There is so much good work being done in all participating institutions to promote StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie and to encourage students to participate. New resources are added on a continuous basis so check back regularly for more.
Practitioners Forum 2019 Output - Ideas for maximising participation in StudentSurvey.ie
The StudentSurvey.ie Practitioners Forum is an opportunity for staff, students, faculty and management involved with StudentSurvey.ie to meet and further the project collectively. This one-day forum involves active and engaged examination of many aspects of StudentSurvey.ie, including student partnership, recognition of the impact of StudentSurvey.ie, communications, fieldwork, and data analysis.
The Practitioners Forum 2019 included a session on maximising participation in the survey. Participants shared many ideas of how to do this. These ideas have been grouped thematically and are now being shared for the benefit of all StudentSurvey.ie practitioners.
Click HERE for a treasure trove of good ideas!
Presentations delivered at Practitioners Forum 2019
Ideas from Participating Institutions
Mary Immaculate College
At MIC we find the most effective method of StudentSurvey.ie promotion is promotion in lectures. With the cooperation of lecturers, we speak to students about StudentSurvey.ie at the end of lectures and get them to commence the survey.
Ideas from the National University of Ireland Galway
Work with other institutions in your city and region to boost publicity of the survey locally. It can be fun to collaborate together on joint press releases, to run shared competitions and to give updates on each other’s progress in increasing the response rates.
Ideas from the National College of Art and Design
The one promotional task we do, is that for every complete survey received, NCAD donates €1 to the Student Assistance Fund. I am sure this encourages students to complete the survey.
Ideas from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
Last year we started giving small tokens – a cup of coffee as an incentive for completing StudentSurvey.ie. Coffee vouchers were given to students who completed the survey at one of our pop-up promotional on-campus events. Computers were provided to students to enable an immediate completion of the survey. This was an appealing and cost-effective incentive that helped us maintaining interest in the survey and was also contributing to our social media content.
Ideas from University College Dublin
In order to adequately and effectively promote the survey across campus, we engage in a collaborative approach with colleagues and the Students’ Union.
Ideas from Athlone Institute of Technology
- Engage the student ambassadors to help.
- Have your own Institute incentives.
- Generate YouTube clips weekly.
Ideas from Institute of Technology Sligo
- On Foot Class Visits
- Main Concourse stand with laptop area to complete the survey
- Daily freebies for those who complete at the pop up stand – Provided by StudentSurvey.ie
- One4All Vouchers – every student who completes the survey is entered into a draw
- Social Media Campaign release a new action point each day.
- Providing weekly updates to various schools to let them know who is “best” performing.
Ideas from Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
GMIT has put considerable effort into promoting StudentSurvey.ie across the Institute response rate has almost doubled over the past five years, from 22.1% in 2015 to 42% in 2019.
Ideas from Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Student Ambassador Digital Badge: LYIT values the work of our students in promoting StudentSurvey.ie and has developed the LYIT Student Ambassador Digital badge in partnership with LYIT students to recognise and reward the outstanding contribution made through student engagement.
Ideas from University of Limerick
UL have tried and adjusted a number of approaches to StudentSurvey.ie operations since inception of the survey. Below are three examples of what UL have found to be most effective to date.
Ideas from St Angela's College, Sligo
A draw for One for All voucher associated with participation in the Survey
A range a suitable venue where students can complete the Survey and offer free food to attendees
Ideas from Trinity College Dublin
The Dean of Students establishes a committee on an annual basis comprising the Presidents of the Trinity Students Union and Graduate Students Union and representatives of the Director of Student Services.
Together the committee plan for strategies to engage students in StudentSurvey.ie, the deployment of StudentSurvey.ie promotional materials across different areas of campus, the use of incentives, and social media campaigns to engage students in starting and completing StudentSurvey.ie.
One of the Student Union's most successful strategies to date was to target students queuing for Trinity Ball tickets. Student union representatives encourage students to use the time in the queue to complete StudentSurvey.ie on their devices or providing an iPad to students to complete the survey while in the queue.
IT Carlow: A Case Study
In order to keep the ‘student survey campaign’ fresh and relevant to the students, we try to vary the approach each year with one ‘headline feature’ that changes annually.
In 2018, the Student Survey Wall was an installation piece on the campus for the duration of the campaign and in 2019, we introduced a full digital campaign whereby we used professionally shot video both on campus and online in paid and organic campaigns to convey our messages.
Irish Survey of Student Engagement Videos
Some of the videos below mention "ISSE", which was what the Irish Survey of Student Engagement was known as before we rebranded as StudentSurvey.ie.
Click on any of the videos to hear the perspectives of students and staff (from various disciplines and institutions) on the importance of StudentSurvey.ie