2020/2021 Trimester 1 Guidance for students
Published 23 October 2020
Student Guidance under Level 5 Restrictions
The Level 5 measures announced on Monday 19 October designate higher education as essential insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely. To provide you with certainty in what to expect and facilitate your planning, the current level of restriction on academic activities are to be retained until the end of this Trimester.
This means that activities that are currently taking place on campus can continue:
- Practical and laboratory classes
- Clinical teaching and associated activities
- Practice based teaching
- Online teaching will continue as per timetables.
- Where there is any change to this position, your Module Coordinator will inform you of changes to the delivery for each affected module.
- The campus will remain open so that Libraries and study areas can be available. Details on these spaces are available here.
- On-campus catering can continue, for collection only.
- Campus-based research can continue.
- The UCD Student Health Service can provide necessary onsite support to meet your mental health and welfare needs.
You will be required to wear a face covering for all on campus teaching and learning events, in all the libraries and internal public spaces of the campus apart from:
- When actively eating and drinking in designated seating or social areas.
- When an underlying medical condition prevents their wearing.
Further details of all the facilities and services available both on campus and virtually can be found here.
Read carefully the specific requirements for attendance on campus outlined in the Short Guide for Students Returning to Campus.
If you have been on the Belfield campus and subsequently receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, please contact the Duty Manager at 01-7167999 as soon as possible. A team is available to guide you through our internal contact tracing process which takes place in parallel and in collaboration with the HSE contact tracing process.
It is important that you continue to observe the public health guidelines wherever you are and keep safe and well. Please ensure you carry your student ID as you may be required to demonstrate that you are travelling to UCD for educational purposes. Please be assured that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment and our faculty and staff are ready to provide you with the best educational experience we can offer, at distance or on campus.
Published 3 September 2020
Guidance for Continuing Students
The School of Medicine extends a very warm welcome to our students who have already arrived back on clinical sites and we look forward to welcoming further continuing students later this month.
The University has been provided with specific guidance to ensure that our campus will operate within the appropriate distancing constraints as described by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education Institutions endorsed by the HSE. This has assisted with plans for your registration teaching, learning and assessment in the coming Autumn Trimester. Please note that:
- Registration to modules will commence on Monday 7 September and you will find the registration date for your programme on the Student and Registry key dates website.
- As with previous years, there will be a staggered module registration schedule which invites students of specific programmes to register to their modules on specific days.
- When you register you will receive your own personalised timetable which will allow you to structure your study online and identify the periods when you are expected on campus.
- In addition, you will receive supplementary scheduling information about campus attendance in your modules. This will be finalised after registration and communicated by your module coordinators.
Your attention is drawn to a series of FAQs on teaching, learning and assessment for the Autumn Trimester and it is very important that you read these carefully as they detail the University’s approach to teaching, learning and assessment during this coming Autumn Trimester. The same COVID-19 protective measures that you are familiar with in your everyday life will apply to University activities and we all must comply with these measures. Protection against COVID-19 is a mutual responsibility shared by all students, faculty, staff and users of the campus; to that end we will require you to agree to abide by such guidance through a formal declaration at registration. Our guidance will continue to evolve as Government and public health advice develops and as term commencement draws closer.
Please see the Short Guide for Students Coming to Campus.
Published 9 July 2020
The School of Medicine has agreed details of how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, in line with public health guidance.
We aim to give you the best possible campus and blended learning experience, and the School considers face-to-face interaction between students, and between students and faculty, as integral elements of your learning journey. While the national response to COVID-19 presents challenges in maintaining this experience, we seek to ensure that our students access and use our campuses to the greatest extent possible. Therefore we encourage you to book accommodation as close to campus as is possible.
The School of Medicine has adopted the following general teaching and assessment principles for the Autumn Trimester:
- Essential practical teaching sessions, small group teaching, tutorials and PBL sessions will be prioritised for face to face delivery.
- Where this isn’t possible, lectures will be delivered remotely; synchronously using scheduled timeslots (and recorded and made available through Brightspace) and asynchronously, through pre-recordings, in some cases.
- Clinical placement planning and calendars have been amended to account for ongoing social distancing, and other restrictions, in primary care and in hospitals.
- Module assessment will, as much as possible, incorporate an in-trimester or continuous assessment approach. However, there will be a need to maintain some timed and invigilated examinations.