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Having a Students’ Union account puts a wealth of services at your finger tips.

Your SU Card can be used to access lots of discounts and offers in Students’ Union outlets. Those outlets are:
Smokey’s Cafe
SU Shop
Use your SU Card to collect points on purchases that you can convert to cash, and whenever you see the SU Card Offer sticker.

NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo


NUI Galway Students’ Union to host General Election hustings for Galway West – South Mayo

NUI Galway Students’ Union will be hosting a hustings for all Galway West – South Mayo candidates for the upcoming General Elections. The Hustings will take place in NUI Galway on February 4th at 6pm. Galway students’ unions registered over 9,000 students to vote this year alone. Both NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union are working together to get students mobilised for the elections.

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has teamed up with smartvote.ie to help students make an informed vote in the general elections and aim to build on the momentum from the Marriage Equality Referendum last May.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “Students are ready. Last May we saw just how powerful the student vote is and we will vote for the candidates/parties who have our best interests at hand. We have registered so many students that candidates simply must engage with us. Third level funding is at the top of our manifesto and we cannot be side-lined in the next government. We are delighted to work with GMIT Students’ Union on the general election. We have been working together on this since July in our pre-budget lobbying and will continue to do this even after the election result.”  

NUI Galway Students’ Union will in collaboration with GMIT Students’ Union run with the national #MakeASmartVote campaign which has been trending over Ireland with the national student hustings. Smartvote.ie has been described as a tinder for politics enabling young people and students to make an informed vote on the various issues facing Ireland’s youth today. Speaking on Smartvote Phelim Kelly said “One of the major problems with political engagement for young people is that they are not sure who or what party they should vote for. Smartvote will match the student with the candidate who has the similar ideals as them and will really give students an ownership of their vote. I am really excited to see how this will affect the election results.”

GMIT Students’ Union will host a hustings for all Galway East candidates the following week on Tuesday February 9th at 6pm. GMIT Students’ Union President Michael Kerrigan added “The student voice is louder than it has been in years, these hustings will give students a chance to raise issues as well as helping them to decide who best to vote for.

Updated event information including list of attendees can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/725831710852159/


NUIG SU SHAG Week 2016


NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week 2016

An tSeachtain um Fheasacht agus Threoir ar an tSláinte Ghnéis, 2016

Monday 8th February/Dé Luain, an 8 Feabhra

8pm SeX Rated Comedy Hypnotist Michael McCoy in the O’Flaherty Theatre. Tickets €5. NEW SHOW! 

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Tuesday 9th February/Dé Máirt, an 9 Feabhra

11am-3pm Cope Galway Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

12pm-3pm Sexual Health Information Stand at Smokey’s Café

8pm The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Presents “100 Shades of Grey” Bank of Ireland Theatre. Suggested Donation €3 to Galway Rape Crisis Centre. RSVP charlotte.mcivor@nuigalway.ie

Wednesday 10th February/Dé Céadaoin, an 10 Feabhra

1pm-2pm  ‘Pornography; the good, the bad and the ugly’ An interactive workshop, designed to enable participants to think critically about the messages portrayed in pornography in The View, Áras Na Mac Léinn. Lunch will be provided.

5pm-7pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension. 

8pm The Dirty Circus – Comedy, Burlesque, Cabaret and Sauciness in the College Bar. FREE event. Prizes for best dressed. NUI Galway student ID required. 

Thursday 11th February/Déardaoin, an 11 Feabhra

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Males) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

6pm-7pm ‘Asking For It’ – Book Club Session. Readings and discussion on the award winning novel ‘Asking For It’ by Louise O’Neill, exploring the complex issue of sexual consent. Attendees are not required to have read the book. Meeting Room 1 Áras na Mac Léinn. Food and refreshments will be provided.

8pm Lit & Deb discussion “Should Sexual Consent be incorporated into the University Curriculum?” Kirwan Theatre 

Friday 12th February/Dé hAoine, an 12 Feabhra

11am-3pm USI SHAG Week stand at Smokey’s Café

1pm-3pm Smart Consent Workshop (Females) in room 65 Ground Floor, School of Psychology, Arts Millennium Building Extension.

Early Valentine’s Day Rolos and Roses – FREE while stocks last!

All Week: Guess correctly how many condoms are in the jar and you could win them all! Entry €1 which goes to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre & the Irish Cancer Society.

All Week: SHAG Packs will be available all week from the SU Office, the SU Engineering Desk and the Welfare Crew around Campus.

All Week: FlirtFM Podcast Series of interviews with NUI Galway students, staff and community agencies discussing sexual consent and supports available to students who may have experienced sexual assault. 

Beidh pacáistí SHAG ar fáil ó thús deireadh na seachtaine ó Oifig an Chomhaltais, ó Dheasc Innealtóireachta an Chomhaltais agus ón gCriú Leasa ar fud an champais.

More information from su.welfare@nuigalway.ie and www.nuigalway.ie/safecampus 

Tuilleadh eolais ar fáil ó su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

SHAG week 2016 is brought to you by a collaboration of NUI Galway Students’ Union and USI with NUI Galway School of Psychology, FlirtFm, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, NUI Galway School of Drama, Theatre and Performance, ALIVE and other specified partners.

#NUIGSafeCampus #SmartConsent

NUI Galway SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling


NUI Galway SU Life Skills Courses Now Enrolling 

You can now enrol for the following reduced price courses in the Students’ Union Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We can also take credit card bookings on 091 524810. 

Please note that you must pay the course fee/deposit where applicable when you sign up. Please note that courses will only run if sufficient numbers are registered for same. 

These courses are open to registered NUI Galway students only. 

22 Innovative New Projects funded by EXPLORE


22 Innovative new projects funded by EXPLORE

The EXPLORE innovation programme, a joint initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway, recently awarded funding to 22 innovative new projects to be piloted in Galway.

Now entering its fifth year of operation, EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to step out of their traditional roles and work together as equal partners to bring new ideas to life. The new projects receiving EXPLORE funding involve over 145 students, staff and external partners and span areas as diverse as peer-to-peer mediation, history, healthcare, schools outreach, the environment, and technology.

EXPLORE is the first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education and to date has supported over 100 new projects involving more than 600 participants. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.

Phelim Kelly, NUI Galway Students’ Union President says: “It is very encouraging to see the growing interest in EXPLORE both from staff and students, and also locally and nationally. EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. The ongoing success of former EXPLORE projects in a wide variety of areas is extremely encouraging, and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of the projects that have just been awarded funding.”

Prof. Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation & Performance, NUI Galway adds: “The EXPLORE initiative is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. EXPLORE is part of a wider initiative at NUI Galway to foster an innovative, ideas culture where students and staff are encouraged to come up with ideas and run with them.”

Examples of projects recently awarded EXPLORE funding:

Loss Of the Night in Galway (LONG)aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/sky quality measurement campaign by engaging the student body to conduct a large-scale volunteer survey of the night sky brightness using low-light-capable mobile phone cameras that many students already possess. Loss of nocturnal darkness, through excessive and badly executed artificial lighting, is recognised by the EU as harmful to public health, disruptive to animal behaviour, and a costly waste of energy and public money. Results will be processed into maps and time-series. Prompted by the project results, Galway could set out to become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
Lead student partner: Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner: Dr Ray Butler

CampusCreate – aims to encourage creativity on the NUI Galway campus in a fun and engaging way. During the 12 weeks of Semester Two ‘Creative Challenges‘ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and through the website campuscreate.eu using the hashtag #CampusCreate. Each week will have a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the themed challenge. Participants can interpret the ‘Creative Challenges’ in whatever way they like and upload their creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mashups, remixes etc. 

The project has the potential to tie in with the Galway 2020 campaign, and could likely be applied to other campuses/cities. 
Lead student partner: Sally McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr Tony Hall & Dr Fiona Concannon

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)   

This project aims to mark the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City. All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year, and this marks NUI Galway’s contribution. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

Lead student partner: Emer McHugh

Lead staff partner: Dr Lindsay Reid


For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,

amber.walsholesen@nuigalway.ie, 091 494290

– Clodagh Barry, EXPLORE Founder, NUI Galway Research Office,
clodagh.barry@nuigalway.ie, 091 492860


Pictured: New EXPLORE participants 2015-2016

NUIG SU Big Fat Charity Cake Sale & Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit


NUI Galway Students’ Union presents the Ultimate Study Break:

A Big Fat Charity Cake Sale AND Wooly Ward’s Petting Farm Visit 

11am-3pm Wednesday 2nd December 2015 in Áras na Mac Léinn (Petting farm 12pm-2pm outside Áras na Mac Léinn)

There will be rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, chicks, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, sheep, goats and Kuzco the Llama along with plenty of CAKE, tea, coffee, a massive raffle and tunes from Flirt FM!

We will have FREE Tea or Coffee for the first 100 people to buy some cake kindly sponsored by the College Bar. 

Pepsi will also be there on the day giving away FREE bottles of Pepsi Max Cherry! 

All funds raised go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

Supported by:

NUI Galway Cancer Society

Gourmet Tart Company

College Bar 

Flirt FM

Kingfisher NUIG

37 West 

Electric Garden & Theatre


Brasserie on the Corner 

Zenith Hairdressing

Connacht Rugby

Mr Waffle 


Karma Galway

WA Café


NUI Galway Trans* Week 16th-19th November 2015


NUI Galway Trans* Week 2015

Monday 16th November

5pm Launch/ITSA panel discussion in the Large Acoustic room

Trans* flag raised outside Áras na Mac Léinn

Tuesday 17th November

6pm Repeal the 8th panel discussion with Choice Soc in AC202

Wednesday 18th November

6.30pm Trans* remembrance ceremony Áras na Mac Léinn

7pm Trans* 101 workshop in IT202

Thursday 19th November

7pm Writers workshop in AC203 with Writers Soc

All week lecture shout-outs to get students involved with the trans* ally campaign.

For more information or to get involved with the trans* ally campaign contact Gig Soc on gigsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie

NUIG SU Charity Christmas Day 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Christmas Day comes early again this year!

We are holding a massive Christmas Day fundraiser in the College Bar on Thursday 19th of November to raise money for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. There will be traditional Christmas carols, cheesy Christmas tunes with DJ Byrno and lots of prizes for the best/worst Christmas jumpers along with a whole lot of other Festive merriment! Get your tinsel, mistletoe and jumper ready now! 

Santa also needs some helper volunteers to assist with the fundraising on the day so if you have an hour or two to spare between 9am and 3pm on Thursday 19th November email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to sign up and you will definitely be on Santa’s nice list this year.

The official after party will be held in Electric Garden & Theatre and Four/Four that evening to continue the Yuletide vibes. €5 wristbands are on sale in the SU Office now and all proceeds go to Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society. 

(After Party Terms & Conditions: ROAR. Over 18’s Event – ID Required. Admission with wristbands is between 10pm-11pm after that you willl have to pay in at the door. Usual club rules apply)

NUIG SU Social Inclusion Week 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Social Inclusion Week 2015

An tSeachtain um Chuimsiú Sóisialta 2015

Monday 9th of November/Dé Luain, an 9 Samhain

8am- 1pm French Breakfast in The View. French society are catering to all of our needs this week, what better way to start your day than eating a beautiful free French breakfast!

8:15pm – 9:15pm Culture Night in The View. Be sure and come and see for yourself what cultures are out there. From traditions to food, everyone’s different and it’s time we learn more about each other.

Tuesday 10thof November/Dé Máirt, an 10 Samhain

2pm-3pm Trans* safe space collaboration with GigSoc in the SU Office.

6pm NUIG’s #safecampus discussion on how to make NUIG a safer campus specifically focusing on sexual health and support in The Hub Wellness Room.

7pm NUIG SU Pink Ladies night in the College Bar which includes a pop -up beauty salon with hair and makeup by Barry’s Hair Salon. Pink bubbles and a Chocolate Fountain, Rugby players getting waxed, a DJ, a raffle and your MC’s for the night Steven Sharpe and Tracy Bruen. All monies raised are going to Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the Irish Cancer Society

8pm – 9pm Writers’ Soc host a multi-language society collaboration to include the translating of colloquial sayings and proverbs to use as writing prompts in AC213. Food and refreshments provided

Wednesday 11th of November/ Dé Céadaoin, an 11 Samhain

1pm – 3pm Ban the R Word Campaign in Smokey’s Café with Best Buddies Society. This campaign is trying to raise awareness on how certain words can hurt and isolate people with an intellectual disability.

3pm Ability West Talk about disabilities and the struggle students face every day in the Anderson Theatre. 

8pm- 10pm “Inside I’m Dancing” film screening Dillon Theatre

Thursday 12th of November/Déardaoin, an 12 Samhain

3pm- 5pm in the Bailey Allen foyer Psych Soc is teaming up with Neuro Soc for social inclusion week. Ever wanted to see how your own brain functions look while chatting away? Pop over to our stand and grab a voucher for trying out our eeg monitors. Also, write on our equality board and the winner gets a prize! #littlethings

More Information from: su.equality@nuigalway.ie

Tuilleadh eolais le fáil ó su.equality@nuigalway.ie


SHAG Week Smart Consent Workshops


Sign up now in the SU Office for FREE SHAG Week Consent Workshops or email su.reception@nuigalway.ie to book your place

  • Tuesday 3rd November 2015 12.30pm-2.30pm Consent Workshop FEMALES Room 65, Ground Floor, School of Psychology
  • Thursday 5th November 2015 5pm-7pm Consent Workshop MALE Room 65, Ground Floor, School of Psychology
  • Friday 6th November 2015 1pm-3pm Consent Workshop FEMALE Room 65, Ground Floor, School of Psychology

Smart Consent: A Workshop to Develop a New Approach to Promoting Awareness of Active Sexual Consent among University Students

What is Active Consent?

Affirmative = The presence of a YES (Not just the absence of a NO) 

Active = Silence is not consent, participation is not consent

Freely Given = Not something you can be pressured into giving; it can be revoked at any time and is never implied. People cannot give consent if they are unconscious or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol

The objectives of the Smart Consent Workshops are, for students who take part, to:

Have improved knowledge of the meaning of active consent

Change their attitude toward a positive model of consent

Identify links between consent, intimacy and pleasurable sexual experiences

Describe how communication about consent could help reduce the possibility of rape or sexual assault

Have a LOT of fun exploring active consent in a safe, peer supported environment!

These 2 hour workshops developed at the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway are a response to response to survey results during 2015 from students at NUI,Galway in which: 

86% rated ‘orientation of sexual health services for 1st year students’ as an important* service required.

87% rated talks on the topic of consent as important.

82% rated talks and information sessions on sexuality and  84% relationships (e.g. consent and sexual assault) as important student services. 

(* quite, very or extremely) 

The format for the workshops will be focussed, interactive, peer-led and involve:

Introduction: of the facilitator and aim of the workshop; establishing ground rules on levels of comfort and expectations of the group

Language we use: where do terms come from; what do they imply?

“What is consent?”: each group member volunteers on a post-it their understanding of consent; these are then posted on a flipchart under three main themes. They will be returned to at the end of the Workshop by group members to see if their understanding of consent has changed.

Personal Comfort with Hooking Up:  exploring social norms, that is how beliefs we have about how others behave, in turn affects and influences our own behaviour and beliefs.

Illustrating Different Forms of Consent Through Vignettes: this allows group members to practice identifying different forms of consent, from both gender perspectives.

NUI Galway Drama Students:  “One Night; Many Perspectives”

Discussion: Consent and how to approach it

“What is consent?”: the initial schema for consent is now reviewed by the group and updated following the Workshop experience.

Close of Workshop 

Supported by the Irish Research Council