Student Success Survey: We want to hear from you!

The UCC Student Success Survey launches on Monday, 18th October and closes on Monday, 1st November 2021. An email has been sent through internal mail to all UCC students and staff to invite them to share their important views on what Student Success means to them. This survey will provide some insight into the meaning of Student Success at UCC, how UCC is currently supporting Student Success and how the university may support Student Success further in the future.

The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education has recently confirmed the following shared understanding:

“Student Success optimises the learning and development opportunities for each student to recognise and fulfil their potential to contribute to, and flourish in, society.

To be achieved, this requires a culture in Irish higher education that values inclusivity, equity and meaningful engagement between students, staff, their institutions and the wider community.”

Student Success is not dependent on students alone, and can be impacted by a variety of other factors, including teaching, finances, health and wellbeing, assessment, transitioning to university life and belonging. Student Success means different things to different students, and can vary throughout the student journey. Differing views can also exist amongst university staff about what success represents. That is why we want to hear the opinions of our students and staff to help establish the diverse meaning of Student Success within UCC.

The Higher Education Authority has directed all Higher Education Institutions to develop Student Success strategies, which take a whole-of-institution approach to Student Success. Work is currently underway on UCC’s Student Success Strategy, which will detail all of the existing Student Success initiatives across the university, along with outlining key priorities and actions for the future. The insightful feedback gained from the survey will underpin the strategy and help to guide the university in the years ahead.

The survey has been approved by UCC’s Social Research Ethics Committee. It contains 7 questions about Student Success and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Participation in the survey is voluntary and confidential. You could be in with the chance to win a book voucher for the Lowercase campus bookshop if you enter the competition and consent to sharing your email address.

If you would like to gain a wider understanding of Student Success in advance of completing the survey, the National Forum has published both a detailed report and a concise overview.

Thanks to all for taking the time to contribute your valuable opinions!

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