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SU Weekly Email 34 – 3rd June 2021

Weekly Email

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


Last Weekly Email

It’s our last weekly email of the year! Thanks so much for reading and goodbye from your current SU Officers who finish up on the 30th of June. Your new SU Officers start work on the 1st of July and we are here for you all summer. Just give us a shout if you need anything.


SU Click and Collect

We’ve more SU Click and Collect spaces available:

  • 12pm-3pm TODAY Thurs 3rd June

Book HERE to get your Student Leap Cards, Class Rep Hoodies, Condoms, Second Hand Books, SU Charity Socks, return Locker Keys etc!


SU Locker Clear Out Bookings Are Open

Book a time slot HERE to finally get your stuff back! Pick the time slot for your locker area and book in now:

  • 11am-12pm Tues 15th June South Campus (Concourse, Library Basement, IT Building and Arts Millennium Building)
  • 1pm-2pm Tues 15th June North Campus (Engineering Building, Áras Moyola)


Period Poverty Survey

Please take 5 minutes to complete our Period Poverty survey and have your say on this important issue. Take the survey HERE.


€13,000 Raised for SU Charities!

Massive thank you and GRMA to everyone who ran, walked, cycled, dyed their hair, spread kindness, quizzed, sex toy bingoed, Hump Day hoolied, bought charity socks + challenged themselves to help us to raise €13,000 for the SU Charities this year. The funds are going to our 3 amazing charities: Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health


End the €3,000 Student Contribution Fee

We have joined the USI and Students’ Unions around the country in a call to end the Student Contribution Fee. The €3,000 fee means students in the Republic of Ireland pay the highest undergraduate fees in the EU. If you want to get involved in the fight against the fee please contact your TDs now.


Exam Results

  • Undergraduate Results: Official 1st Sitting results are scheduled for release from 8th -13th July 2021.
  • International Students: Official Results (course instances 1EM1, 1OA2, 1OA3 only) are released via the International Office.
  • Postgraduate Results: Official Summer (1st Sitting) results are scheduled for release on Friday, 21st July 2021.

The schedule of what days/times exam results will be released is available HERE.

Repeat exams will take place 9th-19th August and except in the case of the Exams Security Group or Plagiarism Advisor/Officer, there will be no capping of repeat exams for any modules in the 2020-2021 academic year. Information about exam result appeals and rechecks


Dates for Year Ahead

The provisional semester dates for the year ahead are HERE. Please note that these are PROVISIONAL. Keep an eye on the NUIG Alert Page for further updates about the year ahead HERE.


Library Summer Hours

The library is closing at 17:30 tomorrow Fri 4th June and will be closed for the Bank Holiday Weekend (5th-7th June Inclusive). Library summer hours start Tues 8th June and are 08:30-17:30 Mon-Fri (Closed Sat/Sun).

Don’t forget to return your library books using the brown book return bin outside the main library door 24/7


Moving Out? Donate Don’t Dump!

If you’re moving out and have food items that you don’t want to go to waste Galway Simon Community are taking donations of unopened non-perishable food items (e.g. pasta, rice, tinned food). Please phone them on 091 381 828 to arrange a donation drop off.

Glassary are accepting donations of the following items until Fri 18th June: Office Equipment, Power Adaptors, Kettles, Toasters, Cooking Utensils, Bowls/Plates/Cups, Coffee Makers, TV’s, Umbrellas, Boardgames, Books, Heaters, Dehumidifiers and Lamps. They can be donated at collection points in Corrib Village, Goldcrest, Gort na Coiribe and the Westwood. Contact d.kerins4@nuigalway.ie for more info or to donate items not on list.


Life After Graduation Weds 9th – Fri 11th June

‘Life After Graduation – Explore Your Next Steps’ is an exciting opportunity to hear from employers and alumni alike as you take that first step into the world of work or further study Weds 9th-Fri 11th June. Hear from employers and NUIG recent graduates who will share their experiences and tips. More info and registration HERE


Post Exam Self-Compassion Workshops

The NUIG Counselling Service is holding 2 post exam self-compassion workshops that all NUIG students are welcome to attend. They are on at 16:00 Weds 9th June and 12:00 Fri 11th June. No need to register just follow the link on the student calendar here.


Humanitarian Crisis Journalism

Sin newspaper and STAND are holding an event at 6.30pm on Thurs 10th of June on Humanitarian Crisis Journalism with speaker Philip Kleinfeld. More info and free tickets HERE


Student Advisors

Students Advisors are University Staff here to support you and they can offer advice and guidance on academic, personal, professional and financial matters. Advisor contact details:


Eating Disorder Support

Anyone of any age, gender, background or profession can develop an eating disorder. Recovery might be difficult and take time, but it is possible. Bodywhys provide great support and you can contact them HERE.


Lasta Festival

Lasta is an exciting arts festival curated by young people in eight Nasc Network venues across Ireland which takes place 11th-20th June. There is a great line up including comedy, theatre, dance, music, poetry, professional panels, and visual art. Some of the names announced so far are, Owen Colgan, AfroPopCity, NewDad, Drifting with Paul Mescal and Dafhyd Flynn, Lisa Canny, and there are many more to come. Find out more: Instagram@lastafestival2021 Twitter@LFestival2021 Tik Tok@lastafestival21


#StudentSurveyIE Interim Results Bulletin is out now!

Data from almost 50,000 student survey responses outlines the effects that the #COVID19 pandemic has had on students in higher education. Read more HERE


International Men’s Health Week

International Men’s Health Week will run from Mon 14th to Sun 20th of June. The week aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. It will support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices/activities. It will also encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males. More info HERE


Free Yoga Breaks

Sinéad from Love Yoga has lots of free yoga videos for you to take a quick 5 minute yoga break or a longer 20 or 30 minute break. Videos are HERE


Big Yellow Thing Socks On Sale

Our Big Yellow Thing Charity socks are back on sale from the SU Website HERE and also from the SU Shop in the Library basement. They make a really handy present that you can put in the post! All proceeds from sock sales go to the SU Charities.


Camino of the Body & Mind

Camino of the Body & Mind, is a virtual Camino that is designed to nurture both body and mind while raising funds for Galway Rape Crisis Centre. It begins on Mon 7th of June and more info including registration is available HERE


Mental Health Supports

Don’t be afraid to reach out, you’re not alone. More info here.


Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.



Students’ Union Calls for End to €3,000 Student Contribution Fee


Students’ Union Calls for End to €3,000 Student Contribution Fee

NUI Galway Students’ Union has joined the USI and Students’ Unions around the country in a call to end the Student Contribution Fee. The €3,000 fee means students in the Republic of Ireland pay the highest undergraduate fees in the EU.

At a socially distanced “Education for All” protest outside Leinster House this week student leaders asked the Government to remove the fee which is a huge barrier to education for students and their families. Funding of public Higher Education Institutions has dropped dramatically and in the current period of economic turbulence Higher Education funding needs to be prioritized.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We need a publicly funded system, not a student funded system. Our students and their families are stretched to breaking point trying to pay the highest fees in the EU. In Spain students pay €750, in France they pay €170 whilst in Germany they don’t pay fees at all. We are calling on our members and their families to contact their TD’s to lobby for the removal of this barrier to education.”

Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “Students can’t afford to pay €3,000 per year and many rely on part time jobs and the assistance of their families to foot the bill of pursuing an education. The current pandemic means that students have lost these part time jobs and the news that the Government will be removing PUP payments for students in September is another unacceptable blow. We are asking TDs to make the Irish education system accessible for all.”

Want to Contact your TD? Find their contact details HERE

Pictured (Left to Right): Craig McHugh (USI), Pádraic Toomey (NUIG SU), Lorna Fitzpatrick (USI)

Students’ Union Welcomes NUIG Turnaround on student accommodation payments


Students’ Union Welcomes NUIG Turnaround on student accommodation payments

NUI Galway Students’ Union has today welcomed the University’s decision to provide refunds to students who no longer wish to take up spaces in on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. Many students booked accommodation at the Corrib Village and Goldcrest developments on the basis that they were told by the University they would have on campus teaching hours this semester. The students subsequently discovered they would have no teaching time or very limited hours which didn’t justify their outlay on the accommodation.

NUI Galway Students’ Union took up the campaign on behalf of these students and their families with the University. Campus Living who run the two developments on behalf of the University yesterday evening confirmed that they would be “entitled to a refund if they decide not to proceed with their booking due to having less time on campus than originally planned.”

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are delighted that the University has listened to the student body and reversed their earlier decision. We are all facing a very uncertain future with the current global pandemic. Adding any extra financial pressures to students and their families is not acceptable. Now is a time to be flexible and compassionate. The national Education For All campaign launched this week highlights the pressing need for a publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights.”

Students’ Union Welfare and Equality Officer Róisín Nic Lochlainn added: “We hope that other student accommodation providers and landlords in Galway will follow the University’s lead and provide refunds to students who no longer need accommodation. Many students and their families had to make tough decisions to book accommodation with incomplete information about how much time they would actually be on campus. Now that the picture is finally becoming clearer our students are finding themselves stuck with accommodation they can’t afford and no jobs available for them to pay the rent.”

SU Weekly Email 1 – 24th September 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.


Free Face Masks

The SU Office might be closed but you can call in to our SU Pop Up in the Quad to pick up your pack of 3 free reusable face masks. The masks have been supplied by NUI Galway and there’s a pack for every NUIG student so don’t panic! We will also have FREE SU Diaries, SU Cards and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the SU Pop Up. Please wear a mask and follow the social distancing signage/instructions. The Pop Up will be open until Fri 9th Oct and our provisional opening hours are here.


What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Pádraic su.president@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Education: Emma  su.education@nuigalway.ie

Vice-President/Welfare & Equality: Róisín  su.welfare@nuigalway.ie

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin su.gaeilge@nuigalway.ie

Mature Students: Michelle  su.maturestudents@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Taught: Martin su.pgtaught@nuigalway.ie

Postgraduate Research: Sebastiaan  su.pgresearch@nuigalway.ie

Clubs: Kirsty su.clubs@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Claire su.arts@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Science and Engineering: Aoife su.scienceengineering@nuigalway.ie

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Evan su.medicine@nuigalway.ie

Gender and LGBT+ Rights: Maeve su.lgbt@nuigalway.ie

Disability Rights: Patricia su.disability@nuigalway.ie


5 Ways To Get Involved in Your SU this Year

  1. Charity Challenge – Each month we will have a different charity challenge to raise funds for the SU Charities. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info
  2. Event Crew – The crew will organise events during term to give students a chance to meet up on or off line. Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for info
  3. Class Representatives – Each class elects a class rep to be their voice. Contact su.education@nuigalway.ie for info
  4. Welfare Crew – The crew will organise campaigns on student issues such as sexual health, mental health and equality issues. Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for info
  5. Elections – There are currently 5 Vacant Officer positions to be filled. Contact studentsunion@nuigalway.ie for info


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 (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056



Galway is currently at level 2 (green). We would love to reach level 1 but to do that we need to stop the spread of Covid-19 by:

  1. Limiting our social contacts to priority contacts.
  2. Practising good hand hygiene. There are hand sanitisation stations all around campus. Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
  3. Wearing a face covering. Free reusable face masks are available from the SU Pop Up at the Quad. There are 3 for every NUIG student.
  4. Keep social distance of 2 metres and please follow the yellow arrows/social distancing markings on campus.
  5. Maintain good cough/sneeze etiquette. Throw used tissues in the bin.
  6. Self-isolate if you feel you have any symptoms of COVID and ring your GP or the Student Health Unit ASAP to arrange a test.
  7. Download the free Covid Tracker App.



This week the national #EducationForAll campaign was launched calling on politicians to take immediate action on Higher Education Funding. It’s time to end fees. Cut Rents. Support Students. Learn more about the campaign here. Sign the campaign petition here.


Walktober – Win Prizes by Walking!

Walktober our annual Walking Challenge that runs from Mon 5th Oct to Sun 1st Nov. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway. How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online www.activetravellogger.ie
  3. Participants can download an app, buy a pedometer, step counter, or other step tracking device.
  4. During the Challenge: participants are asked to log steps online at www.activetravellogger.ie

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge, including photo competitions, story competitions and weekly prize draws.


How is the return to College going for you?

Take our survey HERE so we know what issues you need us to be aware of.


Need to get forms stamped?

Here’s a handy update from Student Registry Helpdesk on what they can/can’t stamp for you and how to get in touch to arrange this. Please note they don’t stamp FRS2 (Student Free Fee Declaration) form. This form must be sent to the Fees Office (fees@nuigalway.ie) for completion.


Student Health Unit

The FREE Student Health Unit is open but you must book your appointment online prior to attending. More information on their services and how to book your appointment online here.



Our CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying: Engineering & Construction Management; Geography; Law (all programmes including BA Law); Political Science & Sociology; Psychology. More info here.


Library Open

The Library is back open with limited services and you now need to book your seat online before attending. More info on their services here.


Laptop Loan Scheme

Applications are open for the Laptop Loan Scheme until Friday the 2nd of October. You can find more information and apply online here


Online Learning Guide

Online Learning at NUI Galway – Getting Started Guide Available here.


NUIG Clubs Day and Socs Day are going virtual!

You can meet them all on Tues 29th Sept, Weds 30th Sept and Thurs 1st Oct. You can also use your YourSpace login to sign up to any club/society online any time! More info about CLUBS HERE and about SOCIETIES HERE.


Are you a young adult (18-30 years) living with asthma? Participants needed!

Researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway are conducting a study on the use of a smartphone app to support adherence to preventer inhalers. Participation will involve 2 brief online questionnaires and downloading and using an app. To take part or for more info, click here.


Graduating soon?

Don’t forget to register for your vote in the Seanad Éireann elections. Register here.


Disability Support Service Registration

Students with evidence of a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or a specific learning disability should register with the Disability Support Service. Please email disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie


Flirt FM is 25!

The NUIG radio station Flirt FM turns 25 this Monday 28th of September and to mark this huge occasion they are holding a 25 hour broadcast! Find out how to get involved and join the party here.


Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Emma at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.


Sign Up For Your Free SU Card Today!

Get your free SU Card at the SU Pop Up at the Quad and earn points or free products every time you shop with us. Your SU Card can be used in any Students’ Unions outlet: Sult, Students’ Union Shop and Smokey’s Café. Students’ Union outlets are open longer than other outlets, have the best prices and sell a huge range of products, so you will quickly start to earn benefits. Also, when you spend money in SU outlets, that money stays on campus supporting student jobs and students’ union services. No other campus operator can say that!


Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop him a line to editor.sin@gmail.com


Attention Postgrad Research Students

The NUIG Postgraduate Research Society will be holding a virtual AGM TONIGHT Thurs 24th Sept 6pm-7pm with an optional fancy dress competition! If you are not a member of the society, join via YourSpace or email postgrad@socs.nuigalway.ie


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie 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.



NUI Galway Students’ Union call on Galway TDs to take meaningful action on student fees


NUI Galway Students’ Union call on Galway TDs to take meaningful action on student fees

NUI Galway Students’ Union today joined USI and NUS-USI in the launch of the “Education for All” campaign which is calling for immediate action on Higher Education funding. The organization that represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland has written an open letter to Minister Simon Harris TD asking him to take action on a number of key areas:

  • An end to the student contribution charge of €3000, the highest in the EU.
  • A move toward publicly funded education at the heart of government policy.
  • A publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights.
  • A reform of student supports across the island that match the cost of being a student in the new decade.
  • An end to precarious working conditions for academic staff.

NUI Galway Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We want to see an immediate reduction of €500 on the student contribution charge in Budget 2021. This charge, which is the highest in the EU is a major barrier to students accessing Higher education. Today students are calling on their TDs to sign up to a pledge which would commit them to campaigning on the issues outlined in the letter to Minister Harris. We are urging our local representatives to sign up to this pledge.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union Vice-President/Education Officer Emma Sweeney added: “NUIG Students and their families are suffering greatly with job losses, financial uncertainty and continually increasing rent rates in Galway. We need our TD’s to take action on Higher education and not treat it as an afterthought. Every €1 invested in Higher Education delivers €4 to the wider economy. Galway is a student city and without our students the city will suffer hugely.”