SU Weekly Email 13 – 17th December 2020

SU Weekly Email 13 – 17th December 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your last weekly email of 2020 from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn



Vote online today 10am-8pm to elect your 5 new Students’ Union Officers. More information about the candidates is available here



SU Office is Open!

The SU Office is open TODAY 4pm-8pm and also 4pm-8pm Mon 21st Dec and Tues 22nd Dec. Call in to get your Student Leap Card (apply online for your code first), SU Diaries, free face masks, Class Rep Hoodies and to buy SU Charity Socks. Please use contactless payment. The SU Office is located upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn (beside Sult)


Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week

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



Staying in Galway for Christmas? We are holding a Merry Quizmas Quiz for all NUIG students staying in Galway at 7.30pm Mon 21st Dec. Loads of great prizes including €50, €30 + €20 One4All Vouchers and festive cheer with quiz host Steve Bennett from our Hump Day Hoolie. Get your tickets here.


Study Space over Christmas Holidays

There will be 25 seats available in the Reading Room 9am-5pm over the Christmas period (Closed Christmas Day + New Year’s Day). They will be available to book HERE


Sin Issue 6

Read all the NUI Galway news you need to know in issue 6 of Sin newspaper HERE.


Virtual SU Officer Hour 1pm-2pm TOMORROW

Join Martin your SU Postgraduate Taught Officer and Aoife your Convenor for Science and Engineering for the SU Officer Virtual hour 1pm-2pm tomorrow Friday 19th Dec. It’s open to ALL students with any queries so feel free to pop along for a chat. ZOOM LINK HERE.


Christmas Holidays

Here’s the list of who is open/closed on campus over the Christmas Holidays LIST


SU Life Skills Courses Enrolling now for January


Q&A with University President

If you missed our live Q&A with the University President you can watch it back HERE


Free Pizza!

The NUIG International office would like to invite you and a friend for a free festive pizza and soft drink at Sult 12pm-8pm Mon 21st Dec and 11am-5pm Tues 22nd Dec. To book please call Sult on 091 492671/Walk-ins also welcome.


New Year Challenge

Our next Charity Challenge is our New Year Challenge which starts on the 1st of January. Each day in January we will be helping you to step outside your comfort zone by having daily suggestions at #NewYearChallenge for new things you can try for the new year. You could try a new sport, learn a new skill, volunteer or join a society. The opportunities are endless! It’s all about making small changes that can make a huge difference to you and the SU Charities. Find out more and register here.


Glassary – Donations of your Things welcome!

ALIVE volunteers are leading a circular economy and sustainability initiative. Donation boxes will be in all the main student accommodation central reception lobbies clearly labelled “Glassary” for you to drop any materials you do not want to bring back home and are willing to donate. Irons, lamps, rugs, books, buckets, you name it we are looking for it! (Except pillows and duvets!) All the donations will be collected and form the Library of Things at NUIG and also will be part of a donation to the SVP shops. So your donations will not go to the dump and instead make a big impact for future students and families in Galway. Email to join in with us on this project or any questions you may have!


NUIG Holiday Hangout

Are you unable to travel home this holiday season? Will you be staying in Galway? Sign up HERE to meet with others who will also be spending time in Galway.


NUIG SU Clean Up

Our next SU Clean Up is taking place in January and you can register to take part HERE.


Class Rep Meetings Today

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


January Hump Day Hoolies

Tickets are now available for our two Hump Day Hoolies Weds 20th and Weds 27th of January. Get yours here.


SVP Christmas Raffle

The NUIG St. Vincent de Paul Society is holding a Christmas Raffle, in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. Tickets are just €3 and there’s an amazing hamper to be won which includes seasonal food, drinks and vouchers. Get your tickets HERE and the winner will be announced 8pm Mon 21st Dec.


FREE Workshops this January

  • Public Speaking, Presenting + Interviews using Online platforms 11am Tues 12th Jan
  • How to manage your Email (Folders, Search + Organisation) 11am Weds 13th Jan
  • Motivation to Learn + Time Management 11am Thurs 14th Jan
  • Maximising Study Skills 3pm Fri 15th Jan
  • Using MS Teams Effectively 3pm Mon 18th Jan
  • How to Use Academic Skills Hub Effectively 11am Tues 19th Jan
  • Developing Blackboard Skills 11am Weds 20th Jan
  • Referencing and Plagiarism 11am Tues 26th Jan
  • Register here:


Are you concerned about your relationship?

COPE Galway can offer you free support and advice. Find out more 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:


Covid-19 Survey

The survey title is: Psychological stress and intention to vaccinate, in the context of COVID-19. The survey is fully anonymous + will take approx. 10-15mins. It is open to anyone over 18 who is Irish resident/citizen. Complete the survey HERE.


Suit Up For Simon

The Helping Haircuts group of NUIG Students are holding an event to raise funds for Galway Simon Community. They want you to suit up to have a socially distanced or virtual meal with your friends and donate to their page HERE. There will be prizes for donors! Follow them on Insta HERE for more info.


Register for Governing Authority Election Vote

NUIG Governing Authority Elections take place online 9am Mon 11 Jan to 12pm Tues 12 Jan. If you are an NUIG Graduate make sure you are registered to vote by sending your details to Alumni Office by Fri 1st Jan at: Meet the nominees here.


Teaching Hero Awards

Nominations Close Tues 22nd Dec for the Teaching Hero Awards. You can nominate HERE.  


Need Someone to Talk To?


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.


The Smarter Travel Campus Awards are back for 2021!

The Awards invite students to create entries to encourage and enable walking, cycling, public transport and carpooling. Why not get involved in a real-life project and you could be invited to the national awards ceremony where you will be in with a chance to win prizes and have your project showcased.

Entry deadline 19th March 2021. Info, guidelines and last year’s winners HERE


Living Well Programme

Are you living with a long-term health condition or caring for someone with a long-term health condition? Living Well is a free 6 week online group self-management programme to help people manage long-term health conditions. More info.


Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop, the SU Office 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.


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.


NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with NUIG events online here


Beannachtaí na Nollag agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise.

We hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you in 2021!


Artice by
Joanna Brophy