Since its inception in 2016, the Maynooth University Experiential Learning Office (ELO) aims to enrich the education experience, by facilitating MU students directly or indirectly to experience more from their degree programme  by developing, enabling and cultivating high-impact learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, where students learn by doing and reflecting.  The ELO has a key role in the cultivation, expansion and promotion of experiential learning, presenting a portfolio of opportunities that develop MU student’s skills and competencies for work, life and engaged citizenship, as set out in the MU Strategic Plan 18-22.

In 2019, we were one of the lead partners in securing HEA Innovation and Transformation funding to implement the MU Future Ready project which aims to increase employability and accessibility through curriculum innovation, enhancing the employability of graduates, and the equality of employment outcomes, through a series of measures to enhance student employment readiness. These included the addition of work-related learning and community engaged learning opportunities, together with the expanded provision of employability electives and Critical Skills programmes, increasing accessibility through blended learning.