THRIVE: Student Success Project Fund

The MU THRIVE Initiative drives positive change across the university community to help realise our vision for student success at Maynooth.

When it comes to student engagement, student retention and ultimately student success, research has demonstrated the long-standing impact of an extended welcome period for students and its’ impact on retention (Soria et al, 2013; Strayhorn, 2019; Thomas, 2012; Tinto 2006).

Related to this is recognition that students undergo several transitional periods, requiring different supports and guidance, as they navigate their student journey ‘into’, ‘through’ and ‘out’ of university. Such transitional periods include:

  • Adjusting socially/academically into first year
  • Settling into second, third or final year of their studies
  • Moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study
  • Moving into periods of work placement or study abroad
  • Returning from periods of work placement or study abroad
  • From study into employment 

The Student Success Project Fund has been developed to support schools, departments, and professional services to develop projects that positively impact on student engagement, partnership, and success across key student transitional periods.

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from any individual staff member or team (academic, technical, administrative) who would like to develop an idea or project related to the transitions experienced during the Maynooth student experience.

In this cycle there is an initial focus on projects and initiatives that enhance the new first year and settling into second year transitions, however projects with a focus on other key student transition points are also welcomed.

Funding of between €250 and €1000 is available for each successful project.

How do I apply?

Proposals can be submitted using the Submission Form.

A Project Information Sheet, Recorded Information Session, and the Submission Template are available for your guidance.

Full details on the Student Success Project Fund call and Application Process are available in the tabs below.