DIT’s Irish Survey of Student Engagement now open

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10 February 2014: Following last year’s pilot National Student Engagement survey, students in DIT and all higher education institutions in Ireland are being invited to participate in the Survey of Student Engagement 2014.  For students in DIT, the survey opens today (10 February 2014) for a three-week period. Students from first and final year undergraduate programmes and all postgraduate taught programmes will receive an individual email invitation to participate. Details about the survey are available at www.studentsurvey.ie.

The survey has been developed by a national committee with representatives of institutions and of students, and the objective is to get the largest response rate possible so that the findings have real meaning.  For the next three weeks DIT and DITSU will be working hard to get the word out and to encourage students to make their voices heard through the survey.  The results will provide invaluable data on the DIT student experience and will feed into how things are done in the future.

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Sometimes incentives are offered to encourage participation in a survey but this one has an incentive with a difference.  According to Rachel O’Connor, Campus Life, “We are going to use online and social media campaigns to encourage students to participate in the survey, rather than spending money on print and promotions. That means that for every 100 students who respond to the survey, we will be able to put €100 towards the Student Assistance Fund for the benefit of the wider student community.”

In response to the obvious need that still exists for student assistance, DIT Campus Life has put in place a number of emergency measures and any student in crisis should reach out to the student services professionals at their campus location.

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