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UL New and Existing Students

Welcome to UL:
We are very excited to welcome you all back to campus and to in-person classes. As always, our main priority is your health and safety, and that of our staff.
All students except first years will be attending UL for mainly on-site activity from 6 September. Year 1 undergraduate CAO courses will commence on 27 September.

To safely accommodate your return to campus, and to comply with government guidance, the University has implemented a maximum capacity of 300 students for face-to-face lectures.

  • All lectures above this capacity will be delivered online for the Autumn semester.
  • Learn more, and see which modules are impacted, in the Student Hub Online and your module leader will outline full delivery details during Week 1.
  • The University will continue to adhere to government public safety advice as well as observe the recent Higher Education Reopening Plan guidance issued by the Irish Universities Association (IUA).
Please continue following guidelines to help prevent the transmission of the virus and the risk of serious illness
Important Updates
Glucksman Library
From 22nd October 2021 booking is no longer required to access the Library, however you will need your UL ID card to access through the gates.
See here for further information.



When on campus

All staff and students are expected to follow Public Health guidelines to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Preventing the transmission of COVID-19 can only be achieved on a cooperative basis with shared responsibility between staff, students and University management.

As a matter of course you should:

  • Not attend (in person) if you are feeling unwell or displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Washing your hands properly and often.
  • Observe social distancing guidelines indicated by signage on campus.
  • Wear a face covering in all University buildings unless in a single occupancy office.
  • You are reminded to use natural ventilation (open windows) whenever possible.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you are asked to notify UL at as soon as possible with the date you were last on campus and when you were diagnosed.

The information you provide will be received by the UL Health & Safety Unit and may be communicated to the Head of Department if you are on clinical placement, the HSE if you are part of a cluster (a cluster being two or more students sharing a module who develop COVID-19) and the UL Student Health Centre for reporting purposes.

Records will be deleted by UL after 30 days.

UL has completed a ventilation review to ensure that air purity and circulation quality meets the required public health standard in relation to the number of seats in the room. Ventilation upgrades have taken place where necessary and, in some cases, additional air filtration systems are being installed. Numbers are only being scheduled in line with room capacities.

Multi-occupancy indoor UL spaces and circulation areas will have room occupancy and social distancing guidelines indicated. A one way system will be in place in corridors and stairwells.

Yes, you should wear a face covering in all University buildings.

If there is a medical reason as to why a student is unable to wear a face covering, you must advise your module leader in advance of returning to campus, including a medical practitioner’s report confirming that you need to wear a face visor instead.

Where a student is unable to wear either a face covering or a face visor, for their own safety and that of the UL community, they should not come on campus. In line with our commitment under the Plan for a Safe Return to ‘make appropriate provisions for vulnerable…students and learners’, module leaders are asked to ensure that their VLE sites (Sulis or Moodle) include the basic online support materials for their module – e.g., a lecture schedule, reading lists and materials, lecture notes, ppt slide decks or recorded lectures.

If you refuse to wear a face-covering (or visor if indicated by a medical practitioner’s report), you may be requested to leave the class as a courtesy to the rest of the students. If a student refuses to comply, a lecturer may suspend the class at their discretion and refer to the Office of the University Advocate.


However, the University recommends that all students are vaccinated to protect against the coronavirus. Follow this link for more information about the vaccination programme in Ireland.

The primary approach to maintaining air-quality and cleaning in UL is to ensure that ventilation standards match or exceed Public Health guidelines, with upgrades taking place where necessary. This reduces the need for CO2 monitors, but they will be used as required

Frequently touched surfaces are thoroughly and regular cleaned. Toilets will be operating as normal. Hand sanitiser and paper towels will be available in all toilets. A one-way system will be in place in corridors and stairwells in so far as is reasonably practicable.

Teaching, Research, Learning & Lecture Spaces

The timetable for year 1 CAO courses will be published on Thursday, 23 September.

UL is planning for normal classroom occupancy. Lectures with projected numbers of 300+ will remain online. Room occupancy numbers are being identified for all spaces on campus and will be posted on the door.

No. Lectures will finish on time to allow a changeover in classes with due regard to COVID-19 circulation guidelines.

Social, study and group-working spaces are being identified for use by students around the campus subject to social distancing guidelines. UL Security will monitor usage.

No. Except in specific instances related to the UL Medical School and the Nursing and Midwifery Department, the student Day-Pass is not currently required.

Multi-occupancy learning spaces have been laid out in line with current social distancing requirements.

In lecture theatres and classrooms, risk mitigation is via the use of ventilation in accordance with recommended guidelines. Occupancy at normal capacity will be capped at 300. Classes for students of more than this number will move online.

In line with current public health guidelines, face coverings are required in all indoor spaces.

Any student who may have an impairment that could hinder their participation in face-to-face classes because of the requirement for staff and students to wear face-coverings in all University buildings, should notify their course director and a solution will be found.

A student must self-declare in writing (email) to their Module Co-ordinator that they are at a Very high risk (extremely vulnerable) from COVID-19 in line with Public Health guidelines detailed here, and alternative options for the provision of learning resources will be explored. 

Whether you are a first-year student or a first-time user of the library and need help and support with your research, a place to study or access to physical and online resources including books, journals and databases, please see getting started in the library linked below.

Getting started in the library

From 22nd October 2021 booking is no longer required to access the Library, however you will need your UL ID card to access through the gates.
See here for further information.

Please see the Glucksman Library website for further information.

Student Study & Communal Areas

Building Location Facility 1m Distancing capacity
Computer Science Ground floor off atrium Café 35
Foundation Atrium Ground floor outside Concert Hall entrance Communal 32
Health Sciences Ground floor inside doors to the right Café 34
Kemmy Ground floor inside doors to the left Communal 30
Medical School Ground floor inside main entrance Café and communal area 28
Medical School Ground floor inside main entrance Atrium 6
PESS Ground floor inside main entrance Café 20
Red Raisins Main building, block b, level 1 by Starbucks Café 122
Schrodinger Open area at top of stairs, second floor Communal 35




Additional supports

Support Who to contact? Contact Details
Accommodation Accommodation Office
Clinical Placements Your Course Director  
Cooperative Education Placement & School Placement Cooperative Education & Careers Division
Fees Fees Office
Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) GPS Research Office
International programmes Your course director / International Division
Library & Information Services Library & Information Services
Timetables Academic Registry
Student Affairs Individual Offices in Student Affairs
UL Student Life (Undergraduate Student Union) Student Officer (as appropriate)
Postgraduate Student Union PSU Officer

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