NUI Galway is offering a number of virtual events in 2021, for students, staff and the public.  
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January 2021 - Online Events 

Event:  Whistleblowers After Disclosure: Financial Impacts, Career Paths, and Survival Strategies (Whitaker Webinar Series)

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 19 - 3.30pm to 5.30pm, via Zoom

Whistleblowers perform a vital role in society, alerting the public to financial fraud, abuse in institutions and potential environmental disasters. But many genuine whistleblowers find themselves without a source of income and with little prospect of sourcing further work in their chosen career. If this situation does not change, fewer and fewer whistleblowers will come forward.In an 18-month study between 2016 and 2018 our team interviewed 58 whistleblowers and 17 experts, and gathered quantitative data from a survey of 92 whistleblowers who had left their current role as a result of speaking out.  

Our research produced:
– Evidence of the financial impacts of disclosure,
– Detailed analysis of personal costs,
– Reported benefits of having spoken out in accordance with personal values,
– Insights into gaining meaningful employment after leaving the organization due to whistleblowing.
– Recommendations to ensure that those who sacrifice much for society’s protection are better supported.
Working with people who have found themselves in this situation, we created short and accessible summaries of people’s career stories.  Our research was supported by UK’s ESRC and findings are available on
Join us on 19th January at 15.30 [Ireland] for a discussion of these issues with whistleblowers and experts from across the globe.
Hosts: Professor Kate Kenny (NUI Galway), Professor Marianna Fotaki (Warwick Business School).

Panel on Post-disclosure Survival Strategies, Case Studies

  • Richard Bowen
  • Cathy Scharf
  • Kim Holt
  • Martin Woods
  • Wendy Addison
Panel on Costs and Impacts of Whistleblowing Disclosures: 

  • Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project, Washington DC
  • Dana Gold, Government Accountability Project, Washington DC
  • Professor Wim Vandekerckhove, University of Greenwich
  • Dr Justin Schlosberg, Birkbeck University of London
  • John Devitt, Transparency International Ireland
  • Ian Foxley, University of York

Register here.


Healthcare consumer (patients, carers, and the public) involvement in esearch is a growing movement across the world, including in evidence synthesis. Cochrane is the world’s largest producer of systematic reviews and has a long history of involvement, though not consistently or throughout the evidence production cycle.

This webinar, presented by: Richard Morley (Consumer Engagement Officer, Cochrane) and Maureen Smith (Chair, Cochrane Consumer Network Executive), will:

(i) explain the rationale for consumer involvement in evidence synthesis

ii) describe the framework for involvement from Pollock et al “Development of the ACTIVE framework to describe stakeholder involvement in systematic reviews” (2019),

(iii) hear from consumers and researchers who have collaborated in the production of systematic reviews and

(iv) share a range of practical resources for consumers and researchers.

The webinar will be followed by a Twitter chat hosted by @Cochraneconsumr.


Richard Morley is Cochrane’s Consumer Engagement Officer. He supports the engagement and involvement of healthcare consumers (patients, carers, and the public) in Cochrane’s research and governance, including working with a growing network of 1750 volunteers across the world. He works with Cochrane authors and Groups and a range of partnerships that support this engagement, including the new International Network for Patient and Public Involvement in Research, of which he was a founder member. Richard has extensive experience of public engagement and partnership working in the voluntary, public and higher education sectors. He has worked as an adviser for the James Lind Alliance, supporting research priority setting at the University of York’s Department of Health Science on patient involvement where he is a Visiting Fellow.

Maureen Smith has a long history of collaboration with the healthcare system subsequent to a rare disease diagnosis in childhood. She is the chair of Cochrane’s Consumer Executive and is involved in several Cochrane projects and advisory committees. Maureen is a member of the COMET Initiative’s People and Patient Participation, Involvement and Engagement (PoPPIE) Working Group. In Canada, she is an enthusiastic, committed patient partner on several patient-oriented research projects and is the co-vice-chair of Ontario’s SPOR Support Unit’s Patient Partner Working Group. For the past 12 years, Maureen has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD). She continues to serve as a patient member on the Ontario Committee to Evaluate Drugs since 2014 and the Ontario Health Technology Assessment Committee for the past four years.

Event: SocsBox Virtual Help Desk

Dates & Times: Mondays - Thursdays going forward from 2:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

If you have any questions about Societies drop into the SocsBox Virtual Help Desk on Zoom, Monday - Thursday from 2:00pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-8:00pm using this link or email


Event: Staff SOS Daily Wellness Webinar Series - Human Resources, NUI Galway 

The HR office is currently running a series of webinars to support the mental health and wellbeing of its staff. For full listings and to book your place, please vist SOS Daily Wellness Webinar Series - Human Resources, NUI Galway.


Event: Online Mindfulness Shared Practice

Dates & Times: Tuesdays & Fridays ongoing - 8:15am to 8:45am 

These online shared practice of mindfulness sessions are open to staff, students and members of the public.  If you have any family members or friends who may be interested in joining this practice, please feel free to share this link with them. Dr Eva Flynn lectures in the Discipline of General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Life Sciences at NUI Galway. Her interests lie in student well-being and she has taken a lead in introducing Mindfulness in the School of Medicine. She also works as a general practitioner in Mainstreet Clinic, Loughrea, County Galway.

Register: To join this session online, please copy and paste the following link into the GOOGLE CHROME browser.   Please note INTERNET EXPLORER and FIREFOX will not open this link:

Connect with Student-Led Support

Peer-to-peer support is available to all students and comes in many different forms. Here are some of the ways that you can get the support of your peers throughout the academic year:

CÉIM Academic Peer Support

Weekly peer learning sessions for 1st-year students studying Engineering, Law, BA Law, Psychology, Geography, and Political Science & Sociology
Log into YourSpace and go to the CÉIM tab in the left sidebar to find out what group you are in and to join your online peer learning session.


ATS Mentoring Programme aims to provide peer mentoring and appropriate support services that will enable participating 1st year students to successfully complete their educational objectives while making college life exciting, fulfilling and successful. Log into YourSpace and go to the ATS Mentoring tab in the left sidebar to join as a mentee.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Emma at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available here.

To find out your Class Rep got Log into YourSpace and go to the Class Rep tab in the left sidebar.

Election of Undergraduate Student Class Reps:

Step 1: Nominations close 12pm, Wednesday 14th October.

Step 2: Voting Wednesday, 14th October to Monday, 19th October.

Election of Postgraduate Student Class Reps: 

Step 1: Nominations open 12pm, Monday 12th October to 12pm, Friday 16th October.

Step 2: Voting Monday 19th October to Friday 23rd October.