Registration opens for the NStEP Conference

On March 12th NStEP returns to the Clocktower in the Department of Education, where it was launched in 2016, to explore the work completed by the programme since it’s establishment and discuss the future of student engagement in Ireland. Staff and Student Representatives from across the country will join the national partners to mark the end of the first NStEP workplan and begin to shape the next steps for the national programme. Registration is open until Wednesday March 6th here: Registration Form


NStEP March 12th


Registration is open for the NStEP Network 3 Meeting – November 21st DCU

NStEP Network 3

Registration is open for the 3rd meeting of the National Student Engagement Network. The network aims to bring staff and student leaders together to discuss student engagement, share ideas and collaborate. The 3rd meeting of the network will explore the use of technology to enhance student engagement.

Our keynote will be delivered by Ann Tilbury, Academic Skills Developer at University of Highlands and Islands and Sorcha Kirker Highlands and Islands Students’ Association Vice-President (Higher Education).

We will also have a series of lightening talks, focused workshops and sessions from the national NStEP Projects. Check studentengagement.ie or follow @NStEPie on twitter for further announcements.

Date: Wednesday November 21st, 2018

Time: 10am to 4.30pm (registration from 9.30am)

Venue: Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin

Registration: NStEP Network 3 Registration (closes Thursday Nov 15th)


Student Training Programme 2018 kicks off

NStEP Workstream 1: Student Training Programme

NStEP Aim 1: To develop student capabilities to engage in quality enhancement and assurance activities at all levels of the higher education system.

NStEP Trainers

The National Student Training Programme involves two componenta: a training event for Students’ Unions; and the Class Rep training programme. 

Training for Students’ Unions

This training event is designed for Students’ Union Presidents, Education Officers, Engagement Officers and staff. It explores Quality Assurance policies and the role of students in them, Student Partnerships and Teaching & Learning enhancement.

When: Thursday August 23rd (10am to 4pm)

Where: Dublin Business School, Georges St., Dublin 2 

Registration: NStEP SU Event Registration

Class Rep Training Programme 2018

The National Student Engagement Programme has delivered introductory training to Class Reps since September 2016. The 2018 programme introduces training for taught postgraduates and online students. The training is delivered by a pool of full time undergraduate and postgraduate students based across the country.

The booking form is available here: Class Rep Training Bookings

Institutions and Students’ Unions who have signed up to NStEP may book up to 5 sessions on the booking form. Two online briefings are also scheduled to go through the training content and best practice recommendations from previous years. The briefings will be delivered over google hangouts on Tuesday August 7th at 11am and Wednesday August 29th at 2pm. Support is also available from the NStEP coordinator contactable on nstep@usi.ie.


Call for NStEP Trainers now open!

Are you enthusiastic, upbeat & approachable? Do you understand the Class Rep Role? Would you like to develop the skills of a trainer? NStEP is seeking 5 new Student Trainers for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year to deliver our training programme to Class Reps across 23 Irish Higher Education Institutions. The Pool is made up of students from across Ireland who receive training and are paid to deliver the Class Rep Training sessions. All pool members must be full or part time students and are required to complete a residential training course in late August with sparqs in Dundee.

Applications will close on Friday April 27th and interviews will be held in early May. 

Apply now: https://goo.gl/forms/FJmuVArreClNfYkw2

Why apply?

Here’s what some of the current pool members have to say…

NStEP Trainer Laura

NStEP Trainer Logan

NStEP Trainer Joanna



NStEP continues to grow

The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) was launched in March 2016 by the programme partners, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). The 2016 pilot stage involved five higher education institutions and the programme grew to include 23 higher education institutions across the public and private sectors by April 2017.

An invitation will shortly be issued to other universities, institutes of technology and private colleges to join the programme for the 2018/2019 academic year.

NStEP is currently working with the following higher education institutions:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Carlow College
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Business School
  • Dublin City University
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Galway – May0 Institute of Technology
  • Griffith College Dublin
  • Hibernia College
  • Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
  • Institute of Technology Carlow
  • Institute of Technology Sligo
  • Institute of Technology Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology Tralee
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Maynooth University
  • National College of Ireland
  • NUI Galway
  • University College Cork
  • University of Limerick
  • Waterford Institute of Technology