Focusing on sustainability, carbon reduction and energy efficiency
We believe in the power of the individual and collective actions that we can take as a community to preserve and protect our planet, and build a more sustainable campus. We will develop our campus as a Green Living Lab for our students’ learning, staff wellbeing and research. We will live our green campus ethos through the way we run our everyday activities. Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility.
We will continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency, including the replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with heat pumps. We will develop minimum design standards for all new building projects to ensure they are fossil fuel free, have (near) zero emissions, and use renewable energy and sustainable technologies to the maximum extent possible.
Beyond this, we will develop further initiatives to support carbon reduction and a sustainable campus, including a collaborative, evidence-informed green campus approach to campus management and green procurement practices. We will review use of spaces to improve carbon efficiency, and train staff and students on measures they can employ to make a difference.
As an external validation of our progress, we will pursue recognition for our achievements by applying for international sustainability credentialing and green campus awards.
Digitally transforming our campus
Developing the appropriate technical skills and capacity across the University will allow us to innovate, to address the evolving needs of the University and to respond to the changing technical landscape. Developed in tandem with a review and redesign of technology-led business processes to meet our growing needs, renewed investment in this technical infrastructure will be key to supporting the delivery of the University’s strategic priorities.
We will make significant investments in IT systems and infrastructure to facilitate intuitive, efficient and controlled business processes. We will review these processes and key enterprise systems, to ensure they are future-proofed, agile and fit for purpose for the next 10-15 years.
All University staff will have the opportunity to benefit from continuous professional development in new technology-enabled business processes, technology and digital tools. This will enhance our working environment and capacity to deliver our strategy, particularly in light of the rapid developments in artificial intelligence and threats to cyber-security.
Creating a vibrant and inclusive campus environment
We will create a vibrant and inclusive campus environment where people enjoy working, studying, visiting and connecting.
We will refresh our Campus Master Plan to ensure that it aligns with future strategic priorities over the next five to ten years, foregrounding a sustainable campus and embedding flexibility to anticipate future changes in working and learning practices. We will determine the future campus footprint of Maynooth University to accommodate growth and new developments. We will also establish guidelines for flexible use of space to accommodate hybrid working and blended teaching.
We will prioritise investment in high-priority areas relating to students, education, research and the campus environment, developing flexible and fit-for-purpose student facilities, including a student building, to accommodate our diverse student population and future needs. With enhanced provision of technology-rich teaching and learning facilities, we will better support modern ways of teaching and learning. We will develop our facilities for students to include new models of accommodation that cater for the needs of our students, a ‘One-Stop Shop’ for student academic and personal supports, and multi-use facilities for social, arts, cultural, recreational, collaboration and sports activities.