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Hygiene Hub


Hygiene Hub | An Banc Sláinteachais

Donate to the Hygiene Hub today | Tabhair rud éigin don Bhanc Sláinteachais inniu

Donate hygiene, personal care and household cleaning products to those in need | Tabhair táirgí sláinteachais, cúraim phearsanta agus glantacháin tí dóibh siúd atá i ngátar.

Help us to end Hygiene Poverty | Déanaimis ár gcion féin le deireadh a chur leis an tearcrochtain sláinteachais

Donate to The Hygiene Hub at the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn 10am-5pm on the following dates: 

  • September: Friday 29th September 2023
  • October: Friday 27th October 2023
  • November: Friday 24th November 2023 *CHRISTMAS APPEAL! 
  • January: Friday 26th January 2024
  • February: Friday 23rd February 2024
  • March: Friday 22nd March 2024
  • April: Friday 26th April 2024

What to donate: 

We are looking for new, unused, in-date personal care and household cleaning essentials – including deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, make-up, nappies, toilet roll, laundry detergent and surface cleaner. If you use a particular item, chances are someone else needs it too. Donation FAQ’s here.

Where will your donations go: 

Your donations will go to The Hygiene Hub’s community partners in Galway who include COPE Galway, Galway Simon Community, Galway Traveller Movement and Saint Vincent de Paul among others.

What is Hygiene Poverty?

Hygiene poverty is not being able to afford many of the everyday hygiene and personal grooming products most of us take for granted. The reality of low income is that it restricts people’s options, leaving us caught between being able to heat our homes, pay the rent, eat or be clean. Learn more HERE. 

Can’t Donate but want to Help?

  • Volunteer with The Hygiene Hub in Galway. More info HERE
  • Spread the word about our University of Galway donation drives!

Get Involved!


Get Involved!

Here’s just some of the ways you can get involved with your Students’ Union this year:

  • Class Reps

Can you lead the way and be the voice of your class this year? Nominations for Class Rep positions for returning students open Mon 4th of Sept and close Fri 15th Sept on YourSpace. It’s a great way to gain experience, make friends, get training and get your Class Rep Hoodie! More information HERE.

  • Welfare Crew

Are you passionate about student welfare issues? Join the Welfare Crew! Help plan and run campaigns on student welfare issues such as: Mental Health, Sexual Consent, Equality Issues, Sexual Health, Disability Rights and Period Poverty. What’s in it for me? Maken new friends, learn new skills, get your ALIVE Cert and get some freebies! Contact Izzy on

  • Events Crew

Help plan and run events for University of Galway students such as: Music Gigs, Charity Events, Quiz Nights, Speed Friending, Sult Takeovers and Raise and Give (RAG) Week! What’s in it for me? Make new friends, learn new skills, get your ALIVE Cert and get some freebies. Contact Dean on for more information

  • Coiste Gaeilge

Bíodh guth agat ar shaincheisteanna a bhaineann leis an nGaeilge sa Chomhaltas, san ollscoil agus níos faide ó bhaile!

Have your voice heard on Gaeilge issues within the Union, University and beyond!

Déan teagmháil le Faye | Contact Faye

  • SU Elections

Could you be an SU Officer for 2024/25? Election nominations will open in February 2024 with elections taking place in March 2024. More information HERE.

Sin Editor


We are hiring: SIN EDITOR

Sin is the official student news outlet of the University of Galway Students’ Union. Produced by the Students’ Union, Sin includes a mix of campus news, features, sport and reviews.

The Editor will be responsible for producing three issues of Sin each Semester which will be published online. In addition to the published issues, the Editor will collate content for which will include up to date news and features. The online resource will be a comprehensive information and resource centre for University of Galway students with a focus on local and campus issues.

The Sin Editor will be a self starter who works well with others and has particular strengths in working with, and motivating, a team of volunteers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

· Recruit, direct and motivate a team of voluntary sub editors and writers.

· Overall responsibility for sourcing content, including content as Gaeilge.

· Maintain a high standard of writing all Sin content.

· Edit 6 issues of Sin Newspaper in conjunction with the Students’ Union

· Update website and social media platforms regularly with news, features etc

· Develop links with other student publications to facilitate sharing of information and resources.

· Any other duties which may be assigned from time to time.


Thirteen weeks per semester, €275 (gross) per week.


Please include the following:

· Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

· CV

· A proposal outlining a plan of action of how you would manage Sin over the next academic year. This should include your plans for writer recruitment and retention, format of Sin, general promotion of Sin, and any other ideas you have.

Applications by email only to:

Closing date: 5:00pm Tuesday 5th September 2023

Early Bird Ents


Early Bird Ents | Imeachtaí Luatha Siamsaíochta 

FREE Events to welcome all our early arrivals to University of Galway 

  • Irish Movie Night 7pm Sunday 27th August in The View upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Free popcorn! BOOK HERE  
  • Games Night 6pm Monday 28th August in the Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn BOOK HERE
  • Pub Quiz 6.30pm Tuesday 29th August in the Corrib Room at Sult  BOOK HERE
  • Traditional Irish Music with the Luke O’Malley Trad Band 8pm-10pm Wednesday 30th August at Sult. No need to book just turn up!
  • Arriba Night 8.30pm Thursday 31st August at Sult. Latin mix + Reggaeton music to get you dancing! No need to book just turn up! 
  • Speed Friending 5pm-7pm Friday 1st September in the Corrib Room at Sult BOOK HERE
  • Karaoke Night 8.30pm-11pm Friday 1st September at Sult BOOK HERE
  • Scavenger Hunt Saturday 2nd September BOOK HERE
  • Diamond Hill Hike in Connemara 9am Sunday 3rd September with the University of Galway Mountaineering Club. Return bus provided. BOOK HERE
  • Campus Tours 11am + 2pm Tuesday 29th August – Friday 8th September.  BOOK HERE.

All events are FREE but spaces are limited on some events and there’s a €2 refundable deposit for the hike.

Please make sure to book your place via the links above.

Free Period Products


Free Period Products | Táirgí Míostraithe Saor in Aisce

Now available from:

  • Áras na Mac Léinn (SU Office + Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Áras Moyola (Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Library Basement (SU Cloakroom, SU Síbín + Ladies toilet ground floor)
  • Engineering Building (Foyer)
  • Arts/Science Concourse (Beside Student Enquiry Centre)
  • Arts Millennium Building (Ladies toilet ground floor)

Please take only what you need!

If the dispenser needs refilling please use the contact details on the side of the bin to let us know.

A joint pilot project from University of Galway and University of Galway Students’ Union.




Free Period Product Initiative Launched at University of Galway

University of Galway and University of Galway Students’ Union have launched a pilot programme distributing free period products across campus to tackle the issue of period poverty among students and staff.

The pilot stems from an initiative that was launched by the Students’ Union in 2017 to address the serious financial pressures and taboos faced by students who menstruate.

The University is now funding and supporting the pilot programme to supply more free items in locations across campus for those who need them.

The high cost of period products and the societal stigma which can still be attached to menstruation can lead to exclusion, mental health impacts and the use of unsuitable alternatives by those who menstruate. This programme aims to combat these issues and foster an inclusive, open campus with access for all.

Students’ Union Vice President/Welfare Officer Izzy Tiernan said: “Period poverty and hygiene poverty are very real issues for our 19,000 student members. We are delighted that the University is supporting this pilot programme. We are calling on the Government to act now on the “Period Poverty in Ireland Report” from February 2021. Students have enough financial worries as it is with the cost of living crisis and spiraling rents, and we firmly believe the Government needs to mitigate the cost of these essential healthcare products for all.”

Josephine Walsh, Head of Student Engagement at University of Galway, said: “Student Services at the University are delighted to be able to support the Students’ Union on this important initiative and policy for students. It is symbolic recognition by the University of the very real issues that our students face and even moreso we know it will make a very real difference in their lives.”

University of Galway Deputy President and Registrar Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh said: “We are proud of the initiative that was taken by our students and their representatives, and as a University we are delighted that we are able to follow their lead and support efforts to alleviate cost and the effects of period poverty. Our new policy of free period products at University of Galway is a strong symbol of progress and how we can work together, with our students, to ensure better outcomes and respond to need.”

SU Cloakroom + Reception Job Applications OPEN


SU Cloakroom + Reception Job Applications

Applications are now OPEN for the vacant positions at the University of Galway Students’ Union Cloakroom and Reception Desk for the 2023/24 academic term.

Please send your CV together with cover letter to Joanna Brophy, Assistant Manager, University of Galway Students’ Union by email to before 5pm on Monday 21st of August 2023.

Full job description is available HERE: Job Description Cloakroom 2023

Late applications will not be accepted.

These services will be open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday during term time. Please only apply if you will be available to work during these hours.

Please note: You must be available for training the week of 28th of August and be prepared to start work on Monday 4th September 2023.

Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund


Students’ Union Invite Applications to Annual Charity Fund

University of Galway Students’ Union has opened the application process for Charities wishing to be considered as beneficiaries for its annual fundraising campaign for 2023/24. Last year students ran a series of events including a giant Christmas Raffle, a Taylor Swift night, saucy Sex Toy Bingo, charity Take Me Out, head shaves, table quizzes, a Drag Race and a Sports Day. They raised €19,000 for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Galway Simon Community.

Application forms for the fund are available from the Students’ Union website HERE: Uni of Galway SU Charity Applicaiton Form 2023 and the closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 28th of August 2023. Please note that any canvassing will automatically disqualify your charity from this process.

Students’ Union President Dean Kenny said: “Despite the constant cutbacks and daily challenges we all face, University Galway students have a very proud tradition of raising money for charities. This year we hope to raise even more money for good causes with our Charity events including Raise and Give Week. These events will encourage our students to get involved in helping their community whilst also making friends and having fun.”

PICTURED (Left to Right): Raimey O’Boyle, Dean Kenny, Faye Ní Dhomhnaill and Izzy Tiernan (University of Galway Students’ Union)


Fáilte á Cur ag Comhaltas na Mac Léinn roimh Iarratais ar an gCiste Bliantúil Carthanachta

Tá Comhaltas na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na Gaillimhe ag glacadh le hiarratais anois ó Charthanais ar mian leo a n-ainm a chur sa rith le haghaidh an fheachtais bhliantúil tiomsaithe airgid do 2023/24. I measc na n-imeachtaí a d’eagraigh mic léinn anuraidh bhí Crannchur Ollmhór na Nollag, Oíche Taylor Swift, Biongó Gnéasbhréagán, Take Me Out ar son carthanachta, tráth na gceist, Rás Draig agus Lá Spórt. Bhailigh siad €19,000 d’Ionad Éigeandála na Gaillimhe um Éigniú agus do Chlann Shíomóin na Gaillimhe.

Tá foirmeacha iarratais ar an gciste le fáil ó láithreán gréasáin Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn,, agus ní mór iarratais a chur isteach faoi 5 i.n., Dé Luain, an 28 Lúnasa 2023. Tabhair faoi deara go ndéanfar do charthanas a dhícháiliú go huathoibríoch má dhéantar aon iarracht canbhasáil ar a shon.

Dúirt Dean Kenny, Uachtarán Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn: “Tá traidisiún na carthanachta go smior i mic léinn Ollscoil na Gaillimhe d’ainneoin na gciorruithe uile agus na ndúshlán a bhíonn le sárú acu gach uile lá. Tá súil againn níos mó airgid ná riamh a bhailiú i mbliana ar son cúiseanna maithe trínár nImeachtaí Carthanachta, An tSeachtain um Bailiú agus Bronnadh ina measc. Spreagfaidh na himeachtaí seo ár gcuid mac léinn lena gcion féin a dhéanamh ar son a bpobal, chomh maith le cairde nua a dhéanamh agus spraoi a bheith acu ag an am céanna.”

SA GHRIANGHRAF (Ó Chlé go Deas): Raimey O’Boyle, Dean Kenny, Faye Ní Dhomhnaill agus Izzy Tiernan (Comhaltas na Mac Léinn in Ollscoil na Gaillimhe)


New Students’ Union President Takes Office


New Students’ Union President Takes Office

Dean Kenny has taken up the role of President of University of Galway Students’ Union which is the representative group of over 19,000 students. Dean, a Maths and Education Graduate from Belcarra, Co. Mayo, was elected by his peers earlier this year and has now taken the reins in the Students’ Union.

Dean follows in the footsteps of President Michael D Higgins who was the University of Galway Students’ Union President back in 1964. He will be working closely with the other SU Officers including the Vice President/Welfare and Equality Officer Izzy Tiernan, the Vice President/Education Officer Raimey O’Boyle and the Vice President for the Irish Language Faye Ní Dhomhnaill.

Students’ Union President Dean Kenny said: “I am delighted to take up this prestigious role representing the students of University of Galway. It will be another challenging year as the cost of living and accommodation issues continue to have an impact on students but myself and the other SU Officers will be working hard this year for our members. University of Galway students will need extra support in these testing circumstances to ensure that they have the best possible university experience. We are here for our students and are ready to defend their rights.”


Uachtarán nua ar Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn tar éis dul i mbun oifige

Tá Dean Kenny tar éis dul i mbun oifige mar Uachtarán Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh, an grúpa ionadaíoch do bhreis agus 19,000 mac léinn. Céimí Matamaitice agus Oideachais  as Baile na Cora, Contae Mhaigh Eo é Déan. Toghadh a chomh-mhic léinn ní ba luaithe sa bhliain é agus tá sé anois tar éis teacht i gceannas ar an gComhaltas.

Tá Déan ag déanamh mar a rinne an tUachtarán Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn roimhe, a bhí ina uachtarán ar Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn, OÉ Gaillimh siar in 1964. Beidh sé ag obair as lámha a chéile le hOifigigh eile an Chomhaltais, lena n-áirítear an Leas-Uachtarán/An tOifigeach Leasa agus Comhionannais, Izzy Tiernan, an Leas-Uachtarán/An tOifigeach Oideachais, Raimey O’Boyle, agus an Leas-Uachtarán/Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Faye Ní Dhomhnaill.

Dúirt Dean Kenny, Uachtarán Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn: “Tá an-áthas orm glacadh leis an ról iontach tábhachtach seo ag déanamh ionadaíochta do mhic léinn OÉ Gaillimh. Tá bliain dhúshlánach eile i ndán dúinn toisc go bhfuil tionchar fós ag an ngéarchéim costais maireachtála agus ag ceisteanna cóiríochta ar mhic léinn, ach beidh mé féin agus Oifigigh eile an Chomhaltais ag obair go dian ar son ár gcomhaltaí. Beidh tacaíocht bhreise ag teastáil ó mhic léinn OÉ Gaillimh ag an am crua seo lena chinntiú go mbeidh siad in ann an leas is fearr is féidir a bhaint as saol na hollscoile. Is ar mhaithe leis na mic léinn atá muid agus tá muid faoi réir lena gcearta a chosaint.”

Exam Results


Exam Results | Torthaí Scrúdaithe

Good luck to everyone getting exam results!

  • Undergrad Results released Weds 21st June
  • International Student Results (course instances 1EM1, 1OA2, 1OA3 only) released via International Office
  • Postgrad Results released Fri 30th June

The schedule of exact days/times results released is on Exams Office Website


Repeat/Autumn Exams | Scrúduithe Athshuí/Fómhair

  • Timetable published Thursday 6th July
  • Repeat/Autumn exams take place Tues 1st– Fri 11th August
  • The Repeat Exam fee is €295
  • Repeat/Autumn Exam Results – 1st Sept Undergrads, 8th Sept Postgrads


Consultation Days | Laethanta Comhairliúcháin

Consultation Days are an opportunity for both academic staff and students to meet and discuss results. Please contact your School/Academic Discipline in advance to arrange an appointment

  • Wednesday 28th June Undergraduate Consultation Day (Book appointment before 2pm Friday 23rd June)
  • Thursday 6th July Postgraduate Consultation Day (Book appointment before 5pm Tuesday 4th July)


Exam Result Appeals | Achomharc i gcoinne Toradh Scrúdaithe

  • To appeal an exam result you must complete online application form and submit it with supporting documentation and appeal fee (€60 per module)
  • An appeal decision can take up to 3 months
  • More info and deadlines on Exams Office website


Exam Result Recheck | Athsheiceáil ar Thoradh Scrúdaithe

  • A recheck is simply a re-calculation of all parts of the module mark and there is NO review of the exam content.
  • To recheck an exam result you must complete online application form and submit it with recheck fee (€25 per module)
  • More info and deadlines on Exams Office website

Summer Opening Hours


Summer Opening Hours

  • The SU Office will be open Mon-Thurs 10am-12.30pm & 2pm-4.30pm and Friday 10am-2pm.
  • Smokey’s Café will be open 9am-4pm Mon-Fri. Closed Saturday + Sunday.
  • Sult is open 8.30am to close Monday-Friday. Closed Saturday + Sunday.
  • The SU Shop will be open 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri. Closed Saturday + Sunday.
  • The SU Cloakroom and SU Síbín are closed will reopen in September.
  • The Library is open 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri. Closed Saturday + Sunday.
  • The Reading Room is open as usual 7am-2.30am everyday
  • The Student Health Unit is open 9.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm Mon-Fri (reduced service during summer looking after acute illness only)