A core element of the mission of NCI is to widen access to education. In implementing this mission, it has maintained its links with its local community and with the further education and training sector. NCI has sought to enhance participation in higher education from among as many demographics as possible and to support learners in realising their personal and professional ambitions. With just over 6500 learners enrolled on roughly 120 QQI accredited programmes, NCI’s modest size allows us to concentrate our efforts on realising the vision of changing lives through education and providing an inspiring educational experience that is innovative, responsive and enterprise focused. This vison is set out in the NCI’s newly published Strategic Plan 2022-2027.
Survey Live: 14 February - 6 March 2023
Each participating institution selects a specific three-week period during February and March to open the survey for their students. This allows the national survey to take account of local events and other demands on students’ time in order to increase the benefit of the survey at local level – “national survey, local impact“.
Meet the Survey Team
Director of Quality and Institutional Effectiveness
Patricia Maguire is the Director of Quality and Institutional Effectiveness for NCI and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
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Student Engagement and Retention Officer
Stephen Cleary is the Student Engagement and Retention Officer for NCI and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
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Dr. Michael Cleary-Gaffney
Quality and Enhancement Specialist
Dr. Michael Cleary-Gaffney is the Quality and Enhancement Specialist for NCI and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
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VP for Academic Affairs
Éimear Annesley is the VP for Academic Affairs for NCI and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
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Most impactful uses of the survey data for NCI
Results from StudentSurvey.ie play a key role in the quality assurance and enhancement activities at National College of Ireland (NCI). As a private higher education provider, our academic programmes are accredited by QQI and must be internally reviewed on an annual basis and externally reviewed on a five year cyclical basis. The quantitative and qualitative data from the survey is an invaluable resource in both these processes and ensure that the student experience informs all efforts to assure the quality of our programmes and enhance the quality of our teaching, learning and assessment resources.
During the summer of 2020, the Quality and Institutional Effectiveness (QIE) Office completed a review of the efficacy of the College’s student feedback mechanisms. As a result of this review, the Student Voice Project was launched, which aims to redesign each student feedback mechanism and create a fully integrated learner voice system during the 2020/21 academic year. The four pillars of this system are the Class Rep System, the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, Module Evaluations and Learner Complaints. The Learner Voice System will allow for student feedback to be channelled to all relevant academic and corporate governance committees in a manner that ensures the student voice is acknowledged, listened to, responded to and acted upon in a meaningful way. As part of the Student Voice at NCI, StudentSurve.ie will play an increasingly important role in the decision-making processes that directly affect the student experience and impact the reputation of the College.