Irish higher education embraces the system

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

Ireland“Last month, UK prime minister Theresa May announced a major review of the UK tertiary education system, with a focus on driving up access, quality, choice and value for money. The Irish experience is worth looking at in terms of how it is bringing about such change …” (more)

[Ellen Hazelkorn, Times Higher Education, 15 March]

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Financial difficulties of students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The findings of the latest Eurostudent survey (News, January 22nd) indicate that over a third of college students in Ireland are experiencing severe financial difficulties. This is the highest percentage of all the European states …” (more)

[Edel Foley, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Over a third of students in Ireland face ‘severe financial problems’

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over a third of higher-education students in Ireland experience ‘severe financial problems’ according to a new study of student living conditions. About 36% of the total student population say they are in severe financially difficulty, with the problem at its most severe among older students. Over 40% of students above the age of 24 say they struggle with money …” (more)

[Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 22 January]

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College life offers challenge but most satisfied

Posted in Life on January 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than one-third of Irish third-level students feel like ‘detached consumers’ in terms of their education. The finding is contained in sixth Eurostudent study into how students experience university life. More than 20,000 students attending third-level colleges were surveyed as part of the report. The findings show that, while 42% of students feel like they are partners in their education, almost the same amount (36%) feel like ‘detached consumers’ …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 22 January]

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Let’s Have More Engagement From Lecturers

Posted in Teaching on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“I recently met with one of my lecturers to discuss prospective essay titles for an upcoming assignment. Full disclosure: it was probably one of the most anxiety-inducing events of my month thus far (and I have the dubious pleasure of working in a bar during Twelve Pubs December) …” (more)

[Alanna MacNamee, University Times, 29 December]

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Students Want More Engagement With Lecturers, Says New Report

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new national survey indicates that students are not satisfied with the amount of student-staff interaction they receive, with just over half of students surveyed saying they’ve never spoken to a member of staff about potential career paths …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 4 December]

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Irish students have less contact with lecturers than other countries

Posted in Teaching on December 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish third-level students have less contact with their lecturers than in other countries, a new survey indicates. The poll of more than 35,000 students in Irish third-level institutions comes against a backdrop of concern over the impact of large class sizes on the quality of education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 December]

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35,850 students share their experiences of higher education in Ireland

Posted in Life on November 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“35,850 students took part in the 2017 Irish Survey of Student Engagement (ISSE) – a national survey of students in twenty-seven public higher education institutions – bringing the total number of responses to almost 125,000 since the survey was introduced in 2013 …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 28 November]

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Universities should be about learning, not satisfaction

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Another year, another National Student Survey (NSS) has been published. The NSS asks students about different aspects of their university experience, and then ranks universities for overall ‘student satisfaction’ levels. The NSS has been widely criticised …” (more)

[Ieuan Joy, spiked, 11 August]

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Student satisfaction levels welcome – Archibald

Posted in Teaching on August 11th, 2017 by steve

“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has welcomed the National Student Survey results for universities in the north, which show high levels of satisfaction of final year students with their degree courses …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 August]

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NI students happy with university courses

Posted in Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

“The majority of NI students were satisfied with their degree courses this year, a UK-wide survey suggests. The National Student Survey (NSS) found 85% of final year students at NI universities said they were satisfied with the quality of their course …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 9 August]

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Trinity Below National Average in Student Engagement and Satisfaction, According to New Report

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The results of a national survey of 30 third-level institutions has revealed that Trinity scores lower than the national average in the areas of student engagement and satisfaction, with only 38% of Trinity respondents claiming to have had a positive interaction with administrative and office staff …” (more)

[Aisling Curtis, University Times, 18 December]

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Some quick thoughts on the Irish Survey of Student Engagement

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“I always read the Irish Survey of Student Engagement and it is generally a good read. It has evolved over the years from being a sort of customer satisfaction survey to a survey that, while still having a student-as-customer feel to it, tries to measure the extent to which our third level education system is consistent with a certain philosophy of education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 15 December]


Growing evidence of anti-female bias in student surveys

Posted in Teaching on August 18th, 2016 by steve

Holland“A new study provides further evidence that students rate female lecturers more harshly than male academics in course evaluations. Researchers examined five years’ worth of evaluations from Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute of Social Studies and found that female lecturers were 11 percentage points less likely to receive an average score of at least four out of five from their students …” (more)

[Chris Havergal, Times Higher Education, 14 August]

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More than 27,000 students provide feedback on their higher education experience in national survey

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The results of a national survey of third level students, published today (Thursday 5th November 2015), will help Irish higher education institutions to enhance the quality of education they provide …” (more, download)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 November]

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Many students feel they are not learning job skills, survey says

Posted in Teaching on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Significant numbers of students in higher education feel they are not learning skills which will contribute to their chances of getting a job, a new national survey indicates. More than 27,000 students from 30 universities, colleges and institutes of technology responded to a Higher Education Authority-funded study this year aimed at gathering students’ experiences of college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 November]

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NSS results unrelated to teaching quality, study claims

Posted in Teaching on September 17th, 2015 by steve

UK“Research by University of Oxford academics provides evidence that student satisfaction scores are unconnected to exam performance. Student satisfaction scores should not be used to measure teaching quality because they have no discernible link with exam performance, a leading University of Oxford academic has claimed …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 17 September]

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The National Student Survey should be abolished before it does any more harm

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2015 by steve

UK“The annual ritual of the publication of the National Student Survey (NSS) results has triggered fevered data dissection at universities across the UK this week. But the analysis, and the subsequent press releases and poster campaigns, represent merely a stage in a continual cycle of NSS-driven activity …” (more)

[Joanna Williams, Guardian, 13 August]

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Leaving Cert students in favour of exam reform, study finds

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Leaving Cert students are keener on the idea of school-based assessment than their Junior Cert counterparts, according to a survey of teenagers who are preparing for State exams …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 February]

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Sorry students, you need to work harder

Posted in Life on January 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This is data extracted from Students just aren’t working hard enough …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 27 January]

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