COVID-19 Student FAQ
National and International advice on COVID-19
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have deployed a new benefit scheme for those who have lost employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students who have lost employment due to the pandemic are eligible to receive this payment. Under the Economic Recovery Plan PUP claims for students are extended until the start of the 2021/2022 college year with the final payment on 7 September 2021.
For more info on the scheme and how to apply for it please visit the Departments website.
General UCC FAQ
The following Student Services are working remotely to the maximum extent possible and providing some services online. Please check their individual websites for specific information regarding the service.
The service is open Sunday - Thursday, 9pm-1am and is available HERE
Instant messaging service is open
Disability Support Service
Mature Student Office
|Student Budgeting Advice Service|
Student Assistance Fund
https://www.ucc.ie/en/careers/ See their specific FAQs
Accommodation & Community Life
Telephone 4902311 for advice from our Student Health staff. Out of hours, a voice message will advise on
sources of help available for students remaining in Cork who are not yet registered with a local General Practitioner.
|Student Counselling & Development||
For students who wish to access advice on healthy emotional wellbeing at this time, it is possible to speak to a duty Student Counsellor.
Please email Counselling@ucc.ie to arrange a telephone appointment between 9.15am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday.
|Sport and Physical Activity and Clubs|
We have created a series of information videos to answer the questions you may have.
Please select the video relevant to you.
Coming from Overseas
The plan your library visit section of the library website provides you with all the information you need to know when planning your visit to the library
The library has put together a guide called Assignment Essentials. This will help you get started with the process of searching strategically for library resources, evaluating what you find and including them in your assignment
Access to Special Collections and Archives is by appointment. Appropriate social distancing and public health guidelines will be in place. Further information on the appointment service is available on the Special Collections & Archives page of the library website.
Yes. For more information on submitting an interlibrary loan request, please visit: https://libguides.ucc.ie/interlibraryloans
Student Placement and Studying Abroad FAQ
Updated on 18 August 2021
It is UCC’s intention to continue to secure work placements for students in 2021 / 2022. We know that work placement is an important part of your programme of study here at UCC, however we will remain faithful to and consistent with Educational-sector, Public Health and Government guidelines and recommendations in place at that time. Please note that if you have a medical condition or for any reason do not wish to go on work placement as a result of COVID-related issues and complications you will be able to take an alternative option. For further details on this you should contact your Placement Coordinator/Manager.
- Students will be encouraged to engage with placements.
- Clinical placements will continue as normal (UCC COVID-19 Tracker App will be essential to support placements).
Updated on 18 August 2021
The University will continue to adapt its response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves and we are working with partner institutions to assess the viability of travel in line with relevant travel restrictions and guidelines that apply for destinations.
- We will support and welcome incoming study abroad and international students and we will support and encourage outbound student mobility.
Your Programme Coordinator will be in contact with you with further details.
Student Health FAQ
Looking for advice?
In the case of medical emergency, call 112 or 999.
Please follow advice published on the HSE website.
Advice is available and appointments can be requested via telephone on (021) 4902311. No walk-in appointment service is available. Aways call first.
During Office Hours: You may consider contacting your local GP for assistance and advice.
Out of Hours: Search for out of Hours GP services by county
HSE (Health Service Executive) Psychological Services advice on managing anxiety hsecovid
Crisis Text Line
Text 'UCC' to 086 1800 280 to chat anonymously with a trained volunteer 24/7.
Any Issue. Any time. (Standard SMS rates map apply)
If you have a cough or fever or breathlessness or loss or change in your senses of smell or taste, you may have COVID-19 and testing may be required
If you have any of these symptms, you should telephone the Student Health Service on (021) 4902311 or your own GP.
Do not leave your home. You should self-isolate in a closed room and follow the Doctor's advice when they return your telephone call.
Do not go to the Student Health Centre, or your Doctor's surgery or or to an A+E. You may put others at risk and may spread infection. Telpehone for advice as described above.
Call 112 in a life-threatening emergency only.
Face coverings must be worn by all users of libraries, reading rooms and retail spaces. You should also wear a face covering at all other times whilst indoors, epecially where it is difficult to keep a 2m distance from others.
There is no need to wear a face-covering when alone in a room or an office.
The face covering should fully cover your mouth and nose area.
Anyone who is unable to wear a face covering over their mouth and nose should use a face visor. Face visors are not considered to offer as much protection to the wearer and others as do face coverings.
You must wear a face covering whilst travelling on public transport and whilst in indoor retail spaces. See here for further details.
All users will wear face coverings while in the library and reading rooms and students must wear a face covering in lecture theatres, seminar rooms and retail shops.
Staff in shared offices will maintain a 2m distance. A mask must be worn by staff members in shared offices and spaces where it is not possible to maintain the 2m physical distance and when transitting through communal indoor spaces.
Those who are unable to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth should wear a face visor. Face visors are not considered to offer as much protection to the wearer and others as do face coverings that cover the mouth and nose.
Persons unable to wear a cloth face covering, or a face visor, or a face covering of any kind for reasons of illness or impairment may be exempt. Please see here for more details.
If you are at higher risk of getting seriously ill if you get COVID-19 you should wear a medical face mask instead of a cloth face covering.
If you wish to apply to wear an alternative face covering such as a face visor, or a face mask with transparent panel to allow others see your mouth and lips for lip reading purposes, or you are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering for reasons of illness or impairment, you can apply to the Student Health Department via this FORM.
In certain circumstances students may wish to be able to see another person's mouth and lips for learning purposes or to lip-read for those hard of hearing.
Some individuals may be exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering of any kind for reasons of illness or impairment.
Students will have the option to wear a distinctive white lanyard and personal ID to signal to the rest of the University community that they are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering for reasons of illness or impairment.
Students can apply for an alternative to the cloth face covering or the lanyard that signals they are exempt from wearing a face covering by applying to the Student Health Department using this on-line form.
Restrict your movements if you are not fully vaccinated and you:
- are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19
- live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19, but you feel well
In these situations, there is a chance you may have COVID-19 too. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms. By restricting your movements, you can keep other people safe.
If you are fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 in the past 9 months
You do not need to restrict your movements if you:
- are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- had a positive proven COVID-19 PCR test in the past 9 months
But a contact tracer may ask you to restrict your movements if you are a close contact of a variant of concern. Always follow their advice.
IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS:
You must also act promptly if you develop symptoms to suggest you may have COVID-19. If you develop symptoms you will need to self-isolate and telephone UCC Student Health on 4902311 or your GP or local Out of Hours service,
Do not go to a GP surgery, Pharmacy, Accident and Emergency Department or Hospital. Telephone your Dr. The Dr will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19, your Doctor will arrange a test.
For advice and to determine what level of higher risk applies in your situation, please consult https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/people-at-higher-risk.html.
Wear a medical face mask instead of a cloth face covering if you are at higher risk of getting seriously ill if you get COVID-19.
For those at very high risk See: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/people-at-higher-risk/not-vaccinated/
Those at high risk are advised to strictly follow the advice on how to protect yourself and others. See: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself-and-others.html
You should contact your own Dr. GP or Student Health if you are uncertain as to your level of risk.
You can call Student Health on 4902311 for advice and we may be able to issue you a prescription
Your phamacist or your GP may also be able to issue you an emergency supply based on your prior prescription or medical records. If your pharmacist or your doctor requres confirmation of your prescription they can call Student Health on 4902311. Healthcare professionals only can e-mail a query to UCC Student Health via the secure e-mail Healthcare Healthmail system to: email@example.com
Once you have given them your consent to the release of this information, your GP or specialist can request information from UCC Student Health via the Healthmail secure e-mail system.
Healthcare professionals only can e-mail a query to UCC Student Health via the secure e-mail Healthcare Healthmail system to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The date scheduled for your booster dose was chosen as the optimum date to achieve long-lasting immunity, however it will still be possible to administer a booster dose in Student Health after the original scheduled date without needing to re-start the whole immunisation schedule again. Please contact Student Health on (021) 4902311 if you believe you are due a booster dose of a vaccine.
For Healthcare Students:
UCC Student Health is in the process of arranging appointments over for Healthcare Students due to attend in class groups for the final doses of Hepatitis B or Hepatitis B blood tests. UCC Student Health will contact the students involved directly via their student e-mails to offer them an individual appointment time.
Following the news that all UCC Counselling appointments have been cancelled in the light of the ongoing pandemic, we are working on alternative ways to best support your mental health.
UCC Student Counselling & Development (SCD) Service 2020
The Student Counselling & Development telesupport service has been established in order to assist students in maintaining healthy emotional wellbeing while counselling appointments are not possible due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The service is available to all registered students who continue to reside in Ireland free of charge.
Please note that calls are of 20 minutes duration to ensure equitable access to this service. Please contact email@example.com for further detailsbetween 9.30 am-12pm and 1-3pm Monday to Friday.
Text Crisis Line
If you are currently experiencing mental health difficulties we recommend you make use of Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line's anonymous text message support service is available to UCC students and staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How to access the crisis line:
Text 'UCC' to 086 1800 280 to chat anonymously with a trained volunteer 24/7.
Call the Student Health Service on (021) 4902311. If your GP or Mental Health Professional requires infomation on medication or treatment prescribed by UCC Student Health or UCC Student Health Psychiatrist please see gphealth info for details as to how they may access this with your consent.
Financial Supports and Laptop Scheme
As part of the package of COVID-19 supports for higher and further education institutions, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has allocated funding to support disadvantaged students in the higher education sector in accessing ICT devices.
Under this scheme, undergraduate or postgraduate students may be eligible to receive a laptop, on long-term loan, in order to assist with online learning.
The UCC Laptop Loan scheme is available to you this academic year if you need to borrow a laptop for your studies and meet the eligibility criteria. This scheme is open to new and continuing students.
A team of staff from Access services (UCC PLUS+, Mature Students Office, Disability Support Service) and the Student's Union are working together to assess applications for this scheme.
To be eligible for a laptop you must be:
- registered as a full or part-time student in 2021-22
- and be from a low-income household, with an annual reckonable income not exceeding €49,840 Gross.
Eligibility will be on a needs basis, prioritised as appropriate by UCC. In all cases, UCC must be satisfied that a student who receives a device under this grant has demonstrated a verifiable need for such a device e.g. they are from one of the identified target groups and they or their family do not have the means to purchase such a device themselves.
- Non-EU fee-paying students, Erasmus and Study Abroad students are not eligible to apply to this scheme.
- Students who are not taking a programme which is leading to a full award (e.g. single modules) are not eligible.
Allocation of devices will be based on the target groups identified in the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2019:
- Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers
- First-time mature students
- Students with disabilities
- Part-time/flexible learning students
- Students who hold further education qualifications
- Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities.
- Students who are lone parents
- Students who are members of ethnic minorities
There may be more applicants than devices and there is no guarantee that you will be successful, even if you meet the criteria. All applicants must provide evidence of socio-economic disadvantage.
To apply you will need to fulfil one of the options below:
- Provide a full and complete copy of SUSI award letter for the current academic year, showing that you are eligible for 100% Contribution Fee (Reckonable income must be under (€49,840) OR
- Confirm that you are a current HEAR student in UCC OR
- Confirm that you received funding from the UCC Student Assistance Fund in 2020/21 OR
- Evidence that you were in receipt of a means tested DEASP payment by providing a full Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) statement of payments for you/your household for the year ending 2020.
If you do not meet any of the categories above; you should apply for the Student Assistance Fund in the first instance, it will open in early October https://www.ucc.ie/en/saf
Successful students will receive a laptop through a long-term loan scheme. It is anticipated that students will retain the device for the duration of the 21/22 Academic Year. The device will remain the property of University College Cork. Any student who discontinues their studies is obliged to return the device prior to withdrawing. Each student is responsible for their device and must commit to following the UCC IT Acceptable Usage Policy
Applications and further information for the UCC Laptop Loan scheme 2021/22 can be found on www.ucc.ie/en/sfsa.
Please make contact with the Students Union Welfare Officer in the first instance:
· Students Union Welfare Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
However, if you are presently supported by one of the Access and Participation services, please contact your relevant service below:
· UCC PLUS+ email@example.com
· Mature Student Office firstname.lastname@example.org
· Disability Support Service email@example.com