EURAXESS IRELAND & THE HOSTING AGREEMENT
IRISH UNIVERSITIES STUDY (IUS)
Summary: This project, funded by the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) developed a web-based survey system, targeting the undergraduate and postgraduate population in Ireland. It provided a continuous feed of information to those developing and implementing education policy in Ireland. This was a 3-year project running from 2007-2010, which aimed to transform the ability of the education sector to respond to student needs and concerns. The surveys were conducted and results collated by the Geary Institute at UCD under the leadership of Prof. Colm Harmon and Dr. Liam Delaney. It created, for the first time in an international context, a leading edge survey system that is designed with policy needs in mind. The baseline questionnaire captured demographic variables and other modules comprising student satisfaction surveys, economic expectations questions, well-being and health indicators tailored to relevant sub-groups via pre-programmed routing.
Key Features of IUS
- The study was conducted in all seven universities and the results are comparable across the universities. As well as aggregate data and reports for all seven, each university is provided with their own data and reports.
- The study contained detailed baseline demographic and attitudinal information for all groups. The approach was state-of-the-art and allowed for several hours of surveys to be condensed into a format that places low burden on the respondent while still retaining sufficient samples for analysis. The packages used were developed by Tilburg University and the RAND Corporation, and are currently used in the world’s largest scientific social science studies. They were integrated into the study at low-cost by the UCD Geary institute.
- The surveys were programmed such that specific groups of students are given separate modules. For example, the surveys contain detailed routed questionnaires for students with disabilities, students with children, international students as well as routings specifically for PhD students.
The output of the surveys has been encapsulated in a series of reports.
- IUS Report on Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students in Irish Universities
- IUS 02 2013 Report on International Students
- IUS 05 2013 Undergraduate Research Experience Benefits and Good Practice
- IUS 04 2013 Gender At A Glance
- IUS 01 2013 Report on PhD Students
- IUS Report Decomposing gender differences in college student earnings