A total of 43,806 students responded to StudentSurvey.ie 2020, which represents a national response rate of 28.4%. The number of respondents was very similar to the number of respondents in 2020. 

This is a great result for the participating institutions, whose staff and Student Unions worked very hard to promote the survey from a distance. 

It is also a positive indication of student engagement during trying times. 

StudentSurvey.ie Response Rate 2021
Maynooth University Vice President for Student Life Bukky Adebowale promoting the survey
Maynooth University Vice President for Student Life Bukky Adebowale promoting the survey
PGR StudentSurvey.ie Response Rate 2021

PGR StudentSurvey.ie also ran in 2021. A total of 3,541 postgraduate research students responded, which represents a national response rate of 34%.

This number is much higher than the response rate when the survey last ran in 2019. Given that this survey now runs every second year, it was all the more important that Masters by Research and PhD students took part, and indeed they did!

University of Limerick Postgraduate Student Union promoting the surveys
University of Limerick Postgraduate Student Union promoting the surveys
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Fieldwork 2021 presented some challenges to running StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie. Normally the best part of the survey cycle, where we get to interact with students and get them interested in taking the survey, this year's fieldwork had to take place from a distance due to the restrictions on movement and access to campus.

I am so pleased to report that the effort put in by the team across the 25 participating institutions, including leaders in student representation, combined with the willingness of students to engage and share their thoughts, opinions and experiences, resulted in a sucessful fieldwork campaign. I am especially pleased to see such an increase in the number of postrgraduate research students taking part.

Students have had their say. Now is the time for listening.

Tabhair aire gach duine.
Dr. Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha, StudentSurvey.ie Project Manager
National College of Ireland President Dajana Sinik promoting the survey
National College of Ireland President Dajana Sinik promoting the survey
Dundalk Institute of Technology SU Vice President Student Engagement Christopher O’Neill
Dundalk Institute of Technology SU Vice President Student Engagement Christopher O’Neill

The results of StudentSurvey.ie will be released to participating institutions in early May. The results of PGR StudentSurvey.ie will be released in late May/ early June. 

An Interim Results Bulletin, focusing on the results of the Covid-19 question module for StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie is planned for publication in mid-June. 

The StudentSurvey.ie National Report 2021 and PGR StudentSurvey.ie National Report 2021 are planned for publication as part of the StudentSurvey.ie Practitioners Forum in November. More information about this event will be released in the coming months. 

As Project Manager, I wish to thank the 47,347 students who made their voice heard in StudentSurvey.ie and PGR StudentSurvey.ie 2021.

I wish to acknowledge the hard work of the staff, management, and student representatives in the participating institutions, whose efforts made this unusual fieldwork period a success. 

Thank you to Robin, Josie and the team in i-graduate, and Róisín and her team in Piquant Media. 

Finally, I wish to thank the StudentSurvey.ie Steering Group, Communications Group, Analysis and Impact Group and PGR Working Group, all of whom collaborate to make the survey an ongoing success.

Dublin Business School Student Union President Laura Stafford promoting the survey
Dublin Business School Student Union President Laura Stafford promoting the survey