Maynooth University through the Maynooth University Access Programme (MAP) has been engaged in school and community outreach for over twenty years. The focus of our outreach programme is to remove barriers to progression to higher education and create realistic expectations for educational progression among schools, families, adult learners and communities who historically do not access higher education. 

Initiatives are a blend of inreach and outreach and support the University to meet its own, and national, targets for widening participation. The development of the outreach programme has demanded the building of key relationships with education providers and communities as well as with key University partners.  Currently MAP works closely with 18 DEIS second level schools in geographical proximity to MU, FETAC providers, and community partnerships.

MAP collaborates with our regional partners to increase the scope and impact of outreach initiatives, share knowledge and learning and contribute to the growing evidence base that supports outreach as an effective tool to raise aspirations and increase participation at third level.

Aims of MAP Second Level School Programme

  • To increase the number of students who complete their second level studies to the best of their ability and proceed to third level education.
  • To encourage parental involvement in the educational careers of young people attending MAP schools and to increase family awareness of the benefits of completing senior cycle education and continuing to third level education.
  • To promote positive community attitudes toward education and to establish links with community based organisations working to combat educational disadvantage.