The report of the Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education will be published tomorrow,Thursday, 14th April 2016, at 9am at a conference on student engagement in the Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1.
The Working Group was established in 2014 by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to develop a set of principles to assist higher education institutions in enhancing student engagement. It was chaired by Professor Tom Collins.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s launch, Tom Boland, CEO Of the HEA, said:
“This report is the culmination of two years’ work and it is our hope that the principles for student engagement advocated in the report will create meaningful two-way communication between staff and students at higher education institutions. The benefits of effective student engagement can include better retention rates, higher levels of satisfaction with educational outcomes, and better student / staff relationships on college campuses.”
Speakers at tomorrow’s conference will include Professor Stuart Brand, Director of Learning Experience at Birmingham City University, and Marese Bermingham, Head of Strategic Student Engagement and Retention at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). Both institutions were consulted by the Working Group on Student Engagement due to the high quality of their existing student engagement practices.
Staff and students from CIT will attend the event and will be available for interview about their work on improving student engagement, progression and graduation rates at the institution. Representatives of the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association, Institutes of Technology Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Quality and Qualifications Ireland – all of which were represented on the Working Group – will also be in attendance.
The Working Group’s report will be available to download from www.hea.ie/news/working-group-student-engagement from 9.30am tomorrow morning.
About the Higher Education Authority: The HEA is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland. It was established to allocate public funding to Irish higher education institutions; to oversee the performance of the higher education and research sector generally, and to advise the Minister for Education on the development of the sector. Further information is available at: www.hea.ie or on Twitter, @hea_irl.
About the Working Group on Student Engagement in Irish Higher Education: In 2014, the HEA established a representative working group to explore best practice in relation to student engagement in higher education institutions and to propose a set of principles which would assist institutions in this area. The Working Group was chaired by Professor Tom Collins, and comprised of members from the Union of Students in Ireland, the Irish Universities Association, Institutes of Technology Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, and Quality and Qualifications Ireland, with support from the HEA.
Schedule for Tomorrow’s Conference:
- 9am-9.30am: Press / photocall.
- 9.30am: Opening remarks by Tom Boland, CEO of the HEA.
- 9.45am: Presentation on National Principles of Student Engagement by Tom Collins, Chair of the Working Group.
- 10.30am: ‘Higher education and principles of democracy: response to the national principles’ – Michael Fielding, Institute of Education, University College London.
- 11.30am: Panel on international practice with Liva Vikmane (ESU), Eve Lewis (SPARQS) and Stuart Brand (Birmingham City University).
- 12.50pm: Working lunch.