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Maynooth University

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Maynooth University
Maynooth Co Kildare
+353 1 7086000
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Public Institution
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General Information: 

Maynooth University was established in 1997, but traces its origins to the foundation of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth in 1795. Maynooth University has three faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Science & Engineering, and is internationally recognised for the quality and value of the research and scholarship. Recent Statistics: 8300+ Undergraduates; 1500+ Postgraduates; 400 Research and Doctorate students; 446 Academic and Research Staff; €21m Research Income per annum.  
Our research strengths focus on six thematic priorities:

1.       People, Place and Environment:  Devising sustainable responses to a changing world
2.       Social and Economic Transformations:  Analysing economic and social change to provide an equitable and sustainable future
3.       Human Health:  Understanding the fundamental aspects of health and disease
4.       Mathematics, Computation and Communications:  Exploring the fundamentals and applying theoretical advances to real world problems
5.       Humanities in Practice: Sources Resources & Discourses:  Harnessing IT to facilitate insights into human legacies and cultures
6.       Human Cultures, Experience and Creativity:  Pioneering research into cultures and their contexts
In all our priority areas, research from Maynooth University influences, and is cited above global averages for each discipline.

Mission and Objectives: 

Maynooth University is internationally recognised for the quality and value of our research and scholarship, and our dedication and commitment to teaching and our students.

Part of the NUI and formally established as an autonomous university in 1997, Maynooth University traces its origins to the foundation of the Royal College of St. Patrick in 1795, drawing inspiration from a heritage that includes over 200 years of education and scholarship. The University is a place of lively contrasts. It is a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions.

The humanities, social sciences and natural sciences form the academic and intellectual core of the University, complemented by strong departments and programmes in teacher education, computer science and electronic engineering, business and law.  Maynooth University has an international reputation for research in humanities; social and spatial sciences; mathematics, communication and computation; and  human health. This research connects directly with our teaching, and with wider societal needs through a very successful knowledge transfer office.  Maynooth University is very much an engaged university, making significant contributions to social, cultural and economic development at local, regional and national levels.

Maynooth University describes itself as “a university dedicated to people, ideas and culture, where we work together as a scholarly community to inquire and discover, to teach and learn, to create, conserve, disseminate and apply knowledge, and to engage with the problems and challenges that face modern society; through all these things in combination, we are central to innovation, economic growth, social development and cultural vibrancy,  and are essential to a free, open, equal, democratic and sustainable society.”

The University community comprises more than 11,000 students and  800 staff from more than 20 countries.  The institution has grown rapidly in recent years, but retains a student-centred and deeply collegial ethos.

Maynooth University has recently launched a new University Strategic Plan 2012-17, charting a clear and ambitious direction for the development of the University, including major enhancements in undergraduate and postgraduate education, focussed investment in research, further internationalisation, and deeper engagement with enterprise and the community.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Maynooth University is currently hosting several Marie Curie awards, including three Individual Fellowships (2 IEF, 1 IOF) and 2 ITNs.  Maynooth University is also home to 3 European Research Council Grants called The Programmable City (Prof. Rob Kitchin, ERC Advanced Grant), NEWDEALS (Prof. Seán O’Riain, ERC Starter Grant) (both in NIRSA) and CHRONHIB (Prof. David Stifter, ERC Consolidator Grant).  In addition, we are partners in H2020 research projects in Societal Challenges (4 projects) and Research Infrastructures

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

I have been a member of the ALF through Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and am keen to continue to build the relationships and networks that we have cultivated over the last number of years. Maynooth University is particularly well positioned to engage with the ALF network given its inter-disciplinary ethos and commitment to community and social engagement. Maynooth University's existing networks and projects will contribute to the ALF mission in Ireland. 

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Applying on behalf of Maynooth University, I am keen to join the network because of the benefits that I have experienced through my involvement in MIC. It has been a terrific mechanism for bringing together a very diverse range of practitioners in Ireland, and also has been important in terms of learning about projects and exchanging ideas in the Mediterranean basin. I think Maynooth will benefit from the diversity of encounters that one has as part of both national and international networks, and that it will bring knowledge and experience that will make an important contribution to the ALF mission.