Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Guidance on measures in place for Academic Year 2021/22

Updated 22 October 2021

This Guidance is based on national public health guidance and the sector specific guidance in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science’s document A Safe Return to Onsite Further and Higher Education and Research in 2021/22.

This Guidance is intended to provide greater certainty for staff of the University on the status of University activities for the 2021/2022 Academic Year in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  

As stated in the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science’s guidance: Higher and further education and training, and research are essential activities, and so the plan for 2021 to 2022 is for mainly on-site activity for all students, learners, and staff”.

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. 

This Guidance will remain under review with the University Management Team and updates to this Guidance will be published via the Campus Business Continuity Team and on the UCC website here

As we return to campus, it is important that we continue to adhere to the measures in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission including use of face coverings and good hand hygiene. Further information on these measures is available here. Staff and students are encouraged to use the UCC COVID Tracker App daily before coming to campus. It is also important that if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 that you remain in self-isolation, do not attend campus and contact your doctor.

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Updated 22 October 2021

Activity / Function 
Face to face delivered lectures

Face to face teaching is permitted with teaching spaces operating at 80% of the normal (pre-Covid) room capacity. An overall cap of 200 attendees (including the lecturer) will be applied in large lecture theatres.

By way of example: in a teaching space with a normal room capacity of 100 students, class sizes of up to 80 people (students and staff) can attend for face to face teaching.

An updated room capacity guide will be made available through Buildings & Estates here.

Students will wear face coverings during lectures and other infection control measures will be in place.

Lecture durations will be reduced to ensure sufficient time for a changeover between lectures (e.g. in a traditional 1 hour slot; lectures will start 5 minutes after the hour, allow for 45 minutes of teaching time and then 10 minutes at the end for students to vacate prior to the arrival of the next class). To avoid congestion during lecture changeovers, students are asked not to take their seating prior to the designated hour slot.

For 2 hour lecture slots, it is recommended that lecturers consider having a break at the midpoint to allow all to move outside and take a break from wearing a face covering if needed.

Laboratory based teaching, clinical and practicals based tuition

Laboratories and similar practical based tuition settings can operate at 80% capacity with the use of face coverings and other appropriate control measures.

Outdoor field work for undergraduate students

Permitted.

Any applicable capacity limits for coaches/buses to be taken into account.

For field work entailing interfacing with members of the public as part of the field work see Research section below.

Library

(Boole & Brookfield Libraries)

The Boole Library and Brookfield Library will operate at full user capacity.

Library users will wear face coverings while in the library and the current pre-booking system will remain in place.

This Academic Year, libraries will open for extended periods to ensure greater access to the facilities: Boole Library from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week; and Brookfield Health Sciences Library from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-Fri, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat -Sun.

See the Boole Library website for further details.

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

 

Research

Updated 22 October 2021

*To the extent on campus activities are continuing within the parameters of this Guidance, the responsible party must assess the risk associated with the ongoing activity (e.g. in the context of levels of community transmission nationally and locally at the time).  

Activity / Function 
Scientific/laboratory based research

Scientific/laboratory based research activities can continue with appropriate protective measures in place including the use of face coverings. 2 metre physical distancing should be maintained in write up areas and office spaces.

Guidance on continuing research during the current period of public health measures is available via the Research Business Continuity Team’s website.

Desk based research

Desk based research activities are permitted with 2 metre physical distancing and other appropriate control measures. 

Guidance on continuing research during the current period of public health measures is available via the Research Business Continuity Team’s website.

Volunteer studies

Subject to appropriate protective measures and prior approval from the relevant Head of School/RICU Director, continuation of volunteer studies will be possible. Submissions for prior approval must be in line with the revised Research Business Continuity Team process. In certain cases, approval from the relevant Head of College may be required.

Field work (no interface with members of the public)

Subject to prior approval from the relevant Head of School/RICU Director continuation of field work will be permitted with appropriate protective measures as outlined in the guidance from the Research Business Continuity Group  . In certain cases, approval from the Head of College may be required. 
Field work (interface with members of the public)

Subject to appropriate protective measures and prior approval from the relevant Head of School/RICU Director, continuation of field work  will be possible. Submissions for prior approval must be in line with the revised Research Business Continuity Team process. In certain cases, approval from the Head of College may be required. 

Staff attendance on campus

Updated 22 October 2021

Activity / Function 
General attendance on campus

Higher education and research are categorised as essential activities under the Government’s guidance. To ensure full delivery of teaching and professional services from September 2021, staff should continue to liaise with their line manager/unit head in respect of the return to on campus working in the Academic Year.

2 metre physical distancing should be maintained for staff members. Face coverings should be worn when transiting through communal indoor spaces. The general infection control measures on campus should be adhered to at all times.

Meetings

Face to face meetings are permitted where necessary subject to 2 metre physical distancing, use of face coverings and other appropriate control measures. Please note that meeting room capacities will be reduced due to the application of 2 metre physical distancing.

From 22nd October 2021, academic conferences/seminars/graduation ceremonies may take place within the parameters of national public health guidelines and subject to appropriate control measures. View details of the parameters for such events online.

The UCC staff member organising the conference/seminar must assess the risk associated with holding the event in the context of levels of community transmission nationally and locally at the time.

Sport and physical activity

Updated 22 October 2021

Activity / Function 
Outdoor Sport

Club activities remain subject to national public health guidelines.

UCC outdoor facilities are fully operational for students, staff and external users to pre-book time via sport@ucc.ie for training in groups or for individual activities. 

Where public health guidelines permit a return of team training or matches, this remains subject to the relevant UCC Club completing the relevant return to play protocols (see the Department of Sport and Physical Activity website ).   

Indoor Sport See Mardyke Arena

Indoor group/team training for Clubs is currently permitted in pods of 6 people.

Mardyke Arena

The Mardyke Arena is open for individual training and for Clubs activities within the parameters set out above for indoor sport.

Exercise/dance classes are also available within current public health guidelines for attendees with proof of immunity (e.g. an EU Digital Covid Certificate).

 

Student activities and UCC Societies

Updated 22 October 2021

Activity / Function 
Societies Events (indoor)

In person indoor events for Societies are permitted within the framework of national public health guidelines and proposed events will be reviewed through the Office of the Director of Student Experience and the Student Activity Safety Committee.

View further information on the guidance on meetings, events, room bookings and conferences.
Societies Events (outdoor)

In person outdoor events for Societies are permitted within the framework of national public health guidelines and proposed events will be reviewed through the Office of the Director of Student Experience and the Student Activity Safety Committee.

Campus accommodation

Updated 22 October 2021

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

Restaurants and Catering

Updated 8 December  2021

Catering

Catering for meetings and events is currently not available.  This includes by KSG, SFS and external contractors.  This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Dining and Takeaway Options

The information below represents the current status for October 2021 and this information will be updated during the course of the Academic Year as public health guidelines evolve.

Restaurants, Catering & Retail

1 NovemberOpen Hours

Main  Restaurant 

Open for indoor dining and hot food. 

All food served in take out compostable containers. 

Tables physically distanced. 

Table capacities are limited to a maximum of 6 under current public health guidelines for the University sector. 

 Face coverings to be worn unless seated. 

No entry for take out only. 

08:00 - 19:00

Hot food until 14:30 

Bio Sciences

Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back

08:00 - 15:00

Brookfield Restaurant

Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back and pods of up 6 people

All food served in take-out compostable containers. Face coverings to be worn unless seated.

08:30 - 16:00
Coffee Dock Take away with limited indoor seating ,tables one meter apart back to back 08:00 - 16:00
Elements Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back 08:30 - 16:00
Western Gateway Elements Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back - outdoor space available   08:30 - 16:00
Western Gateway Ground Floor Restaurant  No service until further notice due to staff shortages/Vending available for now - will reopen when staffing available  
Cafe Diem (The Still) Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back  
Tyndall Restaurant Open Tea/coffee and Grab and go sandwiches. Indoor seating available 08:00 - 14:30
Staff Common Room

Members only. Tables one meter apart, pods of up to 6 people

Face coverings to be worn unless seated

08:00 - 16:00
Staff Dining Room From November 8th  Open for indoor dining. Tables one meter back to back and pods of up to 6 people. No special lunches or bookings being taken initially - will be reviewed on 1 December

From Nov 8th

12- 14:30

Café Atrium at Mardyke Arena

Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, coffees, smoothies etc 

indoor and outdoor dining 

Order Ahead facility with ‘Click & Collect’ via website: www.cafeatrium.ie & App

Mon - Friday 08:00 - 17:30  
Saturday 09:30 - 15:30
Sunday 10:30 - 15:30
Oasis Café

Indoor dining.

Table capacities are limited to a maximum of 6 under current public health guidelines for the University sector.

Face coverings to be worn unless seated.

Mon - Thurs 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Sun 09:00 – 12:30 
Upstairs Café at Áras na Mac Léinn

Open

Table capacities are limited to a maximum of 6 under current public health guidelines for the University sector.

Face coverings to be worn unless seated.

Mon - Friday 08:30 - 16:00
Deli 10:00 - 15:00 mon-fri

Sat & Sun Seating only
Club Áras - New Bar

Indoor dining subject to proof of immunity (e.g. an EU Digital Covid Certificate). Table capacities are limited to a maximum of 10 under current public health guidelines.

Face coverings to be worn unless seated  

Walk-ins welcome.

Mon - Thur 12:00 - 23:30
Fri 12:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 – 17:00 Sun 09:00 – 12:30
Roots Café - Hub

Open

Mon - Friday 10:00 - 14:00

 

Christmas Closure

Restaurant Name

Closing Date
(close of business on the date shown)

Re-Opening Date
Main Rest Wednesday 22 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
Staff Dining Room Closed Closed
Hospitality Wednesday 22 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
ORB Coffee Dock Tuesday 21 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
Elements UCC Friday 17 Dec Monday 17 Jan
Staff Common Room Thursday 23 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
Bio Cafe Friday 17 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
Tyndall Thursday 23 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
Brookfield Wednesday 22 Dec Tuesday 4 Jan
West Gate Elements Friday 17 Dec Tuesday 17 Jan
West Gate Closed Closed
North Mall Still Friday 17 Dec Monday 10 Jan
Mini Rest Closed Closed

Retail and Banking Services

ServiceOpen/Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Shop

Open

Mon – Thurs 08.00 – 19.00

Fri 08.00 – 18.00

Saturday 09.00 – 17.00

Sunday 09.00 – 12.30

Áras na MacLéinn “Siopa 2”
(adjacent to the Main Restaurant)

Mon – Thurs 08.00 – 19.00

Fri 08.00 – 18.00

Saturday closed

Sunday closed
Áras na MacLéinn Clothing Shop

Open 

Mon  – Thurs 09.00 – 17.00

Fri 09.00 – 16.00

Saturday 10.30 – 17.00

Sunday Closed


Also available online uccshop.ie

Lowercase Bookshop

Mon - Thurs 08:00 - 17:00

Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Saturday & Sunday Closed

Áras na MacLéinn Hair Salon Wed - Fri: 09:30 - 18:00
Glucksman Gallery Currently open with protective measures.
Visitors’ Centre Currently open with protective measures.
Campus Tours Campus tours are currently operating with protective measures.
Bank of Ireland

Open from 10:00-14:00 each working day from Monday 20th September – services will be provided from “The Hatch”.

Cash lodgements will be facilitated 10:00-14:00 on Wednesdays for public and full day for UCC departments.

A financial advisor will be available 5 days a week by appointment.

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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