National programme co-ordinator, trainers and representatives, and LYIT staff and students who attended the first LYIT training day in Arena 7.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) is one of five higher education institutions selected to participate in a national student engagement programme.
This collaborative initiative is supported by the Union of Students in Ireland, the Higher Education Authority, and Quality & Qualifications Ireland, in consultation with Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland. LYIT is working with NUI Galway, National College of Ireland, Cork IT and Waterford IT in shaping best practice for students.
The aim of the programme is to ensure that students are centrally involved in the decision-making process in higher education institutions.
“At LYIT we are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our students," Lynn Ramsey, teaching and learning co-ordinator at LYIT, said, "We believe that key to excellent student experience is working in partnership with students. Selection for the national programme ensures that we can continue our commitment to ongoing improvement, strengthening student engagement to better support all students.”
The two key strands of work involved in the national programme involve rolling out a national student training programme and developing institutional capacity.
In October, LYIT participated in the first stage of the training programme designed to support student representatives in their role. It proved to be a huge success. Forty LYIT students participated in the initial training, meeting informally with their heads of school and department.
“Building bridges between students and staff members in order to achieve positive results is essentially the goal," Dylan McGowan, LYIT Students' Union president, said. "I’m very glad and proud for LYIT to be selected for this initiative. This is most definitely a positive step in the right direction for students, staff and LYIT as a whole.”
The national programme reflects LYIT’s strength in student engagement, where the institute staff and students work as equal partners in all aspects of college life.
Further training sessions will be provided this month.