Maynooth University Student Guide 2016

 
Maynooth University Student Guide 2016
Maynooth
University
Student Guide
2016

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Maynooth University Student Guide 2016
Fáilte chuig
   Ollscoil Mhá Nuad

   A Mhic léinn, a chara,

   Ba mhaith liom fáilte a chur romhat chuig Ollscoil Mhá Nuad. Tá beartaithe
   agat staidéar a dhéanamh anseo linn agus tá ríméad orainn go mbeidh tú i
   do bhall de phobal Mhá Nuad, pobal a bhfuil ceangal aige le háiteanna ar
   fud na cruinne.                                                                       Welcome to
   Sílimid go bhfuil cinneadh maith déanta agat. Le breis is 10 mbliana anuas, is        Maynooth University
   í Ollscoil Mhá Nuad an ollscoil is gasta fás in Éirinn agus tá cúis mhaith leis
   sin. Tá an cháil atá orainn bunaithe ar theagasc agus ar thaighde den scoth,
   agus ar phobal de bhaill foirne sochaideartha agus tacaíochta a bhfuil sé mar
                                                                                         Dear Student,
   aidhm acu sár-eispéireas i Má Nuad a chur ar fáil do mhic léinn.
                                                                                         I would like to welcome you to Maynooth University. You have chosen
   Leagaimid caighdeáin arda síos, agus cabhraímid leat na caighdeáin sin a
                                                                                         to study with us, and we are delighted to have you join the Maynooth
   bhaint amach. Is áit chairdiúil í an ollscoil do mhic léinn agus cuireann sí
                                                                                         community, whose tentacles reach across the globe.
   réimse leathan deiseanna sóisialta, cultúrtha agus spóirt ar fáil. Treoirleabhar
   atá sa cháipéis seo a chabhróidh leat tosú amach anseo. Cuireann sé eolas             We think you made a good choice. Maynooth University has been Ireland’s
   praiticiúil ar fáil faoin méid atá le déanamh agat sula dtosaíonn tú, faoin           fastest growing university for the last decade, and with good reason.
   tseachtain ionduchtaithe, agus sonraí eile a chabhróidh leat socrú isteach i          Our reputation is built on top quality teaching and research, but also
   saol na hollscoile.                                                                   on a community of approachable and supportive staff who aim to make
                                                                                         the student experience at Maynooth truly outstanding.
   Cé go bhfuil go leor le foghlaim, tá go leor le haimsiú freisin, agus tá súil
   againn gur túsphointe maith a bheidh sa treoirleabhar seo do na hiarrachtaí           We set high standards, and we help you to achieve them. It is also a friendly
   sin. Guím gach rath ort agus tú ag aistriú chuig Ollscoil Mhá Nuad. Tá súil           place to be a student and offers a wide range of social, cultural and sporting
   agam go mbeidh an tréimhse a chaitheann tú linn chomh luachmhar agus                  opportunities. This is a guide to help you get started. It provides practical
   chomh tairbhiúil agus a thuigimidne gur féidir leis a bheith.                         information about what to do before you start, about our orientation week,
                                                                                         and other details to help you settle into university life.

                                                                                         While there is a lot to learn, there is also much to be discovered, and we
                                                                                         hope this guide will be a good starting place for that endeavour. I wish you
An tOllamh Aodán Ó Maolchaoin                                                            all the best in your transition to Maynooth University, and I hope you find
Leasuachtarán um Chúrsaí Acadúla,                                                        your time with us as rewarding and beneficial as we know it can be.
Cláraitheoir agus Uachtarán Ionaid

                                                                                      Professor Aidan Mulkeen
                                                                                      Vice-President Academic,
                                                                                      Registrar and Deputy President
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Table of Contents

Fáilte / Welcome                             2   A Guide to Your Fees	                     28   Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU)                44   Examinations & Timetabling Office          66
Keeping an eye on the Target                 6   Higher Education Grants                   29   Students’ Union                               44   International Office                       66
Critical Skills                              7                                                  The Student Centre                            44   Maynooth Green Campus                      68
                                                 Planning Your College Budget              30
                                                                                                Sabbatical Officers 2016/2017                 44   Oifig na Gaeilge / Irish Language Office   68
                                                 Your College Budget                       30
                                                                                                                                                   Security                                   70
Getting Started                                  Budgeting Advice Service                  30   Student Engagement
                                                                                                Office & Societies	                           45   Student Cards                              70
Checklist                                   10   Cost of Living                            31
                                                                                                Recent Societies Highlights                   45   Student Health Centre                      71

Getting Started – Before You Arrive         13   Other Funding	                            32   Getting Involved                              45   Student Records & Registration Office      71

Accommodation                               13   Back to Education Allowance               32   Clubs & Societies Fairs Day                   46   Students’ Union (MSU)                      72

Campus Accommodation                        13   ESF Student Assistance Fund               32   Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) Awards      46
Home Finder Service                         14   Student Emergency Fund                    32   Societies on Campus                           47   Campus Facilities
Kilkenny Campus                             15   Scholarships & Awards                     33
                                                                                                                                                   Bank                                       75
Short Stay / Occasional Accommodation       15   Educationally Disadvantaged
                                                 Students and Students with Disabilities   33   Learning Supports                                  Bookshop                                   75
Payment of College Fees                     16
                                                                                                Academic Advisory                             49   Common Room                                76
Registration                                16
                                                                                                Access Office                                 50   Computer Facilities                        76
Orientation Week                            16   Maynooth & Getting Here                                                                           Computer Rooms                             77
                                                                                                Career Development Service                    52
Documents Required for Registration         17   Maynooth                                  35
                                                                                                Library                                       52   Food Options – North Campus                78
                                                 Maynooth Town Map	                        36                                                      Food Options – South Campus                79
                                                                                                LIST (Library Information Skills Tutorials)   53
                                                 Getting Here                              37
Planning for Your Academic Year                                                                 Mathematics Support Centre                    54   Lockers                                    79
                                                 Smart Travel                              37                                                      Lost Property                              80
Academic Year 2016/2017                     19                                                  Mature Student Office                         55
                                                 Bus                                       37                                                      Parking (Maynooth University
First Semester                              19                                                  Maynooth Placement Office                     56
                                                 Train                                     37                                                      spaces and permits)                        80
Second Semester                             20                                                  Moodle                                        57
                                                 Car		                                     37                                                      Photocopying                               81
The Academic Year                           21                                                  Students with Disabilities                    57
                                                                                                                                                   Postage                                    82
Registration of Subject Choices             21   Bus & Train Routes to Maynooth            38   Student Plus (Student +)                      59
                                                                                                                                                   Printing                                   82
Lectures, Tutorials, Lab Work,                                                                  Writing Centre                                60
Assignments and Modules                     21
Changing Modules                            22   Student Life
                                                                                                                                                   Rules & Regulations
Personal Details, Transfers & Withdrawals   22   Sports & Sports Facilities	               41   Support Services
                                                                                                                                                   Rules & Regulations	                       85
Academic Timetable                          24   Recent Sporting Highlights                41   Student Services Hub                          62

                                                 Sports Facilities                         42   Alumni Office                                 62
                                                 Sports Scholarships                       42   Budgeting Advice Service                      63   Classroom Locations & Map
Money Matters
                                                 Clubs on Campus                           42   Pastoral Care Service                         63   Classroom Locations	                       89
Fees & Grants Office                        27
                                                 Sports Contacts                           43   Counselling                                   64   Map Index                                  92
University Fees – EU Nationals              27
                                                                                                Creche                                        65   Map	94
University Fees – Non EU Nationals          27
                                                                                                e-Pub                                         65
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Keeping an                                                                                        Critical Skills
Eye on the Target

A Maynooth University degree                     A broader view                                   There are some skills that we                        The First-Year Critical Skills courses will
is an incredible opportunity                     A university education is also a unique          regard as critical for a university                  be on offer as a 15-credit option and you
and a life-changing experience.                  time to explore new ideas. You will have         education and that every                             can choose to take a Critical Skills course
                                                 the opportunity to learn about the thinking                                                           as one of your credit-bearing courses
                                                                                                  university graduate should have.
                                                 in different disciplines and around issues                                                            in first year. It will involve small-group
                                                 of societal and global importance. You will                                                           sessions every week, which will give you
The expertise and skills that you get, the
                                                 meet people from diverse backgrounds                                                                  an opportunity to develop and practice
values you develop, and the friends you
                                                 and cultures, and with wide ranging points       These are also skills that are highly valued by      these essential skills right from the outset.
make, are likely to change the course of your
                                                 of view. This is an opportunity to develop       today’s employers. You will have to be able
life. We want you to get the most from the                                                                                                             For 2016 the course is offered in seven
                                                 your own views, recognise the spectrum           to deal with complex arguments, evaluate
experience, and like most things, the more                                                                                                             distinct versions, and you can choose the
                                                 of views and your own responsibilities,          evidence and make balanced judgements,
effort you put in the more you will get from                                                                                                           one that most appeals to you. You can
                                                 and to emerge ready to make your own             and communicate ideas clearly both verbally
the experience. Right from the start, we want                                                                                                          find out more during orientation week, and
                                                 positive contribution, locally or globally.      and in writing. Because these skills are so
you to put effort into making sure you get the                                                                                                         decide if you want to register for these.*
                                                                                                  important, both in university and beyond, we
most from your degree, so it is worth taking a
                                                 As you go through your degree, make sure to      are offering a specially designed foundation
moment to think about what you can achieve:                                                                                                            *	Availability is subject to timetable
                                                 keep your focus on these aims. If you achieve    course for first-year students in critical skills.
                                                                                                                                                         considerations and degree choice.
                                                 these three goals, you will emerge with

Expert knowledge                                 (i)		 excellent specialist knowledge
                                                       in your discipline,
By the time you complete your degree,
you will have had a thorough education in        (ii) the ability to analyse and
your chosen disciplines. You will have a              communicate well, and
deep appreciation of the key ideas in those      (iii) a broad world view and a clear sense
disciplines, and the insights and ways of              of your own responsibilities and values.
thinking that make each discipline unique.
                                                 This is a combination of attributes that
                                                 will make you attractive to prospective
Graduate-level skills                            employers, and help you to succeed in
As well as the specialist expertise in           whatever role you choose. Achieving these
your discipline, you will have developed         goals is your responsibility. The university
the skills and qualities we expect of            provides the opportunities, but it is up to
university graduates. These include the          you to take them. So, please make the
ability to analyse complex concepts, bring       most of your time here. Have a regular
together ideas from different sources and        review and ask yourself whether you are
perspectives, and communicate your ideas         doing enough to reach your full potential
clearly. These are important skills that are     in each of these areas, and always make a
essential in your studies and in whatever        conscious effort to avail of the opportunities
you choose to do after your degree.              to learn more and develop your capacity.

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Critical Skills
                                                                                            Getting Started

The seven options (six thematic              5. Social Analysis of Everyday Life.
and one universal) are:                         This course develops critical skills
                                                through engagement, analysis, and
1. Great Ideas that changed                     reflection upon current political,
   the Western World.                           economic, and social issues – such
   This course develops critical                as sustainability and social justice.
   skills through a study of wide-
   ranging philosophical ideas.              6. Culture and Representation.
                                                This course develops critical skills
2. Globalization:                               through engaging with different media
   Integrating Worlds.                          formats in order to explore culture
   This course develops critical skills         and cultural difference, with a special
   through a study of diverse aspects           emphasis on anthropological research.
   of our global society. This will be
                                             7. Universal Critical Skills
   multidisciplinary in approach with
                                                (University Learning and Beyond).
   topics which span the social sciences,
                                                This course develops critical skills
   humanities, and natural sciences.
                                                through work on material you are studying
3. Critical Skills for Social Science.          in your other subjects. This option is
   This course develops critical skills         suitable for students of all disciplines.
   through promoting and developing a
   sense of inquiry and discovery. This      You can get more details on
   course focuses on the basic skills to     First Year Critical Skills courses at
   engage in social science discourse.       www.maynoothuniversity.ie/criticalskills       Checklist              10   Short Stay / Occasional
                                                                                                                        Accommodation                         15
4. Exploring the Power of Language,                                                         Getting Started –           Payment of College Fees               16
                                                                                            Before You Arrive      13
   Literature and Culture.                                                                                              Registration                          16
   This course introduces students to the                                                   Accommodation          13
                                                                                                                        Orientation Week                      16
   skills necessary for exploring language                                                  Campus Accommodation   13
                                                                                                                        Documents Required for Registration   17
   as a system and its use in examples                                                      Home Finder Service    14
   of film, literature, and culture.                                                        Kilkenny Campus        15

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Checklist

                                               12-16th Sept 2016                              	Attend talk on Getting Started With          	Once you have received your Student
 Before you arrive…                            Orientation Week                                Your Learning. Part of this talk will         I.D. you can go to the Student Centre to
                                                                                               introduce you to Moodle (page 57),            apply for a Student LEAP card (page
     Apply to SUSI (page 29) for grant.         	Attend Orientation & Registration             an online learning environment. You           70) and enjoy travel and retail discounts.
     Application deadline 8th July, 2016         Verification as per your first week           will use Moodle to access lecture
                                                 schedule. Attendance at orientation is        notes, reading materials, forums,           19-23 Sept 2016
     	Learn what fees (page 28) I must pay
                                                 compulsory and your attendance will           chat and supports for your studies.            Week 1: Term & Lectures
     online prior to attending registration.
                                                 be required for 2 days of this week.
                                                                                                                                              Commence
     Carefully read all the information                                                        By the end of this week you should know:
                                                 The first building on campus that you will
     sent to you by the University                                                             -- where your lectures/tutorials are held    	Arrive early to University so
                                                 need to locate is the John Hume
     including what you need to do to                                                          -- where to get a meal and cup of             you have ample time to locate
                                                 Building on the North Campus. See
     register for your course (page 17).                                                          coffee/tea.                                your first lecture location.
                                                 map (page 94) to find location.
                                                                                               -- how and where to print documents on
     Find suitable on-campus or off-                                                                                                        	Attend lectures as per your
                                                	During orientation you will:                     campus.
     campus accommodation (page 13).                                                                                                         timetable. If you are unsure of your
                                                     Bring your Student Guide &
                                                                                              	Once you have attended registration           subject choice attend other subject
     Find out information about                      Orientation Week schedule and
                                                                                               verification, your department’s talk          options. The deadline for first
     STUDENT LIFE (page 41) or at www.               use these as reference tools.
                                                                                               and Subject Information Talks,                year students to change subject
     maynoothuniversity.ie/campus-life               Take the campus tour and note             you should go online and print your           selection is 14th October 2016.
     Complete the on-line ePub                       the location of your department.          academic timetable (page 24).
     self assessment (page 65).                    	Attend Registration Verification                                                         Get a locker (page 79) from the staff
                                                    (page 16 & 17) even if you don’t have     	If you intend Parking (page 80) on-           located in the Iontas Foyer each
     Work out your living costs                                                                 campus, apply online for a Parking           day 10am-3pm this week.
                                                    all your documentation or fees paid.
     (page 30) and how you will manage                                                          Permit (you can only do this once
                                                     Bring your birth certificate
     your money. Plan your budget.                                                              you have attended registration
                                                     or passport.
                                                                                                verification and received your             26 - 30 Sept 2016
     Apply for a place in the University           	Attend the Services Expo                    Student I.D. (pages 17 & 70).              Week 2
     Creche (page 65) or other                      in the Library Building.
     childcare facility, if required.                                                                                                        Pick up your Parking Permit
                                                	Introduce yourself to other students,
                                                                                                                                             (page 80) as per the instructions
     If you are on a Social Welfare               attend the Meet your Students’              Maynooth Freshers 2016                         provided to you by email.
     payment or intend to apply for               Union and the Get to know your
                                                                                                   MaynoothFreshers16                        Enforcement of parking regulations
     BTEA (page 32) contact your                  Campus & Community talks
                                                                                                   @MU_Freshers16                            commences on the North Campus
     local Social Welfare Office                  and find out more about your
                                                                                                   @MU_Freshers16
                                                                                                                                             on 26th September, 2016 (page 81).
     before starting in University.               Students’ Union (page 44) Student
                                                  Engagement (page 45), Sports,                    MU_Freshers16
     Find out what funding (page 32) and                                                                                                     Save the numbers of campus
                                                  Clubs & Societies (pages 42 & 47)                Maynooth Freshers ‘16                     security (page 70), student health
     scholarships (page 33) are available
                                                                                                   MyMaynooth.Wordpress.com                  centre (page 71), your academic
     in college and how to apply?
                                                                                                   www.maynoothuniversity.ie/ freshers16     department, first year co-ordinator,
                                                                                                                                             your landlord/residence, local
                                                                                                                                             taxis/cabs to your mobile.
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Checklist                                                                                 Getting Started –
                                                                                          Before You Arrive

 	If you require information or have         	Need someone to talk to: we have the        – Arranging your                            Campus Accommodation
   questions, go to the Student               following confidential free supports;         accommodation                             We cater for over 900 students which is
   Services Hub (page 62) in the Student      Student Counselling (page 64),                                                          expected to expand to 1200 this academic
   Services Centre or the Front Desk          Pastoral Care Service (page 63) and         – Paying your fees
                                                                                                                                      year. Students live in residence halls (River,
   in the Student Centre (page 44).           Student Health Centre (page 71).                                                        Village and Rye). These purpose built student
                                                                                          – Registration &
                                             	If you have not already done so, check                                                  accommodations are located on the North
     Check out study areas on campus                                                        Orientation Week
                                              out the Library Information Skills,                                                     Campus. The Accommodation website
     and visit a Public Access Computer
                                              Tutorials (LIST), (page 53) which                                                       contains descriptions and pricing for each
     Room (PACR) (page 77).
                                              provide a number of information                                                         type of room. Campus Accommodation for
 	Need a form signed by the                   sessions from essay writing, to
                                                                                          Accommodation                               the academic year 2016-2017 is now fully
  University? – go to the Student             ebooks to managing stress.                        Accommodation Office, Student         booked and will open again when the newly
  Records & Registration Office.                                                                Services Centre, North Campus.   47   built rooms come available. This is likely
                                              1st year deadline for change                                                            to be Semester 2 (January 2017). Please
                                                                                                (01) 708 3322 (Campus Admin)
 	If you need advice on managing your         of subject choice (page 21) is                                                          keep an eye on the website for updates.
                                                                                                (01) 708 4729 (Home Finder)
  monies, support with grant applications     Friday, 14th October 2016.
                                                                                           @    accommodation.office@nuim.ie
  and Social Welfare payments, visit the     	Elect your class representative.                  or homefinder.service@nuim.ie         Campus Accommodation
  Student Budgeting Advisor (page
                                              Student Assistance Fund (SAF)               WWW   www.maynoothuniversity.ie/            for 2017-2018
  30) to put together a budget plan.
                                              (page 32) information will be sent                accommodation                         Rooms are booked on a first come first
 	Attend Clubs & Societies Fairs Day          to all students at their Maynooth            t    @MU_apartments                        served basis in February annually (Continuing
  on Wednesday 28th September                 University email address. Check out          f    Maynooth University Accommodation     Students) and May annually (First Year CAO
  2016 in the Sports Hall (page 46).          the information provided as you may be                                                  2017). Campus rooms are provided for 7 days
                                              eligible to apply for financial support.                                                per week and for 38 weeks per academic
                                                                                          Opening Hours
                                                                                                                                      year. International Students should refer to
Weeks 3, 4 & 5                                                                                                                        the International Office for their procedures.
                                            31st Oct - 4th Nov (Week 7)                   Day         Morning        Afternoon
 	If you have any queries about your
                                            Study Week                                    Monday –    9.30am – 1pm   2.00 – 5.30pm
   degree programme, contact your
                                                                                          Friday
   academic department without delay.        	If you are considering withdrawing from
                                                                                                                                         International Students *
                                               your course there are some important
     Consider other academic supports;                                                    What we offer:                                 Please refer to the Accommodation
                                               dates to be mindful of (see page 23).
     Academic Advisory Office                                                                                                            Office website for your application
                                                                                          ̍̍ Campus Accommodation
     (page 49), Writing Centre (page 60),                                                                                                procedures. Before applying you
                                                                                          ̍̍ Home Finder Service
     Mathematics Support Centre                                                                                                          will need to have made contact with
                                                                         Note
     (page 54).                                                You can pa                                                                the International Office, http://www.
                                                                            rk in any
                                                               Maynooth
                                                                          University                                                     maynoothuniversity.ie/international.
                                                             staff, stud
                                                                         ent or mul
                                                              permit area           ti-                                                  Please use International Student as
                                                                           until 26th
                                                            Septembe                                                                     the category on your application.
                                                                       r 2016 with
                                                               having a pa         out
                                                                            rking
                                                                     permit.

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Getting Started –
Before You Arrive

Demand for campus rooms in February               Type of Accommodation                            Commute or Stay                                   Short Stay / Occasional
and May is always greater than supply.                                                             or Blend the two?                                 Accommodation
                                                  Type of            Typical Costs   Notes
So if you intend to apply to live on campus       Accommodation                                    It is a good question to ask yourself. Not all
                                                                                                                                                     Guest Accommodation
watch the Accommodation website from                                                               students need accommodation and those that
                                                  Shared Student     €100 - €120     Limited
early December annually for details of            House              pppw                          do, may only need it for 4 days or 5 days per           	Maynooth Campus Conference
Campus booking dates and process.                                                                  week. Some may only need accommodation                   & Accommodation
                                                  Self-Catering in   €90 – €120,     Depends
                                                  Owner Occupied     pppw            on size &     for the exam weeks or to stay over for an         	Long Corridor, South Campus         25
Campus Vacancies                                                                     5 / 7 days    event from time to time. So why pay for 7 days          (01) 708 6400
From time to time and particularly in mid         Accommodation      €120 – €140     Includes      accommodation if you need less? Consider          FAX   (01) 708 3534
                                                  in a Family Home   per week        meals         your budget when making these decisions.
September to early October annually we
                                                                                                                                                      @    info@maynoothcampus.com
have a small number of room cancellations         Room Only in a     €80 – €100      No cooking
                                                  family home        per week        facilities    About 62% of Maynooth students commute            WWW   www.maynoothcampus.com
as students finalise their university
                                                                                                   daily to University. Staying at home and
arrangements. All vacancies arising
                                                                                                   commuting to university is a real option for      Opening Hours
late in the season will be advertised.            Local landlords advertise their student          many students. Our online transport guide on
                                                  accommodation offerings from August to           the University website will give you an idea of   Day          Daily         Evening
Rooms advertised may be available for a
                                                  early September for CAO students and in July     how long it will take to commute to MU from
single semester only and may also specify                                                                                                            Monday-      8.30am        8.00pm-
                                                  / August for International Students. Landlords   various places, how much it will cost and         Friday       -7.30pm       11.00pm
which category of student may apply, for
                                                  offering accommodation for continuing            how available is transport from your home.
example first years only or post grads only etc
                                                  students will advertise from February to                                                           Weekends     8.30am-       8.00pm-
                                                  June. Properties offered via our web search      Living locally to the university during term      & Bank       12.30pm       11.00pm
                                                                                                                                                     Holidays     1.30pm-7.30pm
Home Finder Service                               facility are not vetted by the university.       time can be attractive and by blending a
                                                                                                   commute with occasional accommodation
We offer an accommodation information             We advise students to always visit a property                                                      During the academic year Maynooth Campus
                                                                                                   you may be able to get the best of both.
service (www.maynoothuniversity.ie/               and speak with the landlord before you                                                             offers overnight stays for students, guests,
                                                                                                   Check out the options to book in advance
accommodation) consisting of OPTIONS              confirm any arrangement. The demand                                                                conference delegates and holidaymakers.
                                                                                                   all your short stays for semester 1 and 2 on
you may wish to consider, RESOURCES               for accommodation in Maynooth town is                                                              Prices are from €24 per person per night
                                                                                                   http://maynoothcampus.com/ (page 15).
that you are welcome to use and a LISTING         very high but do bear in mind that there                                                           (sharing) and €29 for a single room.
SERVICE on www.maynoothstudentpad.ie              are very good accommodation offerings
                                                  based in Celbridge and other towns near                                                            24 individually appointed en-suite rooms
This web search facility will help you identify                                                    Kilkenny Campus                                   and 40 standard rooms (available in a
                                                  Maynooth. Do keep an open mind!
places to live in the local area to Maynooth,                                                                                                        mixture of singles, twins and doubles)
                                                                                                   Students seeking accommodation in
Celbridge, Leixlip and Kilcock and environs.                                                                                                         are located on the South Campus.
                                                                                                   Kilkenny are welcome to check out the
                                                                                                   accommodation website for details
Access is reserved for MU students only.                                                                                                             During the summer 1000 bedrooms,
                                                                                                   of the listing service for Kilkenny.
Please check the advert to see how and when                                                                                                          60 meeting-rooms and two restaurants
you can gain access based on your student                                                                                                            are available for conferences,
category. See also our website for details.                                                                                                          meetings, summer schools, sports
                                                                                                                                                     programmes and other events.

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Getting Started –
Before You Arrive

Payment of College Fees                          Orientation Week
You will receive an email to the email address   Each student must attend the campus for        Documents required
you supplied to the CAO with detailed            two consecutive days during Orientation        for your registration verification slot:
instructions on how to register and pay your     week which takes place from:
                                                                                                1.		 Birth Certificate (please note that your
fees. This email will be issued by the Student                                                       Baptismal Certificate will not serve as
Records & Registration Office.                   Monday to Friday,
                                                                                                     a substitute for your Birth Certificate)
Full information can be found in the             12th -16th September 2016.
                                                                                                		Or
Money Matters chapter (pages 27-33).
                                                 Full details of Orientation Week are in        		Valid Passport
                                                 the “Your First Week Schedule” booklet
                                                                                                		Note: Driving Licence is not acceptable.
Note                                             you will have received with your welcome
Payment of fees alone does not                   pack. This schedule is also available on       		NOTE: Students wishing to register in
constitute registration.                         www.maynoothuniversity.ie/freshers16             their married name must either produce
                                                                                                  a state marriage certificate or have their
                                                                                                  married name on their passport.

Registration                                                                                    2.		PPS (Personal Public Service) Number.
All students are required to register at the
                                                                                                3.		 Confirmation of registration and fee status (as
beginning of each Academic Year for every
                                                                                                     per registration instructions received via email).
year of their programme. You will be required
to register and pay your fees on-line in the                                                    5.		 Study Abroad & Erasmus students are
Maynooth University Student Web. You will                                                            also required to bring your signed “Module
                                                                                                     Registration” form (provided during orientation
receive an email to the email address you
                                                                                                     welcome talk by the International Office).
supplied to the CAO with detailed instructions
on how to register and pay your fees. This                                                      		Note:
e-mail will be issued by the Student Records                                                      If you do not produce your documents or have
& Registration Office.                                                                            your fees paid on the date for Registration
                                                                                                  Verification your registration will be deemed to
                                                                                                  be provisional and incomplete and you will not
You will also be required to come on campus
                                                                                                  receive your Student card until all is in order.
to attend a series of orientation events and       Maynooth Freshers 2016
a Registration Verification where Student               MaynoothFreshers16
Records & Registration staff will check to              @MU_Freshers16
ensure you have registered correctly and will           @MU_Freshers16
issue your student card. Refer to the First
                                                        MU_Freshers16
Week schedule booklet and your email for the
                                                        Maynooth Freshers ‘16
dates you are required to come on campus.
                                                        MyMaynooth.Wordpress.com
Note: A late registration penalty of €100 will
                                                        www.maynoothuniversity.ie/ freshers16
apply to students who fail to attend their
designated Registration Verification slot.

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Maynooth University Student Guide 2016
Academic Year
     Planning for
                                                                               2016 / 2017
     your Academic Year
                                                                               First Semester

                                                                               Week   Dates                Event

                                                                                0     12 – 16 Sept, 2016   Orientation Week (including Registration Verification)

                                                                                1     19 – 23 Sep          Start of Lectures

                                                                                2     26 Sept – 30 Sept    Clubs & Societies Fairs Day – Wednesday,
                                                                                                           28th September, 2016

                                                                                3     3 – 7 Oct

                                                                                4     10 – 14 Oct          1st year deadline for change of subject choice –
                                                                                                           Friday 14th October, 2016

                                                                                                           Maynooth Social Justice Week

                                                                                5     17 – 21 Oct

                                                                                6     24 – 28 Oct

                                                                                7     31st Oct – 4 Nov     Study Week

                                                                                8     7 – 11 Nov

                                                                                9     14 – 18 Nov

                                                                                10    21 – 25 Nov

                                                                                11    28 Nov – 2 Dec
     Academic Year 2016/2017           19   Changing Modules              22
                                                                                12    5 – 9 Dec
     First Semester                    19   Personal Details, Transfers
                                            & Withdrawals                 22    13    12 – 16 Dec          Last week of Lectures
     Second Semester                   20
                                            Academic Timetable            24          19 – 23 Dec          Christmas Vacation
     The Academic Year                 21
     Registration of Subject Choices   21                                             26 - 30 Dec          Christmas Vacation
     Lectures, Tutorials, Lab Work,                                             14    2 – 6 Jan, 2017      Study Week.
     Assignments and Modules           21
                                                                                                           Exams Commence Friday 6th January 2017

                                                                                15    9 – 14 Jan           Exam Week (Including Saturday)

                                                                                16    16 – 21 Jan          Exam Week (Including Saturday)

                                                                                      23 – 27 Jan          Inter Semester Break

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Academic Year                                                   Academic Year
2016 / 2017

Second Semester                                                 Registration of Subject Choices                 Lectures, Tutorials, Lab Work,
                                                                Students with optional subject choices          Assignments and Modules
Week   Dates             Event                                  are required to attend the Subject
                                                                Information Talks on the first day of           Lectures
 1     30 Jan – 3 Feb,   Start of Lectures
                                                                their two day orientation / registration        You will be expected to attend a series of
       2017
                                                                slot and are required to register their         lectures as part of your course. Lectures
 2     6 – 10 Feb                                               subject choices on-line in the Student          form the core of theoretical knowledge of
 3     13– 17 Feb                                               Web ahead of attendance at their                your subjects, introducing the main ideas
                                                                Registration Verification slot on day 2.        of your discipline and providing a guide
 4     20 – 24 Feb
                                                                                                                to further research and reading. Lectures
 5     27 Feb – 3 Mar                                           You may attend lectures in any subject
                                                                                                                are delivered to groups of students,
                                                                over the first four weeks in Semester One
                                                                                                                varying in size from 40 to 450 people.
 6     6 – 10 Mar                                               to facilitate your final selection. It is not
 7     13 – 17 Mar       Study Week                             advisable to leave selection to the fourth
                                                                week. Remember, 1/3 of the semester will        Tutorials
 8     20 – 24 Mar
                                                                have passed at this stage! Contact the          Tutorials involve smaller groups of students,
 9     27– 31 Mar                                               Student Records & Registration Office           who meet regularly with an academic
                                                                if you encounter any issue amending             staff member to work through ideas and
 10    3– 7 Apr
                                                                your subject selections on-line.                topics relevant to their course. Tutorials
 11    10 – 13 Apr       (Good Friday 14th April)                                                               provide an opportunity for you to engage
                                                                The deadline for 1st Year Change of
       17 – 21 Apr       Easter Vacation                                                                        in debate and exchange ideas with
                                                                Subject is Friday 14th October 2016.
                                                                                                                your fellow students. Marks are allotted
 12    24 - 28 Apr                                              Absolutely no changes for 1st Year
                                                                                                                for attendance at tutorials, as part of
 13    1– 5 May          Last week of Lectures                  students are permitted after this date.
                                                                                                                continuous assessment. A high attendance
 14    8 – 12 May        Study Week                                                                             record is required to pass each year.
                         Exams Commence Friday 12th May, 2017
                                                                The Academic Year
 15    15 – 20 May       Exam Week (Including Saturday)                                                         Labwork
                                                                The academic year is divided up into
 16    22 – 27 May       Exam Week (Including Saturday)         two semesters, each lasting 16 weeks.           Certain courses, especially subjects
                                                                A semester consists of 12 teaching              within Science and Engineering, involve
       30 May – 4 June   Exam Week (Including Saturday)
                                                                weeks and two study weeks, followed by          a substantial amount of laboratory work.
       27 June           Consultation Day                       a period of examinations. The teaching          This consists of a series of hands-on,
                                                                weeks normally involve a series of              practical sessions where you will have an
                                                                lectures and tutorials, along with written      opportunity to explore the reality behind the
                                                                assignments and/or laboratory work,             theory of your chosen subjects, under the
                                                                depending on your chosen discipline.            supervision of experienced staff members.

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Academic Year

Assignments                                      Changing Modules                                   Transfers                                       If you fail to follow this procedure, the
Assignments take the form of essays or           1st Year Students have the first four              Please note that if you accept a CAO place      University may not be able to certify your
project work, which require reading and          weeks in Semester 1 to change first                in a particular Faculty, any later request      withdrawal from the course. This could affect
independent research. A certain amount           semester modules and the first two weeks           on your part to transfer to another degree      your transactions with the Department of
of marks will be given for assignments and       of Semester 2 to change second semester            within the University will only be considered   Education under the Government’s Free
these will contribute to your overall grade      modules. In this time, it is advisable that        if you possess the points appropriate for       Fees Initiative if you seek admission to
for continuous assessment each year. In          students attend many different lectures to         admission to that other degree as well as       another third level college in the future.
First Year you will be given guidelines on       decide if they have made the right choice.         any specific subjects and grades required.
how to prepare and present assignments.
                                                                                                    Please contact the Admissions
                                                 This time allows students to sit in on a variety
                                                                                                    Office in the first instance for further
                                                 of lectures and not miss out on important
Modules                                                                                             information on transfer procedures.                Important Dates:
                                                 notes. Students wishing to change modules
Degree programmes are made up of
                                                 can do so online. Details on how to do this
                                                                                                                                                       Last day to de-register
modules in a range of subjects. A module is                                                                                                            without losing Free Fees
                                                 can be found on the Student Records &              Withdrawal from Course
a self-contained fraction of the workload for
                                                 registration Office web pages. It is the           Should you withdraw from University                status is 31st October;
the year and carries a unique examination
                                                 responsibility of each student to ensure that      at any stage after you have registered,
or assessment mark. Different modules
                                                 his/her modules are recorded correctly.            you must notify the Student Records &              Last day to de-register
are given different credit weightings. For
example, a module on the study of modern                                                            Registration Office 24 in writing and return       and retain half Free Fees
                                                                                                    your Student Identity Card to the Student
drama, as part of English literature (MH101),                                                                                                          status is 31st January;
                                                 Personal Details, Transfers                        Records & Registration Office. You must
is worth 2.5 credits. An entire year of an
undergraduate degree programme is typically      & Withdrawals                                      also advise the Academic Advisory Office,
                                                                                                    Education House 49 (tel: 01 708 3368).             De-registering after 1st
worth 60 credits. The credit system is based     Personal Details
                                                                                                    You are also advised to contact the Fees           February will incur full fees
on the European Credit Transfer System           Your personal details (permanent home
(ECTS), which provides common procedures                                                            and Grants Office 24 (01) 708 4747 with            the following academic year.
                                                 address, study address and phone numbers
to guarantee academic recognition of                                                                regard to fee implications should you intend
                                                 including emergency contact name and
studies at institutions offering ECTS-based                                                         to return to University at a later date.
                                                 number) must be up to date on the Student
programmes. Within your chosen degree            Records System at all times. Please log into       By doing this, there will be a record of
programme, there is a range of modules           the Student Web and update all changes             your cessation of studies from the time
– some compulsory, some required and             in the Update Address/ Phone Details               of receipt of your I.D. Card, which can
some optional. Compulsory and optional           menu. This will ensure that communications         subsequently be certified by the University
modules are just that. Required modules are      from the University regarding courses and          to the Department of Social Protection
compulsory and must be passed in order to        examinations etc. will reach you safely.           or any educational establishment which
progress to the next year of your degree. For
                                                                                                    may request such a statement.
more information on modules, and to see the
structure of the various degree programmes
in terms of modules and credits, visit http://
www.maynoothuniversity.ie/courses.

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Academic Year

Academic Timetable
During Orientation Week you will be
shown how to access your academic
timetable. There will also be a stand at
the Services Expo where all your queries
about the timetable can be dealt with.

You will be able to access your timetable
via the following website link:

https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/exams/
academic-examination-timetable

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Money Matters
     Money Matters

                                                                                            All matters relating to Fees                  University fees –
                                                                                            (Tuition, Student Contribution,               EU Nationals
                                                                                            Student Levy) and Higher                      There are three elements to fees:
                                                                                            Education Grants (SUSI) are
                                                                                                                                          1. Tuition Fee
                                                                                            dealt with by the University
                                                                                                                                          		 First year undergraduate students
                                                                                            Fees & Grants Office. 24
                                                                                                                                             attending publicly funded third-level
                                                                                                                                             courses who are eligible for the Free
                                                                                                                                             Fees Initiative (See note 1 on page
                                                                                            Fees & Grants Office                             29) do not have to pay tuition fees. All
                                                                                                  	Humanity House, South Campus      24      other students are liable for tuition fees.

                                                                                                  01 708 4747
                                                                                                                                          2. Student Contribution Charge
                                                                                            @     fees.office@nuim.ie.
                                                                                                                                          		 This charge (€3,000 for 2016/17) must
                                                                                            WWW   www.maynoothuniversity.
                                                                                                                                             be paid by all students unless they are in
                                                                                                  ie/student-fees-grants
                                                                                                                                             receipt of a Higher Education Grant that
                                                                                                                                             covers all or part of this charge. If you have
                                                                                            Opening Hours                                    applied or qualifed for a Higher Education
                                                                                            Day          Morning         Afternoon           Grant please (see note 3 on page 29).

                                                                                            Monday –     9.30am –        2.00 – 5.00pm    3. Student Levy
                                                                                            Friday       1.00pm
                                                                                                                                          		 €125 payable by ALL STUDENTS for
     Fees & Grants Office                 27   Other Funding	                         32                                                     2016/17. This is the minimum payment
     University Fees – EU Nationals       27   Back to Education Allowance            32                                                     required to become a registered student.

     University Fees – Non EU Nationals   27   ESF Student Assistance Fund            32
                                               Student Emergency Fund                 32
     A Guide to Your Fees	                28                                                                                              University Fees –
                                               Scholarships & Awards                  33
     Higher Education Grants              29                                                                                              Non EU Nationals
                                               Educationally Disadvantaged
                                               Students and Students with Disabilities 33                                                 Non EU Nationals can check the
     Planning Your College Budget 30
                                                                                                                                          Fees & Grants Office website (www.
     Your College Budget                  30                                                                                              maynoothuniversity.ie/student-fees-
     Budgeting Advice Service             30                                                                                              grants) for information on their fees and
     Cost of Living                       31                                                                                              or contact the Fees Office on (01) 708 4747.

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A Guide to Your Fees

Is this your first year in                   You are repeating your                   You are liable for
a 3rd level institution                      year in Maynooth                         Tuition Fees.
and do you qualify
                                             You have previous 3rd                    Check out the Fees &
for the Free Fees
                                             level attendance                         Grants Office website      Note 1:                                        Higher Education Grants
Initiative? See note 1.
                                                                                      to calculate the fee       Under the terms of the Free Fees               www.studentfinance.ie is a very
                                             You have a degree already                payable or contact the
                                                                                                                 Initiative, the Irish Exchequer will pay       comprehensive and clear website explaining
                                                                                      Fees & Grants Office.
                                             You have changed course                                             tuition fees to the University on behalf       grant information and funding options that
                                             You do not qualify for                                              of students registered for the first time      may be available to you. All new applications
                                             the Free Fees Initiative
                                                                                                                 on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate        for higher education grants are made online
     YES          NO
                                                                                                                 degree programmes. For further details         through SUSI (See Note 2). There are two
                                                                                                                 on the Free Fees Initiative, please refer      classes of grant available from the Irish
                                                                                                                 to the Fees & Grants Office website.           State under the Student Grant Scheme for
                                                                                                                                                                eligible undergraduates in full-time courses:
                                                                                                                 Note 2:
Have you applied to                          You are liable for                       You are ready to                                                          (1) Maintenance Grant, (2) Grant for Fees.
                                                                                                                 SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland)
SUSI for a Grant?                            €3,125 (Student                          attend Registration
See note 2.                                  Contribution                             Verification to become     is the single Awarding Authority for all new   1. 	Maintenance Grant
                                             Charge of €3,000                         a fully registered         student grant applications. Please visit
                                             & Student Levy of                        student.
                                                                                                                                                                A Maintenance Grant is a contribution
                                                                                                                 www.susi.ie for all details, access to the
                                             €125). See Note 4.                                                                                                 towards a student’s living costs and is
                                                                                                                 online application and contact details for
     YES          NO                                                                                                                                            means tested. Students who are awarded a
                                                                                                                 any enquries. Closing date for receipt of
                                                                                                                                                                Maintenance Grant are paid monthly directly
                                                                                                                 2016/17 applications is 8th July 2016.
                                                                                                                                                                into their bank account, provided that they
                                                                                                                 Note 3:                                        are fully registered students of the University.

                             Your                             Pay Student                If you require a        If you have applied or qualified for a
                                                                                 OR                                                                             2. Grant For Fees
                             application                      Levy €125                  student I.D. card       Higher Education Grant (SUSI), you
                             is being                         during on-line             you must pay €1,625
                                                                                                                 need to bring a copy of correspondence         a) 	If you are eligible for the Maintenance
                             processed                        registration.              (half of the Student                                                       Grant, all or part of the Student
                             at time of                                                  Contribution €1,500     indicating this information with you
                             registration.                                               & the Student Levy      to your registration verification.                 Contribution Charge will be paid
 You have been
 awarded a Higher            See note 3.                                                 of €125) during                                                            on your behalf to the University.
 Education Grant.                                                                        on-line registration.   Note 4:
                                                                                         See Note 5.
                                                                                                                                                                b) Some students may also be eligible
 See note 3.
                                                                                                                 Payment can be made in two instalments:           for a grant in respect of eligible field
                                                                                                                 First instalment €1,625 (€1,500 & the             trip expenditure. (A field trip is defined
                                                                                                                 Student Levy of €125) to be paid during           as a compulsory and integral part of
                                                                                                                 on-line registration. Second instalment           a courses, which is for fact-finding or
                                                                                                                 €1,500: to be paid by 31st January 2017.          research purposes, and without which
 Pay the Student             You are ready                    You are ready                You are ready                                                           the student cannot graduate or progress
 Levy of €125                to attend                        to attend                    to attend
                                                                                                                 Note 5:
                                                                                                                                                                   to the next year of their course.)
 during on-line              Registration                     Registration                 Registration          Monies will be reimbursed when the
 registration. This          Verification to                  Verification,                Verification          University receives payment from               c) 	If your tuition fees are not being met
 is the minimum              become a fully                   where you will               to become a                                                              under the Free Fees Scheme, you
 payment required.           registered student               be provisionally             fully registered
                                                                                                                 your funding body. See the Fees
                                                                                                                 Office Website for refund process.                 may be eligible for the tuition fee
                                                              registered.                  student.
                                                                                                                                                                    element of the fee grant. Full details
                                                                                                                                                                    are on www.studentfinance.ie.

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Planning your College Budget

Your College Budget                                                                                 Cost of Living (estimated) for Academic Year
Decide on whether amounts entered will be weekly,                                                   (9 months or 38 weeks)
monthly or yearly. The academic year is normally is 38 weeks.
                                                                                                                                                 On Campus                                     Off Campus

Income                                     €       Expenses                            €                                                  Monthly (€)       Academic year (€)            Monthly (€)      Academic year (€)

 HEA Grant(SUSI) (page 29)                         Rent/Mortgage                                     Rent                                      456-633               4,104-5,700             340-420              3,060-3,780
 Social Welfare/BTEA Payments                      Food                                              Utilities                                        55                        495             40-60                  360-540
 Rent Allowance                                    Lunches                                           Food                                      120-180                1,080-1620             120-180              1,080-1,620
 Mortgage Interest Supplement                      Cleaning/Toiletries                               Travel                                       20-50                   180-450               20-50                  180-450
 Family Support                                    Gas/ESB                                           Books & Materials                                30                        270                 30                        270
 Part-Time Work                                    Bins/Water                                        Clothes & Medical                                43                        387                 43                        387
 Summer Work                                       Broadband                                         Mobile                                       20-40                   180-360               20-40                  180-360
 Spouse/Partner Income                             TV Licence                                        Social Life/Misc                               128                      1,152                 128                    1,152
 Savings                                           Tel./Mobile                                       Total                                  872-1,159              7,848-10,434              741-951             6,669-8,559
 Bank Loan Repayment                               Tuition Fees (page 27)

 Other Borrowings                                  Contribution Charge (page 27)           3000
                                                                                                    Student Once Off Expenses
 Scholarship (page 33)                             Student Levy (page 27)                     125
                                                                                                     Security Deposit for Accommodation                                300-500*
 Other Grants/Awards (page 33)                     Books/Stationery/Printing
                                                                                                     Textbooks                                                        100-500**
 ESF Fund (page 32)                                Childcare/Creche
                                                                                                     Bed Linen + Sundry Items For Accommodation                         100-500
                                                   Transport
                                                                                                     Total                                                           500-1,500
                                                   Petrol/Diesel

                                                   Car Tax

                                                   NCT
                                                                                                    International Students Once off Expenses
                                                   Campus Parking Permit                      40
                                                                                                     GNIB card                                                                300
                                                   Once Off Expenses
                                                                                                     Taxi from Airport                                                     50-60
                                                   Other repayments
 Total                                             Total                                             Re-Entry Visa For Students Requiring Visas                        60-100***

                                                                                                     Medical Insurance                                                        122

                                                                                                     Mobile Phone                                                         40-200
Budgeting Advice Service                          Opening Hours                                      Total                                                              572-782
      Student Budgeting Advisor, Student           Day             Morning           Afternoon
      Services Centre, North Campus. 47            Mon-Thurs       9.00am – 1.00pm   2.00 –
                                                                                                    *		 refundable (for Off-Campus Accommodation)
                                                                                                                                                                                      This is intended as a guide, expenses
 @    Student.Budget@nuim.ie                       (Term time)     Drop in session   5.30pm         **		 some secondhand textbooks are available in the SU Shop, textbooks            will vary from student to student
                                                                                                         are available to borrow in the University Library or at your local library
                                                                   every Wednesday
WWW   www.maynoothuniversity.                                      (11.30 am -
                                                                                                    ***		 Single entry visa €60, Multiple entry visa €100

      ie/money-matters                                             12.30 pm)

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Other Funding

Back To Education Allowance                      Student Emergency Fund                       Educationally Disadvantaged
The Back To Education Allowance                  The Student Emergency Fund is an             Students and Students
(BTEA) is a scheme administered by the           emergency fund which is available to         with Disabilities
Department of Social Protection. It allows       assist students who encounter unforeseen     Some scholarships and bursaries are
people in receipt of certain social welfare      and unexpected circumstances during          available for students with an educational
payments to retain those payments                their time at Maynooth University. There     disadvantage or a disability. Information
whilst participating in approved full-time       are two types of assistance available        is available from the Maynooth University
courses in further and higher education.         from the fund: the short term emergency      Access Programme www.maynoothuniversity.
                                                 loan and the student aid loan.               ie/access-office and from the Student
Further details on www.welfare.ie and
                                                                                              Budgeting Advice Service at www.
www.citizensinformation.ie. Students             Guidelines can be found at:
                                                                                              maynoothuniversity.ie/money-matters.
are advised to contact their local office        http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/money-
for further details and instructions as          matters. An application form must be
criteria may change from year to year.           accompanied by one written academic
                                                 reference from academic staff.

ESF Student Assistance                           For more information call to the
Fund (SAF)                                       Student Services Hub, Student
                                                 Services Centre (01) 708 4729
The SAF provides financial assistance for
full-time higher education students (including
grant holders) who may need additional           Scholarships & Awards
support in order to remain in college.
                                                 The University has a range of scholarships
Applications are means tested and funding        available to undergraduates.
is targeted at those students who are in         –	Entrance Scholarships
most financial need. Guidance on the             –	Michael Osborne Equine
process and eligibility criteria for the SAF       Business Scholarships
is available at www.maynoothuniversity.ie/
                                                 –	Music Scholarships
access-office/student-assistance-fund.
                                                 – Sports Scholarships
Further financial advice and information
is available from the Student                    See http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/
Budgeting Advice Service at www.                 study-maynooth/undergraduate-studies/
maynoothuniversity.ie/money-matters.             scholarships for further details.

(The Student Assistance Fund is funded
by the Irish Government and part funded
by the European Social Fund).

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Maynooth
     Maynooth
     & Getting Here
                               The beautiful and historic
                               town of Maynooth is the fifth
                               largest town in Co. Kildare
                               and the only University town in
                               Ireland. It has a population of
                               over 12,000 people, though this
                               swells to over 20,000 during the
                               academic year with the arrival
                               of the University students.
                                                                   For many students, Maynooth will provide
                                                                   a home from home, as well as a place
                               This creates a vibrant and
                                                                   of study. You are urged to treat your
                               buzzing environment for social,
                                                                   neighbours with the respect that you and
                               sporting and cultural activities.   your family expect in your own home area.
                               Maynooth is YOUR town too
                                                                   The University and the Maynooth community
                               and you are a big part of this
                                                                   work in close partnership to integrate
                               community!
                                                                   the activities of the student body and the
                                                                   town, through initiatives such as the joint
                                                                   community relations project. During your
                                                                   time in the University you will have many
                                                                   opportunities to engage in co-operative
     Maynooth             35
                                                                   ventures with representatives of the
     Maynooth Town Map	   36
                                                                   business, social or sporting life of Maynooth.
     Getting Here         37
                                                                   Further details are available on www.
     Smart Travel         37                                       maynoothuniversity.ie/student-engagement.
     Bus                  37
     Train                37                                       You may wish to read about the town’s
     Car		                37
                                                                   history, including the Castle at the
                                                                   entrance to the South Campus, at
     Bus & Train Routes                                            http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/
     to Maynooth          38                                       campus-life/explore-maynooth-dublin

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Maynooth Town Map   Getting Here

                    Travelling to Maynooth                           Bus Éireann:
                    is easy. Check our Transport                     www.buseireann.ie
                    Guide booklet for more detail                    Services to / from Maynooth from:
                    on the options for commuting                     Athlone / Mullingar / Ballina / Sligo /
                                                                     Galway / Tuam / Longford / Westport.
                    to the University.

                                                                     Train
                    To complement public transport services
                    to Maynooth (Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann             Irish Rail
                    and Irish Rail), a number of private bus         www.irishrail.ie
                    operators organise daily and weekly links        Maynooth lies on the Western Suburban
       North        to the University (See map on page 38). All      railway line which serves the four Dublin
       Campus       information on timetables can be found on        city centre stations (Pearse Station, Tara St,
                    our website                                      Connolly Station and Docklands) as well as
                    www.maynoothuniversity.ie/location or by         twelve other suburban stations (Drumcondra,
                    contacting the individual transport providers.   Broombridge, Ashtown, Navan Rd. Parkway,
                                                                     Castleknock, Coolmine, Clonsilla, Hansfield,
                                                                     Dunboyne, M3 Parkway, Leixlip Confey and
       South        Smart Travel                                     Leixlip Louisa Bridge) which makes it a quick
       Campus       In this era of high fuel costs, cycling,         and convenient way to get to Maynooth.
                    walking and car pooling may prove more
                    cost-effective ways of commuting to
                    Maynooth. More and more bicycle paths            Car
                    are being developed and bicycle racks            Maynooth is situated 25km from Dublin
                    are provided in key locations around the         city centre. Take junction 7 (signposted
                    campus. Students are advised that cycling        Maynooth/Straffan/Naas) off the M4 and
                    is not permitted in Saint Joseph’s Square,       follow the signs to Maynooth. Turn left in
                    in the vicinity of the John Paul II library      the centre of the town and the gates to the
                    and in some other pedestrian areas.              South Campus are directly ahead of you. To
                                                                     reach the North Campus, take the left in the
                                                                     centre of the town, then turn right, take the
                    Bus                                              next left and the entrance is on your right.
                    Dublin Bus:
                                                                     Designated Permit Parking is in force on
                    www.dublinbus.ie
                                                                     our campus. See parking information
                    The University is served by two Dublin
                                                                     on page 80 for further details.
                    Bus routes – the 66 and the 67 (66X is an
                    express service) to and from Maynooth.

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Bus & Train Routes                                                                     Cavan

to Maynooth                                                                                Lavey

                                                                                               Virginia

                                                                                                   Kells                                          Monaghan
List of Bus Providers                                                                                                                             (weekend service)
                                                Sligo
                                                                                                      Silver Tankard                                   Castleblaney
Route   Provider                                                                                                                                                Carrickmacross
                                                      Collooney                                             Navan
        66 Dublin Bus                                                                                                                                                     Ardee

                                                           Longford
                                                                                                               Garlow Cross
        67 Dublin Bus                                                                                                                                                  Collon
                                                                  Boyle          Athboy                             Ross Cross
        Kearns Transport                                                                                                                                          Slane                                  Dundalk
                                        Birr                           Carrick-on-Shannon
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106                                                           Trim                   Dunshaughlin
                                                                                                                                                                                           Drogheda
                                          Kilcormac
                                                                            Dromod                                                                                          Duleek
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106           Tullamore
                                                                                            Summerhill
                                                                                                                          Dunboyne
                                                                                                                                                             Kilmoon Cross
                                                                                    Longford
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106               Kilbeggan                                                                                            Ashbourne                    M3 Parkway
                                                                                         Edgeworthstown
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106                    Tyrrellspass
                                                                                                                                                                                   Dunboyne
                                                                                                                                                     Ratoath
                                                            Rochfortbridge                       Mullingar
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106                                                                                                                                              Hansfield
                                                                  Milltownpass                                 Kilcock
                                                                                                                                                      Leixlip
        J.J. Kavanagh (056) 883 1106                                      Clonard       Enfield
                                                                                                                                         Maynooth
                                                                                                                                                                Clonsilla
                                                                                                                                                                                  Coolmine
                                                                                                                                                                                              Castleknock
        Streamline Coaches                                     Kinnegad                Lullymore                                                                                                         Phoenix Park
                                                                          Rathangan                                                                                                                                     Ashtown
        (049)433 0281                                                                                                                  Kilcock
                                                                                                                                                                Celbridge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Broombridge
                                                           Bracknagh                        Johnstownbridge                                                                     Lucan
                                                                                                                                                                                         Liffey Valley                                      Drumcondra
        Streamline Coaches                                                                                               Rathcoffey                                                                                                                  Docklands
                                                                                               Carbury                                                                                               Chapelizod
        (049)433 0281                                                                                                                                  Clane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dublin
                                               Clonbullogue                                                                                                                     Fonthill         Nangor Road                                                        Connolly
                                                                                 Edenderry                     Prosperous                                                       Road
        Kildare Dublin Local Link                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dublin
                                                                                                                                                             Sallins
                                                                                                      Coill Dubh
        (045) 980 383                                                     Rhode
                                                                                                                                                                                             Newlands             Belgard
                                                                                                                                                                                             Cross
                                                                                                                                                                            Tullow                                          Tallaght
        Kildare Dublin Local Link                            Croghan                      Robertstown                                                            Naas                                                             Firhouse Road
        (045) 980 383                                                                                                            Newbridge
                                                                                                                                                                                   Bunclody
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Templeogue
                                                                                                                                                 Kilcullen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rathfarnham
        Kildare Dublin Local Link                                         Allenwood                                                                                                        Enniscorthy
                                                                                                                                                    Ballytore                                                                                           Nutgrove
        (045) 980 383                                    Daingean
                                                                                                                                   Kildare            Kilmead                                                                                                      Dundrum
                                                                                                          Monasterevin                                                                                                  Wexford
        Finlay Coaches (041) 685 6505                                                                                                                         Athy                                                      (weekend service)

                                                                                               Portarlington
        Finlay Coaches (041) 685 6505                                                                                              Kilkenny                                     Carlow

                                                                                 Mountmellick
        Slevins (044) 937 2777

                                                                                          Portlaoise

                                                                                                                                                                                           Waterford

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Sports & Sports Facilities
     Student Life

                                                                             The formative years spent                       The remarkable strength and depth of
                                                                             at University should encompass                  the programme was tested that same
                                                                             a lot more than study and                       weekend as MU also emerged victorious
                                                                                                                             in the final of GUI’s most important
                                                                             course-work. Research and
                                                                                                                             club competition, the Senior Cup. The
                                                                             practical experience shows                      Irish team for the World University
                                                                             that sport enables all of us                    Championships in France will comprise 5
                                                                             to work and play better.                        Maynooth University students including
                                                                                                                             one graduate out of the six-person team.

                                                                                   Sports & Gym    38
                                                                                                                             Kelly-Anne Hutchinson (Equestrian) was also
                                                                                   (01) 708 6406                             selected for World University Championship
                                                                              @    fitness.centre@nuim.ie                    honours in Sweden (June 2016). We had
                                                                             WWW   www.maynoothuniversity.ie/sport           a remarkable year at all levels in both the
                                                                                                                             men’s and women’s soccer; in that we
                                                                                                                             lost every semi-final, with each team that
                                                                             Recent Sporting Highlights                      beat them emerging eventual winners!
                                                                             The Maynooth University Sports Clubs
                                                                                                                             Our Ladies Gaelic Football Club won their
                                                                             enjoyed high rates of participation and solid
                                                                                                                             first ever O’Connor Cup. Camogie were
                                                                             performances through 2015/16. The University
                                                                                                                             finalist in the Purcell Cup. On the men’s
                                                                             was host to many inter-varsity events,
                                                                                                                             side, the hurlers were finalists the Kehoe
                                                                             starting with the Irish University Athletic
                                                                                                                             Cup, and in fresher’s football it was our
                                                                             Association’s Road Relays in November,
     Sports & Sports Facilities	     41   Student Engagement                                                                 seconds that won their championship.
                                                                             followed by the Fresher’s Basketball
                                          Office & Societies	           45
     Recent Sporting Highlights      41
                                                                             Championship in December, multiple archery,
                                          Recent Societies Highlights   45                                                   Archery brought a good haul of medals
     Sports Facilities               42                                      fencing, basketball, volleyball, rugby, GAA
                                          Getting Involved              45                                                   from the Nationals with team golds and
     Sports Scholarships             42                                      and soccer matches throughout, and in
                                          Clubs & Societies Fairs Day   46
                                                                                                                             individual medals in the various disciplines
     Clubs on Campus                 42                                      March welcomed over three hundred male
                                                                                                                             of barebow, recurve and compound.
                                          Extra-Curricular Activities        and female rugby players for the Student
     Sports Contacts                 43
                                          (ECA) Awards                  46
                                                                             Sport Ireland League Finals at MU Barnhall      Maynooth University was honoured to have
     Maynooth Students’                   Societies on Campus           47
                                                                             RFC. On top of the regular club training        Lee Mitchell selected to represent the Irish
     Union (MSU)                     44
                                                                             sessions and practices both on and off          Universities Rugby Union against England’s
     Students’ Union                 44
                                                                             campus, it made for a very busy year.           representative side; a memorable occasion
     The Student Centre              44
                                                                                                                             on the grounds of College Park, TCD. Who
     Sabbatical Officers 2016/2017   44                                      Just before the start of the academic
                                                                                                                             knows what 2016/17 will bring? Whatever the
                                                                             year, our golfers set the bar very high by
                                                                                                                             outcome, we hope that our clubs will continue
                                                                             winning team silver and Robin Dawson
                                                                                                                             to be driven from member engagement in
                                                                             individual gold at the European University
                                                                                                                             the tradition of fun, fitness and friendship.
                                                                             Championships in Switzerland.

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Sports & Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities                               Sports Scholarships                           Sports Contacts                                      Rugby Development Officer

Indoor:                                         The University is committed to the            Sports Officer          38                               (01) 7086065
                                                development of sporting excellence                                                                     tom.mckeon@nuim.ie
– Three Sports Halls        38                                                                     (01) 7083824                                    @
                                                and awards a number of sports
– Fitness Centre       38                                                                     @    paul.davis@nuim.ie
                                                scholarships annually to promote and
                                                                                                                                                   FAI Development Officer
– Weights Room         38                       foster sporting talent in the University.
– Snooker Hall    43                            – Gaa                                         Sports Reception             38                          (01) 7086054

– Racquet Ball Court                                                                                                                               @   barry.prenderville@nuim.ie
                                                – Golf                                             (01) 7086406
                                                –	Rugby                                       @    pamela.lucas@nuim.ie
                                                                                                                                                   Paddy Harrington
Outdoor:                                        – Soccer                                                                                           Golf Scholarship manager
– All Weather Pitch                             – Snooker                                     GAA Development Officer                                  (086) 1675056
–	Handball Court
                                                Further details on all of the above                (01) 7083321                                    @   barry.fennelly@nuim.ie
– 5 Pitches (South Campus)
                                                scholarships is available on the Admissions   @    jenny.duffy@nuim.ie
– 3 Pitches (North Campus)                      Office website: www.maynoothuniversity.
– 2 Tennis Courts                               ie/study-maynooth/undergraduate-studies/
                                                scholarships/sport-scholarships
To book any sports facilities please
email fitness.centre@nuim.ie or
go to the sports reception.

     Clubs on Campus                               Martial Arts             indoor                outdoor                       Rugby              Aquatic                adventure
                                                                                                                                                                          & outdoor
     Student-run clubs form the back-bone          Aikido                   Badminton             Athletics                     Soccer – Ladies    Aquatics Club
     of the sports and recreation programme        Archery                  Basketball            American Flag                 & Mens             (including             Equestrian
     at the University. The Sports Office                                                         Football                      GAA Handball       Lifesaving,            Golf (Scholars
                                                   Boxing                   Olympic
     organises a range of fitness classes                                                                                       And Netball        Swimming And           & Social)
                                                   Fencing                  Handball              Australian Rules
     for those who are unable to commit                                                                                                            Waterpolo)
                                                                            Table Tennis          Camogie                       Cricket                                   Rovers-Scouting
     themselves fully to a club. With over 35      Judo                                                                                            Muck-Canoe             & Outdoor
     active university clubs, an exceptional       Kickboxing               Trampoline            Gaelic Football –                                and Kayak
                                                                                                                                games                                     Pursuits
     and time-honoured structure is in place                                Volleyball            Ladies & Mens
                                                   Self-Defence                                                                                    Surf                   Snowsports
     for student sport.                                                                           Hurling                       Chess
                                                                                                                                                                          Ultimate Frisbee
                                                                                                  Hockey                        Darts
     Check out what groups you want
                                                                                                                                Snooker and Pool
     to join at Clubs & Socs Fairs Day
     on Wednesday, 28th September
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