SU Weekly Email 30 – 2nd April 2020

SU Weekly Email 30 – 2nd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.


Exam Timetable Update

You are now able to access your new exam timetables. There are few key changes that we would like to draw your attention to:

  • Exams will start 21st April and finish Fri 15th May (an extension of 1 week)
  • There will only be two exam time slots 9:30am and 2:30pm.
  • You will only have a max of 1 online exam per day.
  • In certain circumstances you will be able to carry up to 10 ECTS into your next year of study.
  • There will be no capping on repeat exams this academic year (unless the Exam Security Group apply it in individual cases)
  • You will only be required to repeat components of a module you have failed and not the entire module
  • You will have up to 30 minutes extra time to upload supporting documents i.e. diagrams
  • Where the Disability Support Service has recommended exam accommodations for you, please liaise with the appropriate staff in the relevant discipline to request that any required exam accommodations are put in place for timed assessments designed to replace the semester 2 exams
  • If students have caring responsibilities, we have asked for academics to be flexible with the current situation we are all in. If you feel that an exam/assessment really isn’t working for you in this context, we would advise to get in contact with the relevant academic staff.
  • Each student will be required to sign a disclaimer to say the work they have done is their own and may be requested to complete a viva, if there are concerns about ownership of work.

Full advice from the exams office can be found HERE

UG Marks and Standards

PG Marks and Standards.



Well done to all the Sin team on getting their last issue out on schedule. This Shutdown Special issue has all the news you need to know about NUIG life. Read it here.


SU Elections Update

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the election of the remainder of the SU Officer positions will be postponed until the 2020/21 Academic Year (Dates to be confirmed). These positions are:

  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • Societies’ Chairperson
  • Convenor of College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • SU Council Chair

For more information contact 


Your incoming SU Officers for 2020/21 who will take up their positions on the 1st of July are:

President: Pádraic Toomey

Vice President/Education Officer: Emma Sweeney

Vice President/Welfare & Equality Officer: Róisín Nic Lochlainn

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin Mac an tSaoir

Mature Students: Michelle Mitchell

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer: Maeve Arnup

Disability Rights Officer: Patricia O’Mahony

Postgraduate Taught Officer: Martin Smyth

Postgraduate Research Officer: Sebastiaan Bierema

Clubs’ Captain: Kirsty Moran

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies: Claire McHale

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering: Aoife Buckley

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Evan O’Flaherty


Refund Students Their Deposits!

The Union of Students in Ireland and Students’ Unions across Ireland have teamed up with Uplift to call for signatories to an open letter demanding student rent refunds.

Please sign the open letter here.


Marchathon Update

Well done to all our NUI Galway Marchathon teams on a great effort again this year. Extra congratulations to the Red Hot Chili Steppers team who came 1st in NUIG and 17th Nationally!

The NUIG Top 10 teams were:
1. Red Hot Chili Steppers
2. ISS Plodders
3. Stride of Pride
4. Right to Travel
5. GPS Walkers
6. B-MSCs = Big Manly Slow Celts
7. Walk for Life
8. Legs Miserable
9. The Wingers
10. Schteps

Hope everyone keeps up the socially distant steps! View the full leader board on


Ally File Convertor

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). If you cannot access this via your Blackboard account or want to convert other files, Ally have just launched a temporary webpage to help you convert files call the file transformer. The link for this is here. 


NUIG Society Updates

The Socs Box have put together an updated webpage with COVID-19 information along with stuff to keep you entertained, self-care tips and lots more to keep you connected here.


Need Career Advice?

The Career Development Centre team are available to support you online at the moment. You can submit a query or book an online appointment through our online portal Careers Connect here.


Need access to books/journals?

Keep an eye on the NUI Galway Library Blog for updates on free access to books and journals across a range of subjects.


Questionnaire: Green Spaces on NUIG Campus and benefits to wellbeing

A final year Geography student at NUIG is carrying out a research project on the benefits of green spaces, namely those in NUI Galway, and to effectively investigate how they might benefit ones sense of wellbeing. Please complete the short questionnaire here if you are familiar with the green spaces at NUIG.


Free Condoms and Lube

Sexual Health West are offering a FREE mail service of condoms and lubricant to make sure that we are staying safe while at home. During this time it is vital to avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. Please contact The condom and lube wrappers will be treated prior to posting. Stay safe!


Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Galway

Join a free online introduction to meditation class this Saturday 4th April at 2pm at or meditate now at



This is a list of services that have been made available for free for the duration of the #COVID19 pandemic:


Flirt FM

Flirt FM is still on the air and all their amazing volunteers are doing great work putting together new shows to keep you entertained. Tune in on 101.3FM or here.


NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date:



We won’t be emptying out any lockers during the campus shutdown. As soon as campus is accessible again you can retrieve items from your locker.


Applications for NUIG Sports Scholarships extended to 15th May

These are open to new and current NUIG students. More info and online application HERE.


Global Undergraduate Awards

Applications are open for the Global Undergraduate Awards 2020 Programme. If you are from the class of 2019, 2020 or 2021 and have a piece of academic coursework that received an A grade or equivalent then you are eligible to submit. Entry deadline is 12noon Tues 2nd June.

More info here.


Interested in studying Law?

Applications are now open for the UCD Sutherland School of Law Graduate Programmes. More info here.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to with any questions you may have.


Artice by
Joanna Brophy