WELCOME TO THE AUTUMN TRIMESTER 2020-21 AT UCD SCHOOL OF
ENGLISH, DRAMA AND FILM 

UCD is committed to ensuring that each student can engage with their academic programme effectively and has access to the highest quality learning and student experience possible. Schools in the College of Arts and Humanities are prioritising wellbeing, quality, and flexibility, across all our modules. Our stimulating teaching and learning environments are designed to ensure your safety, to meet disciplinary demands, and to provide access for all. Each School will use a specific blend of on-campus and virtual teaching modes to give you the best experience.

The School of English, Drama, and Film has put a great deal of thought into balancing the many concerns brought by covid-19, including prioritizing the health and safety of all students and staff, the need for social distancing and personal protection, managing limitations on the use of classroom space, and the desire to provide opportunities to build personal connections among students and faculty. For the Autumn trimester, the majority of our classes will continue to be provided online, and face-to-face classes will only take place for small groups where such instruction is considered pedagogically and practically necessary, and safe. We see online instruction as the most equitable pedagogical solution since not all students will be able to come into campus due to concerns for their own health or those of family members. For those students unable to come to campus, all face-to-face classes will have alternative online modes of learning. For the Spring trimester, we aim to return to our normal face-to-face teaching arrangements, if circumstances permit. While each module will be handled differently, students can expect the following overarching principles:

  • All lectures will be delivered online, and made available as recordings, in accordance with public health restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • As the learning objectives of seminar and tutorial classes are compromised by social distancing and the wearing of facemasks, most classes will take place online, with some exceptions where practical and safe.
  • All meeting times and meeting modes will be clearly detailed in the module outline available on Brightspace for each module.
  • All synchronous (live) teaching, whether face-to-face or online will be dictated by the university timetable.
  • Since not all students will be able to come to campus in a given week, all face-to-face instruction will be replicated with online resources or classes.
  • Student engagement will be key to the success of online material, and students should expect an emphasis on continuous assessment including the submission of weekly written work and/or discussion boards and/or other tools that increase engagement between students and faculty.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to interact with peers and instructors in online formats and are free to schedule on-campus meetings with other students in order to work on assigned work on the module.
  • Faculty will provide details on consultation hours; as face-to-face meetings should be kept to a minimum for safety reasons, staff consultation hours will only be provided online.
  • Faculty will endeavour to provide as much of the learning materials for modules as possible in electronic form, insofar as this is possible and practical. Students are still expected to purchase books and other materials as required for each module.
  • All coursework submission will take place online through Brightspace. Examinations will also be online, with exam papers released electronically to students in advance of the designated submission time.
  • The School understands that online classes rely upon students having access to reliable internet and sufficient digital devices.If you do not have ready access to such things, you should contact one of the student advisors for the College. o Mr. James Ronan james.ronan@ucd.ie o Dr. Letizia Vettor letizia.vettor@ucd.ie

All modules in the School have been assessed for the safest and fairest means of delivery. Specific information about each module and programme will be available in late August in time for registration in September. All School plans are based on the public health guidance currently available, and are subject to change.

If you have any general queries, please contact the Arts and Humanities Connector

If you have specific queries about programmes in the School of English, Drama and Film, please contact the School staff:
CREATIVE WRITING: malgorzata.wojnicka@ucd.ie
DRAMA AND FILM: stacy.grouden@ucd.ie
ENGLISH: pauline.slattery@ucd.ie or karen.jackman@ucd.ie
GRADUATE STUDIES: graduateedf@ucd.ie