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

CKI News

CKI to publish new book

Tuesday, 13th of November 2018

CKI to publish new book with Taylor and Francis in 2019 [ more ]

CKI Co-Leads Europe Engage

Wednesday, 7th of November 2018

Europe Engage is a project which brings together twelve European universities to further develop service learning and civic engagement within higher education. This three year project led by the Autonomous University of Madrid with NUI Galway (CKI) began in September 2014, receieved €345,000 from EU Erasmus + KA2. The overarching objective of Europe Engage is to embed the... [ more ]

CKI Partners Sanctuary Campaign

Wednesday, 7th of November 2018

The Community Knowledge Initiative Parters and Hosts the University of Sanctuary Project at NUI Galway The University of Sanctuary Campaign aims to increase public awareness of both the global refugee crisis and Traveller-specific issues across campus, in an effort to address the low levels of participation of both minority groups in higher education. Both groups are too frequently... [ more ]

CKI Partners Bright Club Ireland

Wednesday, 7th of November 2018

Bright Club Ireland and CKI Partnership Bright Club is a public engagement project that uses comedy to bring academic research to the public. It is a national project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland with events across Ireland and aims to work with all higher education bodies. 2017-2018 has... [ more ]

Rebecca Gavigan Literacy Lift-Off

Tuesday, 6th of November 2018

Service Learning: Literacy Lift Off At NUI Galway Rebecca Gavigan reflects on her service learning experience at NUI Galway. My name is Rebecca Gavigan, I was born and raised in a small village in County Donegal called Portnoo. I study Arts at NUI Galway, my two subjects of choice being English and Sociology & Politics. For our second year of studying English, we had the choice... [ more ]

Call for Proposals

Wednesday, 25th of July 2018

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement State of Service-Learning and Community Engagement around the World The editors of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (published in the United States) invite proposals for research articles to be considered for publication in an English-language special issue titled State of Service-Learning and Community Engagement... [ more ]

Eoin Dillon Reflection

Monday, 27th of November 2017

My name is Eoin Dillon and I am a Transition Year student from St. Paul's Secondary School, Oughterard, Co. Galway. As part of TY, my work experience co-ordinator Ms. Kinnevey informed the class that we had to organise a work placement for one week November 13 th -17 th . I decided to spend the week in NUIG and was under the guidance of Lorraine Tansey from the ALIVE Student Volunteering... [ more ]

Book Launch

Wednesday, 7th of June 2017

Wednesday 14 th June 2017 ILAS G009 NUI Galway 2pm - All welcome! A New Social Contract - No Flag No Frontier / Un Nuevo Contrato Social - Sin Bandera Sin Frontera Editors: Amelia Burke, Lluna Altarriba, Álex Font, Gabriel Santee Publisher: Fabricants de Futur - CKI is delighted to parner with the School of Political Science &... [ more ]

Conference on University-Community Engagement

Tuesday, 6th of June 2017

Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway hosts major International Conference on University-Community Engagement 7th annual International Symposium on Service Learning (ISSL) Monday, 30, May, 2017 NUI Galway will welcome over 200 international delegates from South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, Ireland, UK, Germany and across the USA, to the 7th annual International Symposium on... [ more ]

E-VOC Project Meeting

Tuesday, 23rd of May 2017

e-VOC: Second Transnational Meeting in Bemmel (Netherlands) On 18th and 19th May, the four partner organisations of the e-VOC project met in Bemmel (Netherlands) for the second project meeting. The e-VOC project aims at improving the offer, accessibility and quality of training for Volunteer Coordinators on the validation of competences. To do so, four organisations from four European... [ more ]

CKI Host Junior Achievement

Thursday, 4th of May 2017

Challenge Science Opens World of Discovery for Galway Students! More than 100 pupils from Primary Schools in Galway had the chance to experience the wonderful world of science recently and learned that science is actually very interesting! The students from Holy Trinity N.S., Mervue, Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle, Bullaun N.S. and Clarinbridge N.S. were given the... [ more ]

Lily Kennedy Reflection

Monday, 13th of March 2017

My name is Lily Kennedy and I’m a transition year student in Salerno. I hope to do an Arts degree after I finish with school. As part of my TY work experience, I’ve spent this past week going around NUI Galway and it’s been an absolutely brilliant experience. I now have a greater insight into what life as a university student would be like. I understand how courses... [ more ] Shortlisted for National THINKTECH Award

Friday, 18th of November 2016

NUI Galway's ALIVE programme has been shortlisted with all the partners at for the prestigious THINKTECH award. THINKTECH is a €1 million project to support and grow ideas for a better Ireland. Created by Social Innovation Fund Ireland with support from and Government, the THINKTECH challenge identifies innovative ideas that use technology to create... [ more ]

ALIVE National Accreditation

Friday, 18th of November 2016

NUI Galway's ALIVE programme supports best practice in international volunteering and recently signed up to the Comhlamh Charter as a "Supporter Signatory". Across NUI Galway there are groups interested in supporting ethical overseas engagement and are keen to highlight the challenges of orphanage volunteering and clinical medical electives. For more... [ more ]

Volunteer Managers Module

Friday, 4th of November 2016

Volunteer Managers Online Module: Building Lifelong Learning Opportunities Lorraine Tansey has secured 129,250 in Erasmus + funding to partner on the development of an online module to assist volunteer managers in Non-Profit organisations to validate the learning outcomes acquired in voluntary work within the ECVET and the ECTS framework. There are four EU... [ more ]

Irish Carnegie Pilot

Wednesday, 21st of September 2016

The Irish Pilot of Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification Nears Completion in 2016 The Irish Pilot of Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification was conceived in 2013 by the NUI Galway’s Lorraine McIlrath in partnership with Professor John Saltmarsh at University of Massachusetts and Dr. Elaine Ward at Merrimack College ... [ more ]

New ALIVE Website!

Thursday, 21st of July 2016

Congratulations to ALIVE on! Through the national civic engagement network, Campus Engage , ALIVE has partnered with other Higher Education Institutions across Ireland to create a new national website for student volunteers. This project was three years in the making and brings together energetic and enthusiastic people, passionate about connecting students with... [ more ]

NUI Galway Volunteering Fair 2016

Thursday, 21st of July 2016

NUI GALWAY VOLUNTEERING FAIR SEPTEMBER 2016! All are welcome to join us at the NUI Galway Volunteering Fair at the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, on Tuesday 13th of September 2016. Students will get the opportunity to meet tons of different types of charities, NGOs and community groups, learn about their work and see how they can help! Exhibitors from NGOs,... [ more ]

July 5th Symposium on Student Volunteering

Thursday, 26th of May 2016

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 ]

TULCA Visual Arts Festival 2015 Seachange at NUI Galway

Thursday, 12th of November 2015

The annual festival of visual arts, TULCA , runs this year from November 13 th to November 29 th and is curated by Mary Cremin. NUI Galway plays host to a number of events and a number of staff members from NUI Galway are taking part in the festival. This year's festival, entitled Seachange , explores issues of climate change and our place in a changing landscape. Through a combination... [ more ]

Carnegie Irish Pilot - Community Engagement

Friday, 18th of September 2015

CKI, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Boston, the Ireland Funds and the Talloires Network are leading on a national pilot of the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification Framework. This pilot study is being carried out simultaneously in 12 Higher Education Institutions across the country, with CKI’s Lorraine McIlrath... [ more ]

Community Engaged Research Book

Thursday, 10th of September 2015

CKI contributes to International E-Book on Community Engaged Research Strengthening Community University Research Partnerships: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES edited by Budd Hall, Rajesh Tandon, Crystal Tremblay and dedicated to Martha Farrell. The book is avaiable for free ! Taken from the UNESCO Chairs Website User’s Manual on... [ more ]

Service Learning & Social Marketing

Tuesday, 19th of May 2015

Service learning and social marketing at NUIG An international postgrad student in Marketing at NUI Galway, Emily Mannix has gained so much from her study abroad experience. In this blog she discusses her Social Marketing class and how learning how to positively affect behaviours to improve society as a whole has had a huge impact on her life and future career... As an NUIG... [ more ]

President of Ireland

Tuesday, 12th of May 2015

"I acknowledge NUI Galway as a leader in civic engagement - a leader in putting its intellectual assets at the disposal of the community. I applaud the move to value academic achievement not just in terms of the number of published articles but also in terms of its social and community impact. To me it is a prime example of research that is socially aware, socially responsible and that lives... [ more ]

In Memory - Sir David Watson

Thursday, 19th of March 2015

In memory of Sir David Watson, Professor of Higher Education, Green Templeton College, Oxford University and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton From Lorraine McIlrath, National University of Ireland Galway, PI Campus Engage Ireland and Talloires Network Steering Committee Member It is with a huge sense of loss that I write a memorial to Sir David Watson,... [ more ]

Medicine Students & CPR

Wednesday, 18th of March 2015

Community CPR training A learning experience for one and all by Úna Maguire-1st Med In 2015 for our SSM we taught local primary school children the basic lifesaving skills of CPR and the recovery position, but if I am honest I think we gained as much as they did. Before you start questioning the standard of medical students these days let me explain. This year for our SSM we... [ more ]

Presidential Award for Volunteering

Monday, 9th of March 2015

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 31 st 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... [ more ]

CKI Magazines

Saturday, 21st of February 2015

The CKI have published magazines to showcase the civic engagement work of students, staff of the university and the wider community. Volume One of the CKI Magazine give a flavour of the diverse manifestations and pathways that NUI Glaway has been unfolding over a ten year period through the Community Knowledge Initiative to connect the university to the community. The cover of the... [ more ]

CKI Awarded by NUI Galway

Tuesday, 13th of January 2015

Lorraine McIlrath, Coordinator of the CKI, received the first ever President's Award for Support Service Excellence at NUI Galway which were announced in December 2014. The awards scheme was launched by NUI Galway to reward the outstanding contribution and excellent performance of staff in the support services and to acknowledge the contribution of staff to the University's success. It... [ more ]

Community Based Research Book Launch

Thursday, 23rd of October 2014

December 15th Book Launch - Higher Education and Community-Based Research - Creating a Global Vision Monday, December 15, 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy Dublin 10am to 11.30am The book - Higher Education and Community-Based Research - Creating a Global Vision - published by Palgrave Macmillan New York is co-edited by two Campus Engage Steering Committee members, Co-Chair Ronaldo... [ more ]

Erasmus+ Europe Engage Project

Thursday, 9th of October 2014

NUI Galway and UAM Awarded 345,000E for European Service Learning Project and Network Lorraine McIlrath, Co-ordinator of CKI at NUI Galway, and member of Campus Engage Steering Committee, in partnership with Pilar Aramburuzabala, UA Madrid Spain have been awarded €345,000 for an innovative EU project - Europe Engage. The project will deliver a number of key objectives to encourage a... [ more ]

Volunteer Fair 2015

Sunday, 27th of July 2014

Come One, Come All! Its recruitment time! A fresh new year awaits us, a chance to kick start a new volunteer programme, renew the energy of an exisiting programme or involve NUI Galway with your work. Exhibitors are welcome from NGOs, charities, community groups, schools, hospitals and semi-government bodies. All welcome to have a stand at the annual Volunteering Fair and recruit... [ more ]

CKI International Keynotes

Wednesday, 4th of June 2014

In May and June 2014, CKI Coordinator Lorraine McIrath gave a number of keynote addresses at events internationally on civic engagement within higher education, service learning, measurement and impact, and institutionalising civic engagement within higher education. On the 8th and 9th May 2014 she delivered two addresses in Boston, a seminar to the Talloires Network based at Tufts... [ more ]

Talloires Network Conference

Wednesday, 4th of June 2014

The Talloires Network Leaders Conference: “Live Engagement, Transform Lives” will take place from December 2 through December 4, 2014 at the Spier Conference Center and Hotel located in Stellenbosch Winelands, about 50 km from Cape Town, South Africa. TNLC 2014 will convene leaders of universities from around the world to chart the next stage of the global movement of higher... [ more ]

Greek Dialogue From Democracy to Economy

Sunday, 9th of March 2014

GREEK DIALOGUE: From Democracy to Economy? Greek Dialogue is an open discussion with invited speaker (via Skype) Angela Dimitrakaki and chaired by Conor McGrady and Michaele Cutaya. The event will take place in the Studio of the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday 14 March between 1 and 4pm. Greek Dialogue is facilitated by Third Space Galway, The Town Hall Theatre, Galway City Arts Office, CKI... [ more ]

AISHE J Special Edition Journal

Tuesday, 4th of March 2014

AISHE-J: The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education published its latest issue on 28th February which is a special edition on higher education and civic engagement. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to review articles and items of interest. As editors we thank for your interest in our work. Saranne Magennis, NUI... [ more ]

Community Mapping

Wednesday, 2nd of October 2013

CKI Seminar - Community Mapping: Creating Common Ground Locally and Globally Maeve Lydon, University of Victoria, Canada September 19th 2013 Presentation details are available here Event Details: Community-based mapping is an educational, planning and research tool for participatory and sustainable community development. It enables people to mobilise assets, capture the... [ more ]

NUI Galway Book Collection

Thursday, 23rd of May 2013

The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) and James Hardiman Library's Civic Engagement Book Collection was a major 2011 to 2012 project launched by Dr. Pat Morgan, Vice President for the Student Experience, in November 2012. This project which generated a collection of books incorporating diverse aspects of civic engagement and higher education ensures that NUI Galway has the largest... [ more ]

CKI Publish New Book- International Perspectives

Wednesday, 22nd of May 2013

Both Lorraine McIlrath and Ann Lyons from the CKI along with Professor Ronaldo Munck from Dublin City University (DCU) recently edited a new Palgrave Macmillan publication entitled Higher Education and Civic Engagement: Comparative Perspectives that was published in July 2012. The book was launched by Tom Boland, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) in Ireland,... [ more ]

CKI Medical Gold Medal

Monday, 20th of May 2013

NUI Galway graduate Melanie Hennessy, was presented with the University's Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) Clinical Science Gold Medal for Community Contribution at her graduation in 2013. This Clinical Science Gold Medal for Community Contribution is being awarded for a second year and is sponsored by the CKI. The medal is awarded to the student who has demonstrated a long-term... [ more ]

Undergraduate Research Conference

Saturday, 19th of January 2013

Academic Engagement: Students partner staff to enrich academic community Conference Objectives The undergraduate NUI Galway undergraduate research conference seeks to: • Engage students and staff in a collaborative multidisciplinary research environment nurturing vital research skills in presentation, communication and dissemination • Strengthen student research in... [ more ]

CKI 10th Anniversary Lecture

Friday, 28th of September 2012

CKI 10th Anniversary Lecture - Knowledge Democracy: What is it and Why is it important? Professor Budd Hall, Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education Budd Hall CKI 10th Anniversary Lecture from Staunton Media on Vimeo . This distinguished lecture to mark the 10th anniversary of the Community Knowledge Initiative... [ more ]

10th Anniversary ALIVE Volunteering Ceremony

Friday, 28th of September 2012

NUI Galway celebrates 10 years of Student Volunteering through the ALIVE Volunteer Programme with 7,000 students haveing participated in the programme. A significant milestone in volunteering in Ireland has been reached in 2013. NUI Galway's student volunteering programme celebrates ten years of promoting civic engagement at third-level. The ALIVE programme was the first of its kind... [ more ]

NUI Galway Compete in Charity Choir Factor

Friday, 28th of September 2012

Around 30 staff and five students recently competed on behalf of the University in Galway's first ever Choir Factor competition. The competition, which took place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in April 2013, raised money for the Kilcuan Retreat and Healing Centre in Clarinbridge. So you didn't know that the faculty and staff at NUI Galway had a competitive show... [ more ]

From Galway to Ouagadougou

Sunday, 16th of September 2012

From Galway to Ouagadougou Rod Stoneman , Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway, has been involved in the development and dispersion of African films since the 1980's when he worked for the Independent Film and Video department at Channel 4 Television. While years have passed since his time seeking out the best films across Africa, Asia, and Latin... [ more ]

Living Knowledge Conference 2014 Call for Papers

Thursday, 6th of September 2012

Call for Proposals: 6th Living Knowledge Conference An Innovative Civil Society: Impact through Co-creation and Participation 9-11 April 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark As organisers of the 6th Living Knowledge conference in Copenhagen 9-11 April 2014 it is a pleasure inviting you to submit proposals for sessions or single contributions at the conference. The conference seeks to... [ more ]

Frontiers of Democracy 2013

Monday, 3rd of September 2012

Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory and Education Conference In July Christine FitzGerald, a PhD student at NUIG, attended the ‘Frontiers of Democracy 2013: Innovations in Civic Practice, Theory and Education Conference' held at Tufts University, Boston. Christine is currently in the final year of a PhD in Social Marketing and Social Gerontology at... [ more ]