Chapter 2: Results of the 2022 StudentSurvey.ie
Response rates and demographics
A total of 42,852 students responded to the 2022 survey, which represents a national response rate of 27.8%.
A total of 42,852 students responded to the 2022 survey, which represents a national response rate of 27.8%. The respondents consisted of 19,526 first year undergraduate students, 13,125 final year undergraduate students, and 10,201 taught postgraduate students. Table 2.1 presents the demographic profile of the national student population. The profile of the 2022 StudentSurvey.ie respondents is also presented. It closely matches the national student population profile, as it has done in previous years.
All results presented in this report, other than the demographic data presented in Tables 2.1 have been weighted by gender, mode of study, and cohort. The use of weighting is regarded as standard practice with survey data because it improves the extent to which respondents match the national student population profile.
It is significant that 19 of the 25 participating higher education institutions achieved response rates of 25% or greater (19 achieved this in 2021), and that 11 institutions achieved response rates greater than 30% (13 in 2021). This is very positive, particularly in light of the additional challenges brought on by COVID-19 for promoting the survey in 2022.
The response rates for any one year should not be taken as a direct indication of the effort expended to promote participation within individual higher education institutions in that year. Factors such as timing of the fieldwork or other major events within the institution can influence the response rate. Nevertheless, any institution that notes consistently low response rates should reflect on the nature, tone, and visibility of feedback activities.
It is important that all institutions continue to act meaningfully on the data they have available, rather than “wait” for some target response rate. Students will respond to the survey when it is clear to them that their institution as a whole, and the staff they encounter on a regular basis, value the resulting data and do something or intend to do something with it. Communication of analysis undertaken, results considered, and actions taken are essential for continued participation by students in StudentSurvey.ie.