Studying at Maynooth this year

A welcoming and safe experience for our students

Time on Campus

Our aim is to give you the best educational experience that we can in the next semester. We know that you value the interaction with lecturers and tutors, and the opportunity to share ideas with others in your class. While we will operate within restrictions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be working to ensure that your educational experience is as close to normal as we can make it.

We would like to return to our normal operation as soon as possible. We know that won’t be possible in the first semester of next year, but our aim is to have as much teaching on campus as public health measures allow. And where we cannot teach on campus, we will work to use the technology to provide the best blended learning experience we can offer.

What this means in practice:

  • If you are in a module that is taught through large lectures (over 100), those lectures will probably be delivered remotely, and supplemented with smaller group classes.
  • If you are in a smaller module, this may be taught on campus, and supplemented with on-line support materials.
  • Practical classes will run on-campus, although they will be managed to limit the number of students in a room at any time.
  • Tutorials will run on campus, but may operate at a reduced frequency or be interspersed with online tutorials.

This is an outline of what we plan to do in the next semester. Of course this could change if there is a change in the public health situation, so we ask you to treat this as a guideline.

Click here for a guide for students at Maynooth in 2020-2021 in response to Covid-19.

As a result of these measures, you will be on campus for scheduled activities less frequently than normal. The amount of scheduled time on campus will vary between courses, and between modules. For the vast majority of students, all classes will be going ahead on campus. For a very small majority, contact hours will be about half the normal classes.

But everyone should also be prepared for the possibility that there could be temporary suspension of on-campus teaching for a period if there are outbreaks. If this arises, we will continue as much teaching as possible online, and re-open as soon as the public health situation allows.

Of course this does not mean that the workload is reduced. We expect to teach the same content as usual, and use remote teaching to supplement the on-campus teaching. You will need to take responsibility for your own learning, and make sure that you devote sufficient time to the online material, as well as the on-campus teaching.


Please make a note of these important dates:

  • Monday, 28 September 2020 : Teaching semester begins
  • Friday, 18 December 2020 : Teaching semester ends
  • January 2021 : Semester 1 exams

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