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SU Weekly Email 4 – 15th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


SU Walk & Talks

We are holding more socially distant Walk and Talks for NUIG students at 1pm TOMORROW Fri 16th of Oct and at 1pm this Sat 17th of Oct. You must book a ticket to be able to attend but they are free! This is a great chance to have a walk, a chat, clear your head and meet other students in a safe and socially distanced way.


SU Charity Challenge

This year we will be fundraising for 3 amazing charities who are: Galway Autism Partnership, Galway Rape Crisis Centre and Helplink. Our plan is to run a different challenge for students to take part in each month starting in November and running through until April. You can sign up for one challenge, all six challenges or anything in between – it’s up to you!  You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around the challenge theme. 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 studentsunion@nuigalway.ie


Walktober – Win Prizes!

Week 1 NUIG Walktober leaderboard is live! Well done to our 94 teams on putting in some serious steps + to Talkie Walkie for winning a prize in photo comp

How to win in week 2 of Walktober at NUIG:

  1. Hit the step count target of 8,200 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the Team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Limerick competition
  4. Just keep walking!

Don’t forget to log all your teams steps by 2pm each Monday on www.activetravellogger.ie


SU Hump Day Hoolie

Mark your diary 7pm Weds 21st Oct is our first Hump Day Hoolie! There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes. Limited to 50 people. Want in? Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie


Join the SU Event Crew

Want to learn how to organise events? Join the SU Event Crew! Contact su.president@nuigalway.ie for more info


Want to be a Class Rep?

Class Rep Elections is a two-step online process this year on the NUIG YourSpace platform

Undergrad students:

Step 2: Voting is open and runs until Mon 19 Oct

Postgrad Students:

Step 1: Nominations close 12pm tomorrow Fri 16 Oct

Step 2: Voting Mon 19 Oct to Fri 23rd Oct

More information about being a Class Rep is available on our website here. You can also give the SU VP/Education Officer Emma a shout on su.education@nuigalway.ie if you have any questions


Join the SU Welfare Crew

Passionate about Student Welfare Issues? Join the SU Welfare Crew! Contact su.welfare@nuigalway.ie for more info


Win prizes by completing NUIG Success Quiz before tomorrow!

Prizes are: Gym Membership, €100 One4all Gift Card, Hamper, NUIG Hoodie. Take the quiz here.


Attention NUIG Club Captains!

Our SU Clubs Captain Kirsty will be holding the first SU Clubs Forum at 7pm TODAY Thurs 15th Oct. Link has been sent to your club email or contact su.clubs@nuigalway.ie  for more details.


Virtual Socs Fair Today

2pm-4pm TODAY Thurs 15th October 2pm – 4pm. Join them here.


Upcoming ALIVE NUIG Online and Offline Events

  • 5pm TODAY “Covid-19 Conversations” with Gary from USI talking about the new campaign on students staying safe while living life to the full. JOIN HERE
  • 4pm Tues 20th Oct  How to get the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering. JOIN HERE.
  • 5pm Thurs 22nd Oct “Covid-19 Conversations” with SpunOut.ie about staying motivated and making friends in the online world. JOIN HERE
  • 2pm Weds 28th Oct ALIVE and Galway Community Circus Workshop. Meet outside Quad and walk to Shantalla to learn about the circus. JOIN HERE


Want to improve your digital learning experience?

Join NUIG Digital Champions for a free workshop 11am-12.30pm Weds 21st of Oct on enhancing your digital learning experience. The aim of the workshop is to help you utilise technology and stay organised!


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.


NUIG Seas Suas Programme – November 2020

Expressions of Interest are OPEN. Seas Suas is an empathy, well-being & bystander intervention training programme ran by the Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care Centre in NUI Galway. More info + application here.


Need Help with Writing?

The Academic Writing Centre,  provide one-on-one tutorials on essay writing that are free for all NUIG Students. They are holding a workshop for first-year NUIG students on Mon 19 Oct. More info


Extended Library Opening Hours

Good news! The library now has extended opening hours Mon-Fri 08:30-20:00, Sat 08:30-17:30 an Sun 10:00-17:30. Please remember to pre-book your seat in advance here. More good news is that seats in the library can now be booked for the full day.


NUIG Wellbeing Week Events

There’s more free virtual Wellbeing Week events happening today and tomorrow including: Responding (Not Reacting) to Stress/Anxiety; Drop-In and Breath; Societies Fair; The Success Quiz; Stammering support workshop. More info + registration links here.


Update on NUIG Conferring

NUIG has confirmed that Winter Conferring ceremonies will take place virtually Mon 30th Nov to Weds 9th Dec. They are thinking about ways in which they can make these virtual conferring ceremonies more meaningful and would like your suggestions on president@nuigalway.ie

Don’t forget that NUIG Graduates are entitled to vote in Seanad Éireann elections but you must register for your vote first. Details on how to register for your vote are available here.


NUIG Laptop Loan Scheme Good News!

There will be a second round of applications opening soon. There were 688 applicants in first call + staff are working to process the current applications + distribute laptops as swiftly as possible. Check here for updates.


Need Help Finding Theses?

Finding Theses (NUIG & external) virtual workshop 12pm-1pm TODAY Thurs 15 Oct. Booking and more info here


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 COVID-19@nuigalway.ie 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.


Meet Your SU  

Here’s a quick video explaining who we are and what we do for you! Our office is still closed but we are working away remotely so please do get in touch with any issues you may be encountering. You can also give us a shout if you want to get involved in the SU or any of our programmes this year! Contact us on studentsunion@nuigalway.ie  More info at www.su.nuigalway.ie


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.


Online Learning Tips


Not Sure About Your Course?

The Career Development Centre are running virtual  ‘First year Drop In’ event on Tuesdays in October to give anyone who is unsure of their course an opportunity to meet with one of the team and discuss your options and get advice and support. These drop in sessions are running on the following dates:

Tuesday 20th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

Tuesday 27th of October 11-12.  Register to attend here.

More info from careers@nuigalway.ie


Can You Vote?

The Draft Register of Electors 2021/2022 is now being compiled. Log on to www.checktheregister.ie to see if you are registered to vote. If you wish to be added to the Register, make sure forms are submitted by 25th October 2020. For any queries about registering to vote in Galway city, email register@galwaycity.ie  or phone 091 536 400


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. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: info@studentleapcard.ie Phone: 1890 457 056


Tell the SU

If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with us using #TellTheSU

Maybe you want to get something off your chest or complain about something on campus. Is there something that you think needs to be sorted? Then #TellTheSU #InisDonChomhaltasé


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.