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Latest updates

This page was last reviewed and updated at 4pm on Tuesday 30th June 2020

Latest Updates

Apart from staff involved in essential services, lab-based researchers and staff involved in the planning and prepartaion for the return to campus - all other staff are requested to continue to work from home where feasible and it is likley to be August at the earliest before general access to the campuses will be fully restored. 

The DCU 'Return to Campus' protocol and associated informations is available on the Health and Safety webpage (

The 2020/2021 academic term for continuing students will commence on October 5th with first years likely to start up to two weeks earlier. 

We are continuing to plan for the 2020/2021 academic year. These plans are driven by three principles: protecting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, providing the highest quality education possible for our students, and optimising the broader student experience within the constraints imposed by COVID-19. But the first of these principles is paramount and overrides everything else.

Human Resources have additional information for staff on COVID19 Supports and Updates that are available on the HR webpage.

The opening hours for the Collins Avenue entrance to the Glasnevin campus are 7am-11.30pm seven day per week.

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

Please also note the following:

Glasnevin Campus

  • All car park barriers are open on the Glasnevin campus.  Car park barriers will be re-activated on July 20th and the efecing at the Collins Ave entrance will be removed.
  • The on-campus Londis shop is open with reduced hours of operation.
  • The Sports Complex is open for outdoor classes with indoor classes and the pool etc re-opening on July 13th.
  • The Pharmacy is open and is also operating an on-line pre-order system and a drive through collection point outside the Helix.
  • The Creche will re-open on July 13th.
  • Access to the Glasnevin campus for vehicles and pedestrians is via the Collins Ave entrance (8am-11.30pm), 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 has been re-opened.  
  • The Student Health Centre is open with reduced hours but by appointment only.  Students can contact the Health Centre by email ( 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 ( or phone (01-7005143).

All Hallows Campus

  • All buildings on the campus are now closed. If essential access is required, 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.  

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

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 is a health and safety requirement that you 'Check-in' using the DCU Safe Zone App on your phone or using the desktop version of safeZone.  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

Zoom and Data Protection: Guidance for DCU Staff

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:

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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