NUI Galway

Tag Archives

Saturday 8th February 2014

Whats Happening

NUI Galway Students’ Union Annual Charity Collection Day in Galway for Galway Rape Crisis Centre and ISPCC/Childline. To volunteer to help out email 

Tuesday 4th February 2014

Whats Happening

Internships and Work Experience Careers Fair 12.30pm-3pm Orbsen Building. For more info contact 

NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!


NUI Galway Student Entrepreneurs Compete For €20,000 Prize Fund!

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards competition is now entering its second stage as six finalists battle it out for a €20,000 investment fund to turn their ideas into reality.Now in its fourth year, the competition seeks to promote entrepreneurship and innovation among the students of NUI Galway in both social and business enterprise.

Each of the six finalists, all NUI Galway students, now receives investment capital of €500 to develop their initial ideas further. A series of workshops hosted by members of the business community over the coming weeks will let the finalists  develop their ideas ahead of the final judging session in March. Galway City & County Enterprise Board, Online Marketing in Galway, Hammond Good Solicitors, Gareth Williams Accountant and Starlight Solutions are just some of the groups providing workshops.

Sean Kearns, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, said:

 “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards again this year. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. At a time when real innovation and flair is needed, students are leading the way in creating the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted with the support that the Awards have received from the local business community and the university.”

The final six projects are:

1.    NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund

Operating a real-life financial portfolio under the guidance of industry experts and alumni, the NUI Galway Student Managed Investment Fund is an organisation managed by students, for the benefit of both the participants and the University as a whole. Martin Weitbrecht a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Donegal, Conor Hanniffy a Masters in International Finance student from Athlone, Shane Reilly a final year BSc. Financial Mathematics & Economics student from Castlebar and Maurice Kelter a final year B.Comm (International) student from Tralee are behind the project.

2.    Student Talks

‘Student Talks’ is an online knowledge platform for students to communicate their ideas, connect with other students and find out about courses and careers. Student Talks was created by Brian Slattery from Dublin who is completing his Psychology PhD.

3.    Shuffleupagus

Margaret Tallott has developed Shuffleupagus which is a simple game for everyone who is learning Irish. Margaret is from Belmullet, Co. Mayo and is in the fourth year of her Phd in the Department of Management.

4.    MyStudySheets™

MyStudySheets™ provides downloadable, course-specific study aids in mathematics to second and third-level students, aiming to radically improve student grasp of key concepts. MyStudySheets™ was developed by brothers Enoch and Issac Burke from Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Enoch is a 2nd Year BA student in History, German, Sociology & Politics and Isaac is in his 2nd Year of a PhD in Pure Mathematics.

5.   Loyal-T Stamped

Loyal-T Stamped seeks to revolutionize the way we collect and redeem customer loyalty points through a visually striking user friendly application. Nathan Regan and Fergal Walsh are both final year Mechanical Engineering students and Galway natives. They have developed Loyal-T Stamped with Gearoid O’Connor a final year Computer Science and Information Technology student also from Galway.

6.    The Big Yellow Thing

The Big Yellow Thing (originating from NUI, Galway) is an artistic project that aims to create modern and exclusive apparel for students, staff, visitors and alumni of all National Universities of Ireland. Michelle Campion from Tuam, Co. Galway developed The Big Yellow Thing and is studying the MSc. in Neuropharmacology.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner on Saturday 29th of March in the College Bar, NUI Galway.

Tuesday 28th January 2014

Whats Happening

SU Drug Awareness Day for more information contact 

Wednesday 15th January 2014

Whats Happening

Societies Day in Áras na Mac Léinn – join some societies and get involved.

NUI Galway SU Enterprise Awards 2014 Now Open – €23,000 Prize Fund


SU Enterprise Awards 2014 €23,000 Prize Fund
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards aim to unlock the potential of the students of NUI Galway to invest in their own futures today.
If you have an idea for a new business or a social enterprise then this can be the competition that can allow you to realise your goal. Students are invited to sketch out the initial proposals for their project or business and to draw up the plans they hope will make their idea a reality. The finalists will be given the chance to take their ideas forward and to set about implementing their projects with the assistance of a financial allowance, workshops and clinics.
The overall winner will receive a direct investment of €10,000 in their project to really help get it off the ground in addition to further guidance and mentoring to help bring the project forward, while two runners up prizes, each valued at €5,000 will also be awarded. The six final projects going through to the second stage of the competition will each receive a €500 bursary.
Closing Date for Submissions is 5pm Friday 17th January 2014. More information, submission template and competition rules are available here:







The newly elected officers will take up their positions on the 1st of July 2016 


As per The Students’ Union Constitution all members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by and from the full members of the Union in accordance with Schedule 1. The procedure for all other elections shall be determined by the Elections Committee.Every year as a member of the Students Union you choose who you want to run your Union by electing the Executive Committee for the following year. The term of office for the elected Officers of the Union runs from the 1st of July until the 30th of June.

Your full guide to running for SU Elections 2016/17 is available HERE.

Why Vote?

Voting gives you a direct say in how your Union is run, how your issues are dealt with and how your money gets spent. It’s important to pick the people you want as it’s the Union who will be representing your views to the Universtiy and on a local,regional and national level. Your vote is your voice so speak up!

When do I vote?

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 3rd of March 2016. Nominations for these positions are now CLOSED. 

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Equality Officer, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors and Mature Students’ Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 10th March 2016. Nominations for these positions are now CLOSED. 

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 29th of February 2016 in IT250. Nominations are now CLOSED. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. 

How to Vote?

  • Come along to the advertised Polling Stations in An Bialann (the Canteen) (10am-7pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm) and the Engineering Building (12pm-4pm)
  • Bring your NUI Galway Student Card
  • You will be given a ballot paper and pen
  • Fill out the ballot paper listing your candidates in order of preference…remember you don’t have to vote for more than 1 person
  • You must then fold your ballot paper to conceal your vote and place it in the sealed ballot box
  • You can only vote once!

For the elections of Clubs’ Captain and Societies’ Chairperson on polling day it is strictly one vote per club for Clubs’ Captain and one vote per society for Societies’ Chairperson. Only Club Captains and Society Auditors (or their proxy) may vote and they can only vote in the Bialann polling station or at the 1pm Clubs meeting or 6pm Societies meeting. There is no Remote Vote for these positions.

Remote Vote

Remote Vote is a facility to allow students to vote online. It’s particularly useful for students on satellite campuses and students on work placement, but it’s available to any student. The system is accessed via the Students’ Union website and is easy to use, secure and confidential. Students simply log in using their campus account. The only requirement is students must register to use Remote Vote before the Election Day.

Remote Vote deadlines 2016:

Full Time Elections & Referendum register before midnight Wednesday 2nd March & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 3rd March. 

Part Time Officer Elections & Referendum regsiter before midnight Wednesday 9th March & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 10th March. (Please note Remote Vote not available for Clubs & Socs Positions – Captains/Auditors should contact the SU about using proxy for their vote) 

You must register separately for each of the voting days. 

How do I run for Election?

To be eligible to run in this election, candidates must be members of NUI Galway Students’ Union. All registered students of NUI Galway, on payment of the student levy are members of the Students’ Union. You need to be nominated by 20 members of the Students’ Union i.e. registered students.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms shall be made available from the Students’ Union office and the Students’ Union website once nominations have been opened. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Students’ Union election nomination box in Áras na Mac Léinn by the appointed date and time. Late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstance.

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee comprises of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Returning Officer appointed under Schedule I. The duties of this committee are to oversee the running of all Union elections and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and its schedules. If a member of the committee is running for re-election, they must resign their position on the Elections Committee. The Executive Committee shall nominate one of their number as a replacement. The Elections Committee must also provide a list of rules and regulations for candidates before campaigning begins.


Election regulations are outlined in the Students’ Union Constitution, Schedule 1

Schedule 1 (Elections).


If you have any queries about the regulations or running of the elections, please email