Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Guidance on the government's framework for level 3 restrictive measures in the UCC context

Updated 2 Dec 2020

This Guidance is intended to provide greater certainty for students and staff of the University on the status of University activities under Level 3 and is based on the following: 

This Guidance is based on information available as at the date of its preparation but remains subject to change based on prevailing public health guidance as it may evolve over the course of the coming academic year. The University will adhere to national public health advice at all times and the safety of our students and staff will be paramount.

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
Face to face delivered lectures
(excluding small group teaching, laboratory based teaching, clinical and practicals based tuition)
To be delivered online only.
Small group teaching To be delivered online as much as possible, however, small group teaching is permissible (with appropriate protective measures such as 2m physical distancing and face coverings) where learners’ particular needs require additional support over and above that which can be provided online, or where face to face delivery is part of programme accreditation requirements. Such teaching must obtain prior approval by the relevant Head of College.
Laboratory based teaching, clinical and practicals based tuition

Healthcare students can attend onsite (with appropriate protective measures) for any clinical placements, simulation and clinical exercises, or training or laboratory practice or practical examinations that are necessary to meet professional or regulatory requirements*.

Laboratory/practicals for students other than healthcare students can continue with appropriate protective measures (e.g. at least 1 metre physical distancing and face coverings).

Library

(Boole & Brookfield Libraries)

Open to students and staff at limited occupancy subject to appropriate protective measures including pre-booking, physical distancing and mandatory face coverings.

Closed to public/external readers.

Designated auxiliary reading rooms (Aula Maxima, Kampus Kitchen, Devere Hall, Mini Restaurant) Open to students at limited occupancy subject to appropriate protective measures including physical distancing and face coverings.
Open Access Computer Labs Open to students at limited occupancy subject to appropriate protective measures including physical distancing and face coverings.

*As advised in the Chief Medical Officer’s correspondence to the Minister for Health dated 8 October 2020

Research

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
Scientific/laboratory based research Current scientific/laboratory based research activities can continue with appropriate protective measures in place.
Desk based research Desk based research activities are limited under current public health guidelines and should be conducted remotely where possible. Certain essential/time sensitive desk based research which requires on campus attendance may be possible subject to appropriate protective measures and prior approval from the relevant Head of College and the Vice President for Research & Innovation.
Volunteer studies

Permitted with appropriate protective measures as outlined in guidance from the Research Business Continuity Group.

Field work (no interface with members of the public)

Permitted with appropriate protective measures as outlined in guidance from the Research Business Continuity Group.
Field work (interface with members of the public) Permitted with appropriate protective measures as outlined in guidance from the Research Business Continuity Group.

Staff attendance on campus

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
General attendance on campus

Certain categories of staff/roles are deemed essential services under the Government’s guidance. Heads/line managers will determine who is required to work on campus based on essential needs. Staff not required to perform their activities physically on campus should continue to work remotely.

Staff attending on campus must adhere to the University’s infection control measures on campus.

Meetings Meetings between staff members should be conducted by remote means.
To access technology for delivery of lectures

Staff may attend campus in order to access technology for delivery of online teaching or to provide permitted small group teaching, laboratories, and practical based tuition.

Staff attending on campus must adhere to the University’s infection control measures on campus.

Sport and physical activity

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
Outdoor Sport

Non-contact training may take place outdoors in pods of 15.

Indoor Sport Only individual training should take place indoors and no exercise or dance classes are permitted.
Mardyke Arena

Open for members by pre-booking time slots. See Mardyke Arena website for more information.

Student activities and UCC Societies

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
Societies Events (indoor) To be held by virtual means. In person events not permitted based on public health guidance for the University sector.
Societies Events (outdoor) 2 metre physical distancing, and subject to appropriate public health measures being in place (e.g. advance booking for attendance to ensure numbers are not exceeded) and attendees following the University guidance on face coverings. Subject to completion of a risk assessment and approval by the Societies Officer. Maximum of 15 attendees (including organisers and stewards).

Campus accommodation

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
UCC Campus Accommodation Open – visitors policy subject to Campus Accommodation rules and prevailing public health guidance.

Restaurants, Catering, Retail and Other Amenities

Updated 2 Dec 2020

Activity / FunctionLevel 3
Brookfield Restaurant Open with limited seating and occupancy from 4 Dec 2020
Coffee Dock Open with limited seating and occupancy from 4 Dec 2020
Elements Open with limited seating and occupancy from 4 Dec 2020
Tyndall Restaurant Open with limited seating and occupancy
Staff Common Room Open with limited seating and occupancy
Café Atrium Open with limited seating and occupancy from 4 Dec
Oasis Café Open with limited seating and occupancy from 4 Dec 2020
Áras na MacLéinn Shop Open with protective measures
Áras na MacLéinn “Siopa 2” (adjacent to the Main Restaurant) Open with protective measures
Áras na MacLéinn Clothing Shop Stock available in the Áras na MacLéinn Shop
Lowercase Bookshop Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm
Áras na MacLéinn Hair Salon Open from 2 Dec 2020
Club Áras na MacLéinn Bar Open from 7 Dec 2020 with limited seating and occupancy
Other restaurants/cafés not listed above Closed
Glucksman Gallery

Open from 1 Dec 2020

Glucksman Gallery Shop Open from 1 Dec 2020
Visitors’ Centre  
Campus Tours Closed for tours.
Visitors’ Centre Gift Shop Open from 1 Dec 2020

Community Charter

UCC has developed a Community Charter which is a set of principles for UCC’s students and staff to reaffirm their commitment towards the shared responsibility of protecting our community. The community charter forms part of student and staff return to campus induction. Make sure you complete these modules in Canvas

Covid-19 information

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