Student Engagement Symposium | Dublin

Held on Thursday 21st September

For practitioners and senior management responsible for student engagement, success and voice

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Andy Clegg Portsmouth – Slide Deck

Dave Kilmartin TUD – Slide Deck

Duncan Berryman and Eimear Gallagher QUB – Slide Deck

Hannah Kelly and Niamh Murtagh NStEP – Slide Deck

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Dr Kay Hack (PFHEA),
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Learning and sharing at the evasys Student Engagement Symposium

The evasys Student Engagement Symposium in Dublin saw a wide range of student engagement professionals come together to hear from higher education experts from both Ireland and the UK who specialise in student engagement.

Attendees were able to network with peers, share experiences and insights and discuss best practice across student engagement, student voice and student success.

The symposium was an all-day event, featuring a range of speakers from the Irish and UK HE sectors. There were multiple opportunities for informal networking throughout the event, and at the social gathering afterwards.

Symposium themes

The Student Engagement Symposium showcased a range of work, activities and innovative ideas around student engagement. Topics covered included:

  • Enhancing student engagement

  • Empowering the student voice

  • Graduate Outcomes Survey

  • Being, Belonging, Becoming

  • Closing the Feedback Loop

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  • Themes: Student engagement, Graduate Outcomes Survey, closing the feedback loop, Being/Belonging/Becoming

  • Date: Thursday 21st September

  • Start:     9.15 am for 9.45 am
    End:       4.00 pm                                Social:   4.00 pm – 6.00 pm

  • Location: University College Dublin – University Club

  • Cost: There is no charge for this event

Speaker biographies

Keynote Speakers:

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Professor Marie Clarke

UCD and Director of the UCD Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University College Dublin

Prior to working in UCD she was a teacher in Liberties College, City of Dublin VEC. Joining the UCD School of Education in 1998, she lectured in the areas of curriculum studies, mentoring studies, followership, education history/policy and quantitative research methods. She served as Head of the School of Education from 2007 to 2011. In 2015 she was appointed Dean of Arts and commenced her current pan university role as Dean of Undergraduate Studies in 2017, where she has specific responsibility for overseeing undergraduate educational programmes and is a member of UCD Academic Council Executive Committee. She is leading at university level on the implementation of the Student Feedback System, Academic Advising, Academic Integrity and Ethical Practice, Online Assessment and Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Standards.

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Dr Kay Hack (PFHEA)

Lead Consultant (Education) for Advance-HE

Kay leads a team of senior consultants to deliver a range of services to the HE sector to support strategic leadership and change in HEIs. She has worked with a diverse range of UK and international higher education providers on key themes which aim to improve student engagement and outcomes.


Dr Andy Clegg

Dr Andy Clegg, SFHEA, NTF, IFNFT

Associate Professor in Academic Innovation and Enhancement, University of Portsmouth

Andy utilises over 30 years of Higher Education (HE) and industry experience to bring currency, legitimacy, and credibility to the student experience. As a Senior Fellow, National Teaching Fellow and Associate Professor in Academic Innovation and Enhancement, Andy has a demonstrable track record of leading strategic change and delivering real enhancement to learning and teaching through innovative approaches to curriculum design and crafting creative solutions to contemporary agendas and ‘wicked’ problems across the HE sector. He has a number of pedagogic specialisms including active blended learning, technology enhanced learning, employability, transition and student communities, assessment and feedback, and education for sustainable development. Andy is an advocate of creativity and play in HE and is a certified trainer for Lego Serious Play (LSP).

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Aisling McKenna

Director of Quality and Institutional Research, Dublin City University

Aisling’s work is focused on promoting, supporting and facilitating continuous quality improvement activities across academic and administrative units throughout the University.  Her office also leads the university’s approach to applying an evidence informed methodology to institutional planning, strategy development, and quality enhancement at Dublin City University.  She has worked within the higher education sector since 2007 and, prior to her current role, was Institutional Research and Analysis Officer for Dublin City University.

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Oisín Hassan

Policy Executive for Lifelong Learning and Skills, Irish Universities Association (IUA)

In his role, Oisín advocates on behalf of eight Irish universities to government and state bodies to ensure Ireland meets its ambitions to offer diverse learning experiences in our ever-changing society and world-of-work. Oisín has responsibility across a range of policy areas, including micro credentials, recognition of prior learning and apprenticeships, as well as flexible and part-time learning. Prior to joining the IUA, Oisín was Programme Manager of the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP), a partnership programme of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), and the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).


Professor Celine Marmion

Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Celine took up a lecturing position in Chemistry at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1997, was promoted to senior lecturer in 2003, to Associate Professor in 2013 and to Full Professor in 2018. She is currently Deputy Dean for Student Engagement within the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences. Her contribution to RCSI was recognised in 2016 when she received the highly prestigious RCSI Dean’s Academic Award for ‘Endeavour, Innovation, Collaboration and Service’ to RCSI. As an educator, Professor Marmion is deeply committed to nurturing excellence in the education, learning and assessment of students. She was the recipient of a ‘Teaching Hero’ award in 2016 (as voted by students). This is a national award presented by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

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Sean O’Reilly

Academic Affairs and Data, Technological Higher Education Association

Sean O’Reilly has worked with the national representative association for Ireland’s technological higher education sector since 2012 in a number of roles supporting the rapidly evolving Technological Higher Education sector in strategic, data-driven decision-making, change management and quality enhancement. Initially, Sean managed the development and implementation of the Irish Survey of Student Engagement. In his current role, Sean works particularly with Registrars / Vice-Presidents of Academic Affairs, but also other key networks, and represents member institutions on several national groups. He is also a member of the Programme Steering Board for a major national programme transforming learning, developing staff capabilities, and enhancing the digital ecosystem across seven partner technological higher education institutions.

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