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LAUNCHPAD 2020 SCHEDULE

After you've learned about Launchpad 2020 and read some of the welcome messages from our MAP Ambassadors, you are ready to take part! You will learn valuable information, get a chance to chat, ask questions, play games, take a tour, meet students, find connections and get tips and advice from the MAP team, University staff and our 150 MAP student Ambassadors who have volunteered their time and energy to help you as you start at Maynooth University. 

Take a look through the schedule of Launchpad activities below. Identify which sessions you would like to get involved in. Ahead of the start time, you just click on the JOIN link next to the online Launchpad sessions that you would like to attend which will take you into the live event. These JOIN links will become live clickable links in advance of the session. 

Several of the sessions are repeated to give you every chance to attend. Don't worry if you can't get to everything on the Saturday, or if you can't access a session for technical or other reasons on the day. We'll be posting session materials on this page after the live events so you can review these later in your own time. Launchpad is also continuing on throughout the semester with a range of information talks, direct advice and guidance, games zones, hangouts and opportunities for you to enhance your experience as a student at Maynooth, so come along as often as you can. The schedule for the semester will be updated on an ongoing basis.

For any queries, signposting or technical difficulties you may have, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 26 September 2020, the Launchpad Information Desk is open for you to speak with someone, or you can also type your question to us below using the ASK button and you'll get a response via that chat interface. 


 

TECHNOLOGY TRANSITION PROGRAMME (TTP)

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 7 October 2020

Running alongside and as part of Launchpad, you're welcome to join these online sessions to find out about the range of technology available to you at Maynooth to help you transition to online learning

  • Maynooth Online
  • Learn to Learn
  • Student Strategies
  • Accessing your email, your classes and your course materials
  • Notetaking, researching, reading and referencing
  • Managing your timetable, files and useful tools
Take a look at the TTP
days and times and 
click on the join class link
at any time that suits you!
 
  

WELCOME WEEK

Monday 21 - Friday 25 September 2020. 
During Welcome Week is when you register as a new Maynooth University student and receive your login details to your @mumail.ie email account, which you'll use to take part in Launchpad.

Friday 25 September 2020 7pm       
PRE-LAUNCHPAD EVENING SOCIAL You are invited to join our MAP Ambassadors online on the Friday evening before Launchpad. This relaxed get-together is a chance to chat with other new entrants and with current MAP-supported students, to find out what to expect at Maynooth University and to ask any questions you may have ahead of Launchpad.    JOIN
Friday 25 September 
7pm-8.30pm
 

LAUNCHPAD

Saturday 26 September 2020

Activity

 

 

Register

Link to recording

Saturday 26 September 2020 10.15am 

     
Director of Access
Welcome Address
Dr Rose Ryan will introduce the Maynooth University Access Programme and welcome you to Launchpad and Maynooth University.
Our MAP Ambassadors will then outline the Launchpad running order and activity options.
  JOIN
Welcome at
10.15am
 
         

Saturday 26 September 2020 11am 

     
Mature/ QQI Entry
Information Talk
(repeated at 1pm)
Emer Sheerin, Mature Student Officer, welcomes mature and QQI entry students to Maynooth University and outlines the ways these students enhance the teaching and learning environment, and the various supports available to them.    JOIN
Mature/ QQI Entry
at 11am
 
HEAR Entry
Information Talk
(repeated at 1pm)
Sandra Collins, MAP Advisor for HEAR entry students, highlights the next steps in accessing the academic, personal and financial supports for HEAR students at Maynooth.    JOIN
HEAR Entry
at 11am
 
Disability Supports
Information Talk
(repeated at 1pm)
Gerard Gallagher, Disability Advisor, explains how and why students register with a disability at Maynooth University and how to get the most from the Disability Office and the University supports available to develop successful strategies.   JOIN
Disability
Supports
at 11am
 
Meet our MAP Ambassadors 
Digital Café
Meet our MAP Ambassadors for a student hangout with current MAP-supported students, who will introduce you to Launchpad, share their stories and provide valuable insights into the realities of life as a student at Maynooth University.    JOIN
Meet our MAP Ambassadors at 11am
 
         

Saturday 26 September 2020 12pm 

     
Money Matters
Information Talk
Ruth Killeen, Student Budgeting Advisor provides information on ways to meet the cost of college, your SUSI grant and applying for financial support.   JOIN
Money Matters at 12pm
 
Academic Advice
Information Talk
Rose Donovan, Academic Advisory Office, describes what’s special about a Maynooth education, explains the Maynooth University curriculum and provides course programme related information, key college dates, and why you should consider the Critical Skills module.   JOIN
Academic
Advisory at 12pm

 
 
Wellbeing at Maynooth
Information Talk
Kathleen McNutt, Head of the Maynoth University Counselling Service will outline some tips for minding your wellbeing as a new student at Maynooth.   JOIN
Wellbeing
at Maynooth
at 12pm
 
Clubs & Societies
MAP Ambassador Showcase
Clubs and Societies are integral to connecting with other students based on your interests and activities. The MAP Ambassadors will provide an overview of what Clubs and Societies are, how they work, and how and when you can join in.    JOIN
Clubs & Societies Showcase at 12pm
 
Games Zone
Digital Café
Take part in some games and activities with our MAP Ambassadors, who will be running a range of challenges with prizes to give away!   JOIN
Games Zone at 12pm
 
Virtual Campus Tour Join our MAP Ambassadors as they take you on a virtual voyage around the Maynooth campus, showing you the key buildings and answering your questions.   JOIN
Virtual Campus
Tour at 12pm
 
         

Saturday 26 September 2020 1pm 

     
Mature/ QQI Entry
Information Talk
(repeat)
Emer Sheerin, Mature Student Officer, welcomes mature and QQI entry students to Maynooth University and outlines the ways these students enhance the teaching and learning environment, and the various supports available to them.    JOIN
Mature/QQI Entry
at 1pm
 
HEAR Entry
Information Talk
(repeat)
Sandra Collins, MAP Advisor for HEAR entry students, highlights the next steps in accessing the academic, personal and financial supports for HEAR students at Maynooth.    JOIN
HEAR Entry
at 1pm
 
Disability Supports
Information Talk
(repeat)
Gerard Gallagher, Disability Advisor, explains how and why students register with a disability at Maynooth University and how to get the most from the Disability Office and the University supports available to develop successful strategies.   JOIN
Disability
Supports
at 1pm
 
Course-Related
Subject Panels
(additional subject panels from 28 Sep onward)
MAP Ambassadors are hosting subject panels with discussion about their experience of completing first year in their course subjects. You can ask questions and get informed with the best information.       
JOIN
Science Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
Media Studies Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
LLB Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
Psychology Subject Panel at 1pm
     
JOIN
Business Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
Accounting & Finance Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
BCL Subject Panel at 1pm
JOIN
Arts General Subject Panel at 1pm
     
Virtual Campus Tour Join our MAP Ambassadors as they take you on a virtual voyage around the Maynooth Campus, showing you the key buildings and answering your questions.   JOIN
Virtual Campus
Tour at 1pm
 
         

Saturday 26 September 2020 2pm 

     
Parents & Supporters Advice Session If your parent(s) or guardian(s) are wondering about Maynooth University and have questions about how to support you, you can let them know that this session is intended for them.
Please let them know to click into this link to join Dr Rose Ryan, Director of Access (MAP) who will introduce the parent of a current MAP student and provide some general information and advice about what a new student and their supporters might expect. 
  JOIN
Parents &
Supporters
Session at 2pm
 
MAP Student Panels 
and student hangouts
This is an opportunity to meet other students who came to Maynooth University through either the QQI entry route, Mature entry route, HEAR entry route, Turn to Teaching, Return to Learning or disability entry. 
These panels are hosted by MAP Ambassadors who will make introductions and share their own experiences to facilitate discussions.
  JOIN
Students Panels
& Hangout
at 2pm
 
Virtual Campus Tour Join our MAP Ambassadors as they take you on a virtual voyage around the Maynooth Campus, showing you the key buildings and answering your questions.   JOIN
Virtual Campus
Tour at 2pm
 
         

Saturday 26 September 2020 Evening Activities 

     
MAP Launchpad
Table Quiz
This fun quiz, hosted by MAP Ambassadors, is a chance to unwind and test your knowledge with prizes up for grabs.    JOIN
Table Quiz at 7pm
 
Launchpad
Movie Night
Even though Launchpad is online, share the fun of watching a movie and commenting along throughout with other students and the MAP Ambassadors together.    JOIN
Movie Night at 8pm
 
         
 
 
 
 

LAUNCHPAD

Week 1 of Semester 1

         
Monday 28 September 2020 7pm       
Course-Related
Subject Panels
MAP Ambassadors are hosting subject panels with discussion about their experience of completing first year in their course subjects. You can ask questions and get informed with the best information, as well as be shown where information can be found on departmental webpages and moodle sites.    Monday 28 September 2020 at 7pm  
First Week of Lectures
Student Hangout
If you had your first day of lectures today, or you're about to begin soon, this is your chance to unwind and chat with MAP Ambassadors and you're Launchpals about how it's going.   Monday 28 September 2020 at 7pm  
         
Tuesday 29 September 2020 7pm       
Helpful Technology
Student Panel
The MAP Ambassadors highlight the technology they use at Maynooth, including Office 365, Moodle and the apps they use to make student life easier.    Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 7pm  
Irish Counties
Student Hangout
Many students supported by MAP are the only person in their school year to be coming to Maynooth. These chats organised into Irish counties where you're from can help to connect you with Ambassadors and other entrants with similar experiences, to chat and share common experiences.   Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 30 September 2020 7pm       
The First 6 Weeks
Student Hangout
The MAP Ambassadors explain what to expect during the first 6 weeks at Maynooth University, and offer advice and activities to help you settle in.   Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 7pm  
Friendly Faces
Facilitated Activity
Coly McGivern uses activities and techniques to facilitate conversation and enable students to get to know one another to develop connections and friendships.    Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 7pm  
         
Thursday 1 October 2020 7pm       
Academic Student Skills
Student Panel
The MAP Ambassadors share their ideas about how to set up your study space and how to get the most from the Maynooth University library   Thursday 1 October 2020 at 7pm  
Friendly Faces
Facilitated Activity
Coly McGivern uses activities and techniques to facilitate conversation and enable students to get to know one another to develop connections and friendships.    Thursday 1 October 2020 at 7pm  
         
Friday 2 October 2020 7pm and 8pm      
End of the first week
Student Hangout
At the end of the first week of lectures, the MAP Ambassadors are here to check in with you to see how you're getting on, and if you have anything that you need help or guidance with.    Friday 2 October 2020 at 7pm  
Games Night
Student Hangout
Time to unwind with a game of Bingo, with the extra element that you are encouraged to wear your fancy dress costume!    Friday 2 October 2020 at 8pm  
         

LAUNCHPAD

Week 2 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 6 October 2020       
MSU Life
Student Panel
Virtual Fairs Day is this week so this is a good opportunity to find out about MSU Life, the Clubs and Societies to join, and the Access Society.   Tuesday 6 October 2020 at 1pm  
Friendly Faces
Facilitated Activity
Coly McGivern uses activities and techniques to facilitate conversation and enable students to get to know one another to develop connections and friendships.    Tuesday 6 October 2020 at ​7pm  
         
Wednesday 7 October 2020       
Mindfulness Techniques
Information Talk
Learn some of the useful strategies to help at times when you might be starting to feel overwhelmed or demotivated. Hosted by National Learning Network assistant psychologists based in the Student Central in MAP, you'll gain knowledge and understanding of alternative ways to respond to stress.    Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 1pm  
World Culture
Student Panel Digital Café
Hosted by MAP Ambassadors, this student panel will encourage chats and games based around the concept of appreciating world cultures.    Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 7pm  
         

LAUNCHPAD

Week 3 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 13 October 2020       
Life outside Lectures
Facilitated Student Panel
Experience student life, find out how eat well on campus and around Maynooth. Aisling Flynn from the Experiential Learning Office will introduce the Maynooth University Student Experience (MUSE) Award, which will show how your non-curricular activities can be counted towards a recognition that can enhance your skills and employability.   Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 1pm  
Students Union
Student Hangout
Hear from the Officers elected to represent you in the Student Union this year, to explain what your Union does for you, and how you could get involved.    Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 14 October 2020       
Diversity at Maynooth
Student Panel
Maynooth has a wide range of nationalities, cultures and students with disabilities studying together. This panel discussion aims to increase contact and awareness of the similarities we all share and how we can find things to admire in everyone's backgrounds.     Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 1pm  
Baking and Makeup
Student Hangout
This is challenge night. The MAP Ambassadors will set you a baking recipe or makeup look that you need to recreate against the clock, to see who can create the best final products.     Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 7pm  
 

 

     

LAUNCHPAD

Week 4 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 20 October 2020       
Smart Consent & Bystander Intervention Raising awareness of active consent training opportunities and overcoming the Bystander Intervention effect.    Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 1pm  
Music Interests
Digital Cafe
If you have an interest in music, sharing bands and artists you love, and finding out about others' tastes and talents, come along to this hangout with like-minded students.   Tuesday 20 October 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 21 October 2020       
MAP Supports
Information Talk
Gemma Lynch of MAP provides information on the available academic, personal, financial and social supports available, as well as the experiential and volunteering opportunities to enhance you work experience and CV.    Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 1pm  
eAccessibility
Student Panel
Students with different learning styles, challenges with accessing print, vision or hearing may need to adapt materials and the way they attend lectures and work on assignments. This session will highlight how MAP Ambassadors have implemented eAccessibility into their approach to their learning, and how to request accommodations where needed.   Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 7pm  
         

LAUNCHPAD

Week 5 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 27 October 2020       
Manage your motivation 
Information Talk
This session comes at a point in the semester when your motivation levels may be dipping slightly. Learn tips to help you to maintain your efforts and draw up a revised plan for your academic success   Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 1pm  
Quiz Night
Student Hangout
Prizes and fun in store at the Launchpad Quiz, hosted by MAP Ambassadors to test your knowledge and ability to think on your feet!   Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 28 October 2020       
Safety, Wellness & Health
Information Talk
There are a number of key considerations that everyone should have when it comes to protecting yourself physically, as well as your belongings, your friends, your wellbeing and your overall health as a student. This session will outline some advice and reminders about what to do and how to ask for help.     Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 1pm  
Haunted Maynooth Stories
Student Hangout
Maynooth has quite a few ghosts still hanging about the spoooooky corridors, and the MAP Ambassadors are ready to tell you the stories of the folklore of the campus ahead of Halloween.    Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 7pm  
 

 

     

LAUNCHPAD

Week 6 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 3 November 2020       
Alumni Mentoring Project
Advisory Session
Aisling Flynn and Máire Buckley from the Maynooth University Experiential Learning Office outline the opportunity for penultimate year students to get involved in this project to be mentored by alumni.    Tuesday 3 November 2020 at 1pm  
Online Field Trips
Escorted Tours
There are many ways to learn about the world outside Maynooth   Tuesday 3 November 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 4 November 2020       
Volunteering Opportunities
Student Panel
The MAP Ambassador hosts of this panel will explain how they got involved in volunteering, what it has meant for them and the organisations and people they volunteer for, and the skills they have developed and the opportunities that are available, both as a MAP Ambassador and beyond.    Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 1pm  
Games Night
Student Hangout
It's Scribbl night, with online pictionary games to test your drawing and guessing skills with MAP Ambassadors and other students   Wednesday 4 November 2020 at 7pm  
 

 

     

LAUNCHPAD

Week 7 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 10 November 2020       
Managing your Money
Student Panel
These MAP Ambassadors have all the tips you need to make your euro stretch, from ways to save money, earn money, find discounts and be able to manage with what you have.   Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 1pm  
TUESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Tuesday 10 November 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 11 November 2020       
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 1pm  
WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 7pm  
 

 

     

LAUNCHPAD

Week 8 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 17 November 2020       
TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 1pm  
TUESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Tuesday 17 November 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 18 November 2020       
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 1pm  
WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 18 November 2020 at 7pm  
 

 

     

LAUNCHPAD

Week 9 of Semester 1

         
Tuesday 24 November 2020       
TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 1pm  
TUESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 7pm  
         
Wednesday 25 November 2020       
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 1pm  
WEDNESDAY EVENING ACTIVITY UPDATE COMING SOON   Wednesday 25 November 2020 at 7pm