Quick Facts and Figures

2019/20 snapshot

€45.3M new research awards in 2019/20

32 books authored 2020

708 publications in Scopus

441 Academic Staff (Research and Teaching appointments)

460 Postgraduate Research students

70 postdoctoral researchers

76 new industry and enterprise partnership projects

Five year summary: 2016-2020

3028 publications were recorded in Scopus

35,684 citations to MU research

The field-weighted citation index  across all our publications is 1.48. This measures the extent to which our work has been cited by others in the same area, compared to a world average of 1.00.

14.9% of Maynooth publications are in 10% of most cited publications worldwide.

3.2% of publications with industry and enterprise co-authors.

Recent Points of Pride

Lorna Lopez (Biology and Lonsdale Institute) was named 2020 Science Foundation Ireland  Early Career Researcher of the Year (Joint award). Dr Lopez received the award in recognition of her research aimed at discovering the genomic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Karen English (Biology and Lonsdale Institute) was named Irish Research Council Researcher of the Year 2018. Dr English won the IRC Award in recognition of her research on developing ‘calming’ cells in therapies for inflammatory conditions such as asthma, and for immune system disorders, such as organ transplant rejection.

Peter Thorne, Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Icarus Climate Research Centre, has been appointed in 2018 as a “co-ordinating lead author” for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reports from which have been a major influence on the international response to human-induced global warming over the past 30 years.

J. Anthony Murphy, Professor of Experimental Physics, is a member of the European Space Agency Planck Satellite Collaboration Team that was awarded the 2018 Gruber Cosmology Prize. Prof Murphy was a co-investigator on the development of the high frequency instrument (HFI) on board the satellite, which made detailed measurements of the early universe.

Mac MacLachlan, Professor of Psychology, was awarded the 2017 Royal Irish Academy gold medal for the Social Sciences.
European Research Council awards to Lorna Lopez (Biology and Lonsdale Institute), Delia Ferri (Law and ALL Institute), Damien Woods (Computer Science and Hamilton Institute), Davide Stifter (Celtic Studies and Arts and Humanities Institute), Sean O Riain (Sociology and Social Sciences Institute), and Rob Kitchin (Geography and Social Sciences Institute).

Rob Kitchin, Professor of Geography, was awarded the 2013 Royal Irish Academy gold medal for the Social Sciences.

John Sweeney, Emeritus Professor of Geography, was a Review Editor and Contributing Author to the 4th Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which that organisation was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Since 2005 Maynooth University has spun out 21 high technology companies.