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Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge


The Smarter Travel Cycle Challenge will take place alongside Bike Week and will run from Sun 12th Sept to Sat 18th Sept 2021.

Get together with your NUI Galway colleagues and classmates to form teams of 2 – 6 and be in with a chance to win some great prizes just by cycling more!

Register your team or join a team at:

Every time you log a bike journey lasting 10 minutes or more during the Challenge you increase your chances of winning!

There will also photo competitions and other opportunities to win.

More information about the challenge and how to sign up here:

SU Weekly Email 6 – 29th October 2020

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

Charity Challenge Starts Monday! Sign Up Now!

Our November Charity Challenge is the Kilometre Challenge which starts this Mon 2nd Nov and everyone who signs up will have access to 2 FREE Strength & Conditioning Classes each week!

More info + Registration link here.

You set yourself a personal goal for each month based around each charity challenge theme so this month you pick a number of kilometres to cover and you can do this by walking, running or on wheels. 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

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the SU Charity Fund supporting Galway Rape Crisis Centre, Galway Autism Partnership and Helplink Mental Health.


Walktober Final Week To Win

It’s the final week of our NUIG Walktober challenge and there’s loads of ways for you to win again this week:

  1. Hit the step count target of 12,000 steps per person per day
  2. Enter the team Photo competition
  3. Enter the Staycation Limerick writing Competition
  4. Just keep walking and don’t forget to log all your teams final steps by 2pm Mon 2nd Nov!  


Free Temporary Bike Lights

As part of the Light Up Your Life campaign we have a limited number of free temporary bike lights available outside the SU Shop along with free high vis vests. Please take what you need and stay safe. We also have free SU Diaries and Flirt FM Wall Planners at the shop for you Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm.


Hump Day Hoolie!

Our next Hump Day Hoolie takes place at 7.30pm on Weds 4th of Nov. There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom. Limited to 50 people. Get your free tickets here.


Stress Control

Free online Stress Control Programme offering advice on ways to manage our stress levels during these tough times. Next programme starts Mon 2nd Nov For more info visit  


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. Please note that ticket inspectors on the train have been checking for Student Leap Cards in recent days as they don’t accept the NUIG ID card as proof of student status as it doesn’t have an expiry date. For any queries please contact the Student Leap Card help desk (Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm) Email: Phone: 1890 457 056


Mature Students Drop-In Clinics

Weekly drop-In Clinics are available for all Mature Students (anyone over 23 years of age) whether you are an Undergrad, Postgrad or Adult Education student. Here you can discuss issues, challenges, ideas, suggestions, and much more. The clinics are hosted by your SU Mature Students’ Officer Michelle Mitchell on Zoom and are on 10am-12pm Tuesdays and 2pm-4pm Thursdays (links below). When you enter the meeting, you will be placed in a waiting room.  If you are not admitted immediately, please be patient as Michelle may be speaking with another student. For more info email:

Tuesday 10am-12pm Zoom Link

Thursday 2pm-4pm Zoom Link


Need Grinds?

The Students’ Union Grinds Register provides a list of people offering grinds to NUIG students in a wide array of subjects.


Click if you mean it!

At the moment 1/3 of study space bookings in the library are not being claimed – please cancel your booking if you’re not able to use it. Many book requests are not being collected either so please email if you no longer need books you ordered. We are continuing to petition the University to open up more study spaces for students on campus.


Free Bootcamp + Yoga Sessions

The NUIG Sports Unit are running weekly Bootcamp (Tues/Thurs) and Yoga sessions (Mon/Thurs) for students/staff to get involved and get active. Head along to their launch events at 11am and 4pm TODAY on Zoom to find out more. Session 1 11am TODAY: Spooktacular Beginners (Passcode: begin1)

Session 2 4pm TODAY: Halloween Survival (Passcode: tough1)


Need help with Maths?

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second year students across all NUIG 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.


COVID-19 Conversations 5pm TODAY!

Join Dr Sue Redmond, Lorraine and Aisling for some Desk Yoga! This fun session will be using ocean and seaweed imagery for movement & exploring self-compassion, all with music. It will take place on Zoom from 5pm TODAY Thurs 29th Oct. Join here.


Need help with Writing?

The NUIG Academic Writing Centre provides free one-on-one tutorials on essay writing. These are available to everyone, regardless of level of experience or grade average.

Need help with Programming?

ComputerDISC is a Computer Programming Drop-In Support Centre for all NUIG students who are taking any programming/software development courses. This free service supports all students with their self-directed learning in computing topics.


Carve + Chill Tonight!

Grab a pumpkin and join NeuroSoc at 7pm tonight Thurs 29 Oct for their pumpkin carving event via Microsoft Teams. More info from or on their Instagram.


NUIG Zoom Accounts

All NUIG staff and students now have access to the Zoom video conferencing platform. You can access your NUIG Zoom account through the apps in your Office 365 account or directly from the NUI Galway Zoom Login Page. More info ISS Zoom Webpage.


ALIVE Volunteering

Final call for students to join our project with the Galway Safe App. Join a team of volunteers that will brainstorm and engage in social media promotion – together making a big impact! You can have a watch of Neil sharing about the volunteering project on our YouTube channel here.

You can sign up to volunteer here. Pop a line to with any questions!


Ropes is Open for Submissions

Submissions are now open for fiction/non-fiction/poetry/visual art/memoir/essays for this year’s edition of Ropes. Send submissions to – deadlines: 31st Dec Written Work and 14th Feb Visual Art. For more info follow @ROPESLitJournal


In Conversation with Úna-Minh Kavanagh : The power of the Irish language to overcome loss, racism and online trolls.

Join this Zoom conversation at 6pm Weds 4th Nov HERE. Úna-Minh is the Founder and Editor of, Travel Writer, Author of ‘Anseo’, Gamer and a Multimedia Content Producer. In her first book, she writes honestly and humorously about tackling racism, language elitism and online trolls and the joy of turning her love of the internet, video games and accessible Irish-language content into a healthy work/life balance.


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.


Need Someone to Talk To?


Sin Issue 2

Read Issue 2 of your NUIG newspaper Sin HERE. Want to get involved with the paper? Contact the Editor Paddy Henry on


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 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.


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 currently closed but we are working remotely to help you.


Walktober – Win Prizes for Walking!


Walktober – Win Prizes for Walking! 

Registration is now open for our Walktober Campus Walking Challenge for students and staff at NUI Galway – sign up TODAY  and you could win prizes for walking!

Recent research has shown that through working and studying remotely we are sitting for an extra 2 hours and 45 minutes each day! A shocking statistic but the perfect motivation to take up a walking challenge!

Here’s more information:

What is Walktober?

Walktober is the annual Smarter Travel Workplace and Campus Walking Challenge that runs during autumn. It is open to all staff and students at NUI Galway.

How does Walktober 2020 work?

The aim of the challenge is to encourage and support staff and students to walk more, particularly on the commute, and to support and facilitate long term physical activity. While some participants may be working or studying remotely, coordinators may decide to encourage walking as an alternative mode of transport for their journeys throughout the day. Participants are asked to form a team, register online, and use an activity tracker/download a step counting app, and get walking from Monday 5th October to Sunday 1st November 2020.

How to take part:

  1. Get into a team of 3-6 people, including the captain
  2. Sign up online
  3. Participants can download an app, buy a pedometer, step counter, or other step tracking device.
  4. During the Challenge: participants are asked to log steps online at

Note: During the challenge we use an honesty based system, but spot checks on the accuracy of step entries will be done throughout. Teams who receive an email or phone call to verify their steps are asked to please respond as soon as possible so that delays to the publication of the leader board are avoided.

How to win

Teams will be awarded for their improvement throughout the challenge. There will also be lots of opportunities to win prizes throughout the challenge, including photo competitions, story competitions and weekly prize draws.

Keep in touch

Make sure to tag us on social media while taking part in Walktober.

CycleLocal – Win Prizes for Cycling!


Want to win prizes for Cycling?

CycleLocal is a fun three-week cycling event designed to engage NUI Galway staff/students, build morale and increase activity. It will take place between Monday 20th July and Sunday 9th August.

This is a team event where participants complete the trips on their own but share their experience and contribute to their team’s tally. Short cycles outdoor and indoor count as trips. Staff/students who are not signed up are also welcome to join in and enter the weekly Creative Competitions. Every participant, cyclist or competition entrant plays their part in helping their organisation to win the overall prize.

So, whether we get out on our bikes to explore our neighbourhoods, enter competitions or we take to the stationary bike when the children have gone to sleep; we can stay active, enjoy the activity of cycling and remain connected to our NUIG family.

How do I participate?

  1. Visit the Active Travel Logger website to register your team.
  2. During the three weeks of CycleLocal, each cyclist will log the number of trips they complete each week. Once a participant has been cycling for at least 10 minutes that qualifies as a trip. If you do a few loops of your estate over 30 minutes, that still counts as one trip.

Trips made should adhere to the government guidelines i.e. all trips should be within the government’s distance guidelines and at least 2 metres should be kept between cyclists and other road users at all times.

CycleLocal Prizes

Teams will be eligible to win prizes each week once the team trip average meets or exceeds the modest trip targets (3 trips in week one, 4 trips in week two and 5 trips in week three). All trips count, once they take place between the morning of July 20th and midnight on August 9th.

Individuals who reach the target contribute to the organisations tally, as do all staff/students and their households who enter into the CycleLocal Creative Competitions. Ranking on the leaderboard is based on the number from your organisation who –

  1. Take part in the weekly creative competitions
  2. Cycle and achieve the weekly team targets

By ranking at the top of the leaderboard your organisation can win a memento for participants, a Best Organisation trophy and a €400 donation to the charity of your choice.

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 


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


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 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 or meditate now at



This is a list of services that have been made available for free for the duration of the #COVID19 pandemic:


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:



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 with any questions you may have.


Rate my Trip

2014/15 Projects

Rate my Trip AWO image

This pilot project aims to develop an app for users to monitor their travel patterns by collecting relevant information about travel habits.