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.

Positions are available in the following higher education institutions:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Carlow College
  • Dorset College
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Munster Technological University
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Marino Institute of Education
  • National College of Ireland
  • Waterford Institute of Technology
Name Course Institution
Áine Kennelly Law and Business University College Dublin
Aisling Kenny Masters in Human Nutrition and Dietetics TU Dublin/Trinity College Dublin
Amrita Giri Computing in Software Development Dundalk Institute of Technology
Anam Rizwan Law and Politics University College Dublin
Andrea Molloy Accounting Institute of Technology Carlow
Chloe Griffin Irish and French Trinity College Dublin
Dearbhaile Roe B.Ed in Education and Psychology Mary Immaculate College/University of Limerick
Diana Young Psychology Dublin Business School
Eleanor Ronan B.A. English and Music University College Dublin
Eoin Crossen Education Dublin City University
Eoin McGloin Law Plus University of Limerick
Evelyn Flynn Medicine University of Medicine & Health Sciences, RCSI
Hannah O’Connor Professional Masters of Education in Post Primary Education University College Cork
Helen O’Brien B.Ed in Montessori Education Saint Nicholas Montessori College
John Marshall PhD in History Trinity College Dublin
Kara Lord Bissett Music TU Dublin
Laura Kenneally BA Applied Psychology University College Cork
Linda Cassidy Social Care Open Training College
Luke Pendlebury Fine Art and Education National College of Art & Design
Mark Keegan Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry TU Dublin
Maureen Sweeney Business Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Méabh Lonergan Government University College Cork
Megan Griffiths Professional Masters in Education in Post Primary Education Hibernia College
Megan O’Shea English Literature and History TSM Trinity College Dublin
Michaela Waters BBS Business and Accounting Maynooth University
Morgan Queeney Professional Masters in Education National University of Ireland, Galway
Niall Henry Applied Physics Dublin City University
Niamh Kennedy Phd – Experimental Legal Education University of Limerick
Rebecca Lane Biomedical Science National University of Ireland, Galway
Sean Walsh Medicinal Chemistry National University of Ireland, Galway
Shannon Shelby Driscoll Early Childhood Care and Education Hons Institute of Technology Sligo
Sousane Issaad General Science Maynooth University
Tran Thien Ngoc Viet Ho Masters in Digital Innovation University College Dublin
Valentina Quiroga Information Technology CCT College