The aims of Launchpad are for new students;
- to get an insight into university life,
- to make friends,
- to find out about the available supports, and
- to learn academic and personal skills that will help with settling in at Maynooth University.
Students stay on campus in the Maynooth Student Accommodation for the duration of the programme.
Some activities that students were involved in this year included:
- Team challenges to learn about the campus
- Introduction to academic support centres
- Advice on budgeting
- Mingling activities
Students who attend Launchpad report feeling better prepared for university. Participants on Launchpad develop a strong connection to Maynooth University and feel comfortable finding their way around campus.
They understand the way the University works and where to go for support. They build up a network of friends and learn about their course and campus life from the MAP student leaders.
The student ambassadors are all previous attendees and are volunteering their time to give back to MAP and to pass along the learning and fun that they had on Launchpad.
The participants on the Maynooth University Access Launchpad Orientation Programme have accepted a place on a course at Maynooth University. These participants have applied to University either through the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) , the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) QQI, Turn to Teaching and mature student entry routes and will be supported at university by the Maynooth University Access Programme. If you enter through the HEAR entry route you must attend the Launchpad Orientation Programme.
At the time you come on campus to attend the Launchpad Orientation Programme, you have not yet completed your official registration or received your student card. You are not yet considered to be Maynooth University students and you must confirm that you have read the full Launchpad Policy and agree to abide by the Conditions of Participation (on page 4).