We are Recruiting: Peer Learning Intern
NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks a friendly, energetic and goal-oriented Intern to provide support to existing staff on its CÉIM academic peer learning programme. This is a varied role in which the successful candidate will be required to work closely with diverse partners including students and academic staff to help ensure the effective delivery of CÉIM.
CÉIM is an academic peer support scheme based on the Peer Assisted Study Sessions / Peer Assisted Learning (PASS/PAL) model. CÉIM supports 1st year students’ transition to higher education, health and wellbeing, academic success, progression and development of transferable skills. Delivered via a partnership between students, academic staff and the Students’ Union, CÉIM will be offered to approximately 1,500 or nearly 50% of NUI Galway 1st year students from September 2019. See further information on www.su.nuigalway.ie/ceim
The Intern will be employed by NUI Galway Students’ Union on a fixed-term part-time contract (3 days per week).
Contract duration: Mid-August 2019 – Late April 2020
Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (7 hours per day)
- Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure the smooth running of CÉIM.
- Provide general programme and administrative support.
- Organise materials for student leaders, weekly meetings and training.
- Provide support to individual students and groups of students.
- Attend weekly meetings with students and academic staff.
- Support the CÉIM Director and CÉIM Administrator with various duties as they arise.
- Understanding of the CÉIM programme, and an interest in supporting students to make the most of their time at university.
- Strong organisational and administration skills.
- Experienced Microsoft Office user.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Friendly and professional manner with the ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders.
- Highly adaptable with a solution-oriented outlook.
- Excellent work ethic and commitment to deadlines and deliverables.
- The capacity to acquire new skills and apply them to the role.
Applications must include:
- Cover Letter outlining your suitability for the post and why you are interested in the post.
- Curriculum Vitae.
Applications via email to:
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Closing date: 5:00pm, Friday, 24 May 2019
Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place on: Wednesday, 12 June 2019
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”
NUI Galway Students’ Union and NUI Galway celebrated 41 CÉIM peer learning student leaders on Wednesday, 12 April.
The CÉIM peer learning programme was initiated by NUI Galway Students’ Union to help 1st year students transition successfully to university, succeed academically and complete their studies. The programme was first piloted in 2013 in collaboration with NUI Galway College of Engineering and Informatics and with the School of Law in 2015. Due to its success to date, the programme will be rolled out further in the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies in 2016/17.
CÉIM is based on the well-evidenced Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) model used in over 30 countries. Student leaders from higher years facilitate weekly study sessions for small groups of 1st years, creating peer-led learning communities where it’s easy to ask questions.
The 41 students who acted as CÉIM leaders in 2015/16 are studying Engineering and Law, and they have each volunteered 40-60 hours since September 2015 to assist 1st years.
According to NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, “Peer learning is not an activity that is traditionally associated with Students’ Unions. We’re delighted to be leading the way in this regard in Ireland. CÉIM is proof that there is a lot to be gained by students’ unions, university staff and higher year students partnering to support 1st years as they transition to university.”
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.
For more information, contact:
– Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 091 494290
1. NUI Galway CÉIM peer learning student leaders 2015/16 with staff seated L-R Órla O’Donoghue, CÉIM Administrator, NUI Galway Students’ Union; Dr Annette Harte, Acting Dean of the College of Engineering and Informatics; Dr Rónan Kennedy, Class Adviser for 1st Year BA in Law; Phelim Kelly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union; and Amber Walsh Olesen, CÉIM Coordinator, NUI Galway Students’ Union. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan
2. NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Phelim Kelly, speaks at the CÉIM Leader Celebration 2015/16. Photo credit: Patrick Henaghan