MAP Alumni Achievement Award

The Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) was established in 1998 to increase the number of underrepresented students in Higher Education - mature students, first generation access students, students with a disability and members of the Irish Travelling Community.  Maynooth University has a national reputation in the area of widening participation.  Maynooth University has established the MAP Alumni Achievement Award to honour MAP students who have progressed to inspirational and exciting careers and are inspirational to future generations of students.  Established in 2015, the MAP Alumni Achievement Award recognises the outstanding contribution that MAP Alumni make to the University, to current students and to the wider community through their professional development, civic participation and volunteering. 

The first winner was Dr Andrew Hogan (BSc 2004, PhD 2010), a previous HEAR student and now an eminent scientist, who spoke to over two hundred Junior and Leaving Certificate students and their teachers in May 2015 about his education and career path.  His story will hopefully inspire many of these students to progress their education despite the barriers.

The Maynooth University Access Programme Alumni Achievement Award will recognise a graduate who either:

  • Entered Maynooth University through the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) or Disability Access Route to Education (DARE)
  • Received supports at Maynooth University from the Disability Office
  • Entered Maynooth University through the mature student entry route
  • Or is a member of the Irish Travelling Community

If you are an inspirational MAP alumnus or know of an inspirational MAP alumnus, complete this nomination form . The MAP Alumni Achievement Award is presented at the annual MAP Awards ceremony in May. For any queries on this award or nomination process, please contact

Pictured above: Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University with Dr Andrew Hogan (BSc 2004, PhD 2010), inaugural award winner