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Attending DCU 2020/21: Everything Students Need To Know

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The student experience for 2020/2021 will be different from previous years at DCU. The threat posed to public health by the coronavirus pandemic has led to universities across the globe having to address how they can continue teaching while keeping their staff and students safe.  In most cases, lectures will be delivered remotely. 

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 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. 

Our online learning platform Loop will be your main 'go to' for everything related to your course. Log in using your DCU email address and password. Your programme chair or module coordinator will email the Zoom links for your online classes to your DCU email address


The Keep Learning | Dublin City University suggestions have been prepared for DCU students to ensure that you can continue to learn and keep up-to-date with your studies in the event of a situation where there may be limited or restricted campus access.

Need some help adjusting and figuring it all out? Check out Loop for supports including our free 'Digital Edge' course, designed by students.



Lectures/tutorials/workshops will mostly be delivered online, with some live, and some prerecorded. The days and times across which campus-based classes and online activities will take place can vary between faculties, programmes and modules.

A number of decisions were made throughout October, the upshot of which is to retain teaching activities on the same basis as they had been delivered in the first weeks of the first semester One. This means we will predominantly be teaching online throughout the academic year 2020/21. Learning activities which cannot effectively take place remotely - including practical, laboratory and skills based activities - will continue on campus in some limited circumstances. 

Timetables are available at where you will find supporting timetable information and an online support portal for timetable assistance. You will also be emailed directly by your programme chair for information specific to your programme.

Labs And Research

If campus access is needed to do your work effectively you may be able to attend campus but in compliance with all safety protocols.

Exams & Assessments

It has been decided to hold exams planned for January 2021 online, bar exceptional circumstances.

All details regarding examinations and timetables can be found at Registry here including timetables. The schedule for the university's examinations are as outlined in the academic calendar.

DCU will design and provide alternative assessments that take into account the challenges that students face in engaging with learning and assessment in an online environment.  Throughout, academic standards will be maintained so that the quality of your grades and your degrees match those taken in any other year.

Examples of alternative assessments that could replace on-campus examinations include:

  • ‘Set Tasks’ - for example: an essay, project or report. Details of these ‘set tasks’ would be provided by the student's module co-ordinator.
  • ‘Take-away exams’ - these exams are provided by a student's module coordinator and are submitted by a set deadline.
  • Oral Exams - these would take place online and may include oral examinations or presentations.
  • ‘Synchronous online exams’ - these are scheduled, timed online exams that are taken at the same time by every student on the module. For example: multiple choice quiz, open book exams. The answers to this exam can be inputted directly online, or submitted when complete via an electronic file.



We are committed to providing you with welfare, academic and practical supports throughout this time. For more information visit Your University Life.

DCU is also aware that some students attending the university campus for essential activities may need proof of essential travel clearance - if stopped by authorities under COVID-19 restrictions. DCU is providing the letter below, to be used in conjunction with DCU student ID, in such circumstances. 

IT Services

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.