DCU new academic year plan revises academic calendar, programme structures and campus activities

Shauna Burdis

DCU released a statement to confirm that they are “planning for dual-mode delivery of teaching, involving both online and face-to-face delivery as appropriate.

The new plan will see revisions to the academic calendar, changes to programme structures, and also new approaches to the use of campus space.

The university has said that it will begin bringing students and staff back physically onto campus only when it is safe to do so, under the Department of Health and HSE guidelines.

The statement also revealed that due to social distancing requirements likely operating through the rest of 2020/2021, it is unlikely that any large-group, campus-based activities will run in semester one at least.

The university confirmed that the new academic year will begin later than usual for both continuing students and new Postgraduate taught students. Semester one of 2020/2021 is to begin on Monday, October 5, 2020.

The start date for incoming undergraduate first-year students is still unclear. Due to the Leaving Certificate examinations being delayed until July, entry for first-year students will be significantly delayed until November at the earliest.

DCU have started a formal and detailed Scenario Planning process, that will inform their decision making on the forthcoming academic year over the coming weeks and months.

According to the statement: “DCU is planning to resume full operation for the coming academic year, but in a manner that takes account of the current public health context.”

NUI Galway has also announced major changes to the upcoming academic year due to Covid-19.

NUIG students received an email stating that the academic year will start later and there will be a mix of both in-class and online learning.

Their semester one exams will also be moved to January instead of taking place before Christmas.

Shauna Burdis 

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