Become a Student Leader

Applications to become a CÉIM Leader in 2024/25 are now closed. If you have any queries please contact the CÉIM Team at

Applicants to become leaders in 2024/25 will be shortlisted based on the answers provided in the application form, in conjunction with academic engagement and performance. Applicants will be contacted by mid February and shortlisted candidates will be invited to briefly meet with the CÉIM team, an academic staff member from their discipline and some other candidates during mid February – early March 2024 on the University of Galway campus.

Who can apply?

The following students can apply to be a CÉIM Leader: 

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies 

1st year students planning to study one of the following subjects in 2nd year: 

  • Geography  
  • Political Science & Sociology 
  • Psychological Studies 
  • Denominated Psychology 
  • Spanish (beginners and intermediate) 
  • BA Law
  • Social Sciences


2nd year students studying one of these subjects (and students on placement who will be returning to campus to complete their final year): 

  • Geography  
  • Political Science & Sociology 
  • Psychological Studies 
  • Denominated Psychology 
  • BA Law 
  • Spanish students staying in Ireland will be considered under special circumstances


3rd year Spanish students who plan to be in Ireland in the coming academic year. 


College of Business, Public Policy and Law 

1st year students in the following programmes: 

  • Law and Business 
  • Law and Taxation 
  • Law (BCL) 
  • Law and Human Rights 
  • Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice  


2nd year students in the following programmes (and students on placement who will be returning to campus to complete their final year): 

  • Law and Business*
  • Law and Taxation* 
  • Law (BCL)*
  • Law and Human Rights*
  • Law, Criminology & Criminal Justice*



College of Science and Engineering 

1st year students in the following programmes: 

For the CÉIM Engineering programme  

  • Engineering  


For the CÉIM Project & Construction Management programme 

  • Project & Construction Management  


For the CÉIM GY301 Science programme 

  • Science 1BS1 – all students* 
  • Mathematical Science 1BMS1 – all students*  
  • Biopharmaceutical Chemistry 1BPC1, Earth & Ocean Science 1EH1 and Marine Science 1MR1 students who are taking MA180 or MA161* 
  • Physics 1PHO1 students who are taking MA180 and MP180*


For the CÉIM Genetics & Genomics programme 

  • Genetics & Genomics 1BGG1


For the CÉIM Biotechnology programme 

  • Biotechnology 1BY1


For the CÉIM GY350 Computer Science and Information Technology programme 

  • Computer Science and Information Technology 1BCT1


For the CÉIM GY303 Biomedical Science programme 

  • Biomedical Science 1BO1


 2nd year students in the following programmes: 

For the CÉIM GY301 Science programme 

  • Science 2BS1 – all students* 


*Note: Most 2nd year modules with laboratory sessions provide flexibility in offering multiple times for the laboratory session during the week. While every effort will be made to ensure CÉIM session times are scheduled to be largely compatible with second year student timetables, this will depend on the combination of modules an individual student is studying. Timetable compatibility for students in their 3rd year, will depend on the combination of modules an individual student is studying.  


1st year students in the following programmes:

For the CÉIM GY350 Computer Science and Information Technology programme 

  • Computer Science and Information Technology 3BCT1

Got a question? Ask us!

Check out our student leader recruitment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and feel free to email us with any queries about CÉIM, the recruitment process and what’s involved in being a leader at

What’s it all about?

CÉIM student leaders are 2nd year/3rd year students in relevant disciplines who have made it through 1st year and are keen to help new 1st year students adjust quickly to university life and get up to speed with their coursework.

Student leaders work in groups of two to four to facilitate CÉIM sessions every week for 1st year students throughout the academic year. It’s important to note that student leaders do not teach. Instead, they support 1st years to figure things out for themselves – to learn how to learn.

Research shows that student leaders often gain as much as 1st year students from taking part in CÉIM. 

Why become a student leader?

  • Receive intensive skills training, and develop and practice valuable transferable skills (sometimes called Graduate Attributes), including leadership, facilitation, communication, organisational, teamwork and active listening skills, as well as using a variety of IT tools and more
  • Increased employment prospects, gain relevant work experience to enhance your CV and talk about at interviews, and build your confidence
  • Gain the CÉIM Leadership Award (certificate and digital badge) and easily obtain the Employability Award and the University of Galway President’s Award for Volunteering thanks to your CÉIM experience
  • The feel-good factor of helping 1st year students to develop their skills and settle into university life
  • Be part of piloting peer learning at University of Galway and expand your network by working closely with other students and staff members
  • Free CÉIM hoodie and parties


CÉIM runs for around nine/ten weeks in semester 1 and ten weeks in semester 2.

Student leaders spend on average 2 hours each week they have sessions 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)

Total commitment is therefore around 2 hours per week over 20 weeks of CÉIM sessions. In addition, all Leaders must complete 2.25 days of training.


All sorts! We love working with a really diverse group of leaders. We are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and creative. Specifically, those who like helping others and enjoy working with other people and who can think of innovative ways to facilitate learning.


The goal is for 1st year students to drive the agenda for what will be covered in CÉIM sessions.

In the first few weeks of CÉIM, 1st year students may sometimes be hesitant to suggest content to focus on, so student leaders need to be prepared to prompt the 1st year students and to potentially suggest content to cover. The student leaders’ role is to devise meaningful and creative ways for 1st year students to gain greater insight into the coursework they wish to focus on.

This involves getting input from 1st year students, planning in advance with fellow leaders, structuring the session for 1st year students to work together in small groups, and devising effective learning activities that reflect the needs of 1st year students. Being a CÉIM leader is about listening and asking questions. It is not about teaching.


For 2024/25 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 2-9 May, 2024 and 3 hours of self-directed e-learning over the summer. Part B will involve 1 day of on-campus training between 5-7 September, 2024. There will also be 2 hours of health and wellbeing training run by the Student Counselling Service which focuses on student supports available on campus, student communication and interactions, boundary setting and how best to ensure your wellbeing as CÉIM leaders. This training will take place online in early September, 2024.

The CÉIM Leader training is highly participative. Active engagement is expected from all participants. Training is focused on group discussion and experiential learning, including modelling behaviours, small group work and hypothetical scenarios to enable leaders to feel confident and comfortable in running CÉIM sessions. Former CÉIM student leaders have rated this training highly. Topics covered in the training include: 

  • Background to peer learning, facilitation, questioning and communication skills 
  • Icebreakers, structuring group discussions and group dynamics 
  • Effective listening, creating an inclusive learning environment, difficult incidents/challenges, boundary setting 
  • Benefits of group work, thinking, learning and mindsets and the 1st year experience, student supports and services 
  • Process – session planning, session topics, weekly meetings 


All student leaders are asked to read and sign a code of conduct document at the start of the academic year. This document clearly outlines what is expected of leaders and covers topics such as child protection and GDPR.


All successful applicants must satisfactorily complete Garda Vetting in order to progress to becoming a CÉIM Leader. A substantial number of 1st year students studying at University of Galway are under the age of 18 and Garda vetting of all CÉIM leaders is part of the CÉIM child protection process.