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General Update Advice

The HSE is carrying out contact tracing of all individuals who may have come into casual or close contact with a diagnosed patient. You will only be contacted directly by the HSE if you fall into this category. You will be advised by the HSE on what actions to take. Please notify your course director or your line manager if you have been contacted by HSE and have been medically certified to self-isolate.

The UL campus will remain closed until May 18 at least, Further updates on closures will be posted online and communicated to all students and staff as they arise. 

University of Limerick President, Dr Des Fitzgerald sent this memo update to all staff and students on May 15.

Memo Update: Final Update - May 15

Dear colleagues and students,

This will be the final update you will receive from UL’s Critical Operations Team and Executive Committee (COTEC) as we move from a crisis operations mode back to our regular senior leadership structures - albeit in a new environment for the foreseeable future.

The Crisis Operations Team was brought together in January of this year as the Coronavirus crisis emerged in China and was chaired by the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer (DPCOOR), Gerry O’Brien to develop a response to the situation. UL COTEC was formed when the Executive Committee (EC) joined the Crisis Operations Team on the last day of January as it became apparent that the crisis was escalating and the campus would be closed. UL COTEC, chaired by the President, has successfully managed the campus closure and the initial response to the pandemic.

COTEC will now revert to being the Crisis Operations Team charged with monitoring the pandemic and its impact on the University and ensuring the appropriate University response to any re-escalation of the crisis, should it occur. Communications on the University response will now revert to coming through the Executive and President.

As we move out of crisis mode the Executive Committee (with some additional input) will oversee the structure of the next semester in September. The working groups to report into it are:

  1. Chaired by Kerstin Mey, the Academic Planning Group is overseeing two working groups. One is planning the undergraduate offering and the other the postgraduate programmes including student recruitment, student support, mobility, operational implications and technological underpinning
  2. Chaired by Norelee Kennedy, the Research Planning Group has been tasked with getting our researchers back to work and dealing with issues with research agencies and stakeholders
  3. Chaired by Gerry O’Brien, the Space Management Committee has been tasked with preparing a UL specific plan for how we make the campus safe for the return of our staff and students, creating a plan that meets all the requirements outlined in the government roadmap documents and incorporating our own specific needs

As we enter into the first of the phase of the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business next week, there will be further updates from senior leadership to indicate what implications the phases will have for the UL community.

Stay home and stay well.

UL Critical Operations Team and Executive Committee

Every member of the UL community must take personal responsibility for their own health and that of our entire community. We are relying on our community to closely follow the HSE hand hygiene advice and other prevention measures.

The University is closed until March 29, in the first instance, but that is likely to be extended. We strongly endorse preventative measures, which have been published and extensively circulated by the HSE and are available here.

Stay at home, follow the advice of the HSE and minimize the contact with others (especially new or infrequent contacts) insofar as is practicable, regardless of symptoms.

Students with MEDICAL QUERIES only can contact the Student Medical Centre by phone at (061) 202 534. Please only contact this number with medical queries as the service must be available for those who have health concerns or questions.

Students may also choose to contact their own GP.

All other queries can be directed to covid19advice@ul.ie.

UL staff should contact their GP for health advice. You may have general questions on a health issue and we will do our best to advise you.

UL staff can email their queries to covid19advice@ul.ie.

The HSE is carrying out contact tracing of all individuals who may have come into casual or close contact with a diagnosed patient. You will only be contacted directly by the HSE if you fall into this category.

You will be advised by the HSE on what actions to take. 

You should follow all medical advice that you are given. You will be advised by the HSE on what actions to take. Please immediately notify your course director or your line manager and email covid19advice@ul.ie to advise of your situation.