become a student leader

Boost your CV and develop new skills

We’re currently seeking the following NUI Galway students to act as CÉIM Student Leaders in the 2017-2018 academic year:
1. 1st year Engineering students
2. 1st year BA Law students planning to study BA Law in 2nd year, and 2nd year BA Law students
3. 1st year Geography students planning to study Geography in 2nd year, and 2nd year Geography students

Apply by completing the short application form by Monday, 13 February 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to briefly meet the CÉIM Coordinators in March 2017.

What's it all about?

Student Leaders are 2nd year Engineering students and 2nd/3rd year BA in Law and Geography students who have made it through 1st year and are keen to help new 1st years adjust quickly to university life and get up to speed with their coursework. Student Leaders work in groups of two or three to facilitate CÉIM sessions every week for 1st years throughout the academic year. It’s important to note that Student Leaders do not teach. Instead, they facilitate 1st years to work things out for themselves – to learn how to learn.

Research shows that Student Leaders often gain as much as 1st year students from taking part in CÉIM. Benefits of being a CÉIM leader can include development of key transferable skills, valuable experience to use on CVs and in interviews, an expanded social network, improved grades and much more.

Why become a Student Leader?

– Receive intensive skills training
– Develop and practice valuable transferable skills, including leadership, facilitation, communication, organisational, teamwork and active listening skills
– Gain relevant work experience to enhance your CV and talk about at interviews
– Take part in a CV and interview skills workshop for Student Leaders specifically focusing on articulating skills acquired via CÉIM
– Be awarded the NUI Galway ALIVE Volunteering Certificate
– Be awarded a CÉIM certificate and a digital badge by the College/School and the Students’ Union to recognise the training undertaken, commitment demonstrated and new skills learnt
– Get reduced rates on Students’ Union Life Skills courses

– Gain the satisfaction of helping 1st year students to develop their skills and settle into university life
– Be part of piloting peer learning at NUI Galway
– Increase your confidence

– Hoodies
– Free locker

– Expand your network by working closely with other students and staff members
– Christmas Party
– End-of-year party

How much time is involved in being a Student Leader?

CÉIM will run for around ten weeks in semester 1 and ten weeks in semester 2.

Student Leaders spend on average 2 hours each week they have sessions working on CÉIM:
– Running the CÉIM session (1 hour)
– Taking part in the weekly debriefing session (30-45 minutes)
– Preparing for next week’s session (15 minutes – but this could take less time or more time depending on you)

Total commitment is therefore around 2 hours per week over 20 weeks of CÉIM sessions. In addition, all Leaders must complete 2.5 days of training.

What type of people make good Student Leaders?

All sorts! Specifically, we are looking for students who are committed, reliable and enthusiastic, who get a buzz out of helping others, who enjoy working with other people and who can think of creative ways to facilitate learning.

Training

CÉIM Leaders must be fully trained in Peer Assisted Learning. Training will take place over 2-2.5 days on consecutive days between Thursday, 31 August and Sunday, 3 September 2017. Please note that this is just before students are due to return for the new academic year. There will also be around 2 hours of training one evening in early January 2018. All Student Leaders MUST complete the training on the specified dates as it only takes place once. Leaders then receive ongoing training as part of the debrief sessions with other Student Leaders and staff.

The training is highly participative and is based on group discussion and experiential learning. Former CÉIM Student Leaders have rated this training highly. Topics covered in the training include:

• Background to peer learning
• Facilitation
• Communication
• Icebreakers
• Structuring Group Discussions
• Questioning Skills
• Effective Listening

• Difficult Incidents/Challenges
• Boundary setting
• Benefits of Group Work
• Thinking and Learning
• Process – session planning, session topics, weekly meetings
• First Year Experience
• Student Supports

The CÉIM Coordinators also do their best to organise additional training as requested by the Student Leaders. In 2016/2017, this training focused on CV/interview skills, placement, and report writing skills.

Apply

Apply by completing the short online application form by Monday, 13 February 2017 at 23:59. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to briefly meet the coordinators in March 2017.

Questions

Please contact the CÉIM Coordinator, Amber Walsh Olesen and the CÉIM Adminstrator, Órla O’Donoghue, via su.ceim@nuigalway.ie.