Message from Associate Dean for Research, Innovation & Impact
24th March 2020
Please find links below to FAQs for Research and also separate guidelines for Graduate Students.
13th March 2020
Campus Access: As you will note from the President’ s bulletin of Thursday March 12th, the Belfield campus will remain operational for those whose research requires them to be present on site. In line with the current advice, large groups should be avoided and HSE guidelines should be followed. Principal Investigators should liaise with their teams and student to identify those tasks which need to be continued.
Working from home: Research team members whose presence on the campus is not required, should work from home. Principal Investigators should work closely with their team members to identify how working from home can be facilitated. Team meetings should continue using remote meeting systems and software.
Hospital Based Research: Given the anticipated major increase in pressure on our hospitals, It is likely that hospital based research may face severe disruption. This may have significant impact. We will work closely with Investigators, Students, funding agencies and other stakeholders to mitigate these effects
Graduate Research Students: We recognise that the current disruption may have an impact on timely completion of graduate research programmes. We will ensure that appropriate allowances are made for these students by way of extensions of registration etc, should the need arise.
Viva Voce Examinations: If a viva voce examination is scheduled for your student over the coming weeks, I would ask that you contact me as soon as possible so we can facilitate alternative arrangements, to ensure examinations progress.
Joint Statement from Research Funding Agencies: The Irish Research Council, the Health Research Board and Science Foundation Ireland have issued a joint statement in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finally, you will be aware that a number of school colleagues are involved directly in efforts to control the outbreak, the provision of care to patients with Covid-19 and research into the pandemic. I am sure you will join with me in expressing our gratitude and support to them and all the staff in our partner hospitals in these difficult times.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the control measures necessary present us with unique challenges. The UCD School of Medicine will support all of our staff and students through this uncertainty. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do contact me.
Prof Peter Doran