Frequently Asked Questions

Who is behind CÉIM?

CÉIM was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union in 2013 and was first piloted in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Informatics in September 2013. CÉIM was introduced by the School of Law for BA Law students in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies during the 2015/2016 academic year.

CÉIM was further rolled out in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies in 2016/17, where it was made available by the School of Geography & Archaeology to Geography students.

In 2018/19, CÉIM was introduced for 1st year Political Science and Sociology students, and it was rolled out to the following students in 2019/20: Denominated Psychology, Psychological Studies, Civil Law, Law & Human Rights, and Law & Business.

In 2021/2022, CÉIM was offered to 1st year Science students for the first time. 

CÉIM will be offered to 1st year Spanish students from September 2022. 


What's the purpose of CÉIM?

The aim of CÉIM is to:

  • Support students to quickly adjust to university life
  • Provide students with a peer network and a forum for collaborative discussion
  • Increase students’ resourcefulness and confidence as successful and independent higher education learners
  • Improve academic achievement and increase retention through cooperative problem solving and learning
  • Develop student leaders’ skills to boost their career prospects
  • Create an additional mechanism for communication and feedback between teaching staff and students
  • Support students and staff to work in partnership on a shared goal
Who can take part in CÉIM in 2022/23?

1st year students studying Engineering,Construction Management, BA Law, Law (BCL); Law and Business; Law and Human Rights; Law (BCL), Criminology and Criminal Justice; and Law and Taxation students; Geography; Political Science and Sociology; Denominated Psychology and Psychological Studies; Science; Spanish; and selected 2nd and/or 3rd year students from the above disciplines who act as student leaders.

Is CÉIM a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions)/PAL (Peer Assisted Learning)/ Supplemental Instruction (SI) scheme?
Yes, CÉIM is a PASS/PAL/SI scheme.
How do I apply to become a student leader?
Applications to become a 2022/23 CÉIM leader have closed for this year. Applications to become a 23/24 CÉIM leader will open in January 2023.
What is involved in the leader training?

For 2022/23 CÉIM leaders, 2.25 days of mandatory training need to be completed. All training elements must be completed in full. Training will comprise of two parts. Part A will comprise of 2 short online workshops during the week of 9 May and 3 hours of self-directed e-learning over the summer. Part B will involve 1 day of training between 1-4 September. There will also be 2 hours of health and wellbeing training run by the Student Counselling Service.
Find out more about what CÉIM leader training involves.

What criteria are used to assess potential student leaders?
  • Motivation
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Availability to volunteer 2 hours each week sessions are on
  • Availability to participate in the mandatory leader training in full. In addition, CÉIM leaders need to complete a short online-based learning module during the summer that encompasses key logistics for running effective CÉIM sessions.
How much time can student leaders expect to spend on CÉIM per week?

Every Leader will have to plan and facilitate weekly one-hour CÉIM sessions and attend a weekly debrief meeting for Leaders after each session. Student Leaders spend on average 2 hours each week they have sessions working on CÉIM:
– Facilitating the CÉIM session (40 minutes)
– 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).

CÉIM runs for around seven weeks in Semester 1 and ten weeks in Semester 2. Total commitment is therefore around 2 hours per week over 17 weeks of CÉIM sessions.


Which students are eligible to apply to become CÉIM leaders?

The following students are eligible to apply to be CÉIM leaders:(1) 1st year Engineering students and 1st year Project & Construction Management students(2) 1st year students planning to study Geography in 2nd year, and 2nd year Geography students(3) 1st year students planning to study BA Law in 2nd year, and 2nd year BA Law students(4)1st and 2nd year Law (BCL), Law and Human Rights, Law and Taxation, andLaw, Criminology & Criminal Justicestudents(5) 1st and 2nd year Law and Business students(6)1st year students planning to study Political Science & Sociology in 2nd year, and 2nd year Political Science & Sociology students(7)1st and 2nd year Denominated Psychology students(8)1st year students planning to study Psychological Studies in 2nd year, and 2nd year Psychological Studies students(9) 1st year students planning to study Spanish in 2nd year (beginners and intermediate) and 3rd/4th year Spanish students who plan to be in Ireland in the coming academic year. 2nd year students who are staying in Ireland will be considered under special circumstances.(10) 1st year Science students in the following disciplines:1BS1, 1BMS1 – all students1BPC1, 1EH1, 1MR1 – students who are taking MA180 or MA1611BPT1/1PHO1 – students who are taking MA180 and MP180(Note for the above 1st year Science applicants, most 2nd year pathways have some flexibility in timing of laboratory sessions. While every effort will be made to ensure that the 2nd year timetables for the above disciplines will be compatible with CÉIM session times, this will depend on the modules individual students are studying. 2nd year module choices and timetabling will be confirmed during the summer.)(10) 2nd year 2BS1 Science students(Note for the above 2nd year Science applicants, it cannot be guaranteed yet that all 3BS9’s students’ timetables will be compatible with CÉIM session times as this will depend on the modules individual students are studying. 2BS1 students are welcome to apply to be CÉIM leaders, and their availability, which will depend on their 3BS9 module choices, will be confirmed during the summer.)

Can any other students apart from students listed above become student leaders?

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

Please contact if you have queries about course eligibilityPlease include your course code e.g., 1BAG1: BA Government (Politics, Economics & Law).

Do the student leaders teach the 1st year students?

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

What happens in the CÉIM sessions?

A small group of 1st year students meets with two to four 2nd/3rd 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.

Are student leaders paid?

No, student leaders are volunteers, but there are many advantages to being a leader, check them out here: Benefits – CÉIM (

How do I find out more about CÉIM?

If you have any queries please contact the CÉIM team at 

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