In the Autumn of 2020, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, in partnership with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), recruited at least one student associate from each higher education institution (both USI affiliated and non-affiliated institutions) in Ireland on a part-time paid basis.
This diverse group of student associates support teaching and learning enhancement both within their institutions and at a national level by providing their views and opinions on higher education teaching and learning activities and developments. They work closely with the National Forum Student Associate Intern and the Student Success Educational Developers and form the Student Associate Assembly, which mirrors the National Forum Staff Associate Assembly and reinforces the importance of student engagement and partnership as core enablers of student success. In addition, student associates work on such activities as promoting the student-led Teaching Hero Awards and representing the student voice on National Forum funding applications and review panels. The student associates work collaboratively to bring a strong student voice, informed by their lived student experience, to national teaching and learning enhancement in higher education.