Maynooth Library Cat Update

Posted in Life on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As I went for a quick coffee break this morning, I passed the local feline celebrity known as Maynooth Library Cat. That reminded me that quite a few people have asked me how said moggy is getting on. Well, here’s a picture I took this morning …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 January]

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Over €350,000 stolen from Maynooth University in money-laundering operation

Posted in Legal issues on January 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A 24-year-old man will be sentenced later as part of an investigation into a major money-laundering operation during which over €350,000 was stolen from Maynooth University …” (more)

[Jessica Magee, Irish Times, 12 January]

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Reflections on the Examination Period

Posted in Teaching on January 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Tomorrow (11th January) is the start of our mid-year examination period here at Maynooth University. It’s therefore a good opportunity to send a hearty ‘good luck’ message to all students about to take examinations …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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‘I’m in second year at Maynooth so this is just a weekend job!’ – 19-year-old student wins first ever race as jockey

Posted in Life on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It was a memorable racing debut for Emma Doyle in Dundalk last night as the 19-year-old student rode Northern Surprise to victory in the Bet Victor Handicap. The horse, owned by Emma’s mother Claire and trained by her father Tim, produced a brilliant performance …” (more)

[Independent, 5 January]

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Poorer students can outperform others through college foundation courses

Posted in Teaching on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students from disadvantaged backgrounds who get into to university through special access routes can outperform regular students when they have on-campus foundation courses, new research shows. A study by Dr Katriona O’Sullivan of Maynooth University indicates that special-access students do better socially and academically when they have these supports in a university setting …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 6 December]

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Maynooth University – Campus Development Plans

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

IrelandBrendan Ryan (Dublin Fingal, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Maynooth University has submitted a cost benefit analysis of its campus development plans under the National Development Plan 2018-2027; if the plans have been approved; the details of the projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 November]

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Irish universities open AI research doors to China with signing of agreements

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish educational institutions have signed deals to make closer ties between Irish and Chinese research in computer science and AI. A number of Irish universities and institutes of technology have opened their doors to Chinese research as part of a series of new deals signed between them and Chinese universities …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor underlines 20% increase in investment levels in Higher Education in three years since 2016 following announcements in Budget 2019 while launching Maynooth University Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, speaking this morning in Maynooth University highlighted her role in securing agreement in the recent Budget for the €300m multiannual Human Capital Initiative (HCI) for Higher Education (HE) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 October]

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Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Notes from Maynooth

Posted in Teaching on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A few people have asked me to comment a little bit on difference between Higher Education Institutes in the United Kingdom and here in Ireland from the point of view of teaching and learning. I can’t do that systematically of course because I’ve only ever been at one University in Ireland, Maynooth, and that for only a year …” (more)

[In The Dark, 6 September]


A Sign of Progress

Posted in Teaching on September 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The other day I saw this sign on my way into work the other day. It has been put up near the Science Building on Maynooth University campus, and is a planning notice that hopefully will start the process of constructing extra buildings for science in Maynooth. Among the facilities the new buildings will provide are new teaching laboratories …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 September]

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Students ‘will be forced to drop out’ as rocketing rents make college unaffordable

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Students at Maynooth University are coming under pressure to drop out of college or face lengthy daily commutes as rents continue to rocket in the college town. Maynooth University is the smallest university in Ireland and has been known for a community atmosphere by its 12,000 students. However, as the housing crisis takes hold of the college town attitudes have been changing among students …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, Independent, 21 August]

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The Rooks of Maynooth

Posted in Life on August 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On a previous post I mentioned the proliferation of crows in Maynooth. It turns out that was a terminological inexactitude, in that the birds in question were actually rooks. It’s true that rooks are part of the crow family (genus Corvus, family Corvidae) which also includes ravens and jackdaws but they do have a distinctive look and character …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 August]

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70% jump in Maynooth University’s payment to O’Loan

Posted in Governance and administration on July 9th, 2018 by steve

“Maynooth University increased its annual payment to governing authority chairwoman Nuala O’Loan by 70% to €20,500 last year. The payment is the maximum allowed in accordance with ministerially-approved rates under the 1997 Universities Act …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 9 July]

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Professor who helped shape State’s education policy

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2018 by steve

“John Coolahan, emeritus professor of education at NUI Maynooth, who has died aged 77, was the premier authority and one of the most influential shaper of government policies in Ireland for over six decades in all sectors of learning …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 July]

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Maynooth Matters

Posted in Life on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“Well, it’s another lovely day here in Maynooth and it feels even nicer that now that I’ve finished the stack of examination and project marking I had to do relating to the Computational Physics module I’ve been teaching for the past term …” (more)

[In the Dark, 31 May]

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Irish university sector

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“A chara, – Maynooth University has recently announced teaching PhD studentships with waived fees and a stipend of €9,000 per annum. In return, the recipients may be requested to teach up to 455 hours per annum …” (more)

[Eoin Ó Colgáin, Irish Times, 28 May]

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‘The Slow University: Work, Time and Well-Being’

Posted in Research on May 16th, 2018 by steve

“A seminar held in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute explored how dialogues within and beyond the Higher Education sector are converging around the need for a socio-cultural shift towards slowing down the pace of work, life and consumption, improving well-being and providing counter narratives to processes of globalisation and the ‘Gridlock’ that Hale, Held and Young (2013) write about …” (more)

[Ireland after NAMA, 15 May]

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NUI Galway wins recognition for gender equality

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2018 by steve

“NUI Galway, which was at the centre of a high-profile gender discrimination row, is to receive official recognition for its work to advance gender equality. The college, along with Maynooth University, has received the internationally-recognised Athena Swan bronze award, which demonstrates a solid foundation in eliminating gender bias …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 May]

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New university archive will store film documenting Ireland’s past

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The opening of a new archive at Maynooth University will safeguard thousands of hours of film documenting Ireland’s past from potential decay and allow the Irish Film Institute (IFI) to open its doors to more amateur collections. The new moving image preservation facility at the university is the largest facility of its kind in Ireland and triples the IFI’s storage capacity …” (more)

[Conor Pope, Irish Times, 19 March]

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