This is Update 2 for 2020 for institutional staff and student representatives working on 

Fieldwork: Looking forward to 2021 and review of 2020 and PGR fieldwork is anticipated to take place during the usual national survey window of February - March. Institutions will be consulted should this need to change.

  • Updated online and social media materials for 2021 will be available here by 30 Sept.
  • New materials, including new videos, are being created, and they will be available on the website in time for fieldwork.
In 2020, the average national response rate was 31%, which was the highest response rate ever for the survey. Fieldwork 2020 represented the beginning of a new contract with i-graduate and so far the renewed partnership has been very successful.  

Share the message: PGR will return in 2021

PGR (Irish Survey of Student Engagement for Postgraduate Research Students) fieldwork will take place in February - March 2021. This survey is now on a biennial cycle. Please share this information with all postgrad research students (Masters by Research and PhD) in your institution.

Save the Date: Launch of National Report 2020

The results for 2020 have been released to the Registrar or designated deputy of each participating institution via the In Touch platform. To give access to a member of staff/ student representative, Registrars must email the relevant name and email address to the institution’s i-graduate account manager and request access to the results files and/ or the interactive In Touch Dashboard.  

The National Report 2020 will be launched on 24 November, as part of Empowerment and Partnership in Student Engagement, an online collaborative event with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) and NStEP (The National Student Engagement Programme).

Please save this date and we will be in touch with an invitation in the coming weeks.

NEW: In Touch Platform

The In Touch platform is a new platform which brings together all aspects of the survey, including the interactive data analytics Dashboard. Results for 2017 onward are available in this Dashboard.

A new User Guide for the In Touch Dashboard is available here.

Cover of User Guide - In Touch Dashboard

Take the Survey: User Experience with In Touch

Enhancements to the In Touch platform are scheduled, to ensure the platform works harder for users in 2021. To inform these enhancements, all users of In Touch are invited to take the User Experience Survey for In Touch here.

User Experience with In Touch
Please take part! The Analysis and Impact Group would be very grateful for your participation before the survey closes on 5 October.

Shape the survey: Survey Review Group

The Survey Review Group will be re-convened to undertake the periodic review the question set in 2021. Expressions of interest in joining this group are welcome and a formal request for representatives from the participating institutions will be issued in October.

Other updates from 2020

Analysis and Impact Group

The Analysis and Impact Group has been established on foot of recommendations made at the Practitioners Forum 2019, among other factors. Membership includes co-sponsoring organisations, other stakeholder organisations, and staff and student representatives in participating institutions who have experience and expertise in data analysis and using the data to achieve impact.

Practitioners Forum 2020

The Practitioners Forum 2020 pivoted online due to restrictions on mass gatherings in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The event happened across two webinars on 28 May 2020. 28 panellists participated in the webinars and delivered a range of presentations, all of which are now available on the website, as is the recording of Webinar 1 and Webinar 2. The webinars were attended by 140 attendees. Read more here.


The rebranding of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement and the Irish Survey of Student Engagement for Postgraduate Research Students to and PGR was launched in October 2019. The acronym “ISSE” is no longer used. The hashtags #StudentSurveyIE and #HaveYourSay are the official hashtags for the survey.

An evaluation of the rebrand was carried out earlier in 2020 and the results from staff and student representatives were overwhelmingly positive. 

GDPR compliance

All institutions have signed a Data Processing Agreement with i-graduate, which was the last necessary step towards complete data protection compliance. The DPA forms part of the suite of actions taken to ensure good practice, which include the fact that all institutions explicitly reference in the data collection notice to students upon registration, respondents are required to indicate they have read the Privacy Statement before beginning the survey, and this Privacy Statement and Additional Information Booklet are available on the website and are occasionally highlighted via Blog and social media posts.