Plans for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Teaching in the School of Pharmacy, 2021-2022

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the UCC BPharm experience will be similar to the 2019/2020 format and students are expected to attend prescribed in-class sessions throughout each week.

Students will be required to be on the UCC campus for practical classes, tutorials and workshops any day of the week (unlike the 2020/2021 format where students were expected on campus on a specific day of the week to attend in-class sessions).  We anticipate all tutorials, workshops and practicals (where the class is split in two groups) will be delivered mostly in-person/in-class format within the rooms/laboratories available in the Pharmacy Building, and applying social distancing rules throughout.  The maximum capacity of the lecture rooms in the School is limited to 80% of normal capacity, based on current public health advice, which is likely to impact the 'in person' lecture format for the entire class.  Therefore, we anticipate lectures will be delivered, for the most part, in an online format, either as a live broadcast online or in the form of-recorded material.  We are conscious that if the majority lectures are delivered online, we may need to plan additional on-campus sessions (e.g. additional tutorials) to address student questions related to the lecture content. Your detailed timetable will be made available to you through Canvas after you have completed programme and module registration. However, please remember that this information may be subject to change in line with the latest government guidelines

Public health guidance will apply even with widespread vaccination.  Our adherence to public health guidance both on and off-campus is key to keeping the virus supressed and protecting everybody.  UCC is also participating in the Rapid Antigen Testing pilot programme across HEIs https://unicov.org/join-the-study-ucc/. We will also be encouraging all students to download and use the UCC COVID Tracker App ahead of schedule classes on campus.

Incoming First Year Pharmacy Students - BPharm 1

The 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 coordinators (Dr Lorraine Bateman, l.bateman@ucc.ie or Dr J.J. Keating, jj.keating@ucc.ie).  

Academic Year Calendar 2021-2022

YearsFirst Semester Period1 Week Study/Review

Christmas Recess

Second Semester PeriodEaster Recess1 Week Study/Review
Year 1 27.09.2021
to
03.12.2021
06.12.2021
to
10.12.2021
27.12.2021
to
07.01.2022
17.01.2022
to
08.04.2022
11.04.2022
to
22.04.2022
25.04.2022
to
29.04.2022
Years 2-5 13.09.2021
to
03.12.2021
06.12.2021
to
10.12.2021
27.12.2021
to
07.01.2022
17.01.2022
to
08.04.2022
11.04.2022
to
22.04.2022
25.04.2022
to
29.04.2022
Years

First Semester Exams

Second Semester Exams

Years

1-5

10.12.2021
to
23.12.2021
02.05.2022
to
13.05.2022

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 see linked "2021 Pharmacy COVID-19 Plan for Undergraduate Students" document, which shows these one way routes.  Note please the upper ground corridor route to Lab UG28 if UG22/23 is in use.
  • Please do not congregate in Foyer areas.
  • Lockers are strictly out of use for the coming semester (retain the key for future use).  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.
  • We are required to note your presence in each tutorial/lecture/laboratories, this is required for contract tracing purposes.  You may be asked to scan a unique QR code at the start of each face-to-face session using your phone while on campus. 
  • Individual lecturer(s)/staff member(s) will give you more detailed information at the start of each teaching session.  This will include directions to sanitize your desk area.  In all cases, we will adhere to Irish University Guidelines and Public Health advice.
  • Since a blended approach of on-line lectures and face-to-face labs, tutorials and workshops will be in operation, you may need space to engage with on-line material while on campus.  UG27 and LG01 will be available for this purpose.   Timetabled events in either of these locations take precedence over this and a strict capacity limit applies to each (local signage will direct you).  These venues are for Pharmacy students only.
  • 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.
  • We are confident that as health care professionals, you have availed of the national covid 19 vaccination program and that you encourage others to do so also.
  • Please consider enrolling in the rapid antigen testing project, UCC UniCoV.  Details are available here .
  • Please download the UCC Tracker App as you may be asked to display this at the start of some face-to-face sessions.  View videos on how to install and how to use the app at this link

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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