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Peer support for 1st year students

The CÉIM academic peer support programme for 1st year students at NUI Galway is being delivered online in 2020/21 due to COVID-19. Initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union in 2013, CÉIM is run is run as a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union.

CÉIM supports 1st year students to transition successfully to NUI Galway, make friends and create connections within their subject area, develop a sense of belonging, gain a greater understanding of coursework and ultimately proceed to 2nd year.

About CÉIM - Students together

Here’s how 1st year students can connect with classmates via CÉIM:
– Small buddy/study groups for meeting other students
– Weekly online peer learning meet ups with fellow students and trained student leaders within the same discipline
– Lecture watch parties and discussion afterwards
– Group chat to ask each other questions and offer support

CÉIM is available to approximately 1,650 1st year students studying:
– Engineering & Construction Management
– Geography
– Law (all programmes including BA Law)
– Political Science & Sociology
– Psychology

Weekly CÉIM online peer learning sessions are student led and are about working collaboratively in small groups to develop independent learning skills, discuss new topics on the course, prepare for upcoming assignments and exams, and have some fun! The atmosphere is welcoming and friendly, and students are encouraged to ask any questions they may have about NUI Galway and their course. Regular CÉIM participants are awarded a Collaborative Learner digital badge.

How to take part in CÉIM
(1) Log into the YourSpace student portal using your NUI Galway ID and password
(2) Click CÉIM
(3) See your CÉIM group and buddy/study group, find out when your weekly peer learning Zoom sessions are on and chat with your group


Find out about CÉIM activities and impact in 2020/21

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  • Students! Check out this excellent resource of exam supports available to you compiled by Student Services.
  • 1st years! The Semester 2 reflection is now open on YourSpace for anyone who attended 13 or more CÉIM sessions this year; this is the final step to obtain your Collaborative Learner digital badge. If you attended CÉIM in more than one subject, you only need to do one reflection.
  • We are looking for 1st years who attended CÉIM this year to participate in a focus group next week. Help us shape the programme for next year and make it better than ever!🥳  Sign up using the link in our bio.
  • Our CÉIM Leader End of Year party took place this evening, here is the result of a rainbow scavenger hunt! Thanks to all of our fabulous leaders, you truly are special people and we are so sad that our time with you this year has come to an end! #peerlearning #leadership #Starlord #ifyouknowyouknow😂
  • Join us tomorrow evening at 7pm for our Earth Day Stitch & Bitch! Pick up your needles and craft towards a more sustainable future. Email to get added to the Stitch & Bitch mailing list.
  • Deadline ends TONIGHT at 23:59; make sure you get your application in on time!
  • Come meet Coco the CÉIM mascot at our drop in Q & A session today at 2:30pm! 🥰😍🐶 Zoom link in bio.
  • Applications are now open to become a 2021/22 CÉIM leader! 🥳Apply now at  We are also seeking Science students for the first time - head to the website for more details!  Deadline to apply is 1 March.  #studentleaders #peerlearning #studentengagement
  • Well that was fun! Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first Stitch & Bitch session, we hope you enjoyed it and we can’t wait to see how you get on with your crafts next week! Send us your progress pics and we’ll post them on our story.  Feel free to join us next week if you didn’t attend this evening for crafts, tea and chats! 
Email for the Zoom link.  #nuigwhatson #nuigstitchandbitch #stitchingandbitching #CÉIM

Background & Impact

CÉIM, which means ‘step’ or ‘degree’ in Irish, is a form of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), also known as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). It derives from the Supplemental Instruction model devised in the United States in 1973, which today can be found at over 1,500 universities and colleges in more than 29 countries. International research has consistently shown that PAL schemes deliver benefits for participants, student leaders and universities as a whole.

CÉIM won the ‘Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award’ at the Student Achievement Awards Ireland in 2016. In 2019, the external CINNTE institutional quality review and subsequent report commended the work conducted by CÉIM and recommended it be mainstreamed.


The research on CÉIM from various disciplines consistently shows that regular CÉIM attendees are more likely to perform better academically than those who attend irregularly or not at all. 1st year students at NUI Galway also consistently report that CÉIM has helped them settle into university life and make friends.

Read an article on CÉIM published in the Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education in late 2015. ‘From students to leaders: evaluating the impact on academic performance, satisfaction and student empowerment of a pilot PAL programme among first year students and second year leaders’.