SU Weekly Email 5 – 22nd October 2020

SU Weekly Email 5 – 22nd October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Sign Ups Are Open!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week for 6 weeks starting from this Mon 29th of Oct! Classes will be run by Lucia Byrne Fitness at 6.30pm each Monday and Wednesday via Zoom. More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme. It’s not a one size fits all event – you know your own capabilities so you do you! Feel free to join at any time and we will have lots of perks for everyone taking part!

For more info contact


Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 2 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps

How to win in week 3 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 10,100 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition by 1pm Friday 23rd Oct – theme is rivers/the sea.
  3. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm on Tues 27th Oct (Monday is a Bank Holiday!) on


Event Crew Meeting Today

The first meeting of our Event Crew is at 4pm TODAY Thurs 22nd October. Give Pádraic a shout on if you want to get involved


Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on


Free SU Diaries, SU Cards + Wall Planners

Call to the SU Shop in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner.


Level 5 At NUIG Update


Minding Our Mental Health during COVID-19

Mental Health Ireland have put together some great tips, worksheets, videos and resources to help you mind your mental health. More info here.


Library Still Open

The NUIG library will be staying open during Level 5 restrictions. Mon – Fri 08:30 – 20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 and Sun 10:00-17:30. You can book your seat here.


Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by this Sunday 25th Oct 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email  or phone 091 536 400


Sult + SU Shop Still Open

Sult will still be open on campus for takeaway food and tea/coffee Mon-Fri. The SU Shop will also be open in the Library Basement 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri and you can get your FREE SU Diary, SU Card and Flirt FM Wall Planner there!


NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.


Do you want to learn Irish?

Do you want to learn more about our national language and ways to learn it? Join USI for ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ at 1pm Fri 6th Nov. Tickets here.


Win a Student Leap Card Goodie Bag!

Enter their competition on Facebook HERE or on Instagram HERE. Closing date midnight TONIGHT Thurs 22nd Oct!


Ar mhaith leat an nGaeilge a fhoghlaim?

Ar mhaith leat níos mó eolais a fháil ar ár dteanga náisiúnta agus conas í a fhoghlaim? Bígí linn ‘I Wish I Could Speak Irish But…’ Aoine, 6 Samhain, 1 i.n. Cláraigh anseo.


Barriers To Law Survey

Are you a law student or graduate that came through the ACCESS programme or HEAR/DARE scheme? Have you encountered particular barriers that did not exist for your peers and colleagues? Please fill out the Barriers To Law survey and have your say HERE.


Webinar on Being Young in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Speakers will be exploring what policy makers can do in Ireland and across Europe to address the challenges of young people in the wake of the pandemic at 11am IST Tomorrow Fri 23rd Oct. Register here.


Galway Wind Park Scholarship Fund Open

Students living within 20km of the Wind Park can apply for 50% funding support towards third-level education fees, up to a maximum of 3 years. Closing date for applications is Fri 6th Nov. More info.


Can Everyone Afford to be Green?

How easy is it to go green, to make deliberate, eco-friendly choices when you’re barely getting by? Can everyone afford to dedicate time to learn and take action to become more sustainable? Join NYCI for this online event 5pm Weds 4th Nov HERE.


Free Irish Times Subscription

As an NUIG student you get a Free subscription to The Irish Times. The free one year digital subscription allows access to premium content, unlimited articles and special offers for subscribers. Sign up here.


Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE


Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. The University are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.


What do I do if… 

I experience symptoms:  

  • If you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms – high temperature (38°C or higher), a cough, difficulty breathing, a change or loss of your sense of smell or taste – you must act quickly. Stay at home or isolate on campus. Phone the Student Health Unit on (091) 492604 or fill out their online screening form or phone your local GP. Describe your symptoms and follow the doctor’s instructions.

I receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis:  

  • Follow public health advice. You will need to self-isolate and your close contacts will need to get tested and restrict their movements.
  • You should contact the University confidentially (either by emailing or contacting lecturer/administrator). This will enable the University to offer support.

I discover my classmate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative. See the difference between a ‘close’ and ‘casual’ contact on the HSE website.

I discover my housemate has had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis: 

  • You are considered a close contact. You need to get tested for COVID-19 and restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative.


Financial Aid Fund Open

Don’t let money worries cost you your education. The Student Assistance Fund provides financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulties while attending college.


Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. Last session is Tues 27th of Oct 11am-12pm.  Register to attend here.

More info from


Need Someone to Talk To?


Student Leap Cards

Our office is still closed so we can’t currently process Student Leap Card applications and we don’t have a reopening date yet. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056


Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé


Contact Us

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