CÉIM offers a collaborative approach to learning and adjusting to university life. 1st year students meet weekly for an hour to support each other and learn together under the guidance of trained 2nd year Student Leaders.
1st years benefit by being part of a course-related peer network and gaining relevant academic and transferable skills, helping them to get the most out of their time at NUI Galway. Student leaders undergo comprehensive training and develop valuable skills, including leadership, communication and organisation skills, to boost their CVs. Staff gain a deeper understanding of the challenges facing 1st years and how to support the transition to higher education.
CÉIM was set up by NUI Galway Students’ Union and was first piloted as a joint initiative of the Students’ Union and the College of Engineering & Informatics at NUI Galway in 2013/14. The School of Law in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies started to pilot the scheme in September 2015. CÉIM is being further rolled out in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies in 2016/17, where it is being piloted by the School of Geography and Archaelogy with Geography students.