Participating Higher Educations Institutions

Full list of participating higher education institutions currently in NStEP:

Atlantic Technological University
Carlow College
CCT College Dublin
Dorset College
Dublin Business School
Dublin City University
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Griffith College
Hibernia College
Independent College Dublin
Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Marino Institute of Education
Maynooth University
Munster Technological University
National College of Ireland
RCSI – University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Royal Irish Academy of Music
St. Angela’s College, Sligo
South East Technological University
Technological University Dublin
Technological University of the Shannon
Trinity College Dublin
University College Cork
University of Galway
University of Limerick

NStEP works with the following National Experts and Higher Education Institutions

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education

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The establishment of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education was announced by the Minister for Education in November 2012. The role of the Forum is to enhance the quality of the learning experience for all students at third level, be they full-time, part-time or flexible learners.
The Forum brings together all of those involved in shaping third-level teaching and learning in Ireland in order to support and develop excellent practices already underway in many of our Universities, Institutes of Technology and Private Colleges.

Engaging with leaders, managers, teachers and students across all institutes of education at third level in Ireland the Forum will mobilise expertise and inputs from across the entire sector to shape best practice in all institutes of education.

Vision of the Forum
Under the guidance of its Board, whose members are chosen to represent the different areas of expertise in teaching and learning, the Forum engages in a range of activities aimed at:

  • Championing all those who contribute to great teaching and learning in third level education
  • Inspiring great practice, by celebrating examples of teaching that have a strong and positive impact on learning
  • Developing teachers and learners
  • Benchmarking best practice in professional development,
  • Building e-learning capacity
  • Enabling innovation in a fast-changing educational environment

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The Irish Survey of Student Engagement ( was launched in 2014 after a successful national pilot in 2013. The survey collects data on students’ engagement with their learning and learning environments. The main purpose of the survey is to provide benefits to each institution (students and staff) by helping to improve feedback and supporting appropriate action. Objectives include:

  • To increase transparency in relation to the student experience in higher education institutions
  • To enable direct student input on levels of engagement and satisfaction with their higher education institution
  • To identify good practice that enhances the student experience
  • To assist institutions to identify issues and challenges affecting the student experience
  • To serve as a guide for continual enhancement of institutions’ teaching and learning and student engagement
  • To document the experiences of the student population, thus enabling year on year comparisons of key performance indicators
  • To provide insight into student opinion on important issues of higher education policy and practice
  • To facilitate comparison with other higher education systems internationally is managed as a collaborative partnership. It is co-sponsored by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), institutions’ representative bodies (Institutes of Technology Ireland, THEA, and the Irish Universities Association, IUA) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The partnership approach in place is an important feature of the project. Working groups, consisting of institutions’ and students’ representatives, manage the national project.