SU Weekly Email 25 – 1st April 2021

SU Weekly Email 25 – 1st April 2021

Weekly Email

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

Wind Down Week Events Today & Tomorrow

Thurs 1st April / Déardaoin 1 Aibreán

Fri 2nd April / Dé hAoine 2 Aibreán


Student Levy Referendum

Last November, Comhairle Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn (SU Council) mandated the SU to call a referendum to reduce the student levy from €224 to €140. To call a referendum, we need 500 students to support the request for the referendum. If you wish to do so, please indicate your support to call a referendum at the link HERE. More information to follow closer to the referendum date.


Marchathon Final Leaderboard

Here’s the final leaderboard for the Marchathon Step Challenge – well done to all 60 NUIG teams who took part! You all did amazing and we hope you enjoyed the challenge as much as we did! View Leaderboard HERE


SU Election Nominations Open Wednesday!

  • Full Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Weds 7th April 2021
  • Full Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 14th April 2021
  • Full Time Officer Election Day: 10am-8pm Thursday 22nd April 2021
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Weds 14th April  2021
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Wednesday 21st April  2021
  • Part Time Officer Election Day: 10am-8pm Thursday 29th April 2021


Easter Holiday Arrangements

  • The SU is closed Thurs 1st– Tues 6th April inclusive
  • The Library is closed Fri 2nd – Mon 5th April inclusive
  • No teaching on Good Fri 2nd April or Easter Mon 5th April.
  • For a few Colleges teaching ends 2nd April + resumes 12th April.
  • Fieldwork (where applicable) runs 6th-9th April

Check your College Arrangements HERE


FREE 6 Week Strength + Conditioning Course

We are delighted to have a final 6 week course of free live workouts with Lucia Byrne starting Monday 12th of April. The classes will be on at 5.30pm every Monday and Wednesday until 19th of May. We will be working the whole body using compound movements, it’s going to be fun and challenging. If you want to get stronger then this is the class for you! All fitness levels welcome. REGISTER HERE


International Student Emergency Fund

The Emergency Hardship Fund is now open for NUIG International, non-EU, Students facing financial difficulties. Online application 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.


Choose Your Own Challenge this April

Our final Charity Challenge of the year is coming up this April and it’s Choose Your Own Challenge time! We’ve lots of suggestions for you HERE. If you’ve an idea for an event to raise funds for the SU Charities please get in touch via


Hump Day Hoolie Tickets

Get your Hump Day Hoolie tickets HERE


Class Rep Meetings Next Week

Tues 6th April 6pm College of Arts, Social Science & Celtic Studies and Acadamh Council:

English & the Creative Arts and BA Connects

Weds 7th April 6pm College of Arts, Social Science & Celtic Studies and Acadamh Council:

Language, Literature & Culture

Thurs 8th April 6pm College of Arts, Social Science & Celtic Studies and Acadamh Council:

Law, Psychology, Maths, IT, Economics, BA – Arts with Data Science, Training & Education, Digital Arts & Technology, Early Childhood Studies & Practice, BA Education (Comp Science & Math Studies)


Skills for Study and Life FREE Workshops this April

  • 10am TOMORROW Thurs 1st April Using Zoom Effectively
  • 12pm TOMORROW Thurs 1st April Exam Preparation
  • 2pm TOMORROW Thurs 1st April Excel Training
  • 11am Tues 6th April Referencing and Citing with EndNote in MS Word
  • 11am Mon 12th April Referencing & Plagiarism
  • 11am Tues 13th April How to Use the Academic Skills Hub Effectively
  • 4pm Weds 14th April Goal Setting & Motivation
  • 11am Thurs 15th April How to Create an Effective PowerPoint Presentation

More info and Registration HERE


Free Condoms & Lube

The Sexual Health West FREE condom and lube distribution service is back up and running again. Just head to their website HERE and fill out the registration form. They’ll post them out to you!


Wellness Recovery Action Planning starts 10th April

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 two weeks, guided by a trained facilitator. Limited Spaces available for the upcoming WRAP® program year, beginning April 10th. For further details, future workshop dates and to apply, e-mail WRAP® Project Coordinator Fiona Fitzgerald at


Attention Mature Students

The fifth annual National Access Forum will take place on the morning of Friday, 23rd April. Time and meeting link will be circulated in due course. Should you have any questions about this event, please contact Michelle your Student Union Mature Students Officer on


World Earth Day Brainstorming Session

Would you like to be involved in NUI Galway World Earth Day on Thurs 22nd of April? Come along to the brainstorming session at 12pm on Fri 9th April to share your ideas and get involved. This is a student led campaign supported by NUIG Sustainability and Health Promotion. Join the Zoom Meeting here (Meeting ID: 910 8810 0541 Passcode: 264604)


Inclusive Learning in Higher Education

As student populations become increasingly diverse, what can higher education institutions do to create a truly inclusive learning environment? How can we listen and respond to the needs and concerns of our students, while supporting staff to navigate an increasingly complex teaching and learning landscape? This two day virtual symposium takes place 11am-5.30pm Weds 7th and Thurs 8th of April. Register for free HERE


Is there a link between substance misuse and mental health challenges? 

The purpose of this survey is to explore if there is a link between substance misuse and mental health challenges in the youth of Ireland. Please take the survey HERE


Open Educational Resources (OER)

The Library is running a Student Project Fund-funded grant programme for adoption and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). Some funds are ring-fenced for student-led projects! Find out more HERE – they’d love to hear from you with any questions!


Project: Social media sharing of vaccine-related news

My name is Karen Hegarty and I am conducting a dissertation for the MSc Health Psychology here at NUIG, which is focused on examining sharing behaviours of vaccine fake news online. If you have just 15 minutes to spare your participation would be greatly appreciated. Link HERE


PhD Scholarships at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics is looking for talented, creative and highly qualified individuals to work under the supervision of an academic faculty member and become part of the School’s vibrant research community The Scholarship will cover an annual stipend of €16,000 (for a maximum of 4 years) and payment of PhD fees of €5250 per annum (for a maximum of four years), subject to satisfactory performance. Learn more 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. Complete the study HERE


Darkness Into Light Registration Open

This year’s Darkness Into Light takes place at sunrise on Sat 8th of May. The event is raising funds for Pieta House who provide services for those impacted by suicide and self-harm. More info and sign up HERE


Market Research: Food Waste Survey

We are a final year Commerce group carrying currently working on a social enterprise which aims to help tackle the issue of unnecessary food waste in Galway. If you could please take a minute to fill out our survey it would be greatly appreciated. Complete survey HERE


Sin Newspaper Issue 10

Catch up on all your NUIG news with the latest issue of Sin newspaper 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


Surf Club Yoga

NUIG Surf Club are offering free yoga sessions every Thursday ​at 5:30pm until the 29th of April! Unwind, destress and stretch out with Gabriel Humphreys. ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 985 3335 6582 Passcode: coolbeans


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