All MAP Staff are engaged in the provision of information, advice and guidance to potential students through participation in University Open Days, Information Seminars, HEAR and DARE Advice Clinics and Adult & Community Education open evenings. MAP also presents at University-run events throughout the year such as the International Day of People with Disability.
MAP Staff also participate in education fairs and exhibitions in various locations held off-campus run by the University or by schools, colleges of further education or community groups. These include Higher Options (National), Better Options (National), the Ploughing Championships (National), Unemployment ‘Pop-Up’ Information Fairs (Local Partnerships), Adult Education Fairs (Dublin region and local community groups), and schools-based information seminars and fairs.
Visits to schools and adult education providers
MAP staff visit DEIS link schools, Colleges of Further Education, Adult Education Centres, VTOS Centres, etc. providing information on University courses, application and selection processes and supports.
MAP encourages and facilitates visits to the University from groups or individuals at any time during the year. During these visits potential students/groups meet with relevant MAP staff and take tours of the campus.
This Programme offers an opportunity for students undertaking preparatory studies outside Maynooth University to experience a day of student life, sampling lectures alongside current students. The programme is offered to all partner Colleges of Further Education, VTOS centres and Adult Education centres. The two-day programme tailors the timetable to the interests/choices of attendees. The Programme is supported by the academic departments through the MAP Academic Advisors.
The purpose of the Special Awards
is to present 3rd years, 6th Years and nominated Teachers/Staff Members from schools linked to MAP with awards for their hard work and dedication. The purpose of the awards are to emphasise the importance that Maynooth University places on links with second level schools, to highlight our commitment to widening participation and to encourage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to see 3rd level as a part of their future plans.
The Maynooth Access Programme and the Science Faculty work together to promote science education and progression to higher education through the Science Practical Days
offered to 6th years from second level schools. The Science Practical Days give students a chance to gain hands on experience of scientific practical work and a taste of the higher education student experience. MAP offers places on the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Practical Days to students from linked schools and provides bus transport.
MAP-linked schools are invited to select 10 students aged 14–16 years to attend this 2 week Computer Science summer programme
. Students may attend for 1 week or 2 weeks. The programme is coordinated by the Maynooth University Computer Science Department and is designed to provide young people with an insight into computer programming and careers using computers in a fun and interactive way.
As part of College Awareness Week, the Maynooth University Access Programme organises events for students, parents and teachers to provide practical information on how students are supported in college and advice on assistive technology and managing academic workloads.
The Mathematics Support Centre at Maynooth University runs a series of drop-in sessions on Monday evenings from 6-8pm available free of charge to second level students. Students can drop in at a time that suits them to work through their coursework and any queries that they might have with experienced mathematics tutors. Students are also encouraged to access the resources page where there is a lot of useful material that may benefit them