SU Weekly Email 26 – 8th April 2021

SU Weekly Email 26 – 8th April 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 Nominations Are OPEN!  

  • Full Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Weds 14th April 2021
  • Full Time Officer Election Day: 9am-9pm Thurs 22nd April 2021
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Weds 14th April  2021
  • Part Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Weds 21st April  2021
  • Part Time Officer Election Day: 9am-9pm Thurs 29th April 2021

Nominate yourself HERE

Notice of Referendum 22nd April/Fógra maidir le Reifrinn Déardaoin, an 22 Aibreáin

Referendum on Student Levy/An Reifreann ar Thobhaigh Mac Léinn

On Thursday 22nd April you will be asked to vote in a referendum on whether or not you support the cancellation of the current Student Levy of €224 and approve its replacement with a new Student Levy of €140

Learn more about the Referendum HERE

Diversity Week / Seachtain na hÉagsúlachta

Mon 12th April / Dé Luain 12ú Aibreán

17:00 Bíonn Míonlach Scéalach / Minorities are Storytellers – le Máire Ní Churraoin, Darragh Adelaide agus Cian Ó’Gríofa. TICÉIDÍ ANSEO

18:30 Cooking Class / Rang Cócaireachta – Learn how to make ethnic dishes with the NUIG African Caribbean Society. Get free tickets HERE

Tues 13th April / Dé Máirt 13ú Aibreán

18:00 Travellers in Education /  Daoine den Lucht Siúil san Oideachas – A conversation with Anne Marie Ward. Get free tickets HERE

19:00 Stitch and Bitch / Fuáil is Fuadar – Join our knitting group for chats. Email to join

Weds 14th April / Dé Céadaoin 14ú Aibreán

18:00 Disability in Sport Panel Discussion / Díospóireacht Phainéil: An Míchumas sa Spórt – Panel includes: Joanne O Riordan (Moderator – Activist and Sports Journalist), Helen Kearney (Paralympian – Para Equestrian Dressage), Katie O’Brien (Para Rower), Wayne O’Callaghan (European Special Olympics Champion – Soccer), Kerrie Leonard (Para Archer) , Greta Streimikyte (Paralympian – Para Athletics) and Colin Kenny (Senior Manager Sports Partnerships and Development at Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia)  – Get free tickets HERE

19:30 Hump Day Hoolie / Cóisir na Céadaoin Crua – Get free tickets HERE

Thurs 15th April / Déardaoin 15ú Aibreán

18:00 The History of Pride in Ireland /  Stair an Bhróid in Éirinn – Speakers include: Sara Phillips, Director of the Rainbow Project from the North, Owen Hanley and Nuala Ward. Chaired by Maeve Arunup the NUIG SU Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer. Get free tickets HERE

Fri 16th April / Dé hAoine 16ú Aibreán

18:00 Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion / Díospóireacht Phainéil: Black Lives Matter – Speakers Include: Laura Ilupeju, Matthew Don, Paraic Fearon and Tobi Lawal. Chaired by Cheyanne Nwaonukwube the NUIG SU Ethnic Minorities Officer. Get free tickets HERE

Sat 17th April / Dé Sathairn 17ú Aibreán

15:00-17:00 “Towards Representation” – Diversity in Politics / “I dTreo Ionadaíochta” – An Éagsúlacht sa Pholaitíocht – Speakers Include: Eileen Flynn, Chris Pender, Bukky Adebowale and Eric Ehigie. Get free tickets HERE


Extended Library Opening

Good news! From Monday 12th of April the library will be open evenings and weekends. They are open 08:30-22:00 Mon-Fri, 08:30-17:30 Sat, 10:00-17:30 Sun. Book your study space HERE


The NUIG Chase is Coming!

We are teaming up with NUIG Law Society, FLAC Society and ELSA Society to put on an NUIG version of The Chase in aid of the SU Charities this month. If you want to get involved please email


Mental Health Supports

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


Class Rep Meetings Next Week

Mon 12th April 6pm College of Arts, Social Science & Celtic Studies and Acadamh Council:

School of Geography/Archaeology/Irish Studies/Political Science/Sociology AND School of History/Philosophy

Mon 12th April 6pm College of Science & Engineering
Thurs 15th April 5pm College of Business, Public Policy & Law
Thurs 15th April 6pm College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Thurs 15th April 6pm Postgraduate Council


Sin Issue 11

Issue 11 of Sin Newspaper is out now with all your NUIG news! Read it HERE


Disability Rights Clinic Monday 12pm

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


Locker Clearout Day

We have limited availability for students to book slots to empty their lockers on Wednesday 14th of April. 12pm-1pm is for North Campus (Engineering Building & Áras Moyola) 1pm-3pm is for South Campus (Concourse, Reading Rooms, IT Building, Arts Millennium Building). Book your slot HERE


The SU Shop is Open!

The SU Shop is open 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday serving food, hot drinks, snacks, NUIG merch, stationery, newspapers, SU Cards and lots more! You can also shop online 24/7 HERE


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.


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


WRAP starts this Weekend

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 this Sat 10th April. For further details, future workshop dates and to apply, e-mail WRAP® Project Coordinator Fiona Fitzgerald at


Free Yoga Classes

If you missed our Wind Down Week free yoga classes last week you can watch them back 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 SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays. For more info email:


Chinese Language Course

The Confucius Institute, NUIG, are offering a Chinese language beginners course (non-accredited) which will commence on the 27th April for 8 weeks. This course is suitable for beginners or those with some basic knowledge of Mandarin. It costs €120. More info HERE


Relay For Life Weds 14th April

NUIG Relay for Life next Weds 14th April is an event that brings together NUIG students, alumni, and members of staff, as well as people from the wider community to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Teams sign up for a small fee, hold a fundraiser, and just have a good time while raising awareness for cancer and remembering those lost to cancer. We are carrying on a relay for those who cannot do so themselves. Remembering those lost and giving strength to those still fighting. The event will be in collaboration with UCC and Trinity and there’s lots of prizes to be won.

You can sign up HERE. For more info contact or find them on Instagram: nuigcancersoc


NUI Galway President’s Award for Volunteering- the ALIVE Certificate

Have you volunteered this year? Participated in a fundraiser? Cleaned up a green space? Created an online event? All volunteering is recognised and celebrated! Complete your online reflection at login with your student ID and password and click ALIVE. Deadline: Friday 23rd April. Ceremony: Wednesday 5th May. Questions to Need volunteering ideas? Visit


Ensuring the Success of Our Female Student Athletes

IUA Future of Ireland Series Webinar 12pm Monday 12th April – Ensuring the Success of Our Female Student Athletes. Discussing the role of Irish Universities in supporting the development of Ireland’s next generation of female athletes at all levels. Guest speaker Anna Geary and a panel of student athletes, sports and academic experts will debate the current status of women in sport and the tangible actions needed to fulfil the potential of each athlete. Registration + more info HERE


Giveaway: NUIG Student Innovation Hub

Partner with industry to solve real world problems, innovate and learn new skills. Become a member today and be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes, from One4All vouchers to AirPods and FitBits. To enter the giveaway, submit your student number HERE by 16th April.


Respiratory Illness Survey

Survey participants needed for a research project looking at respiratory illness triggers in Ireland. If you are someone diagnosed with a respiratory illness of any type, please complete a short survey HERE


NUIG SubAqua Club Wet on Wednesdays Lecture series!

  • 8pm Weds 14th April – StopFinningEU on Shark Conservation
  • 8pm Weds 21st April – Ruaihri on Deep Seafloor Mapping
  • 8pm Weds 28th April – Surprise (TBC)
  • 8pm Weds 5th May – Sam, ‘Ireland’s Hidden Pharmasea’ (30mins)

Zoom Link for All HERE


Free Talk: The Psychology of Extremism: Genocides, Military Massacres, and Other Toxic Situations – 3pm-4.30pm Weds 14th April

Click here to log your interest.


The Effect of Audio on Task Performance

I am final year BA Psychology student and am recruiting participants for my Final Year Project. My experiment is titled ‘The Effect of Audio on Task Performance’ and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The experiment is based online and I need a few more participants. If you’d like to take part there’s more info HERE


EU Survey on Drug Trends

The HSE and Health Research Board have launched the EU Web Survey to explore current drug trends in Ireland. The survey is asking adults in Ireland aged 18 and over, who have used drugs in the last 12 months, to complete a survey that will help shape the future of drug policies and interventions. The survey aims to improve understanding of patterns of drug use in 30 countries. Link HERE


An examination of factors associated with intended contraception use in University students 

This study consists of a one-sitting survey questionnaire investigating the impact of several different factors which may contribute to the decision- making process regarding intention to use contraception in University students. Complete the survey HERE


Talk on Mindfulness

On Tuesday 13th April 7.30pm, the Galway Branch Of Arthritis Ireland will host ‘An Introduction to Mindful Practice for People Living With Arthritis With Sandra Healy’. Sandra Healy PhD, MTAI is a qualified mindfulness teacher and teaches the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course which is used for the management of chronic pain. Sandra will explore the history of mindfulness and give an introduction to mindful practices including some we will do together. Sandra will give insight on how to use such practices to build the capacity to be mindful in our everyday lives. Tickets 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.


Skills for Study and Life FREE Workshops this April

  • 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!


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


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


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