become a student leader

Boost your CV and develop new skills

We have finished recruiting student leaders for 2018/19. Recruitment for 2019/20 will begin in January 2019.

What's it all about?

Student leaders are 2nd year Engineering students and 2nd/3rd year BA in Law, Geography, and Political Science and Sociology 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 President’s Award
– 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

– Hoodie
– Free locker

– Expand your network by working closely with other students and staff members

– Welcome Party

– 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.


CÉIM leaders must be fully trained in Peer Assisted Learning. Training will take place over 2-2.5 days on consecutive days during late August/early September. 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. 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
• Group dynamics
• Creating an inclusive learning environment

• Difficult incidents/challenges
• Boundary setting
• Benefits of group work
• Thinking, learning and mindsets
• Process – session planning, session topics, weekly meetings
• First year experience
• Student supports
• Referring to support services
• Health and wellbeing

The CÉIM Coordinators also do their best to organise additional training as requested by the student leaders. In 2017/2018, this training focused on CV/interview skills, placement, online identity, and report writing skills.

Garda vetting

All successful applicants must satisfactorily complete an online Garda Vetting process in order to progress to becoming a CÉIM Leader. A substantial number of 1st year students studying at NUI Galway are under the age of 18 and Garda vetting of all CÉIM leaders and staff coordinators is part of the CÉIM child protection process. Please note that in order to comply with new national legislation, all volunteers in Ireland who work with individuals under the age of 18 must be Garda vetted.

Please contact the CÉIM Coordinator, Amber Walsh Olesen and the CÉIM Adminstrator, Órla O’Donoghue, via