Dear Students,

Following the completion of Semester 2 2019-2020, in what were extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances for students and staff alike, preparations are ongoing for the forthcoming academic year, 2020-2021. There is no doubt that Higher Education in 2020/2021 is going to a very different experience for both new students and continuing students.

CIT’s planning for academic year 2020-2021 is informed by the following key principles:

·         The health, safety and well-being of students and staff of CIT and of our community.

·         Safeguarding the academic quality, integrity, and reputation of CIT programmes and awards.

·         Maintaining the quality of the student experience in these changed circumstances.

·         An inclusive approach in the delivery of CIT programmes, protecting the needs and interests of the entire student cohort.   

Please monitor http://covid19.cit.ie and your email for updates. In particular, please note that a weekly Institute update to students will be issued on http://covid19.cit.ie and to your email every Tuesday between now and the start of the forthcoming semester. Updates from academic departments will be sent to you via email.

This is a dynamic situation dictated by public health considerations. Students are therefore advised to take account of this when making arrangements regarding accommodation, travel to/from CIT and general study arrangements for 2020/21. In particular, students are advised to ensure that any arrangements which they make are as flexible as possible.

Semester 1 Start Date

The general start date for Semester 1 teaching, learning and assessment will be Monday 21st September 2020 for continuing and part-time students in CIT Bishopstown, CIT CSM, CIT CCAD and NMCI.

Depending on the CAO process, 1st year delivery is scheduled to commence on Monday 5th October 2020.

Term 1 Start Date for SOLAS Apprentices

Monday 28th September.

Term 1 Start Date for CIT CSM Part-time (Conservatoire) students

Monday 14th September.

Academic Calendar for Semester 1 

Week starting

Continuing & Part-time Students

1st Year Students

21/09/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 1

 

28/09/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 2

 

05/10/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 3

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 1

12/10/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 4

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 2

19/10/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 5

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 3

26/10/2020

Independent Learning

Independent Learning

02/11/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 6

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 4

09/11/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 7

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 5

16/11/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 8

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 6

23/11/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 9

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 7

30/11/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 10

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 8

07/12/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 11

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 9

14/12/2020

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 12

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 10

21/12/2020

Assessment; Christmas Break

Assessment; Christmas Break

28/12/2020

Christmas Break

Christmas Break

 

Semester 1 Academic delivery model   

CIT is preparing for a blended academic delivery model for Semester 1. This means that a significant proportion of Teaching, Learning & Assessment will be delivered remotely.

Generally, lectures will be delivered online, except possibly for some small class groups. The situation for small group learning activities such as practicals, workshops, kitchens, laboratories, and tutorials will be more varied, depending on the academic discipline. Some of these will be delivered face-to-face on campus, while others will be delivered remotely.

Planning is ongoing for this blended academic delivery model. As arrangements are completed, academic departments will email programme-specific information to their students regarding remote and on-campus provision. As already indicated, students are advised to ensure that any arrangements with regard to accommodation and/or travel are as flexible as possible. Where a class is required to be on campus for small group learning activities, we will do our best to ensure that the number of days on which that class is required to be on campus is kept as small as possible.  

Semester 1 assessment

In general, students in CIT Bishopstown, CIT CCAD, and NMCI will have completed all Semester 1 learning and assessment activity by 23rd December, i.e. before the Christmas Break.   CSM students may have some assessments in January, as in previous years.


Academic Calendar for Semester 2

The projected start date for Semester 2 is Monday 25th January 2021, for all years.

Week starting

Continuing & Part-time Students

1st Year Students

25/01/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 1

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 1

01/02/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 2

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 2

08/02/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 3

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 3

15/02/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 4

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 4

22/02/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 5

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 5

01/03/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 6

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 6

08/03/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 7

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 7

15/03/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 8

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 8

22/03/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 9

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 9

29/03/2021

Easter Break

Easter Break

05/04/2021

Easter Break

Easter Break

12/04/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 10

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 10

19/04/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 11

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 11

26/04/2021

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 12

Teaching, Learning & Assessment Week 12

03/05/2021

Review (Week 13)

Review (Week 13)

10/05/2021

Exams

Exams

17/05/2021

Exams

Exams

 

Semester 2 Academic delivery model

A decision will be made in relation to Semester 2 delivery as and when clarity emerges in the first semester.

Craft Apprentices Term Dates

Term 1           

Monday 28th September 2020 – Friday 4th December 2020 (10-week blocks)

Monday 28th September 2020 – Friday 11th December 2020 (11-week blocks)

Term 2          

Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 12th March 2021 (10-week blocks)

Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 19th March 2021 (11-week blocks)

Term 3

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – Friday 11th June 2021 (10-week blocks)

Tuesday 6th April 2021 – Friday 18th June 2021 (11-week blocks)

Craft Apprentices with outstanding practical assessments from Term 2 of 2019/2020

Apprentices who have outstanding practical assessments from Term 2 of 2019/2020, will be asked to complete these assessments on campus this September. Dates remain to be agreed with SOLAS.

Autumn Conferrings

Autumn 2020 Conferrings will be held online, over the week beginning Monday 2nd November 2020, ensuring that each graduate will be issued with his/her parchment in early November. While acknowledging that this may cause some disappointment to our graduands and their families, detailed planning is underway to ensure that each online conferring ceremony will be an event which will recognise and honour the achievement of every graduate and class. The Institute has also decided to hold a special event in June 2021, as circumstances allow, in order provide the ‘Class of 2020’ with the opportunity to gather together on campus to celebrate their success.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. I will be in contact with you again on Tuesday 25th August. In the meantime, please monitor http://covid19.cit.ie and your email for updates.

 

With best wishes

Áine

Dr Áine Ní Shé

Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs (Acting)

18th August 2020