The Union of Students in Ireland is undertaking a piece of research, in collaboration with the National Forum for Teaching and Learning, to study the reasons for student non-completion in Ireland.

The research is complementary to other simultaneously undertaken research, seeking to understand ‘drop out’ from college.  The Union of Students is grateful for the support of the NFT&L for its support for this study.

This is information for Students’ Union officers. There is also information for study participants.

Important: In order to participate in this research study, you must be 18 years or older.

 

Why is the study being carried out?

This research study is being carried out in order to get a deeper understanding of the reasons why students leave college early and how they make the decision to do so. By gaining a better understanding of college non-completion, it is hoped that in the future, colleges and Students’ Unions may be better able to support students who are considering leaving college. The research involves a survey of students, optional interviews with students and a focus group meeting of Student Union Officers. The partners in the research are the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

 

What will it involve for me?

You are asked to create awareness and publicise the research among students in your college. In addition, as a Student Union Officer, who is in close contact with students making decisions about leaving college, we would like to hear your views by way of participating in a focus group meeting. The focus group meeting will take place on Friday 24th April (90-120 minutes duration).

 

Why have I been chosen to participate?

Student Union Officers have been invited to participate because you have day-to-day contact with students and can provide a unique perspective on the issues facing students who are considering leaving their college course.

 

Can I choose not to participate?

Yes, absolutely, you’re under no obligation to participate. However, as a Student Union Officer, we would like you to participate in order to share your insights on this important issue.

 

How will my rights to confidentiality and anonymity be observed?

Your information will be used confidentially (without you being named) and you won’t have to do anything other than share your views at the focus group meeting. The information collected at the focus group will not be identified to any individual and for the purposes of the discussion at the meeting, you need only provide your first name. No names will appear in the focus group report.

 

What will happen to the information I provide?

Once the research is completed, the information from the focus group meeting and data collected by way of the student survey and interviews will be collated and analysed. The overall report will be prepared by the researcher and the findings will be reviewed and agreed with USI and the National Forum for Teaching and Learning.

 

What will happen to the results of the study and how will they be presented?

It is intended to publish the report with recommendations for supporting students who are considering leaving college early. It is likely that the research findings will be presented at student union/education conferences/events in order to raise awareness of the issues relating to college non-completion. The research findings will also be made available on the USI (www.usi.ie) and National Forum (www.teachingandlearning.ie) websites.

 

Who should I contact for further information about this study?

If you require further information in advance of participating in the research, please contact Mr Kevin Donoghue, USI Vice President (education@usi.ie).

This is information for Study Participants. There is also information for SU Officers.

Important: In order to participate in this research study, you must be 18 years or older.

 

Why is the study being carried out?

This research study is being carried out in order to get a deeper understanding of the reasons why students leave college early and how they make the decision to do so. By gaining a better understanding of college non-completion, it is hoped that in the future, colleges and Students’ Unions may be better able to support students who are considering leaving college. The USI is keen to hear from students who have left college and the reasons for doing so. The partners in the research are the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

 

What will it involve for me?

If you did not complete your college course this year, we would like you to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey asks about the reasons why you decided to leave college. Having completed the online survey, if you would like to provide further information on your decision to leave college, there is the option to request the researcher to contact you by telephone.

 

Can I choose not to participate?

Yes, absolutely, you’re under no obligation to participate. As a student who has left college early, we hope that you will participate because we want to hear about your decision to leave college. Completion of the survey is totally voluntary and anonymous, but you must be 18 years or older to participate in the survey.

 

How will my rights to confidentiality and anonymity be observed?

Your information will be used confidentially (without you being named) and you won’t have to do anything other than provide information on your decision to leave college. Your name or personal contact details are not required. However, if you wish to take part in a short telephone interview, you will be asked to provide your first name and a telephone number. Your real name will not appear in the interview report.

 

What will happen to the information I provide?

Once the research is completed, the data from all the students who participate will be collated and analysed. The overall report will be prepared by the researcher and the findings will be reviewed and agreed with USI and the National Forum for Teaching and Learning.

 

What will happen to the results of the study and how will they be presented?

It is intended to publish the report with recommendations for supporting students who are considering leaving college early. It is likely that the research findings will be presented at student union/education conferences/events in order to raise awareness of the issues relating to college non-completion. The research findings will also be made available on the USI (www.usi.ie) and National Forum (www.teachingandlearning.ie) websites.

 

Who should I contact for further information about this study?

If you require further information in advance of participating in the research, please contact Mr Kevin Donoghue, USI Vice President (education@usi.ie).

 

You can fill out the survey by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNKBPSS