Teaching Delivery, Research, and On-Campus Activity

Guidance on measures in place for Academic Year 2021/22

Updated 2 March 2022

This Guidance has been updated following the Government’s further lifting of restrictions.

"Face masks are no longer mandatory. However, they are still advised:

  • on public transport
  • in healthcare settings"

While staff and students are no longer required to wear face coverings, they may continue to do so if they wish.

It is important that we continue to remain vigilant and adhere to the HSE Guidance, stay at home if you have symptoms and continue to use the infection prevention and control measures such as good hand hygiene and etiquette over the coming months. The UniCoV Screening and Case Detection programme will continue to offer testing for students and staff until April 2022.

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.

Learning, Teaching, and Assessment

Updated 2 March 2022

Activity / Function  
Face to face delivered lectures

Face to face teaching is permitted with teaching spaces operating at full capacity (subject to ventilation limits). 

Please see the updated room capacity guide made available from Buildings & Estates.

Laboratory based teaching, clinical and practicals based tuition

Laboratories and similar practical based tuition settings can operate at full capacity (subject to ventilation limits).


(Boole & Brookfield Libraries)

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

See the Boole Library website for further details.

Open Access Computer Labs

Open to students at full capacity (subject to ventilation limits).



Updated 18 February 2022

*Please find the most up to date guidance on continuing research during the current period of public health measures made available via the Research Business Continuity Team’s website and Latest Updates for Research Continuity | University College Cork (ucc.ie)

Staff attendance on campus

Updated 2 March 2022

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.

The general infection control measures on campus should be adhered to at all times.


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 10 February 2022

Activity / Function  
Outdoor Sport

Club activities have returned to pre-Covid conditions.


Indoor Sport See Mardyke Arena
Mardyke Arena

See Mardyke Arena.


Student activities and UCC Societies

Updated 10 February 2022

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.

Further information is published in 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 3 February  2022

Catering now Available

Catering for meetings and events is now available through the normal channels.


Restaurant Mon - Thur Friday Saturday Sunday
Bio Sciences 08:00 - 15:30 08:00 14:30 Closed Closed
Brookfield Restaurant 08:00 - 16:00 08:00 - 16:00 Closed Closed
Cafe Atrium 08:00 - 17:30 08:00 - 17:30 09:30 - 15:30 10:30 - 15:30
Café Diem (The Still) 08:30 - 15:00 08:30 - 15:00 Closed Closed
Club Ára - New Bar 11:00 - 23:30 11:00 - 19:00 Closed Closed
Coffee Dock 08:00 - 16:30 08:00 - 16:30 Closed Closed
Elements 08:30 - 16:00 08:30 - 16:00 Closed Closed
Main Restaurant 08:00 - 19:00 08:00 - 16:00 Closed Closed
Oasis Cafe 08:00 - 18:30 08:00 - 17:00 09:30 - 17:00 Closed
Roots Café - Hub 10:00 - 15:00 10:00 - 15:00 Closed Closed
Staff Common Room 08:00 - 16:00 08:00 - 15:00 Closed Closed
Staff Dining Room 12:00 - 14:30 12:00 - 14:30 Closed Closed
Tyndall Restaurant 08:00 - 14:30 08:00 - 14:30 Closed Closed
Wester Gateway Elements 08:00 - 15:00 08:00 - 15:00  Closed Closed
Westerna Gateway Ground Floor Closed Closed Closed Closed


Retail and Banking Services

Service Open/Closed
Áras na MacLéinn Shop


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


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