The Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) has developed a series of initiatives to enable students to make a successful transition to third level study. Early engagement initiatives, in which potential students are gradually introduced to the University and afforded the opportunity to learn vital academic skills, are designed to empower students to surmount transitional difficulties and therefore participate fully as students of Maynooth University.
Summer Programmes for incoming mature students: A number of summer courses on Academic Writing and Mathematics are provided by the Maynooth University Access Programme as part of the selection process onto degree programmes. Each year around 120-150 new mature students participate in the Academic Writing courses and 25-30 participate in the Summer Mathematics course each year. These numbers show that almost half of the new mature entrants each year take these opportunities to engage with the University and prepare for their academic journeys. The results of these courses are used in the final decision process in relation to an offer of a place.
Launchpad Orientation Programme: Launchpad is a residential orientation programme for incoming HEAR and DARE students to get to know one another and the University before starting Maynooth University. Students stay on campus in student accommodation for the duration of the programme, supervised by existing HEAR and DARE students who act as role models and mentors. The programme includes many different activities including: study skill sessions, information on courses, sport clubs and societies, information on grants and registration and lots of fun-filled activities. Launchpad gives new students a great insight into what life will be like at University and gives them a chance to meet new friends, and have any questions answered before they start their new course.
Orientation Programme for Mature Students: The two-day Mature Orientation Programme for mature students who have been offered a place at Maynooth University takes place annually before the start of the first semester. It aims to provide these new students with a wide range of information which will help them cope with the transition to University life and study. It familiarises students with the campus and the Library, and provides information on finance, accessing supports, subject requirements and study skills.
Disability Office Orientation Day: An orientation day is organised annually for incoming students with disabilities and their parents. This is a comprehensive overview of what students can expect in their first year at the University. Students learn about the registration process and the range of assistive technology supports and academic skills modules available.
Technology Transition Programme: To prepare students to overcome some of the challenges associated with making the transition to the third level learning environment, the Maynooth University Access Programme is running an intensive Technology Transition Programme to show students how to use technology more strategically.