Students have a major contribution to make in ensuring the quality of higher education and training provided in Irish universities. Regular and structured student feedback on their engagement with their studies and with broader university life, and on the quality and relevance of learning, teaching and other services, is important in contributing to this process. Students can also play an important role in influencing the design of curricula, and in reviewing and providing feedback on the use of these curricula.
Student representatives sit on the quality enhancement committees in each university. Moreover, a
s part of the National Higher Education Strategy implementation process, the Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) was developed in order to encourage enhanced systems of feedback from students to inform institutional and programme management, as well as national policy. Annual reports and more information can be found at www.studentsurvey.ie.
Through the IUA, the Irish universities participated in 2011-2012 in a major European project examining how universities across Europe track their students through undergraduate studies and into postgraduate studies and the labour market. Reports and other information regarding this project, which also covers the topic of student feedback as part of this tracking process, can be found at www.eua.be/trackit.
Irish universities currently ensure student feedback through a number of aspects, for example:
- Reviews of academic programmes and departments, as part of regular quality assurance procedures;
- The annual Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE),see studentsurvey.ie for more details;
- Undergraduate and postgraduate module evaluations;
- Specific topics, e.g. first year experience, student counselling, career services;
- Specific services, e.g. catering, accommodation, transport;
- International students.
Examples of student feedback mechanisms in use across the Irish universities can be found through the following links: