NStEP Consultation 2019

Having completed the initial three year work plan NStEP is now seeking your views on what a strategy should look like and your ideas on how to ensure the programme continues to develop and enhance a partnership approach to student engagement across Irish Higher Education.

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

Context to this Consultation

The National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) was launched in 2016 to develop a national vision for enhancing and embedding student engagement within Higher Education. This national programme has brought together staff and students within their own contexts, with the aim of fostering a culture of meaningful engagement. NStEP provides space for collaboration and capacity building, for sharing ideas, and for creating best practice to elevate the student voice and to implement student/staff partnerships. Since its launch, NStEP has rolled out a highly successful introductory programme of Class Representative Training for undergraduate students. Uniquely, this training is delivered by a trained team of students and has been complemented by the development of both postgraduate and online student representative training. To date, NStEP has led 16 institutional analysis workshops in which senior leaders, staff, and students of Irish HEIs have come together to examine student engagement practice and experiences within their setting. From these analysis workshops NStEP examined 5 thematic areas, through projects chaired jointly by HEI staff and Students’ Union representatives.

The value and impact of NStEP has been clearly evident through institutional engagement with CINNTE institutional reviews, developing strategic plans and evolving partnership at different levels of institutional decision making. The national partnership of the HEA, QQI, and USI aims to champion student partnership at the strategic level and embed meaningful student engagement in future sectoral developments. NStEP has given a platform for partnership between staff and students and for collaborations between institutions, students’ unions and national agencies to enhance the student experience. It offers high quality training to students, which empowers them to engage and supports institutions to develop their processes of listening and responding to the student voice. Recognising that students need to be supported to engage in decision making, feedback and strategy development, NStEP identifies, develops and shares best practice approaches across a range of activities.

Following an evaluation of the impact of NStEP in 2018, it was identified that the programme’s success would be dependent on a strategy for the future, which clearly laid out its vision and priorities. This strategy, which will cover the period 2019-2021, needs to build upon the work carried out to date, push the boundaries of our understanding of student partnership, and, crucially, demonstrate impact. NStEP is now seeking your views on what that strategy should look like and your ideas on how to ensure the programme continues to develop and enhance a partnership approach to student engagement across Irish Higher Education.