All applicants must provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage. To be eligible for consideration for a laptop loan you must:
1. be a member of one of the priority groups identified in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2021;
2. be registered as a full or part-time student at Maynooth University in 2020-21;
3. have demonstrated a verifiable need for such a device e.g. you need the device to access your course but you or your family do not have a device or the means to purchase such a device;
4. be from a low-income household, with an annual reckonable income not exceeding €63,732 gross in 2019.
There may be more applicants than devices and there is no guarantee that you will be successful, even if you meet the criteria.
Institutions are required to allocate devices on the basis of the priority groups identified in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2021. Applicants must be a member of one of the priority groups below:
- Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers (Income under €45,790.00)
- First-time mature students
- Students with disabilities
- Part-time/flexible learning students
- Students who hold further education qualifications
- Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities
- Students who are ethnic minorities
- Students who are lone parents
The Laptop Loan Scheme is open to students from these priority groups that are full-time and part-time registered students, undergraduates and postgraduates, and both incoming first year and returning students. Non EU/EEA/International students are not eligible.
If you can say YES to any of these statements, the laptop loan scheme will not work for you:
- I can afford to buy or replace my laptop.
- I am a Non-EU fee-paying/International student
- I am a student arriving to MU on Erasmus programmes or a Study Abroad student
- I am a student who is not taking a programme which is leading to a full award (e.g. single modules)
If you are concerned about any financial issues please contact the Student Budgeting Advice Service.
Devices remain the property of Maynooth University.
The student may retain the loaned equipment for the duration of their studies at Maynooth University.
The student must return the equipment to the University on withdrawal or completion of their course, or where the loan is otherwise no longer required (whichever comes first).
Recipients will only be eligible for the laptop loan once during the duration of their course.
Students will be expected to adequately insure their loaned equipment against loss, damage and theft.
Students who lose or damage their laptops will become ineligible for the scheme and will not be able to receive a replacement.
The equipment is for the sole use of the eligible student and cannot be loaned to any third party or family member.
The equipment is for academic purposes only and must be used in line with the following policies:
· Applicants must complete the Laptop Loan Application Form in order to be considered for a laptop loan.
· Eligibility will be assessed by staff in the Laptop Assessment Team and additional evidence may be sought from the student to confirm their circumstances.
· Students will be required to complete a loan agreement at the point of issuing for the equipment which will include details of the warranty, insurance requirements and returns process.
· On receipt of the completed agreement, MU will issue the laptop to the students on campus.
· In exceptional circumstances, the laptop may be delivered to the student’s home address (or term-time address if this is preferred).
· Recipients who are unable to access adequate internet access can apply for support through the Student Assistance Fund.
You will be required to present appropriate and supporting documentation when applying to the laptop scheme.
If you are in receipt of SUSI Grant:
- evidence of your SUSI Grant (Awarding Letter)
If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare Payment:
- means-tested Social Welfare Payment (Social Welfare Statement(s) for 2019, Payment Acceptance Letter or Recent Receipt)
If you are not in receipt of the SUSI Grant and/or means-tested Social Welfare Payment:
- P21 (now called a "Statement of Liability") or Notice of Self Assessment (if self-employed) - Please see the Laptop Loan Supporting Docs 2020 for a detailed list of acceptable documents
- If submitting your parent's/legal guardian's/partner's income information they will need to sign a
Laptop Loan Consent Form 2020
which must included with your application
Your documentation will be uploaded onto a secure server and data protection rules are strictly observed concerning your confidential information. If you have paper documents, you will need to create scanned electronic copies of them to upload online.
Use a scanner:
Scan your documents and upload using the link in the form.
Use your smartphone camera:
Scan your paper documents using the free app OfficeLens (Android/ iPhone) combined with your camera.
If using the camera alone to take photos, ensure the screenshots are of good quality and all information is visible.
Laptop loans will be made to fully registered eligible students prioritised under the Maynooth University Laptop Scheme, subject to the availability of devices
- Successful applicants must be fully registered with the University to remain eligible for the loaned equipment.
- The loaned equipment will remain the property of Maynooth University.
- The student may retain the loaned equipment for the duration of their studies at Maynooth University.
- The student must return the equipment to the University on withdrawal or completion of their course, or where the loan is otherwise no longer required (whichever comes first).
- Students will only be eligible for the loan once during the duration of their course.
- Students will be expected to adequately insure their loaned equipment against loss, damage and theft.
- Students who lose/damage their laptops will become ineligible for the scheme and will not be able to receive a replacement.
- The equipment is for the sole use of the eligible student and cannot be loaned to any third party or family member.
- The equipment is for academic purposes only and must be used in line with the following policies:
- University Policy for Responsible Computing,
- Information & Data Security Policy,
- Password Policy
- Code of Conduct for users of Computing Facilities
The University’s decision on the allocation of the equipment in accordance with these terms and conditions is final. There is no appeals process.
Please contact the Student Budgeting Advice Service to Book an Appointment if this sounds like you:
- I am having problems with my internet and cannot get online for remote learning. Check out Connectivity Tips before applying for assistance.
- I have no internet due to cost or have used the IT advice and still cannot afford sufficient internet.
You may be eligible for support through the Student Assistance Fund or Student Emergency Fund
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will need your Maynooth University log in details to access the application form.These were provided to you when you accepted your course.
You will be asked for a number of documents as part of the application process - please check the
Laptop Loan Supporting Docs 2020
Laptop Loan Consent Form 2020
before starting the application.
What if I require Laptop Hardware Support?
If you experience hardware issues with your laptop, you should note that the laptop is covered by a Dell warranty. In the first instance, you should contact Dell by visiting https://www.dell.com/support and entering the laptop’s "Service Tag" (located on a sticker underneath the laptop). Alternatively, you can contact Dell Support Ireland at 1850 964 270. Many issues can be resolved remotely by Dell.
If the laptop needs to be replaced or repaired, Dell will provide you with the necessary instructions on how to package and return your laptop. In such situations, you will be prioritised for a short term laptop loan from the library until your laptop is returned by Dell.
Step 1: Contact Dell in the first instance to identify the hardware issue and to progress a resolution.
Step 2: If there is an urgent need and the laptop has been returned to Dell, a short term laptop loan (if available) for that period is prioritised through the library laptop loan scheme.
Step 3: You must return the laptop to the library once the issue has been resolved.
What is the spec of the device?
Model: Dell Latitude 5410
Device Name: PC-DL72573
Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i5-10210U CPU @ 1.60GHz 2.11 GHz
Installed RAM: 8.00 GB (7.64 GB usuable)
System type: 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor
Windows Specification: Windows 10 Enterprise
What if I accidentally damage the laptop?
The warranty does not cover accidental damage and the university takes no responsibility for maintaining or fixing damaged laptops. If a laptop is damaged, you should contact Dell Support Ireland at 1850 964 270. The technician will diagnose the fault over the phone and provide a quote if requested. Under the terms of the warranty, students must arrange the repairs through Dell Support. No external vendor should be used. Students can contact the Student Budgeting Advice Service for financial assistance if you cannot cover the cost of the repairs. You can book an appointment with the Student Budgeting Advice Service and email email@example.com if you are unable to find an appointment.