SU Weekly Email 12 – 10th December 2020

SU Weekly Email 12 – 10th December 2020

Weekly Email

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


Q&A Session with NUIG President Today

At 4pm today Thurs 10th Dec we are hosting a question and answer session with the NUIG University President. You can join the conversation HERE 


Election Nominations Close Tomorrow

Nominations close at 5pm tomorrow Fri 11th Dec for the 5 vacant SU Officer positions and you can apply to run for election HERE.

Positions to be filled are: Societies Chairperson, SU Council Chairperson, Convenor of the College of Business, Public Policy & Law, International Students Officer and Ethnic Minorities Officer.

Election Day: 10:00-20:00 Thurs 17th Dec. Vote online via the SU Website.


Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week

Dé Luain 14 Nollaig / Mon 14th Dec

19:00 Oíche fhéin-chúraim / Self-Care Night  – Think pyjamas, face masks + chats! ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé Máirt 15 Nollaig / Tues  15th Dec

16:00 Among Us Trí Ghaeilge ZOOM LINK HERE

19:00 “I wish I could speak Irish, but…” Bilingual event for people learning Irish, discussing ways to learn the language, tips, resources and the benefits of learning Irish. Speakers include: Síomha Ní Ruairc (TG4), Ola Majekodunmi ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé Céadaoin 16 Nollaig / Weds 16th Dec

12:00 Tae agus Plé / Virtual Tea and Chats ZOOM LINK HERE

17:00 Linda Ervine on the Irish language.  A conversation with Linda Ervine about how she grew to love the Irish language. Linda Ervine is a language rights activist from East Belfast. ZOOM LINK HERE

19:30 Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua / Christmas Hump Day Hoolie TICKET LINK HERE

Déardaoin 17 Nollaig / Thurs 17th Dec

17:00 Oga Yoga as Gaeilge / Yoga in Irish ZOOM LINK HERE

Dé hAoine 18 Nollaig / Fri 18th Dec

10.30 Maidin Caifé / Coffee Morning ZOOM LINK HERE   

15:00 Ciorcal Comhrá / Irish Conversation ZOOM LINK HERE

19:00 Scannáin agus Scíth / Movie Watch Party (Check SU Social Media for link on Friday)

Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó / More information from


Christmas Hump Day Hoolie

Our last Hump Day Hoolie of 2020 will be a very merry Christmas party at 7.30pm Weds 16th Dec. Get your Christmas jumper, Santa hat and festive cheer ready to jingle all the way through Hump Day! Get your tickets here. The event is free but there’s a suggested donation of €5 which will all go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. If you have enjoyed the Hoolies so far this year please give what you can! Good news is we will be back with more Hoolies in 2021!


Sin Issue 5

Find out all the NUIG news you need to know in the latest issue of Sin newspaper HERE.


Financial Aid (Emergency Hardship) Fund Still Open

The Financial Aid (Emergency Hardship) Fund is still open for applications from students in financial distress. The Application Form and further information is available at:


Class Rep Meetings Next Week:

Mon 14th Dec 6pm SU Council
Tues 15th Dec 6pm College of Business, Public Policy and Law
Tues 15th Dec 6pm Adult & Continuing Education
Weds 16th Dec 6pm Postgraduate Council
Weds 16th Dec 6pm College of Science and Engineering
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Thurs 17th Dec 6pm Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

Meeting links will be emailed to class reps. For any queries contact


SU Life Skills Courses Enrolling now for January


CÉIM Buddy/Study groups
CÉIM peer learning sessions for 1st year students finish the week of 7th December for Semester 1 and will resume the week of 15th February 2021. To connect with others over the Christmas/New Year period, 1st year students can email their Buddy/Study group members via the CÉIM YourSpace dashboard.

Find out more


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.


Become a LIFT Student Facilitator

You often hear about leadership but what does it really mean? You can be a leader from your kitchen table! NUIG is running a pilot this year and we are inviting you to sign up as a LiFT Student Facilitator. LiFT is an 8 week programme, about 40 minutes a week a small group meet online and complete an 8 part leadership development programme. Used widely in sports and industry it is now available to NUIG students. As a facilitator you are trained in the LiFT programme and you then lead your small group in 40 minute meet ups for 8 weeks.

Pop along to our Zoom welcome info Session 1pm-1.30pm TODAY Thurs 10th Dec HERE. Or email for any questions. Benefits of being a LiFT Facilitator.


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.


FREE Workshops this December

  • Time Management 12pm TODAY 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


Home Truths

Home Truths is an exhibition inspired by women’s testimonies of their experiences of and engagement with the Irish courts and legal system in dealing with domestic violence and abuse. The exhibition is running as part of the 16 days of Action Against Violence Against Women and at 2pm today Thurs 10th Dec it will culminate in a live streamed panel discussion via Galway 2020 to mark International Human Rights Day. More info and live stream link here.


Virtual Christmas Quiz Tonight

NUIG FLAC and Best Buddies Societies are hosting a Virtual Christmas Quiz at 7pm tonight in aid of Ability West. Sign up as a team or individual HERE. Prizes will be awarded on the night for the winners as well as the most festive team and best team name. They are asking for a minimum of €5 as this has been a really challenging year for Ability West as they have not been able to host their usual annual fundraisers due to COVID-19.


Jingle Bell Jog

A group of second year student nurses are running 500km this month to raise funds for Galway Simon Community. Find out more and donate what you can here.


Make A Wish Raffle

The NUIG Consultants & Entrepreneurs Society are holding a raffle in aid of Make A Wish Ireland with some great prizes. Entry is just €5 and you can donate until 9am 15th Dec HERE.


Travellers in Higher Education Documentary

The Premiere of the short documentary Travellers in Higher Education will be live on the Traveller Pride Week 2020 Facebook page at 12 noon tomorrow Fri 11th of Dec HERE


International Day of People with Disabilities Photo Competition

Closing date for submitting photos is tomorrow Fri 11th Dec. More info about the competition.


Changing Colours Workshop Today

The second of the Ecopsychology Workshop Series returns from Student Services 3pm-5pm today Thurs 10th Dec. This is designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. Free, open to all. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 2


Join the Jingle Jangle

Socs & Clubs Jingle Jangle Fortnight runs until Friday the 18th of Dec. Each day their advent calendar will reveal an event of the day, a competition with PRIZES and the socs and clubs in the spotlight. All details are HERE.


Table Quiz

Table quiz in aid of the Meningitis Research Foundation 5.15pm Tues 15th of Dec in the Corrib Room at Sult. Book your tickets here.


Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. 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). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link


Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to ropeslitmag.submimissions@gmail.comdeadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal


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!


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 Mon 21st Dec. Register online here.


Extra Study Space

There are now four 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 student
  • The Reading Room: Space for 20 students


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.


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 31 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.


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


Need Someone to Talk To?


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.


Artice by
Joanna Brophy