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Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE)

The Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) is managed as a collaborative partnership by the HEA, IUA, THEA and USI. It is designed to inform developments within institutions while also providing a national set of data. The survey asks students about their experiences of higher education and is open to first year, final year undergraduate, and taught postgraduate students.  Its main purpose is to provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate follow-up action. Objectives identified for ISSE include:

  • To increase transparency in relation to the student experience in higher education institutions
  • To enable direct student input on levels of engagement and satisfaction with their higher education institution
  • To identify good practice that enhances the student experience
  • To assist institutions to identify issues and challenges affecting the student experience
  • To serve as a guide for continual enhancement of institutions’ teaching and learning and student engagement
  • To document the experiences of the student population, thus enabling year on year comparisons of key performance indicators
  • To provide insight into student opinion on important issues of higher education policy and practice
  • To facilitate comparison with other higher education systems internationally.

Since the launch of ISSE in 2013,  almost 125,000 students have had their say.  A new, related ISSE survey for postgraduate research students (Research Masters and PhD) will run for the first time in 2018.  Full details on ISSE are available at studentsurvey.ie.

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