ALIVE (A Learning Initiative and the Volunteering Experience) is NUI Galway's Student Volunteer Programme. ALIVE was established by the CKI (Community Knowledge Initiative) to harness, acknowledge and support the contribution that NUI Galway students make by volunteering.

ALIVE is closely related to sustainability and offers students a chance to participate in many sustainability-related volunteering programmes (see example below). ALIVE aligns volunteering initiatives to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and allows students to engage with the community.

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two people sorting donations in Goldcrest village




Glassary ("green glossary") is an NUI Galway sustainability initiative which reduces household waste generated across campus accommodation residences, whilst simultaneously providing support to local community and voluntary organisations. Donation points are set-up at student residences at the end of every semester where students can then donate their leftover household items. These items are then collected and donated to local organisations to support their community work, reducing environmental waste in the process. Having been awarded funding through the Explore Programme, Glassary was founded in 2020 by Dara Kerins, a graduate of NUI Galway (BSc in Applied Social Sciences; Higher Diploma in Economic Science), and Lorraine Tansey of ALIVE and CKI at NUI Galway. This circular economy initiative is now into its third cycle.

Glassary is an example of an ALIVE student volunteer project, giving students the opportunity to participate in a vounteer initiative related to sustainability.

Photos from glassary collection‌‌