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Notice of Referendum Thursday 3 March 2022 – Referendum on Vice President for the Irish Language


Notice of Referendum Thursday 3 March 2022

Referendum on Vice President for the Irish Language

On Thursday 3 March you will be asked to vote in a referendum to amend the SU Constitution. The amendment was proposed by Comhairle Comhaltas na Mac Léinn on 31 January 2022.

The amendment, if passed will result in the creation of a full-time paid Vice President for the Irish Language

The wording which will appear on each ballot, requiring a Yes / No answer, is outlined below

Article 7 The Executive Committee

A. The Executive Committee of the Union shall consist of:

Insert after The Vice President / Education Officer:

iv. Leas Uachtarán don Gaeilge / Vice President for the Irish Language


v. The Irish Language Officer

And renumber accordingly


iv. Leas Uachtarán don Gaeilge / Vice President for the Irish Language:

1. Shall have responsibility for promoting the Irish Language to the general student body and to this end shall initiate campaigns on relevant Irish language issues.

2. Shall represent members on various University committees.

3. Shall organise and chair the Coiste Gaeilge, having at least three meetings per academic year.

4. Shall follow the goals as set out by the Irish Language Strategy for the Union, and develop this as appropriate.

5. Shall support the work of Irish language societies on campus.

6. Shall also be required to give a mandatory report on work carried out at each Executive meeting.


v. The Irish Language Officer

1. S/He shall be responsible for the promotion of the Irish language and culture amongst the members of the Union.

2. S/He shall enforce the policy set out in Article 18.B.

3. S/He shall support the work of the Irish language societies on campus.

4. S/He shall be proficient in Irish. The Elections Committee may, before an election, demand an Irish Language Officer candidate to demonstrate his/her fluency and literacy in Irish. The Director

of Spoken Irish in NUI Galway (or a person nominated by the Director) shall adjudicate. A lack in fluency or literacy shall deem that candidate ineligible for the position.

5. S/He will represent Union members on various University committees.

And renumber accordingly

Article 10 Students’ Union Committees & Fora


I. An Coiste Gaeilge

An Coiste Gaeilge shall be chaired by the Leas Uachtarán don Gaeilge and shall meet at least three times per academic year. An Coiste Gaeilge will work to implement and develop the Union’s Irish Language Strategy An Coiste Gaeilge shall present regular reports on its work to Comhairle Comhaltas na Mac Léinn.

An Coiste Gaeilge shall be open to all members of the Union.

This referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the Students’ Union Constitution, Article 16.


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


Bus Routes

List of Private Bus Companies to Galway. If your destination is not listed please check Bus Eireann, Expressway or Irish Rail for alternative routes.


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Whats Happening


Whats Happening

Getting to University of Galway


NUI Galway Students' Union

Provides the following travel related services for students

Irish Rail and Bus Éireann no longer accept any Third Level College Student ID’s  as a valid form of Student ID. If a student wishes to obtain a discount on Irish Rail and Bus Éireann they will need to purchase a Student Leapcard or Young Adult Card.  Students and Young Adults can apply and purchase a Card online here.

If a person is between 19 years of age and 23 years of age they will need to apply for a Young Adult Leapcard. This is open to anyone between 19-23 years of age. This card will be posted directly to the address which is put in the application (It cannot be printed in the SU office).

If the student is between 16 – 18 years of age or over 24 years of age they will need to come into the Students’ Union office in person within 14 days with their order number where the card can be printed. You can find more information about Irish Rail’s Terms and Conditions here.

Student Leapcards are only valid for 1 year from September to September. All applicants must be current registered students to obtain a new Student Leapcard.

Student Leap Card

Apply online and pay for your Student Leap Card HERE. You will then need to come into the Students’ Union office in person within 14 days with your order number and we can print the card straight away. Please note your code will expire after 14 days.

Find out more >>>

BUs Routes to Galway

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Getting from A to University of Galway

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Please call to the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn for these services. We are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm during term time.

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22 Innovative New Projects funded by EXPLORE


22 Innovative new projects funded by EXPLORE

The EXPLORE innovation programme, a joint initiative of NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway, recently awarded funding to 22 innovative new projects to be piloted in Galway.

Now entering its fifth year of operation, EXPLORE supports NUI Galway students and staff to step out of their traditional roles and work together as equal partners to bring new ideas to life. The new projects receiving EXPLORE funding involve over 145 students, staff and external partners and span areas as diverse as peer-to-peer mediation, history, healthcare, schools outreach, the environment, and technology.

EXPLORE is the first scheme of its kind in Irish higher education and to date has supported over 100 new projects involving more than 600 participants. The wider community benefits from EXPLORE as many projects are specifically developed to address societal needs, and the reach of EXPLORE projects already stretches into the thousands both on and off campus.

Phelim Kelly, NUI Galway Students’ Union President says: “It is very encouraging to see the growing interest in EXPLORE both from staff and students, and also locally and nationally. EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. The ongoing success of former EXPLORE projects in a wide variety of areas is extremely encouraging, and we’re looking forward to watching the progress of the projects that have just been awarded funding.”

Prof. Chris Curtin, VP for Innovation & Performance, NUI Galway adds: “The EXPLORE initiative is an ideal vehicle for students and staff to pilot new ideas and establish a proof of concept in a collaborative, low-risk environment. EXPLORE is part of a wider initiative at NUI Galway to foster an innovative, ideas culture where students and staff are encouraged to come up with ideas and run with them.”

Examples of projects recently awarded EXPLORE funding:

Loss Of the Night in Galway (LONG)aims to run Galway’s first light pollution/sky quality measurement campaign by engaging the student body to conduct a large-scale volunteer survey of the night sky brightness using low-light-capable mobile phone cameras that many students already possess. Loss of nocturnal darkness, through excessive and badly executed artificial lighting, is recognised by the EU as harmful to public health, disruptive to animal behaviour, and a costly waste of energy and public money. Results will be processed into maps and time-series. Prompted by the project results, Galway could set out to become Ireland’s first ‘dark sky city’, with improved lighting ordinances.
Lead student partner: Sam Hickey
Lead staff partner: Dr Ray Butler

CampusCreate – aims to encourage creativity on the NUI Galway campus in a fun and engaging way. During the 12 weeks of Semester Two ‘Creative Challenges‘ will be posted via Twitter, Facebook, and through the website using the hashtag #CampusCreate. Each week will have a different theme and ‘Daily Prompts’ will support the themed challenge. Participants can interpret the ‘Creative Challenges’ in whatever way they like and upload their creations of video, drawing, writing, audio, photography, mashups, remixes etc. 

The project has the potential to tie in with the Galway 2020 campaign, and could likely be applied to other campuses/cities. 
Lead student partner: Sally McHugh
Lead staff partner: Dr Tony Hall & Dr Fiona Concannon

Shakespeare in Galway 2016 (SIG2016)   

This project aims to mark the quarter centenary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016 within NUI Galway and Galway City. All around the world, cultural, creative, and educational organisations are preparing a wide variety of activities to commemorate this momentous year, and this marks NUI Galway’s contribution. A connective series of 4-6 public art campaigns will run from January to June of 2016, and will draw on guerrilla art aesthetics and marketing techniques to promote Shakespeare in unanticipated ways and in surprising venues.

Lead student partner: Emer McHugh

Lead staff partner: Dr Lindsay Reid


For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, EXPLORE Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,, 091 494290

– Clodagh Barry, EXPLORE Founder, NUI Galway Research Office,, 091 492860

Pictured: New EXPLORE participants 2015-2016