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COVID-19: Latest Updates

Last updated 11 Jan 2021 

Campus Activity under Level 5 Restrictions (Lockdown 3)

Dear colleagues and students,
 
Ireland is now operating under Level 5 of the Government’s plan for living with COVID-19. Under these restrictions, third level education and research are designated essential activities where they are “…not capable of being delivered through alternative means and are time-critical for students and learners during this period.” (Minister Simon Harris).
 
In line with this guidance and the rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates, the University will be continuing with our existing blended learning model, but with enhanced protective measures for staff and students until at least the end of January, pending a review of the public health restrictions by Government.
 
Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Students

 

  • Semester 2 starts on 25th January.
  • Kemmy Business School and Faculty of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences continue online learning only.
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering and Faculty of Education & Health Sciences continue blended learning mix of online and essential on-campus labs and classes.
  • Travel beyond 5km is only permitted for essential activities. If you do not have scheduled teaching on-campus, you should remain at home and should not travel to Limerick or the UL campus.
  • Timetables will be published during the week of 18th January. Please check your timetable carefully so that you know what on-campus labs and classes are scheduled for the week commencing 25th January.
  • You are strongly encouraged to check your UL email in case your Course Director/Module Leader has made alternative arrangements for Week 1, commencing 25th January.
  • If you have scheduled teaching on-campus, you may remain on campus between classes, but otherwise all communal study spaces are closed.

 

Research Students

 

  • Only those that absolutely need to be on campus for research purposes, where their activities cannot be undertaken remotely, should be on-site and only for the purpose and duration required to complete the tasks that cannot be done remotely.
  • Communal areas, open plan spaces, rooms for group meetings and multi-occupancy offices should not be used at this time.

 

Library & Information Services

  • Library & Information Service will continue to provide a range of services including:
  • Online library available 24/7
  • Online help, subject guides and skills classes
  • Click and Collect Service
  • Scanning and Digitising
  • Special Collections and Archives online only

 
All study spaces will be closed except for students who are between scheduled on-campus classes or labs and the library building will be closed for physical access from 5:00pm today Monday 11th January. 

 
All Staff

 

  • All staff should continue to work from home unless required to be on campus for essential teaching or research or where necessary to prepare/access materials for online classes.

 
You must wear a face covering in all University buildings and must follow Public Health guidelines that are key to minimising the spread of COVID-19: wash your hands properly and often, practice social distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, and follow the current Government restrictions.
 
UL Sport Gym, 50m & 25m Pools and all indoor and outdoor facilities including pitches are closed with the exception of facilitating elite high performance training.
 
The vaccination programme is being rolled out and the end of the pandemic is in sight.  However, the sudden emergence of the new, more transmissible strain means that we once again need to work together to curb the spread of the virus and protect our family, friends and frontline workers.
 
UL Executive recognises that the closure of schools and childcare will have an impact on some of our staff, particularly those with young children. We understand that the way you arrange your working day may change and that productivity may be impacted, and that you will do your best under the circumstances.
 
I urge you to take care of yourself. Fitness Classes are currently being delivered online with programme details and booking on the UL Sport App. This approach to working and learning can be isolating. Talk to others and remember that there are a range of support services available to students and staff here in UL.
 
Kind Regards,
Nige
 
 
Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Provost and Deputy President
/ Vice President Global and Community Engagement

Previous Updates

Dear Students,
 
As you are aware, we have previously confirmed that the academic model for Spring 2021 will follow the same format as this semester. This will mean that the majority of courses will remain online, minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities, including all research activities, lab-based and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online. The current academic delivery arrangements at UL are consistent with the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID. Should the national public heath guidelines be relaxed later in the academic year, the restoration of additional face-to-face activities will be considered. However, students whose classes are currently wholly online and who have chosen to study remotely will be able to complete their modules online. 
 
On Campus Activities & Visual Schedule for Spring 2021

Below is a visual schedule of the academic weeks which will assist you to plan for the coming semester. In line with our academic model approach, courses of the Kemmy Business School and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be delivered and assessed online for Spring 2021. Courses of the Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Faculty of Education & Health Sciences will be delivered and assessed mostly online, and students will only be on campus where there are essential on-campus learning activities scheduled in the relevant weeks (per the below schedule; where alternative arrangements apply your course director will advise). Students should check their timetable for further details, where individual activities will be labelled as ‘online’ or ‘on campus’ similar to this semester. Using 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.
 
Research students should contact their supervisor for details of on campus dates.
 
Assessments

Assessments for individual modules will be announced at the start of semester by the module leader as usual, and will be a mixture of in-semester continuous assessment and end of semester online timed exams. The semester will revert to a full 15 weeks, with teaching activities for weeks 1-12, a study week, and 2 further weeks for assessment submission and exams. It should be noted that there may be a small number of on-campus examinations for specific modules and if this is the case for a specific module, these will be outlined for students at the commencement of the semester by the module leader.
 
Timetables

Like previous years, the timetable will be available during the week before the semester commences (due to be published during the week of 18 January). This combined timetable will detail your scheduled on-campus and online activities. Be sure to check your timetable for the online and on campus weeks, as your class times may vary between these weeks (even if your course is fully online).
 
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. Please contact your module leaders as early as possible to allow you and them to plan accordingly.
 
We are acutely aware that some students, especially those new to UL, may be finding it difficult to adjust to online learning and others may be feeling socially isolated.  We are working closely with UL Student Life and the UL PSU to evaluate student feedback and develop improved supports to help you engage with your lecturers and peers, which we will be rolling out in the spring semester. We also have a range of resources available to support you in your online learning and assessment, which have been developed in collaboration with students.  These can be accessed here.
 
Finally, I want to wish you and your families all the best as we near the end of this semester, and we look forward to starting of the new semester in the new year.
 
Nige

Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Provost and Deputy President
/ Vice President Global and Community Engagement

Dear student,
 
If you live on campus or in rented accommodation in the vicinity of the UL campus and plan to travel home to your family for Christmas, please read this message carefully.
 
COVID-19 continues to be a severe threat to human health and we must do all we can to minimise its spread, especially now as students across the country prepare to return home to their families for Christmas. I know that no UL student wants to unwittingly carry the COVID-19 virus home and risk infecting their siblings, parents and grandparents. 
 
For this reason, we are now facilitating on-campus COVID-19 testing by Public Health Mid-West for students living in the immediate vicinity of the UL campus who plan to travel home for the Christmas period. Those of you residing on campus or living in neighbouring off-campus estates can register for a COVID-19 test even if you do not display any symptoms of the virus.  
 
Registration for a COVID-19 test is now open here and tests will take place on campus (EGO 10, Main Building) between Tuesday December 8th and Friday December 11th from 12noon to 7pm each day. Students can also opt to be tested at the Ballysimon centre. Students who register will be given appointment times and should attend only at the appointed time. Students must wear a mask at all times. All tests will be processed by the HSE and follow-on protocols will be communicated to you by the HSE should you test positive.  
 
The offer of on-campus testing will build upon the myriad of safety protocols we have in place to keep you and our local community safe.
 
It will aim to minimise any virus transmission by helping to identify asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19, particularly among students who intend to return home to their families for the Christmas period.  
 
If you receive a COVID negative test, you should limit your social contacts and follow all the safety protocols until you return home, so that you can be confident you have done all you can to limit any potential spread to your family.
 
There have been recent cases of COVID-19 among the UL student population and these are due to community and household transmission. 
 
We call on you all to follow public health guidelines, to limit your contacts, to download the COVID tracker App and register for a COVID-19 test and restrict your movements if you plan to travel home to your families at the end of the semester.
 
With effective vaccines and therapies on the immediate horizon, let’s work extra hard together in the final phase of this pandemic to keep our families and loved ones safe, so we can all enjoy 2021 together.
 
Kind Regards,
Nige
 
Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Provost and Deputy President
/ Vice President Global and Community Engagement

This notice applies to the Third Level Graduate Programme (2017 Revision).

In light of the continuing uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the following Notice sets out the updated immigration arrangements that apply to all non-EEA persons holding a student permission (Stamp 2), who wish to avail of the Third Level Graduate Programme but are unable to report to their local registration office to receive a Stamp 1G because:

  • They have returned to their home countries or countries of ordinary residence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • They cannot secure an appointment due to the impact of COVID-19.

Rather than attending in person, as a further temporary measure applications may be submitted electronically to the Registration Office, Burgh Quay, Dublin (bqregofficeapplications@justice.ie). All required documentation should be scanned and included in the application.

Where a permission has been granted, applicants will still be required to register when they have returned to Ireland or appointments are available.

This temporary measure will be kept under review in light of the restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and may be amended or withdrawn, in whole or in part, when considered appropriate to do so, but regardless will cease to apply no later than 28 February, 2021.

All other eligibility criteria set out in the 2017 Revision of this Scheme will continue to apply.

From 02 December 2020, customers renewing their Immigration Registration Permision will no longer need to submit their passport to have an immigration stamp attached by their Registration Office. 

This applies to renewals made in the Burgh Quay Registration Office in Dublin and renewals made in local Registration Offices at Garda Stations nationwide.

Full details about these changes are available on the INIS website.

Dear students,
 
I hope you are keeping well and adjusting to this changed academic environment. The COVID-19 Academic Monitoring and Planning Group at UL which includes, faculty members, professional services staff and the leaders of UL Student Life and the UL Postgraduate Student Union (PSU), has been working for some time now on planning and timetabling for the remainder of the academic year 20/21.
 
The group has been in contact with the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and our colleagues across the HEI sector in Ireland as well as our partner institutions within the Mid-West Regional Cluster (MWRC) – Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology – in order to establish the best possible model for academic delivery for the rest of the 20/21 academic year, while keeping the health and safety of our student and staff communities a priority consideration. 
 
In order to provide you with greater certainty and to allow you adequate time for planning, the decision has been taken to continue with the current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year 2020/21.  
 
This will mean that the majority of courses will remain online, minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities, including all research activities, lab-based and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online. The current academic delivery arrangements at UL are consistent with the Government’s Plan for Living with COVID.
 
Should the national public heath guidelines be relaxed later in the academic year, the restoration of additional face-to-face activities will be considered. However, students whose classes are currently wholly online and who have chosen to study remotely will be able to complete their modules online. 
 
We are acutely aware that some students, especially those new to UL, may be finding it difficult to adjust to online learning and others may be feeling socially isolated.  We are working closely with UL Student Life and the UL PSU to evaluate student feedback and develop improved supports to help you engage with your lecturers and peers, which we will be rolling out in the spring semester. We also have a range of resources available to support you in your online learning and assessment, which have been developed in collaboration with students.  These can be accessed here.
 
The current academic delivery model, introduced at the start of Semester 1, is intended to ensure that the three MWRC institutions (UL, MIC and LIT) can continue to deliver higher and adult education, deemed nationally essential by the Government, in a way that maintains the quality of the educational experience while protecting the health of students, staff and our wider Mid-West community.
 
Nige
 
 
Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Provost and Deputy President/ Vice President Global and Community Engagement

Dear colleagues and students,
 
From midnight on Wednesday, Ireland will move to Level 5 of Ireland’s Plan for Living with Covid-19.
 
Minister Harris has issued a statement on the implications of Level 5 for the third level sector and he pays tribute to staff and students. He also makes it clear that while campus accommodation will remain open, no visitors are permitted and students are asked to remain and exercise within the 5-kilometre limit and not to receive visitors or visit other households.
 
Last Friday Professor Nigel Healey communicated to you that we would continue to offer the majority of our courses online. All essential face-to-face learning activities will continue as scheduled on campus including lab-based, clinical placements and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online. This will be our approach until the end of Semester 1 and is in compliance with Level 5 restrictions.
 
As previously indicated, Timetables for all students will be updated online for Weeks 6 to 12 by the end of this week (23 October 2020).
 
If you are engaged in research and can do your work remotely, you should take this approach but all research activities that need to happen on campus should continue as permitted essential activity. The library will remain open by appointment only with a focus on providing online resources and assistance.
 
I would like to echo the words of our Minister in expressing thanks to our hugely committed staff for their dedication in this difficult and uncertain time. And to our students for their commitment to learning, while dealing with the restrictions imposed by COVID-19.
 
Kind regards,
 
Professor Kerstin Mey
Uachtarán / President
Oifig an Uachtaráin / Office of the President
Ollscoil Luimnigh / University of Limerick

Dear students
 
I hope this email finds you well and that you are settling into the new academic year.  This is not the student experience we would have wanted for you, but for the time being we have to live with COVID 19 and UL staff have moved mountains since the crisis began to ensure there is no compromise to your learning and no impact on your degree programmes.
 
In order to offer you some certainty in this very uncertain time, we have made the difficult decision to continue the current primarily online delivery mode for the rest of the semester. This means that the current status quo will continue beyond 30th October until the end of the semester. Essential face-to-face learning activities will continue to take place on campus, including all research activities, lab-based and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online. This decision has the support of both Student Life and the Postgraduate Student Union and we will continue to work closely with your student leaders.
 
Your timetable (www.timetable.ul.ie) will be amended accordingly for Weeks 6 to 12 by the end of next week (23rd October).  
 
On-campus accommodation remains open with social distancing restrictions in place. UL Sport remains operational on a pre-booked basis with access to gym facilities and the 50m swimming pool. The Glucksman Library will remain open on a pre-booked basis, as will catering and retail services on campus. For any queries regarding accommodation services, please contact accommodation@ul.ie.
 
Limiting the number of students attending campus at any point in time is an important public health measure. One of the things this crisis has made abundantly clear is that the ‘people make the place’ and I look forward to a full return to academic and campus life.  However, we must take this collective action now as a university and all of us as individuals have a role to play in halting this second wave of COVID 19. 
 
Stay safe.
 
Best wishes,
 
Nige
 
Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement
/ Associate Vice President Global Engagement

The following email was sent to all students by Professor Kerstin May, UL President, on Sunday September 28 2020: 

To all new and returning students

 

Following the Government’s advice to the third level sector to take additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on Friday 25 September, we have switched a number of classes from face-to-face to online delivery to limit the number of students who need to be on campus over the next two-three weeks.  Labs, workshops and “essential” tutorials will continue to take place face-to-face as scheduled, but most other teaching will be delivered virtually.

 

Please check on this list to see if your course will be fully online, or continue to have limited face-to-face classes. You can also find your detailed timetable here which will tell you exactly which classes will be online or face-to-face on campus.

 

Over the summer, we have been working hard to prepare for your safe return to campus and we share your disappointment that the start of the new academic year has been overshadowed by these developments.  

 

However, I am sure you will understand that our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and community.  

 

You can read my full message from Friday’s announcement here.

 

 

Kerstin

Professor Kerstin Mey

Uachtarán / President
Oifig an Uachtaráin / Office of the President

The following email was sent to all students by Professor Kerstin May, UL President, on Friday, September 25th 2020: 

​Dear colleagues and students,

 

I want to apologise for contacting you this late on a Friday evening, but circumstances have required that we make some changes to our plans for the return to campus next week from September 28.

 

In light of rising case numbers of Covid-19 across the country, the government has requested that all higher education institutions now move to the enhanced public health protection measures applied to Dublin-based HEIs last week.

 

The safety of staff and students has always been a priority in our preparations to return to campus and Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science Simon Harris has confirmed that the focus of the next two to three weeks will be on limiting the cross country movement of students and avoiding congregation of large groups on campus.

 

The UL Executive Committee met this evening to discuss the application of these restrictions and the following changes to our planned on-campus schedule were agreed:

  • All academic delivery for programmes of the Kemmy Business School will now be entirely online for the next 2 weeks.
  • All academic delivery for programmes of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will now be entirely online for the next 2 weeks with the exception of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.
  • The vast majority of academic delivery for the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences and Faculty of Science and Engineering will move online with the exception of labs and workshops and some essential tutorials which will take place on campus as scheduled.
  • Students will be communicated with via text and social media to consult the UL home page when the full list of programmes moving to full online delivery is posted.
  • All research and PhD activities will continue as normal.
  • Social / club activities on campus will be suspended until further notice.
  • The existing timetable for the next two weeks will be updated over the weekend. From Sunday evening, it will specifically say ‘online’ or ‘on campus’ as appropriate for all lectures/tutorials/labs. 
  • UL students are being advised not to travel to Limerick if their full programme is due to be delivered online over the next two weeks.

 

Now, more than ever, it is vital that you take responsibility for your actions, follow the public health guidelines, limit your social contacts and stay safe. We must do this and take these actions in order to protect everyone in our community. Have a good weekend.

 

Kerstin

 

Professor Kerstin Mey

 

Uachtarán / President

Oifig an Uachtaráin / Office of the President

18 September 2020

This notice applies to Immigration and International Protection permissions to reside in the State that are due to expire between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 and supplements all previous extension notices. This is the fifth, and expected to be the final, extension of permissions implemented since the outset of the pandemic and the longest granted.

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 20th September 2020 to 20th January 2021, 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 20th September 2020 - 20th January 2021 are automatically renewed by the Minister to the 20th January 2021. 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 that was renewed by the previous notices which therefore has a new expiry date between 20th September 2020 and 20th January 2021 is automatically renewed by this notice until 20th January 2021.

All renewals in the Dublin area are now being processed online only and the system has been available for all applicants since 20 July 2020 at https://inisonline.jahs.ie, and renewal applications will continue to be accepted.

Registrations outside of the Dublin area are processed by the Garda National Immigration Bureau through the Garda Station network.  Information on the contact details for all the registration offices outside Dublin is available at: https://www.garda.ie/en/about-us/our-departments/office-of-corporate-communications/news-media/reopening-of-registration-offices.html.     

Please Note: This notice provides the necessary time to make arrangements with the Immigration Service in Dublin or An Garda Síochána outside Dublin to ensure registrations can be renewed in the normal way. Everyone is encouraged to do so at the earliest opportunity.

As per the latest Government guidelines ‘When to wear face coverings and how to make them’ (Last updated 11 August 2020) and the publication of Statutory Instrument No. 296 face coverings in all library areas will be mandatory for all library users (for the duration of their stay in the library), with immediate effect.

Library users will not be granted access to the library if they are not wearing a suitable face covering, unless they can provide an acceptable reason as outlined in the regulation:

 

Reasonable excuse 

Without prejudice to the generality of what constitutes reasonable excuse for the purposes of Regulation 

  • (a) a person has reasonable excuse if - (a) the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering - (i) because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability, or (ii) without severe distress, 
  • (b) the person needs to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise), 
  • (c) the person removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, 
  • (d) the person removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, 
  • (e) the person removes the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication, 
  • (f) the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to enable him or her to ascertain the person’s age by reference to photographic identification for the purposes of the sale of goods or services in respect of which there is a minimum age requirement or where the responsible person, or worker, has lawful authority to verify the person’s identity, or 
  • (g) the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to assist the responsible person or worker to provide him or her with healthcare or healthcare advice.

 

To keep up to date with news on library services in this changing environment, check this page regularly, follow us via social media and consult  UL’s official advisory site on Covid-19

Please note, 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. 

We thank you for your cooperation

 

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

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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

 

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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