At Maynooth University, the safety and security of our students and staff is a priority. In these times of global pandemic, we are making every effort to support the members of our university community. On this page, you will find information about the initiatives and contributions of Maynooth University staff and students in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the most recent Covid-19 official guidance, academic updates, advice and information, please visit: 

MU President leads the government’s national Covid-19 modelling team



On March 30th, Professor Philip Nolan, President of Maynooth University, appeared alongside Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan in his daily press conference in his role as chair of the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (NPHET) 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.”

MU Chemistry Researchers use Texas-based Supercomputer to investigate SARS-CoV-2 virus

International cooperation is key to undermine the capabilities of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the culprit of the COVID-19 Pandemic that still raging in many parts around the world. Carl A. Fogarty and Elisa Fadda of the Department of Chemistry and Hamilton Institute of  Maynooth University, Ireland together with a team of researchers from the University of California in San Diego, USA have been using a supercomputer based in Texas, USA to do just that. Using the Frontera’s 8,008 compute nodes they have been able to single out one crucial element of the virus, it's sugar coating. 
Basic research is making a difference in winning the war against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, lead researcher Rommie E. Amaro explained. "The more we know about it, the more of its abilities that we're going to be able to go after and potentially take out". 

You can check the published study here


Karen English Lab




Irish Universities help fight the Covid-19 Pandemic

IO_IUA Covid 19 responses 2020

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 Dept. of Electronic Engineering 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: 


The first of the laptops purchased thanks to @mean_neen go fund me drive have arrived and are going straight to students in need. More are due soon. Thanks to everyone who has supported this call. If you would like to contribute please see #InThisTogether

— MU Library (@library_MU) May 6, 2020


Sleep Patterns Survey by the Maynooth University Dept. of Psychology

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: 


Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology

Maynooth University Biology Department

Biology Department loans Covid-19 testing equipment

Maynooth  University Library

Maynooth University Library loans student nap pods to frontline hospital workers

Maynooth University Alumni

Maynooth University alumni organise fundraising social distancing digital relay 

Maynooth University Design Innovation

Trevor Vaugh explains the origin of personal protective equipment

Maynooth University Department of Education

Maynooth University reserach assesses how primary school teachers, parents and pupils are adjusting