Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part III

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The answer to the question is yes. First I should stress that a lot of people have put a lot of hard work into this survey and I don’t want to disparage anyone’s efforts. But I think the fundamental problem is that there is a ‘political’ undercurrent at work here whereby the ISSE is designed to conceal as much as it reveals …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 November]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 2

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Questions relating to student-faculty interaction: ‘During the academic year about how often have you … 1 Talked about career plans with academic staff?’ The fact that half of all students replied ‘never’ was picked up by the media who made a big fuss about it. But really it’s hard to take any particular stance on this – there are too many variables …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]


Is the ISSE a wasted opportunity? Part 1

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The ISSE is the Irish Survey of Student Engagement. According to the purpose of the survey is to: ‘provide benefits to each institution and its students by helping to improve feedback and appropriate follow up action. Objectives identified for the taught survey include …'” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 4 December]


USI Launch National Student Housing Survey 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“In light of the current National Housing Crisis, the Union of Students in Ireland is calling on all third level students across the country to take part in the 2018 national housing survey, aimed at understanding the student experience of accommodation …” (more)

[USI, 21 November]

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Half of all third-level students never talk to lecturers about career plans

Posted in Governance and administration on November 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Half of all third-level students have never talked about career plans with their lecturers, according to a major national study. More than a third said they had never discussed their performance with academic staff. The poll of more than 38,000 students in Irish third-level institutions included questions on student-faculty interaction, effective teaching practices and learning strategies …” (more)

[Sarah Burns, Irish Times, 20 November]

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AIT takes top spot for student satisfaction and research

Posted in Life on November 8th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend …” (more)

[Athlone Advertiser, 8 November]

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Students Uncertain about Tutorial Quality

Posted in Teaching on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over the past number of weeks, the Tribune has conducted an investigation into Tutorial practices within the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences in UCD. The aim of this investigation has been to gain testimony from tutors regarding the tutorial process, and to gauge undergraduate students’ opinions on the status quo …” (more)

[College Tribune, 7 November]

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Analysis: Irish Survey of Student Engagement 2017

Posted in Teaching on October 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The results for student-faculty engagement have further improved in 2017, according to the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, and could have stemmed from greater focus on specific aspects of the student experience. One quarter of STEM students report that their coursework emphasized applying facts, theories or methods to practical problems or new situations …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 31 October]


University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Irish students reveal their definition of success is ‘being happy’

Posted in Life on September 28th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The definition of success according to the majority of Irish students is being happy, new research reveals. Irish students also rated their positivity towards career prospects in Ireland at 6.4 out of 10, research from One4all revealed …” (more)

[Aakanksha Surve, Irish Mirror, 27 September]

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New NUI Galway study shows worrying statistics about students and consent

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A recent NUI Galway survey revealed that 70% of female students and 40% of male students experienced ‘sexual hostility or crude gender harassment’ by the time they were finishing college. Sex education at second level was also deemed unsatisfactory by 63% of the male and 71% of the female respondents …” (more)

[Áine Kenny, SIN, 15 September]

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82% of Public Support Better Third-Level Funding, Says New Report

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“82% of people believe that higher education needs more public funding, according to a new survey from the Coalition for Publicly Funded Education. The survey of 1,000 people by Behaviour and Attitudes reveals that a majority of people believe that the embattled third-level sector needs more funding …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 13 June]

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Government ‘must do more’ to improve higher education access

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“More than two-thirds of people believe the Government should do more to assist people seeking access to higher education, according to a new survey. The report, by Careers Unlimited, asked 1,500 people about their attitudes and experiences of pursuing courses in higher education …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 31 January]

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National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions – Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA has initiated a Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions, which is being conducted by a five-member, independent Expert Group chaired by the former European Commissioner and Government Minister, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. We would welcome your participation in this survey …” (more, online survey)

[Higher Education Authority, 17 December]

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Ireland’s universities top international student satisfaction rankings

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“International students are happiest in Ireland, a new Europe-wide survey suggests. With an average rating of just over 9 out of 10, Irish universities topped this year’s Study Portals International Student Satisfaction Awards, edging ahead of last year’s leaders, Finland, Sweden and Denmark …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 21 September]

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Looking Inside the Engine: The Structure of the Round University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2015 by steve

International“Many of those interested in international university rankings have been frustrated by the lack of transparency in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings. The QS rankings assign a 50% weighting to two surveys collected from a variety of channels …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 22 September]

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Would anyone notice if a small, old but awfully clever dog filled in a university ranking survey, and would it make a difference?

Posted in Governance and administration on July 28th, 2015 by steve

International“The Australian newspaper The Age has a piece by Erica Cervini on how she allowed her dog to complete the QS academic reputation survey on the quality of veterinary schools. She doesn’t elaborate on how the dog chose the schools. Was it by barking or tail wagging when shown pictures of the buildings? Seriously though, she does have a point …” (more)

[Richard Holmes, University Ranking Watch, 28 July]

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What makes Ireland’s top performing academics stand out?

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“What do top academics do that sets them apart from the rest? A recent paper sheds some light. Hidden in that is some interesting analysis on Ireland in comparative perspective. Defining the top publishers as those that are in the upper decile of national output, the survey also looks at national differences …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 10 July]

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1 in 7 UCC students were victims of rape or sex assault

Posted in Legal issues, Life on March 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly one in seven students at University College Cork say they have been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault — although it is feared the actual figure may be far higher. Around a third of students at UCC also said they had experienced minor sexual assaults …” (more)

[Sean O’Riordan, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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