Nearly half of students struggle to meet costs – survey

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of all college students struggle to afford living expenses, according to a new survey. Four in 10 students reported that they sometimes faced difficulties meeting costs, while 7% ‘struggle all the time’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 September]

Tags: ,

Female graduates expect to earn less than men

Posted in Research on September 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Women graduates expect to be paid up to 14% less than men, despite new legislation that promises to address the gender pay gap. A survey of more than 10,000 third-level students reveals the low expectations of graduates in several disciplines …” (more)

[Independent, 9 September]

Tags: , ,

Covid-19: Ulster University asks students about vaccine status

Posted in Governance and administration on August 19th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) is asking all of its students and staff whether or not they have received a Covid-19 vaccine. The university is also asking them if they have not been vaccinated to outline the reasons why …” (more)

[Robbie Meredith, BBC News, 19 August]

Tags: , , ,

Ulster University leaps to second place in postgrad research survey

Posted in Research on July 30th, 2021 by steve

“Ulster University (UU) has risen to second place in the UK rankings for researcher satisfaction in the latest Postgraduate Research Experience Survey. The PhD benchmarking exercise surveyed postgraduate research students from 89 universities about their experiences, with UU leaping from eighth in the table in 2019 …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 30 July]

Tags: , , , , ,

20% of year 2&3 students have no ‘real friends’ at university

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2021 by steve

“One in every five students in years two and three in the United Kingdom say they don’t have a ‘real friend’ at university, according to a survey of more than 12,000 students nationally. The finding has renewed fears that students are struggling with loneliness and declining mental health. Some 42% of students have experienced suicidal thoughts at some time, the survey reveals …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 17 July]

Tags: , , ,

Study of Mature Student Participation in Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Report calls for access targets and supports to be focused on disadvantaged communities as well as expanding opportunities for part-time learning. The number of people aged between 15-64 years who have achieved a third-level qualification in Ireland has increased by 5% in the past decade, with educational attainment rates remaining high, new research has shown …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 14 June]

Tags: , ,

Financial barriers prevent mature students going to college, HEA survey finds

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 14th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Low numbers of mature students are entering higher education due to financial barriers, family commitments and a lack of flexible study options, according to a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report. The report also shows the number of 25-44 year-olds with a college degree has climbed above 50% …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 14 June]

Tags: , , ,

Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen, survey shows

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students want recorded lectures to continue when campuses reopen for face-to-face teaching. Strong support for the continuation of recorded lectures emerged in a survey of nearly 50,000 students across 25 colleges. The survey explored the impact of Covid-19 on students’ experience of higher education and the picture painted by their responses was mostly positive …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 31 May]

Tags: , , , ,

Third-level colleges planning for ‘significant increase in on-site activity’

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges are preparing for a significant increase in attendance on campus from September, Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has said. Most college lectures have been taking place online since the pandemic disrupted the education system some 15 months ago. However, there is growing optimism that more in-person learning will take place, though social distancing and limited numbers are likely to apply …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 May]

Tags: , ,

Student Mobility Survey: Great potential for all-Ireland third-level education – Rose Conway-Walsh TD, John O’Dowd MLA

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokespersons on Further and Higher Education, Rose Conway-Walsh and John O’Dowd MLA, have launched a survey to look at how we can remove barriers and increase cross-border enrolment in third-level education. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 11 May]

Tags: , , ,

A third of NUI Galway students experience depression and anxiety

Posted in Life on May 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey conducted by NUI Galway found that over a third of students have experienced some form of depression and anxiety over the past year. Feelings of disconnection and isolation were widespread among the 5,000 surveyed …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 May]

Tags: , , ,

Survey: Nearly 90% of PhDs Feel Pandemic Has Affected Their Research

Posted in Research on April 19th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A survey has found that nearly 90% of Trinity’s PhD students feel their research has been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Among issues affecting research, 16.7% identified lack of access to library materials, 23.6% identified lack of access to TCD resources, 20.4% identified lack of a suitable space to work from home, 19.6% identified lack of access to supervisors and meetings and 19.7% identified lack of access to key resources and data …” (more)

[Sárán Fogarty, University Times, 18 April]

Tags: , , ,

Minister Harris launches national staff and student surveys on sexual violence and sexual harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A ground-breaking survey into staff and student experiences of sexual violence and sexual harassment in Irish Higher Education Institutions is being launched today (12 April) by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. The survey, which will begin today and will be conducted by the Higher Education Authority, will be sent to every student and staff member by their Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). There are over 30,000 staff and 235,000 students in higher education …” (more)

[gov.ie, 12 April]

Tags: , , , ,

Eurostudent Survey

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A new report, published by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) today, has revealed that the number of students at Irish higher educational institutions has steadily increased and that there is now a higher proportion of female students attending Universities or Associate/Affiliate Colleges than men. The report – The Social and Living Conditions of Higher Education Students in Ireland – is part of the Eurostudent VII Report, which collates comparable data on student life across Europe …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 10 February]

Tags: , , ,

Majority of Leaving Cert students want choice between calculated grades and exams

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on January 20th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The majority of Leaving Cert students want a choice between calculated grades and sitting June exams this year, according to a survey. The first preference of over half of the students – 55% – is to have that flexibility and the figure rises to 81% when second preferences are included. Only 4% of students – one in 25 – voted for the conventional exams as their top option, in the Irish Second Level Students Union (ISSU) survey …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 January]

Tags: , , ,

Trinity survey highlights pitfalls of remote learning

Posted in Teaching on December 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In an email circulated to students on 27 November, Provost Patrick Prendergast announced plans to increase the amount of in-person teaching next semester. Following this, students were invited to participate in a survey to evaluate their opinions after a full semester of remote learning. Of Trinity’s 18,000 students, 6,053 responded to the survey sent out by college …” (more)

[Kate Glen, Trinity News, 22 December]

Tags: , , ,

62% of Staff Felt Overwhelmed by the COVID Crisis, Finds Trinity Survey

Posted in Life on December 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Some 62% of Trinity staff have said that they felt overwhelmed by the coronavirus crisis, a College survey has found. More than 1,700 staff members – from academic staff, professional support staff and research staff to library and building staff – filled out the survey …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 11 December]

Tags: , ,

80% of Irish Students Happy With College Experience Pre-Covid-19, Says Survey

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In a survey conducted before Covid-19 restrictions were put into place, 80% of Irish students said they were satisfied with their college experience. Students post-implementation of restrictions have told The College Tribune that they are significantly less satisfied with their college experience …” (more)

[Isobel Dunne, College Tribune, 26 November]

Tags: , ,

Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020

Posted in Research, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More students than ever before have taken part in the 2020 Irish Survey of Student Engagement and the results provide invaluable insights for the higher education sector as well as for the students themselves. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement National Report 2020 was published today, in partnership with the HEA, the IUA, THEA and the USI …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 24 November]

Tags: , ,

More than 4 in 10 students feel college does not prepare them for work

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job, a survey has found. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement, or StudentSurvey.ie, polled 44,707 first year and final year undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students attending third-level institutions this year …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 24 November]

Tags: , ,