NStEP Conference 2022


Watch it back!


NStEP Conference 2022 was jampacked, including the launch of our new Strategy 2022-2025, a student engagement showcase from students and staff across the sector, and a line-up for four exciting keynote speakers. Watch it all back below. The full agenda for the conference, including speakers biographies is here.


NStEP Strategy 2022-2025 Launch


A panel of sectoral representatives, students, student reps, and staff discuss the work of NStEP since 2016, the evolution of student engagement in higher education decision-making, and what the new strategy could achieve over the next few years.

Chairperson: Megan O’Connor (USI)

Panellists: Karena Maguire (QQI), Yvana Mpessa (NStEP/Maynooth University), Brenda Meira de Azevedo (NCI), Lee O’Farrell (UCD), Dr Vivienne Patterson (HEA), with presentation by Oisín Hassan (NStEP).

Showcase: Student Engagement and Partnership from Irish higher education institutions

Showcase 1: Dr Kathryn Haley and Prof Celine Marmion (RCSI) – from 2.47

Kathryn and Celine’s theme: Driving a University-wide Culture of Student Engagement and Partnership

Showcase 2: Peter Attridge and Dr Aisling O’Gorman (MTU) – from 16.37

Peter and Aisling’s theme: Student Engagement in the Curriculum – Reimagining Assessment and Feedback Together

Showcase 3: Kate Goodman (DCUSU) and Aisling McKenna (DCU) – from 29.41

Kate and Aisling’s theme: Staff-Student Partnership at DCU

Fostering Student Partnership

Chairperson: Michaela Waters (NStEP/Maynooth University)

Keynote 1: Dr Roisín Curran – Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice (CHERP), Ulster University

Roisín’s theme – Wider conceptions of student engagement: the power and potential of staff student partnerships to influence and promote engagement

Keynote 2: Rhiannon Kavanagh – Student Associate, National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP)

Rhiannon’s theme – Support and Enhancement of Student Partnership Both Locally and Nationally in Irish Higher Education  

Enhancing Student Representation

Chairperson: Diana Young (NStEP/DBS)

Keynote 3: Emer Neville – President, Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU)

Emer’s theme – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Student Engagement

Keynote 4: Dr Philip Carey – Teaching and Learning Academy, Liverpool John Moore’s University

Phil’s theme – Course representation: Is it fit for purpose and whose purpose is it fit for?

Closing Address


Clare Austick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI)