Save the date: NStEP Conference 2019

The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) is pleased to extend a ‘save the date’ invite for our upcoming conference on November 14th 2019, hosted by Maynooth University and Maynooth Students’ Union.

NStEP is now entering our next strategic phase from 2019 until 2021. This conference provides an opportunity to lay out a road map for development and enhancement over the next few years, broadening the reach of student engagement practices, and strengthening the value and culture of staff-student partnership throughout Irish Higher Education.

Registration will open early next week, with further details of the agenda and speakers to follow.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at nstep@usi.ie

NStEP launches call for more HEIs to join the programme!

The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP), which currently works to support staff and students to foster a culture of partnership across 23 Irish Higher Education Institutions, is delighted to launch a call for more HEIs to join the programme in 2019/2020!

The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) was launched in March 2016 by the programme partners, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The 2016 pilot involved five higher education institutions – NCI, WIT, NUIG, LyIT, and CIT. Subsequently the programme grew to include 23 higher education institutions across the public and private sectors.

NStEP supports student engagement in Irish Higher Education Institutions, seeking to champion a strong culture of student and staff partnership through practice-based activities and informing policy developments.

Student engagement is underpinned by the idea that students are partners and co-creators, and NStEP aims to actively embed these principles within Higher Education through its work. Involvement in NStEP requires a partnership between HEI staff and student representatives, with HEI leadership and Students’ Union leadership signing partnership agreements to participate.

The work of NStEP is shaped by three strategic priorities, which are:

  • Strengthening the value placed on student engagement
  • Developing the leadership capabilities of students across Ireland
  • Supporting institutions and staff across the sector to foster a culture of partnership

Why join NStEP?

NStEP operates a national student training programme, led by Student Trainers (all full-time students), who come to your campus to train your Class Reps to engage actively in the quality assurance and enhancement of their education, building their capacity to close the feedback loop and to work constructively towards change.

Once your institution has joined NStEP, we will work with you to develop an institutional analysis workshop that helps you to self-assess current engagement practices, bringing staff and students together to examine the barriers and enablers to student engagement in your institution. The programme offers ongoing institutional support to develop institutional strategies for staff-student partnership. 

The programme also seeks to foster a sense of value and commitment to student engagement nationally, developing our national network events to allow for sharing of practice and ideas across the sector, while creating resources and policy guidance on effective ways to embed the ethos and principles of student engagement.

As NStEP prepares to launch it’s new Strategic Plan, we’re delighted to welcome higher education institutions that have not previously participated to join the programme and work with us to enhance student engagement across Irish Higher Education.

Expressions of Interest

NStEP will be in touch with institutions and Students’ Unions across the country in due course, but in the mean time, if you would like to make any inquiries about this call, please do not hesitate to email nstep@usi.ie or call 0860460526.

You can find a full list of NStEP participating colleges here.

Call for Student Trainers Opens

Call 2019 Open

2019 Call for Student Trainers

The 2019 Call for Trainers has opened. We are seeking enthusiastic, approachable and innovative students to join the team delivering class rep training across the country. The work is flexible and compatible with study and other commitments.  This is a great opportunity to develop your public speaking, facilitation and organisation skills.

Read the full call here: 2019 Call for Trainers

Apply here: 2019 Trainer Application Form

Closing date: May 22nd 2019

Follow @NStEPie and #NStEP on twitter for updates and posts from the current trainers pool.

 

Consultation on the future of NStEP Opens

NStEP now invites students and staff from across Ireland to help shape the future work on student engagement. The consultation document sets out key priorities and goals for you to consider and give your thoughts on.

To respond, please complete the online form here: NStEP Consultation 2019

Alternatively download the Word version  NStEP Consultation 2019 Word and email the completed form to nstep@usi.ie

Response Deadline: 5pm April 12th, 2019

If you have any questions or require more information visit https://studentengagement.ie/consultation/ or email nstep@usi.ie