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About NUI Galway
About NUI Galway
Since 1845, NUI Galway has been sharing the highest quality teaching and research with Ireland and the world. Find out what makes our University so special – from our distinguished history to the latest news and campus developments.
Colleges & Schools
Colleges & Schools
NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching across a range of key areas of expertise.
Research & Innovation
Research & Innovation
NUI Galway’s vibrant research community take on some of the most pressing challenges of our times.
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At NUI Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
Chamber of Commerce Awards
Engagement awards supported by the CKI
Alive Certificate for Volunteering
The ALIVE certificate has two aims.
First and foremost, it rewards all the time and effort students put into their extra-curricular activities: societies, sports clubs, campaigns, committees, volunteering, community engagement, mentoring, class representatives, student radio, and everything else that isn't degree-related!
Secondly, employers note that students have a lot of fantastic experience but don't know how to talk about it in interviews and application forms. So, NUI Galway has developed the ALIVE Certificate for Volunteering. This gives students the opportunity to talk about what they have been doing, and get the recognition they deserve!
Gold Awards for Civic Engagement
NUI Galway has been acknowledging student excellence through the award of gold medals in Medicine for over 100 years. In partnership with the Community Knowledge Initiative, additional gold medals were awarded to student in Medicine for their Civic Engagement contribution. In 2020 a further gold medal for civic engagement was introduced to acknowledgement civic engagement achievements of students in the Health Sciences.
Civic Engagement activities can take many forms including student volunteering, service learning, collaborate research projects and other activities that benefit both the community and the university including its’ students and staff.
President's Award for Societal Impact
The NUI Galway President's Awards for Societal Impact is a recognition of the valuable contribution staff members makes to society. The aim is to award the outstanding contributions of staff across the whole University who seek to use their skills and knowledge to improve the University’s contribution to society and our various communities, to stimulate excellence and help improve the visibility of the University’s impact on society and the broader community, above and beyond routine support and academic activities, on behalf of the University. This is the fourth year the awards have been running and now in 2020, there are two categories of awards with the Early Stage being offered in addition to the traditional Established career award.
Global Leaders Programme
National University of Ireland, Galway Student is selected for prestigious Global Leaders Programme
National University of Ireland, Galway student Cameron Keighron has been selected by the Talloires Network based at Tufts University, USA, to participate in the Next Generation Leaders Program, sponsored by the Mastercard Foundation. NUI Galway has been a partner and engaged member of the Talloires Network for over a decade through its work in the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) ensuring that the public good role of the University is embedded and mainstreamed.
Over 300 applications were received for this prestigious collective and the international selection committee chose just 41 participants. The young leaders will be organised into smaller working groups. Each group will focus on a particular civic engagement theme and participate in the 2021 Talloires Network Global Leaders Conference hosted by Harvard University in partnerhip with Tufts University. The themes they aim to explore include: Pandemic Recovery and Resilience, Innovations in Gender Equity, Structured Listening Methods, and Civic Engagement Future.
The President of NUI Galway stated that “we are excited and proud that Cameron Keighron has been chosen to participate in the Next Generation Leaders Program and know that the capacities and attributes that Cameron possesses emulate our vision and values of openness and respect, of our graduates as citizens connected to and contributing to community and society in Ireland and internationally. We look forward to supporting this Program and all who participate.”
Student participants selected represent 21 countries around the world: Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States.
Cameron is currently a PhD Student in Electrophysiology studying Parkinson's Disease (under Dr Leo Quinlan) and has been involved in advocacy, activism and volunteering for the past decade. Cameron is deeply connected to community and is the current Chair of AMACH! LGBT+, the President of the ENLIGHT Student Board, student partner in the Inclusive Learning and Teaching project and a Youth Panel Member on a study looking to improve healthcare for Type 1 Diabetics. Cameron was selected given his passion about changing the way we view the world around us and ensuring that everyone feels empowered to have their voice heard.
Cameron says “I am delighted to be selected to be a part of the Next Generation Leaders Program through the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to global conversations around civic engagement and activism, with an incredible chance to network with 40 other engaged students from diverse backgrounds. I am looking forward to working closely on the Innovations in Gender Equity working group developing strategies to combat discrimination based on gender identity."
Further information, please contact Cameron Keighron, 086 238 6183 or Lorraine McIlrath, 087 768 2099.
Awards received by the CKI
- University of Sanctuary received the Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
- Youth Academy was shortlisted to the final three for Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
- The Community Knowledge Initiative received the Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018
- Saol Café was shortlisted to the final three for Galway City Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2018
- NUI Galway's Community Awareness Initiatives Responsibly-Directed by Engineers (CAIRDE) received second prize in 2010. CAIRDE is a service-learning programme where all third-year Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering students apply academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Established in 2003 by Professor Abhay Pandit, it became an embedded part of the undergraduate Mechanical, Biomedical, and Electrical Engineering programmes as part of a required module that previously had been solely lecture-based. The emphasis is on interacting directly with intended beneficiaries of projects.
- The Community Knowledge Initiative was shortlisted to the final three for the National Chamber of Commerce Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2019
- Dr. Lorraine McIlrath was recognised nationally by Fáilte Ireland as an Irish Conference Ambassador at an Awards Ceremony in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin 2018
The MacJannet Prize was established by the Talloires Network and the MacJannet Foundation to recognise exceptional student community engagement. In 2009, NUI Galway was a MacJannet Prize finalist through the Clinical Legal Education programme which was the first of its kind in Ireland. Final year students in NUIG's Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) programme put their theoretical knowledge and legal skills to work in the wider community. They undertake "real world" placements on a part-time, one semester basis as opposed to sitting a traditional academic module. They earn academic credit, enhance their practical legal skills and, because most of the placements are with organisations and practitioners that work on behalf of the marginalised, see how law can be used to advance the public interest.
Awards received by NUIG staff and students in recognition of engagement activities
3BA student Jason Sherlock selected for the Washington Ireland Programme
The CKI would like to extend congratulations to Jason Sherlock, final year BA Economics, Sociology and Political Science at NUI Galway and active community leader on campus on his successful selection and participation in the Washington Ireland Program https://wiprogram.org/ 2021. The Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP) is a six-month program of personal and professional development that brings university students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to Washington, DC for summer internships and leadership training. Read more here.