What's On This Week: Wind Down Week II: 3rd-8th May

Wind Down Week is back with events which will give all NUI Galway students the chance to pause and practice some self-care as exams are approaching.

#WindDownWeek 

Workshops

National Survey of Students Experiences of Sexual Violence and Harassment in Irish HEIs (Higher Education Institutes)

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is committed to ensuring a national institutional campus culture which is safe, respectful, and supportive and to supporting higher education institutions to foster a campus culture that is clear in the condemnation of unwanted and unacceptable behaviours.

Where- join here

FREE Strength + Conditioning Class

This is a 30–40-minute Zoom class with a mix of bodyweight and weighted exercises every Monday and Wednesday with Lucia Byrne Fitness.

You will be working the whole-body using compound movements, it is going to be fun and challenging. If you want to get stronger then this is the class for you! All fitness levels welcome.

You will need canned food, 2 water bottles or a set dumbbell to use as weights. Anything between 3-10kg depending on your fitness level.

When – Monday May 3rd at 5.30 p.m.

Where- Zoom here (Meeting ID: 962 575 6830 Passcode: LBFITNESS)

Mindful Way –Online Share Practice

Join in for some online Mindful Shared Practice

When- Tuesday May 4th  8.15 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Where- join here 

Yoga Break with Love Yoga

Take some time out or get ready to start your day! Join on the mat all week for a 30-minute Yoga Break with Sinéad from Love Yoga.

When- All week Tuesday May 4th - Friday May 7th at 10 a.m.

Where- Sign up here

Fitness Training, Health and Nutrition Talk  

Join this talk with Gary O’Daly a qualified personal trainer from Roscommon, who primarily works with GAA players. He runs the Instagram page @gaz_gaelic_guide where he covers topics, and shows some sample workouts, both running and gym, and home workout based.

Get all your questions about fitness training, health and nutrition answered and get set for Exam Season and the summer beyond!

When- Tuesday May 4th at 6 p.m.

Where- Get Tickets here

Positivi- TEA Packs

After the success of their Easter Egg Campaign, the Societies have come together for their ‘Positivi- TEA Pack’ initiative. Grab your FREE Pack outside the Library or Bailey Allen Hall on Wednesday & Thursday (supplies dependent) to help you through WEEK 12.

When – All Day Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th May

Where- James Hardiman Library & Bailey Allen Hall

ECO CAFÉ

Join the Eco Café to explore the importance of staying connected with nature and explore how to mind yourself amid climate change.

Do not forget to bring your tea or coffee! Everyone welcome. No need to register just join through the link below.

When – Wednesday May 5th at 10 a.m.

Where- join here 

Changing Colours
Ecopsychology Workshop

This workshop is designed to support students to address their feelings about the ecological crisis we are experiencing. 

When- Wednesday May 5th 3- 5 p.m.

Where- MS Teams. Click here to join

Doodle Break with MJ

Mindful Doodle Breaks with Mad Jessie are back! Come along and she will show you how to draw some popular Galway locations...

When- Wednesday May 5th at 3 p.m.

Where- Watch on the Students Union Instagram/YouTube Channel

FREE Strength + Conditioning Class
 

This is a 30–40-minute Zoom class with a mix of bodyweight and weighted exercises every Monday and Wednesday with Lucia Byrne Fitness.

You will be working the whole-body using compound movements, it is going to be fun and challenging. If you want to get stronger then this is the class for you! All fitness levels welcome.

You will need canned food, 2 water bottles or a set dumbbell to use as weights. Anything between 3-10kg depending on your fitness level.

When – Wednesday May 5th at 5.30 p.m.

Where- Zoom here (Meeting ID: 962 575 6830 Passcode: LBFITNESS)

SKIN Chat

Join in for a Skin Chat with Dr Laura Lenihan looking at Dry Skin Conditions.

You can get your skin queries answered and there will be lots of LaRoche Posay and CeraVe goody bags too. Limited spaces.

When- Thursday May 6th at 6.30 p.m.

Where- Register here

Mindful Way –Online Share Practice
 

Join in for some online Mindful Shared Practice

When- Friday May 7th 8.15 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Where- join here 

SU Clean Up

*TBC Subject to Government Regulations

When- Friday May 7th 2- 4 p.m.

Where- Keep up to date on SU Social Channels

Doodle Break with MJ
 

Mindful Doodle Breaks with Mad Jessie are back! Come along and she will show you how to draw some popular Galway locations...

When- Friday May 7th at 3 p.m.

Where- Watch on the Students Union Instagram/YouTube Channel

Darkness into Light

In 2021 we are going socially distanced!

Join Pieta and Electric Ireland for a special Darkness into Light sunrise and give the gift of hope to those impacted by suicide and self-harm. Join in any way you can – walk, swim, bike or simply share your sunrise moment.

When- Saturday May 8th at 4.45 a.m.

Where- Virtual Register here

Online Resources

Breathing Exercise

Do you find this Semester stressful? Try this 2 minute breathing exercise that you can do any place or time to help calm your mind in a stressful situation!  

10-minute morning meditation for clarity, stability, & presence

It is easy to vow not to look at notifications on your phone first thing in the morning. But in reality—especially when your phone is your alarm—it is what is there, pulling you out of peaceful slumber and racing toward the realities of your day. To capture—or recapture—the stillness of that first moment of wakefulness, this ten-minute guided meditation focuses on clarity, stability, and presence for us.

Where- watch now 

Take 5 for Mental Health

The podcast series, hosted by Jan Ní Fhlanagain, does not offer a magic solution to the complex emotions we are all feeling, but it does offer a safe space to hold those emotions, to engage with them and to take a moment in the madness, to mind our mental health.

Gratitude- listen here 

Anxiety - listen here 

Control- listen here 

Walking- listen here 

Self-Compassion- listen here 

Skills for Life and Study Workshops 

Please complete ONLY ONE registration form for the Skills for Life and Study workshops. Students can attend as many workshops as they please. Register here.

Wellness Workshop
 

Wellness Workshop for All NUI, Galway Students.

Join at 1 p.m. where Gemma Mc Nally she will run a wellness workshop for all students around health and wellbeing.

When- Thursday May 6th at 1 p.m.

Where- Microsoft Teams - join here

Missed A Session?

Have you missed out on one of the previous workshops? You can now re-watch the previous sessions at the Access Centre YouTube Channel here.

Social Events

Environmental Society Cooking Class

Weekly Cooking Class with Kinder Garden Cooks.

When- Monday May 3rd  5- 6 p.m.

Where- Contact envsoc@socs.nuigalway.ie for more information

Stitch & Bitch

Join the SU Stitch & Bitch Group. Pick up you knitting needles and craft.

When- Tuesday May 4th @7 p.m.

Where- Email studentsunion@nuigalway.ie to be added to mailing list

THE LAST Hump Day Hoolie

Join the SU for their Hump Day Hoolie! There’ll be comedy, speed friending, music, competitions and loads of prizes on Zoom.

When – Wednesday May 5th at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets - available here 

Wind Down Week Table Quiz
 

Gather the virtual troops and join in for the Wind Down Week Table Quiz on Zoom. There will be great prizes and a chance to unwind as we head towards exams!

When- Friday May 7th at 7 p.m.

Where- Register here

Galway Virtual 5K Series

The 5KM series is open to runners, joggers, or walkers of all abilities. 1 entry will cover you for the 5 events.

When- Taking place from May 1st  to June 1st

Where- Sign up here 

Strava Group

Keep an eye on NUI Galway Sport for our brand new Strava group where you can join in on our daily walking/running challenges, see how your friends are doing on the leader board and win some weekly prizes.

Date/Time:  In your own time!

Location: Remote (within 5km of your home)

Where to find us? Search NUI Galway in Strava Clubs

Key Supports

Exam Stress Helpline

The exam stress helpline will be in operation again during the exam period (Monday - Friday, May 18th - June 4th). The helpline is to assist those who are overwhelmed and experiencing unmanageable exam stress. The helpline will assist you to link in with appropriate academic and college staff and help in creating a short -term action plan during the exam period.

Phone- 091- 49 7999

Email- examstress@nuigalway.ie

International Calls/ Texts - +353 89 462 3763

Student Resources

Find resources for all students, including external and self-help resources here.

Student Counselling

Email- counselling@nuigalway.ie

Text NUIG to 50808

Student Health Unit

Telephone- +353 91- 492604

Email- healthunit@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Chaplaincy

Telephone- +353 87 203 7538

Email- ben.hughes@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Students Union

Email- studentsunion@nuigalway.ie

Web- https://su.nuigalway.ie

Disability Supports Service

Email- disabilityservice@nuigalway.ie

Web- https://www.nuigalway.ie/disability

International Office

Email- international@nuigalway.ie

NUI Galway Security

Telephone- +353 91- 493333 or +353 91 492198

Email- security@nuigalway.ie

Mental Health Supports 

Visit here for more information.

Galway Community Café

Galway Community Café is a newly established out of hours adult mental health service. Whether struggling with stress and pressures of college or needing a social outlet- know that the Galway Community Café is available. In line with current Covid-19 restrictions the café is open on a virtual basis. Anyone wishing to have a chat or learn more about the café is welcome to make an appointment through the website for a phone call or video chat with a peer connector.

Where: More information here

 

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Don't Miss Out: See What's Happened Already

To ensure that you do not miss out on anything, this section will be periodically updated over the coming weeks with links to useful resources and virtual event details, so you can browse or watch these back in your own time.

Key Resources 

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.

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.

Mentors

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.

Staying Social in Lockdown

Listen to our students share their top tips for staying connected with friends in socially responsible ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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. 

Useful Resources:

Select below to find the information you need to enhance your University experience:

COVID-19 Experience

NUI Galway student, Lynn Porter, bravely shares her personal and "awful scary experience" of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

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Stay Informed:

Keep up-to-date and find the information you need by downloading the University Apps, exploring useful how-to videos and connecting with the University team.

Quick Links:

Select below to find out what to expect from your University experience and the key supports and resources available to you this year.