Letterkenny Institute of Technology is one of five higher education institutions selected to participate in a National Student Engagement programme.
The 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 main objective is to ensure students are centrally involved in the decision-making process in higher education institutions.
Dr Lynn Ramsey, teaching and learning co-ordinator at LYIT, said, “At LYIT we are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our students. 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,” she said.
The two strands involve rolling out a national student training programme and developing institutional capacity. Last month, LYIT took part in the first stage of the training designed to support student representatives in their role. with 40 students taking part.
LYIT Students’ Union President, Dylan McGowan, said, “Building bridges between students and staff members in order to achieve positive results is essentially the goal, I’m very glad and proud for LYIT to be selected for this initiative.”
Further training sessions will be provided this month.