Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
EN-1: Student Educators Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.53 / 4.00 Thomas Adams
Student Researcher
Civil Engineering
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Number of students enrolled for credit:
18,747

Total number of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
14,298

Percentage of students served by a peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program:
76.27

Name of the student educators program (1st program):
Seas Suas

A brief description of the student educators program (1st program):

NUI Galway provides support services to help students who are encountering difficulties, and it funds a number of successful programmes to enable students to be trained to support their fellow students in a peer to peer methodology. One such programme, Seas Suas, is underpinned by an awareness that peers may lack confidence and knowledge about how to intervene or be reluctant to intervene due to the “bystander effect” that diffuses responsibility for action in group settings.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (1st program):

The NUI Galway ‘Seas Suas’ programme, aims to motivate students to be more aware of challenging issues impacting students’ academic and personal lives and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to respond appropriately. SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing. Research findings relating to the impact of participation in the programme on students’ social, emotional, and cognitive outcomes are available here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOu8mGMFHDk

Figures below are for each year. Training of 500 students is for 5 weeks (2 hours per week and over 2 semesters - 250 in each) then target impacts are the other 47 weeks. 5000 in total. A minimum of just 2 hours exposure for each trained educator is estimated. Taking 30 weeks of academic course, and taking the remaining 20 weeks as less at 10 weeks, a total of 40 weeks of 2 hours by 500 trained student educators is used here - 40,000 hours. 500 trained students impacting 2 students each = 1500 in total.


Number of trained student educators (1st program):
500

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (1st program):
52

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (1st program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (1st program):
40,000

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (1st program):
Name of the student educators program (2nd program):
ALIVE

A brief description of the student educators program (2nd program):

NUI Galway provides a central community volunteering office, ALIVE, with paid staff that enable students to volunteer for sustainability projects in the City of Galway with funding and training to support them and eliminate any barriers to volunteering. The ALIVE training programme for students consists of a series of workshops and events that empower students to mobilise with their fellow students and wider members of the community.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (2nd program):

This years programme included:
-The Global Goals Jam a three day training programme on design-thinking to take a project idea on SDG 4 through to prototypes and testing stages.
https://www.studentvolunteer.ie/nuigalway/news/nui-galway-hosts-the-global-goals-jam-2020
https://www.studentvolunteer.ie/nuigalway/news/global-goals-jam-2020

-The Climathon a month long national competition that trained students on design-thinking to take a project idea on Campus Consumption through to pitching stages.
Climathon winners representing Ireland at the International Conference: (Time: 34:04)
https://www.iiea.com/past-events/climate-and-community%e2%94%82le-climat-tous-ensemble-2/
https://www.studentvolunteer.ie/nuigalway/news/hackathon-with-french-embassy-in-ireland

- Student Sustainability Summit, an annual conference on student led and staff led sustainability initiatives to foster sharing and provide funding support and platform for sustainability ideas for the city and campus.
https://www.studentvolunteer.ie/nuigalway/news/nui-galway-sustainability-student-summit-2021

In total 4800 hours of training but much much more when we take all the volunteering into account. Even if each training hour is worth just one engagement hour then the total is 9600 - including training (4800) and contact hours (4800). 100 students impacting just 2 other students is 300 impacted in total.


Number of trained student educators (2nd program):
100

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (2nd program):
24

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (2nd program):
2

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (2nd program):
4,800

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (2nd program):
Name of the student educators program (3rd program):
Central Societies Office Training Programme

A brief description of the student educators program (3rd program):

NUI Galway provides a central societies office with paid staff that enable students to volunteer for their sustainability projects with funding and training to ensure success of their sustainability goals. The training programme provided to all students in Societies is accessible online in our campus extracurricular engagement platform supporting students to log in and join sustainability programmes, and learn more. This is now a default offering to each student and no website describes it as it is part of each students unique online platform.


A brief description of the student educators program’s target audience (3rd program):

In Societies students undertake a series of training workshops in order to be peer to peer leaders that are conduits of knowledge, organising events, welcoming new members and delivering on the Societies objectives.

We do not have definitive numbers but 2/3's of students are thought to have engaged in peer to peer learning with societies. There are 110 student societies and each has a committee of at least 8. 880 student educators. Its estimated that students spend just 1 hour per week in each society. Program active while students are active in their studies (approx. 30 weeks).

his is now a default offering to each student and no website describes it as it is part of each students unique online platform. The website included below explains the overall central societies initiative from which the online platform unique to each student was born.


Number of trained student educators (3rd program):
880

Number of weeks the student educators program is active annually (3rd program):
30

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per trained student educator (3rd program):
4

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (3rd program):
105,600

Website URL where information about the student educators program is available (3rd program):
A brief description of all other student peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education programs:

CEIM is NUI Galways peer to peer educators program for creating student leaders - see link:
https://ceim.su.nuigalway.ie
We are currently reviewing this and other outreach and education programs not factored into the above analysis. Please see the attached list of programs, there is extensive work and volunteerism in NUIG and we will provide updated figures in our next STARS application. The numbers provided here are the minimum spent and are therefore conservative calculations.


Number of trained student educators (all other programs):
0

Number of weeks, on average, the student educators programs are active annually (all other programs):
0

Average or expected number of hours worked weekly per student educator (all other programs) :
0

Total number of hours worked annually by trained student educators (all other programs):
0

Grand total number of hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators (all programs):
150,400

Hours worked annually by trained student sustainability educators per student served by a peer-to-peer program:
10.52

Website URL where information about the student sustainability educators programs is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Caculations:
In Central Societies Office Training Programme - two thirds of students engaged in peer to peer learning with societies so:
2/3 x 18,747.0 = 12498
12498 + 1500 (Seas Suas) + 300 (ALIVE) = 14298
Conservatively 14,298 are involved in student to student education. Fo future STARS applications we are reviewing and increasing these numbers upwards.

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