SU Weekly Email 7 – 5th November 2020

SU Weekly Email 7 – 5th November 2020

Weekly Email

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

Join the Kilometre Challenge

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which runs until Mon 30th Nov and you can still join in! You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. 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 including access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week! More info + Registration link here.

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. You can donate to the charities online here.

Class Rep Meetings / Cruinnithe Ionadaithe Ranga 

The first SU Council meeting of the year will be help at 6pm on Monday 9th of November. This meeting is for all class reps so please attend if you can. The timetable of Class Reps meetings for this semester is available here. If you have any queries about Class Reps please contact Emma on

Hump Day Hoolie

7.30pm Weds 11th Nov is our fourth NUIG SU Hump Day Hoolie! There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Want in? Get your FREE Ticket now!

2 Minute Beach Clean

Unfortunately due to Level 5 restrictions we can’t do our monthly clean up tomorrow. However if you want to do a #2minutebeachclean with your household in your 5km radius Clean Coasts have some great information and motivation for you here.

Sin Issue 3

You can read issue 3 of Sin online here for all your NUIG news! Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on

Need to use a PC?

You can now pre book a PC in the Library. More info here.

Free Mindfulness Classes

There are free Mindfulness Classes running for NUIG students every Tuesday and Friday. More info and link here.

Laptop Loan Scheme Round 2 open

Application are open until Fri 13th November for the second round of the NUIG Laptop Loan Scheme. More info and online application form here. For any queries please email:

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.

Download the Galway Safe App

We are encouraging all students to download the Galway Safe App which aims to reduce drownings in Galway City. The free app uses GPS technology to offer support to people detected lingering in particular waterside areas of the city late at night or early in the morning.

NUIG Conferring Postponed

NUIG has postponed the Winter Conferring ceremonies to the summer of 2021 when hopefully in person ceremonies can be held on campus. This decision was made based on feedback from students who were due to graduate. Anyone who booked robes can apply to get a full refund and degree parchments will be posted out to graduates. If you have any queries please contact

Don’t forget that all NUIG graduates can register to vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. More info here.

How to Be an Ally

This practical workshop training at 6pm on Thurs 12th Nov is designed for those that want to be antiracist and gives you the tools to explore this role as an Ally. Expert facilitator Megan Maria Browne sets up a safe space for all to learn. Questions? Pop ALIVE a line

All welcome! Sign up for the zoom link here.

Updates for International Students

A reminder to all NUIG International Students that if you need Emergency assistance out of office hours you can phone 086 8576152.

The International Office are also starting Time Out Thursdays from 2pm today. These events will have tips for self-care and wellbeing. You will get to socialise, meet new people, have fun and enjoy yourself! Follow @nuigalwayinternational on Instagram for Zoom link.

Mental Health Wellbeing Programme: Limited Places Remaining!

WRAP® is an evidence-based programme that places participants at the centre of their own well-being. Participants cultivate a deepened understanding of their own self, by identifying early warning signs and triggers, while developing personal wellness tools and plans to maintain wellness. Participants partake in four 2.5 hour sessions, over two weeks, beginning Saturday Nov 7th. A select number of students will also have the opportunity to train as facilitators of WRAP®, qualified to deliver an evidence-based, internationally recognised mental health framework. To receive further upon WRAP® and an Online Form, e-mail Project Coordinator

Walktober is Over!

The final NUIG leader board for our Walktober challenge is now live!

The Top 5 teams were:

  1. Stride of Pride 408,176 steps
  2. Between a Walk and a Hard Pace 370,286 steps
  3. GPS Skywalkers 357,944 steps
  4. Full Time Craic 316,550 steps
  5. BioTreks 309,665 steps

Well done to everyone for putting in an amazing amount of steps over October! If you want to keep going why not join our Kilometre Challenge for November!

Attention NUIG Graduates

Údarás na hOllscoile, the Governing Authority, is the ultimate decision-making body in NUIG. Nominations are now open for NUIG staff and graduates to run for election to Údarás na hOllscoile. Nominations close 30th Nov. More info + applications here

Check The Register

Have you registered to vote? You can now go to to check the DRAFT Register of Electors. If your details are missing/incorrect you have until Weds 25th Nov to get them amended so you can vote.

International Student Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are now available for International Students to discuss any issues you may be having. The clinics are hosted by the SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

President’s Awards for Research Excellence

Applications Close 5pm Mon 9th Nov for the President’s Awards for Research Excellence. There are 3 categories: 1. Early Stage Researcher Award 2. Established Researcher Award 3. Research Supervisor Award. Further info

Stay Safe

HIV Ireland has launched two great new free services that are available to everyone and can be posted out to you:

Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum Competition

The Irish Student Entrepreneurship Forum (ISEF) is a student-run, not-for-profit initiative which provides student entrepreneurs with a platform to launch and grow their businesses. They run an annual, multi-stage competition, where finalists gain the opportunity to present their start-ups to a judging panel of established business leaders, as well as potential investors at a showcase event. There’s a series of workshops for contestants with companies such as Web Summit, Broadlake and Dublin BIC in the lead up to the event. Apply here. Application deadline Sun 15th Nov.

Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link

Science on Screen Film Festival Starts Today

The Festival runs 5th-8th November showcasing the best of science films. All films are free but tickets are limited. Full programme and registration.  

Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. For more info visit  

Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.

Need help with Maths?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second year students across all NUIG colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses. Here you can receive extra mathematics or statistics tuition during their online service hours.

Need help with Writing?

The NUIG Academic Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average.

Need help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUIG students who are taking any programming/software development courses. This free service supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics.

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. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056

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