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A record number of students have taken part in the Irish Survey of Student Engagement in 2018, adding to the 125,000 who have participated since the first survey in 2013. With several days of fieldwork remaining for students from two institutions, more than 38,000 first year / final year / taught postgraduate students have responded

The national dataset from ISSE 2017 (without identifying individual institutions) is available for research purposes from the Irish Social Sciences Data Archive (ISSDA) at  

Dates for survey fieldwork in 2018 are now available here. Students in first year & final year undergraduate and in taught postgraduate courses will be invited to take the survey during the dates listed for your institution. Students undertaking postgraduate research (Masters or PhD) will be invited to take part in the new national survey

The final question set of ISSE for Postgraduate Research Students has been agreed. These students will be invited to take part in the first national survey designed specifically to reflect the experiences of research students. Fieldwork will take place in February -March alongside ISSE fieldwork for students on taught programmes.  

Pre-testing of the draft questions for ISSE-PGR is taking place in October & November in face to face discussions with postgraduate research students in a range of institutions. The results of these activities will inform the final question set and wording to be used in an online pilot in February & March 2018

Discussions have begun on development of an ISSE-related survey for postgraduate research students. . Representatives of institutions and students are currently reviewing international examples with the intention of running a pilot survey during the 2017-2018 academic year. Further updates will be provided in due course.

The final number of students who took part in the 2017 survey is 35,850. This represents an increase of over 6600 from 2016 and means that almost 122,000 students have participated in the ISSE since the original version was piloted nationally in 2013.

ISSE is delighted to see that students continue to take part in the 2017 survey. More than 29000 first years, final years and taught postgraduate students have taken part so far in 2017. Twelve institutions’ fieldwork has finished, ten more finish within the next week and students from five further institutions have from one to three weeks