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 is being piloted with the following students in 2019/20: Denominated Psychology, Psychological Studies, Civil Law, Law & Human Rights, and Law & Business.

What's the purpose of CÉIM?

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
Who can take part in CÉIM in 2019/20?

1st year students studying Engineering, BA Law, Civil Law, Law & Human Rights, Law & Business, Geography, Political Science and Sociology, Denominated Psychology and Psychological Studies; 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?

The closing date to apply to become a CÉIM student leader is Monday, 11 February 2019 at midnight.

The application form takes approx. 10-15 minutes to complete. Applicants will be shortlisted exclusively based on the answers they provide in the application form. Applicants will be contacted by Thursday, 28 February and shortlisted candidates will be invited to briefly meet with the CÉIM coordinators and some other candidates during the period 4-21 March. Apply to be a CÉIM leader now.

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, which will take place on 2-2.25 consecutive days between Monday, 2 and Saturday, 7 September 2019 (before leaders are due to return to NUI Galway for the new academic year on 9 September).
How much time can student leaders expect to spend on CÉIM per week?

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)
Which students are eligible to apply to become CÉIM leaders?

The following NUI Galway students are eligible to apply to act as CÉIM student leaders in the 2019/20 academic year:

(1) 1st year Engineering students
(2) 1st year students planning to study Geography in 2nd year, and 2nd year Geography students
(3) 1st year students planning to study Political Science & Sociology in 2nd year, and 2nd year Political Science & Sociology students
(4) 1st year students planning to study BA Law in 2nd year, and 2nd year BA Law students
(5) 1st and 2nd year Civil Law students
(6) 1st and 2nd year Corporate Law students
(7) 1st and 2nd year Denominated Psychology students
(8) 2nd year BA Psychological Studies students

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.

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.

How do I find out more about CÉIM?

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

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