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This page was last reviewed and updated at 4.30pm on Thursday 2nd April 2020

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Apart from staff involved in essential services, all other staff are requested to remain at home during the period up to April 12th next.  It is clear that we will not be in a position to resume 'normal' on-campus activities this semester and that all teaching and assessment/examinations will be conducted on-line for the remainder of this academic year. All staff and students should now work on that basis.

We are in unprecedented times but we do hope our staff/students and their families are keeping safe and well at this time.

Following the announcement of additional measures by An Taoiseach on Friday March 27th, please see below important information for all staff.

Essential services

At the outset of this crisis, each unit head was asked to identify essential services and the staffing arrangements required to ensure the continuity of these services.  We are now taking all practical and reasonable steps to minimise the number of staff members required on campus.  However, we still have essential staff requirements for maintenance, security, campus residences, and supports for the HSE Call Centre and Clinical Hub so that they can remain operational at all times.  I would like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of these staff members who are continuing to come on campus to do their jobs through very challenging times.


National Travel Restrictions

The University's academic campuses are now closed except for essential staff, campus residents, essential deliveries and campus companies.  Information on how to access the various campuses has been posted below and on the University 'Campus Alert' banner at the top of the home page and an email has been issued to all staff and students

  1. Heads and Deans are asked to submit requests for essential staff access/travel support letters, if required, to coo@dcu.ie for any period from Monday March 30th onwards.
  2. Essential staff access requires prior approval by the COO
  3. Staff are to contact DCU Security (01-7005999) 30 mins before they arrive on campus to co-ordinate access to buildings
  4. While on campus staff must be 'Checked-in' on the DCU SafeZone app
  5. Staff are to inform security by phone when they are leaving campus so that the building may be locked.

Please note that from 7pm on Sunday March 29th, all buildings on all academic campuses are closed with the following exceptions:

  • On the Glasnevin Campus, Residences, the Nursing building (for Call Centre and HSE Clinical Hub staff and volunteers only) and the Estates Office on the Glasnevin campus will remain open.  The Invent and Hamilton buildings will remain open for client companies. 
  • The Pharmacy remains open and is also operating an on-line pre-order system and a drive through collection point outside the Helix.

Please also note the following:

Glasnevin Campus

  • All car park barriers are open on the Glasnevin campus to provide access to car parking for essential DCU staff and DCU / HSE staff and volunteers associated with the Contact Tracing Centre and Clinical Hub.
  • The on-campus Londis shop is closed.
  • Access to the Glasnevin campus for vehicles and pedestrians is via the Collins Ave entrance (8am-8pm), the Ballymun Road entrance for vehicles is now closed. The Ballymun road pedestrian entrance is open 8am-8pm daily. The pedestrian entrance from Albert College park is also closed.  
  • The Student Health Centre is open with reduced hours but by appointment only.  Students can contact the Health Centre by email (healthservices@dcu.ie) or phone (01-7005143) to arrange an appointment.


St. Patrick’s Campus

  • All buildings are closed and the main gate is closed.
  • The Student Health Centre on the St. Patrick's campus is also closed but students can contact the Health Centre on the Glasnevin campus by email (healthservices@dcu.ie) or phone (01-7005143).


All Hallows Campus

  • All buildings with the exception of Purcell House residences will be closed from 7pm Sunday March 29th. The campus can now only be accessed via the pedestrian gate from Church Avenue.


DCU Alpha 

  • DCU Alpha remains open for client companies although please note both catering outlets on campus are closed.  


Staff should also email coo@dcu.ie if there are specific essential deliveries that need to be facilitated during this period.

We will keep all of these arrangements under review and communicate any updates via email, the DCU coronavirus website and Twitter.  

Previous Updates

DCU is prepared to provide whatever relevant assistance required by the national emergency response team and HSE in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus in Ireland.

To this end you may already know that we are operating a contact tracing call centre in the Nursing building, in addition to this we are now going to facilitate the establishment of a HSE COVID-19 Clinical Hub on campus. This Hub will be accessed by appointment only through GP referrals and will be used by the HSE to assess patients.  The facility will go live at 8am on Wednesday April 1st and it will be located on the ground floor of the Healthy Living Centre in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health on the Glasnevin campus.   

The necessary infrastructure to ensure single access and entry points to the facility have no been installed. This will impact on how some adjacent buildings are accessed, and staff will be required to use alternative access routes or building entrances/exits. A detailed email has been issued to staff on the arrangements being put in place to facilitate the HSE Clinical Hub.

For Information on General Teaching Update (issued 18th March) - please see 'Information for Students' section of this webpage.

Social Distancing

It is crucial at this time that we all observe the social distancing guidelines, in everything that we do, if we are to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. Please see the joint statement issued today by the Presidents of the Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Safe Zone App - Check-in

If you are on campus - it would be really helpful for DCU Security if you would 'Check-in' using the DCU Safe Zone App.  Full details are available here. All researchers working in any laboratory type environment must 'Check-in' using the Safe Zone App.

Data Protection

For guidance on the data protection issues to be mindful of while working from home please see the link below. 

Data Protection when working from Home

As we have stated from the start of this unprecedented situation, the safety and wellbeing of the DCU community is, and always will be, our highest priority, and we have carefully considered the official advice available to us, and our responsibility to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors.  We will keep the community updated regularly as the situation changes.

If you require any further information than has been provided on this website, please contact the Office of the Chief Operations Officer at:

Email: coo@dcu.ie

DCU Coronavirus information line: 01-7007019 (9am - 5pm Mon-Fri)

Key contact numbers:

In the event of an Emergency DCU Security Control Room 01-7005999

Student Health Centres

You must contact the Health Centre by phone (01-7005766 or 01-7005143 to book an appointment with the GP (Glasnevin campus) and 01- 8842245 or 01-8842239 (St. Patrick’s campus)) to be triaged before an appointment can be confirmed.  

Estates Office Helpdesk 01-7005142

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.

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