"CIT Students’ Union have been working in partnership with the Student Engagement Office since February 2015 on the development of a student-staff partnership model. As a Student Representative I have found sparq at CIT activities to transform the culture of meaningful relationships being created between students and staff of the Institute. Sparq at CIT has significantly enhanced the Class Rep structure. Class Reps across Faculties have been trained in representing their respective classes views by giving accurate, balanced, constructive, depersonalised & effective feedback, hence enhancing the student voice and students representative views across the institute. The Students’ Union look forward very much to working on sparq at CIT well into the future, leading to an improved student experience and ultimately allowing students to become co-creators in their education." Shane Falvey, CIT Students Union President (2014-2016)
"The CIT Student Engagement Office ensures that the student voice is heard in CIT, and through a partnership approach engages both staff and students working together in a respectful, valued and innovative environment that
benefits the Institute." Gerard O'Donovan, Head of Faculty; Business & Humanities, CIT.
"The Student Engagement Office has played a pivotal role in establishing fora where student-staff partnerships have been established to tackle challenges in a way where joined-up thinking and sharing of responsibilities for achievement of outcomes is the order of the day. All of these developments have been directly beneficial to the Faculty of Engineering & Science. The student voice has been strengthened. The level of dialogue between students and staff members has increased significantly both
in terms of volume and quality. Initiatives have been developed which are directly benefitting students as they strive to engage, learn and succeed.” Michael Loftus, Head of Faculty; Engineering & Science, CIT.
"I think these events eally helped students to open themselves up and talk about the problems they’re facing on their courses" – 1st year student, Dept of Physical Sciences
"I liked being able to talk to members of staff in a level manner. I felt they were very attentive to what I was saying." Student – Business & Humanities
"It’s great to hear information from both sides of the college – students and staff." Student – Science & Engineering
"Our students are genuinely empowered to make a difference and they come forward confidently with comments, feedback and suggestions for improvements. Staff are happy not only to listen to the views of students but actively to seek them out and to act on the positive insights gained." Catherine Fehily, Head of School, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, CIT.
"I enjoyed how open the staff members were. Talking to them like this was great." Student - Science & Engineering
"Really got to give all my opinions and when I reflected on it on the whole, I realised the course offers good opportunities" - Student - Marketing
"The social atmosphere, it was very comfortable, easy to talk and give opinions and the open questions prompted conversation." - Student Business & Humanities