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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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]

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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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