Response rate: To determine an appropriate response rate, the maximum margin of error must be considered as well as the desired confidence level. Different research requires different degrees of reliability, depending on the specific objectives and possible consequences of the survey findings. Often, an acceptable margin of error used by survey researchers falls less than 8% at the 95% confidence level. More information on response rate and margin of error can be found on https://mathematics.cit.ie/quartiles.


Indicators: There are 9 StudentSurvey.ie indicators which range in value from 0 - 60 points. Although StudentSurvey.ie indicators are presented together in parts of this report, the indicator scores are not to be compared against each other. The survey is not designed with this purpose in mind, but rather the survey is designed to determine trends within indicator scores - i.e., trends across years and/or against similar programmes and/or academic units within individual indicator scores.


StudentSurvey.ie is distributed to first year and final year undergraduates, and students pursuing taught postgraduate studies only.


Abbreviations: CI - Confidence Interval; SD - Standard Deviation.


Response Rate at School Level (2016 - 2021)
School Response Rate Margin of Error
Alpha 28% 2.85%
Response Rate at Campus Level (2016 - 2021)
Campus Response Rate Margin of Error
Beta 24% 1.32%
Response Rate at University Level (2016 - 2021)
University Response Rate Margin of Error
MTU 34% 0.63%
Indicator Descriptive Statistics for School (2016 - 2021)
Indicators Sample size Mean 95% CI (lower) 95% CI (upper) Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Collaborative Learning 840 31.2 30.3 32.0 30.0 12.47 25.0 40.0 0 60
Effective Teaching Practices 661 33.4 32.3 34.4 32.0 13.66 24.0 44.0 0 60
Higher Order Learning 656 33.2 32.2 34.3 35.0 13.77 25.0 40.0 0 60
Learning Strategies 722 26.9 25.9 27.8 26.7 12.59 20.0 33.3 0 60
Quality of Interactions 586 36.6 35.5 37.7 36.0 13.40 28.0 47.5 0 60
Quantitative Reasoning 718 20.9 20.0 21.9 20.0 12.71 13.3 26.7 0 60
Reflective and Integrative Learning 838 25.8 25.2 26.5 25.7 9.85 20.0 31.4 0 60
Student Faculty Interaction 714 13.6 12.8 14.5 10.0 11.94 5.0 20.0 0 60
Supportive Environment 657 26.2 25.2 27.2 25.0 12.74 17.5 35.0 0 60

Error Bar Plots (95% CI) for Indicators (2016 - 2021)

Response Rate for the School (2016 - 2021)
School Year of fieldwork Response Rate Margin of Error
Alpha 2016 35% 6.76%
Alpha 2017 18% 9.86%
Alpha 2018 21% 8.27%
Alpha 2019 22% 8.02%
Alpha 2020 39% 5.21%
Alpha 2021 32% 5.86%
Higher Order Learning Descriptive Statistics
School Year of fieldwork Sample size Mean Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Alpha 2016 137 31.8 35 14.52 20 40 0 60
Alpha 2017 81 34.2 35 12.34 25 40 0 60
Alpha 2018 111 31.8 30 14.98 20 40 5 60
Alpha 2019 117 33.0 30 14.03 25 40 0 60
Alpha 2020 218 34.7 35 13.52 25 40 0 60
Alpha 2021 189 33.1 35 13.21 25 40 0 60
Reflective and Integrative Learning Descriptive Statistics
School Year of fieldwork Sample size Mean Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Alpha 2016 137 25.4 25.7 10.20 17.1 31.4 2.9 54.3
Alpha 2017 81 25.5 25.7 9.77 20.0 31.4 5.7 60.0
Alpha 2018 111 26.9 25.7 9.38 20.0 31.4 2.9 57.1
Alpha 2019 117 24.9 25.7 9.50 17.1 31.4 2.9 54.3
Alpha 2020 218 27.2 25.7 9.80 20.0 34.3 0.0 54.3
Alpha 2021 189 24.7 22.9 10.09 17.1 31.4 0.0 60.0
Quantitative Reasoning Descriptive Statistics
School Year of fieldwork Sample size Mean Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Alpha 2016 137 20.3 20 12.41 13.3 26.7 0 60.0
Alpha 2017 81 21.0 20 11.87 13.3 26.7 0 60.0
Alpha 2018 111 22.5 20 14.61 13.3 33.3 0 60.0
Alpha 2019 117 22.8 20 12.62 13.3 26.7 0 60.0
Alpha 2020 218 22.0 20 13.18 13.3 33.3 0 60.0
Alpha 2021 189 18.3 20 11.34 6.7 26.7 0 53.3
Learning Strategies Descriptive Statistics
School Year of fieldwork Sample size Mean Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Alpha 2016 137 24.9 26.7 11.81 20 33.3 0 60
Alpha 2017 81 26.4 26.7 13.27 20 33.3 0 60
Alpha 2018 111 27.0 26.7 12.62 20 33.3 0 60
Alpha 2019 117 26.2 26.7 13.50 20 33.3 0 60
Alpha 2020 218 27.7 26.7 11.75 20 33.3 0 60
Alpha 2021 189 27.8 26.7 13.35 20 33.3 0 60
Collaborative Learning Descriptive Statistics
School Year of fieldwork Sample size Mean Median SD 1st Quartile 3rd Quartile Min Max
Alpha 2016 137 35.0 35 10.68 25 40 15 60
Alpha 2017 81 32.7 30 9.99 25 40 5 60
Alpha 2018 111 29.9 30 12.14 20 35 5 60
Alpha 2019 117 34.1 35 11.50 25 40 5 60
Alpha 2020 218 33.3 30 12.01 25 40 0 60
Alpha 2021 189 23.8 20 13.10 15 30 0 60