BICS Train Your Trainer Weekend 2016

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September 9th – 10th 2016

The training weekend is for staff and students who work in third level institutions as society administrators. Its purpose is to prepare them to present effective training to the society committee members in their own colleges. You will receive a BICS Certificate when you have completed the follow up requirements*.

Venue: Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway

Discussion Topics to be covered are

  • Maximizing your impact. The role of societies in your institution,
  • React: societies role in helping minimising alcohol related harm in third level.
    Presented by Dr. Martin Davoren Post-doctoral Researcher on the REACT Project
  • Conducting effective surveys
    Presented by Professor Saoirse nic Gabhan
  • Chairing Skills
    Presented by Riona Hughes
  • The Role of the Secretary
    Presented by Riona Hughes

Learning Topics
These are the topics you will be able to deliver training on to your societies. Over the two days you will learn presentation skills, become very familiar with your chosen topic, deliver part of a presentation and receive feedback. You will also receive all the training material to deliver a great session to your societies in your institution. At the time of registration you will need to specify which of the sessions below you wish to attend.

View full details on the timetable:

Timetable train Your Trainer Weekend 2016

       1. Sponsorship and Fundraising
        Facilitated by Jim Kelly.

After a spell in retail banking, Jim enjoyed a thirteen-year stint managing brand communications and philanthropic efforts within AIB Group, where he had full responsibility for a number of national projects such as the Ryder Cup 2006 and the Better Ireland Programme. He also developed and managed the sponsorship department of the bank that included all areas of communication such as direct mail, advertising, PR and merchandising. In 2010, Jim was seconded to the Dublin Institute of Technology, assisting with the development of all external philanthropy and fundraising initiatives for the DIT Foundation. Jim left AIB Bank (and DIT) in 2012, to work as a communications consultant with the Central Bank of Ireland on a project basis. Jim holds a Bachelor of Financial Services Degree from UCD, is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and a past council member of the Ireland Funds. In 2012, Jim completed a Digital Marketing Course with the MII and is a member of many online business action group.
Session Description
What is the difference between sponsorship and fundraising? practical advice on how to fund your fabulous ideas. In the session Jim will tell you all the insider doos and donts when it comes to establishing a rewarding relationship with a sponsor and how to maintain that relationship. What do sponsors what and how to target the perfect one for your society. At the end of the session you will have the tools and material to share your new knowledge with your societies.

2. Event Organisation
Facilitated by Mark Breen

Mark is Co-Founder & Director of Cuckoo Events based in Dublin. Cuckoo is an Event Management company with a specific specialisation in Event Safety. Mark himself is an award-winning Event Safety Officer and one of the most experienced and qualified event professionals in Ireland. He was involved in running events and Clubs & Societies in UL back in the day and was the Events & Marketing Manager in DIT for over 5 years. He has since planned and managed events including Dublin Pride, the Irish Maritime Festival, Limerick City of Culture events and more. He is a Specialist Member of the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management. He has worked at Glastonbury and the London 2012 Olympics. He writes and speaks regularly on all things event-related. Mark regularly guest-lectures for colleges around the country and has developed & delivered training for a variety of organisations.  He is a Graduate Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in PR & Events. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis as well as already having specialist qualifications in Spectator Safety Management and Crowd Science. Mark is very active on Twitter @mark_breen and @CuckooEvents. The multiple award-winning Cuckoo Events website can be found at
Session description
This session will outline the key steps involved in effectively planning & managing events. It will be grounded in real-world experience and best-practice, while also having regard to the nuances particular to Societies and running events within colleges and for college students. We will break the process down into logical stages and focus on mastering the steps in each stage. We will look at the most common pitfalls and issues that are encountered and will ensure we have advice / solutions to address same. We will look at different types of events you might be running and spend some time on any event-specific issues we’ve previously encountered. The goal of the session is that you come away feeling you have a good handle on what’s involved in running events to give yourself the best shot at it being successful, whatever success looks like in each instance. and you will be able to impart this information to your societies to help them run their events successfully.

The weekend starts at 1pm on Friday with registration and lunch and finishes at 8pm on Saturday with dinner at 8.30pm. Meals are provided, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.

* To receive your certificate participants are expected to deliver 3 training sessions in their institution, collect feedback form
your attendees and complete a feedback form at the end of the year. 


Students €100
Staff €150
non BICS Members €250

Please note places are limited, please register below, you will be issued an invoice once all your attendees have registered, please e-mail info(at)bics with the total number who will be attending for your college. Please register by September 2nd.


Participants who complete the course will receive a digital badge, to complete the course you must deliver one verified training session with your societies in your institution.

Copy of the BICS ‘Train Your Trainer’ DIGITAL BADGE which will be issued on completion of the course.









Register here

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