December 2020

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SU Weekly Email 11 – 3rd December 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn

Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) Week / An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis

TODAY / Déardaoin an 3 Nollaig

  • 15:00 How To Get A-Head in Bed Talk / Ceardlann ar an mBeart a Dhéanamh sa Leaba – Everything you need to know about sex, pleasure and sexual health Talk Zoom Link Here
  • 18:00 Image Based Sexual Assault Workshop / Ceardlann Íomhábhunaithe ar Ionsaithe Gnéis – This workshop explores what revenge porn is, why we need to rename it, legislation, and how we can support victims emotionally and practically. (Tickets via Eventbrite HERE)

Fri 4th Dec / Dé hAoine an 4 Nollaig

  • 15:00 Know the Signs of Dating Abuse /Bíodh Comharthaí na Mí-Úsáide Geandála ar Eolas Agat – COPE Galway will help us understand the signs of dating abuse which can be physical, verbal, sexual or digital.  ZOOM LINK HERE
  • 19:00 Sex Toy Bingo / Biongó Bréagán Gnéis – SOLD OUT!

ALL WEEK / An tseachtain ar fad

SU By-Elections Nominations Open Monday

Positions to be filled:

  • Societies Chairperson
  • SU Council Chairperson
  • Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer

Nominations Open: 10:00 Mon 7th Dec

Nominations Close: 17:00 Fri 11th Dec

Election Day: 10:00-20:00 Thurs 17th Dec

Sin Issue 5

Find out all the NUIG news you need to know in the latest issue of Sin newspaper HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact Paddy the Editor on

Q&A with University President

Mark your diaries as we will be hosting a Q&A with the University President Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh at 4pm next Thurs 10th of Dec. More info from

Exam Timetables out 12pm Today

The Semester 1 examination session runs from Mon 11th to Fri 22nd January 2021. Exam timetables and all info will be available HERE.

SU Secret Santa Closing Date Fri 11th Dec

Want presents? Sure don’t we all! Sign up to take part in our SU Secret Santa and you’ll get to give AND receive a present! More info on how it works and how to register is HERE.

SU Irish Classes

Want to learn Irish or improve the Irish you have? We will be holding Irish Language Classes Tues 12th Jan – Tues 2nd Feb 2021. It’s a 4 week course over Zoom with Conradh na Gaeilge. Complete Beginners 6pm-7pm and Improvers 7pm-8pm. Cost is €40 but you will be refunded €20 if you attend all classes and you get a certificate. Registration deadline: To sign up contact:

NUI Galway Future Library Poll

This is your opportunity to leave your mark on the design of the new NUI Galway Library! Do the poll HERE

Hump Day Hoolie

Tickets are available HERE for our next Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm on Weds 9th of Dec. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.

Extra Study Space

There are now three options for study space on campus, which can all be booked through the Library booking system:

  • The Library: Desk and PC access within a quiet study zone in the main Library building
  • Bailey Allen Hall: Quiet study zone with space for 50 students
  • The Cube: Noise-tolerant study zone with space for 20 students

Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.

International Day of People with Disabilities Today

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities (#IDPD20) and NUIG are encouraging all staff and students to wear purple to mark the day! There’s also a photo competition #NUIGtogether HERE. Tomorrow Friday there’ll be our weekly Disability Rights Clinic with NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Trish on Zoom.

Need Help?

Sums provide free extra mathematics or statistics tuition.

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all students who are taking any programming/software development courses.

The Academic Writing Centre provide free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing.

The SU Grinds Register provides details of tutors in a wide range of subjects.


Support Student Nurses & Midwives

The exploitation of student nurses & midwives whilst on placement in the HSE needs to STOP! Please sign + share the petition HERE to pay student nurses and midwives


Join the RAK Challenge! 

This December for our Charity Challenge we are going to spread positivity wherever we go with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Challenge. We will have daily suggestions for Random Acts of Kindness that you can do or you can come up with your own ones. The RAK challenge motto is do good, feel good! You can commit to taking part in as many RAKs as you want from 1 to 30 over the month! All funds raised during the challenge will go to the SU Charities who are: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health via our fundraising page HERE.

Sign up for the RAK Challenge here.


Teaching Hero Awards

Who is your Teaching Hero? Do you know a staff member who deserves recognition for how they supported your learning? Nominate staff for the Teaching Hero Award here.


Upcycled Christmas Tree Competition

Instead of buying a plastic tree for your dorm or apartment this Christmas, make your own using items you have around the house! This saves plastic use, energy consumption, and your wallet! Submit entries to win prizes to and/or share on social media with #UpCycledChristmasTree


Glassary – Sustainability Initiative for Students

Are you an international student departing Ireland in the coming months? Or are you simply an NUI Galway student who’d like to live more sustainably? Glassary (glas/green-glossary!) is a circular economy initiative which will be implemented at NUIG accommodations in December and January. Donate your leftover household items at an accommodation collection point to prevent them from going to waste! To donate, complete a very short survey here and contact Dara at for more info!


Petition for Refund of Tuition Fees

A group of NUIG students have a petition for NUIG to partially refund tuition fees for 2020/21 due to Covid-19. You can sign the petition HERE


FREE Workshops this December

  • How to Tackle an Open Book Exam 1pm Tues 8th Dec
  • Time Management 12pm Thurs 10th Dec
  • Making Connections with Fellow Students & Developing Social Supports 2pm Fri 11th Dec
  • How to Write an Academic Essay 11am Tues 15th Dec
  • Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown 3pm Weds 16th Dec


Hardiman PhD Scholarship Scheme Open

Applications are now open for the 2021 Hardiman PhD Scholarships scheme for new PhD Students starting Sept 2021. The Hardiman PhD Scholarships are fully funded for four years; with a stipend of €16,000 per annum,  plus fees are paid for the 4 years. Applications close 12th Feb. More info.


Social Media Study Participants needed

If you agree to participate, you can win 1 of 3 Amazon gift cards of €50. The purpose of this study is to examine how social media news impacts people. It will take approximately 20 minutes, and 18+ and good command of English required; otherwise, it is open to everyone. Take part HERE.


Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all NUIG Mature Students. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link


Disability Rights Officer Clinic Tomorrow

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic 3pm-4.30pm every Friday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email


Donate to the SU Charities

This year we are raising funds for 3 great charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. If you can spare a few euro please donate here.

  • Galway Rape Crisis Centre is dedicated to providing a professional, caring and confidential counselling and support service for those in our community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
  • Galway Autism Partnership supports families and individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Helplink Mental Health is a charitable organisation providing accessible counselling, information and education mental health services locally (West of Ireland), nationally and internationally.


Need Someone to Talk To?


Toghcháin CML

Poist le líonadh

  • Cathaoirleach na gCumann
  • Chathaoirleach Chomhairle na Mac Léinn
  • Tionólai Coláiste an Ghnó, an Bheartais Phoiblí agus an Dlí
  • Oifigeach na Mac Léinn Idirnáisiúnta
  • Oifigeach na Mionlach Eitneach

Osclófar Ainmniúcháin: 10:00 Dé Luain 7 Nollaig 2020

Dúnfar Ainmniúcháin: 17:00 Dé hAoine 11 Nollaig 2020

Lá an Toghcháin: 10:00-20:00 Déardaoin 17 Nollaig 2020


NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with NUIG events online here


Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

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.