DCU announces plans for the delivery of programmes in the 2020/2021 academic year

DCU announced on Friday that there will be a combination of both online and face-to-face classes for the coming 2020/2021 academic year.

In a statement, the university confirmed they would be providing a “hybrid delivery of programmes for students in [the] new academic year.”

Current DCU students will be starting back on October 5th, while incoming first years will be brought in two weeks earlier, on September 21st; although this depends on final timetables for the Leaving Certificate and the CAO.

According to the university, “during these two weeks DCU plans to provide a phased programme of orientation on campus and specific supports for students to prepare them for online learning.”

This decision to provide classes online was made as the university expects that social distancing will still be in place for the rest of the year and possibly into 2021.

“DCU will bring students and staff physically on campus only when, and in a manner that is safe to do so. We will continue to be guided by the HSE and the Department of Health on this matter,” said the university.

Lucien Waugh-Daly, a graduating communications student who will begin as VP for Academic Affairs for DCU Student’s Union (DCUSU) in June, told The College View that the new Students’ Union (SU) team are “going to work extremely hard to make sure DCU students have the best experience they can under the circumstances.”

“I think we’re all taking developments on a national and global level one day at a time so it’s hard to say how any element of life is going to look in a few months down the line,” said Waugh-Daly.

As well as confirming the changes to the delivery of programmes, DCU has announced the cancellation of all Erasmus’ for the whole academic year 2020/2021.

In the statement, DCU President Brian MacCraith assured students and staff that DCU will use its “capabilities in online and blended learning to offer every student a safe and high-quality learning experience.”

According to the university, they are working on a plan that can easily pivot towards more face-to-face classes should there be a significant development in the Covid-19 situation that allows for lighter restrictions or perhaps a reinstatement of previous measures.

Aoibhín Meghen

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