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SU Weekly Email 35 – 7th May 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.


#FreezetheFour Update

NUI Galway Students’ Union has welcomed the University’s decision to provide a rent rebate for on-campus student accommodation for 2020/21. This means that in September students renting in the campus Goldcrest and Corrib Village student accommodation will be entitled to apply for a 3-4% refund of their rent. Read more here.


USI Congress Applications Open

Congress is an annual event hosted by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), where hundreds of student representatives convene to elect our leadership, direct the policies and set the agenda for the student movement for the years ahead. Due to the coronavirus, it will take an online format this year from Mon 25th to Weds 27th May with sessions taking place each morning for these three days. NUI Galway Students’ Union will have 19 delegate spaces. If you attend as an NUI Galway delegate, you will be representing NUIG students on national issues, and will be expected to be present for all sessions. Deadline for applications is 5pm Tues 12th of May. Apply online here.


Have Questions?

If you have any questions you will find a lot of information and updates HERE at the University’s FAQ page.

If you still need advice contact: SU VP/Welfare & Equality Officer Brandon on or SU VP/Education Officer Cameron on or SU President Clare on


Chaplaincy Exam Stress Helpline

If you have any exam stress you can contact the Exam Stress helpline services throughout the exams Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm until Fri 15th May.

Phone: 091 497 999

Text/International Call: +353 89 462 3763

Email/Video Call:


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 or phone and leave a message on 091 495 282.


Upcoming PhD Thesis Boot Camp 10-12 June

  • Are you a PhD student struggling with the writing-up battle?
  • Do you put off writing tasks until ‘tomorrow’?
  • Are you finding it tough going it alone?

Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), the Thesis Boot Camp is designed to help doctoral students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing progress if it has stalled. Application Deadline 10am Weds 13th May. Open to NUIG PhD students only and limited to 30 spaces. Apply here.


Student Insta Competition

We know exam time is stressful especially at the moment, so when you have time for a study break we want to give you the chance to win a €100 One4All Voucher. The Irish Universities Association’s #IUADigEd project want to hear about learning online at an Irish university during COVID19! The 3 best videos will win a €100 One4All Voucher each!To be in with a chance of winning:

  • Post a short video on your Instagram account (2 mins) about your experience of online learning during COVID-19 using #HEinIsolation
  • Tag @edtl.iua and @nuigalway
  • You must be following @edtl.iua
  • Closing Date Fri 15th May

By the end of the video we should know who you are, what you study and your experience of learning and assessment online! Are you helping lecturers with their technology? Is working from home difficult for you? What would be some useful feedback for lecturers on how to teach students online?


Open Scholarship Week 11-15 May

During Open Scholarship Week (#OSWGalway2020) staff, students, members of the public and a variety of other stakeholders will come together to talk about changing the ways scholarly information is openly communicated, shared and used. There will be a diverse range of talks and workshops representing many different perspectives and disciplines on Open practices in research and education. The event is for Open enthusiasts as well as to everyone who wants to find out what Open Scholarship is all about.


Webinar Today

6pm Thurs 7th May Responding to children at risk and in need of support at home during COVID-19 – watch live on the NUI Galway Facebook page


DownDog App Free Subscription

NUI Galway students and staff can avail of a free subscription to the DownDog app until the 1st of July. Just sign up using your NUI Galway email address and then you have free access to any of their apps including yoga, HIIT, Barre and 7 minute workouts.


Getting Job Ready

The Careers Office have some great tips here on how to work on your employability during lockdown.


Darkness Into Light

As the annual Pieta House Darkness Into Light fundraiser can’t go ahead this year they are looking for your support with their Darkness Into Light Sunrise Appeal. Please donate what you can HERE and join them at 5.30am this Sat 9th May to share your sunrise moment using #DIL2020


Free Condoms

Remember you can get free condoms and lube posted out to you. Just contact Sexual Health West on to get your protection package.


European Youth Event Online Programme

The EYE Online offers young people from all over the European Union and beyond a unique opportunity to virtually meet and inspire each other, share their stories and exchange their views with experts, decision-makers, activists and influencers.

  • Thurs May 7 2PM (CET) Become an EU activist: Join community!
  • Fri May 8 12PM (CET) E-citizenship + #COVID19


Galway Film Fleadh Applications Open

Whilst the Galway Film Fleadh is not going ahead as planned they are still accepting short film applications and the deadline to submit is 5pm Mon 11th of May. We look forward to hearing their contingency plans for the Festival soon – the show will go on!


Ros na Rún seeks Irish speakers with acting ability

If you’re an adult male, female, a teenager or  a child with proficiency in GaeilgeRos na Rún is inviting you to create your own tapes. Consideration will be given to all via a new virtual audition process. To be in with a chance to audition for the 25th season of Ros na Rún, forward your self-tapes to before 29th May.


Digital Theatre Programme

InterAction Galway is a digital theatre programme where 6 artists will create works 18th – 30th May. It will feature live digital events, works-in progress, panel discussions and workshops by local and international artists.


SUSI Grants

Applications are now open for SUSI grants for the 2020/21 academic year. More info and online application here.


Contact Us

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

SU Weekly Email 13 – 21st November 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.


SU Council Meeting Monday

The final SU Council meeting of this year takes place at 6pm this Monday 25th of November in HBB G019 in the Human Biology Building opposite Sult. All are welcome to attend. For more info contact


Big Yellow Thing Socks on Sale

We are now selling our Big Yellow Thing Socks for just €9 a pair. All proceeds go to the SU Charities! On sale now in the SU Office, the SU Shop and on our website here.


Win €100 SU Card Credit!

The latest issue of Sin newspaper has another great crossword competition with €100 SU Card Credit up for grabs along with all the NUIG news you need to know!

Read It Here!


Registration Open for NStEP Training

NStEP (the National Student Engagement Programme) training sessions have been booked and will take place 2pm-5pm Weds 27th Nov. You can reserve your place HERE.  These sessions are open to all students however only 30 people can attend an individual session. The training will focus on the following areas – The Student Learning Experience, Gathering Student Opinion, Effective Feedback, Developing Solutions, Making Change Happen, Closing the Loop. If you have any questions email


Can You Bake?

We are looking for NUI Galway’s finest bakers to bake up some treats for us to sell at the SU Charity Cake Sale and Pet Farm Visit on Weds 4th Dec. The event will be raising funds for the SU Charities: AIDS West and Domestic Violence Response. To volunteer email – even if you can’t bake we also need helpers to sell cakes, raffle tickets and charity socks on the day!


Neil Delamere €5 Tickets

NUIG Students’ Union presents Neil Delamere: End of Watch at 8pm on Mon 27th of Jan 2020 in the O’Flaherty Theatre NUIG. Tickets €5. All proceeds go to the SU Charities. BUY TICKETS HERE.


Deadline to Register to Vote is Monday!

The deadline to get registered to vote is this Monday 25th of November. Get your paperwork sorted in the SU Office ASAP to make sure you can use your vote.


Need Help?

With Maths –  SUMS

With Programming  – Computer DISC

With Writing – Academic Writing Centre

With Academic Skills – Academic Skills Hub

With Anything – SU Grinds Register



If there’s something you want to highlight, or if you want to ask about something, it’s simple! Just get in touch with the Students’ Union by 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

You can find us on social media or fill in a comment card at our #TellTheSU Boxes around campus.


Christmas Exam Buses €2 Per Journey

Non-Stop Direct Service to Salthill Exam Venues (Leisureland/Galway Bay Hotel) Monday 9th December – Thursday 19th December 2019

  • Leaving University Road (Bus Stop Near Ward’s) 08:40 & 15:40
  • Leaving Salthill (Leisureland) 11:40 & 18:40


Pet Farm Visit

As part of our Wind Down Week of events we will have our Charity Cake Sale & Pet Farm Visit 12pm – 3pm Weds 4th Dec at Áras na Mac Léinn. There will be llamas, goats, lambs, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, chicks, cake, tea, a raffle and tunes from Flirt FM. Our friends at NUIG Animal Ambassadors will also have their Soothing Snakes, Silly Spiders, Lovely Lizards, Mysterious Mantids and Super Snails!


USIT J1 Info Stand and talk next Thursday

Planning your summer already? USIT will be on campus next Thurs 28th Nov with lots of info about your J1 options. Call to their stand at Smokey’s Café 11am-3pm.


Give Blood in Galway Next Week

5pm-8.30pm Tues 26th, Weds 27th and Thurs 28th November in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit Industrial Estate


Free Mindfulness Practice

Practise self-care and self-compassion this week! We now have two free shared mindfulness practice sessions in NUI Galway each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tuesday morning Mindfulness with Dr Eva Flynn:  8.15am to 8.45am in the Clinical Science Institute, Room 2012 (Up to and including 10th Dec)

Wednesday lunchtime Mindfulness with Dr Phil Noone: 1.15pm to 1.35pm in Seminar Room 5, 2nd Floor, Áras Moyola (Up to and including 10th Dec)
All our shared practice sessions are free and suitable for people with no previous knowledge of mindfulness as well as those who have been practising for many years. Staff, students and members of the community are welcome!


Coldvember Continues

Coldvember is a fundraising event for the month of November aiming to raise money to bridge the gap in funding for Mental Health Services for students at NUI Galway. Each day during November you are invited to join them for a swim at Blackrock. More info and the donation page are available here.


Outreach project ‘Let’s Talk Cancer’

‘Let’s Talk Cancer’ aims to dispel the numerous myths surrounding the risk factors associated with cancer, where facts can often be misinterpreted and research studies sensationalised. This is achieved through short, snappy, animated videos! The newest video focuses on ketogenic diets and cancer treatment: Watch it here.

We would also like people to vote for the next topic that they would like to see discussed through this link.


Like science?

Pint of Science Ireland are recruiting volunteers for their events 11-13 May 2020. If you want to get involved fill out the form here.


Irish Sign Language Society Party

The Irish Sign Language Society are having an end of year Party 6pm-8pm Weds 27th Nov at Sult. Refreshment vouchers/DNA ticket and food are included in the ticket (€5 available from socs box or socs online shop). More info from


Mental Health Survey

NUIG second year Commerce students are currently collaborating with SCCUL sanctuary in order to raise awareness around mental health.  It would be of great benefit to them if you could take 60 seconds to carry out their short survey here.


Free Meditation Class Saturday

FREE Introduction to Meditation class 2pm-3pm this Sat 23rd Nov at OLBC Hall, 11 Ely Place, Sea Road. This event is free of charge and open to everybody.


New Loyalty Scheme for Students Making Postgraduate Applications

Final year undergraduate students at NUI Galway can make a FREE postgraduate application (to NUI Galway) up until Tues 31st Dec (saving of €35). Eligible students have been emailed details of this scheme by Postgraduate Admissions (including how to access your personalised discount code). You can make up to two free postgraduate applications with your discount code. Email for info.


Argumentative Thought Experiment Participants Wanted

Using Judith Jarvis Thomson’s thought experiment, to see if your words line up with what you say you believe.

Take part here. For more info contact


Submissions Open for First Cut! Youth Film Festival

Calling young filmmakers, aged between 12-24 years! Do you have a short film you want to see on the big screen? Then First Cut! wants to hear from you!
Whether you are an individual filmmaker or part of a school, college or youth group, visit to find out how to submit your film free of charge. Every type of film is welcome, including fiction, documentary, animation and music video. The festival runs Weds 11th – Sat 14th March 2020. The deadline for entries is Tues 21st Jan.

March For the Homeless

A march for the homeless is taking place in Galway at 2pm on Sat 7th of Dec. More information is available here.


What Are We Doing for You?

You can find details of your SU Officer Reports, minutes from the SU Officer meetings and your Class Rep Council meetings HERE. If you’ve any questions/comments just give us a shout!


Limited spaces left on following Life Skills courses:

Sign up in the SU Office or call 091 493 570 to register with credit/debit card.


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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Mon–Fri 11am-3pm.

SU Weekly Email 7 – 10th October 2019

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

FREE Mental Health Week Events Today

  • 1pm – 2pm The Science of Happiness in GO11 Library Lobby
  • 5pm – 7pm Connection Café in AC204
  • 6pm-7.30pm Self Care Evening with StyleSoc in the Art Room. Make your own face mask!

(Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Vintage Clothes Fair today)

First Aid Courses – just 2 Spaces left!

We have ONE space left on our 3 day First Aid Responder Course starting Fri 18th Oct and ONE space left on our Cardiac First Responder Course. Sign up ASAP in the SU Office.

Sin Issue 3

Here’s the latest issue of Sin newspaper which includes your chance to win SU Card Credit! Read it here.

Ráiteas Maidier Le Caifé na Gaeilge / Statement Regarding Caifé Na Gaeilge

SU Council Meeting This Monday

The first SU Council meeting of the year takes place at 6pm this Mon 14th of Oct in HBB G019 in the Human Biology Building. All Class Reps must attend. For more info please contact


Today is World Mental Health Day and here are some #LittleThings that you can do for yourself and others that will have a positive impact on how you feel and how you cope:

  • Keeping Active
  • Talking About Your Problems
  • Looking Out For Others
  • Doing Things With Others
  • Eating Healthily
  • Staying In Touch
  • Drinking Less Alcohol
  • Sleeping Well


The Winter Conferring Ceremonies take place Mon 11th – Weds 20th Nov. PLEASE NOTE: Invitations will be sent to your University email address.

Don’t forget that you are entitled to register for your Seanad Éireann vote once you graduate. Get an application form in the SU or here.

Voter Registration

Are you registered to vote? Call down and pick up a form in the SU Office. The deadline to register to vote is Friday the 25th of October.

Are you interested in Sustainability and the Environment?

Join the NUI Galway Students’ Union Sustainability Working Group! Email to get involved.

Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”. The workshop is just €5 and takes place 10am-1.30pm Mon 4th Nov.

Upcoming Class Rep Meetings

Mon 14th Oct 6pm-8pm HBB G019 Human Biology SU Council
Thurs 17th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Law/Commerce Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm – 7pm MY127 Lecture Theatre 3 Áras Moyola Health Sciences Council
Tues 22nd Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Arts Council
Thurs 24th Oct 6pm-7pm AC204 Arts Concourse Science Council
Tues 29th Oct 6pm-7pm ENG2003 Lecture Room 2 Engineering Building Engineering Council
Weds 30th Oct 2pm–3pm Students’ Union Exec Office Áras na Mac Léinn Postgrad Council

For more info contact

Threesis Registration open until 18 Oct

Threesis is the training programme and competition which helps NUI Galway’s research students communicate their research to the general public. Threesis challenges all research students (Undergraduate, Masters, MD and PhD) at NUI Galway to participate.  There is free training and the opportunity to practice your skills in our heats. You get 3 slides, 3 minutes and 3 judges and there’s €1,500 in prizes to be won.

Visit for more info and FAQs or click here now to register.

Misleór’ – Festival of Nomadic Cultures 10-12 Oct

Misleór‘ is Galway’s inaugural festival celebrating the rich heritage of nomadic cultures. In a unique collaboration between the Galway Traveller Movement, the local Traveller community, artists and community activists, the 3-day event (10-12 Oct) will showcase music, art, film, theatre and poetry from a variety of nomadic cultures. Through the lens of creativity and cultural action for change, the festival will evoke important social dialogue about ethnic nomads and the barriers, prejudice and discrimination that they often face.

Give Blood in Galway This October

5pm-8.30pm Tues 15th, Weds 16th, Thurs 17th and 12pm-3.30pm Sun 20th Oct in Clybaun Hotel Knocknacarra.

5pm-8.30pm Tues 22nd, Weds 23rd, Thurs 24th Oct in Menlo Park Hotel Terryland

Child Protection Training

Do you work or volunteer with children/young people? Our Child Protection Training Course covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios. The course cost is €15. Course takes place 9am-1pm Fri 6th Dec or 2pm-6pm Fri 6th Dec. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Beer Run this Sunday

The Galway Bay Brewery Running Club is the only free running club that gives you a free beer for your efforts! Join them this Sunday at 12.30pm for their monthly 5/8/10k run.

Wellbeing Week on Campus 7th-11th Oct

Loads of activities on campus to help you think about and improve your wellbeing. Full list of free events HERE.

SU Charities – Volunteers Needed

This year we will be raising funds for Domestic Violence Response and AIDS West. If you want to get involved and help us to raise as much money as possible for these two great charities please contact We are also always looking for new fundraising ideas so if you have any suggestions please send them on! Remember all the time you spend volunteering with NUI Galway Students’ Union counts towards your ALIVE Volunteering Certificate application

Disclosure Training

Would you know what to do if a friend came to you saying they had suffered sexual violence? Our half day Disclosure Training course 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 course is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre 10am-1.30pm Tues 5th Nov and costs €10. Limited spaces left – sign up in the SU.

Student Leap Cards now just €10

To get your shiny new Student Leap Cards all you need to do is apply online HERE, then bring your code next week (it only lasts 7 days), your new college ID and €10 up to the SU Office. These are valid until the 31st of Dec 2020 and we can also top your card up for you.

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 located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside Sult and we are open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Mon–Fri 11am-3pm.