As part of Maynooth University’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the University recently honoured exceptional research and service innovation by its faculty and staff with a new set of awards.
The awards were presented at an event on Friday, 20th April, culminating the first-ever Maynoooth Week, a special week of activities and events designed to celebrate the staff, students, alumni and community that make Maynooth University the vibrant, dynamic and distinctive place it is today.
Staff gathered to recognise their colleagues with two new sets of awards—the Maynooth Staff Recognition Awards and the Maynooth University Research Achievement Awards.
Commenting on the awards, President of Maynooth University, Professor Philip Nolan said: “I am constantly impressed by the high calibre of work undertaken by colleagues across this institution—whether it be strikingly original research; innovation and commitment in University support services; or dedicated and engaging teaching practice and development.”
“The awards represent an opportunity to recognise outstanding contributions by our colleagues and to celebrate the work of the University as a whole.”
Maynooth University Research Achievement Awards were presented to members of Maynooth University’s faculty that have demonstrated excellence in different areas of research.
he 2018 winner of the Research Achievement Award in Social Sciences: Prof Rob Kitchin, Department of Geography and the MU Social Sciences Institute, was recognised for his role as an academic leader of exceptional standing both nationally and internationally. Prof Kitchin has made a number of highly significant contributions to conceptual thought and empirical research, disciplinary and research leadership, and pedagogy and teaching. In the last five years he has been awarded both a European Research Council Advanced Investigator Award and a Science Foundation Ireland investigator Award. Prof Kitchin also was the winner of the overall Maynooth University Research Achievement Award for 2018.