The new Student Centre will serve as a home for Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU), a home-from-home for students, and a focal point for student life. The new building is scheduled to open in 2022 and construction work is expected to commence later this year. The centre will serve as a hub for MSU, a workspace for students engaged in Clubs & Societies, events and a wider variety of activities that help to create that special sense of belonging which is so important to the Maynooth student experience.
The new 3,700 square metre building will be located in lands acquired by the University in 2016, and is being funded through a student levy. Designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects—who also designed the University’s Library, Iontas and School of Education buildings—the new Student Centre’s distinctive architecture will create an iconic destination on campus that is welcoming, vibrant, friendly and inclusive. The Student Centre will be built and operated to the highest sustainability standards, including an innovative ‘outdoor living room’ under a sustainable canopy, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor space and creating a unique space and resource for student life.
President of Maynooth University, Prof Philip Nolan, said: “Maynooth University has a deserved reputation for offering an outstanding student experience, a strong sense of community, and a rich social and cultural life. I’m delighted to see this ambitious plan take shape today and pay tribute to Maynooth Students’ Union for their dedicated work to further enrich student life on campus, in partnership with the University.
Why is the new Student Centre so important for the Student Experience?
A place for inclusivity and warm welcomes
Our welcoming ethos will be at the heart of the new Student Centre. This will be an accessible, varied and communal space that will enable all students, no matter what their background, to have the opportunity to be fully immersed in life on campus.
A place to call your own
With more students than ever before living at home and commuting to campus, our ability to deliver exceptional services and opportunities has never been so important. There will also be many communal areas where students can mix, relax, socialise, study and join in with events and activities.
A place for personal growth
The Student Centre will create places to spend time, meet friends, learn, and relax; somewhere that’s clearly separate from other campus buildings. The opportunity to develop interests in student representation and Clubs & Societies throughout college life will be here when needed.
A place to find support
A new home for Elected Officers who provide peer-to-peer support to students on issues relating their health, wellbeing and academic studies. The MSU Frontdesk will be an approachable and welcoming access point for students in need of help and advice.
A place of partnership and representation
Student representation and partnership is core to MSU’s activities. The new Student Centre will provide meeting rooms and a democratic chamber - helping student leaders to best represent the entire Maynooth student population.
A place for social activity
The Student Centre will bring together the MSU Shop, Bar, social and performance spaces and a multi-functional venue. From club or society meetings through to large-scale events, the full range of social needs of students will be catered for.