.

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Non Student/Alumni

If you are not a student or staff member of NUI Galway, you can use this method to log into your account. Some NUI Galway staff members may need to log in using this method (if you previously logged in using your email address).

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Problems Logging In?

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ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Life Skills
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.

Target Audience: This course is suitable for all kinds of students, aged 18 years of age or over – professionals, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. However, it is not recommended that people who are bereaved by suicide in the last twelve months attend.

Sign Up: You can sign up for the workshop in the Students’ Union offices upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building.

Further info:

Cost: There is no cost to attend but you need to pay a €10 deposit which will be refunded to you on the day of the course. The workshop is being organised by NUI Galway Students’ Union in partnership with the HSE Suicide Prevention Officer. Lunch and refreshments are included. 

Venue: upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Dates: 9am-5pm Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February 2016

If unable to take part in the full programme for the two days please wait until you are available to do so at a later date.

Max: 30 students per class

Cardiac First Responder (CFR)

Life Skills

Course Aim:

Participants will be trained to develop a very high standard in the delivery Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.

Students will be practiced under various scenarios, paying particular attention to safety. Choking and Infant emergencies are also taught and practiced. The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute.

Training Methods:

Classroom presentation on multimedia projector / DVD’s.

Practical demonstrations of techniques.

Course handouts, training manuals, training records and evaluation forms are also provided.

Assessment & Certification:

Cardiac First Response students are required to successfully complete a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) assessment of twenty questions for Responder and twenty five for Practitioner level. 80% is required to be successful on the MCQ.

Competence in skills demonstration is also required. The theory and practical assessment will be set by, or on behalf of, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.

Certification in the Cardiac First Response Standard is required every two years. In order to maintain a readiness to perform CPR and AED interventions effectively the standard interval accepted for retention training is one year after the initial certification. However, as the retention of skills in CPR and the use of AED are known to rapidly diminish, it is recommended that retention training occurs as frequently as practicable.

Cost: €40 (Usual cost €70)

Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn

Dates: 9am-1.30pm Thursday 18th February 2016

Max: 8 participants per tutor

Sign Language Classes: Basic Course

Life Skills

Basic Sign Language Course

This basic introductory course in Sign Language runs over 10 weeks with a 1 hour class each week. The course equips students with enough sign language to introduce themselves and conduct a fairly basic conversation with another sign language user. Participants may expect to learn the manual alphabet and some vocabulary associated with everyday conversation. There is some emphasis on conversational practice. Students are expected to attend no less that 80% of the course.  We are now offering the Signature exam for unit 101. This has a credit value of 3 and costs an extra €40 which students can pay separately if and when they decide to take the exam at the end of the course.

Cost: €40 including handouts via email (usual price €75)

Venue: Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn/AM108  Arts Millennium Building

Dates: Semester 2 (Courses will only proceed if sufficient students sign up for same)

Course A:Tuesday 19th January  – Tuesday 22nd March 2016 12pm-1pm in SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn

Course B:Tuesday 19th January – Tuesday 22nd March 2016 1pm – 2pm in SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Course FULL 19/01/16

Course C: Wednesday 20th January – Wednesday 23rd March 2016 6pm-7pm in AM108 Arts Millennium Building Course FULL 19/01/16

Course D: Thursday 21st January – Thursday 7th April 2016 6pm-7pm in AM108 Arts Millennium Building (No Class 17th or 24th March) Course FULL 19/01/16

Max: 12 students per class

Course Provider: The Centre for Sign Language Studies

Anti-Racism Course

Life Skills

Description: This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”.

In a safe, relaxed environment for a guided workshop on anti-racism, participants will have the opportunity to build their skills of analysis, vocabulary and understanding of the roots of poverty. Tackling injustice at both local and global level begins with a thorough analysis of racism and shared experiences. Questioning our knowledge and perceptions about how the world works and about what role we play in it. Participants will have the opportunity to express their training in their future endeavours with work, volunteering, life and live with a cultivated true appreciation of the strength of diversity in Ireland.

Facilitator: Vicky Donnelly, Education Team, Galway One World Centre

More information:

Venue: Meeting Room 1 & 2

Date: Thursday 5th November 2015

Time: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Cost: Limited spaces €5 to sign up at the Students’ Union. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for the workshop.

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union Galway One World Centre and ALIVE, NUI Galway student volunteering programme