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Defending Democracy: Maynooth University’s Struggle for Transparent Governance

By 31st August 2023 January 11th, 2024 No Comments
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Democracy is all about making sure things are fair, everyone’s ideas count, and representative voices are heard. Recently, Maynooth University found itself in a bit of a situation regarding the institution’s commitment to democratic values. The university’s decision to replace the democratic election process for staff representatives on the Governing Authority with a selection process sparked a wave of movement and discussions about the importance of preserving democracy within educational institutions.

The Petition: A Call for Reversal

In response to this move by the university a petition was started by students and faculty within Maynooth University. The petition, created on MyUplift, calls on the university to reverse its decision to implement a selection process for staff representatives on the Governing Authority. The campaign argues that this shift undermines the principles of democracy and good governance that universities are meant to uphold.

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The Importance of Democracy in Education

Democracy in educational institutions serves as more than just a procedural formality. It encourages inclusion of diverse perspectives, protects academic freedom, and guarantees fair representation for all stakeholders. By allowing staff representatives to be chosen through democratic elections, universities ensure that those who understand the on-ground challenges and aspirations of the academic community have a direct say in decision-making processes.

Defending Democracy and Good Governance

The petition to reverse this decision is not just about the process change; it is about protecting a healthy academic environment. Democracy ensures that decisions are collective, transparent, and fair. It encourages a culture of open dialogue, debate, and checks and balances. Good governance is rooted in respecting the rights and voices of all.

Democracy won

A petition opened by IFUT Maynooth, put Maynooth University in the spotlight. More than 1,100 Uplift members signed, shared and supported the campaign, showing the university that people support and will fight for democracy. 

Maynooth University officially confirmed that they are reversing their decision.


Campaigns on MyUplift have proven many times that they play a big part in creating a change in local communities. You too have the power to make change happen about something you care about in your area. Every single day, Uplift members start campaigns about issues they care about by setting up petitions. And getting tens of thousands of people to join them by taking action on a brand-new issue.

You too could start something incredible with just a few clicks. Starting a petition only takes a few minutes, yet it has the potential to create a powerful wave of change. If you have a burning issue that you would like to campaign about, open a petition today.

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