Visually impaired students hope technology can help make college ‘possible’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“‘We don’t need easy, because nothing is going to really be easy for us, we just need possible’ said Niamh Donnelly, student ambassador of the Maynooth University Access Programme. The third year law student was quoting from her favourite film Soul Surfer …” (more)

[Sarah Mooney, Irish Times, 11 July]

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Review focuses on staff workload in Maynooth University

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Issues relating to staff workload management and the availability of informal learning spaces have been highlighted in a review of Maynooth University by the State’s regulator for higher education qualifications. Maynooth University (MU) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) are the latest education institutions to successfully complete quality checks known as the Cinnte cycle of reviews …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 4 July]

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Maynooth University rated in top 50 of 2019’s Young University Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on June 26th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has today been recognised as one of the leading new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking has put the Irish university at number 50 in its latest Young University Rankings, climbing from number 80 last year …” (more)

[, 26 June]

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Birds of Play

Posted in Life on June 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“As if it weren’t enough to have a celebrity cat, Maynooth University now also has a celebrity bird. Or birds. I’m not absolutely sure that it’s the same Jackdaw that is a frequent visitor to offices on the South Campus, as they are so many around, but here are a few pictures …” (more)

[In the Dark, 23 June]

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Maynooth University plans new student centre on Kildare campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Plans have been lodged with Kildare County Council for a new Student Centre at Maynooth University. The proposal envisages two building blocks with a shared external space under a new canopy …” (more)

[Conor McHugh, Leinster Leader, 10 June]


Suddenly the End of Term

Posted in Life on June 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday I finished the last of my marking duties, and put away the exam scripts and other assessments. I had to rush to get them all done in time for this weekend because I will not be here for most of next week. That’s been quite difficult because of all the other things going on and has led to quite a few late nights! …” (more)

[In the Dark, 1 June]


Funding awarded for online Irish adult teaching course

Posted in Teaching on May 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Centre for Irish Language Research, Teaching and Testing (Lárionad na Gaeilge) at Maynooth University has been awarded funding to develop an online course which will qualify graduates to teach Irish to adults. Minister of State for the Irish Language Seán Kyne announced a grant of €270,000 which will fund the delivery of the course during a visit to the campus on Tuesday afternoon …” (more)

[Éanna Ó Caollaí, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Marking the End of Term

Posted in Life on May 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“So here we are, then. The term is finally over. Lectures officially finished yesterday, and there’s now another week or so before examinations start (next Friday, 17th May). The examinations for my two modules take place on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May, and after that I’ll be busy with marking for a while …” (more)

[In the Dark, 11 May]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Maynooth University to open €14m school of education as college celebrates 90-year teaching tradition

Posted in Governance and administration on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University (MU) is celebrating a tradition in teacher training that goes back more than 90 years, with the opening of a new €14m school of education. From a modest six students on the higher diploma in education at Maynooth in 1926 , an average of 600 teachers a year now qualify in Maynooth and it has more than 12,600 graduates on the Teaching Council register …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 21 February]

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Maynooth University abolishes library fines

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has moved to abolish library fines, marking the first time a higher education institution in Ireland has made the shift away from fines for late returns. Fines for standard loan items, which may be borrowed from the library for three weeks, are to be abolished under Maynooth University’s new loan scheme …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 18 February]

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NUI Maynooth set to construct its first student centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has finalised plans to construct a new student centre and in conjunction with Maynooth Student Union (MSU) the first stage of construction was signed off on January 23rd. The student centre will be built as part of Maynooth University’s campus development plan. The plan aims to meet the needs of students, staff and the wider community by providing important campus buildings and infrastructure …” (more)

[Rachel Halpin, The College View, 6 February]

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Ahead of Teaching

Posted in Teaching on February 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s 3rd February 2019, which means that today is two days after Imbolc, a Gaelic festival marking the point halfway between the winter solstice and vernal equinox. This either happens 1st or 2nd February, and this year it was former, i.e. last Friday. In Ireland this day is sometimes regarded as the first day of spring …” (more)

[In the Dark, 3 February]

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NUI to maintain requirement for mandatory Irish

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The National University of Ireland – which includes UCD, UCC and NUI Galway – is to maintain its requirement that students applying to its colleges must have a pass in Leaving Cert Irish. The NUI’s long-standing policies on Irish have been under review in light of the growing diversity of students progressing to higher education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 1 February]

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Maynooth Signs Off on New Student Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students in NUI Maynooth are one step closer to having a student centre, after the college and Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU) signed off on the first stage of the report on the building. In an email statement to The University Times, MSU President Leon Diop confirmed that the signing of stage one was a ‘massive leap for the building’ …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 24 January]

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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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