The Higher Education Big Conversation - Did You Know?

Closed 23 Oct 2015

Opened 15 Sep 2015


Higher education is crucially important to our economy and society in Northern Ireland. But in the context of significant public spending constraints, the sustainability of our higher education system has come under serious pressure over the last number of years. This is now having a significant impact in the size of Northern Ireland’s higher education system, the quality of its provision, and its ability to compete with its closest competitors and on an international stage. The Big Conversation is an innovative and experimental approach to engaging with people about these critical issues.

The survey will take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete and your response will feed into the development of a follow-up survey in which we will want you to have your say on how we can support a world-class and financially sustainable higher education system in Northern Ireland.

Why We Are Consulting



The Big Conversation is split into two sections. This first stage – Did you Know? – will test how much you know about why we need higher education, how we deliver and fund it, and the impact of our disinvestment.

The second stage which will launch on Monday 5th October – Have your Say – will then offer you the chance to have your say about the future of Northern Ireland’s higher education system.

What Happens Next

Thank you for taking the survey. Responses received before the 6th of October fed into the development of a follow-up survey, which allowed you to Have your Say about the future of higher education in Northern Ireland.


  • Parents
  • Higher education students
  • Prospective higher education students
  • School students
  • Academic staff
  • Research staff
  • Non-academic staff


  • Higher Education
  • Part-time Study
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Part-time Student Finance
  • Postgraduate Student Finance
  • Student Loans