Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Guidance on measures in place for Academic Year 2021/22

Updated 25 August 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 coming 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 25th August 2021

Activity / Function 
Face to face delivered lectures

Face to face teaching will be 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.

Library

(Boole & Brookfield Libraries)

The Boole Library and Brookfield Library will operate at 80% of 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 25th August 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 (here). 

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 (here). 

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 (here). 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 certain essential/time sensitive field work of this nature will be possible. Submissions for prior approval must be in line with the revised Research Business Continuity Team process (here). In certain cases, approval from the Head of College may be required. 

Staff attendance on campus

Updated 25 August 2021

Activity / Function 
General attendance on campus

To ensure full delivery of teaching and professional services from September, staff should liaise with their line manager/unit head to discuss their return to campus for the coming Academic Year.

2 metre physical distancing should be maintained for staff members and 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 (see here).

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.

At present, the holding of conferences is not permitted under national public health guidelines but this will be considered further on the anticipated publication of the Government’s new guidance for the country on the 31st August.

Sport and physical activity

Updated 25 August 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 pods of fifteen people or for individual activities. Our dressing rooms remain closed in line with public health advice. 

Current Government guidance permits outdoor team training in pods of fifteen people and outdoor matches.  

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 here).  

Indoor Sport See Mardyke Arena. Indoor group/team training and exercise/dance classes are not currently permitted under national public health guidelines.
Mardyke Arena

The Mardyke Arena is open for individual training.

 

Student activities and UCC Societies

Updated 25 August 2021

Activity / Function 
Societies Events (indoor) To be held by virtual means. In person indoor events are not currently permitted based on national public health guidance but this will remain under review.
Societies Events (outdoor)

In person outdoor events for Societies will be 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 25 August 2021

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

Restaurants and Catering

Updated 13 September 2021

Indoor Hospitality 

Indoor Hospitality - Indoor hospitality for meetings and events is currently not permitted.  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 September 2021 and this information will be updated ahead of the start of the Academic Year.

Restaurants, Catering & Retail 

13 SeptemberOpen Hours27 September Open Hours

Main  Restaurant 

Open for indoor dining,hot food, Covid testing,identity check and details taken at door. All food served in take out compostable containers. Tables socially distanced.Maximum 6 at a table. Masks to be worn unless seated.No entry for take out only. 

08:00 - 19:00

Hot food until 14:30 

Open for indoor dining,hot food, Covid testing,identity check and details taken at door. All food served in take out compostable containers. Tables socially distanced.Maximum 6 at a table. Masks to be worn unless seated.No entry for take out only.   08:00 - 19:00
Hot food 8:00 - 14:30 and 16:00 - 19:00 

Bio Sciences

Take away made to order Sandwiches/salads,Tea/coffee,pastries

08:00 - 15:00

Take away made to order Sandwiches/salads,Tea/coffee,pastries  08:00 - 15:00 

Brookfield Restaurant

Open for indoor dining,hot food, Covid testing,identity check and details taken at door. All food served in take out compostable containers. Tables socially distanced.Maximum 6 at a table. Masks to be worn unless seated.No entry for take out only. 08:30 - 16:00 Open for indoor dining,hot food, Covid testing,identity check and details taken at door. All food served in take out compostable containers. Tables socially distanced.Maximum 6 at a table. Masks to be worn unless seated.No entry for take out only. 08:30 - 16:00
Coffee Dock Take away until 22 October  08:00 - 16:00 Take away until 22 October  08:00 - 16:30
Elements Take away made to order Sandwiches/salads,Tea/coffee,pastries 08:30 - 16:00 Take away made to order Sandwiches/salads,Tea/coffee,pastries  08:30 - 16:00
Western Gateway Elements Take away made to order sandwiches, salads, tea coffee, etc.  08:30 - 16:00 Take away made to order sandwiches, salads, tea coffee, etc.   08:00 - 15:00
Western Gateway Ground Floor Restaurant  No food service until further notice, however seating area is open for use   No food service until further notice, however seating area is open for use   
The Still Open from Monday 20th September for grab and go sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc.   Open from Monday 20th September for grab and go sandwiches, tea, coffee, etc. 08:30 - 11:30 and 12 noon - 15:00 
Tyndall Restaurant Grab and Go sandwiches,Tea/coffee in a sit down canteen service 08:00 - 14:30 Grab and Go sandwiches,Tea/coffee in a sit down canteen service  08:00 - 14:30
Staff Common Room Members only as normal 08:00 - 16:00 Members only as normal 08:00 - 16:00
Staff Dining Room no service until further notice - Open as a seating area only 12:00 - 14:30
Café Atrium

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

Breakfasts, brunches, lunches, coffees, smoothies etc 

indoor and outdoor dining 

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

Mon- Frid
08:00 - 17:30 
Saturday 09:30 - 15:30
Sunday 10:30 - 15:30
Oasis Café Indoor dining - Covid Cerificate and ID required.   Mon - Thurs 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Sun CLOSED 
Indoor dining - Covid Cerificate and ID required.   Mon - Thurs 08:00 - 18:30
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:30 - 16:00
Sun CLOSED 
Upstairs Café Takeaway services only.  Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00 Deli counter 10:00 - 16:00
Sat & Sun CLOSED
Takeaway services only.  Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:00 Deli counter 10:00 - 16:00
Sat & Sun CLOSED
Club Áras - New Bar

Indoor dining - max 6 per table. Masks to be worn unless seated  

Walk-ins welcome

Mon - Thur 12:00 - 23:30
Fri 12:00 - 19:00
Sat & Sun CLOSED

Indoor dining - max 6 per table. Masks to be worn unless seated  

Walks-ins welcome

Mon - Thur 12:00 - 23:30
Fri 12:00 - 19:00
Sat & Sun CLOSED

Retail and Banking Services

ServiceOpen/Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Shop Open with protective measures

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

Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Clothing Shop Open with protective measures 
Also available online uccshop.ie
Lowercase Bookshop Open with protective measures. 
Áras na MacLéinn Hair Salon Open with pre-booked appointment slots.
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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