NUI Galway Societies Leadership Programme and essential Society Training

Leadership Programme and essential Society Training

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The Leadership Award

How does the awards work?

The Leadership programme is open to all society committee members.

There is a Leadership section in the society dashboard.

There are 4 easy steps

Setting the Society Goals and individual goals (step 1)

Fulfilling the requirements to be a society (step 2)

Reflecting on the society and individual goals at teh end of the year v(step 3)

Receiving Recognition and accreditation (step 4)

Please note it is an integral part of being a society and is mandatory to receive funding so be sure to complete step 1 before you budget will be approved. Budget deadline Oct 15th.

Committee members who fail to complete step 1 with their personal goals will be removed from their committee position on Nov 11th. If they are core members of the committee the society will need to hold an EGM to full the position, check your constitution for how to hold an EGM.

Leadership Certificate

Committee members can add ‘Society Leadership Award’ to their ALIVE Certificate.

Instruction for the Societies:

Step 1: Setting your goals (do this now)

Hold a committee meeting

1. Identify any outstanding training needs,

2. All who attended training must fill in the training feedback survey.

3. Create your society mission statement

4. What are your societies goals and objectives for the year

5. Fill in the on line form

6. Each of you committee members identify one or more learning outcomes they hope to achieve this year. Fill in the individual committee members goals for the year.

Individuals can also set personal goals they do not want to share with the rest of the committee. 

Step 2: Be a Society 

 Have a great productive year and complete the following:

Your society must:

  • Complete the leadership programme
  • Submit all events to the society calendar
  • Receipt expenditure and balance account on an on-going basis
  • Host at least 4 events each semester
  • Have over 100 members
  • Have an up to date constitution on your profile (appendix 4)
  • Have a society safety statement on your profile
  • Have at least 4 people on your committee
  • Complete your ALIVE application

Use this opportunity to also

  • Up-date your constitution as appropriate
  • Prepare and submit your budget
  • Complete your safety statement and up load a pdf version to your profile.

Step 3 Reflection


Society committee:

At the end of the year hold a final meeting before you AGM, reflect on your year, on what goals and objectives you achieved, what you are most proud of and what the major challenges were.


Complete your society end of year reports and hold an AGM to elect a new committee.


Individual Committee members:


Individuals complete your Alive Application portfolio

Take the short survey


Step 4: Recognition & Accreditation

Leadership Certificate

Your Society must complete all steps of the leadership programme by the ALIVE deadline.

You must attend at least one society training session.or complete 2 on line training modules in Blackboard.

Fill in your Alive Application including completing the survey.

Check out the Leadership Award results from last year and how to do your cert for this year.


You will also receive a digital badge when you have completed all the steps above including the training requirement, completed your end of year personal reflection and the society has completed its end of year report.

What is a Digital Badge

Digital badges are an online method of recognising, accrediting and displaying achievements, skills or participation. The Society badges received by our members acts as a verifiable record of their participation as a society committee member.
The badge can be claimed via a link that gives access to the Open Badges Passport, a mini e-portfolio system where one can store and display badges online. In practice, one can collect badges from multiple organisations, store the badges online and display them as one choose, eg. on website, social network or blog.

How to Earn Your Badge

Each individual elected committee member must:

Complete the end of year reflection and committee member survey 

Leadership badge requirements: 

  • Hold one of the core committee positions: Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Have or be entitled to 2 team badge one must be for a named committee position with specific duties (not OCM) and you must have attended training. (does not have to be the same society)
  • Hold 3 team badge as OCM for at least 2 consecutive years, you must have attended training in one of the years (does not have to be the same society)

Team badge requirements: 

  • Hold any non core position on a society committee

Each badge contains the year it was issued, more details of the societies level of activity can be found in the specific year book at this link

Leadership Information

Society training Manuals

These links will be live shortly.

General Handbook
Protocols Handbook
Finance Handbook
Guide for Chairpersons
Guide for Secretaries
Minute taking Template
Letter Writing Template
Child Protection Policy
Support Services for Students

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