We at Maynooth University take the security and safety of our students and staff as a priority regardless of the situation. Now, more than ever, in these times of global pandemic we are doing everything in our hands to support our international and domestic students. In this page, you will find a handful of initiatives and contributions carried out by MU Staff and Students in respond to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020.
This page is only a collection of initiatives and information. If you are looking for COVID-19 Official Guidance, MU academic updates, advice and information for current students and visiting students visit:
Senior management at Maynooth University has moved quickly to ensure the health and safety of all students on our campus. They continue to meet regularly to monitor the situation.
Please check this page regularly for updates.
MU President leads the government’s national Covid-19 modelling team
On March 30, MU President, Professor Philip Nolan, appeared alongside Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan in his daily press conference in his role as chair of National Public Health Emergency Team’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group (IEMAG), a group of more than 50 experts from across the university and agency sector charged with modelling the virus.He explained the models to date and said the government’s recent restrictions on social movement are having an “enormous effect” in reducing the number of new cases of coronavirus.
“We know what an unmitigated epidemic looks like; we are not on that track.” Yet, he also warned there was “no room for complacency.”
Irish Universities Help Fight the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Irish university sector has maintained ‘business as usual’ to the greatest extent possible by a rapid transition to remote learning and assessment. Meanwhile, the sector galvanised into immediate action, contributing to the national emergency response in every way possible as the pandemic developed. Read the full report here.
Maynooth University's Electronic Engineering Department responds to an Indian student in distress
Campaign #LaptopForStudents by MU Media Studies lecturer Jeneen Naji
Since March 2020, a crowdfunding campaign started by MU Media Studies Assistant Professor Jeneen Naji (@mean_neen) has been raising funds for laptops with the objective of giving them to students who need to carry out their assignments but do not have a laptop on their own. This initiative, which now has the help of IT Services (@MU_ITServices) and the MU Library (@library_MU) to set up and deliver the laptops to students who need them, has already crowdfunded more than 3,000€ from people. If you wish to participate and donate whatever you can, please do it here: https://ie.gofundme.com/f/menhc-laptops-for-students
Sleep Patterns Survey done by the Department of Psychology of Maynooth University
PhD Psychology student Sudha Raman and Professor Andrew Coogan have launched a survey with the aim of studying how prevailing is the preference between summertime or wintertime and investigate any differences in such preferences between individuals with different sleep-wake times and sleep quality during the lockdown period. This survey will help the researchers understand how our sleep patterns have changed during and after the lockdown period in which the vast majority of people had to restrict their social and professional activities to their own houses.
You can take part in the study here.
You can also check their collaboration with RTÉ Brainstorm: https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0429/1135528-lockdown-coronavirus-sleep-survey/
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