Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Guidance on the government's framework for level 5 restrictive measures in the UCC context

This Guidance is based on the following: 

This Guidance is intended to provide greater certainty for staff of the University on the status of University activities under Level 5 of the Government’s Framework for Restrictive Measures in Response to COVID-19 

Higher Education is classified as an essential service under the Government’s guidance insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely. 

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) 

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. 

 

On the 30th April 2021, the Government signalled its planned gradual lifting of certain public health restrictions over May and June. Where this Government guidance is relevant to an activity as listed below, the anticipated date of recommencement of the activity (subject to lifting of public health restrictions proceeding as indicated by the Government guidance) is listed below in italics. 

Updates to this Guidance will be published via the Campus Business Continuity Team and on the UCC website here. 

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Updated 6 May 2021

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.

Closed to public/external readers.

See the Boole Library website for further details

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 6 May 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).  

The guidelines below will remain under review. 

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
Scientific/laboratory based research

Essential scientific/laboratory based research activities can continue with appropriate protective measures in place.

Principal Investigators intending to continue essential scientific/laboratory based research activities during the current period of restrictions must seek prior approval in line with the revised Research Business Continuity Team process (herefrom the relevant Head of School/RICU Director and in certain cases, approval from the Head of College may be required. 

Desk based research Desk based research activities are limited under current public health guidelines and should be conducted remotely during the current period of restrictions. Researchers intending to continue essential desk based research activities during the current period of restrictions must seek prior approval in line with the revised Research Business Continuity Team process (here) from the relevant Head of School/RICU Director and in certain cases, approval from the Head of College may be required. 
Volunteer studies

Subject to appropriate protective measures and prior approval from the relevant Head of School/RICU Director, continuation of certain essential/time sensitive volunteer studies may 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 certain essential/time sensitive field work may 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 Directorcontinuation of certain essential/time sensitive field work of this nature may 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 6th May 2021

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.
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 6th May 2021

Activity / FunctionLevel 5
Outdoor Sport

UCC outdoor facilities are now operating for outdoor age grade sport where non-contact training is allowed for those under 18. 

As of 4th May 2021, all adult team training and competitions remain suspended under Level 5 restrictions however, Government guidance indicates that outdoor team training in pods of fifteen people may be permitted from 10th May 2021 and outdoor matches may be permitted from 7th June 2021 

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

From the 10th May 2021, based on current Government guidance, UCC’s outdoor facilities will be available for students and staff to pre-book time via sport@ucc.ie for non-contact training in pods of fifteen people or for individual activities. 

 

Indoor Sport See Mardyke Arena.
Mardyke Arena

Arena physiotherapy clinic open with protective measures.

Remainder of the Arena is closed however, Government guidance indicates that gyms & swimming pools may be permitted to re-open for individual training from 7th June 2021.

 

Student activities and UCC Societies

Updated 6th May 2021

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

Campus accommodation

Updated 6th May 2021

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

Updated 6th May 2021

The majority of restaurants on campus will be operating takeaway services only. Full details and opening hours are available on our visitors' page.

Restaurants, Catering & Retail 

Level 5

Brookfield Restaurant

Currently Closed
Coffee Dock Takeaway services only
Elements Currently Closed
Tyndall Restaurant Open with limited seating and occupancy 
Staff Common Room Open with limited seating and occupancy
Café Atrium Closed
Oasis Café Takeaway services only however, it is anticipated that the outdoor seating will be available from 7th June 2021 for groups of 6 people or less provided Government guidance on the planned re-opening date for outdoor dining proceeds as planned.
Áras na MacLéinn Shop Open with protective measures
Áras na MacLéinn “Siopa 2” (adjacent to the Main Restaurant) Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Clothing Shop Online orders only via uccshop.ie however, it is anticipated that the shop will re-open with protective measures from 17th May 2021 provided Government guidance on the planned re-opening date for retail proceeds as planned. 
Lowercase Bookshop Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Hair Salon It is anticipated that Unisalon will re-open on 11th May 2021 provided Government guidance on the planned re-opening date for hairdressers proceeds as planned. 
Club Áras na MacLéinn Bar Closed
Other restaurants/cafés not listed above Closed
uccshop.ie  Online orders can be placed via uccshop.ie (including orders for Lowercase Bookshop).  
Glucksman Gallery Scheduled to re-open on 10th May 2021 subject to Government guidance on the planned re-opening date for galleries proceeding as planned.
Visitors’ Centre  
Campus Tours Closed for tours at present. 
Visitors’ Centre Gift Shop Online orders only via uccshop.ie however, it is anticipated that the shop will re-open with protective measures from 17th May 2021 provided Government guidance on the planned re-opening date for retail proceeds as planned. 

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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