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The Society ALIVE portfolio builder is on line. You can only apply on-line at 

For your Society ALIVE Certificate from the President of NUI Galway 

Individuals need to apply and complete their application by mid March, check your emails for the annual deadline. The Award ceremony takes place at the end of the semester - all are welcome to receive their award and celebrate volunteering!

To apply for your ALIVE Certificate for volunteering 

Individual society members apply to the society through the 'YourSpace' link on the homepage or go to and complete the portfolio by answering the questions and putting in your hours. The Society completes the process in their control panel on the socs website. The Society approves the application and can edit the hours and also completes their short introduction. Committee members can also add the Society leadership Award to their ALIVE Certificate.

How the Socs Online ALIVE System works

The Requirements for the Individual

Your society must set the requirement level of participation, ie you may decide that only committee members who contributed a minimum of hours will receive the certificate. You may decide to open it to your wider membership ie all who performed in a particular production, or the person who every week spent 3 hours putting up posters. The decision is up to the society committee.

The individual application

The society will be notified by e-mail and must approve the member in their ALIVE link in the societies control panel at the end of the process. The individual student must then follows the steps, answering the questions, uploading a photo (not mandatory) and logging their hours, there is a also a blog option.

Societies keep an eye on your ALIVE portfolio builder in your society dashboard. If you are not approving a person please e-mail them and give them a reason.

The Requirements of the Society 

After the individual deadline the system will gather all your individual applications, if an application was approved in error it is at this stage it can be rejected from the system however you must inform your member. The system will gather all other relevant info from your Website for example events list and committee list. The society just needs to write 100 word descriptions and upload a photo (optional) of as many of your ALIVE, applicants as possible with names (this is for the ALIVE Ceremony Programme). 

For the Society to be eligible

A society must have a committee of at least 4 members, have held at least 2 events one per semester (not including committee meetings) and have work done on their on line accounts with a view to having them balanced and submitted by March 31st.

What is ALIVE

ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) harness, support and reward students’ voluntary activity across the university campus, Galway city, and wider communities to develop students’ practical skills and civic awareness.

ALIVE aims to:

Increase the personal & professional capacity of students through volunteering.

Enhance partnerships between the university and the wider community through provision of a supportive environment in which students and community can liaise.

Harness and promote volunteering on & off campus through public recognition of the commitment made by students to their communities.

ALIVE Volunteering Opportunities

ALIVE recognises all volunteering contributions that students make throughout their studies at NUI Galway. Students are free to choose their own volunteering location or visit the ALIVE workshop space in Aras na Mac Leinn for help to select from the myriad of opportunities open to students. Opportunities are listed at

The ALIVE Certificate Awards Ceremony

The ALIVE Certificate is awarded at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony by the President of NUI Galway. The ALIVE Certificate Presentation Ceremony will be held at the end of the second semester. The Ceremony is a formal acknowledgement of student volunteering.

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