Please ensure you have read the information below before completing this online application form.

Please note that only the following students can apply to be a CÉIM Leader:
(1) 1st year Engineering students 
(2) 1st year students planning to study the BA Law in 2nd year, and 2nd year BA Law students 
(3) 1st year students planning to study Geography in 2nd year, and 2nd year Geography students

The deadline to apply for all students is Monday, 12 February 2018 at 23:59.

What is CÉIM?
CÉIM is an academic peer support programme for 1st year Engineering students, 1st year BA Law students, and 1st year Geography students. It is run by NUI Galway Students’ Union in collaboration with the College of Engineering and Informatics, the School of Law, and the Discipline of Geography. Find out more at

What is Peer Assisted Learning?
CÉIM, which means 'step' or 'degree' in Irish, is a form of Peer Assisted Learning (PAL), also known as Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). PAL/PASS has been in existence in higher education since it was first developed in the United States in the early 1970s. These programmes are also sometimes referred to as ‘Supplemental Instruction’ (‘SI’) and are currently in place in over 1,500 colleges in more than 29 countries.

How it works
1st year students meet with 2-3 trained 2nd year/3rd year Student Leaders for one-hour CÉIM sessions, once a week. Sessions are informal and student-led, and focus on the 1st year students working in small groups to gain a greater understanding of coursework, develop new skills, meet new people and overall, become successful university students. It’s important to note that CÉIM Student Leaders do not teach. Instead, they facilitate 1st year students to help each other and work things out for themselves.

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 (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).

CÉIM runs for around ten weeks in Semester 1 and ten weeks in Semester 2.
Total commitment is therefore around 2 hours per week over 20 weeks of CÉIM sessions. In addition, all Leaders must complete 2.5 days of training.

CÉIM Leaders must be fully trained in Peer Assisted Learning. Training will take place on 2-2.5 consecutive days between Tuesday, 4 September and Sunday, 9 September 2018 (before you are due to return to NUI Galway on 10 September). Top-up training will take place in early January 2019 (two-three hours in the evening). You must be available to attend the above training in full. The exact training dates will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Garda vetting
All successful applicants must satisfactorily complete a Garda Vetting process in the spring of 2018 in order to progress to becoming a CÉIM Leader. This involves completing an online form, and is generally a relatively quick process.

A substantial number of 1st year students studying at NUI Galway are under the age of 18. Garda vetting of all CÉIM leaders and staff coordinators is part of the CÉIM child protection process. Please note that in order to comply with new national legislation, all volunteers in Ireland who work with individuals under the age of 18 must be Garda Vetted.
2018/19 Recruitment Process
Apply by completing this online application form. The deadline for students to apply is Monday, 12 February 2018 at 23.59. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to briefly meet the

* 1. Please enter your contact details:

* 3. Please enter your discipline (e.g. Undenominated Engineering; Mechanical Engineering etc. If taking a BA, please specify all subjects studied):

* 4. Student Leaders spend on average 2 hours each week they have sessions working on CÉIM. (For more on this, see the detailed information at the start of this form). Are you available to volunteer this time during the 2018/19 academic year?

* 5. Are you available to complete 2-2.5 consecutive days of training between Tuesday, 4 and Sunday, 9 September 2018?

* 6. How would you rate your attendance this academic year?

* 7. If your application is successful, are you prepared to complete a Garda Vetting process?

* 8. What attributes do you have which make you suitable to be a CÉIM Student Leader? (Max 150 words)

* 9. Why do you want to become a CÉIM Student Leader? (Max 150 words)

* 10. Imagine you are facilitating a CÉIM session. Tell us how you would lead this session. This question will allow you to show us your creative side and understanding of CÉIM. (Max. 150 words)

Thank you for applying to be a CÉIM Leader. We will access all applications after 12 February and will be in touch with you by around 22 February.

* 11. Please give details of any extra-curricular activities which you are likely to be engaged in during the 2018/19 academic year (e.g. ‘Rugby training, Wednesdays, 4pm – 6pm’):