CÉIM was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and was first piloted in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Informatics in September 2013. CÉIM was piloted in the School of Law in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies during the 2015/16 academic year, where it is currently offered to 1st year BA Law students. CÉIM was introduced in the School of Geography and Archaeology in 2016/17 for 1st year Geography students. CÉIM will be piloted in the School of Political Science and Sociology during the 2018/19 academic year.

The aim of CÉIM is to:

  • Support students to quickly adjust to university life
  • Increase students’ resourcefulness and confidence as successful and independent higher education learners
  • Improve academic achievement and increase retention through cooperative problem solving and learning
  • Provide students with a peer network and a forum for collaborative discussion
  • Develop student leaders’ skills to boost their career prospects
  • Create an additional mechanism for communication and feedback between teaching staff and students

1st year Engineering, BA Law, Geography and Political Science and Sociology students; selected 2nd year Engineering students; and selected 2nd/3rd year BA Law, Geography, or Political Science and Sociology students who act as Student Leaders.

The closing date for Political Science and Sociology students to apply to be a CÉIM student leader is Thursday, 12 April at noon. The application form takes approx.10-15 minutes to complete. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Monday, 16 April and invited to meet with the CÉIM coordinators and some other students on the morning of Thursday, 19 April. Applications for all other disciplines are closed.

  • Motivation
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Availability to volunteer 2 hours each week sessions are on
  • Availability to participate in the mandatory leader training, which will take place on 2-2.5 consecutive days between Tuesday, 4 and Friday, 7 September 2018 (before leaders are due to return to NUI Galway on 10 September)

Student leaders spend on average 2 hours each week 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)

No. Other students cannot become CÉIM student leaders at the moment, but this may change as the scheme develops.

No. Student Leaders do not teach. Instead, they facilitate group discussion.

A small group of 1st year students meets with two or three 2nd year Student Leaders regularly throughout the academic year for an hour on a weekly basis. The session opens with some chit chat, then the group agrees what they’re going to focus on that week and they take part in focused group work activities to get a better understanding of the coursework. There may also be some quick skills development and then the session closes by recapping on what’s been learnt and what the group would like to do next week. CÉIM sessions are about ‘serious fun’ and can often involve some creative techniques that students are unlikely to experience in lectures.

No, Student Leaders are volunteers, but there are many advantages to being a leader.

Contact Amber Walsh Olesen or Órla O’Donoghue at the Students’ Union: su.ceim@nuigalway.ie