Supporting Student Engagement and Partnership in Higher Education Decision-Making during the Pandemic: A reflection from the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP)


  • Oisín Hassan National Student Engagement Programme
  • Dylan Scanlon
  • Clara McDonald
  • Naomi Algeo
  • Muireann Nic Corcráin
  • Tadgh Jenkins
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Seán Whelan


This reflective article was drawn together from the experiences of student and staff team members at the National Student Engagement Programme (NStEP) during the period of the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Irish higher education, and is supported by the work of national partner organisations in assessing that impact. The article examines some of the key challenges for student engagement in decision-making in higher education institutions, as well as the way in which student partnerships may change and emerge as a result.