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th November 2014
Publication of 2014 results from the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE)

Publication of 2014 results from the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE)

Nearly 20,000 Students Provide Feedback in National Survey to Enhance their Higher Education Experience

IOTI is pleased to welcome publication of the results of a national survey of third level students, which will help Irish higher education institutions to enhance the quality of education they provide.  Over 19,800 students across 30 higher education institutions responded to the survey and details of their experiences will be used to inform institutional and programme/course development, as well as national policy. It is the first system-wide survey of its kind in Europe and one of only a handful of similar surveys worldwide.

Participating institutions are committed to providing effective feedback on survey results and to taking appropriate action. A follow-up report will be published in January 2015 to provide examples of how individual institutions are making use of the evidence generated by this national survey.

Commenting on the 2014 Report, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, said, “The Irish Survey of Student Engagement demonstrates the determination of Irish higher education institutions to listen to their students. I look forward to institutions using these findings, along with their other quality assurance mechanisms, to ensure that students’ engagement with their higher education continues to improve. In particular the follow-up report in January will be important in highlighting actions that individual institutions are taking on foot of this survey to continually improve the student experience.”

Following a successful pilot in 2013, the first full survey was offered in 2014 to all first year undergraduate, final year undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in thirty higher education institutions including all Universities, all Institutes of Technology and all Colleges of Education.

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) is designed to ask students directly about their full experience of higher education. Student feedback provides institutions with valuable information to identify effective practice and provision and to prompt awareness of, and action on, any particular issues or challenges that affect students.

President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), Laura Harmon, said "With almost twenty thousand responses, this is one of the clearest pictures we have of students' opinions of their college experience. College staff and Students' Unions must now work together to ensure these issues are being followed up at an institutional level. The ISSE project has been successful in its initial years, but it's now vital that results are acted upon so that students feel they are really being listened to."

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