Current Students 2020-21

Teaching in the School of Pharmacy, 2020-21

To comply with government guidelines and to ensure the safety of both our students and staff, all School of Pharmacy degree programmes will be delivered in a blended fashion in 2020-2021. This means students will engage in both online learning (live online events and pre-made online content) and on-campus learning (in-person sessions at UCC).

As the use of space will be limited by NPHET guidelines on social distancing, where on-campus learning is possible, students may be assigned to a smaller group that meets on a particular day/week on campus. 

Note that all on-campus learning sessions will be recorded and made available online through the University's Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, to be accessed by students on the days when they are not on campus and to facilitate students who cannot be physically present.

During our planning meetings, we have decided the following (which will minimise the groups of students within the School at any one time and will facilitate greater social distancing):

  1. To prioritise our students on campus educational experience by having laboratory and tutorial sessions face to face where possible.
  2. To deliver lectures online via CANVAS and Microsoft TEAMS.   
  3. To cohort year groups within the Pharmacy Building on set days per week as follows:
  • Year 1 students will be on campus and in the School of Pharmacy Building on Tuesday and Wednesday each week (commencing week starting 28 Sept 2020.
  • Year 2 students will be on campus and in the School of Pharmacy on Friday each week (commencing week starting 7 Sept 2020).
  • Year 3 students will be on campus and in the School of Pharmacy on Thursday each week (commencing week starting 7 Sept 2020).
  • Year 4 students will be on placements from the 31st August.
  • Year 5 students will be on campus and in the School of Pharmacy on Monday each week (commencing week starting 7 Sept 2020).  In addition, for the first 3 weeks of term until 21 September inclusive, students will also be attending on Tuesdays.  5th year students will also have one IPL session occurring on a Wednesday within the Semester.  Your projects will now take place at the end of the Semester, rather than at the start of the Semester.

Incoming First Year Pharmacy Students - BPharm 1

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the UCC first year pharmacy (BPharm1) programme will have a different timetable relative to previous years.

First year UCC pharmacy students (BPharm1) will be required to be on the UCC campus for two days per week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) throughout Semester 1 of the 2020-2021 academic year, commencing during the week of 28 September 2020.  Classes will run from 10 am on both days until about 5 pm.  

On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout Semester 1, students will not be required to be on campus, and teaching and learning-related activities will be conducted remotely (on line) on those three days.

The full BPharm1 timetable and delivery information will be available once you register in September. All timetables are subject to change in line with government and NPHET guidelines in the context of Covid-19.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.  I would suggest that all your queries should, in the first place, be directed to the School of Pharmacy general email address (pharmacy@ucc.ie) or the BPharm1 year coordinator (Dr. J.J. Keating, jj.keating@ucc.ie).  

Absence Forms

   

Academic Year Calendar 2020-2021

 

YearsFirst Semester PeriodChristmas Recess1 Week Study/ReviewSecond Semester PeriodEaster Recess1 Week Study/Review
Year 1 28.09.2020
to
18.12.2020
21.12.2020
to
03.01.2021
04.01.2021
to
08.01.2021
25.01.2021
to
23.04.2021
05/04/2021
to
09.04.2021
26.04.2021
to
29.04.2021
Years 2-5 07.09.2020
to
18.12.2020
21.12.2020
to
03.01.2021
04.01.2021
to
08.01.2021
25.01.2021
to
23.04.2021
05/04/2021
to
09.04.2021
26.04.2021
to
29.04.2021

 

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full Calendar (171 kB)

Key information regarding access to and requirements within the Pharmacy Building

  • Entrance to the Pharmacy Building is via the Lower Ground door only (opposite the Food Science Building). 
  • You will be required to wear a face covering and sanitize your hands when you enter. NB You will also be required to wear face coverings at all times while in the building.
  • Exit from the Pharmacy Building is via the Upper Ground door on College Road level.  However, exit from LG51 and LG52 is via the fire escape door  at the front of those lecture theatres.
  • The left-hand stairs in the atrium are designated for access up to the upper ground level.  The right-hand stairs are used for downward movement from upper ground.  Floor stickers show this clearly. 
  • Teaching on Upper Ground levels is accessed via the atrium stairs and the stairwell near the lecture theatres is for downward traffic only.
  • Please do not congregate in Foyer areas.
  • Lockers are strictly out of use for the coming semester (retain the key for future use).  You can clear out the contents of your locker during the initial week on campus, but please do not congregate in this area and please respect social distancing in this corridor at all times.
  • There will be no facilities for lunch/eating in the Pharmacy Building.  We encourage you to get some fresh air between teaching sessions as a break from wearing a face covering.
  • You will be aware from your timetable that each class is divided into two cohorts A & B (Some modules will further divide groups).  Please stick to your cohort and avoid mixing with the other.  Each year of students has been assigned separate days in the Pharmacy Building and will not overlap with other classes on those days.
  • We are required to note your presence in each tutorial/lecture/laboratories, this is required for contract tracing purposes.  We will be adopting the following actions to meet this requirement, i.e. you will be asked to scan a unique QR code at the start of a lecture/tutorial using your phone while on campus.  Staff may also take a photo at the start of lecture to record your location within the room for contact tracing purposes.  These will be stored for 4 weeks (28 days) only and then deleted.  These measures are for contract tracing purposes only. 
  • Individual lecturer(s)/staff member(s) will give you more detailed information at the start of each teaching session.  In all cases, we will adhere to Irish University Guidelines and Public Health advice (i.e. a one meter social distancing regime with face covering will be maintained where two meter is not possible).
  • The University may already have been in contact (or will be in contact) with you regarding a declaration of fitness to return to campus.  Sufficient to say that you should not attend campus if you are not feeling well on any given day or if you have been contacted by Public Health or your GP and informed to self-isolate for any reason.  This is also relevant to you, if you were in close contact with anyone who is undergoing COVID-19 testing.  Please adhere to Public Health/your GP’s advice at all times.
  • If you feel unwell while in the Pharmacy Building, please approach any staff member who will help you immediately.
  • If you feel unwell at any stage and are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms please contact your GP/Student Health immediately and follow their advice.  If for any reason you are unable to attend on campus for ‘face to face’ teaching please contact the School office and inform them of your situation.  Please do not present to the building if you are unwell, please phone/email the school office. It will be treated with the utmost confidence.

 

Links re: arrangements in, and access to, Pharmacy listed below.

Covid Response Plan Pharmacy Building

Annex A Covid Response Plan Pharamcy Building Rev6

Annex C Covid Response Plan Pharamcy Building Rev6

Annex D Covid 19 Response Pharmacy Building Rev6

Student Well-Being

The School of Pharmacy is committed to supporting your experience with us. We are aware that there are many aspects which influence your well-being, and we recognise that sometimes you may experience difficulties outside the University which affect your University life, particularly your studies. If you find that you are having difficulties which are impacting on your academic studies and/or on your well-being, the University offers a wide range of support services.

If you are experiencing any issues which are impacting on your studies, we encourage you to make contact with either the relevant point of contact. We can offer information and support, and, if necessary, guide you towards the university service most relevant to your needs.

Year coordinators

School of Pharmacy

Cógaisíocht

Cavanagh Pharmacy Building Room UG06 University College Cork

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