DCU has been working with government, other universities, and with student and employee stakeholders to ensure a safe and sustained return to campus.
Higher Education has been deemed ‘essential’ by the Government - and we want this recognition to translate into concrete support for our safe return to face-to-face teaching.
On the 15th of June, Minister for Higher and Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, published the third-level education reopening plan. You can read the department’s plan for the safe return to onsite further and higher education and research here.
We have outlined below our plans for returning to campus this month
If you are a research student, you may already be working from campus as part of the phased return over the summer. If you have not been on campus, then please discuss plans for your return with your supervisor and/or local coordinator of facilities for research students.
All academic, library, student support, finance and registry services will be operating on the campuses
Catering & Retail
All Hallows Campus:
St Pats Campus:
As we return to campus, the university is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of our staff and students, and will adhere to government guidelines. As per the government announcement on August 31st, we are entering a phase where planning and responsible personal behaviour will replace regulation and restriction in keeping us all safe and the university running on campus as an essential experience for student learning.
The situation with COVID has been in a constant state of flux. The Delta variant has caused concern, but the national vaccination programme is proving to be very effective. If you have not already availed of the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19, we encourage you to do so now - the public health advice is very clear that take-up of vaccines is the best way we can protect one another, and open up of activities, including those in universities. Vaccination is a matter of individual choice however and not compulsory to attend classes on campus.
Responsible behaviour by students on and off campus is key to the success of returning to campus safely and allowing us all to make the 2021/22 academic year as normal as possible.
We need your cooperation and support in the period ahead with the following:
Managing suspected or confirmed cases of COVID 19
The DCU campuses, for the most part, consist of relatively modern buildings with modern efficient ventilation systems.
DCU Estates and the Health and Safety Office have risk-assessed all of our teaching spaces, particularly in terms of ventilation and air quality and approved each room’s safe capacity. Rooms with high quality ventilation substantially reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and they can be scheduled as normal, others have a reduced maximum capacity limit.
The following measures are in place to ensure a safe campus environment:
We are committed to providing you with welfare, academic and practical supports throughout this time. For more information visit Your University Life.
As a student you should be able to find everything you need to know on the Information Systems Services (ISS) page.
Should you require further assistance, you can check out the ISS Knowledge Base or log a support ticket.