A total of 232,450 students responded to StudentSurvey.ie between 2016 and 2021, 43,791 students of which responded in 2021 alone.

 

The respondents consisted of 113,057 first year undergraduate students, 78,222 final year undergraduate students, and 41,171 taught postgraduate students. Over this time the national response rate increased from 22.2% to a high of 31% in 2020, though it fell slightly to 28.4% in 2021. The profile of the StudentSurvey.ie respondents has closely matched the national student population profile over these years, as shown in more detail in the StudentSurvey.ie National Reports.

All results presented in this research, other than the demographic data, have been weighted by gender, mode of study and cohort within a given year. 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.

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.


Response rate for all respondents, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Total

22.2%

27.2%

28.0%

29.3%

31%

28.4%

 

29,173

35,850

38,371

40,558

44,707

43,791

Response rate by cohort, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

First year undergraduate

25.7%

32.1%

32.8%

35.7%

39%

35.7%

Final year undergraduate

21.8%

26.4%

27.0%

28.1%

28%

26.1%

Taught postgraduate

16.1%

19.1%

20.9%

20.8%

23%

21.1%

Response rate by gender, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Female

26.8%

31.0%

31.8%

33.0%

35%

32.1%

Male

17.9%

23.3%

23.8%

25.4%

27%

24.1%

Undeclared

N/A

N/A

N/A

19.5%

36%

55.6%

Response rate by age group, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

23 years and under

24.7%

31.3%

32.6%

34.7%

37%

33.4%

24 years and over

18.9%

21.8%

22.2%

22.6%

24%

22.7%

Response rate by country of domicile, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Irish domiciled

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

29.6%

31%

28.4%

Internationally domiciled

Unavailable

Unavailable

Unavailable

27.6%

32%

28.6%

Response rate by mode of study, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Full-time

24.5%

30.4%

31.6%

33.6%

35%

32.2%

Part-time/ remote

12.8%

14.5%

15.3%

14.9%

16%

16.7%

Response rate by field of study, 2016-2021

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Generic programmes & qualifications

27.6%

16.5%

15.3%

11.4%

34%

13.2%

Education

26.5%

25.3%

25.9%

27.8%

26%

25.4%

Arts & humanities

23.7%

28.8%

30.7%

31.3%

32%

29.9%

Social sciences, journalism & information

21.1%

24.7%

26.4%

25.2%

30%

28.7%

Business, administration & law

19.3%

26.8%

27.5%

29.1%

29%

26.8%

Natural sciences, mathematics & statistics

26.5%

32.1%

33.2%

34.4%

38%

33.9%

Information & Communication Technologies

23.2%

29.3%

27.2%

29.0%

29%

27.7%

Engineering, manufacturing & construction

21.0%

24.5%

27.3%

27.8%

31%

27.5%

Agriculture, forestry, fisheries & veterinary

18.7%

33.0%

26.4%

28.8%

39%

40.7%

Health & welfare

20.9%

25.3%

25.9%

27.7%

30%

27.6%

Services

24.6%

28.8%

29.3%

35.1%

37%

31.7%