NStEP Newsletter: November 2022

Scroll down to read all the latest news from NStEP - Big successes for the new Student Trainer team, a new online training module, a big in-person Network, and the NStEP partners are hiring...

99% of Class Reps would recommend NStEP training

It's been a very successful Autumn semester for NStEP Student Training, with the return of in-person sessions as well as continued success with our online sessions. The new Student Trainer team has received excellent feedback from class reps across the country and student attendance has been very high across all sessions.

Students' Unions and HEIs can still book sessions for your class reps via our online booking portal. This allows for larger numbers of reps to be trained in your college. Class reps can also directly book an 'Open' training session via the Student Portal, including our highly anticipated Advanced Class Rep Training.

Book training sessions on our website

The National Student Engagement Network is back!

The next Network takes place on 1st December, kindly hosted by Maynooth University and Maynooth Students' Union.

Speakers include Maureen McLaughlin (Academic Registrar, Northumbria University), Niall Daly (Maynooth Students' Union), Ruth Burchell and Kevin McStravock (Quality Assurance Authority, United Kingdom), and Rachel Murphy (Trinity Disability Services).

The Network will explore a number of themes, including student engagement in quality enhancementstudent partnership in student services, student partnership in assessment, and resources for supporting SU officers. The Network is a chance to consider how these issues can be addressed in institutions, as well as shaped nationally.

Find out more and register now!
Start your LAPS: New student module on our website
A new online self-study training module for student reps is now available. LAPS (Leadership, Approach, Partnership, and Succession strategies) is a methodology to support effective representation co-created by a team of NStEP Student Trainers.
Start your LAPS now...
NStEP Vacancy: Programme Manager

The NStEP partners (QQI, USI and HEA) are recruiting a Programme Manager on a fixed-term basis, starting in January 2023. The full role specification is available on the NStEP website.

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 28th November 2022.
Find out more
Updates from across the sector:
  • The School of Medicine at RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences has been named joint winner of the 2022 ASPIRE Excellence Award for Student Engagement at AMEE Lyon 2022. More here.
  • A student-centred partnership agreement between the National College of Ireland (NCI) and NCI Students' Union was signed in early summer. More here.
  • QQI are seeking proposals for a €250k funding initiative on assessment scholarship and/or professional development relating to assessment in the context of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). NStEP encourages those interested in student partnership in assessment to consider the call, found here.
  • The National Report 2022 was launched on 18 October 2022 by Prof Peter Felten (Elon University) and Clodagh McGivern (USI VP for Academic Affairs) at the QQI Conference in Croke Park. Find out more here.

Have you got some student engagement news you'd like to share across our network? Get in touch at

Student engagement and partnership at the #QQI10 anniversary conference


Professor Peter Felten of the Elon University Centre for Engaged Learning fascinated the #QQI10 audience with his approach to centering students in quality assurance, promoting equity and engagement. The subsequent panel discussion gave attendees a lot of advice for embedding meaningful student engagement across HE and FET. Watch it back here.

NStEP would also like to thank all presenters at the student partnership break-out sessions and all those who prepared poster submissions on student engagement.
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