Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Important Update

Updated 21 Oct 2020

The Irish Government direction has announced that Ireland will be moving to Level 5 of the national Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 for a period of six weeks with effect from midnight on Wednesday, 21 October 2020.

UCC understands this is a challenging time for our students and staff and we will work together to support our community during this period. Please continue to adhere to the Health Service Executive’s advice on preventing the spread of Covid-19. 

While this will be kept under review, we have agreed that current arrangement will continue for this semester as follows:

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
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.
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 pre-booking, physical distancing and face coverings.

Research

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
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

Should be conducted by remote means where possible or postponed until the University/Cork returns to a lower Level in the Government’s Framework.

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) Should be conducted by remote means where possible or postponed until the University/Cork returns to a lower Level in the Government’s Framework.

Staff attendance on campus

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
General attendance on campus

Certain categories of staff/roles are deemed essential services under the Government’s Level 5 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 can obtain a letter of authority for travel to work (e.g. if required for Garda checkpoints) and must adhere to the University’s infection control measures on campus.

Meetings Meetings between staff members should be conducted by remote means during the period of Level 5 restrictions.
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 can obtain a letter of authority for travel to work (e.g. if required for Garda checkpoints) and must adhere to the University’s infection control measures on campus.

Sport and physical activity

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
Outdoor Sport

All team training and competitions suspended under Level 5 restrictions.

Individual training only within 5 km of home.

Indoor Sport See Mardyke Arena.
Mardyke Arena

Arena physiotherapy clinic open with protective measures.

Remainder of the Arena is closed until the University/Cork returns to a lower Level in the Government’s Framework (Level 3 or below).

Student activities and UCC Societies

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
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) To be held by virtual means. In person events not permitted based on public health guidance for the University sector.

Campus accommodation

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
UCC Campus Accommodation Open – visitors policy subject to Campus Accommodation rules and prevailing public health guidance.

Restaurants, Catering, Retail and Other Amenities

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
Brookfield Restaurant Takeaway services only
Coffee Dock Takeaway services only
Elements Takeaway services only
Tyndall Restaurant Takeaway services only
Staff Common Room Open with limited seating and occupancy
Other restaurants/cafés not listed above Closed
Oasis Café Takeaway services only
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 Online orders only
Lowercase Bookshop Online orders only
Áras na MacLéinn Hair Salon Closed until the University/Cork returns to a lower Level in the Government’s Framework (Level 3 or below).
Club Áras na MacLéinn Bar Closed
Glucksman Gallery

Closed until the University/Cork returns to a lower Level in the Government’s Framework (Level 2 or below) – online services only.

Glucksman Gallery Shop Online services only.
Visitors’ Centre  
Campus Tours Closed for tours.
Visitors’ Centre Shop Online orders only

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

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