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Latest Updates

The following email was sent to all students by Professor Kerstin May, Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement on Friday, August 7th 2020: 

Dear Students 

 

I hope you are and your families are well and you are enjoying a break after what was undoubtedly a challenging last semester for our whole community of students and staff, which in typical UL spirit, brought out so much of what is good about the UL community.

 

Significant work has been undertaken at UL to prepare for Semester 1 of Academic Year 20/21 and while the health and safety of our full community is guiding our planning process, we are working at continuing to deliver an excellent  student experience in the context of all of the health parameters caused by the continuing pandemic. We want you, our returning students, and all of our new and incoming students to experience the social and sporting aspects of campus life whilst maintaining a high-quality learning experience. 

 

We are asking every individual member of the UL community, staff and students, to remain vigilant of safety measures that we have in place for the foreseeable future, to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID 19 and to continue to follow Public Health guidelines.

 

Students have been at the forefront of the hugely positive national response to this crisis  - you are a vital part of our society locally and nationally and we need to work together to keep our communities safe. Continue to respect physical distancing and other recommendations and be aware that every single one of us can negate the risk of infection and transmission to our communities at home as well as on campus by our vigilance.  

 

As you know the blended learning approach we are using for the coming academic year provides for a mix of on-campus teaching and online learning. When you are not scheduled to be on campus for academic purposes, you can still access UL Sports facilities, social, student supports and other services. Be aware that many of these require prior booking.

 

All of the services and facilities that are available to you now and that will be available to you in September are outlined here.

 

In line with Public Health guidelines, students must wear facemasks while indoors on campus where maintaining a 2m physical distancing is not possible.  This position will be kept under continual review and the requirement to wear face coverings may change.  Restaurants, bars and other services have their own return to work protocol that follow national guidelines and will have strict social/physical distancing measures and sanitation processes in place to ensure the safety of staff and students. 

 

Academic Timetable:

  • As normal, all full-time day courses (lecturers, tutorials, labs) will be scheduled Monday-Friday between 09:00-18:00. There are a smaller number of evening and weekend courses that will be scheduled after 18:00 and/or on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Academic timetables will be available by Friday 25th September.

 

As always I hope you & your family stay safe & enjoy the remainder of your summer break.

 

Prof Kerstin Mey

An Leas-Uachtarán do Ghnóthaí Acadúla & Rannpháirtíocht na Mac Léinn/ 

Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

Professor of Visual Culture

 

T  +353 (0) 61 202400    www.ul.ie  
E  
vpa@ul.ie

 

 

University of Limerick, Limerick, V94 T9PX

Ollscoil Luimnigh, V94 T9PX, Éire

 

 

 

 

               

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Please note the Irish government has changed its policy on when you arrive in Ireland from 'self-isolation' for 14 days to 'restrict your movements' for 14 days.

What's the difference? 

You are asked to restrict your movements for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from any overseas country.

Restricting your movements means staying indoors and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

The main difference with the policy being changed from 'self-isolation' to 'restrict your movements' is that you can now go outside to exercise by yourself as long as you keep 2 metres distance from other people.

You can find more information on arriving in Ireland and restricting your movements on the Irish government's COVID-19 travel advice website here

The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) have also published detailed guidelines on how to restrict your movements here

We will keep you updated if there is any further change to this policy.

The following email regarding the academic delivery model for the academic year 2020/2021 was sent to students by Professor Kerstin May, Vice President for Academi Affairs and Student Engagement, on behalf of the Academic Planning Group: 

 

Dear Student,

 

Over the past number of weeks, under the leadership of the Academic Planning Group, we have been working to adapt the campus and learning environment for the coming academic semester. Our aim is to provide a safe and healthy environment for you to continue your education whilst maintaining a high-quality learning experience.

 

As a nation, we have done well to suppress Covid-19, however, as we have seen in other countries, the virus can re-emerge very quickly and there are numerous examples where restrictions that had been relaxed, were reintroduced after further outbreaks. The lesson from this is that we must remain vigilant and take all practical steps to minimise risk of transmission for the foreseeable future. 

 

Our new approach for Autumn 2020 semester:

We will adopt the following blended learning approach next semester to allow as many students as possible back on campus, while also protecting the health of the campus and wider community. We have also incorporated feedback from students and staff on your experience last semester. 

 

This approach, including on-campus and online learning, minimises the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak by using social bubbles (keeping year groups together) and a circuit breaker (periods off campus) based on scientific insight into the spread of the virus. 

Figure 1: Academic Calendar Model for Autumn 2020:

 

  • When will the Autumn semester start?

The Autumn semester will commence on 28 September for the majority of students. There are a number of courses (mainly in education, health science, business and in professional education) where an earlier start date is being considered to meet accrediting body requirements. You will receive separate notification from your Course Director if your course is scheduled for an earlier start date. 

 

  • When will campus re-open?

The campus will open for students on 28 September, for their scheduled on-campus weeks. Your timetable will follow the above plan and identify the weeks when you have classes on campus. All other weeks will be online learning weeks.  In order to minimise the risk of virus transmission, priority will be given to students accessing educational facilities during their scheduled on-campus weeks including the library and other study areas.

 

  • How often will I be on campus?

First year undergraduate students will spend four of the 12 weeks this semester on campus. All other students on taught programmes will spend three weeks on campus. Research students should contact their supervisor for details of on-campus dates.

 

  • What will an on-campus week look like?

Your on-campus week will resemble a regular teaching week as much as possible. Space constraints created by the physical distancing requirements will mean that lectures will be delivered online during these on campus weeks, in addition to face-to-face teaching for labs & tutorials (up to 3 contact hours per week in each module you are taking). Individual courses will vary the content between online and face-to-face teaching for students across modules in a way to maximise opportunities for students to engage in learning while they are on campus. Courses that are offered online only will continue to operate online during all weeks.

Note: during on-campus weeks, students can use their laptops to access online learning, and facilitates will be open to enable this including the library, computer labs and other spaces, ensuring social distancing is ensured. 

 

  • What other activities will run during on-campus weeks?

Coming to university is a great way to develop new skills and meet new people through clubs, societies and events that run throughout the year. The university, UL Student Life and UL Postgraduate Student Union are working together to maximise the opportunity for these extra-curricular activities to continue. You can expect that, where practicable and in line with government guidelines, we will continue to offer you an opportunity to participate in these activities. 

 

  • What will an online learning week look like?

Your online learning week will resemble a regular teaching week as much as possible, but with all content delivered online. This will enable students to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. Individual courses will vary the content between synchronous and asynchronous activities for students across modules in a way to maximise opportunities for students to engage with maternal online. 

 

Synchronous activities will be on your timetable and include scheduled broadcast lecture or tutorial sessions. Asynchronous activities include those that you can undertake at any time including pre-recorded lectures and activities/tasks online (e.g. forum discussions, quizzes, etc).

 

  • When will I receive my semester timetable and what will it contain?

Like previous years, the timetable will be available at least a week before the semester commences on 28 September. This combined timetable will detail your scheduled activities for both the on-campus and online learning weeks. 

 

  • What technology will I need to have available in order to maximize my participation in remote online learning?

ITD advise that there are two important technical components to maximise your student experience when participating in remote online learning:

 

  1. Device Access: Regular access to a device (e.g. laptop) will enable you to remotely access materials and curriculum content (e.g. access to Sulis, reading materials, lecture recordings, live classes and lectures).

 

UL are working with suppliers with the aim of publishing a list of suitable laptop devices and prices, for students who do not already own a device. Further information will be communicated once suitable devices and pricing have been agreed with the vendors. 

 

  1. Internet connection: Access to reliable WiFi or a home broadband connection is recommended, however, remote learning can also be facilitated via a reliable and consistent Mobile Broadband connection. 

 

For those students that do not currently have access to broadband, a range of wired, wireless and mobile broadband solutions are now on offer in the market covering the majority of geographic locations in Ireland and, generally, service details are available online. ITD will offer more advice and guidance for students regarding broadband at a later stage.

 

 

  • What if I have symptoms of Covid-19, had contact with someone with Covid-19, or am in a vulnerable group, and have been advised to self-isolate?

If this applies to you in any way, please follow HSE advice and self-isolate if recommended. Where possible, we will make arrangements to allow you complete your scheduled activities online or to reschedule. 

 

 

Additional Information:

 

  • Assessments for Autumn 2020 semester:

In-semester assessments will continue to be the default approach for the Autumn 2020 semester. At the beginning of the academic year, your module leaders will outline the assessments for each module, however, in general, there will not be formal exams during examination weeks. Please note that:

  • Discussions are ongoing with accrediting bodies and it may be necessary in a limited number of cases to hold formal exams during the semester. You will be informed by your module leader at the start of the semester if this applies to a module you are taking.
  • All assessments will continue to reflect the high standards, address learning outcomes and offer equivalent validity as any assessment ordinarily conducted on campus. 
  • Normal progression criteria will apply: students will be required to have a QCA greater than 2.00 and no deficient grades (e.g. F, I, NG, N) to progress to the next year of their course or to graduate as appropriate. Students who cannot progress will be required to repeat or link-in the following year.
  • Please contact your module leader or course director for further information. 

 

  • Access to campus facilities

Priority will be given to students accessing educational facilities during their scheduled on-campus weeks. Access to buildings and sport facilities for extra-curricular activities will be managed by the respective clubs and societies. This will likely be on a pre-booked basis and further information will be published closer to the start of the new semester. 

 

  • Access to student supports on campus

Due to physical distancing requirements, most of our student support services delivery will be online for all students to access during their on and off campus weeks, with some services also offering an on-campus service, where possible under the physical distancing guidelines. Details on accessing individual services across the university will be available on individual services websites at the commencement of the new academic year.                

 

  • Erasmus programmes:

All Erasmus programmes are cancelled for the coming semester (Autumn 2020). An alternative Erasmus programme has been developed for students who had arranged Erasmus placement in Autumn 2020. Your course director will be in contact with further details.

 

  • Placements:

Cooperative Education: We continue to engage with employers regarding Cooperative Education opportunities for 2020/2021. In the coming weeks you will receive an invitation to a series of Coop planning workshops. These are scheduled to take place during September 2020.

 

School Placement: We continue to work with our network of schools on the delivery of the 2021 School Placement programme.

 

Clinical Placement: We continue to work with all placement providers regarding clinical placements for the coming academic year. Your placement officer will be in contact with further details if there are any changes or updates to your clinical placement.

 

Further Information:

Support 

Who to contact?

Contact Details

Accommodation

Accommodation Office

accommodation@ul.ie

Clinical Placements

Your Course Director

 

Cooperative Education Placement and School Placement

Cooperative Education & Careers Division 

www.ul.ie/cecd/contactus

Fees

Fees Office

https://ulsites.ul.ie/finance/finance-documents-0#fees

International programmes

Your course director

International Division

www.ul.ie/international/find-us/contact-us

ITD

ITD

https://ulsites.ul.ie/itd/student-computing-services-information

 

Library & Information Services

Library & Information Services

https://www.ul.ie/library/

Timetables

Academic Registry

www.ul.ie/academic-registry/about/contact-us

Student Affairs

Individual Offices in Student Affairs

https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/

 

On behalf of Academic Planning Group

 

Prof Kerstin Mey

An Leas-Uachtarán do Ghnóthaí Acadúla & Rannpháirtíocht na Mac Léinn/ 

Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

Professor of Visual Culture

 

T  +353 (0) 61 202400    www.ul.ie  
E  
vpa@ul.ie

 

 

University of Limerick, Limerick, V94 T9PX

Ollscoil Luimnigh, V94 T9PX, Éire

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that email to, from, or within the University of Limerick may be the subject of a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2014 and/or the Data Protection Acts 1998 & 2003.

 

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The following email regarding the Autumn 2020 semester was sent to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate international students on July 6th 2020: 

Dear Student ,

Thank you for your application to study at the University of Limerick and warm congratulations on being offered a place to join our new intake in September 2020. This update on our planning for the new academic year, which will start on 28 September, is intended to give you the latest information so that you can decide your next steps with confidence. Note that a small number of our programmes will begin before the formal start of semester and, if you are registered with one of these programmes, you will receive a separate communication.

Like all universities, we have been carefully planning the best way to deliver an engaging and intellectually-enriching academic programme, while at the same time ensuring the health and safety of our students. The University of Limerick has a proud record of providing outstanding support for our international students, which saw us ranked first in the world for international student happiness in the most recent i-barometer survey. We are confident that we can provide our international students with all the support they need to succeed in these unusual times.

Ireland has brought the Covid-19 virus under control and, via the Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Business and Society, the country is steadily returning to normal. However, as experiences in Korea, China and Iran have illustrated, there is a risk of a renewed outbreak and the Irish Government is monitoring new cases carefully, and will adjust health measures accordingly.

For this reason, the University of Limerick has developed plans for academic delivery under four different levels: 

  • Level A: lockdown.
  • Level B: 2m physical distancing.
  • Level C: 1m physical distancing.
  • Level D: no physical distancing, but stringent cleanliness and hygiene.

At present, the University is at Level B.  Its academic delivery at Level B is based on two fundamental principles: 

  • The circuit breaker: students will study face-to-face classes for five days at a time, then study online for 10-15 days.  This will prevent the uncontrolled spread of any potential outbreak amongst the student body.
  • Social bubbles: students will study face-to-face with their own year cohort and, where they live on campus, most of their social interactions will be with other residents in their student village.  This will also reduce the risk of infection and make ‘test and trace’ much easier should anyone become unwell.

Arriving at the University

Under the present public health guidelines, international students will be required to ‘self-isolate’ for 14 days before the start of the semester. This means you should arrange to arrive in Ireland by Sunday 13 September, if you plan to start classes on 28 September. (If your programme starts before 28 September, we will be in contact separately to make special arrangements.) We recommend that you obtain your study visa before starting your programme. Provided you have your visa, if you cannot arrive until after the start of the semester you will be able to start your programme completely online and join your classmates later.

For international students arriving in Ireland on the weekend of 12-13 September, the University has made arrangements for you to be met at Dublin or Shannon Airport to facilitate your transfer to Limerick. You are strongly encouraged to reserve your place in one of our award-winning student villages. Our student villages comprise communities of small apartments (with 4-8 study bedrooms, with en suite bathrooms) and shared kitchens and living areas. Our experienced support staff in the student villages will ensure that you are able to safely and comfortably self-isolate on your arrival, with the option of having meals being delivered to your room.

During your self-isolation, there will be an exciting range of online induction and orientation sessions to introduce you to the University and the Limerick region, as well as helping you to make new friends and find out how to access the range of support services we offer international students.

We understand that having to arrive two weeks before the start of the semester imposes an additional cost on our international students. To help ease this burden, for students who reserve a place in one of our student villages, the cost of accommodation (excluding meals) for the two weeks of self-isolation will be free.

Studying in the autumn semester

Your timetable will identify the weeks you have scheduled face-to-face teaching activities on campus. Your learning experiences in other weeks will be in an online environment.

New students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will begin with a week of face-to-face teaching activities on 28 September to introduce you to your teaching staff and build a supportive learning group with your fellow students. Thereafter, you will have periods of online study (to provide the circuit breaker), supported by one-week blocks of face-to-face teaching activities to ensure you have opportunities for practical hands-on and experiential learning.

Returning students will start their programmes online and their first week of face-to-face teaching activity will be scheduled for October.

You will require access to a laptop to maximise your engagement during the weeks when you are learning online and, if you choose to live in private rented accommodation off-campus rather than in a student village, you will need to have a good broadband connection.

Social activities in the autumn semester

The University of Limerick boasts a large parkland campus and an unparalleled range of sporting and cultural facilities. There will be a huge choice of outdoor sporting and recreational activities on offer during the semester, many offered by our different student societies, as well as structured indoor activities consistent with physical distancing.

What happens if things change?

The University has based its planning for the autumn semester on the presumption that we remain at Level B, with 2m physical distancing. However, we have also planned for moving to Level C or D (reducing or ending physical distancing) or, in the worst case, returning to Level A should a major outbreak reoccur. The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. Our pledge is that we will give you an outstanding academic experience, but the precise balance of face-to-face and online activities will depend on the public health guidelines in place.

Webinars

The academic management team and student leadership at UL recently took part in a webinar to address questions sent in by international applicants about our plans for September. The topics discussed included arrival in Ireland, living in student villages on campus, learning and teaching, student support and social and cultural activities to make the most of your time at UL. A recording of the webinar will be available shortly. We will circulate the link as soon as it is ready.

The International Office team will also be hosting three more webinars on 8, 13 and 16 July.  We will go into more detail on important topics and students will have a chance to get their questions answered. 

You can find a user guide on how to log into a live Microsoft Teams event herePlease click on the links above to join the webinars. Do not worry if you cannot make the webinars as recordings will be sent out to students afterwards.

We look forward to welcoming you to UL in September. 

 

 

Professor Nigel Healey
Associate Vice President Global Engagement

Oifig an Leas-Uachtarán do Ghnóthaí Acadúla & Rannpháirtíocht na Mac Léinn
Office of the Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

University of Limerick, Limerick, V94 T9PX
Ollscoil Luimnigh, V94 T9PX, Éire

 

Please see below for information from the Department of Justice and Equality that we received about the reopening of visa offices from Monday June 22nd. 

Notwithstanding restrictions still in place locally, acceptance of visa applications will reopen in the seven locations overseas where there are visa offices (China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the UK), as well as in the Dublin office from Monday 22 June.

There are still restrictions in place in some of these countries, so where it isn’t possible to resume from 22 June, the visa offices intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter.

The initial resumption of services may also be on a limited basis in certain locations – for example, in China, only four of the fifteen Visa Application Centres (VACs) will be allowed to open initially and in Turkey and elsewhere, initial opening hours may be limited.

In all other locations, the resumption of services will be at the discretion of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), as visas in those locations are processed by DFAT staff in the mission network. Our understanding is that they hope to resume services as soon as local restrictions allow them to do so.

There are also contingency plans in place to process applications in the Dublin visa office should the situation on the ground in other locations prevent doing so there.

We will endeavour to keep you updated on any further developments as they arise. 

We have received the following information from Plassey Campus Centre pertaining to the refund of student accommodation costs for those who vacated campus accommodation due to the COVID-19 outbreak: 

 

The Board of Plassey Campus Centre, at the request of the University of Limerick, has approved a refund of rental fees to students who vacated campus accommodation on foot of the COVID19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. This refund where applicable will be processed at the same time as the security deposit refund and is expected to be issued to you by 26 June. 

 

If you have not already provided us with your bank details, please log into your accommodation portal to do so, to ensure that you receive this refund at this time.

 

Regards

Village Management

The Third Level Graduate Scheme enables non-EEA third level graduates to remain in Ireland for period of time after they have graduated from their respective course. During this period of time they can seek employment and work in Ireland without an employment permit.  Entry to the scheme is facilitated by application and the start of the scheme is based on the official receipt of exam results. For a full explanation of the scheme and requirements, please visit the INIS website .

The Departments of Justice and Equality and Education and Skills have recently held discussions on the operation of the Third Level Graduate Permission Scheme (TLGPS) and have agreed the following:
 
1.       On a once-off basis, students who were residing in Ireland and attending Irish Institutions, but who returned home due to COVID-19 and completed their studies and exams online abroad, but who will receive their award from the Irish Institution will be entitled to avail of the programme and also allowed apply from overseas. It is worth noting that this particular measure has already been put in place and was published on the ISD website on 17th April.
 
2.       On a once-off basis those students who are due to start their studies in an Irish Institution in September, but because of COVID-19 will have to complete the first semester online and who will complete their studies in Ireland will also be allowed avail of the programme.
 
The above 2 points are strictly one off arrangements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and subject to the usual criteria of the programme.   
 
3. Those students who intend to study for the full year online with an Irish Institution will not be allowed avail of the programme.

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 and supplements the notice of 20 March 2020 which renewed permissions due to expire between 20/3/2020 and 20/5/2020.

In light of the uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, the following Notice applies to all persons with a current valid permission due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020, whether pursuant to domestic law or powers of the Minister, or Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive).

All such permissions that are due to expire from 20/5/2020 to 20/7/2020 are automatically renewed by the Minister for a period of 2 months. The renewal of permission is on the same basis as the existing permission and the same conditions attach. In relation to persons with existing permission under Directive 2004/38/EC (Free Movement Directive), the automatic renewal is subject to the requirement that the person is complying with the requirements of the Directive.

Any permission which was renewed by the notice of 20 March 2020 and which therefore has a new expiry date between 20/05/2020 and 20/07/2020 is automatically renewed by this notice for a further 2 months.

The Dublin area Registration Office located in Burgh Quay remains temporarily closed.

Please also note that all Registration Offices for non-Dublin residents operated by An Garda Síochána have also temporarily closed

If you have any questions, please consult the INIS Frequently Asked Question document.

 

I am delighted to have joined the University of Limerick as Associate Vice-President (Global Engagement) and Professor of International Higher Education. This is a strange time for all of us involved in internationalisation. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is creating great uncertainty for our existing international and exchange students and partner institutions, as well as young people across the world who are considering their study options for 2020/21 and beyond.

 

Here at UL, we are working hard to build a plan for the new academic year, which combines a high-quality learning experience with the necessary measures to ensure students’ welfare. This crisis has highlighted the vital importance of international cooperation, as universities and research institutes around the world collaborate to develop vaccines and treatment therapies for Covid-19. In a globally-interconnected world, UL will continue to be at forefront of promoting international student mobility and exchange for the common good.

 

Professor Nigel Healey

Associate Vice-President (Global Engagement)

The following email relating to I-Grade Applications was communicated to all students by Prof Kerstin May, Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement, on Friday 1 May 2020.

 

Dear Student,

In preparation for the opening of our I-Grade system this Friday, we would like to bring to your attention the changes to how we will support students who have encountered issues related to COVID-19 that have impacted on your ability to complete your assessments.  

 

This communication supersedes any other communication in relation to the I-Grade process during COVID-19.

 

An I-Grade is of benefit when you are not able to complete all the assessments for a module during the normal semester timelines.  An I-Grade provides you with the opportunity to undertake the assessment(s) again over the summer with no academic penalty.  The requirements to clear an I-Grade are set at module level and as such will be available from your module coordinator.

 

The I-Grade process is designed to support students who find themselves in an immediate crisis and, where relevant, takes actions to avert recurrence.  Our normal Academic Regulations require that a student has either engaged with, and has the support from, our professional services (Counselling, Medical, or Chaplaincy) or has submitted adequate third-party evidence to those professional services for consideration.

However, to support those of you who find yourselves in an immediate crisis due to COVID-19 and, where relevant, have taken reasonable action, the institution has created an I-Grade which covers all non-health, non-counselling, and non-chaplaincy issues related specifically to COVID-19.  

 

Applications for all I-Grades

All applications must be submitted through the online I-Grade portal here -https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/i-grade-applications. The I-Grade portal will open on Friday 1st May at 1200 and close promptly on Wednesday May 20th at 1700, which is five days after the final deadline for assessment submissions.

All applicants must complete all sections of the application process regardless of which category of I-Grade you are selecting.  The four categories available are – Student Health Centre, Counselling Department, Chaplaincy Department, or COVID-19 Exceptional Application.  

When submitting an application for consideration under any of the categories you will be required to provide some basic information – this includes your current year of study, the current semester, and more importantly the modules your application will cover.  The portal will allow you to add more than one module using the ‘Insert Module’ option. 

The University I-Grade Committee will meet to review all I-Grade applications after the end of semester.  You will be able to view whether your I-Grade application was approved when your semester two results are published.

 

The New COVID-19 Exceptional I-Grade

To support those of you who may find yourselves in an immediate crisis due to COVID-19 and, where relevant, have taken reasonable action, the institution has created an I-Grade which covers all non-health, non-counselling, and non-chaplaincy issues related specifically to COVID-19.  This category may cover, for example, students with a change in any home care arrangement, an inability to engage in remote assessment due to a change in personal circumstances, inability to access LENS related learning supports remotely, or students who lack access to a digital infrastructure with no alternative assessment mode (it should be noted that this list is indicative only).  For the avoidance of doubt this category does not include any health-related issues pertaining to COVID-19, in this instance please use the Student Health Centre I-Grade Application.

Before making your application, you will also be asked to certify that your application has been made in good faith and is a truthful and accurate representation of the facts at this time.

When making an application under the COVID-19 category you will be requested to enter the reason why you are submitting this application for consideration, this must include the full details of the COVID-19 related issue and reference any third-party certification that supports the application. There is no need to submit copies of any third-party certification to the University at this stage but you should retain copies for future use if required. Where no third-party certification is available it is vitally important to state that you are self-certifying

 

Changes to the Student Health Centre I-Grade Application

Due to an unprecedented call on our front-line healthcare workers, the University is keen to minimise the impact of our internal processes on the countries health system and services. As such, where you are submitting an application for a Student Health Centre I-Grade for consideration and you do not already have third-party certification that supports the application, there is no requirement to seek such certification. The application must include the full details of the medical related issue and, where available, reference any third-party certification that supports the application. There is no need to submit copies of any third-party certification to the University at this stage but you should retain copies for future use if required. Where no third-party certification is available, it is vitally important to state that you are self-certifying.

For the avoidance of doubt this category includes health related issues pertaining to COVID-19, for all non-health related COVID-19 issues please use the COVID-19 Exceptional Application.

 

The Chaplaincy and Counselling I-Grade

There have been no changes to either the Counselling Department or Chaplaincy Department I-Grades.  Both services continue to operate remotely and both services will require that a student has either engaged with, and has the support from, the relevant professional services; this may include the requirement to submit adequate third-party evidence for consideration.  It should be noted that if you make a submission without having engaged directly with the Counselling Department or Chaplaincy Department your application will be rejected. 

 

Summary

The University will support our students who find themselves in crisis during these difficult times. It is important that you engage with the process as outlined above in a timely manner and be sure to read the application process outlined on the application portal when considering an application. The regulations pertaining to the I-Grade process are covered within section 4.2.3 of our Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures which is available here - https://ulsites.ul.ie/executive/academic-council-policies-procedures

Dear student,

 

I hope that you are well in these unsettled times. As you know the last number of weeks have been spent discussing the viability of our mobility programmes given the current pandemic. In the interest of your health and safety, and to minimise risk, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the autumn semester’s academic mobility for all students in the University of Limerick. This decision was not taken lightly and all of the various facets and considerations were discussed in depth and at length. The University of Limerick academics, support teams, international division and senior management are exceptionally disappointed for you and recognise the weight of this decision as the mobility of students and the global citizens it creates is core to our university ethos and to your student journey. 

 

It is important to note that this will not negatively impact your degree award. Your Course Director will be in contact, via your UL student email, to update you on the alternative academic semester in the University of Limerick.  We are also investigating short mobility options for 2021 which will be optional and attract Erasmus funding.  We ask that you monitor communications from the President and the COTEC team as to when the semester will begin and in what format, the initial proposal from this morning is included below for your reference. We would encourage you not to make any financial commitments until that information is communicated to you from those sources.

 

We do wholeheartedly wish to minimise the impact of this decision on all involved.  On your behalf we will communicate the decision to cancel mobility with your host university and you do not need to continue with any paper work. We will be in contact again in due course regarding the UL mobility programme.                

 

An FAQ document has been created for you to review should you have more queries. This will be live within the COTEC information on the UL website later today and you should reference it for further updates throughout the coming months.

 

We wish you every success during the assessment period and please ensure that you focus on that in the coming weeks.

 

Our main priority for you is to stay safe and stay well.  

 

Best wishes,

Madeline

 

Manager, Erasmus and Non EU Exchanges

International Division

University of Limerick 

Ireland

Emergency Number - 00353860488326

 

The University of Limerick campus is fully operational through online and virtual means during standard working hours  

The UL Covid19 Information Page has full details on the University of Limerick’s response to COVID-19

Dear colleagues and students,

 

We have been working to bring our community back together for the academic year 20/21 amid great uncertainty as to the government restrictions that will remain at the end of this summer. The health of staff, students and the wider community is paramount in our considerations and for that reason our plans may have to be revised depending on government advice.

 

Start Dates

The Autumn Semester will begin on September 28th for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year undergraduate students and all current and new postgraduate students, (some programmes, such as education and health will have different programme dates).

 

Our plans for first year students depend on the scheduling of the Leaving Certificate but if as planned it takes place from the end of July we anticipate welcoming our incoming first year students at the beginning of November. However, the date for entry of first years depends on many factors, including when the Leaving Certificate takes place as well as the completion of CAO offers and acceptance of places.  

 

At this stage it is hoped that Semester 2 will begin as planned on 25th January 2021for all students.

 

Blended Delivery

There is little doubt but that some restrictions on the size of groups which will be permitted to gather will remain in place in Ireland in September, which will affect our ability to deliver lectures on campus. Therefore it is likely that there will be a requirement for lectures to be delivered online. However, we anticipate a blended delivery of programmes to allow students to spend some time on campus in theautumn to facilitate face to face laboratory classes, studio time, and some seminars/tutorials. This will be limited in order to insure the health and safety of our community and to work within the government restrictions. Any planned approach will need to take account of the possibility that future full or partial closures may well be called for at short notice.

 

Erasmus and Non EU Exchange Mobility Programmes   

As a result of the current travel restrictions and with no indication of when these will lift, we have also had to examine the viability of the Erasmus and Non EU Exchange mobility programmes in the Autumn Semester. After much consideration and with regret, we have decided at this stage - so as to allow for alternative planning for our students - that the Erasmus and Non EU Exchange mobility programmes will be suspended for the Autumn Semester and alternative programmes will be put in place for those UL students who had been scheduled to study abroad for their autumn semester. We realise that this is very disappointing for students, but at present it is the only safe option.

 

Ongoing Planning 

Many of you understandably will be seeking more details on the Autumn Semester and in some cases we simply won’t have all the answers at this stage. Significant planning activity work is underway to enable an enhanced online experience and to support our staff with online delivery in what is going to remain a challenging environment for all of us. We are also developing protocols to safely restart some of our research programmes on campus.

 

We will continue to work with our partner universities here in Ireland and to draw upon best practice and innovative approaches internationally to provide our students with the best university experience and learning environment while we live with this virus.

 

As time goes on, more detail will follow from Deans, Heads of Schools/Departments and Course Directors and we will be in touch again with more decisions as they are made by COTEC and the UL Future Planning Group.

 

Stay home and stay well. 

 

UL Critical Operations Team and Executive Committee

Arriving to Ireland from another country

You will need to self-isolate for 14 days if you arrive in Ireland from any other country. This includes Irish citizens coming home.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.

You will be asked to fill in a form before you arrive in Ireland called the Public Health Passenger Locator Form.

Download the Public Health Passenger Locator Form (PDF, 704 KB, 4 pages)

You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating.

Since 27 March 2020, emergency measures have been in place to protect tenants during the coronavirus emergency period. These measures are in place for 3 months. During the 3 month period from 27 March:

  • You cannot be served with a notice of termination
  • If you had been served with a notice of termination before 27 March, the notice period is paused for 3 months
  • Your landlord cannot increase your rent, even if notice of the rent increase was served before 27 March

More information can be found at CitizensInformation.ie

COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is a new social welfare payment of €350 a week for employees and self-employed people who have lost all their employment due to the COVID-19 public health emergency

You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost all your employment due to the coronavirus restrictions. Students, non-EEA nationals and part-time workers can apply for the payment. 

More information can be found at CitizensInformation.ie 

 

You should apply online at MyWelfare.ie. This is the quickest way to apply.

 

The Irish Council for Overseas Students continues to provide up-to-date information for International Students are in Ireland during  the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Go to the ICOS Website