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Talk on student engagement: commuter versus resident students

Posted: 27 September, 2017

Dr Brian Gormley, Head of Campus Life at DIT, presents a talk on 3 October on the differences in student engagement based on living arrangements as part of the Social Sciences Research Seminar Series.

Student Engagement Talk - Brian Gormley

In comparison with the US and the UK, Ireland has an unusually high proportion of students that live with their parents. Irish students who live with their parents report much higher levels of satisfaction with their living arrangements compared to students who live on-campus or who rent off-campus. In fact, in a survey of 27 European countries, Irish students who lived with their parents were the group who were most satisfied with their living arrangements. Very little research has taken place on commuter students in Ireland.

In this lunchtime talk, Dr Brian Gormley will discuss the findings of his doctoral research into the differing levels of social and academic engagement between students based on their place of residence. The analysis was carried out based on secondary data of three national student surveys with 30,000 respondents.

On-campus accommodation is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. The percentage of students living in purpose-built student accommodation has grown from 4% to 16% in the past fifteen years, and is predicted to grow rapidly in the coming decade. As Dublin Institute of Technology is planning the development of accommodation for 2000 students on the Grangegorman campus, the research points to ways that accommodation can be managed to increase academic engagement among resident students.

Seminar Title: Commuter versus Resident students: Differences in student engagement based on living arrangements

Date: Tuesday 3 October, 1pm - 2pm

Location: RD006, Rathdown House, DIT Grangegorman

Registration: All are welcome but advanced registration is required.  You can register for this free lunch-time talk here.

Tea/coffee and sandwiches will be provided.

This talk is part of the Social Sciences Research Seminar Series at DIT.