Programme Advisor (Permanent) - Office of the Dean of Teaching & Learning

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Role 

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued.
As part of our curriculum initiative we have comprehensively redesigned our undergraduate education, building on its existing strengths while introducing promising new features and much greater flexibility with the aim of better preparing students for the many opportunities and challenges they will encounter throughout their lives and in their places of work.

  • We introduced a different approach to first year, with greater choice and additional small-group learning to support students through the transition to university learning, and to reinforce the development of the core skills they will need to succeed in university and beyond.
  • We reduced the barriers between disciplines, allowing students the flexibility to combine different subjects in innovative ways.
  • We are expanding the opportunities to combine subjects across the arts and sciences, knowing that the challenges of the future require such broad perspectives.
  • We developed elective courses that encourage students to broaden their perspective, develop additional skills, or explore multidisciplinary approaches to important questions and problems.
  • We are prioritising engagement with modern languages, and providing students with the opportunity to study a language as part of their degree.
  • We are providing a much greater range of learning experiences outside the classroom, including work placement, volunteering, student leadership and study abroad, helping students develop skills for their careers and build the confidence and leadership to get things done. 

We are empowering students to become active partners in designing their learning programme, so that they engage with their learning in a meaningful and, ultimately more satisfying, way. We are therefore seeking to appoint a Programme Advisor to implement the clear communication of this flexible new curriculum, engaging with students around programme choices and potential pathways and supporting their academic journey throughout their time with us.

The role of the Programme Advisor is primarily to promote key components of the new Maynooth undergraduate curriculum to students and staff, to encourage students to engage with the Curriculum and to empower students to make informed decisions in relation to their programme choices by providing timely and accurate information to undergraduate students about programme and subject choice. Within the Office of the Dean of Teaching and Learning, the Programme Advisor drives and contributes to initiatives that support students throughout their time at Maynooth University.