SU Weekly Email 27 – 15th April 2021

SU Weekly Email 27 – 15th April 2021

Weekly Email

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


#NUIGSU21 Election Updates

  1. Full Time Officer Elections: Full Time Officer Election voting will take place 9am-9pm next Thurs 22nd April on our online election platform HERE and you will be able to vote in the Student Levy Referendum then too. We will be holding Hustings where you can meet and question your candidates next Tues 20th April with Flirt FM. The Sin Newspaper Election Special will be out on Tuesday too. Information on all the candidates will also be available on our online election platform.
  2. Part Time Officer Elections: Nominations are now open for the 14 Part Time Voluntary Officer positions on the SU for 2021/22. Nominations close at 5pm on Weds 21st of April. The Election will take place 9am-9pm Thurs 29th of April. You can nominate yourself HERE

If you’ve any questions about running for election or about anything to do with the elections please contact


Student Levy Referendum

Next Thurs 22nd April you will be asked to vote online 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. We will be posting more information about the referendum and holding information sessions over the next week. You can also find out more information about the proposed new student levy and what the changes would mean here:

Have more questions? Look out for our Q&A sessions on the SU Instagram page and come along to our Levy Referendum Zoom Info Session 7pm Mon 19th April – Join Zoom Meeting HERE (Meeting ID: 862 5524 7752 Passcode: 726951). You can also contact


Diversity Week Events Continue

  • 18:00 TODAY Thurs 15th April The History of Pride in Ireland. Speakers include: John O’Doherty (Rainbow Project – LGBT+ History in Northern Ireland),  Nuala Ward (LGBT+ History in Galway) and Sara Phillips (TENI – Trans History in Ireland). Chaired by Maeve Arunup the NUIG SU Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer. Get free tickets HERE
  • 18:00 Fri 16th April Black Lives Matter Panel Discussion. 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
  • 15:00 Sat 17th April “Towards Representation” – Diversity in Politics. Speakers Include: Eileen Flynn, Chris Pender, Bukky Adebowale and Eric Ehigie. Get free tickets HERE



The Semester 2 exam session runs from Tues 18th May to Fri 4thJune 2021. Exam Timetables and more information is available here. Repeat exams will take place Mon 9th – Thurs 19th August. Our Mid-Semester Survival Guide has some handy tips HERE


Nature Photo Competition

Take photos of the nature in your area and tag nuigsu on Instagram + use #NUIGNature for your chance to win SU Keep Cups and Reusable Water Bottles! Competition runs from Mon 19th April to Fri 30th of April 2021 and is open to all NUIG students and staff. In conjunction with NUIG Photography Society.


The NUIG Chase Fri 23rd April

We have teamed 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 6pm-8pm on Fri 23rd April. Our Quizmaster will be Paula Healy from Flirt FM and we have some great chasers lined up, some of whom you will be eager to battle against, but now we need players! Interested team players please complete this form, there are some exciting prizes up for grabs!

Our Chasers (so far) are:

  • Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh (NUI Galway President)
  • Larry Donnelly (NUI Galway Law Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education and political columnist)
  • Michael Coyne (NUI Galway Law IT Administrator)
  • Dr Brian Tobin (NUI Galway Law Lecturer)

Get tickets HERE


Hump Day Hoolie Tickets

Come along to our Hump Day Hoolie at 7.30pm every Wednesday for speed friending, games and prizes! Get your Hump Day Hoolie tickets HERE


#NUIGEarthDay Events Next Week

World Earth Day is on Thurs 22nd of April and there’s loads of events to mark it happening next week including:

More info and links for the week’s events will be available HERE


EYE On the Edge 23rd-25th April

EYE On the Edge is a 3-day online festival fusing politics, arts and culture to create dialogue, share ideas and respond to contemporary European and global challenges. There’s an exciting programme of discussions, workshops and artistic performances and tickets are FREE! More info + registration HERE


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


SU Disability Rights Clinic 12pm every Monday

Join our Disability Rights Officer Trish for a clinic every Monday at 1pm for any queries you may have. Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 967 0039 0280 Passcode: clinic)

How to Get Your ALIVE Certificate from the President

If you’ve any questions about your ALIVE Cert application come along 7pm Mon 19th April. Zoom link registration HERE. All welcome! More info from


Interested in becoming a mentor?

ATS Mentoring are now recruiting sign up HERE Join them for a Zoom Lunch meet up at 1pm on Thurs 22nd of April for your chance to find out more about what mentoring is really like. Everyone is welcome! Zoom Link For more info contact 


Collected Thoughts E-Zine

Collected Thoughts is a new e-zine, which focuses on how we interact with our landscape. Submissions are now open for the first edition: Lockdown & Landscape. Submissions are open for photography, poetry, prose, art and written reflections on interactions with the landscape throughout lockdown. To get in contact and to submit contact Lucy at More info here.


NUI Galway Student Sustainability Leadership Awards 2021

Applications are now open for the NUIG Student Sustainability Leadership Awards 2021. Successful applicants will be offered an 8 week scholarship (June-August 2021) with the Community University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP) team to further the roll out of the NUI Galway Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025. The central aim of the awards programme is to develop student leaders that are dedicated and enthusiastic about creating a more sustainable and community. Closing date for applications is 12 noon Fri 23rd April. Find out more here


Sin Issue 11

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


FREE Live Workouts

Our free live workouts with Lucia Byrne are on at 5.30pm every Monday and Wednesday until 19th of May. If you want to get stronger then this is the class for you! All fitness levels welcome. If you want to join email


Giveaway: NUIG Student Innovation Hub Closes Tomorrow

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 Fri 16th April.


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:


NUIG SubAqua Club Wet on Wednesdays Lecture series!

  • 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


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.


Varsity Sparks Student Entrepreneurship Competition – Team Speakeasy

We are delighted to acknowledge the Speakeasy team in their success over the weekend, finishing third place out of originally 75 contestants in the Varsity Sparks competition, awarding the team €1,000 in seed funding. A great achievement by the team consisting of three final year BSc Business Information Systems students Tara Gibney, Erin Hession and Eoin O’Malley. The team would like to share their gratitude to all those who voted and supported the team in their efforts.


Galway Community Café

Galway Community Café is a newly established out of hours adult mental health service. Whether struggling with stress and pressures of college, or needing a social outlet, we wanted to let the students of Galway know that the Galway Community Café is available for them. In line with current Covid-19 restrictions the café is open on a virtual basis. Anyone wishing to have a chat or learn more about the café is welcome to make an appointment through the website for a phone call or video chat with a peer connector. For more information check out the website and social media Facebook or Twitter


Is there a link between substance misuse and mental health challenges? Please take the survey and have your say! 

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. Take the Survey HERE


Galway City Mayor’s Awards for Volunteering Close Tomorrow

The annual awards will formally recognise the outstanding contributions that local volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations have made in supporting the residents of Galway City during the past year. There’s a number of categories and the deadline to apply is 5pm Friday 16th of April. More info and application HERE


TOYP Nominations Close this Sunday

Junior Chamber Ireland is looking for outstanding young persons (aged 18-40) to represent Ireland! Submit a nomination before this Sun 18th April! Nominate HERE


“Can using social media influence your views on politics and how you vote?”

EDIC Sligo is hosting a free webinar on this topic 1pm-1.45pm TODAY Thurs 15th April. Registration for the event is via Eventbrite HERE.


Extended Library Opening

The library is now open evenings and weekends. They are open 08:30-22:00 Mon-Fri, 08:30-17:30 Sat, 10:00-17:30 Sun. You can also now book 2 slots per day. Book your study space HERE


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