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SU Weekly Email 6 – 29th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Starts Monday! Sign Up Now!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which starts this Mon 2nd Nov and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week!

More info + Registration link here.

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! For more info contact

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.


Walktober Final Week To Win

It’s the final week of our NUIG Walktober challenge and there’s loads of ways for you to win again this week:

  1. Hit the step count target of 12,000 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Staycation Limerick writing Competition
  4. Just keep walking and don’t forget to log all your teams final steps by 2pm Mon 2nd Nov!  


Free Temporary Bike Lights

As part of the Light Up Your Life campaign we have a limited number of free temporary bike lights available outside the SU Shop along with free high vis vests. Please take what you need and stay safe. We also have free SU Diaries and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the shop for you Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.


Hump Day Hoolie!

Our next Hump Day Hoolie takes place at 7.30pm on Weds 4th of Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Limited to 50 people. Get your free tickets here.


Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Next programme starts Mon 2nd Nov For more info visit  


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


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


Need Grinds?

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


Click if you mean it!

At the moment 1/3 of study space bookings in the library are not being claimed – please cancel your booking if you’re not able to use it. Many book requests are not being collected either so please email if you no longer need books you ordered. We are continuing to petition the University to open up more study spaces for students on campus.


Free Bootcamp + Yoga Sessions

The NUIG Sports Unit are running weekly Bootcamp (Tues/Thurs) and Yoga sessions (Mon/Thurs) for students/staff to get involved and get active. Head along to their launch events at 11am and 4pm TODAY on Zoom to find out more. Session 1 11am TODAY: Spooktacular Beginners (Passcode: begin1)

Session 2 4pm TODAY: Halloween Survival (Passcode: tough1)


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.


COVID-19 Conversations 5pm TODAY!

Join Dr Sue Redmond, Lorraine and Aisling for some Desk Yoga! This fun session will be using ocean and seaweed imagery for movement & exploring self-compassion, all with music. It will take place on Zoom from 5pm TODAY Thurs 29th Oct. Join here.


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.


Carve + Chill Tonight!

Grab a pumpkin and join NeuroSoc at 7pm tonight Thurs 29 Oct for their pumpkin carving event via Microsoft Teams. More info from or on their Instagram.


NUIG Zoom Accounts

All NUIG staff and students now have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can access your NUIG Zoom account through the apps in your Office 365 account or directly from the NUI Galway Zoom Login Page. More info ISS Zoom Webpage.


ALIVE Volunteering

Final call for students to join our project with the Galway Safe App. Join a team of volunteers that will brainstorm and engage in social media promotion – together making a big impact! You can have a watch of Neil sharing about the volunteering project on our YouTube channel here.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Pop a line to with any questions!


Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to – deadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal


In Conversation with Úna-Minh Kavanagh : The power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Join this Zoom conversation at 6pm Weds 4th Nov HERE. Úna-Minh is the Founder and Editor of, Travel Writer, Author of ‘Anseo’, Gamer and a Multimedia Content Producer. In her first book, she writes honestly and humorously about tackling racism, language elitism and online trolls and the joy of turning her love of the internet, video games and accessible Irish-language content into a healthy work/life balance.


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.


Need Someone to Talk To?


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


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.


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.




We all need a little help from time to time and the Students’ Union is no different. If you’re interested in any of our upcoming campaigns just drop us a line or call up. Sometimes you can get campaign t-shirts for helping and get other free goodies too.

If you are interested in Volunteering there are various options available.

Flirt FM 101.3 is the award-winning student radio station for Galway city. Part of a 24 station national network of community radio stations, we’ve been broadcasting from University of Galway since September 1995 with three paid staff, the station is composed of up to 150 student volunteers (this is where you come in!)

On air weekdays throughout the year, we’re on FM 24hrs five days a week, and 70 hours a week during the holidays, with our webstream running the rest of the time.

So what do we sound like? Well, certainly not your average station. Flirt FM is by, of and for the third-level students of Galway; providing an alternative to locally available commercial radio. In fact, we’re the only dedicated alternative station in Ireland. In addition to tuning in on 101.3fm you can listen online and message us at, find us on TuneIn, Facebook, Twitter, Mixcloud, Snapchat and text us on 085 180 1013.

If you’re interested in volunteering, complete our online application form at Whether your interest lies in production, technical work, interviewing, promotion, research, editing or presenting we’d like to hear from you!

Working at the station has many perks; it’s a great social network, you can get an ALIVE certificate, and crucially, if you’d like to work in broadcast media the experience and skills you will pick up along the way are invaluable. Over the past 20 years our volunteers have gone on to work in media outlets all over the world, and so could you!

What is the ALIVE Student Volunteering Programme?

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) was established by the University to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that University of Galway students make by volunteering either at home, in Galway or within the University community itself.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

As an University of Galway students you can volunteer with a huge variety of community organisations, including:

  • Big Brother, Big Sister
  • Gaf Youth Café
  • Homework Clubs
  • Simon Community

The list is endless! Log on to to see the latest opportunities.

Why volunteer?
  • Gain life experiences and skills
  • Meet interesting people Have fun!
  • Gain work experience
  • Give back
  • Be an agent of social change
  • Broaden your horizons
  • For the challenge

Volunteering is a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge, skills and abilities, to understand and appreciate the diversity of our society and to work in partnership with communities for mutual benefit.

University of Galway ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering

Get your ALIVE Certificate when you volunteer, it is a great addition to any CV. The ALIVE Certificate recognises your volunteering at home, in Galway, abroad or on campus, including: Student Connect Mentoring, Societies, Clubs, Access, Flirt FM, Class Reps and community organisations.

For further information contact:

Lorraine Tansey,
Student Volunteer Coordinator
Email :
Tel : +353 91 495346, Ext 5346

ALIVE office

Location: The Hub, Áras na Mac Léinn
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 2pm-5pm

As Galway’s only student newspaper, Sin provides the best opportunity for students to get involved in journalism, photography, design, and other areas of newspaper production. But why contribute? Well there are lots of reasons: there’s the chance to gain experience that will prove valuable and rewarding later on in your career, but also in many other aspects of life; you’ll meet new people, many of whom share some of your interests. There’s also the chance to work with a great group of contributors who’ll teach you invaluable information about the media; Sin provides its contributors with a wide audience, and finally you get your name in print, something that people in print journalism value the most. Sin has a print run of 6000, is out every two weeks, on average is about 28 pages long, and is distributed on campus as well as to many locations in Galway City. To get involved is easy, meetings are held every week, and all are welcome. Contact for more information.

What is Student Connect?

Basically it’s a programme where students help students!
Do you remember how it felt to be a first year student? Did you find coming to University a daunting experience? Did you know who to ask if you had a difficulty? If the answer to these questions is yes then you could help us with our peer mentoring programme.

The aim of Student connect is to provide a friendly and caring introduction to University of Galway for first-year students through the facilitation of student-to-student help and encouragement. The benefits of the programme are two-fold: Students have an experienced student to contact if they encounter any difficulties and first year students meet a new group of friends. Your mentor is a 2nd or 3rd year student who has been in the same position as you and can answer and queries you have in relation to starting your new life in University.

How does Student Connect Work?

You will be allocated a mentor at orientation. After meeting our mentor they will bring you and your group on a campus tour and take you for a cup of coffee to chat about the University. Your mentor will give you their mobile number and email address and will contact you a important time throughout the year. They can introduce you into Clubs/Societies and you can contact them to discuss any issues that might be of concern to you. Your mentor will meet you and your group for a second time about 4 weeks into the first semester to check in with you and see how your are doing.

For further info go to the Student Services Website

Would you like to help out at different events/activities and gain skills in communicating with various people, distributing information to potential applicants and assisting them.  You will be able to add any hours you volunteer with the Access Centre to your ALIVE certificate.

The Access Centre consists of Access Programmes Office, Disability Office and Mature Students Office.

There are a number of events throughout the year which require volunteers.

Here’s the link to the form “VOLUNTEER FORM”: and you can select those events that you would like to volunteer at.