“67% 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 2014 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.”

“64% 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 2014 survey

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


More than 27,000 students from 30 higher education institutions took part in the 2015 survey during February – March 2015. Participating institutions and the national project team are very grateful for their time and contribution. Details and results will be shared widely as they are analysed and interpreted within institutuons. The report of national results will be published at the start of November.

The 2016 survey, which has been improved and shortened, will open next February – March.


The main purpose of the survey is to provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate action. Objectives include:

  • 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


The Irish Survey of Student Engagement is managed as a collaborative partnership. It 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. A third party company provides the online survey system to the national partnership.

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

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