SU Weekly Email 8 – 12th November 2020

SU Weekly Email 8 – 12th November 2020

Weekly Email

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

Mental Health Week / Seachtain na Meabhairshláinte

Here’s just some of the free events we have happening for Mental Health Week next week. Keep an eye on our Website + Social Media for updates + competitions all week!

Mon 16th Nov

10:00 Mindfulness Workshop

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 913 6188 9314)

18:00 Self-Care during Covid-19 Panel Discussion (ZOOM ID: 968 0375 2952)

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class

Tues 17th Nov

08.15 Mindfulness Class

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 960 4311 0974)

18:00 “Diet or Disorder?” – Eating Disorder Awareness Talk Get Tickets Here.

Weds 18th Nov

All Day Competition: Find the positivity pebbles around campus

13:00 Yoga Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 932 8784 0996)

16:00 NUI Galway on Drugs Panel Discussion Get Tickets Here.

18.30 Free Strength & Conditioning Class

19.30 Hump Day Hoolie – Get Tickets Here

Thurs 19th Nov

10:00 Virtual Coffee Morning (ZOOM ID: 518 179 6706)

11:00 Fitness Class with Sports Unit (ZOOM ID: 979 9163 5589)

15:30 Changing Colours Workshop (Microsoft Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1)

17:00 Yoga Class with Yoga Soc

19:00 Movie Watch Along Party (Vote in our Twitter Poll for the movie we watch!)

Fri 20th Nov

08.15 Mindfulness Class

19:00 Big Weekend Table Quiz – Get tickets here

Imeachtaí SAOR IN AISCE iad ar fad! Tuilleadh eolais ar fail ó


Charity Socks

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity Socks are on sale now in the SU Shop and on the SU Website for just €9. All proceeds go to the SU Charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health. More info here.


Extra Study Space

There are now an extra 50 seats that are bookable Mon-Fri 9am-5pm for 2 hour slots in the Bailey Allen Hall via the library website. This is an interactive learning space with individual pods with sockets so you can talk on Zoom calls or attend your CÉIM sessions.


Hump Day Hoolie Tickets  

Our next Hump Day Hoolie is on at 7.30pm on Weds 18th Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, competitions and all the craic. Get your free tickets here!


Class Reps Meetings next week:

  • Mon 16th Nov 6pm College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Tues 17th Nov 6pm College of Business, Public Policy and Law
  • Tues 17th Nov 6pm Adult & Continuing Education
  • Weds 18th Nov 6pm Postgraduate Council
  • Weds 18th Nov 6pm College of Science and Engineering
  • Thurs 19th Nov 6pm College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies
  • Thurs 19th Nov 6pm Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge


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.


Laptop Loan Scheme Round 2 Closes Tomorrow

Application are open until tomorrow Fri 13th Nov for 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.


USA Summer Camp

You’ll find the perfect summer job abroad with USA Summer Camp. USA Summer Camp are based in Kildare and work with over 700 camps across America, each filled with adventure, fun and excitement. If you want a unique summer, packed full of adventure, while making friends from around the world and memories to last a lifetime – then join the live webinar especially for NUIG students at 3pm next Tuesday 17th November to meet the team, hear more about camp and get exclusive discounts! Join Zoom Meeting Here 3pm Tues 17th Nov (Meeting ID: 950 1634 6837 Passcode: J2a4Jc)


New Library Opening Hours

The Library is now open Mon-Fri 08:30-22:00 Sat 08:30-17:30 Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to book your library seat first here.


NUIG On Drugs

You are invited to an online panel discussion on international and national policy context, mental health and substance use, and NUI Galway’s draft substance use policy and the importance of student input. There’s a chance to win a One4All voucher by attending. The discussion takes place 4pm-5pm Weds 18th Nov, spaces are limited and you can register to attend here.


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


USA Summer Jobs

If you’re thinking of spending summer 2021 in the USA, USA Summer Jobs has the perfect J1 program for you! This highly independent J1 program allows you to have full control & flexibility over the most important aspects of your summer in the USA – where you work, where you live and who you live with. Sign up today and join the live zoom webinar especially for NUIG students at 4pm next Tuesday 17th of November to meet the team, learn about the J1 process and get exclusive discounts! Join Zoom Meeting Here 4pm Tues 17th Nov. (Meeting ID: 952 9760 1462 Passcode: J2a4Jc)


Apps + Tools to Enhance your College Life

Digital Champions are running a free 2 hour workshop to help you learn about some tools and apps to help you navigate the online learning environment, interact with your content and manage your time and deadlines. It’s on 11am-1pm Weds 18th Nov. Sign up here.


Study Participants Needed – win an Amazon Gift Card!

If you agree to participate, you can win 1 of 3 Amazon gift cards of €50 (or equivalent value in your local currency). The purpose of this study is to examine how different people interpret governmental policies or actions. It will take approximately 20 minutes, and 18+ and good command of English required; otherwise, it is open to everyone.


Changing Colours

An Ecopsychology Workshop Series from Student Services designed to support NUIG students to address their feelings about the ecological crises we are experiencing. 4 x 1.5 hour Workshops aligned with the cycle of the seasons beginning 3.30pm Thurs 19th Nov. Free, open to all, attend one or all four. On MS Teams Changing Colours Workshop 1


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.


Thinking about doing a postgraduate course?

The NUI Galway VIRTUAL Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Tuesday, 24th November. The event will comprise of a series of live presentations taking place during the day featuring all Colleges and postgrad courses, and also such topics as employability, funding opportunities, applications, research, and personal statements. This is your opportunity to virtually meet lecturers and postgraduate students, see what postgraduate programmes are on offer, and to talk online with staff from Postgraduate Admissions, Career Development Centre, Graduate Studies, Fees Office, and other student support services.

You can pre-register to attend online now here. 


NUIG Virtual Events

Keep up to date with all the NUIG Virtual Events that are going on HERE.


CARA Connect Programme

We recognise that this is a particularly isolating time for those in our campus community, with some feeling isolated, lonely, or disconnected from those around them. To work to combat these feelings we have developed the CARA Connect Programme which aims to support the power of conversation and connection. This programme is a peer buddy system, where students in similar locations around Galway City will be matched together to meet up for safe socially distant activities (e.g., walks/exercise, set up a weekly call/coffee or just to have someone you can say hello to each week!). The system will help participants to increase social interactions and form new friendships with other students and their peers. If you would like to participate in CARA Connect please complete the application form here 


Time Out Thursdays

The International Office are holding Time Out Thursdays at 2pm each Thursday. Join for top tips on self-care and wellbeing, socialise and meet new people, have fun and enjoy yourself! Follow nuigalwayinternational on Instagram for details.


Asthma Self-Management Masterclass Today

The Asthma Society of Ireland are hosting a webinar, an Asthma Self-Management Masterclass, at 5.30pm today Thurs 12th Nov via Zoom. The webinar aims to educate people with asthma, their carer’s and healthcare professionals on how to stay well during winter, focusing on the importance of medication compliance, inhaler technique, flu/pneumo vaccine and the importance of completing an Asthma Action plan with a healthcare professional. Registration is free and can be completed using this link.


First ever NUIG Zine – Contributors and Editors Welcome!

The NUIG Zine encourages people to get creative or start a new hobby! It doesn’t matter your level of experience in writing or photography, they want to receive submissions from and include as many people as possible in this project. You can volunteer to be part of its creation or be a contributor and they meet up once a week. To get in touch please email Twitter: @nuigzine


Language Proficiency Study Participants Required

Would you like to participate in a study which aims to find out whether your ability to speak or perform in an acquired language (language proficiency) and how experienced you are in an acquired language (language experience) can determine how well you do on reading comprehension (the ability to process what they read and understand its meaning)? For more info please email Lerena Hong (4thyear Undergrad Speech & Language Therapy)


Are You Anxious about your Asthma or COPD?

The Asthma Society have an Asthma and COPD WhatsApp messaging service. This service is free of charge and allows people with asthma and their carer’s, to send a WhatsApp message to 086 059 0132, to start their conversation with an experienced respiratory nurse specialist to seek support, advice and information about their asthma.


Participants Needed: COVID-19 Study

Irish undergraduate and graduate students (age 18+) are being recruited for a study exploring how diet, sleep, and physical activity impact resilience to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an international collaboration involving USA, Netherlands, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Uganda as well as Ireland. The questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete and will be open until 20th Nov. Complete survey here.


Need Grinds?

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


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