SU Weekly Email 23 – 18th March 2021

SU Weekly Email 23 – 18th March 2021

Weekly Email

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


Seachtain na Gaeilge / Irish Language Week  

Déardaoin 18 Márta / Thurs 18th March

19:00 Grúpbhácáil Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn – Cístíní Cupa do Lá Fhéile Pádraig / SU Bake Along – Saint Patrick’s Day Cupcakes TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

19:00 Díospóireacht Lit&Deb: “Bheadh ceannródaithe na hÉireann ó 1912 – 1922, Deich mBliana na gCuimhneachán, bródúil as tír an lae inniu” / Lit&Deb Debate: “The pioneers of Ireland from 1912 – 1922, the Decade of Remembrance, would be proud of today’s country” TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS

20:00 Oíche Scannánaíochta / Movie Night TICÉIDÍ / TICKETS


USI Hustings on Monday

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is the national representative body for the 374,000 students in third level education on the Island of Ireland.  Elections are taking place to elect your USI representatives for 2021/22. This is your chance to meet the candidates hoping to be elected 5pm-6.30pm Mon 22nd March at our live Hustings on the SU YouTube channel. If you have a question to ask you can submit it HERE.

You will then have the chance to vote for candidates 7pm Mon 22nd March-7pm Tues 23rd March online HERE


SU Bake Along

Join us at 7pm on TONIGHT Thurs 18th of March for our St Patrick’s cupcake bake along! There’ll be Just Eat voucher prizes for the best cupcakes. More info and ingredients list HERE


Accommodation Q&A with Threshold

Join us on Instagram Live for a Q&A Session about Accommodation at 3pm on Wednesday 24th March with Threshold. More info from


Marchathon Week 3 Competitions

  1. Weekly Photo Competition – We want to see you and your Team Members get into the spirit and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The greener the better! To win, submit your most creative and green Team photo via Marchathon Competition Entry Form by Mon 22nd March at 2pm.
  2. Team Target –Teams that reach a weekly Team Average of 70,000 steps will be entered into a Prize Draw for a Marchathon Goodie Bag each. This equates to approximately 10,000 steps per person per day!
  3. Teams in the Top 25 and Top 150 on the Overall Leaderboard will also go into our Prize Draws to win a Marchathon Goodie Bag each.

Don’t forget to log all your team member steps by 2pm on Mon 22nd of March at www.activetravellogger.ieto get on the leaderboard!


Skin Chat + Freebies!

As part of our Wind Down Week events we are hosting a Skin Chat – The Red Face: Acne & Rosacea with Dr Laura GP at 1pm on Thurs 1st of April. This is a great chance to ask questions about any skin issues you may be having and there’ll also be lots of LaRoche Posay and CeraVe goody bags! Sign up HERE


Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn Meeting 

The 5th Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn meeting of the year will take place at 6.30pm this Mon 22nd of March on zoom HERE. All Class Reps should attend. More info from  


6 Nations Competition Final Week!

We are in to the last week of our 6 Nations score predictor competition. Well done to this week’s winner Kevin Mannion who wins a €30 JustEat Voucher. Enter by 2pm this Sat 20/03/21 HERE


Stitch and Bitch

Our Stitch and Bitch knitting group is on every Tuesday at 7pm. Open to all crafters! Email studentsunion@nuigalway.iefor more info.


USI Day of Action Weds 24th March

Ireland has the highest college fees in the European Union. Can it be right that students are paying so much for an underfunded higher education system? Join students across Ireland and take part in the USI Day of Action VIRTUAL PROTEST at 1pm Weds 24th of March. JOIN 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 workshop takes place 5.30pm-6.30pm Mon 29th March via Zoom. More info and sign up here.


Running an Online Election Campaign Workshop

Learn how to run your #NUIGSU21 Election Campaign online with Labour Social Media Officer Katie Deegan 7pm Mon 29th March. TICKETS / TICÉIDÍ


SUSI Review

We will be holding a review of the SUSI Grant System at 5pm on Monday 29th of March on Zoom HERE. For more info please contact


Postgraduate Symposium Today

This year’s USI Postgrad Symposium takes place online 11am-5.30pm today Thurs 18th March. They have a great range of speakers lined up on topics from accessibility to work-life balance to research options. Register for the event 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 studentsunion@nuigalway.iefor the links.


Hump Day Hoolie Tickets

Get your Hump Day Hoolie tickets HERE


Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre

As part of the #StartHere campaign Active* Consent have TWO dates for full-day disclosure training lined up with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. Click to register for training: 25th March Course 14th April Course


Want to Decide the Fate of Someone Else’s Hair?

Our March challenge is the Hair Raiser. Volunteers are going to get their hair dyed, shaved or cut at the end of March. The fate of their hair lies in your hands as you can vote for what option you want them to go with HERE


WRAP Programme Starts Saturday

Do you wish to strengthen your well-being and resilience? WRAP® (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) is an evidence-based program which develops personalised tools to manage distress & promote a positive approach to maintaining wellness. Participants partake in four 2.5 hour sessions over four weeks, guided by a trained facilitator. Limited Spaces available for the upcoming WRAP® program year, beginning 10.00am to 12.30pm Saturday March 20th. For further details, future workshop dates and to apply, e-mail WRAP® Project Coordinator Fiona Fitzgerald at


Let’s Begin the Talk, Period

NaMSoc will be joined by The Homeless Period Ireland and Róisín Nic Lochlainn, SU Vice-President for Welfare and Equality to discuss the issues surrounding Period Poverty in Ireland and what students can do about it. 7pm-9pm Weds 24th March. Zoom Link HERE


Library LibQual Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library conducts a yearly survey so that the Library can be benchmarked against other similar libraries in Ireland, the UK, and further afield. This year’s LibQual survey is now open and it would be appreciated if you would take a few minutes to complete. You may choose to submit your name and enter a draw for a phone. Survey Link


Galway Neuroscience Podcast

The Galway Neuroscience  Podcast is a series of podcasts developed, written, hosted and produced by the students of the NUIG Masters in Clinical Neuroscience program. The aim of this podcast is to communicate the latest neuroscience research and education to both students and lay audiences who may be interested in the brain and nervous system and the field of neuroscience as a whole. Our first podcast episode will actually be streamed through podbean, this is the link for the first episode HERE


Free Laughter Yoga Classes

Laughter Yoga is a form of exercise mixing stretching, fun and laughter. Short fun, playful exercises that incorporate yoga techniques of stretching and breathing are used. Just turn up and bring a sense of playfulness- the laughter will do the rest. 3pm Tues 23rd March and 10am Fri 26th March. Zoom Link Here.


Q&A with NUIG President

If you missed our Q&A Session with the NUI Galway President last week you can watch it back HERE


ROPES Open Mic 19th March

The NUIG ROPES Literary Journal are hosting their first Open Mic night at 6.30pm tomorrow Fri 19th of March in aid of COPE Galway. More info and open mic tickets HERE. Follow ROPES on Twitterfor more info.


FREE Student Tax Clinic

NUI Galway’s online tax clinic is now open to support you in your tax compliance and correspondence with Revenue. Students who have been an employee or PAYE worker over the past four years may be due a tax refund or may need information on the tax treatment of the pandemic unemployment payment. You can book an appointment by emailing with a short outline of your query or by completing the application form on the clinic website HERE. This is a confidential and free tax information service provided by NUIG tax students under the supervision of professional tax experts.


Career Development Centre Events

TODAY Thurs Mar 18th

1pm Employability Award Online Workshop

2pm – Sustainability – Insights to future proof your career

4pm Employability Award 2021 – Completing Your Application Q&A

Mon Mar 22nd

4pm MICareer – Career and CV Workshop for Microbiology

Tues Mar 23rd

10am Deloitte Difference Insight Sessions – Internship & Work Placement Opportunity Info Sessions

12pm Employability Award Online Workshop

2pm CV Workshop

Weds Mar 24th

1pm – Employability Award 2021 – Completing Your Application Q&A

Thurs Mar 25th

3pm Employability Award Online Workshop


Need legal advice?

NUIG FLAC Society (Free Legal Advice Clinic) hold regular free clinics with qualified legal professionals in attendance for NUIG students. More info HERE


The Influence of Message Fatigue, Attention and Emotional Reactivity on Covid-19 Risk Perception.

This study aims to examine if message fatigue, attention and emotional reactivity are present among college students in Ireland, and if these phenomena predict Covid-19 risk perceptions. All students are eligible to participate. Study Link


Jigsaw Galway are recruiting members for their Youth Advisory Panel (YAP)

Jigsaw Galway are looking for young people, aged between 16 – 24, who have an interest in young people’s mental health, to apply. The YAP meet once a month for 2 hours. The YAP are involved in developing projects, programmes and initiatives, decision making and interviews in Jigsaw. YAP are regularly invited to sit on different groups for projects at a national level, depending on their interests. All YAP receive ongoing training opportunities throughout their term which can run up to 3 years. Application deadline 30th March. Email for application form.


ATS Mentoring Recruitment Now Open

Interested in becoming a mentor? Apply now HERE  For more info contact


Sin Issue 9

Get all the NUIG news you need in the latest issue of Sin newspaper HERE


Substance Awareness Week Events

  • 12pm Fri 19th March Avoiding the K-hole. Harm Reduction strategies for the most popular drugs. Limited Spaces. Book here   
  • 11am Tues 23rd March Alcohol Related Brain Injury (ARBI). Short webinar on ARBI. Sign up here 


Drug Awareness Resources


March Lunch Meetups

March Lunch Meetups are an opportunity for you to meet your classmates, hang out on zoom, play games, win prizes and have a fun lunchtime. They’re on 1pm – 2pm, Mon – Thurs

  • Mon 22nd March: Third Year Arts
  • Tues 23rd March: Third Year Business & Law
  • Weds 24th March: Third Year Engineering & Science
  • Thurs 25th March: Third Year Medicine & Health Sciences

ZOOM links available HERE


Introduction to the Lexis database for legal research

Learn how to effectively search the Lexis database of legal material and how to use UK, Irish, and European legal resources 12pm Tues 23rd March. Booking essential – book here.


Scopus as a research tool

This session introduces Scopus as a research tool covering all subject areas and it is aimed at beginner and intermediate users 1pm Weds 24th March. Booking essential – book here.


Wellbeing and Physical Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This study examines wellbeing and physical distancing among young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an undergraduate student aged between 18 and 29 years old, you are eligible to take part in this survey. If you have any questions please contact Please click HERE to take part in the survey.


The Prevalence and Impact of Primary Headache among University Students

Are you a university student experiencing headaches? Would you be interested in completing a survey examining your experience of headaches? If so, please see the following link that contains further details. Eligibility to participate includes being aged over 18 and currently living and studying in Ireland. If you have any questions the researcher can be contacted by email at: Survey Link


Arthritis Ireland Coffee Morning

Tomorrow Friday 19th March the Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland will host Brid McOsker, Occupational Therapist at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway, as a guest speaker at their virtual coffee morning. Throughout her career as an OT, Brid has supported people living with arthritis in overcoming the daily challenges they face. Brid’s talk with focus on the benefits of OT for people living with arthritis and related conditions. Brid will give tips and advice on dealing with the challenges presented by living with arthritis. Book your space HERE


Disability Rights Clinic – New time & day!

NUIG SU Disability Rights Officer Patricia O’Mahony will be holding a Disability Rights Clinic at the new time/day of 12pm-2pm every Monday on Zoom. Feel free to drop in if you have any queries. ZOOM LINK. For more info please email


CARA Connect Programme Open

CARA Connect is a peer buddy programme that was developed with the aim to increase social interaction amongst the NUIG student population. APPLY TODAY HERE


ATS Mentoring Recruitment Now Open

Interested in becoming a mentor? Apply now HERE  For more info contact


Would you like to take over a Flirt FM Breakfast Show?

Flirt FM are looking for Galway Community Groups/CBOs, Student Support Services, Charities, NGOs, Societies & Clubs to take to the airwaves. More info HERE


Skills for Study and Life FREE Workshops this March

  • 2pm TODAY Thurs 18th March Happiness-Positive Psychology
  • 11am Tues 23rd March Top Tips for Surviving Lockdown

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


#NUIGSU21 Elections

  • Full Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Weds 7th April 2021
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Weds 14th April  2021
  • SU Council Chair Nominations Open: 10am Thurs 8th April 2021


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.


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Joanna Brophy