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SU Weekly Email 11 – 11th November 2021

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn – Beidh Leagan Gaeilge ar fáil ANSEO  


Clean Up Tomorrow

Free tomorrow afternoon? Join us at 2.30pm tomorrow Friday 12th November to make Galway a cleaner, greener place! Sign up here.


Cost of Education Protest Weds 24th Nov

Join us at 2pm on Wednesday 24th of November for the Galway protest about the cost of education. If you are fed up with high fees, the rising cost of living, the soaring price of accommodation and the underinvestment in higher education then join us to demand action to end this crisis.

  • FEES: The Republic of Ireland has the highest student fees in the EU. Higher Education Students in Northern Ireland pay even more, on average
  • HOUSING: Rents over €1,000 per room/month. Designated student accommodation being ‘redesignated’ for the wealthy. Increasing competition with young professionals for scarce beds.
  • INVESTMENT: If the government cared about higher education, they’d invest in research, teaching and the student experience. The experience of students in Ireland in recent years is of neglect and indifference.

Angry yet? Make your voice heard on Wednesday 24th of November. More info here.


International Students Day | Lá Idirnáisiúnta na Mac Léinn

10:00-12:00 Wednesday 17th November International Students Day Coffee Morning at Sult. International Students’ Day is an international observance of the student community on the 17th of November. The day originally commemorated the storming of Czech universities by Nazis in 1939. It is now a non-political celebration of the multiculturalism of our international students.


Sex Toy Bingo Tickets  

Sex Toy Bingo is back for SHAG Week at Sult on Thursday 25th November. Get your tickets online HERE. Hosted by Steve Bennett with loads of prizes and all attendees will get a discount code to use at Sex Siopa. Tickets via Eventbrite €5 + all proceeds go to the SU Charities Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Belong To Youth Services.



The Semester 1 Exam timetables are due to be released online at 12pm today HERE. If you have exams in Salthill we will be arranging direct buses to the exam venue. Keep an eye out for tomorrow’s e-zine from the Exams Office – it will include information about the Student Services exam and assignment support programme, starting next week.


Walk & Talk Tickets

Our last SU Walk & Talk this semester is on at 1pm on Monday 29th November. Meet your SU Officers, make some new friends and get some fresh air too! Sign up here.


The Student Health Unit is Open

A reminder that the NUI Galway Student Health Unit is open and you can book your appointment online here. If you haven’t been to the Student Health Unit before you need to complete the patient registration form here. Please note they are NOT carrying out Covid Tests and you need to book your Covid Test online HERE.


NUIG Virtual Postgrad Day this Tuesday

The NUIG Virtual Postgraduate Open Day will take place this Tuesday, 16th November. The event will comprise of a series of presentations taking place during the day featuring all Colleges and postgrad courses, and also webinars on such topics as research, application tips, 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 now HERE. 


Need Help with Essays?

The Academic Writing Centre offers free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing for students. They can help you if you are having trouble starting your essay or choosing an essay topic. One-on-one appointments on Teams can be requested HERE. For quick writing related questions and an opportunity to have your past assignment reviewed, check AWC in the Community Zone on Blackboard. For queries, contact the AWC manager at irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie


Need Help with Maths/Stats?

SUMS is a FREE service at NUI Galway providing informal mathematics support to 1st and 2nd year students across all 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. More info and booking HERE.


Free At Home STI Tests

Discreet, confidential, FREE at home STI tests are now available to order from the HSE. If you are over 17 and have an address in Cavan, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon or Wicklow you can order your free test online HERE. PLEASE NOTE: these home tests are only for people without any symptoms. If you have possible symptoms of an STI, you need to be examined and should attend your Student Health clinic/GP/local STI clinic. Home test kits are not medically advised if symptomatic.


Need to talk to someone?

You can book an appointment with the NUIG Counselling Service by emailing counselling@nuigalway.ie More information on their website here.


MakerSpace Upcoming Event

1pm-2pm Weds 24th November Design a 3D Printable Cookie Cutter. Register here.


NUIG Success Quiz

Fill out the NUI Galway Success Quiz before Friday 10th December and you could win some great prizes. Take the quiz here


Career Development Centre Events


Sin Issue 4

Issue 4 of Sin Newspaper is out now with all the NUI Galway news you need to know. Read it HERE.


SU Weekly Clinics

Your SU Officers are hosting the following weekly clinics where you can drop in and have a chat about any issues you may be having:

  • Disability Rights Clinic with Niamh 4pm-6pm every Monday on Zoom HERE.
  • Mature Students Clinic with Anita 10am-11am every Wednesday in the SU Office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn.
  • Ethnic Minorities Clinic with Anne Marie 10am-11am every Friday on Zoom HERE.


Class Reps Meetings TODAY!  

Thurs 11th Nov 6pm College of Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies – https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/j/91379634918
Thurs 11th Nov 6pm Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge – https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/j/91379634918

We still can’t access our Class Rep system due to the cyber attack so if you think you might be a Class Rep please come along to your meeting! More info from su.education@nuigalway.ie


Sign Up For Project UniCoV

We’re on an upward trajectory of Covid19 cases and there’s a lot of infection in our communities. High transmission rates can lead to dangerous knock-on effects. Sign up now for Project UniCoV and get a free self-testing pack. Play your part to help isolate cases and stop the spread now. Sign up HERE.


Disclosure Training 3 Spaces Left

This course 10am-4pm on Weds 24th Nov provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. The training is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre counsellors with extensive client experience and training skills.


2030 SDGs Game Climate Justice Idea Lab

Let’s come together on Nov 13th (Sat) and join the super interactive Climate Justice Idea Lab hosts by JCI Ireland and get the inspiration to re-imagine and rebuild the flawed systems holding in place climate inaction, so that we can achieve a just, climate-resilient world together by playing the 2030 SDGs Game online with our facilitator Carol Yeung. More info + Booking HERE.


The Laptop Loan Scheme is open

Deadline to apply is Friday 26th November. Application form HERE.


Financial Aid Fund Now Open

Applications are now open for:

  • Hardship / Emergency Fund (EU, including Ireland, and UK): Applies to all students who experience significant changes in their personal circumstances within the 12 months prior to application.
  • Means-Tested Fund: For students on a household income of less than €43,380. Once the budget is exhausted, this fund will be closed for the year. Early application is strongly advised. Please note payments will be made when the payments system is available.

Apply HERE.


SU Environmental and Sustainability Officer Election

This is a part time, voluntary, unpaid Officer position.

  • Nominations Open: 10:00 Weds 17th Nov
  • Nominations Close: 17:00 Weds 24th Nov
  • Election Day: Thurs 2nd Dec

For more info please contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie


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 Tik Tok, Snapchat (@nuigsu) and Twitter.


Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union / Fáilte chuig do r-phost seachtainiúil ó Chomhaltas na Mac Léinn – Beidh Leagan Gaeilge ar fáil ANSEO  


Glanadh Suas Amárach

An bhfuil tú ar fáil amárach? Bígí linn ag 2.30in amárach dé hAoine 12 Samhain le Gaillimh a ghlanadh suas! Cláraigh anseo.


Agóid Chostas an Choláiste dé Céadaoin 24 Samhain

Bígí linn ag 2in dé Céadaoin 24 Samhain le haghaidh agóid na Gaillimhe faoi chostas an oideachais. Má tá tú tinn tuirseach de tháillí airde, costas maireachtála atá ag dul in airde, costas ar lóistín agus easpa infheistíochta san ardoideachas, bígí linn le hiarradh ar ghníomh chun deireadh a chur leis an ngéarchéim.

  • TÁILLÍ: Is ag Poblacht na hÉireann atá na táillí is airde mac léinn san Aontas Eorpach. Íocann mic léinn ardoideachais i dTuaisceart Éireann níos mó fós, ar an meán
  • TITHÍOCHT: Cíosanna os cionn €1,000 in aghaidh an tseomra/na míosa. Lóistín do mhic léinn atá ‘athainmnithe’ don saibhir. Iomaíocht á méadú idir gairmithe óga le haghaidh leapacha ganna.
  • INFHEISTÍOCHT: Dá mbeadh spéis ag an Rialtas san ardoideachas, dhéanfaidís infheistíocht i dtaighde, i dteagasc agus i dtaithí an mhic léinn. An t-eispéireas a bhí ag mic léinn in Éirinn le blianta beaga anuas ná faillí agus neamhshuim a dhéanamh.

Feargach fós? Cuir do ghuth in iúl Dé Céadaoin, an 24 Samhain. Tuilleadh eolais anseo.

International Students Day | Lá Idirnáisiúnta na Mac Léinn

10:00-12:00 Maidin Chaifé do Lá Idirnáisiúnta na Mac Léinn Dé Céadaoin 17 Samhain in Sult. Tugann Lá Idirnáisiúnta na Mac Léinn aird idirnáisiúnta ar phobal na mac léinn ar an 17 Samhain. Bunaíodh an ceiliúradh ar dtús mar chomóradh ar an lá a rinne na Naitsithe ruathar ar ollscoileanna Phoblacht na Seice i 1939. Is ceiliúradh neamhpholaitiúil é anois ar ilchultúrachas ár mac léinn idirnáisiúnta.

Ticéid do Bhiongó na mBréagán Gnéis

Tá Biongó na mBreágán Gnéis ar ais do Seachtain SHAG  ag Sult ar Déardaoin 25 Samhain. Faigh do thicéid ar líne ANSEO. Beidh Steve Bennett mar óstach le neart duaiseanna agus gheobhaidh gach freastalaí cód lascaine le húsáid ag Sex Siopa. Ticéid trí Eventbrite €5 + téann an t-airgead uilig go dtí Ionad Éigeandála um Éigniú na Gaillimhe agus Belong To Youth Services.


Tá clár ama do Scrúduithe i Seimeastar 1 le scaoileadh ar líne ag 12in inniu ANSEO. Má tá scrúduithe agat i mBóthar na Trá beimid ag socrú busanna chuig ionad na scrúduithe. Coinnigh súil amach do ríomh-iris an lae amárach ó Oifig na Scrúduithe – beidh eolas ann faoin chlár tacaíocht um scrúduithe agus tascanna atá ag Seirbhísí na Mac Léinn, ag tosú an tseachtain seo chugainn.

Ticéid do Caint is Siúl

Beidh an ‘Caint is Siúl’ deireanach don seimeastar seo ar siúl ar 1in Dé Luain 29 Samhain. Buail hOifigigh an Chomhaltais , buail le cairde nua agus faigh aer úrl freisin! Cláraigh anseo.

Tá Aonad Sláinte na Mac Léinn ar Oscailt

Meabhrúchán go bhfuil Aonad Sláinte Mac Léinn OÉ Gaillimh ar oscailt agus gur féidir leat do choinne a chur in áirithe ar líne anseo. Mura raibh tú ag an Aonad Sláinte Mac Léinn roimhe is gá duit an fhoirm chlárúcháin othar a chomhlánú anseo. Tabhair faoi deara NACH bhfuil siad ag déanamh Tástálacha Covid agus is gá duit do Thástáil Covid a chur in áirithe ar líne ANSEO.

Lá Oscailte Iarchéime OÉ Gaillimh an Máirt beag seo

Beidh an Lá Oscailte Iarchéime OÉ Gaillimh ar siúl go Fíorúil dé Máirt 16 Samhain. Mar chuid den imeacht beidh roinnt cur i láthair ar siúl i rith an lae le gach Coláiste agus gach cúrsa iarchéime, chomh maith le seimineáir ghréasáin ar ábhair ar nó taighde, leideanna don iarratas, agus ráitis phearsanta. Seo do dheis bualadh le léachtóirí agus mic léinn iarchéime, féach ar na cúrsaí iarchéime atá ar fáil agus labhairt le baill foirne ó Oifig na n-Iontrálacha Iarchéime, Ionad um Fhorbairt Gairme, Léinn Iarchéime, Oifig na dTáillí agus seirbhísí tacaíochta eile do mhic léinn. Is féidir réamhchlárú ANSEO.

Cabhair uait le hAistí?

Cuireann an tIonad Scríbhneoireacht Acadúil ranganna teagaisc ar conas aiste a scríobh ar fáil saor in aisce do mhic léinn. Is féidir leo cabhrú leat má tá tú ag streachailt le haistí a thosú nó ábhar aiste a roghnú. Is féidir coinne duine le duine ar Teams a lorg ANSEO. Chun ceisteanna tapa a bhaineann le scríbhneoireacht a phlé agus deis chun athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar do thasc deireanach, déan seic ar AWC i gCrios an Chomhphobail ar Blackboard. Le haghaidh breis eolais, déan teagmháil leis an mbainisteoir AWC ag irina.ruppo@nuigalway.ie

Cabhair uait le Mata/Stats?

Is seirbhís SAOR IN AISCE é SUMS in OÉ Gaillimh a thugann tacaíocht neamhfhoirmeálta matamaitice do mhic léinn sa 1ú bliain agus sa 2ú bliain ar fud na gcoláistí agus na gcúrsaí uile chomh maith le mic léinn atá ag gabháil do chúrsaí Rochtana/Bunleibhéal. Is féidir teagasc breise matamaitice nó staitisticí a fháil anseo le linn a n-uaireanta seirbhíse ar líne. Tuilleadh eolais agus áirithint ANSEO.


Tástálacha Baile IGT Saor in Aisce

Tá tástálacha sa bhaile discréideacha, rúnda, SAOR IN AISCE ar fáil anois le hordú ón FSS. Má tá tú os cionn 17 bliain d’aois agus tá seoladh agat sa Chabhán, i gCorcaigh, i mBaile Átha Cliath, i nGaillimh, i gCiarraí, i gCill Dara, i Laois, i Laoise, i Maigh Eo, sa Mhí, i Muineachán, in Uíbh Fhailí, i Ros Comáin nó i gCill Mhantáin, is féidir leat an tástáill saor in aisce a ordú ar líne ANSEO. TABHAIR FAOI DEARA: Is do dhaoine nach bhfuil aon chomharthaí tinnis acu, agus dóibh siúd amháin, atá na tástálacha baile seo. Má tá siomptóim fhéideartha IGT ort, is gá scrúdú a dhéanamh ort agus ba cheart duit freastal ar do chlinic Sláinte Mac Léinn/Dochtúir Teaghlaigh/clinic áitiúil IGT. Ní mholtar trealamh tástála baile a úsáid má siomptóim ort.

An bhfuil ort labhairt le duine éigin?  

Is féidir coinne a chur in áirithe le Seirbhís Chomhairleoireachta OÉG trí ríomhphost a chur chuig  counselling@nuigalway.ie Tuilleadh eolais ar a suíomh anseo.

Imeacht MakerSpace ag Teacht

1in-2in dé Céadaoin 24 Samhain Dear Gearrthóir Briosca Inphriontáilte 3D.Cláraigh anseo.

Ceistneoir Rath ÓEG

Líon isteach Ceistneoir Rath OÉG roimh Aoine 10 Nollaig agus d’fhéadfá duaiseanna iontach a bhuachan. Líon an ceistneoir anseo


Imeachtaí an Ionaid um Fhorbairt Gairme

Sin Eagrán 4

Tá eagrán 4 de nuachtán Sin ar fáil anois leis an nuacht ar fad ó OÉ Gaillimh atá uait. Léigh ar líne ANSEO.


Clinicí Seachtainiúla an Chomhaltais

Tá do chuid oifigeach ag reáchtáil na gclinicí seachtainiúla seo a leanas inar féidir leat bualadh isteach agus labhairt faoi aon fhadhb a d’fhéadfadh a bheith agat:

  • Clinic um Chearta Míchumais le Niamh 4in-6in gach Luan ar Zoom ANSEO.
  • Clinic Mac Léinn Aibí le Anita 10rn-11rn gach Céadaoin in Oifig an Chomhaltais thuas staighre in Áras na Mac Léinn.
  • Clinic Mionlaigh Eitneacha le Anne Marie 10rn-11rn gach Aoine ar Zoom ANSEO.


Cruinnithe Ionadaí Ranga INNIU! 


Déar 11 Samh 6i.n Coláiste na nDán, na nEolaíochtaí Sóisialta agus an Léinn Cheiltigh https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/j/91379634918
Déar 11 Samh 6i.n Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge https://nuigalway-ie.zoom.us/j/91379634918


Fós níl rochtain againn ar an gcóras Ionadaí Ranga mar gheall ar an gcibearionsaí mar sin má cheapann tú gur ionadaí ranga thú tar chuig do chruinniú! Breis eolais ó su.education@nuigalway.ie


Cláraigh do Project Unicov

Táimid ar ruaig aníos de chásanna Covid19 agus tá go leor ionfhabhtaithe inár bpobail. Is féidir go dtiocfaidh éifeachtaí iarmhartacha contúirteacha as rátaí arda tarchuir. Cláraigh anois le haghaidh Project Unicov agus pacáiste féin-tástáil saor in aisce a fháil. Glac do fhreagracht chun cabhrú le cásanna a ísliú agus stop a chur leis an scaipeadh anois. Cláraigh ANSEO.

Oiliúint Fáisnéisithe 3 Spás Fágtha

Sa chúrsa seo 10rn-4in ar an 24ú Samhain cuirtear na scileanna agus an t-eolas ar fáil do rannpháirtithe chun déileáil go cuí le nochtadh foréigin ghnéis, i suíomhanna inar dócha go dtarlóidh sé seo. Is iad comhairleoirí Ionad Éigeandála um Éigniú na Gaillimhe a chuireann an oiliúint ar fáil ag a bhfuil taithí agus scileanna oiliúna fairsinge cliant.


Seisiún Smaointeoireachta ar Cheartas Aeráide 2030 SDGs Game

Tagaimis le chéile ar an 13 Samhain (Satharn) agus glacaimis páirt sna sár-óstaigh Seisiún Smaointeoireachta um Cheartas Aeráide idirghníomhach le JCI Éireann agus cuirimis an inspioráid ar fáil chun athshamhlú a dhéanamh ar na córais lochtacha a bhfuil easpa gnímh aeráide i bhfeidhm acu, ionas gur féidir linn domhan cothrom, aeráid-dhíonach a bhaint amach trí chluiche SDG 2030 a imirt ar líne lenár n-éascaitheoir Carol Yeung. Tuilleadh eolais + Áirithint ANSEO.


Tá an Scéim Ríomhairí Glúine ar Íosacht ar oscailt

An spriocdháta le cur isteach ná dé hAoine 26 Samhain. Foirm iarratais ANSEO.


Ciste Chúnamh Airgid ar Oscailt Anois

Is féidir iarratas a dhéanamh ar an:

  • Ciste Carthanachta/Éigeandála (AE a chuimsíonn Éire agus an RA): Feidhm aige i leith mic léinn uile a bhfuil athruithe suntasacha tagtha ar a gcúinsí pearsanta laistigh den 12 mí roimh iarratas a dhéanamh.
  • Ciste de réir Tástála Acmhainne: Do mhic léinn a bhfuil ioncam teaghlaigh níos lú ná €43,380 acu. Nuair a chaitear an t-airgead uilig, dúnfar an ciste seo don bhliain. Molta iarratas a dhéanamh go luath. Mar eolas, déanfar íocaíochtaí nuair atá an córas íocaíochta ar fáil.

Déan Iarratas ANSEO


Toghchán d’Oifigeach um Thimpeallacht agus Inbhuanaitheacht an Chomhaltais

Is ról deonach, neamhíoctha é an ról Oifigigh seo.

  • Osclófar na hAinmniúcháin: 10:00 Céadaoin 17 Samhain
  • Dúnfar na hAinmniúcháin: 17:00 Céadaoin 24 Samhain
  • Toghchán: Déardaoin 2 Nollaig

Le haghaidh breis eolais téigh i dteagmháil le elections@su.nuigalway.ie


Contact Us / Déan teagmháil linn

Féadfaidh tú teagmháil a dhéanamh le hAontas na Mac Léinn trí ríomhphost a chur chuig studentsunion@nuigalway.ie le haon cheisteanna nó moltaí a d’fhéadfadh a bheith agat. Is féidir leat freisin ‘is maith liom’ a thabhairt dúinn nó muid a leanúint ar Facebook Instagram Tik Tok, Snapchat (@nuigsu) agus Twitter.


Exam Tips


Exam tips: Before the Exam

  • Develop a study strategy. There are plenty of sample planners online
  • If you need help with a topic – reach out to your classmates or your lecturer.
  • Know when your exams are – check out your personalised timetable on the NUI Galway exams website HERE
  • Know what type of exam you will be sitting – open book, MCQ, 2 hour written paper etc. if you are unsure – ASK.
  • If you’re doing your exam at home – let those around you know.
  • Keep a designated study/exam space.

Exam tips: During the Exam

  • Keep your phone and other devices out of reach, even if you are using them as a hotspot.
  • If it is an open book exam – keep your notes beside you.
  • Take time to settle yourself and BREATHE
  • Read all questions carefully.
  • If you’re unsure of what you’re being asked – contact your lecturer.
  • Leave time to submit your exam – you have 30 minutes to do so.
  • Take pictures of EVERYTHING you submit – including Turn-It-In.

Exam Tips: Minding Yourself

  • Eat well
  • Keep Active
  • Get fresh air
  • Keep in touch with friends
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Get enough sleep & rest
  • Take time away from screens
  • Set personal goals

Learn about Academic Integrity, Open Book Exams and Plagiarism HERE

More Tips: 

The EDTL project interns have created advice for students by students in approaching their assessments online this year. The infographic contains advice around preparing for disruption, keeping organised and looking after yourself are key for success in online exams. Best of luck to all students in their semester 2 assessments! More info HERE

 Exam Supports: 

Student services have put together a great list of exam supports including:

  • How to Defer an Exam
  • What to do if your internet goes during an exam
  • How to get an emergency laptop
  • Student Advisor Contact Details
  • + lots more HERE 

Managing Stress & Anxiety Workshops:

These free workshops are run by Student Counselling & Wellbeing and will run throughout the summer. There’s no need to register – just click on the link to join and mind yourself. More info and links HERE 

Study Space August 2021

You can book study space in the Library 8.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri or in the Reading Room 9am-7pm Mon-Fri HERE

Exam Stress Helpline August 2021

The Exam Stress Helpline runs 9am-6.30pm Mon-Fri from Mon 9th-Thurs 19th Aug
☎️Phone 091 497 999
📧Email examstress@nuigalway.ie
🌍International calls/texts: + 353 89 462 3763
💻Video Calls by appointment
Provided by the Chaplaincy Centre

NUI Galway Students’ Union Condemns Rip-Off University


NUI Galway Students’ Union has condemned the University’s decision to charge students sitting online repeat exams. Students who did not pass exams in May have the option to repeat those exams in August. A fee of €295 is usually charged to cover costs such as venue, supervisors and materials. However, next month’s repeat exams will take place online and many of those costs do not exist in an online format. The Students’ Union is calling on the University to cancel the charge for this year’s repeat exams in line with other colleges across the country.

The Students’ Union is also critical of the University charging the exam fees at a time when many students struggled with new online learning and exam formats at a time of great uncertainty. The Union has accused the University of taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to generate income from exam fees.

Students’ Union President Pádraic Toomey said: “We are disgusted that the University is charging students to sit repeat exams. Students who have failed an exam will have to pay €295 for the pleasure of sitting the repeat exam in their own bedroom.”

“We are in extraordinary times where students have not had access to learning facilities like the library and face to face teaching, and many have struggled as a result. Now, the University wants to punish those students with this charge instead of following the example of other colleges which have cancelled the fee.”

Say no to #RipOffNUIG €295 Repeat Exam Fees! Please sign and share our petition HERE 

For more information or to get involved in the campaign, contact:

Pádraic Toomey


NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 086 385 5502

Email su.president@nuigalway.ie

SU Weekly Email 33 – 23rd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.


Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Chaplaincy Support staff who will be running Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm from Tues 21st of April to Fri 15th May.


Tips for Looking After Yourself During Exams

  • Don’t isolate yourself – Exam time can be very lonely especially now we are all self-isolating. Try to make a conscious effort to arrange online meet ups, phone calls or Facetime with friends, or plan something nice at the end of a day of study with others like taking a free exercise class over Zoom. Cutting yourself off from the world is not a good idea.
  • Don’t be a hero – Surviving on 2 hours sleep and 7 cans of red bull is not the way the human body was meant to function. Schedule in some breaks and exercise during your day – a 30 minute walk in your 2km radius can work wonders.
  • Eat regularly – You don’t have to eat like a nutritionist, but eating three meals a day and getting in some healthy snacks will keep you on track. Food fuels your body, so if you’re constantly eating junk you won’t feel great.
  • Sleep regularly – Many people completely change their sleep patterns during exam time. If you can, try to fit in 7-8 hours’ sleep and follow a routine.
  • Stay hydrated – Water is your friend!
  • Ask for help if you need it
    • Student Health Unit
    • NUIG Counselling Service
    • Chaplains
    • SU Education Officer
    • SU Welfare & Equality Officer


Student Health Unit Update

The NUIG Student Health Unit is continuing to operate and provide services to students albeit in a different manner. At present there is no longer a “walk-in” service – instead they are endeavouring to provide remote consultations for health advice/support and prescriptions. This applies to all health issues/complaints including COVID-19. For a very limited number of issues/conditions they can attempt to provide face-to-face consultations under very strict protocols.

If you need to contact them regarding any health concerns, prescription requests, blood tests, STI screening or vaccinations please phone 091 494 337 or 083 325 0034 Mon-Fri 9.15am-12.30pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. If you can’t reach them by phone email healthunit@nuigalway.ie to arrange a call back.

Disability Supports During Exams

The NUI Galway Disability Support Service (DSS) has put together a list of FAQs for students registered with them with regards to reasonable accommodations for the upcoming end of semester assessments/exams.

Read more here


Academic Writing Centre Still Open

The Academic Writing Centre is still open for email appointments to help you with essay writing. Get in touch with them at awctutors@gmail.com


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.


Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.


Online Wellness Resilience Training

The University is running free online 45 minute workshops 21st – 30th April including:

  1. Wellness Workshops: Working individually on aspects of resilience. Reflecting on the experience if you wish to. Mindfulness exercises. Self-Compassion and Self Care.
  2. Time Management: How to get control of your time and life. Get the important tasks done. Practical tools to work smarter, not harder. Have more time for the people & things you enjoy.
  3. Responding (not reacting) to Exam Anxiety: Understanding the physiology behind anxiety. Experience self-awareness strategies that undermine anxiety. Explore which ‘grounding’ techniques might work best for you.

You can just listen or join in any group discussion. Register online for the time/day that suits you here.

For more info email: resilience@nuigalway.ie


If you need help with:

  • Finding Information for your essay/assignment
  • Finding Material on your Reading Lists
  • Managing References
  • Using EndNote
  • Academic Writing
  • Literature/Systematic Reviews
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Research Data Management
  • Archives
  • Special Collections

Contact library@nuigalway.ie for help!


Society Awards

Well done to the 125 NUI Galway societies and their 11,792 members on another great year which included 3,154 society events! They held their annual awards virtually and it includes some great highlights from the year. Watch it here.


Hoax/Phishing Emails

There has been an increase in the number of hoax and phishing emails in circulation – these are emails which attempt to trick you into providing account login details or financial/banking information. You are asked to be extra vigilant and cautious when you receive an email of this nature, including those that seem to come from a trusted source. If you receive a suspicious message asking for your account details or financial information please forward it to phishing@nuigalway.ie
If you believe you have already replied to emails of this nature or clicked on a web link within an email and provided your password, you must reset your Campus Account password online at https://cass.nuigalway.ie


Female Students Needed for Survey

If you are a female college student, under 25, who has not previously had a smear test, and would like to participate in MSc research on factors affecting intentions to attend cervical cancer screening, please fill out this survey here.


Upcoming Webinars

Discounts & Free Courses

Thanks to USI’s partnership with SIPTU NUI Galway students now have access to a new benefits website packed with discounts and educational courses completely free of charge. Login at siptu.group-login.com


SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year

More info and online application here.


Postgraduate Student Tips

Here’s some advice from the Union of Students in Ireland to postgraduate students for studying and staying connected during the COVID-19 Crisis. Watch video here.


Are you a student working in any essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Union of Students in Ireland is launching a campaign to raise awareness and thank students working on the frontline and they want to hear from you! Fill out your details here:


Free Leadership Training

LIFT are running free online leadership training sessions for everyone! In each session participants work through a proven process to think about leadership values, what they mean to us and how we could strengthen them. This is done by connecting a small group through Zoom and working through a LIFT leadership trait such as Positive Attitude, Determination, or Resilience. Sessions run every day 6 times a day – you just pick a time that suits and build your leadership muscle! More info and online booking here.


Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.

SU Weekly Email 32 – 16th April 2020


Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.


Exams & Assessments Update

  • As most of you have finished online learning now, you will be focusing on your assignments and upcoming exams. If you have any issues in relation to these please contact your lecturer as soon as possible. Throughout the duration of the exam period, if you run into any problems your module co-ordinator is on hand to support and advise you.
  • In terms of “No Detriment” policies, the SU have continued to engage nationally on this issue and have brought this to the attention of senior management in the University. As of now, we know the University are looking at passing regulations that allow exam boards to look at the overall performance of a class in a module to examine if there is a significant difference to previous years and to make adjustments if necessary, this is to ensure no student is disadvantaged during this exam period. We have more meetings over the coming weeks with the University on this issue.
  • There has been discussions about the weighting of years that makes up the final degree classification you receive, this is still in the early stages and has not been ironed out yet. We are pushing for a system that benefits all students but the exact details of how or if this would work still need to be discussed.
  • Repeat and deferred examinations are still scheduled to take place in August but we do not yet know if these will be in person or online exams but we will continue to monitor the situation.
  • For Education queries contact Cameron on su.education@nuigalway.ie for Welfare/Equality queries contact Brandon on su.welfare@nuigalway.ie


COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The emergency hardship financial aid fund has now been extended and is open to ALL NUI Galway students (including international students) who are affected by the COVID19 crisis. For support from the Fund email una.mcdermott@nuigalway.ie or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Frequently Asked Questions

NUI Galway have put together a handy FAQ page for your queries here.


Need help with Maths or Stats?

SUMS (Support for Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics) is offering online support for 1st and 2nd year NUIG students until TOMORROW Fri 17th of April. Details on how to book an appointment are available HERE.


NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/


Have you used Ally yet?

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). More info here.


Stress Control

Stress control online programme available now HERE

The programme covers topics including:

  • how stress affects our bodies and our thoughts
  • skills to overcome panicky feelings
  • tips to getting a good night’s sleep


Uploading Exam Answers to Blackboard

Are you going to be taking an exam in which you’ve to upload a scanned copy of your answers to Blackboard? Here’s an FAQ list with information about the Blackboard test site that you can use to practice here.


Library Survey – Win a Phone!

The Library wants your feedback for their annual LibQUAL Survey. Please click HERE so you can tell them areas they can improve on. You can also optionally leave your name and email address to enter a draw for a Samsung phone.


Music Choices & Feminism

An NUIG student is conducting a survey on the influence of pop artists on student’s attitudes towards feminism. You don’t have to know anything about feminism to take part! If you have 5 minutes, please access the survey using the link here. 


Open Education for Accessibility and Affordability, online seminar 1pm-2pm Mon 20 April

Join speakers from NUI Galway’s School of Maths, Students’ Union, and Library for a discussion about the potential of Open Textbooks and Open Education Resources. Staff and students welcome! More info and registration


Are you having accommodation issues due to COVID-19?

USI (the Union of Students in Ireland) are gathering personal stories from students about the issues they’re facing with accommodation during this pandemic. This information will be used to put more pressure on the government and private accommodation firms to give students refunds and also to gain more public support to make this happen. Tell your story here


NUIG Postgrad Information

  1. Handbook: Sign up here to download The Postgraduate Handbook—a must-read guide to all things postgrad.
  2. Scholarships: The NUI Galway Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme is now open and accepting applications. The J.E. School of Business & Economics is also offering new masters’ scholarships this year. Details of these and other scholarship schemes are online here.
  3. SUSI Grants: SUSI the national grants authority is now accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year. Follow links here to apply online and to use their Eligibility Reckoner.
  4. Applications: NUI Galway is accepting and processing postgrad applications normally. You can apply online here. If as a prospective postgrad, you have specific queries, they may be answered on the new FAQs site.


University PhD Write Up Bursary Deadline

The closing date for applications is 5pm Fri 24th of April to the 2020 PhD Write-Up Bursary scheme for PhD students who are near to completing their theses yet who find themselves, for whatever reason, without funding. More info here


Inter Library Loans Update

Due to the Library being physically closed, print materials cannot currently be supplied on inter-library loan. Inter-library loans of electronic journal articles, or supply of book materials as an e-book, may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Requests may be placed in the usual manner via the Library website.


Win €10,000 Worth of Student Accommodation

Exit Entry thought given the current circumstances students and families needed a lift and they want to give one student a massive prize.  They will pay one students rent for the next academic year starting from September of up to €10,000!

How to Enter:

  • Download the Exit Entry App and register
  • Click on the competition post when you land in the app.
  • On Instagram – Follow Exit Entry App, tag 3 friends and add this post to your story.

Terms & Conditions here.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.


SU Weekly Email 30 – 2nd April 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union. We hope you are all doing okay during this stressful time. Your SU is here for you so keep in touch.


Exam Timetable Update

You are now able to access your new exam timetables. There are few key changes that we would like to draw your attention to:

  • Exams will start 21st April and finish Fri 15th May (an extension of 1 week)
  • There will only be two exam time slots 9:30am and 2:30pm.
  • You will only have a max of 1 online exam per day.
  • In certain circumstances you will be able to carry up to 10 ECTS into your next year of study.
  • There will be no capping on repeat exams this academic year (unless the Exam Security Group apply it in individual cases)
  • You will only be required to repeat components of a module you have failed and not the entire module
  • You will have up to 30 minutes extra time to upload supporting documents i.e. diagrams
  • Where the Disability Support Service has recommended exam accommodations for you, please liaise with the appropriate staff in the relevant discipline to request that any required exam accommodations are put in place for timed assessments designed to replace the semester 2 exams
  • If students have caring responsibilities, we have asked for academics to be flexible with the current situation we are all in. If you feel that an exam/assessment really isn’t working for you in this context, we would advise to get in contact with the relevant academic staff.
  • Each student will be required to sign a disclaimer to say the work they have done is their own and may be requested to complete a viva, if there are concerns about ownership of work.

Full advice from the exams office can be found HERE

UG Marks and Standards

PG Marks and Standards.



Well done to all the Sin team on getting their last issue out on schedule. This Shutdown Special issue has all the news you need to know about NUIG life. Read it here.


SU Elections Update

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the election of the remainder of the SU Officer positions will be postponed until the 2020/21 Academic Year (Dates to be confirmed). These positions are:

  • International Students Officer
  • Ethnic Minorities Officer
  • Societies’ Chairperson
  • Convenor of College of Business, Public Policy & Law
  • SU Council Chair

For more information contact elections@su.nuigalway.ie 


Your incoming SU Officers for 2020/21 who will take up their positions on the 1st of July are:

President: Pádraic Toomey

Vice President/Education Officer: Emma Sweeney

Vice President/Welfare & Equality Officer: Róisín Nic Lochlainn

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Erin Mac an tSaoir

Mature Students: Michelle Mitchell

Gender & LGBT+ Rights Officer: Maeve Arnup

Disability Rights Officer: Patricia O’Mahony

Postgraduate Taught Officer: Martin Smyth

Postgraduate Research Officer: Sebastiaan Bierema

Clubs’ Captain: Kirsty Moran

Convenor of College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies: Claire McHale

Convenor of College of Science and Engineering: Aoife Buckley

Convenor of College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences: Evan O’Flaherty


Refund Students Their Deposits!

The Union of Students in Ireland and Students’ Unions across Ireland have teamed up with Uplift to call for signatories to an open letter demanding student rent refunds.

Please sign the open letter here.


Marchathon Update

Well done to all our NUI Galway Marchathon teams on a great effort again this year. Extra congratulations to the Red Hot Chili Steppers team who came 1st in NUIG and 17th Nationally!

The NUIG Top 10 teams were:
1. Red Hot Chili Steppers
2. ISS Plodders
3. Stride of Pride
4. Right to Travel
5. GPS Walkers
6. B-MSCs = Big Manly Slow Celts
7. Walk for Life
8. Legs Miserable
9. The Wingers
10. Schteps

Hope everyone keeps up the socially distant steps! View the full leader board on www.activetravellogger.ie


Ally File Convertor

Ally allows you to convert files into more accessible formats for yourself including audio, HTML and beeline (which allows you to choose different colour gradients for your documents). If you cannot access this via your Blackboard account or want to convert other files, Ally have just launched a temporary webpage to help you convert files call the file transformer. The link for this is here. 


NUIG Society Updates

The Socs Box have put together an updated webpage with COVID-19 information along with stuff to keep you entertained, self-care tips and lots more to keep you connected here.


Need Career Advice?

The Career Development Centre team are available to support you online at the moment. You can submit a query or book an online appointment through our online portal Careers Connect here.


Need access to books/journals?

Keep an eye on the NUI Galway Library Blog for updates on free access to books and journals across a range of subjects.


Questionnaire: Green Spaces on NUIG Campus and benefits to wellbeing

A final year Geography student at NUIG is carrying out a research project on the benefits of green spaces, namely those in NUI Galway, and to effectively investigate how they might benefit ones sense of wellbeing. Please complete the short questionnaire here if you are familiar with the green spaces at NUIG.


Free Condoms and Lube

Sexual Health West are offering a FREE mail service of condoms and lubricant to make sure that we are staying safe while at home. During this time it is vital to avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your household. Please contact info@sexualhealthwest.ie The condom and lube wrappers will be treated prior to posting. Stay safe!


Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation Galway

Join a free online introduction to meditation class this Saturday 4th April at 2pm at sahaj.me or meditate now at wemeditate.co



This is a list of services that have been made available for free for the duration of the #COVID19 pandemic: https://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/


Flirt FM

Flirt FM is still on the air and all their amazing volunteers are doing great work putting together new shows to keep you entertained. Tune in on 101.3FM or here.


NUIG Support Services for You

Here is the link to the NUI Galway supports page where all the contacts for support services in NUIG are available and up-to-date: http://www.nuigalway.ie/student-life/student-support/



We won’t be emptying out any lockers during the campus shutdown. As soon as campus is accessible again you can retrieve items from your locker.


Applications for NUIG Sports Scholarships extended to 15th May

These are open to new and current NUIG students. More info and online application HERE.


Global Undergraduate Awards

Applications are open for the Global Undergraduate Awards 2020 Programme. If you are from the class of 2019, 2020 or 2021 and have a piece of academic coursework that received an A grade or equivalent then you are eligible to submit. Entry deadline is 12noon Tues 2nd June.

More info here.


Interested in studying Law?

Applications are now open for the UCD Sutherland School of Law Graduate Programmes. More info here.


Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions you may have.


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