Marian Harkin MEP Launches Student Volunteering Research Initiative

Support for Research on Student Volunteering from Europe. 


 Each Symposium is delighted to be supported by entities on and off campus.

The Teaching and Learning Forum are supporting the Symposium as part of their National Seminar Series 2017 – 2018.


The  NUI Galway Students' Union are social media partners.  ‌‌‌‌


 Volunteer Ireland host a workshop for the Symposium attendees on designing volunteer roles for students that are of high quality.

Flirt FM are a community radio station and social media supporters.

Volunteer Galway are social media supporters.

Galway 2020, is a community engagement project across the west of Ireland and is a social media supporter.

ALIVE, NUI Galway's student volunteering programme and hosts of the Symposium.

CKI, NUI Galway's Community Knowledge Initiative to foster community-university partnerships that aim to promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy, and organised this years Symposium.

Campus Engage, national network for the promotion of civic engagement in higher education, promotes collaboration and partnerships on four areas, one is student volunteering and co-founded, national platform to enable student engagement, reflection and learning through communities, hosts a special interest group on Research on student volunteering. 

Institute for Lifecourse and Society,  newly designated research institute for the applied social sciences at NUI Galway, hosted our gathering.

Comhlámh presented and also wrote a very nice summary news item for their members! Enjoy reading here.

Embracing Visual Art to Communicate Volunteering

Creative and artistic approaches are an important opportunity to communicate research and build understanding.

Values of Volunteering - 2016 Exhibition shared at the Symposium

Caroline O'Connor, Manager, UCD Volunteers Overseas

This is a visual exhibition of 5 graphic banners sharing messages on the Value of Volunteering to individuals and communities at home and overseas. It talks about volunteering as a way of engaging in a process of positive change; a way of understanding local experience and sharing knowledge; an opportunity to question development practice and to invite innovation; a process of building relations and working in partnership and an opportunity to bring home your learning and questions to your local community.

"We Volunteer!" 

To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to recognise the tremendous contribution which student volunteers make to the lives of their communities, third level institutions from across the island of Ireland have come together to develop "We Volunteer!" a mobile and virtual photographic exhibition of student volunteering. The extent and diversity of student volunteering is phenomenal. This exhibition showcases the work of students from over twenty HigherEducation Institutions across Ireland with diverse organisations and activities. "We Volunteer!" is sponsored by Campus Engage, the national network for the promotion of civic engagement in Irish higher education.