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A new survey has revealed that college students in Ireland are generally happy with their experiences. Photo: Getty Images

A new survey has revealed that college students in Ireland are generally happy with their experiences. Photo: Getty Images

Figures from the student survey

Figures from the student survey

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A new survey has revealed that college students in Ireland are generally happy with their experiences. Photo: Getty Images

Students in Ireland are generally positive about their third-level experience, but a new report highlights how colleges could do better when it comes to socialising.

Most students see themselves as working hard and having good relationships with lecturers, but they are divided on how well the college supports them in socialising.

One in four, or 24pc, of first year students felt they received "very little" support from the college to help them socialise.

A ground-breaking survey follows the biggest ever listening exercise by the higher education system about how students feel about college life.

Over 19,800 students, across 30 colleges, responded to more than 100 questions about their full experience of higher education and the results will be used to inform college and course development, as well as national policy.

Feedback

Colleges are committed to acting on the feedback from the Irish Survey of Student Engagement, which is the first of its kind in Europe and one of only a handful of similar surveys worldwide.

A follow-up report will be published in January to provide examples of how individual colleges are making use of the evidence generated by the survey.

Engagement with college life is seen as key to enhancing the educational experience and the development of skills such as problem solving and team work.

Students were asked questions on topics ranging from interactions with lecturers and administrative staff to the academic challenge and whether they were supported enough in relation to socialising.

Among the findings were that 62pc of students reported positive relationships with teachers/academic staff and 82pc felt other students were friendly and supportive.

Some 78pc selected "quite a bit" or "very much", when asked if they spent a significant amount of time on academic work.

About 63pc selected "often" or "very often", when asked if they were improving knowledge and skills that would contribute to their employability, while 52pc answered "quite a bit" or "very much" when asked if they were solving complex real world problems. About 80pc evaluated their educational experience as "good" or "excellent", with half of final year students having undertaken a work placement.

Perceptions

However, student perceptions about how well supported they were in socialising were broad - with one-third saying "very little", one-third saying "some" and one-third saying "quite a bit" or "very much".

Non-Irish students were less likely to report good support around socialising, while agriculture and arts students were least likely to report "little" support.


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