NUI Galway Students’ Union Wins at National Student Achievement Awards

NUI Galway Students’ Union Wins at National Student Achievement Awards

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NUI Galway Students’ Union won two prizes at the National Student Achievement Awards which took place in Dublin Castle last night. The EXPLORE Programme won first prize in the Community Awareness Award category and the CÉIM programme took top honours in the Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award.

The EXPLORE innovation initiative supports NUI Galway students and staff to collaborate as equal partners to bring about positive change on campus and in the wider community. It was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway in early 2012 and has seed funded over 100 new projects involving more than 600 students and staff. These projects have gone on to raise over €285,000 funding to date.

CÉIM is an academic peer learning programme which NUI Galway Students’ Union established in 2013. The aim of the programme is to support 1st year students to transition successfully to university, to succeed academically, and to develop networks and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics in 2013 and introduced in the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies in 2015. It will be offered to 20 percent of 1st year students in the next academic year.

The impact to date of the CÉIM programme is very encouraging with 80% of 1st years surveyed in 2014/15 saying it helped them settle into university. Regular CÉIM attendees achieved 9% higher grades in 2014/15 than irregular or non-attendees and were much more likely to pass the year. The Student Engagement Activity of the Year Award was awarded by CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland.

Mr. Boland noted that “CÉIM is innovative and invigorating and shows a depth of work and understanding worthy of any project in higher education.”

The Student Achievement Awards took place in Dublin Castle last night. The Awards recognise the contribution of individuals and groups from third level education institutions across the island of Ireland.

Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly said: “NUI Galway Students’ Union is delighted to be recognised for its work in the areas of Community Awareness and Student Engagement. As a Students’ Union, everything we do is student centred and we endeavour to ensure that our members are equipped with the skills to achieve their full potential in University, and to be in a position to participate in, and contribute to, their community”

“CÉIM has been a hugely successful programme and has been an enormous benefit to students in NUI Galway. We look forward to making it available to more students in the coming years”

“EXPLORE has proven itself to be a dynamic model for enabling innovation. It has brought NUI Galway students and staff together to work on hundreds of projects that have benefitted the entire community and we look forward to watching its progress”


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Joanna Brophy