The NUI Galway Vision 2020 acknowledges that the ALIVE volunteer programme continues to grow, and is giving more of our students practical applications to their learning, boosting civic engagement and supporting local organisations to a value of at least €1 million in work hours annually. The University wishes to remain proactive in collaborating with external community partners for our mutual benefit.
Civic Engagement is major feature of this strategy under Section 9 (p21) and goes onto state that NUI Galway, based on the response by staff and students in support of the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI), has an excellent opportunity to distinguish itself as Ireland's leading university in the area of civic engagement.
In 2012, IRIS was upgraded to include a new Community Engagement section under the Professional tab. This section holds information on a range of community engagement activities that both researches and academic staff may be involved in and these are categorised as follows: Advocacy, Board Membership (Boards of Community Based Org, NGO), Consultancy (Pro-bono), Outreach, Policy Development, Research (e.g. Community based research) and Teaching (e.g. Service learning / community based learning).
Their responsibilities include ‘championing' the civic engagement agenda within their broad cognate areas, supporting colleagues (in constituent Schools) in the implementation of relevant programmes and activities and act as a point of contact for the College on these issues.
The University's policy on Child Protection is in accordance with "Children First - National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children - 1999" which was published by the Dept. of Health and Children. NUI Galway is committed to promoting the rights of the child including the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them.
The CKI is fully committed to safe guarding the wellbeing and welfare of the children involved in all our programmes on campus and off campus in schools, homework and youth clubs by protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Students and staff of NUI Galway engaged through ALIVE, the Youth Academy and serivce learning should show respect and understanding for the rights, saftey and welfare and conduct in a way that reflects the values of the CKI. The following CKI documents are available in hardcopy from the CKI office. View a FAQs of our Garda Vetting Policy Also view a PDF of our ALIVE Volunteers: Handbook for Homework Clubs and Youth Activities which includes the Code of Conduct for NUI Galway students and the CKI Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy.
This internal review process is itself reviewed periodically through an external review body. The internal quality process within NUI Galway is overseen by the committee for quality and innovation, chaired by the vice president for Innovation and Performance and that reports to the Universities Governing Authority.
The creation of a Self Assessment Report is fundamental to the process and allows an academic and administrative unit to document a critical self-assessment of services and performances, and to generate new ideas for change. Importantly this report is a real opportunity for all units at NUI Galway to reports on community and civic engagement activities. The report typically includes strengths, weaknesses, benchmarking results, unit goals, unit performance, change actions, services, staff profiles and contributions to the broader community. Under the ' Public Impact' section of the report, academic units are encouraged to document public events, teaching, research, outreach and community. Include self-assessment and reflection commentary.
CKI projects are aimed at non-profit, voluntary, charitable status organisations. We work across NUI Galway to support engagement and direct queries to relevant departments. As partners NGOs are invited to read our CKI Community Partner Terms and Conditions, which outline the role of the CKI clearly. The Guide for External Organisations is a source of contact information for groups, companies and members of the public.
Within the NUI Galway Fundraising Policy is a helpful guide to successful event planning and links to national fundraising networks. Fundraising events are reviewed via the Application Form. Helpful support documents can be found on the Student Services Policy website.
The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for Volunteer Sending Agencies is the cornerstone of our engagement practices. The Volunteer Charter is a helpful tool for to help guide thinking and points to consider if volunteering internationally. Congratulations to three NUI Galway societies, which send students volunteering internationally during the summer months, for their recent national accreditation achievements!
Watch this space as we develop our code of coduct for images!