The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) fosters community university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy.

CKI Upcoming Events

2020 Galway Rijeka CHER Conference

2nd – 4th of September 2020 @ Galway and Rijeka

University of Rijeka based within Rijela as the European Capital of Culture will host the CHER (Consorium of Higher Education Researchers) Conference with the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway as the partner Capital of Culture 2020. Theme: Engaged University Hosted by one European Capital of Culture but welcomed by two! [ more ]

CKI Past Events

Service Learning Book Launch

Tuesday, 22nd of October 2019 (15:00 – 16:00) @ ILAS Boardroom, NUI Galway

New book on service Learing within Europe to be launched at NUI Galway. Embedding Service Learning in European Higher Education - Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement published by Routledge and edited by Pilar Aramburuzabala, Lorraine McILrath and Héctor Opazo will be launced at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway on 22nd October at 3pm in the... [ more ]

CKI Seminar Series 2019/2020

Monday, 30th of September 2019 (14:10 – 14:10) @

For the 2019/2020 Academic Year Join Us in Discussion & Celebration of Community and University Engagement! [ more ]

NUI Galway Shortlisted for Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

Thursday, 19th of September 2019 (19:39 – 19:39) @

2019 Shortlist NUI Galway's Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) has been shortlisted for the 2019 Chambers Ireland Corporate Social Responsibility Awards. The CKI is one of 35 finalists shortlisted following 1700 applications submitted for the awards. The CKI has been shortlisted in the category of ‘Community Award' alongside six... [ more ]

Spanish Visiting Scholar

1st – 31st of July 2019 @

Spanish Visiting Scholar spends semester with the Community Knowledge Initiative In 2019 Dr. Charo Cerrillo from the the Autonomous University of Madrid ( UAM ) will spend a semester wth the CKI sharing her expertise on service learing within a Spainish higher education context and undertaking a research project with Lorraine McIlrath that looks at the effects of education and... [ more ]

COPE Homeless Sleep Out

7th – 8th of December 2018 @ Shop Street, Galway

CKI to join 30 other business leaders in Galway to advocate and raise funds for the homeless. Lorraine McIlrath will represent NUI Galway for COPE Galway's Annual Sleep Out on Friday 7 Decmber 2018 and she hopes to raise ?3000 for the organisation. To support and donate please click here. [ more ]

CKI win Chamber of Commerce Award

Saturday, 1st of December 2018 (20:00 – 21:00) @ Gaway

The CKI win the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Social Responsibility Award, December 2018 Best Social Enterprise/CSR award is sponsored by Magnet Networks Winner: Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway [ more ]

Diversity in Education

Friday, 30th of November 2018 (14:00 – 16:00) @ Hardiman Building NUI Galway G011

Barriers to Diversity in Ireland's Education Systerm Seminar Guest Speakers Dr. Elaine Keane (NUI Galway) Catherine Cooney (GRETB) OWne Mac an Bhaird (NUI Galway Student) Hosted by the University of Sanctuary on Friday November 30th 2018 from 2-4pm in the Hardiman Research Building Seminar Room G011. All welcome [ more ]

Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, 8th of November 2018 (18:00 – 20:00) @ ILAS

ALIVE and World Vision Workshop What World Do You Want by 2030? We want to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change. We plan to do this by achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Find out more: On the 8 th of November World Vision Ireland are holding a workshop on the Sustainable Development... [ more ]


14th – 16th of September 2017 @ NUI Galway

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7th ISSL Conference

14th – 16th of June 2017 @ Institute for Lifecourse and Society

Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway hosts major international conference on University-Community Engagement, 14 th to 16 th June 2017 7th International Symposium on Service Learning The CKI based at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society is delighted to announce that the 7 th ISSL Symposium, ISSL 2017, will be held at the National University of Ireland,... [ more ]

What Big Eyes You've Got

Tuesday, 13th of June 2017 (12:00 – 12:00) @ Aras na Mac Leinn

CKI is delighted to be in partnership with the NUI Galway Arts Office in supporting What Big Eyes You've Got. A collaboration between artist Jane Hayes, and the children of Scoil Chroí Íosa, Galway This Spring, artist and educator Jane Hayes embarked on an exciting journey with the children of Junior, Senior and First Class in Scoil Chroí Íosa Primary... [ more ]

Public Scholarship Seminar

Thursday, 16th of March 2017 (12:45 – 14:00) @ ILAS Boardroom

The CKI is delighted to host Dr. Elaine Ward, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Merrimack College, USA to talk about perspectives, research and findings related to the theme of recently co-edited and authored book Publicly Engaged Scholars - Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Educatio n based on the attached new Stylus publication and her most recent... [ more ]

Student Study Tour

Friday, 24th of February 2017 (00:00 – 00:00) @ ILAS

NUI Galway students (undergraduates and postgraduates) are invited to apply to take part in the Europe Engage Service Learning Student Study Tour which will take place from the 5 th to the 18 th of June 2017 in Galway. Service Learning is a teaching approach that encourages students to learn and explore issues vital to society inside and outside the classroom and... [ more ]

Enactus Talk

Wednesday, 15th of February 2017 (18:00 – 19:30) @ Blackstone Launchpad

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Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence

Friday, 30th of September 2016 (11:00 – 12:30) @ Institute for Lifecourse and Society

COPE Galway Waterside House, MA Social Work & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway would be delighted if you could attend: The Presentation of Community-Based Research Project Findings: ‘Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence’ When : Friday, September 30 th , 11.00am 12.30pm Where : Institute for Lifecourse & Society, North Campus, NUI Galway,... [ more ]

Lunchtime Seminar

Wednesday, 14th of September 2016 (12:30 – 14:00) @ Institute for Lifecourse and Society

CKI Lunchtime Seminar - Wednesday 14 th September 2016 12.30 – 2pm in the Institute for Lifecourse & Society (ILAS) Boardroom Room No. 2015 --------------------------- THE MEDICAL CURRICULUM AND THE HUMANISTIC EDUCATION: A PILOT INTERNATIONAL SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE Dr. Maria Cabello Universidad de Málaga, Spain Service-learning... [ more ]

Galway Arts Festival Art Exhibition

11th – 24th of July 2016 @ ILAS, NUI Galway

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust in partnership with Galway International Arts Festival and the National University of Ireland, Galway celebrates three years of the dialysis arts programme at Merlin Park University Hospital with an exhibition that has a special focus on works inspired by the West of Ireland and displayed across two sites: The Institute for... [ more ]

July 5th Symposium on Student Volunteering

Tuesday, 5th of July 2016 (10:30 – 13:30) @ Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway

You are welcome to attend and/or present as we come together with our Keynote speaker Clare Holdsworth to critical reflect and engage on student extra-curricular activity at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway. Click here to register to attend or speak at the Symposium website. [ more ]

EU IARSLCE Conference

Friday, 10th of June 2016 (09:00 – 18:00) @ Bologna

It is with great pleasure that we present this Call for Proposals for the initial IARSLCE European Regional Research Conference. IARSLCE (The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) is an organization of scholars and practitioners in the fields of service-learning and community engagement who seek to build and expand the understanding of the... [ more ]

Carnegie Classification Pilot

Monday, 14th of September 2015 (11:00 – 16:00) @ Irish Architectural Archive

Members of higher education are invite d to a special workshop to introduce the Carnegie Foundation for the Community Engagement Classification Pilot Study in Ireland This will take place on the 14 th September, 2015, 11am to 4pm, at the Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square, Dublin 2 . You and your colleagues are invited to participate in this introductory... [ more ]

Spending Socially Symposium

Monday, 15th of June 2015 (10:00 – 16:00) @ ILAS NUI Galway

The Centre for Disability Law and Policy, The Community Knowledge Initiative and Employability Galway In association with The Institute for Lifecourse and Society: Spending Socially - Achieving Social Value Through Public Procurement All Welcome This event will bring together, for the first time in Ireland, a unique range of experts in the fields of public procurement and... [ more ]

CKI Conversations with Community

Friday, 12th of June 2015 (12:30 – 14:00) @ ILAS Boardroom

Dr. Antoinette Smith-Tolken from Stellenbosch University South Africa [ more ]

Advancing Cultural Rights: drivers for change in communities

Tuesday, 26th of May 2015 (14:00 – 17:00) @ The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway

Advancing Cultural Rights: drivers for change in communities What culture needs is a democratic mandate from communities . . . Demos, 2006 Blue Drum & Creative Communities Galway Galway City Community Network, Galway Community Arts Network, Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway & Third Space, Galway Rationale: We want to explore with community members,... [ more ]

4th Reel Lives Film Festival

18th – 22nd of May 2015 @ ILAS Auditorium

4th Reel Lives Film Festival: Free Films Celebrating Ageing Free public lunchtime screenings of international films and Irish shorts, celebrating ageing, are on offer all week at 1 pm from May 18 th -22 nd in the auditorium of NUIG's new ILAS (Institute for Lifecourse and Society) building in Corrib Village, Upper Newcastle Road. ILAS' superb new 250-seater movie venue has a theatre-size... [ more ]

Community Engagement around Massive Open Online Courses

Tuesday, 12th of May 2015 (12:30 – 14:00) @ ILAS G009

CKI Conversations with Community Date: Tuesday 12 th May Time: 12.30 to 2pm Speaker: Ms. Dawn Smith, Community Engagement Developer University : University of Edinburgh Title: Community Engagement around Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Chair: Lorraine McIlrath, CKI, Institute for Lifecourse & Society, NUI Galway Venue: Seminar Room no. G009, Institute for... [ more ]

ALIVE Certificate Ceremony 2015

Tuesday, 31st of March 2015 (11:30 – 13:01) @ Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

NUI Galway President's Award for 1,000 Student Volunteers The public are invited to attend NUI Galway's celebration of student volunteering at the Bailey Allen Hall, Aras na Mac Leinn, Tuesday 31st March 11.30am. Community organisations across Ireland will be in attendance to help recognise the valuable contribution student volunteers have made to their work and to society. "We annually come... [ more ]

Conversations with Community

23rd – 27th of March 2015 @ ILAS, NUI Galway Room G006

Conversations with Community March 2015 Hosted by the Institute for Lifecourse and Society at NUI Galway All Welcome The CKI at ILAS is delighted to offer two lunch time Conversations with Community from two visiting scholars from Alaska and Mexico. All are welcome to attend and please RSVP Carmel King Tea/Coffee and lunch will be provided. Further information... [ more ]

Campus Engage Participate

Monday, 26th of January 2015 (10:00 – 16:00) @ ILAS at NUI Galway

Campus Engage Participate Programme - Galway Participate in a one day capacity building programme delivered by a national panel of experienced practitioners and scholars in community-based research and learning. In Community-based learning students gain academic credit for the learning that derives from participating in and reflecting on an experience within community and... [ more ]

Volunteer Fair

Wednesday, 14th of January 2015 (12:00 – 15:00) @ Aras na Mac Leinn Foyer, NUI Galway

Come along to the 2015 ALIVE Volunteerr Fair and meet the following organisations that are looking for volunteers. Special Olympics Connaught Galway Community Circus Galway Rape Crisis Centre GOAL On The Road Again Habitat for Humanity Ireland Irish Heart Foundation Suas Educational Development Galway Autism Partnership ACT for Meningitis Domestic... [ more ]

DIVERSITY Conference

Wednesday, 10th of December 2014 (10:00 – 15:30) @ Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, Co Clare

Intercultural & Diversity Education Centre (IDEC) Ireland: Humanising Rights & Responsibilities Series: Conference 5 DIVERSITY: CREATING COMMUNITY WELL-BEING 10th December 2014 - 10.00am - 3.30pm Cois na hAbhna, Ennis, Co Clare MODERATOR FOR THE DAY: Alphonse Basogomba | Chairman, Clare Intercultural Network, IDEC Ireland KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Kathleen... [ more ]

Tulca Festival

7th – 23rd of November 2014 @ Galway City

Tulca Festival of Visual Arts is a festival of contemporary art that takes place each November in Galway. It presents innovative exhibitions that provoke and energise audiences into the world of the visual arts and is supported by NUI Galway through the Community Knowledge Initiative. This year's festival runs from November 7 th -23 rd and full details are available at: ... [ more ]

Community Mapping Lecture & Workshop

Thursday, 6th of November 2014 (10:30 – 16:00) @ Moore Institute, NUI Galway

Envisioning Our Vibrant Communities: Community Mapping as Transdisciplinary Research and Practice Co-hosted by Community Knowledge Initiative & Ómós Áite: Space, Place Research Network, Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway Public Lecture and Workshop Thursday November 6th 2014 Moore Institute, NUI Galway This public lecture and workshop will be conducted... [ more ]

Whiden Tolie Symposium

Monday, 3rd of November 2014 (09:30 – 16:30) @ Bailey Allen, NUI Galway

Symposium Theme: Creating the Conditions for Engagement: A call for substantive Equality for the Traveller Community. This groundbreaking event will promote dialogue and debate in the West of Ireland on the topic of substantive equality for the Traveller community and the participation of Travellers in social, economic, political and cultural life as well as the broader enhancement of... [ more ]

CKI on the move!

Monday, 20th of October 2014 (00:00 – 00:00) @ New Building - ICLS

We have an exciting new home..... The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) has moved to the recently established Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) at NUI Galway. The ILAS resides is a purpose built building on campus and is a newly designated applied social science research institute that brings together a number of multidisciplinary clusters through research, policy,... [ more ]

Researching with Children

Wednesday, 18th of June 2014 (09:00 – 16:00) @ The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway

Symposium: Researching with Children and Young People This day-long event will focus on the topic of researching with children and young people. The day will feature invited speakers, case-study presentations and engagement in dialogue in small-group discussions. Among the invited speakers is Dr. Karen McAuley, Office of the Ombudsman for Children. The event will provide an opportunity... [ more ]

Campus Engage Symposium

Tuesday, 17th of June 2014 (09:00 – 16:30) @ Dublin Castle

Campus Engage is delighted to host a Symposium on the theme of 'Campus Community Partnerships: Conversations for Change' in Dublin Castle. Join us to debate best practice and future plans for campus community initiatives wtih Keynote speakers Sir David Watson and Professor Barbara Holland. The symposium programme, through " world café " roundtables and workshops, will facilitate... [ more ]

Campus President Charter Signing

Monday, 16th of June 2014 (10:00 – 13:00) @ Campus President Charter Signing

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn T.D officially launches the Campus Engage Charter on Civic and Community Engagement 20 Presidents of Higher Education Institutions sign a national charter to underscore their commitment to the civic and community engagement role and responsibilities of their institutions At a landmark event in Dublin... [ more ]

PSAI & Campus Engage Seminar

Monday, 7th of April 2014 (09:30 – 13:00) @ NUI Offices Dublin

'Knowledge Democracy: the potential of participatory and deliberative democratic research in applied academy, community and policy contexts'. NUI offices, Merrion Square, Dublin 10am-1pm, Monday April 7, 2014. Programme 9.30am Registration 10.00am Introductory Remarks , Dr. Gemma Carney, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s... [ more ]

Louisburgh HQ Seminar

Friday, 7th of March 2014 (12:30 – 02:30) @ AM207

On Friday 7th March, the CKI will host a lunchtime seminar 12.30pm to 2.30pm in AM207 (Lunch to be provided) with Louisburgh HQ to ascertain if there are ways in which NUI Galway, staff and students could get involved in activities related to the renewal and revitalisation of Louisburgh. Maggie O'Connor, Brid Conroy , Will Williams and Catherine Duffy residents and volunteers with... [ more ]

Education to 2030 Roundtable SAI

Friday, 7th of March 2014 (19:00 – 21:00) @ Ruby Room, The Kings Head Galway

NUI Galway to Discuss Education to 2030; How Can It Help Make Better Citizens, and How Will It Improve Society? Opening the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) Postgraduate Conference 2014 the Roundtable will address the wider role for Higher Education in society. An NUI Galway roundtable discussion will address the role of universities in the development of citizens, and their... [ more ]

Civic Engagement Module Opportunity

Thursday, 9th of January 2014 (13:00 – 16:00) @ NUI Galway

The CKI at NUI Galway is delighted to be able to offer places to academic staff/lecturers on the Civic Engagement module as part of the PG Diploma in Academic Practice, commencing on Thursday 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 20th February, 6th March, 20th March with an end of term Presentation Day in June 2014 (date TBC) (1pm to 4pm) in the Arts Millennium Building at NUI Galway. ... [ more ]

Flinders University Engagement Seminar

Thursday, 19th of December 2013 (12:30 – 14:30) @ The Moore Institute Seminar Room, NUI Galway

Pascale Dettwiller Associate Professor and Director at the Katherine Campus of the Rural Clinical School Campus of the Flinders University NT Medical Program, Katherine, Northern Territory Australia, will offer a CKI Seminar entitled From ‘Community Engagement: improving student experience within the communities, how can Universities be innovative?' Chaired by... [ more ]

Sonal Shah Social Innovation Address

Thursday, 3rd of October 2013 (11:00 – 12:30) @ Siobhan McKenna Theatre, NUI Galway

Sonal Shah - Former White House Office Staff of Social Innovation and Civic Participation by Martina Gannon, CKI Intern " Breaking Down Barriers: Real Social Change Requires Revolutionary Innovation ". The Community Knowledge Initiative(CKI) recently hosted a stimulating talk at NUI Galway on the 3 rd October relating to Social Innovation with Sonal Shah, an economist and... [ more ]

AISHE Journal - Call for Papers

Tuesday, 1st of October 2013 (11:10 – 11:10) @

Call for papers: Civic and Community Edition AISHEAll Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (AISHE-J). Given the growing interest in civic and community engagement in higher education, it was decided to devote the Spring 2014 edition of the of the All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (AISHE-J) to this topic. To this end, we invite... [ more ]

NUI Galway Volunteer Fair 2013

Wednesday, 25th of September 2013 (13:00 – 17:00) @ Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway

NUI Galway Volunteering Fair 2013 Date: Wednesday 25th September 2013 Time: 1.00pm - 5.00pm Venue: Bailey Allen Hall, Aras na Mac Léinn, National University of Ireland, Galway NUI Galway's 12th annual Volunteering Fair took place on Wednesday, 25 September in the Bailey Allen Hall, from 1-5pm. Over 2,000 students, staff and members of the general... [ more ]

Community Mapping: Creating Common Ground Locally and Globally

Thursday, 19th of September 2013 (12:30 – 14:30) @ Moore Institute, NUI Galway

CKI Seminar - Community Mapping: Creating Common Ground Locally and Globally Maeve Lydon, University of Victoria, Canada Date: Thursday 19 th September 2013 ~ Time: 12.30 - 2.30pm (Tea/Coffee available from 12.15pm) Venue: Moore Institute Seminar Room, NUI Galway The seminar is free but it is necessary to book your place on or before Tuesday 17 th September , with ... [ more ]