NUI Galway becomes first third-level institution to commit to “campus-wide” promotion of leadership skills in partnership with LIFT Ireland 

LIFT Ireland and NUI Galway have today (27.01.21) announced the first partnership in Ireland’s third-level sector aimed at improving leadership skills amongst students and staff.  

LIFT Ireland is an initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwideworking with organisations and individuals in a variety of settings to develop key leadership attributes. Current partners include ESB, Munster Rugby, Bank of Ireland, RSA Insurance, VodafoneDublin Airport, and over 100 secondary schools nationwide.  

LIFT’s partnership with NUI Galway is the organisation’s first formal partnership with a third-level institution. It will see more than 200 staff and students trained as LIFT facilitators by April. These facilitators will then go on to deliver the LIFT leadership programme to a further 1,500 staff and students at NUI Galway throughout 2021. As part of a pilot run in late 2020, LIFT has already trained 30 NUI Galway students and staff as facilitators.   

The LIFT Model  

LIFT’s leadership programme is delivered through regular roundtable sessions, led by a volunteer facilitatorEach session focuses on one of eight key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitudeThe programme supports participants to develop these leadership attributes on an ongoing basis.   

Commenting on the partnership with NUI Galway, Joanne Hession, founder and CEO of LIFT Ireland, said: We work with students and staff across all levels of education, including in schools and further education settings. By working with education institutions, LIFT is aiming to instil strong leadership values in people from a young age, in the hope that they will take these values and practices with them as they move through life and through their careers. 

“We are delighted to be partnering with NUI Galway, a pioneer in its sector and the first of what we hope will be many third-level institutions to roll out LIFT across campus.” 

Also welcoming the partnership, the President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh, said: “We are delighted to be the first university to be part of the LIFT programme in Ireland. Many organisations have already benefitted from the programme and, as a learning organisation, I’m particularly pleased that we’re the first university to be involved.

“Leading Ireland’s future together is particularly important for NUI Galway and the LIFT programme does it in a way which is very much in tune with our values as a university.”

To view a video of NUI Galway students speaking about their participation in the LIFT pilot partnership in late 2020, click here.

Watch NUIG students speaking about their participation in LIFT here.
Learn more about the LIFT Ireland programme here


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About LIFT Ireland  

LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership in Ireland. The organisation was founded in 201by Joanne Hession, who is a successful entrepreneur and leadership expert with a background in entrepreneurship training, along with her brother, David Hession, an education accreditation expert, and Sonya Lennon, broadcaster, designer and social entrepreneur. LIFT – which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’ – provides leadership and facilitation training to individuals and organisations across the country, ranging from multinational corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations, and individuals from all walks of life.  

 Further information is available at Follow LIFT Ireland on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn at @LiFTIreland 

About NUI Galway  

Established in 1845, NUI Galway is a bilingual university comprised of four colleges, 19 schools, five research institutes, 19,070 students, 3,308 international students, 2,200 staff, research collaborations with 3,267 international institutions in 114 countries, 110,000 alumni, while 98% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months.  

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