SU Weekly Email 20 – 25th February 2021

SU Weekly Email 20 – 25th February 2021

Weekly Email

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


SU Election Info Evening tonight

If you’re thinking about running for SU Elections this year come along to our Election Information evening at 6.30pm tonight. We’ll have current and past SU Officers to answer all your questions and hopefully inspire you to run! Sign up here.


Student Accommodation Bill Launch Today

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are today launching their Student Accommodation Bill which aims to protect students who are renting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please take part in the campaign launch today by contacting your local representatives and making some noise on social media about the need for this bill to be passed. Follow USI on Twitter and Instagram and use #PassTheBill and #RithAnBille


Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week 1

Dé Luain 1 Márta / Mon 1st March

10:00 Tae agus Plé / Tea and Chats ZOOM

19:00 Pop Up Gaeltacht (UCD, NUIG, NUIM, DCU + UCC) TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS 

Dé Máirt 2 Márta / Tues  2nd March

19:00 Ceardlann Ióga Cumann Gaelach / Yoga Workshop TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

Dé Céadaoin 3 Márta / Weds 3rd March

19:30 Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua / Hump Day Hoolie TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS 

Déardaoin 4 Márta / Thurs 4th March

12:00 USI “Bíonn Mionlach Scéalach” / USI “Minorities are Storytellers” TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

14:00 USI “Cur Chun Cinn na Gaeilge in Oirthear Bhéal Feirste: Linda Ervine” / USI “Putting Gaeilge to the forefront in East Belfast: Linda Ervine” TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

15:00 Caife Cainte le Cumann Gaelach / Chatty Café TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS 

16:00 An Ghaeilge agus an Disléicse – Emily Barnes / Irish and Dyslexia TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

19:00 Banríon Draig Kitty Ní Houlihán / Drag Queen Show Kitty Ní Houlihán TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

Dé hAoine 5 Márta / Fri 5th March

12:00 USI Gairmeacha le Gaeilge – Caolán Mac Grianna / USI Careers with Irish TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

14:00 USI Pleanáil Teanga 101 – John Prendergast / USI Language Planning 101 – John Prendergast TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

16:00 Mic Léinn Gaeltachta / Students of the Gaeltacht TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

20:00 Biongó / Bingo TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó / More info from


Sin Issue 8

Catch up on all the NUI Galway news with Issue 8 of Sin newspaper HERE.


Final call for CÉIM leader applications
If you’re interested in becoming a 2021/22 CÉIM peer learning leader, make sure to apply by Monday, 1 March. Find out more HERE Become a Student Leader – CÉIM (


Stitch and Bitch

Our Stitch and Bitch knitting group is back this March every Tuesday at 7pm. Open to all crafters! Email for more info.


Student Survey – Win Prizes + Have Your Say!

The National Student Survey runs for NUIG students until the 14th March. It’s open to 1st year and final year undergrads and all postgrad students. There’s great prizes to be won but more importantly this is where you can have your voice heard. What do you think NUIG is doing well? Where could NUIG improve? How have you found student life at NUIG? More info and survey link HERE


Marchathon Starts Monday – Win Prizes for Walking!

Our Marchathon Walking Challenge starts this Monday and runs until 28th March! Get your team signed up before Monday to be entered in our Best Team Name competition to win SU Keep Cups. Sign up your team of 3-6 now at


Join Our Hair Raiser!

Tired of your lockdown hair? Want a change? For our March Charity Challenge we are holding a Hair Raiser! We want you to shave or dye your hair to raise funds for the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info and sign up HERE


5 A Day for Mental Health Workshops

We have teamed up with Jigsaw to bring you this free 1 hour workshop which aims to provide young adults, aged 17 – 25 in third level educational settings, with the strategies necessary to build and take care of their own mental health. The workshops take place 5.30pm-6.30pm Thurs 4th March or 5.30pm-6.30pm Mon 29th March via Zoom. More info and sign up here.


Traveller Ethnicity Day Monday 1st March

NUIG is hosting a day long series of online events this Monday 1st of March as part of Traveller Ethnicity Day. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, will officially launch the event and the Travellers in Higher Education: Building a Sense of Belonging documentary at 10am. The online events throughout the day are suitable for teachers, students, and the general public. More information and registration HERE.


Free Live Workouts this March!

Our free live workouts are continuing this March with Pilates Burn at 5.30pm each Monday and Full Body Workout at 5.30pm each Wednesday. Email for the links.


Hump Day Hoolie every Wednesday

Get your Hump Day Hoolie tickets HERE


6 Nations Competition

Predict the scoring difference for each of this weekend’s 6 Nations rugby matches for a chance to win €30 Just Eat voucher! Congratulations to our week 2 winner Sean Nolan. Enter HERE by 2pm 27/02/21


NUIG International Alumni Session

Join us at 7pm TONIGHT Thurs 25th of Feb for an International Alumni Session. NUIG alumni will be participating in a panel discussion where they will outline their journey of finding employment upon graduating. Alumni will be sharing insights on how to improve employability while studying, tips for securing jobs and much more! LINK


Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards Ireland is the annual opportunity for the student movement in Ireland to recognise the contribution of students to improving the experience of their fellow students, and to wider society. Nominations for this year’s awards are open and close at 5pm on Mon 15th March. More info and nominations HERE


Keep Well, Study Well Week

NUIG Keep Well Study Well Week takes place 1st-5th of March with lots of great free events taking place. There’ll be daily Kingfisher classes, a forum on Surviving Your Sanity on Monday, a magician on Friday, a sleep workshop on Wednesday at 11am, an insight into the life of a female student athlete on Thursday, a wellness workshop on Thursday at 1pm and the NUIG Sport Strava Group will keep you moving (Search NUI Galway in Strava Clubs). For more information keep an eye on NUIG social media and NUIG Sport on Instagram.


NUIG International Alumni Session 7pm Today

Join us at 7pm today Thurs 25th of Feb (GMIT) for an International Alumni Session. NUIG alumni will be participating in a panel discussion where they will outline their journey of finding employment upon graduating. Alumni will be sharing insights on how to improve employability while studying, tips for securing jobs and much more! LINK


#EducationForAll Town Hall Meeting

We need to talk about education in this country…it’s too expensive! Come along and share your stories and see how we can we all work together 6pm Wednesday 3rd of March. More info and link HERE.


First ever NUIG Student Sustainability Summit!

Join the summit at 6pm Thurs 4th March for a showcase of the sustainability at NUIG: Eco-UNECSO; Climate Ambassador; SU sustainability Working group; Campus Sustainability Strategy; Societies; EXPLORE and much more! Connect with like-minded people! Brand new and not sure what Sustainability is? Come along! Zoom link sign-up.


Iriseoireacht na Gaeilge: Cá bhfaigheann pobal na Gaeilge a soláthar nuachta?


Are you a graduate from an NUI university or college and an Irish citizen?

The deadline to claim your Vote in elections to Seanad Éireann is TOMORROW Fri 26th Feb. You don’t automatically get your vote when you graduate – you must register. More info here.


Eye on the Edge Galway 2021 – Call for Proposals

We are inviting you to send your proposals for Eye on the Edge 2021 an online festival curated and created by young people taking place from the 23rd- 25th of April. Our core theme and message is DIVERSE VOICES we want to celebrate diversity and bring together diverse opinions, groups and solutions to some of the most important issues we face today’s climate change, racism. Isolation and mental health amongst others. We want you to get involved! Are you between the ages of 14-30? Do you have a fresh idea for a panel discussion, workshop or musical performance? Or are you working on an exciting project that you would like the share with us? Apply before 10th March HERE


Dúshlán Gaeilge

€1,000 worth of prizes to be won! Open to Irish and International Students 22nd Feb-5th March. Meet other students, complete challenges and win! Join #dúshlángaeilge HERE. Bígí linn!


Exploring young people’s experiences of the guidelines for physical distancing during COVID-19

This study is examining the barriers and facilitators to physical distancing as well as the psychosocial development of young people whilst adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Participants must be aged between 18-25 years. The study involves taking photos and attending a one-to-one interview with the researcher about the young person’s experiences of physical distancing (where their photos will be used as prompts). Link to the screening questionnaire HERE


Thinking about doing a postgraduate course?

The NUIG VIRTUAL Postgrad Open Day will take place from 11am Tues 2nd March.  This is your opportunity to virtually meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to talk online with staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services. SUSI, national grants authority, will also host a Live Q&A session. You can pre-register to attend online now HERE. 


The relationship between Type I Diabetes and occupational performance among university students in Ireland: A cross-sectional study.

This 20-minute survey explores the interaction between Type I Diabetes management and the university lifestyle of students in Ireland. Complete the survey HERE.


NUIG Law Society Events

  1. 1. #LawSoc100 100th Anniversary Celebrations Virtual Events. More info + Registration.
  2. 2Livestream Study Sessions 11am-5pm Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday via Zoom HERE
  3. 3Roaring 20’s at a Distance Celebration Evening 7pm-9pm Fri 5th March. More info + tickets

If you have any questions contact LawSoc at


Irish Students’ Attitudes Towards Smoking and Social Smoking

This study is looking at Irish undergraduate students’ attitudes towards smoking and how this affects their social smoking habits. Should you choose to take part, you will be brought to a brief questionnaire which will take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Questionnaire link HERE


Calling all students!

HEAnet are challenging you to present YOUR idea associated with computer networking or any other technology-related area as part of the Lightning Talk programme of the most prestigious global R&E Networking Conference – TNC21 which will be held from 21 – 25 June 2021.

  • It’s an excellent opportunity to show what you have been working on or what ideas you have to an international audience
  • Great networking opportunities and many potential new friendships with other young professionals from around the world
  • All selected participants will undergo a series of online training events to help them master their presentation skills

Interested? Get in touch with or click HERE to learn more.


A Mixed-Methods Study to Investigate Irish University Students’ Experiences of Participation in Learning after Concussion.

This survey will gather information on the kinds of difficulties students experience when returning to university after sustaining a concussion. Link to survey HERE


Climathon Hackathon Workshop this March

A climate change initiative of The French Embassy Ireland in partnership with What The Hack! More info and registration HERE.


Uplifting Youth Programme

Uplifting Youth challenges third level students to develop social entrepreneurial projects to enable disadvantaged youth, aged between 16 and 25 years, to enhance their employability and entrepreneurial skills. Seed Funding of up to €1,000 available as well as training and mentorship to progress your project.

Closing date for applications is Weds 3rd of March. More info and application HERE


Free Mindfulness Classes

Why not join in the NUIG online mindfulness shared practice, every Tuesday and Friday morning – 8:15am to 8:45am. They are open to all. More info and registration HERE


Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all 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


NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with NUIG events online here


Mental Health Supports

Don’t be afraid to reach out, you’re not alone. More info 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