LK Shields Solicitors has formed a new partnership with the Access Programme at NUI Galway.
It will involve LK Shields working with artist James Riordan to develop a programme of workshops for NUIG Access students.
These workshops will help NUIG Access students develop presentation skills and leadership skills to assist them prepare for entering the workforce, and to overcome barriers to progressing in their chosen career.
This partnership is part of LK Shields’ ongoing corporate social responsibility strategy which is guided by the principles of access, inclusion and opportunity, and focuses on assisting the following causes: disadvantaged young people, homelessness and the environment.
Commenting on the announcement, Michael Kavanagh, chairman of LK Shields Solicitors, hopes the SOAR workshop series will help students achieve their personal and career goals.
"Central to our firms’ values are the ideas of access and opportunity and we believe these values firmly align with the ethos of NUI Galway Access. My colleagues and I look forward to participating in the collaborative workshops that form part of this series of workshops and wish the students every success this academic year."
Dr Mary Surlis, academic director of the NUI Galway Access Programme says the partnership will benefit the students enormously.
"SOAR offers an exciting opportunity for students to engage in a professional programme of personal and professional development setting, and to experience the support and encouragement of a team of dedicated contributors and committed professionals, from both the arts and the professions."
Andrew Hetherington, chief executive, Business to Arts says: Alongside our Creative Ireland Programme partner, we are looking forward to working with LK Shields, NUI Galway Access and theatre practitioner James Riordan. We look forward to seeing the residency develop, fostering an environment of collaboration, learning and wellbeing through creative practice."
* SOAR involves the creation and delivery of a series of communication workshops for NUIG Access students facilitated by LK Shields’ Artist in Residence, James Riordan