NUI Galway is hosting a number of virtual events in 2020, for students, staff and the public.  
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November / December 2020 - Online Events

Event: The Population Health and Health Services Research Autumn Seminar Series (Health Promotion Research Centre)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 24 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Five positive outcomes from integrating PPI in our research: Experiences from a feasibility trial in multiple sclerosis (COB-MS).

Presented by: Robert A. Joyce and Sinéad M. Hynes

Our Autumn seminars take place online and are free and open to all. To participate please register your interest here.


Event: NUI Galway's Virtual Postgraduate Open Day

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 24 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

NUI Galway's Virtual Postgraduate Open Day will be held on Tuesday 24 November, and will comprise of a series of live presentations, covering all Colleges and postgrad courses. General talks will also take place on topics such as funding, fees, scholarships; graduate employability; research funding; and how to write an effective personal statement (for your application). Admissions will host a HelpDesk from 1–3pm.

Pre-register to attend now at


Event: Webinar and Multimedia Online Book Launches - Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 25 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Multimedia Online Book Launches - Earth Writings: Bogs, Forest, Fields, Gardensedited by Karen E. Till. Dublin Art Book Fair, in association with the Centre for Irish Studies and Moore Institute, NUI Galway. 

We live on an earth facing ecological and climate crises, species extinctions, and global pandemics. How can we repair our collapsing environments? Learn from the creative practices of four artists working in southwest Ireland – Monica de Bath, Cathy Fitzgerald, Pauline O’Connell and Seoidín O’Sullivan – who ‘stay with the trouble’ and make ‘kin in lines of inventive connections’ (Haraway, 2016).

Earth Writings: Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens includes artwork, exhibition vignettes, and essays with the artists in conversations with scholars Patrick Bresnihan, Nessa Cronin, Gerry Kearns and Karen E. Till. With introductions by Lucina Russell and Karen E. Till.

The multi-media book launches will include images of artists’ works, readings and conversations by the contributors, followed by questions and answers from the public.

Register here.


Event: COVID-19 and the Organization of Anthropocentricism

Date & Time: Friday, November 27 - 10:30pm to 11:30pm

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the pandemic in academia. A compelling question not being asked, however, is ‘how on earth did we get here?’  More importantly, how can we stop ourselves from returning to such a situation in the future? We suggest that anthropocentricism (humans placing themselves at the centre of the world) lies at the heart of the multiple issues that created the conditions of possibility for COVID 19 to emerge.  Anthropocentrism is also linked to a profoundly patriarchal tendency to exercise domination over different Others and consider them as mere objects to be managed.

By drawing from different disciplines we may be able to disrupt and challenge damaging organizational and business practices, especially within the animal-industrial complex. Central to this is the question of whether academics in these disciplines are complicit in promoting a form of agnotology (the making and unmaking of ignorance) by endorsing approaches to corporate social responsibility, business ethics and sustainability, that obfuscate these issues.  The speciesism that underpins the animal-industrial complex has not received the attention that academia bestows on other ‘isms’. The consequences of this neglect are significant.

In this webinar we explore how posthumanist perspectives can be harnessed as an antidote to anthropocentricism and speciesism, to promote an awakening– or reconstitution– of how to live a good and sustainable life with all those we share planet earth with.  COVID 19 is one of many zoonotic diseases associated with our interference with animals specifically, and the biosphere in general. Such a disease was long predicted.  Without radical changes to destructive profit-maximising strategies, other zoonotic diseases will engender frequent and more severe pandemics, while the inseparable issue of climate change promises horrific events, even extinction.

The good news is that all these problems have been made by us, and so they can also be unmade by us.  Let us make a start.


Charles Barthold
Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisation Studies, The Open University, UK

Caroline Clarke
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, The Open University, UK

Daniel Nyberg  
Professor of Management and Organisation Studies, Newcastle Business School, Australia

Matthew Cole
Lecturer in Criminology, The Open University, UK

Chaired by Professor Kate Kenny
NUI Galway



Event: International Day of People with Disabilities Photo Competition

Date: Thursday, December 3 

December 3rd is International Day of People with Disabilities, and to mark the day NUI Galway partners are running a photo competition.

The theme will be following the WHO one of 'All in this Together'. Keeping with the theme, a group have come together to collaborate for the event and raise awareness for the day.  Those involved are ALIVE, the Disability Office / Officer, the Students Union, our students, and our Health Promotion Student Services. 

This link provides further information, including how to submit your entry. The competition is open to all staff, students, alumni, and retired staff.  Get snapping!


Event: 10th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Law - "Re-examining McGee, Norris and the X case".

Date & Time: Thursday, December 3 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The title of the lecture will be "Re-examining McGee, Norris and the X case".

Register here via Eventbrite.

Further details will be announced on the School of Law news page in due course. 

Event: Strava Running Challange brought to you by NUI Galway Sports Unit

Dates: Ongoing until Saturday, December 19, 2020 

NUI Galway Sports Unit has teamed up with their athletics club to bring you their brand new Strava Club. There will be weekly prizes to reward your efforts as you stay active in the lead up to Christmas.

Find out more here.


Event: SocsBox Virtual Help Desk

Dates & Times: Mondays - Thursdays going forward from 2:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

If you have any questions about Societies drop into the SocsBox Virtual Help Desk on Zoom, Monday - Thursday from 2:00pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm using this link or email


Event: Staff SOS Daily Wellness Webinar Series - Human Resources, NUI Galway 

The HR office is currently running a series of webinars to support the mental health and wellbeing of its staff. For full listings and to book your place, please vist SOS Daily Wellness Webinar Series - Human Resources, NUI Galway.


Event: Online Mindfulness Shared Practice

Dates & Times: Tuesdays & Fridays ongoing - 8:15am to 8:45am 

These online shared practice of mindfulness sessions are open to staff, students and members of the public.  If you have any family members or friends who may be interested in joining this practice, please feel free to share this link with them. Dr Eva Flynn lectures in the Discipline of General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Life Sciences at NUI Galway. Her interests lie in student well-being and she has taken a lead in introducing Mindfulness in the School of Medicine. She also works as a general practitioner in Mainstreet Clinic, Loughrea, County Galway.

Register: To join this session online, please copy and paste the following link into the GOOGLE CHROME browser.   Please note INTERNET EXPLORER and FIREFOX will not open this link:

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 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 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 Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

To find out your Class Rep got Log into YourSpace 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.