In line with a Government direction on Friday 25 Sep 2020, NUI Galway, along with all universities in the country, introduced enhanced public health protection measures from Monday, 28 September 2020 until Friday, 9 October 2020.

We at NUI Galway are aware that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on the lives of our students as we continue to adapt to our new, shared reality. Our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, as we are navigating this new landscape. Please continue to adhere to the Health Service Executive’s advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

As a result of the Government direction, it has implications for teaching delivery and on-campus activity. Your timetable has not changed but the mode of delivery for your classes may well have. Staff across our Schools and Colleges have been amending student timetables and these will be shared with you on our online learning platform Blackboard and/or emails from your School. 

Settling Into University:

To help you settle into University and discover what services and experiences are open to you, we have designed a comprehensive schedule of virtual events and activities for you to get involved in over the coming 4 weeks. Full details on these themed weeks can be found here or by logging into yourspace.nuigalway.ie.

Refresh & Recharge

COVID-19 Conversations - Thurs, 29th Oct (Online Event)

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 online from 5pm on Thursday, 29th October. 

Join this ZOOM event here.

Student Crisis Text "NUIG50808" SERVICE

NUIG 50808 is 24/7 free, confidential, anonymous text response service available to any NUI Galway student or staff member experiencing a crisis of any kind such as relationships, loneliness, job loss, money, assault, high anxiety or low mood.

By texting NUIG to 50808 you will receive a reply within 5 minutes from a highly trained and motivated volunteer who will provide a warm listening ear and signposting to local supports and services. So if you experience a crisis of any kind at any time of the day or night, there is no need to suffer in silence, immediate support is available by texting NUIG to 50808. Your family and friends can also avail of this service by texting ‘Hello’ to 50808.

Participate is a project to boost student participation and to tackle social anxiety problems. Click here for more information. 

What's Happening This Week: Get Active - 27-30th Oct

This week focuses on developing our physical health. It will show us small ways we can improve our fitness and be more active.

Everything You Need To Know About Societies 

Societies are active virtually and offer numerous opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people to share your college journey with. From playing music & dancing, to honing your skills at game playing, personal development, volunteering and activism opportunities, with over 120 societies there is so much to choose from.

All the information is available on www.socs.nuigalway.ie and you can join the societies in www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and participate in the ‘Societies Engagement Award’.

Your society events will be in your personal calendar in YourSpace with links to attend. Keep an eye on the student calendar and for the weekly 'What's Happening Guide' sign up here for upcoming events and if you would like to attend the event just join the society in YourSpace. 

Note the links below bring you to a page which will go live with the link 15 minutes before the start time, you may need to be a member of the society to join, you can do this in YourSpace.

The Societies Office (SocsBox) hosts a virtual help desk from 2pm -5pm & 6pm - 8pm Monday to Thursday at this link https://bit.ly/3cCWc2B Pop in for all society related questions & support.

Medical Society: 100 Miles with Medsoc - Thurs 1st - Sat, 31st Oct 

100 Miles with Medsoc this year is all about positive mental health! Covid has negatively impacted many young people's mental health and so we have decided to team up with Claddagh Watch Patrol and Jigsaw. Both charities do amazing work for young people! Claddagh Watch Patrol helps prevent accidental death and suicide on Galway Waterways while Jigsaw offers free, non- judgmental and confidential support services to young people. We hope to get as many people as possible out exercising, having fun and raising some money for these two incredible charities! 100 Miles with Medsoc is a great way to get involved in something that promotes positive mental health and to be part of a team! Members run on their own and log their activity on Facebook page.

Get involved here.

People Before Profit SocietyOnline Mobilisation - Fri, 23rd October 

We shall be holding a skills event detailing how Socialists can mobilise in the current situation! We believe that society does not have to be ordered around the gods of private profit and ‘market forces’. We believe that austerity is a choice, not a necessity. We believe that an ecologically sustainable future can be built, and the environment protected. We fight against all oppression and discrimination. We are about doing politics differently: building a consensus for change through grassroots mobilisations, people power and socialist politics. This virtual meeting takes place from 6pm - 7pm on Friday, 23rd October.

Join the meeting here.

Musical Society (GUMS) & DramsocMini Musical Submission - Sat, 24th October 

Closing of submissions for mini musical collaboration. We will not be reviewing submissions without plans on how to stage and rehearse the show while complying with all of the current government guidelines. We recommend looking at shows with small casts that can be done socially distant or shows that can be livestreamed. Please email musical@socs.nuigalway.ie or dramsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie if you have any questions! Deadline 6pm on Saturday, 24th October.

Join the meeting here.

Lit & Deb Society: Debating Workshop - Tues, 27th Oct

Join us on Tuesday evenings for our weekly debating workshops! We will be teaching the basics of debating, public speaking skills, and both practicing and watching debates. Workshops are suitable for both new and experienced speakers. This semester we will be holding workshops online through Microsoft Teams. A link to join will be available on YourSpace each week. This event takes place online from 7pm - 8:30pm on Tuesday, 27th October 2020 (click link below after 6:45pm to redirect to the event). We hope to see you there!

Join this event here.

Trad Soc: Tunes on a Tuesday - Tues, 27th Oct

Join Trad Soc at 9:30pm on Tuesday, 27th October for our Tunes on a Tuesday zoom session for a bit of craic agus ceol!! Click the link below after 9:15pm to redirect to the event.

Join the online session here.

Bród Society: Halloween Party - Wed, 28th Oct

Join us online from 7pm - 9pm on Wednesday, 28th October for our virtual costume + pumpkin contests, scary stories, spooky crafts, online games, Etc.

Bród Soc is the LGBTQA+ society in NUIG. We aim to bring together all members of the LGBTQA+ community that are interested in getting involved in the university, together with anyone interested in LGBTQA+ issues, rights and social events. If you're interested in getting involved, don't be shy! We'd love to see you!

Join the party here.

Dochas Christian Society: Kahoot Quiz Night - Wed, 28th Oct

We'll be meeting on Zoom to have a Kahoot quiz night together. Join for some fun & chats, we would love to see you there! This quiz night takes place online from 7:30pm - 9pm on Wednesday, 28th October.

Join this event here.

Sláinte Society: Virtual HIIT Class - Thurs, 28th Oct

Join Slainte Soc this Get Active week for a virtual HIIT workout with personal trainer, Ciara Kilmartin. This event takes place online from 7pm - 8pm on Thursday, 29th October.

Join this event here.

FilmSoc: Online Halloween Quiz - Thurs, 29th Oct

FilmSoc are holding an online quiz on zoom! It's Halloween themed and there will be some cool prizes too! Bonus points if you have your camera on and a cool costume on!! This will take place online from 7pm - 9pm on Thursday, 29th October.

Join this event here.

Cumann Gaelach: Yoga - Thurs, 29th Oct

Beidh Óga Yoga ag déanamh Yoga trí Ghaeilge linn ar an Déardaoin an 29ú! Seans iontach duit do chuid aclaíocht a fháil agus bualadh le daoine nua. Is féidir leat teacht ar an Déardaoin ag 7i.n ag an am. Déan cinnte Óga Yoga a leanúint ar Instagram ar @oga_yoga_ireland. 

Bí linn don ócáid ​​seo anseo.

Dramsoc: Virtual Hangout - Thurs, 29th Oct

Come join us from 7pm - 9pm, Thursday 29th October for a fun hangout online where we can play scribble.io have some chats and play some games together.

Join this online event here.

Chemistry Soc - Halloween Maskerade Competition - Deadline: Fri, 30th Oct

As a way of getting into the Halloween spirit, the ChemSoc has decided to hold its first-ever Halloween Mask-erade competition. This involves creating, purchasing, or designing your very own Halloween mask. They can be as extravagant or as minimalistic, as scary, funny, or creative as you desire! You don't need to be an artist or spend money to get involved, all are encouraged to take part. Prizes will be up for grabs for the best entries! 

All you have to do is create your mask, take a picture, and send your entry to ceimic@socs.nuigalway.ie by Friday 30th October. Best of luck!

Connect with Student-Led Support

Peer-to-peer support is available to all students and comes in many different forms. Here are some of the ways that you can get the support of your peers throughout the academic year:

CÉIM Academic Peer Support

Weekly peer learning sessions for 1st-year students studying Engineering, Law, BA Law, Psychology, Geography, and Political Science & Sociology
Log into YourSpace www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the CÉIM tab in the left sidebar to find out what group you are in and to join your online peer learning session.


ATS Mentoring Programme aims to provide peer mentoring and appropriate support services that will enable participating 1st year students to successfully complete their educational objectives while making college life exciting, fulfilling and successful. Log into YourSpace www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the ATS Mentoring tab in the left sidebar to join as a mentee.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Emma at su.education@nuigalway.ie. Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

To find out your Class Rep got Log into YourSpace www.yourspace.nuigalway.ie and go to the Class Rep tab in the left sidebar.

Election of Undergraduate Student Class Reps:

Step 1: Nominations close 12pm, Wednesday 14th October.

Step 2: Voting Wednesday, 14th October to Monday, 19th October.

Election of Postgraduate Student Class Reps: 

Step 1: Nominations open 12pm, Monday 12th October to 12pm, Friday 16th October.

Step 2: Voting Monday 19th October to Friday 23rd October.

Academic & Digital Support

We offer a range of targeted academic and digital supports designed to enhance your University experience:

SUMS - Your Mathematics Support Centre

SUMS is a FREE service providing informal mathematics support to first and second-year students across all colleges and courses as well as to students engaged in Access/Foundation courses. Here you can receive extra mathematics or statistics tuition during our online service hours. Find out more here.

Academic Skills Hub

The Academic Skills Hub aims to support all NUI Galway students especially first-years to develop the key skills required for academic success. It provides brief introductions to, and top tips on, eight key academic skills. Find out more here.

ISS – Information Solutions and Services

ISS delivers, develops and supports a wide range of IT services and applications for Students. Our tailored Student website http://www.nuigalway.ie/iss4students/ summarises how to avail of these IT services and where to get IT advice and support.

James Hardiman Library

The James Hardiman Library has reopened to staff and students, to study in the Library you must reserve a seat in order to gain access, further information can be found here. To learn more about our service watch the Library Orientation video here.

Your University Experience

Find everything you need to get started with your academic year:

President's Welcome

NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh welcomes you to the University for the new academic year

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Stay Informed:

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Quick Links:

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