Student Success Initiative
The Maynooth University ‘Guiding Strategies and Practices for Student Success Initiative’ seeks to build on the University’s commitment and significant track record in supporting Student Success by developing a strategic framework to further embed a shared vision and culture of student success at Maynooth University. 

This one-year initiative is funded by the Higher Education authority (HEA) in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under the Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Funding (SATLE) in Higher Education 2020.   
 
What is Student Success?  
Student Success can mean different things to different people. The National Forum (2019) undertook a nationwide consultation process and extensive literature review, and found that Student Succes can mean: 

  • Empowering students to recognise and achieve their own potential.  
  • Enhancing partnership and engagement between students, staff and the wider community and between all levels of the higher education sector. 
  • Removing any obstacles that may hinder students from achieving their own benchmark of success.  
  • Focusing on the entire student experience. 
  • Adopting a whole-of-institution approach. 

Based on these insights, the National Forum has put forward a National Understanding of Student Success, which states that:  
“Student success optimises the learning and development opportunities for each student to recognise and fulfil their potential to contribute to, and flourish in, society. To be achieved, this requires a culture in Irish higher education that values inclusivity, equity and meaningful engagement between students, staff, their institutions and the wider community” (National Forum 2019 p. 28). 

Why is it important?  
This initiative seeks to celebrate Student Success practice that Maynooth University is Leading in, reinforce and enhance Student Success practice that Maynooth University is Consolidating, and identify and action Student Success practice that Maynooth University is Developing. In-so-doing, the Student Success Initiative in Maynooth University looks to build on and enhance our capability to give each student the support they need to recognise and fulfil their potential. 

Contact the Initiative Team: 
For further information about the initiative, please email studentsuccess@mu.ie