Dear Student

We hope that you and yours are well at this time.

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions have continued to present challenges for students and staff alike and to dictate our activities. The start of 2021 saw the emergence of COVID-19 variants and an unexpected and unprecedented increase in case numbers, all of which impacted severely on the testing and tracing system.

We are really thankful to you for your ongoing efforts and commitment. As we start Week 3 of Semester 2, we now wish to update you as follows.

General Situation

Full Level 5 restrictions have been extended to Friday 5 March. Government has indicated that restrictions are likely to continue through to June, albeit potentially not at Level 5.

Thus, following careful consideration of all the circumstances, it has been decided that all Semester 2 academic delivery will continue to be remote until Friday 5th March in the first instance. This will remain under ongoing review in accordance with prevailing public health advice.

Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Our Academic Delivery Model for 2020/2021 continues to be based on two key guiding principles: the health & safety of our students and staff, and the effective and consistent delivery of academic programmes maintaining the integrity and high academic and professional standing of our MTU awards.

As previously stated, all academic delivery will be remote from the start of Semester 2 until Friday 5th March in the first instance. Where and when prevailing public health restrictions allow, we will work to have limited on-campus programme delivery. Please note, however, that this still remains very uncertain at this time and that arrangements will vary, depending on the specific programme.

Semester 2 assessment/examination arrangements remain to be confirmed at this time. We will update you on same in due course. Please refer to the Institute’s Academic Planner for the key Semester 2 dates.

Work placement
If a remote working arrangement has been put in place for a given placement, then this placement can proceed. No onsite placement should proceed unless the placement activity is deemed essential work in an essential service as per the prevailing public health restrictions. This will be reviewed regularly in accordance with the prevailing public health advice. Where a work placement cannot proceed or continue as planned, the academic department will endeavour to establish alternative learning activities to enable the student to meet the relevant learning outcomes.

Please address any queries on work placement to your academic department in the first instance.

On-Campus Activity

Access to onsite campus facilities and services for staff and students is restricted to essential purposes only. Please address queries to the relevant service or department directly. 

Opening Hours

Open access to campus buildings from 8am to 6pm during week.

Limited opening after 6pm to 10pm depending on requirement.
Closed weekends.

Canteen and shops remain closed until further notice.

MTU Libraries continue to offer Click+Collect Monday-Friday. While there is no physical access to any of the four libraries on the Cork campuses, library staff are available online/telephone to assist with any queries- weekdays from 9am-5:30pm. Further information and online services and supports are available at www.library.cit.ie

Onsite activity for postgraduate research programmes can continue where COVID-19 protocols are in place.

Student Services and Supports
All Student Services and Supports remain available, remotely, at this time.


Students’ Union
The Students’ Union remains available remotely to assist and support students. Email:citsu@cit.ie

Travel

We do not recommend any foreign travel at this time.

Travel to Ireland – Travel arrangements incoming to Ireland are changing and specific advice is in place for particular countries. Please consult Government Advice for further information. 

COVID-19 Sickness Management Unit

Staff and Students must self-isolate if they suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms or are referred for a COVID-19 test.

Contact details for reporting and support: https://covid19.cit.ie/important/support-and-reporting-covid-19-sickness

Please continue to monitor the Covid19.cit.ie portal regularly for any updates

COVID-19 On Campus Induction Training

Access to onsite campus facilities and services for staff and students is restricted to essential purposes only.

Any staff or student attending on campus must undertake the COVID-19 induction training available at https://cit.eu-west.catalog.canvaslms.com/

Any staff or student attending on campus must adhere to all COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols.

Please continue to monitor the https://covid19.cit.ie/ portal on a regular basis for any updates.

Further Information:
Government Guidance