Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest (TUS) is Ireland’s first cross-regional university and home to 14,000 students and a staff complement of approximately 2,000 people, full-time and part-time, across six campuses in Athlone, Limerick, Thurles, Clonmel, and Ennis. With a clear focus on meeting the evolving needs of society and industry through applied learning, TUS puts the individual needs of students front-and-centre, prioritising accessibility, and opportunity for all. By combining this student-first philosophy with next-generation thinking, TUS is the driving force for education, research, and commercial collaboration in Ireland’s Midlands and Midwest.
Survey Live: 7 February - 27 February 2022
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
Head of Quality, Teaching and Learning
Brendan Murphy is the Head of Quality, Teaching and Learning for TUS and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
Contact Email: Brendan.Murphy@tus.ie
Cora McCormack is the Quality Officer for TUS (Midlands Campus) and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
Contact Email: Cora.McCormack@tus.ie
Áine Daly is the SU President for TUS and is available to answer any questions you may have in relation to the survey.
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most impactful use of the survey data for TUS Midlands
The Midlands campus has continuously achieved the highest student survey participation rate nationally since the introduction of the survey in 2016. In 2021, the Athlone campus scored the highest nationally in 6 out of the 9 indicators. In addition, 76.08% of the students surveyed evaluated their Entire Educational Experience as either “Excellent” or “Good”. It is interesting to note also that 85.34% indicated that they would either “Definitely Yes” or “Probably Yes” attend the TUS Midlands Campus, if they were to recommence their studies.
The results obtained from the analysis of the survey using the tools i-graduate In Touch and Power BI are presented by the Quality Office to the faculties, to support the faculties in enhancing facilities, supports and the learning environment for all students. The powerful student feedback is evaluated and supports service delivery enhancements across all faculties. In addition, a report is compiled from the open-ended questions which identifies the main themes emanating from the student comments. This rich data is also distributed to the relevant stakeholders, and supports an understanding of the student viewpoints empowering the student voice. These combined efforts aim to ensure that the student voice is heard and acted upon annually.
Most impactful use of the survey data for TUS Midwest
TUS Midwest continues to score particularly well in the Student Faculty Interaction Index and in all questions in this category. The data illustrates how TUS Midwest provides a welcoming, engaging and supportive environment and encourages interaction between students and staff alike. The StudentSurvey.ie results indicate TUS Midwest’s commitment to the supportive values as described in the previous LIT Strategic Plan.
TUS Midwest is using the StudentSurvey.ie findings to support the 1st Year Student experience by introducing a Peer-to-Peer mentoring initiative. The initiative aims to help new first year students make that transition into higher education as smoothly and successfully as possible. New students meet with and learn from the experiences of more senior students. New students are then able to settle into campus life more quickly so that they can benefit from everything that TUS Midwest has to offer. TUS Midwest is piloting an online version of the Peer-to-Peer mentoring initiative for 2021/2022.
Departmental StudentSurvey.ie Results
All Survey results were analysed and Departmental Results were produced under the 9 StudentSurvey.ie Indicators Higher Order Learning, Reflective & Integrated Learning, Quantitative Reasoning, Learning Strategies, Collaborative Learning, Student Faculty Interaction, Effective Teaching Practices, Quality of Interactions and Supportive Environment. Also included in the analysis are the Non-Index questions and Open text questions. The results under each question showed the result of each TUS Midwest Department 2021, All TUS Midwest 2021, All Higher Tech ED/IOTS 2021 and All of StudentSurvey.ie 2021.
These departmental reports are circulated to all Heads of Department so the results can be analysed to further enhance student supports and the learning environment within each department.