Cork Institute of Technology will proudly host the first network meeting of the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) involving over twenty third-level Insitutions from around the country. The event, which will take place on Monday, November 13th, will give an overview of the work of NStEP over the past 18 months while also outlining the ongoing project work currently being led by the five pilot Institutes, of which CIT is one.
Working under the guidance of the National Student Engagement Principles, NStEP aims to develop student capabilities to engage at all levels across the higher education system. The programme sets out to achieve a number of aims;
- To develop student capabilities to engage in quality enhancement, quality assurance and other related activities at all levels of the higher education system.
- To support institutions in developing processes and activities which support/facilitate the meaningful engagement of students.
- To strengthen the value placed on student engagement across Ireland and develop tools and resources to support a common understanding and build effective practice.
- To lay the foundations to develop work beyond the pilot phase, to inform the implementation of a National Student Training Programme and increase capacity to progress this student engagement initiative.
The programme will also provide support to the pilot institutions in developing processes and activities, in parallel with student training, which will support the continued engagement of students and extend the benefits of the student training to the wider student population and learning community.
NStEP is a collaborative initiative under development by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).