“72.4% of all participating students reported positive relationships with teaching staff (5 or greater on 7 point scale leading to ‘available, helpful and sympathetic’).”

Taken from 2013 pilot survey

“Students have a major contribution to make in influencing the design of curricula, and in reviewing and providing feedback on their experience of college.”

“62.8% of all participating students reported quite a bit or very much when asked if they were provided with the support needed to help them succeed academically.”

Taken from 2013 pilot survey

“We want to increase transparency in relation to the student experience in higher education institutions.”

THE 2014 SURVEY

Fieldwork for this year’s Irish Survey of Student Engagement has closed. Participating institutions wish to thank those students who took part. A report of the national results for 2014 will be published in November.

WHY ARE WE RUNNING A NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT?

The higher education system in Ireland wants to listen to students about their experiences of higher education. Students have a major contribution to make in influencing the design of curricula, and in reviewing and providing feedback on their experience of college. Good student feedback on engagement and satisfaction will contribute to students experiencing an education that is relevant and responsive to their personal development and growth as fully engaged citizens within society. The National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030 report recommends that higher education institutions should put in place systems to capture feedback from students to inform institutional and programme management, as well as national policy. This national survey is one example of institutions and national bodies working together to gather students’ views.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement are:

  • To increase transparency in relation to the student experience in higher education institutions
  • To enable direct student input on levels of engagement and satisfaction with their higher education institution
  • To identify good practice that enhances the student experience
  • To assist institutions to identify issues and challenges affecting the student experience
  • To serve as a guide for continual enhancement of institutions’ teaching and learning and student engagement
  • To document the experiences of the student population, thus enabling year on year comparisons of key performance indicators
  • To provide insight into student opinion on important issues of higher education policy and practice
  • To facilitate comparison with other higher education systems internationally

 WHO IS MANAGING THE SURVEY?

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement is co-sponsored by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), institutions’ representative bodies (Institutes of Technology Ireland, IOTI, and the Irish Universities Association, IUA) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

The partnership approach in place is an important feature of the project. Working groups, consisting of institutions’ and students’ representatives, manage the national project. A project manager supports the working groups and reports to the co-sponsoring organisations.

Any queries may be directed to info@studentsurvey.ie or to:

ISSE Project Manager, c/o IOTI, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.