Qualitative and Quantitative Impacts

Quality assurance leads to enhancements or successful changes to NUI Galway's teaching, research and service activities. There are two kinds of impact arising from these enhancements:

  • Qualitative impacts
  • Quantitative impacts

Qualitative impacts include enhancements arising from various activities including quality review, operational planning, student feedback and external examiners.

Quantitative impacts or KPIs are also divided into two groups:

  • QA related KPIs
  • General KPI's

QA Related KPIs such as number of reviews, profile of reviewers, external examiners etc.  are presented elsewhere in this web site.

General KPI's are updated regularly by the Institutional Research Office to measure the impact of quality enhancements and include:


Indexed publications / Academic FTE
Citations per year / Academic FTE
Citations (rolling 5 yr) / Total publications
Research income / Academic FTE
Research Income / Academic FTE
Doctoral graduates / Year
Registered PhD’s / Academic FTE
PhD completion rate
International staff FTE / Academic FTE


Academic Staff FTE / Student FTE ratio
International students FTE / Total students FTE
Non-traditional ug students / Total ug student FTE
Non-traditional New Entrants FTE / New Entrants FTE     
Socio-economic disadvantaged FTE / Total students FTE
Access students FTE / Total students FTE
Transfer students FTE / Total students FTE
Progression rate %
Retention rate %
Taught postgraduates FTE / Total students FTE
Part time and flexible student FTE / Total students FTE
Work-based learning programmes %
Programme median CAO points %
Programmes >=500 CAO points %
Programmes >450 <499 CAO points %
Programmes >400 <449 CAO points %
Programmes <400 CAO points %
Employability %


Service satisfaction scores


THE Ranking
QS Ranking
Student satisfaction score (ISSE)
Student return score (ISSE)