Attending DCU 2020/21 - Latest Updates

Attending DCU 2020/21: Everything Need To Know

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This page was last reviewed and updated on Tuesday, 2 February 2021.

Important update for students on the remainder of Semester Two

A message from Professor Lisa Looney, Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2 February: 

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. The current restrictions are challenging for all of us; studying in isolation from your fellow-students and your campus is hard. No one is finding it easy, but I hope you are coping and finding ways to stay connected with friends as best you can. And if you need them, don’t forget that DCU has good support available.

Following on from my email of January 7th I’m writing to clarify that teaching activities for the remainder of Semester Two will continue as they currently are.  Other aspects of university life on campus will resume as soon as public health advice allows.

We considered all limited options available for teaching on campus, but the situation nationally remains serious. In the time remaining after the mid semester break (from February 22nd) we cannot plan that there will be any significant alteration to national COVID restrictions. DCU had an early start to this semester; this means that any relaxation in restrictions that would allow a return to campus teaching would only give us a week or two at best and leave students scrambling for accommodation and transport arrangements for a very short period. This would be far from ideal and so we have taken a decision for the full semester.

For the vast majority of you this means that there will be no change and your programme will continue to be delivered online.  

Research students: Access to campuses will be maintained for researchers including research students, but only where access to specialist facilities/laboratories is required.  Researchers are encouraged to minimise their time on-campus and to work from home, insofar as feasible.

Limited Exceptions: For a small number and very specific cohorts of students we will need to facilitate some in-person activities on campus to meet qualification/graduation requirements.  These will be limited, designated by the Executive Dean of your Faculty, and scheduled to take place when the public health situation has improved, hopefully towards the end of this semester.  

These exceptions will apply to the following programmes and, when we are in a position to make specific plans, programme Chairs will be in contact with the relevant students:

  • MEd in PE  

  • Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance (all years)  

  • BAJH Music (yrs 1-3)

  • Athletic Therapy (2nd & 3rd years) and PE programmes (PEB/PEM)

  • Engineering and Science programmes (specific 4th year students who need access to specialist facilities/equipment)

There may be some changes to published timetables and potentially to the academic calendar for a very small number of students. 

Campus Residences on the Glasnevin campus will remain open and operational for the remainder of Semester Two and continue to be open for applications.  Any student who is not planning to avail of their on-campus accommodation for the remainder of semester two can apply for a refund directly to Campus Residences.  Refunds will be dependent on rooms being vacated and checked and will be processed at the end of the semester.

Short term stays will be available for nursing students only.

 DCU Library

  • Library study spaces will remain closed for the moment but will reopen as soon as  it is possible to do so.

  • The Cregan and O’Reilly libraries will continue to offer a ‘Click & Collect’ book service – further details will be posted on the DCU Libraries webpage.  The ‘Scan and Send’ service will remain in operation.

All Sport facilities (Sports Complex Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and St. Clare’s) remain closed except for limited pre-booked access for elite athletes (as defined by Sport Ireland) to St. Clare’s for individual training only. Should restrictions ease in the weeks ahead this will be revised accordingly.  

The U Building will remain open 8am-6pm Mon-Fri with the meeting rooms available as study spaces The Londis shops on the St. Patrick’s and Glasnevin campuses will remain open.  The main canteen Starbucks cafe on Glasnevin will also be open.  

And finally a reminder if on campus for any reason to please use the Check-in function on the DCU SafeZone app.

I am conscious that how this academic year has evolved is very disappointing and difficult for everybody. All our decisions have been based on making your safety our priority and to ensure your learning can continue throughout this time.  Please reach out for help if you are struggling academically or otherwise.

As I mentioned at the outset, we have many support services available to you and it matters very much to us that each student feels cared for by the DCU community, so please do not hesitate to ask for help if you need it. 

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For Students

The 2020/2021 Semester Two term started on 18th January.

Wider information on the student experience and supports can be accessed here

Information on timetables can be found here 

Further details are available at https://loop.dcu.ie/

Information on Graduation ceremonies for 2020 graduates is available here

For Staff

University campuses have reopened since 4th January. All staff who can work from home are advised to do so. Further details are contained in an email to all staff sent by Chief Operating Officer Declan Rafferty on 7 January and also in the staff section of Attending DCU here 

A further email update from Declan Rafferty to all staff on 2 February, clarified that teaching activities for the remainder of Semester Two will continue as they are currently are with undergrad and postgrad teaching delivered predominantly online. 

Information in those emails include: 

  • Semester Two started as planned on January 18th, however, no on-campus teaching will take place during the Semester except in exceptional circumstances. These exceptions will apply to the following programmes, and activities will be scheduled when we are in a position to make specific plans. Students have been informed that Programme Chairs will be in contact with them: M.Ed. in PEJazz and Contemporary Music Performance (all years); BA Joint Honours Music (yrs 1-3); Athletic Therapy (2nd & 3rd years) and PE programmes (PEB/PEM)  and Engineering programmes (specific 4th year students who need access to specialist facilities/equipment)
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  • Campus Residences on the Glasnevin campus will remain open and operational for the remainder of semester 2 and continue to be open for applications.  Any student who is not planning to avail of their on-campus accommodation for the remainder of semester two can apply for a refund directly to Campus Residences.  Refunds will be dependent on rooms being vacated and checked and will be processed at the end of the semester. Short term stays will be available for nursing students only.
  • All staff who can work from home should do so. However we recognise that we have staff which, by the nature of their roles and responsibilities, it is essential for them to be on campus. The health and safety measures we have in place are there to ensure we have a safe campus environment. 
  • All DCU Buildings will move to staff swipe card access (8am-6pm) from January 8th.  Buildings are closed on Saturdays and Sundays and can only be accessed by prior arrangement with DCU Security. If you require access to Senior House on the All Hallows Campus please contact DCU Security (01-7005999) when you arrive on the campus and they will provide access through the doors in the Dunboyne wing.

Wider information on staff supports and campus facilities can be accessed here

For further information on DCU's Return to Campus policy please see the document below

President's Message

We are living in unprecedented times with the trajectory and potential impact of the COVID19 outbreak uncertain at this time.

We want to ensure, however, that we are as prepared as we possibly can to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors while also trying to continue to deliver on our core activities of teaching and research.

This website contains easily-accessible, DCU-specific information that will be kept updated on a regular basis and will be expanded as needed to keep the DCU community fully informed.

At a time of significant concern for all of us, I would like to acknowledge the work and dedication of so many DCU staff members who have shown great commitment in their efforts to address this evolving situation.

In particular, they continue to focus on developing contingency plans for all eventualities so that we can continue to deliver high quality education for our students while maintaining essential services.