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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Trinity’s COVID-19 Response Plan has been circulated to all Heads of Schools/Units and the Executive Summary has been sent to all staff. To see the flow chart outlining steps to take if you become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, please click here.

 

 

Last updated at 11:20 am on 15 June 2021

Key Updates

Update in relation to the COVID-19 situation and Trinity College Dublin.

During Level 5 restrictions please note the following:  

The safety and well-being of our College community is maximized if we ensure that the campus is open only to those who need to be here. This includes: 

  • Residents            
  • Essential researchers (as submitted by Head of School/Unit) 
  • Students with pre-booked time slot in the Libraries/Study Spaces/The Buttery
  • Students with a timetabled in person teaching event
  • Essential staff (as submitted by Head of School/Unit) 
  • Pre-approved visitor.

To gain access to the campus, all staff and students must present a valid ID card to swipe in on arrival and swipe out on departure. 

  • Access is via the Lincoln Place Gate, the Nassau Street Entrance, and Science Gallery Entrance on Pearse Street.
  • The physical libraries and study spaces remain open. For full details see our Library website, Library opening hours and the range of Library Services.
  • You can book a seat for the Library, for an online class/study space or a student breakout space for a maximum of 1 hour 45 minutes as per the updated list here
  • Essential on-site research activities can continue on campus. Given the situation, researchers are asked to work from home unless you are carrying out time-sensitive essential work that cannot be done at home.
  • All students with essential accommodation needs in Dublin for semester two can continue to reside in College accommodation. 
  • The Student Health Service is providing services to students again by prior appointment only. Appointments for telephone consultations are being provided via online booking. The Student Health Service operates from 9.15am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday only. GP Clinics are open by phone on 01-896 1591. For COVID-19 queries phone 01 896 1556.
  • If you need support do not hesitate to contact Student Counselling. We have a range of self-guided courses in areas such as managing anxiety and our counsellors also offer one-to-one support where needed.
  • The Sports Centre is now closed. Check the website for details www.tcd.ie/Sport/about/covid-19/
  • The Buttery and The Perch remain open for take-away service, 8am – 3pm. Don’t forget that there is 50% off everything in the Buttery Restaurant for all students when purchasing food with your TCard. The 1592 is now closed.

Term dates for 2021/21

  • Teaching for Semester 1 will begin on Monday 13 September 2021 for undergraduate and postgraduate students except for first year undergraduates who will start on 27 September. This delay is required to allow time to process CAO applications in light of the revised timetable for issuing Leaving Certificate results.
  • An orientation week for returning students, and in particular for second year students who were unable to avail of orientation last year, will start on Monday 6 September.
  • Postgraduate orientation will take place during week commencing Monday 30 August.
  • Freshers’ week for undergraduates will begin the week of Monday 20 September 2021.

To see dates for the 2021/22 academic year, please click here
https://www.tcd.ie/calendar/academic-year-structure/2021-22/academic-year-structure.pdf

Students and Staff travelling to Ireland

All passengers arriving into Ireland from designated 'high risk' States are now required to pre-book accommodation in a designated quarantine facility, and to pre-pay for their stay.  This includes if you have been in a high risk country at any time in the 14 days before you arrive in Ireland and if you have travelled through an airport in a 'high risk' country.

All passengers coming into Ireland must complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form and provide evidence that you have a negative or ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before you arrive into Ireland, or have evidence that you are exempt from this legal requirement.

A mandatory requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all travellers (except if your journey originates in Northern Ireland) – with very limited exception.  Please refer to the government’s website for full details.

If you come to Ireland without a negative or ‘not detected’ PCR test, regardless of which country you arrive from, you must complete mandatory quarantine in a hotel which will finish once a ‘not detected’ result from a COVID-19 PCR test is returned.
 
If you come to Ireland from any country not deemed ‘high risk’ you must have a negative PCR test 72 hours before arrival and may carry out your quarantine at home for 14 days. This 14-day quarantine can be reduced by having a further negative PCR test from Day 5 after arriving in Ireland.

Exemption for those who have been fully vaccinated

If you are fully vaccinated and have the documents to prove that then you do not have to complete mandatory hotel quarantine when you come to Ireland. Any dependents travelling with you, including children, will also be exempted from the requirement to complete mandatory hotel quarantine.
However, if even you are fully vaccinated, you still have to have a negative pre-departure PCR test and complete a period of self-quarantine at home or wherever you specified in your passenger locator form.

What 'fully vaccinated' means

Type of vaccine You are regarded as fully vaccinated after

Pfizer-BioNtech

7 days after 2nd dose

Moderna

14 days after 2nd dose

Oxford-AstraZeneca

15 days after 2nd dose

Johnson & Johnson/Janssen

14 days after single dose

Please take the time to carefully read all of the detailed information from the Government of Ireland on these measures outlined here.

PCR testing is not provided through the public health system. PCR testing can be done with third-party commercial testing facilities in advance of departure if you are travelling from Ireland, please see here. Booking in advance is necessary. Other private health care providers also offer this service.  For students who return to Ireland from abroad, PCR testing is provided free of charge by the College Health Service.

To read the information we've shared with our students and staff about what Trinity is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see here.

FAQs

Can the public access the campus at all?

No. At present access is limited to students and staff.

Can the public visit the Book of Kells?

The Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition reopened to visitors on May 10th.

Additional information can be found here

What is Trinity doing to help the fight against COVID-19?

Many staff are involved in research and on the frontlines. See more here: https://www.tcd.ie/research/researchmatters/covid-19.php

Can I access the libraries?

From Monday, 26th April 

  • The Berkeley, Lecky, Ussher Complex and the Hamilton Library open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, with counter services 11am-3pm (from the end of assessments on Monday 24th May, opening hours will be 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday.)

  • Kinsella Hall (floors 1-3 of the Ussher Library)
    • Monday to Friday
      • 9am-4pm, access via Berkeley Library entrance
      • 4-5pm, security changeover (no access)
      • 5pm-10pm, access via external door on Ussher podium
    • Weekends: 8am-10pm, access via external door on Ussher podium

  • John Stearne Medical Library open 9.30am-4pm, Monday to Friday
  • 1937 Reading Room remains on current hours, 8am-10pm, Monday to Sunday
  • The Joint Research Collections (Manuscripts & Archives and Early Printed Books) Reading Room in the Old Library will be open two days per week on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment, between 10.30am-12.15pm and 1.15pm – 3pm.  Click for further details.
  • The Map Library will be open two afternoons per week by appointment: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm-3.45pm.

Pre-booking is required for all spaces.

The Scan on Demand and Postal Delivery services are continuing, as is the online Chat with us service. The Subject Librarian team is available for virtual consultations and electronic resources continue to be accessible remotely. Click and Collect will revert to storage material only. Open shelf materials will be available for self-service borrowing.  For full details on these services see the Plan your visit webpage.

For full details on Library opening hours and to place bookings, please refer to the Library website. This is being kept under constant review as the national pandemic situation changes

Student FAQs

For a quick overview on keeping safe during COVID-19 when you return to campus, please click here.

Returning to campus

How do I access campus with COVID-19 restrictions?

Entry is via the Nassau Street Entrance and Lincoln Place Gate. You will need your student ID card so you can swipe in on arrival and swipe out on departure.

Where can I take my online classes if I’m on campus?

In partnership with the SU and GSU, we have created some additional spaces for your use on campus - Online Class Spaces and Student Breakout Spaces - to help you stay safe.These are bookable spaces for you to use if you are already on campus for a face to face class and have an online class shortly before or after.

How long can I book these student spaces for?

One hour 45 minutes. Public Health has advised that if an individual were to develop COVID-19, any person who has spent a period of more than two hours  in an enclosed space with that person would be considered a close contact and would be required to be tested as a close contact at day 0 and day 10 and have to restrict their movements, i.e. stay at home until after their day 10 result is back and is negative. In order to reduce this risk, College has implemented all booking systems to limit individuals to 1 hour 45 minutes at a workstation. The individual then takes a 15 minutes break outside before moving to their next ‘booking’ which is another workstation elsewhere in College. This is for the safety of our students. . See the updated study space list here.

How can I get help from Academic Registry?

The Academic Registry walk-in service is currently closed until further notice as we are following the Covid-19 guidelines. If you have any queries you can contact us at academic.registry@tcd.ie, send us a message through our social media channels at Facebook and Twitter, or call us directly on 01 896 4500.

When are exams?

All undergraduate semester two assessments will be held online. (With the exception of some clinical or practical assessments that must take place in person). The current academic year calendar designates two weeks for semester two assessments, from Monday the 10th of May to Saturday the 22nd of May. As for semester one this year and semester two last year, real-time and take-home examinations will be scheduled within those two weeks and a third week (starting Monday 24th of May) will be used for submission of final assignments (i.e., essays or other work that replaces a final examination).

Assessments that have been deferred from semester one (as a first attempt) will also be held in this third week of the assessment session (Mon 24th – Sat 29th May). Students who do not pass this attempt will have an opportunity for a second attempt, if necessary, in the reassessment session at the end of the summer.

Are there any mitigating measures for exams?

To see the latest update regarding mitigating measures for exams, click here to access the Senior Lecturer's email issued on April 6th.

What do the government restrictions mean for societies?

If you have any questions about societies, please email the Central Societies Committee here.

International Students

Immigration FAQs

Please find the full list of immigration FAQs here.

I received Arrival Information from the Global Relations Office – what do I do now?

All new students travelling to Ireland MUST complete a series of pre-arrival requirements in order to ensure the safety of all students. Please follow the instructions in the communication you have received carefully. A copy of this communication is available here.

Why do I need to complete the forms included in this communication?

All new students traveling into Ireland from another country must complete the pre-arrival steps in order to coordinate a safe arrival into the country and facilitate restricted movement for 14 days. The information collected in the forms will also be used to book new international students a taxi from the airport to the accommodation in which they will restrict their movements.

I have not received the link but am arriving to Trinity as a new student in January 2021. What should I do?

Please email international@tcd.ie and follow all instructions in the Pre-Arrival Guidance letter available here.

Do I need to complete restricted movement? If so, for how long?

Ireland has adopted the EU traffic lights approach to restricting movement on arrival to the country. Weekly maps with EU regional traffic light status are published here. All travellers who are not from a green EU region are required to restrict their movement on arrival for 14 days. (Please note that travellers from countries outside the EU/EEA will be treated as travellers from red/grey destinations and will therefore need to restrict their movement for 14 days.)
The only exceptions to the full 14 day restricted movement are as follows:

  • Passengers arriving from an ‘orange’ region in the EU, who have received a negative/’not detected’ result from a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken during the three days before departure to Ireland do not have to restrict their movements. Passengers are requested to have supporting evidence of the negative test in their possession.
  • If you opt to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland, and receive a ‘negative/not detected’ result, you can shorten your restricted movement. You must wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movement. These tests are not provided through Trinity, and cost a minimum of €99.
  • If you want to take a post-arrival test, you should seek an appointment as soon as possible. See here for private test providers in Dublin: https://www.dublinairport.com/covid-19/pre-departure-covid-19-testing
  • Note: PCR is the only test type considered acceptable by Ireland’s public health authorities in relation to international travel.

While this may seem a very challenging way to settle into a new country, please be assured that there will be a full orientation programme in January to introduce you to Trinity and all the services provided, and details will be posted on the orientation site in the coming weeks. We will do everything we can to support you and introduce you virtually to other students, student services and general college life during this time.

I’m a new student arriving to Trinity for the first time in Semester 2. What do I need to do before I depart for Ireland?

Please carefully follow the Actions set out in the communication linked here.

How do I restrict my movement on arrival?

Restricted movement means that you must stay indoors in your room/apartment and avoid contact with other people. Advice on how to restrict your movements is available here from the Health Service Executive: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/managing-coronavirus-at-home/if-you-live-with-someone-who-has-coronavirus.html#restrict.

Information on Restricted Movement in all Accommodation types
Please follow specific public health guidelines as follows:

  • If you are staying in a student accommodation site other than Trinity or Trinity-approved accommodation, please follow the advice on restricted movement given by your accommodation provider.
  • If you are staying in private rented accommodation, you are advised to adhere to specific public health guidelines.

Information on Restricted Movement in Trinity and Trinity-approved accommodation

Please follow the restricted movement guidelines:

  • You must adhere to the College Code of Conduct at all times as found on: https://www.tcd.ie/Junior_Dean/student-discipline/.
  • You must stay in your apartment except to take brief outdoor exercise, maintaining 2m distance from other people.
    • If in on-campus accommodation or Trinity Hall, you are not permitted to go beyond the property boundaries unless you need to pick up essential groceries, a take-away delivery, medicines, or for an essential medical appointment (including a PCR COVID-19 test.) If walking or running in the parklands of main campus or Trinity Hall, you must always maintain at least 2m distance from others.
  • Unless you are in on-campus accommodation, you may not come onto Trinity’s campus until your restricted movement is complete
  • You may not enter any other buildings on campus or Trinity Hall during your restricted movement period
  • You may not take public transport
  • You may not have visitors
  • You may not visit anyone outside of your apartment
  • If you have access to any shared communal areas, you must only use them if there is no one else using them and you must wear a face covering at all times. If you are using shared bathroom facilities, you must clean the area before and after use. Cleaning materials will be provided for this purpose. This applies to any other shared areas such as kitchens.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times when outside of your apartment (unless you are exempt from doing so due to health reasons). Time outside of your apartment should be minimal and only for exercise.
  • Your specific accommodation site will provide further details on arrival.

Information on Shortened Restricted Movement

If you shorten your restricted movement due to the negative PCR COVID-19 test process outlined above, you must send proof of your negative PCR test to your accommodation site and make sure to carry proof of your negative test with you.

What supports will be available for new Semester 2 students during restricted movement?

We plan to support you with a varied online programme of activities. See orientation website for information: https://www.tcd.ie/students/orientation/visiting-exchange/january.php.

In addition to these scheduled events, our College Supports and Services including Counselling, Careers and Sport are open and all have online offerings https://www.tcd.ie/students/supports-services/covid-19-support.php

All undergraduate degree students are allocated a Tutor when starting College. Your tutor is an academic staff member who looks after the general welfare of students under his/her care. You will be allocated a tutor once you have completed your registration. You can contact your Tutor about anything, academic or personal, and they can advise you or if needed refer you to the appropriate person. If you have any problems in contacting your Tutor please contact the Senior Tutor's office on stosec@tcd.ie

  • If you are an Erasmus student, your contact will be your Erasmus Coordinator as listed on your acceptance letter.
  • If you are a non-EU visiting student (study abroad or exchange), your contact will be the Senior Tutor’s office at stosec@tcd.ie

If you would like to check out other exciting things and virtually meet fellow students, you can contact the Students' Unions as follows and they will help you connect.

What health and safety requirements should be fulfilled after my arrival?

Students are required to track and submit their symptoms daily for at least the first 14 days with Trinity’s Post-Arrival Symptom Tracker Form. You are also encouraged to use the HSE COVID-19 Tracker App every day.

What should I do if I become unwell with symptoms of Coronavirus:

Please take the following steps if you become unwell and have symptoms of Coronavirus:

  • Follow HSE guidelines and self-isolate: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation/how-to-self-isolate.html
  • Contact Trinity College Health Centre (https://www.tcd.ie/collegehealth/) At weekends or out of hours phone 01-8961556.
  • A test for Covid-19 will be arranged if it is appropriate. 
  • Once you have done this you must notify your place of accommodation without delay.
    • Trinity Hall - phone 01-8968024
    • Main campus - email student.residences@tcd.ie
    • Other Trinity approved accommodation for the 14 days, please contact the College Health Centre www.tcd.ie/collegehealth, phone 01-8961591.)
  • If you become aware that one of your close and recent contacts at home has been diagnosed with Covid-19 please continue to restrict your movements and contact the College Health Centre.
  • If you have a positive test for Covid-19 you must self-isolate and follow HSE guidelines: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/test-results/if-you-test-positive-for-covid-19.html
  • You must notify your place of residence of your positive test. 
  • If your test is negative but you still have symptoms you must continue to self-isolate for 48 hours after your symptoms have all resolved. You may then return to restricted movements. 
  • If you become unwell with any other illnesses, please contact The College Health Centre. https://www.tcd.ie/collegehealth/
  • Trinity COVID-19 Testing Centre

Trinity's College Health Service, in collaboration with the HSE, has set up a COVID-19 Testing Centre at House 51, adjacent to the College Health Service, for those students and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms or who are identified by Public Health as being close contacts of a positive case.

Will Trinity provide me with housing and groceries for 14 days?

Trinity can provide students with housing for the restricted movement period, at the students own cost. Students will be able to order groceries and food to their rooms for the duration of their restricted movement period.

You must inform us via the form available in the communication here if you will need accommodation. 

If arriving between 22nd December – 4th January, you must inform us by 22nd December at the latest if you require support with sourcing accommodation for your period of restricted movement.

If you have questions on this please contact international@tcd.ie

Is Trinity providing transport from the airport if I’m not staying at Trinity’s accommodation?

Trinity will be coordinating transport for all new international students to Trinity in Semester 2, regardless of your accommodation location.

If you received coordinated transport in September 2020, you are not eligible for the coordinated January 2021 transport.

I already have somewhere to stay in Dublin (Airbnb, friend’s or family house etc.), do I need to fill this out?

If you are a new student travelling to Ireland for the coming Semester, you need to complete the form. It should be reiterated that the Irish Government requests that all new arrivals to Ireland (other than those coming from green regions in the weekly EU regional traffic light status maps) must restrict their movements for 14 days. Please read the information contained in the link https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html. By confirming in the form, that you will be able to restrict movement, you are confirming that you will be able to meet this obligation.

I’ve arranged another place to stay outside of Dublin. Can I change my mind and stay at Trinity accommodation? What do I?

If you have already secured accommodation and can confirm that you will be able to restrict your movement, we would recommend that you please stay in this accommodation. You will still need to complete the form linked here and tick yes if you can confirm that you can restrict movement in this accommodation for the 14 day duration.

If you have already confirmed a room in Trinity or Trinity-approved accommodation you should be able to arrive early if you put in such a request.

Who has responsibility to complete the visa process prior to flight leaving?

It is the responsibility of the student to apply for a visa and to follow the necessary processes. Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us at international@tcd.ie

Is the Global Room still operating?

Yes, the Global Room will continue to provide specialist information and support to international students on a wide range of issues, including immigration. Please email tcdglobalroom@tcd.ie with these queries.

However, if you query is related to arrival in Semester 2 as a new student, you should email international@tcd.ie

I am a new student starting my programme in Semester 2 but have already arrived in Dublin from an international location, do I need to do anything?

Even if you have already arrived in Ireland please proceed to complete the steps outlined here as there are post arrival elements that need to be completed.  

I am a current Trinity student that will be returning to Dublin following travel over the holiday period. What do I need to know?

Students who travel over the holiday period need to ensure they continue to follow the Government public health advice to ensure the safety of our staff, their fellow students and wider society. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Public Health general advice for overseas travel remains ‘Avoid non-essential travel’ or in some cases, ‘Do not travel’.

If you are planning travel over the holidays you must familiarise yourself with the current national guidelines to ensure safe travel into Ireland. 

Travelling into Ireland

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ COVID-19 Travel Advisory for passengers travelling to Ireland is essential reading on how to travel safely. Failure to comply with these Government regulations could result in the issuing of penalties, including a fine of up to €2,500 or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

  • Pre-arrival COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form & EU/Non-EU travel
    • All passengers arriving into Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory COVID-19 Passenger Locator Formonline before entry.
    • Travelling from the EU / EEA: In line with the EU traffic lights approach that is now in force, there are no entry restrictions on travellers from green regions. Passengers entering Ireland from red, orange, and grey regions are requested to restrict their movements for 14 days.
    • Travelling from outside the EU / EEA: Travellers from countries outside the EU / EEA will be treated as travellers from red / grey regions.
    • The traffic light map is published each week by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Currently, almost all regions in Europe are red.

Restricted Movement

Therefore, as things currently stand, the vast majority of returning students should formulate a plan for restricting their movements for 14 days upon arrival in Ireland. Advice on how to restrict your movements is available from the HSE here.

  • COVID-19 Testing and Restricted Movement

The 14-day period of restricted movement can be shortened if you receive a negative/‘not detected’ result of a PCR test (currently the only test type considered acceptable by Ireland’s public health authorities in relation to international travel) that has been taken a minimum of five days after your arrival in Ireland. You must wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the period of restricted movements. Testing provision under Ireland’s framework for international travel will not be provided through the public health system but will be met by the private commercial sector testing supply and paid for by passengers. As the availability of testing cannot be guaranteed, intending passengers wishing to avail of a post arrival test should seek an appointment for a test in advance of travel.

  • Transport from arrival point in Ireland to your restricted movement destination

When travelling from your arrival point to your final destination where you plan to restrict your movements you should:

  • Ask a household member to collect you when you arrive in Ireland.
  • Avoid using public transport.

Erasmus and exchanges

Will my Erasmus/international exchange programme go ahead in Semester 2?

The decision has been made to continue to offer, where possible, Erasmus and International exchanges to Trinity students that have been nominated to these programmes for Semester 2.

Some partner universities have suspended their programmes however, in which cases students will not be able to take part. The Global Relations Office and/or the partner university have been or will be in touch with you directly if this impacts you.

This year all exchanges will be voluntary. This means that exchanges in which the Junior Sophister year abroad is part of an integrated programme will not be mandatory (including those on programmes involving Russian and/or Middle Eastern Languages) and that all requirements of the programme will be available in Trinity. Students who wish to undertake the exchange may do so as long as the host university is accepting inbound students, ideally providing in-person teaching, and it is safe to do so. We would however discourage students from proceeding on an exchange in a university that is planning wholly online learning. Students considering participating in a fully online exchange should discuss this as soon as possible with their coordinators.

Students who decide to go on an exchange need to make an informed decision and be aware of the following:

  • Students who opt to proceed with their planned exchange but experience difficulties there should note that they will be able to reintegrate into their programme in Trinity as long as they return before the end of Trinity’s fourth week of teaching in Semester 2. Beyond that cut-off point, students who withdraw from their exchange will lose the semester. This will result in them having to do the year in part or in full the following year.
  • Requests to go off-books in the hope of deferring an exchange will be managed by the Senior Lecturer’s Office, but priority in allocating exchange places next year will be given to students who are a part of that year’s regular cohort of students who are currently in the year below.

We ask students to check this website on a regular basis as key updates will be posted here, as well as to continue to monitor their Trinity emails daily as detailed information will be sent directly to the relevant students. We also ask students to continue to monitor communications from partner universities and the DFA website for updates on travel restrictions.

As is the case every year, we advise all Trinity students travelling abroad on student placements or exchanges to procure comprehensive travel insurance. https://www.tcd.ie/estatesandfacilities/shared-admin-and-support/insurance/

Library

What are opening hours for the Library?

The reading rooms that are remaining open are as follows:

  • Berkeley and Lecky (1-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • ATIC space (Ground floor of the Ussher; 1-5pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Kinsella Hall (floors 1-3 of the Ussher Library): 8am -10pm
  • 1937 Reading Room: 8am-10pm

The reading rooms that are closing as are follows:

  • The Ussher Library (basement, floor 4 & floor 5) will *not* be accessible until further notice. The internal door will be locked but the external door to Kinsella Hall will remain open (see hours above). 
  • The Hamilton and John Stearne Medical libraries will close until further notice
  • The Research Collections reading room will remain closed until further notice
  • The Library booking system has been updated to reflect the above opening hours.

Services and access to collections

  • All borrowable collections will be requestable via the Click & Collect and Postal Delivery services (this includes collections in storage and in the closed reading rooms)
  • Readers can use the Scan on Demand service to request scans of book chapters or journals articles from the non-borrowable collections (e.g. periodicals or reference materials)
  • Readers can place requests for any of these services at any time. Staff will process them as soon as is feasible.  
  • There will be no counter services in any Library space but staff will be facilitating Click & Collect requests onsite ( the service will be run in the afternoons only). 
  • Readers can ask questions online via the Library’s online “chat with us” service (via the Library homepage: https://www.tcd.ie/library/) and via our standard email (library@tcd.ie). Our Subject Librarian team is also available to assist in any way they can.  
  • There will be no fines for the late return of borrowed materials but existing fines already on readers’ accounts will need to be dealt with to facilitate further borrowing (we have not been charging fines on standard loans for quite a while now so fines are not a big issue).     

The details above are outlined in more detail here. In summary, the Library is continuing to provide a range of study spaces in the Berkeley, Lecky, Kinsella Hall and 1937 reading rooms. Access to collections is being facilitated through Click & Collect, Postal Deliveries and Scan on Demand.

How do I return books to the Library?

For new and returning students, there are three main options for returning books, depending on your circumstances:

1.   If you can physically visit the Library, you can return your books via the book drops at each entrance. These books will not come off your Library account immediately as they go through a 2-day quarantine procedure. 

2.   If you can physically visit the Library and wish to clear loans from your account immediately, you can return books via the self-issue kiosks. 

3.   If you can’t visit the Library (for example, because you are self-isolating or because of local lockdowns), you can avail of our free postal return scheme, which we provide in collaboration with An Post. For further details, and to place requests, please follow this link.

For students who have already completed their studies and are waiting to graduate, and who still have books out on loan, you can avail of the free postal return scheme. For further details, and to place requests, please follow this link.

Book postal delivery service

The Library provides a book postal delivery service for students and researchers in Ireland who are not in a position to physically pick up books from the Library (e.g. because they are self-isolating or impacted by local lockdowns). This service is free of charge.

How does the book delivery service work?

Requests must be placed via this online form You can place up to 5 requests at any one time. Additional requests may be placed once previous ones have been posted out Library staff will retrieve the requested materials, issue them on to requesters' Library accounts and post them out to the specified address Normal borrowing limits apply. If you hit your limit, you will need to return some books before you can place further requests

Who can avail of the service?

The service is primarily aimed at postgraduates and postgraduate researchers, but we will consider requests from other registered staff and students in urgent situations.

What materials can be requested?

Registered staff and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) can request any items that they would normally be able to borrow (including open shelf materials and materials in storage). Periodicals and reference materials are excluded from this service, regardless of their location.

Fees

I have free fees but this isn’t reflecting on my invoice

Don’t panic! Just fill out the Free Fees Initiative questionnaire in the 'My Finance' section of the portal and enter your SUSI details (SUSI and Other Funding in My Finance) to reduce the bill accordingly. If you are still facing issues regarding this, do not hesitate to contact us at academic.registry@tcd.ie.

Will there be a reduction in fees for the upcoming year because certain teaching will be online?

For the upcoming academic year of 2020/2021, we are preparing to have face-to-face teaching for all students as far as is compatible with the prevailing social distancing guidelines at the time. Where it is not possible to facilitate face to face learning, due to social distancing requirements and public health advice, a hybrid approach will be taken to providing teaching and learning. This will be facilitated through online lecturers, online tutorials/seminars, online assessments and online graduation ceremonies. On that basis, there will be no reduction of tuition fees for 2020/2021.

As academic provision is proceeding for the academic year 2020/2021, albeit via alternative arrangements including hybrid teaching and learning, payments of fees will be required as normal in accordance with Regulations set out in the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

If the University has to move to full online teaching and learning will I be entitled to a refund of fees?

If in accordance with public health advice a move to full online teaching and learning is required academic provision will proceed for the academic year 2020/2021. Such teaching will be via alternative arrangements including online teaching and learning and payments of fees will be required as normal in accordance with Regulations set out in the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

In accordance with Regulation 19 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the Board accepts no obligation to refund any fee, or any part of any fee, paid in respect of any exercise to be performed in the University. Refunds may only be made in the current academic year in accordance with Regulations 20 and 21 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin.

Are Application Fees refundable?

All applicants who apply for direct entry to the College (i.e. not through the Central Applications Office) must pay a non-returnable application fee of €55 per course application. Application fees are non-refundable in accordance with Regulation 11 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin.

Are Deposit fees refundable?

Normally, any deposit paid is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you decide to defer, your deposit will be retained to reserve your place for the following year.

However, for academic year 2020/21 only, deposit refunds are available to any applicant who withdraws their application due to being affected by the Coronavirus.

Is the Student Levies and Charges (SLC) Fee payable for 2020/2021?

The SLC fee for 2020/2021 is payable in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

The SLC Fee consists of the below charges and levies:

  1. Sports Centre charge. The sports charge is a development charge not an access/membership charge. As per the sport charge student referendum agreement, the only waivers in respect of the sports centre charge are for students of financial hardship and such waivers must be approved via the Senior Tutor’s Office.
  2. Student space levy: Subject to public health advice, including social distancing requirements, the University will aim to make available student space areas to students. Students will be required to adhere to public health advice while using student spaces.
  3. Graduation fee: the graduation fee covers the cost of printing and issuing of parchments. Qualifications (ie, Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates) will be awarded where a student is eligible to proceed with conferral. Furthermore, the graduation fee covers the cost of holding the graduation ceremony. Costs are still being incurred to carry out the graduation ceremonies and stream such ceremonies online. Regulations 89 and 90 of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin provides the graduation fee is fully refundable to all students who become ineligible to proceed with conferral.
  4. U.S.I membership fee (optional): This is an optional fee for U.S.I membership.

Supports and counselling services

I am a current Trinity student. Where can I get support during this time?

You can find support from your Tutor or Senior Tutor’s office at ST.Office@tcd.ie. Student Counselling is available at student-counselling@tcd.ie while the Chaplains are available at chaplain@tcd.ie

Find information regarding student supports and services.

The Library’s Teaching and Research Support team is available online. They’ve listed a number of supports.

Are Trinity Student Counselling and Student Learning Development Services still available while the College is closed?

Yes, these services remain available to students for:

  • Telephone counselling/learning support appointments
  • Telephone consultations for students in distress
  • Online support via our SilverCloud programmes.
  • Students who are currently using SCS and SLD will receive telephone calls from their counsellors at the time of their scheduled appointments. More information on counselling services.

Is the Disability Service still available while the campus is closed?

The Disability Service Team are available to meet with students in person, via MS Teams, phone or email. Please visit our contact page to get in touch or book an appointment with a member of the Disability Service Team. The DS Solutions Drop-in reopened on Monday 28th September. Online appointments can be booked at 15-minute intervals between 11am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, through our Drop-in booking link. For general queries please email askds@tcd.ie, phone 01 896 3111, 087 113 3185, or visit our FAQ webpage.

How do I apply for supports/Reasonable Accommodations within the Disability Service?

You can apply for Reasonable Accommodations with the Disability Service online via your my.tcd.ie student portal. A complete step-by-step guide and instructions video on how to complete your application are available on the Application for Reasonable Accommodations webpage. Please note that you will be asked to upload evidence of disability as part of the online application process. Once you have completed your application a Disability Officer will contact you to arrange a needs assessment appointment and discuss your support requirements.

Who can avail of supports through Trinity's Disability Service?

If you have evidence of a disability (physical, mental, specific learning difficulty, or otherwise) you are very welcome to apply for Reasonable Accommodations with the Disability Service and access our various supports. If you are unsure of what qualifies as evidence, please take a look at our Evidence of Disability form. Information on the accommodations provided by the Disability Service is available on our Student Supports webpage.

What is the DARE programme?

DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) is aimed at school-leavers with a disability under the age of 23 as of 1st January of year of entry, who have suffered educationally due to their disability. It is an alternative admission scheme to third level education whereby DARE offers third level places on reduced points to school leavers. Places are offered to applicants whose disability negatively impacted their education, and who can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels, or other EU qualification. For more information, and for all queries relating to DARE please visit the Access College website. The Trinity Disability Service cannot assist with any DARE queries.

What kind of accommodation is available for students with disabilities?

Students with disabilities can apply for residential accommodation on grounds of disability. Students with disabilities must apply for accommodation through the Accommodation Office before the specified deadline. Students with disabilities should also complete the Special Consideration Form and submit this with the application for accommodation. Please note that you must also apply for supports with the Disability Service to arrange a needs assessment for residential accommodation.

A needs assessment for accommodation will take into account the following criteria when prioritising applications for accommodation:

• The nature and impact of disability as stated by the applicant and documented with appropriate evidence. Priority will be given to applicants with the most significant needs based on mobility, balance, stamina and strength.

• The nature and impact of the disability on travelling to and from College including transport options and distance to College from home. Priority will be given to applicants with difficulties in accessing public transport and those living furthest from Campus.

Based on the criteria above, the Disability Service team will meet collectively to review all the applications and will make recommendations to the Accommodations Office. In turn, based on the availability of rooms on campus and the priority given to applications, the Accommodations Office will inform applicants of any room offers. In some cases, applicants may be advised that accommodation in Trinity Hall better suits their individual needs. Trinity has limited accommodation on two main sites: the main Trinity campus and Trinity Hall, located in Dartry. A number of rooms on campus and in Trinity Hall are accessible. Although rooms are not fully supervised, they do have 24-hour security staff and residential wardens on site. The accommodation offered encourages independent living. This can be a lively environment so it may not be suitable for students who need a very quiet living space. Campus accommodation is mostly for final year students or graduate students. Trinity Hall is ideal for first and continuing students, but spaces there are also limited.

I have a medical condition in the HSE very high- or high-risk categories. Can I apply to study online?

Students can apply to study online for Semester 1 2020-21 if they have a medical condition in the HSE very high- or high-risk categories. The application should be made via the student’s tutor. Students are advised to discuss their particular circumstances with their tutor. In determining if studying online is a suitable alternative for you, your School or Department will be contacted so consideration can be given to all aspects of your course, such as labs, practical elements, group work, placements and professional requirements. For some students, it may not be possible to study online. In these cases, students can discuss alternatives with their tutor such as going off books.

How can I apply for the Trinity laptop scheme through the Disability Service?

Applications for the Trinity Laptop Scheme are invited from students with disabilities who meet at least one of the following additional criteria:

• Students disadvantaged by socio-economic barriers

• First-time mature students

• Students who hold further education qualifications

• Students who are members of the Traveller and Roma communities, or members of ethnic minorities

• Students who are lone Parents

Students should complete the Disability Service Trinity Laptop Scheme Application Form before the deadline of Friday 9 October 2020. Students will need to demonstrate a verifiable need for a device within their application. Supporting documents (SUSI Special Grant Rate, Back to Education or a relevant Social Welfare payment, etc.) should be sent to askds@tcd.ie. More information is available on our Trinity Laptop Scheme webpage.

Is the College Health Service still available while the College is closed?

Face to face consultations are available if the Doctor determines one is necessary following a telephone consultation. Advice will be provided by phone by the GP on duty at College Health, during the following times:

Monday to Friday excluding Bank Holidays between the following hours: 9.30-12.00pm and 2-4pm Call: (01 896 1591 or 01 896 1556)

Please note that appointments or consultations cannot be facilitated by sending an email to College Health, you must call the service directly during the above hours.

Patients with pre-booked appointments:

Patients with pre-booked appointments will be contacted by telephone by the doctor with whom they have already made an appointment, on, or before the date of the booked appointment. This doctor will make every effort to provide or advise on appropriate ongoing care to include consideration of prescription needs. Please note that the phone call may not come from the usual TCD number and may be from a withheld number. If you will have enough medication until this appointment date, there will be no need to call in advance as this phone call will deal with prescriptions if needed.

It is important that your phone line is kept open for this call on the day of your booked appointment. We advise that you are available on your phone from 9am as the call may not come at the specifically booked appointment time.

Phlebotomy Services

We are unable to a provide phlebotomy services. This means that booked blood tests cannot take place.

In an Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency or if you require urgent care, please contact a GP in the community or your local emergency department.

What about help with IT?

Advice on remote learning.

IT services have also provided a new way to chat with them for assistance via webchat. See all the ways to contact them.

I have an immigration-related query, where do I find out more information?

If you are a current student, please click here.

Prospective Student FAQs

To watch a video message from our Vice-Provost for Global Relations for international students, please click here.

General Admission Queries

Are applications still open for 2021/22?

Yes, we welcome applications and continue to assess applications and issue offers for entry in 2021. We are constantly monitoring the situation and will inform you of any changes and/updates.

I am having difficulty getting the documents required for admission. What can I do?

Trinity will be as flexible as possible in the documentation we will accept. Please contact academic.registry@tcd.ie to explain what documents you are unable to provide.

My school/university is closed due to COVID-19 and I have been unable to complete my exams/degree programme. Can I still be admitted?

Trinity will be as flexible as possible with applicants whose education has been affected by COVID-19. If your programme was completed online or with alternative assessment, Trinity will recognise any qualifications awarded by universities and exam boards. Please note that formal documentation from the awarding body will still be required once it is available.

I am unable to take the English language test I had planned to. What are the alternatives?

  1. Trinity is accepting Duolingo English Test scores on a temporary basis for 2021/22 applications.
  2. Undergraduate: Click here
  3. Postgraduate: Click here
  4. Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22.

I wish to take the English pre-sessional programme. Can this be taken online?

Trinity's pre-sessional EAP (English for Academic Purposes) programme will be running online this summer. The start dates and tuition fees for both the 10-week PSP (pre-sessional programme] and 4-week IFP Foundation PSP short course remain the same as per the website (Centre for English Language Learning and Learning, www.tcd.ie/slscs/English). Please contact the Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching Director with queries at cellt@tcd.ie

Is there a later intake to the Pre-Master’s Pathway programme?

Please contact the Centre for English Language and Learning Director with queries regarding the possibility of a slightly later start date for the 10-week PMPP programme, at cellt@tcd.ie. See www.tcd.ie/slscs/English for full details.

Is Trinity currently offering tours of campus to prospective students?

As the campus is currently closed, we are not offering campus tours at this time.Click here to view our virtual campus tour, to view an coronavirus update message for the Vice President for Global Relations or to book a campus tour once Trinity re-opens.

Offer Holders

When will Orientation and Teaching begin?

Teaching for new undergraduate students is scheduled to begin on 27 September 2021. Freshers’ week for undergraduates will begin the week of 20 September.

Postgraduate Orientation will take place during the week commencing 30 August 2021. Teaching for postgraduate students is scheduled to begin on 13 September.

I wish to hold off accepting my offer until we know more about the COVID-19 situation. Is this allowed?

We will work with applicants to be as flexible as possible where they are affected by Covid-19

Can I defer my place to September 2022?

Offer-holders for September 2021 admission may request a deferral of their place until September 2022. Note however that it may not be possible to grant a deferral in all cases as there is a limit to the number of deferrals we can grant.

If I am delayed in accepting my offer, will this affect my chances of getting university accommodation?

There should be no issue. Once you have your Trinity student number and have accepted your course offer, you can apply for accommodation. Accommodation applications are currently open. On the application, ensure that you apply through the “Trinity College Student” stream rather than the CAO stream.

I am unable to provide the documents required for a study visa application. What can I do?

Trinity is engaging with the Visa Office to look at solutions to these problems. The Visa Office will accept digital documents where originals are not available. For updated information on visa applications, please refer to www.inis.gov.ie

I may not be able to arrive in Dublin in time for the start of my programme. How late can I arrive?

All new Undergraduate and Postgraduate students must have completed registration by Monday, 11 October 2021.

Where can I find information about arriving in Trinity College in September?

You will find all the information you need about preparing to travel, arriving at https://www.tcd.ie/students/your-arrival-sept-2021/ 

It is recommended that you check this site regularly for updates.

CAO Applicants

When will CAO Round 1 Offers be issued?

The 2021 Irish Leaving Certificate results are due to be published on Friday 3 September 2021. CAO Round 1 offers will be issued on Tuesday 7 September at 2pm (Irish time).

My school-leaving examination has been cancelled. How will I be assessed?

If your examination is one which we normally recognise, we will continue to accept the results provided they are formally issued by the examining body, in accordance with the timelines for 2021 admissions.

However, we will keep the situation under review and if there is a significant difference in grade distribution relative to Leaving Certificate, we reserve the right to implement a system of proportionality.

I have applied for Music. What is happening with the entrance test?

The Department of Music has cancelled the Entrance Test for 2021. As a result, all applicants for Single Honor Music (TR002) and Joint Honours Music with another subject will be assessed solely on the basis of their final school-leaving examination results and places allocated accordingly.

I have applied for Music Education. Will there still be an entrance test?

Yes, all applicants for Music Education will be advised in mid-March of the details of the online entrance test to be held on 30 March 2021.  Students will also be asked to submit a video recording of their performance of 2 contrasting pieces. This will be followed by an online interview in April.

I have applied for Drama and Theatre Studies. Will the auditions still take place?

The Department of Drama cancelled the practical workshops/interviews for 2021 entry. All applicants have been sent a questionnaire in mid-March to complete and return by 29 March 2021. Successful candidates will go forward to compete for admission on the basis of their school-leaving examination results.

What is happening with the Trinity Matriculation Examination?

The deadline for application is 1 March 2021 using the online application at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=jb6V1Qaz9EWAZJ5bgvvlK0xpcSOGRl5FuAPr7_6t70dUMFlRVUlMNFZRRFFKU1A2WjE3UEwxQ1JGQS4u
Further information will be sent to all students after the closing date.

How can I apply for accommodation in Trinity Hall?

Applications for Trinity Hall will be open from 29th March – 10th May 2021 for new entrants to college. Full details are available here

Finance

I have Free Fees but this isn’t reflecting on my invoice.

Don’t panic! Just fill out the Free Fees Initiative questionnaire in the 'My Finance' section of the portal and enter your SUSI details (SUSI and Other Funding in My Finance) to reduce the bill accordingly. If you are still facing issues regarding this, do not hesitate to contact us at academic.registry@tcd.ie.

Will there be a reduction in fees for the upcoming year because certain teaching will be online?

For the upcoming academic year of 2021/2022, we are preparing to have face-to-face teaching for all students as far as is compatible with the prevailing social distancing guidelines at the time. Where it is not possible to facilitate face to face learning, due to social distancing requirements and public health advice, a hybrid approach will be taken to providing teaching and learning. This will be facilitated through online lecturers, online tutorials/seminars, online assessments and online graduation ceremonies. On that basis, there will be no reduction of tuition fees for 2021/2022.

As academic provision is proceeding for the academic year 2021/2022, albeit via alternative arrangements including hybrid teaching and learning, payments of fees will be required as normal in accordance with Regulations set out in the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

If the University has to move to full online teaching and learning will I be entitled to a refund of fees?

If in accordance with public health advice a move to full online teaching and learning is required academic provision will proceed for the academic year 2021/2022. Such teaching will be via alternative arrangements including online teaching and learning and payments of fees will be required as normal in accordance with Regulations set out in the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

In accordance with Regulation 19 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the Board accepts no obligation to refund any fee, or any part of any fee, paid in respect of any exercise to be performed in the University. Refunds may only be made in the current academic year in accordance with Regulations 20 and 21 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin.

Are Application Fees refundable?

All applicants who apply for direct entry to the College (i.e. not through the Central Applications Office) must pay a non-returnable application fee of €55 per course application. Application fees are non-refundable in accordance with Regulation 11 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin.

Are Deposit fees refundable?

Normally, any deposit paid is non-refundable and non-transferable. If you decide to defer, your deposit will be retained to reserve your place for the following year.

However, for academic year 2020/21 only, deposit refunds are available to any applicant who withdraws their application due to being affected by the Coronavirus.

Is the Student Levies and Charges (SLC) Fee payable for 2021/2022?

The SLC fee for 2021/2022 is payable in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Chapter on College Charges of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin.

The SLC Fee consists of the below charges and levies:

  • Sports Centre charge. The sports charge is a development charge not an access/membership charge. As per the sport charge student referendum agreement, the only waivers in respect of the sports centre charge are for students of financial hardship and such waivers must be approved via the Senior Tutor’s Office.
  • Student space levy: Subject to public health advice, including social distancing requirements, the University will aim to make available student space areas to students. Students will be required to adhere to public health advice while using student spaces.
  • Graduation fee: the graduation fee covers the cost of printing and issuing of parchments. Qualifications (ie, Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates) will be awarded where a student is eligible to proceed with conferral. Furthermore, the graduation fee covers the cost of holding the graduation ceremony. Costs are still being incurred to carry out the graduation ceremonies and stream such ceremonies online. Regulations 89 and 90 of Part II of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin provides the graduation fee is fully refundable to all students who become ineligible to proceed with conferral.
  • U.S.I membership fee (optional): This is an optional fee for U.S.I membership.

Other

Where can I find a quick overview of admission and student support information?

To find out more about your health and wellbeing, student accommodation, visas, academic support, peer to peer advice, student counselling and more, please click here If you have a specific question, please email academic.registry@tcd.ie and international@tcd.ie.

Where can I find out information on study visas for Ireland?

If you have to apply for a visa as you have been offered a place on a course in Trinity, or if you have applied for one and have been granted a study visa for Ireland, but due to travel restrictions are unable to travel and your entry visa will expire soon, please click here to find out what to do.

Staff FAQs

General

What should I do to keep up to date on COVID-19 matters in the University?

Staff should check their emails and this dedicated COVID-19 page daily for updates as this is an evolving situation.

How can I claim tax relief for e-working?

As a public sector employer, we are prohibited from contributing to additional costs for items such as electricity, heating and broadband for staff working from home due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, there is E-Working tax relief that staff can claim where they work from home for substantial periods on a full or part-time basis. Such staff can claim E-Working expenses by completing an Income Tax return on the Revenue website as follows:

  1. sign into revenue.myaccount
  2. click on ‘Review your tax’ link in PAYE Services
  3. select the Income Tax return for the relevant tax year
  4. select ‘Other PAYE Expenses’ in the ‘Tax Credits and Reliefs’ page and insert the amount of expense at the ‘Amount Claimed’ section

Staff who you have yet registered for revenues online services should do so now at the link above in preparation for making claims in 2021.

As a claim may be selected for future examination by Revenue, all documentation relating to a claim should be retained by the staff member for a period of six years from the end of the tax year to which the claim relates. Please check the Revenue website for details on how such relief is calculated.

Procedures

Where can I find the Procedure for Leave and Working Arrangements during COVID-19 Outbreak?

The procedure can be viewed here: Procedure for Leave and Working Arrangements during COVID-19 Outbreak

Where can I find the College’s COVID-19 Working From Home Procedures?

The procedures can be viewed here: Working From Home During COVID19 Procedures

How do I ensure secure remote and mobile working?

Staff must ensure that University-controlled data is processed securely and measures should be taken to ensure that no unauthorised person can access such information. To ensure that Trinity-controlled data is processed securely, the Trinity Data Protection and Information Security Offices have drafted guidance for secure remote and mobile working. This guidance is available at https://www.tcd.ie/itservices/working-remotely/.

Return to Work

Where do I find the College’s return to campus general induction programme?

The Trinity COVID19 General Induction module is accessible via Blackboard and must be completed as part of an employee’s preparation for resumption of work on campus. Once approved by your Head/Manager to return to work on Campus, please click on Trinity COVID19 General Induction and follow these steps:

  1. In the Module Search box, type in Returning to Work Safely and click on Go
  2. You will see a module called COVID-INDUCTION, click on it
  3. Click on the Enrol button on the left side of the page. (if you can't see the Enrol button, you may need to click on the blue bar to the left of the screen to make it visible.)
  4. Click on the Submit button on the bottom right of your page
  5. Your page will then say you have been enrolled. Click on the OK button on the bottom right of the page to access the module
  6. Then remember to complete your details at step 3 to confirm you have completed the module

What are the Daily 5-point self-checks I must ask myself each day?

Once approved by your Head/Manager to return to work on Campus, you should ask yourself these 5 questions each day prior to travelling to work, do you have:

  1. A recent cough?
  2. Shortness of breath?
  3. A new respiratory illness?
  4. Fever?
  5. Have been advised to self-isolate in the last 14 days since you last attended the workplace?

If you answer yes to any of the above, please contact your GP immediately, follow their advice and inform your manager accordingly.

Where can I find an access check list for Schools, research institutes and professional services?

Please see the access checklist here.

I’m approved to return to work on campus, do I need my staff ID card to gain access to campus?

Staff cards are now required to access the Trinity College campus. The details of how you can have a staff ID card issued or renewed can be found HERE. If you have difficulty accessing the website, then please call the HR Service Centre on 01 896 3333 or email hr@tcd.ie

I am essential staff but I don’t want to want to attend work as I'm afraid I will catch the virus. What should I do?

Essential staff who have not being advised to self-isolate by a GP/HSE should attend work as normal. If you have a fear of contracting the virus, then discuss this with your line manager in the first instance. The University must consider the risks and consider whether you are a vulnerable employee. Where there is no increased risk for you, the University can request you to attend work. If you continue to be absent from work in these circumstances, it may be unauthorised absence and dealt with accordingly.

I am required to work on campus however I do not want to travel on public transport. What should I do?

Higher Education workers are considered essential workers for the purposes of travelling to and from work and using public transport. If you are required to work on campus but do not want to travel on public transport, you need to consider sourcing alternative means of getting to work if walking, cycling or public transport are not feasible.

I am in a High-Risk Group and feel that I am at risk due to an underlying medical condition. What should I do?

The HSE advice on Higher Risk groups is set out HERE. Staff should self-declare to their Head/Manager where they consider they are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. In accordance with Government guidelines high-risk employees can attend the work premises and, in accordance with HSE advice, should take extra care to practice social distancing where possible and wash their hands regularly and properly. Appropriate measures may need to be considered for employees in the high risk category in the work premises where maintaining social distancing is difficult. The University’s Occupational Health service may be consulted for employees in the high risk category, or to determine if an employee falls into this category if necessary.

Where the staff member is not ill, the line manager should prioritise alternative working arrangements e.g. working from home. Where alternative working arrangements in the staff member’s current role is not feasible, they may be temporarily assigned work outside their core duties.

Staff in this category who are ill and not available for work should provide a medical certificate covering their absence in line with the University’s Sick Leave policy.

Heads/Managers who have queries in this regard should contact Employee Relations to discuss further.

I am in a very high risk (extremely vulnerable) and have been advised to cocoon. What should I do?

Employees should declare to their Head/Manager if they believe that they are at very high risk of COVID-19. Please refer to the HSE Website for more information. Employees deemed to be very high risk should be facilitated to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Where an employee is very high risk, is cocooning, and working from home in their current role is not feasible, then they may be assigned work outside their usual core duties.

The University’s Occupational Health service may be consulted for employees in the very high risk category, or to determine if an employee falls into this category. Where an employee who is at high risk of serious illness from contacting CVOID19 and has been assessed by the University’s Occupational Health service as medically unfit for work, the terms and conditions of the University’s Sick leave policy applies.

Heads/Managers who have queries in this regard should contact Employee Relations to discuss further.

I am pregnant and concerned about working onsite. What should I do?

The HSE advice on COVID-19 and pregnancy is set out HERE. If you are pregnant and concerned about remaining at work onsite or returning to work onsite, you should raise your concerns directly with your Head/Manager in the first instance. Your Head/Manager can then contact the Employee Relations Section in Human Resources by email to employee.relations@tcd.ie to arrange a COVID-19 at-risk assessment to determine if you are in a high/very high-risk category and what, if any accommodations are necessary.

I live with someone in the high-risk / very high-risk category. What should I do?

Staff living with high-risk / very high-risk individuals in accordance with Government guidelines should attend the work premises and, in accordance with HSE advice, should take extra care to practice social distancing where possible and wash their hands regularly and properly.

Staff in such circumstances should self-declare to their Head/Manager where they consider attending the work premises will be risk. Such cases will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with appropriate measures implemented accordingly.

Heads/Managers who have queries in this regard should contact Employee Relations to discuss further.

What is temporary assignment?

Staff who are not medically advised to self-isolate must be available to carry out work to deliver services for the University. Where this is not possible in their substantive role, temporary assignment within their grade across the University may apply or they may be assigned work outside their usual core duties.

What supports are available for staff?

Inspire Workplaces Counselling Services provide the University’s EAP service. University staff and their immediate families (those living at home with them who are 18 years of age and older) can avail of up to 6 professional counselling sessions free of charge. Appointments can be made by calling Inspire on freephone 1800 817 433 or by email to workandstudy@inspirewellbeing.ie.

Inspire also offer a dedicated online Support Hub where staff will find useful information, articles, e-zines, self-assessment tools and much more. To access please click on EAP Inspire Support Hub:

  • On the home page click the purple ‘Sign up’ icon (top right)
  • When prompted enter the company pin (PIN: Trinity!)
  • This will create a randomly generated username – please take note of username
  • Create your own password and start using the Support Hub

There is useful information on the Human Resources website https://www.tcd.ie/hr/working-from-home/ about working from home and staying healthy at home.

The HSE also provides advice on looking after you mental health, the details can be found at https://www2.hse.ie/looking-after-your-mental-health/

Travel & Leave

Are there restrictions on work-related travel?

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Public Health general advice is ‘do not travel overseas for non-essential purposes’ . On this basis, Trinity has banned all work-related travel.

What is essential travel?

Trinity College staff, in line with all public sector employees, are advised against non-essential international travel under the current public health COVID-19 restrictions. Neither the Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) nor the Dept. of Public Expenditure & Reform (DPER) provide a definition of what is or is not essential travel.  A degree of common sense is required for each individual to determine if their travel during this time is essential (vital, crucial, critical) or otherwise, considering their civil responsibility in trying to stop COVID-19 spreading in Ireland.

If I choose to travel abroad, am I obliged to inform my Manager?

In order to protect public health, employees are required to advise their employer of any intention to undertake non-essential international travel in all instances. The security rating of countries will be regularly reviewed and may change. Staff should be aware of the testing and quarantine requirements in place at the time of travel, both for their intended destination and for their return to Ireland.

Staff should log on to www.dfa.ie immediately prior to their return to Ireland to ensure they are fully apprised of any changes to the security rating of countries, and any necessary requirement to quarantine.

If I am required to restrict my movements (quarantine) on my return from international travel, how will this be recorded?

A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all arrivals in the state (except where the journey originates in Northern Ireland) with very limited exceptions. Anyone coming into Ireland (including those arriving from outside the Common Travel Area into Northern Ireland) is required to be in receipt of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, to complete a passenger locator form and to restrict their movements (quarantine) for 14 days.

In line with the Government’s Guidance on working  arrangements in the Public Service during COVID19 which Trinity College staff are bound, any staff who intend to undertake non-essential international travel and are required to quarantine for 14 days on return to Ireland, must make provision by way of an annual leave or unpaid leave application for the additional period of restricted movement. Staff should discuss this with their Manager/Head prior to travelling.

This arrangement is applicable to all civil and public servants regardless of whether they can work from home.  Special leave with pay will not apply during this period. Working from home is not an option during this period.

Staff who due to the lockdown, relocated to their home country and who are now required to return to Ireland to resume their duties, such travel is considered essential travel. For new incoming staff who are due to commence work in Trinity and who must travel to Ireland to do so, such travel is also considered essential travel. Staff in these two categories, who if on arrival in Ireland must restrict their movements for 14 days, may work from home for the period of restricted movement.

Can pre-approved annual leave or parental leave be cancelled or postponed during the COVID-19 crisis period?

Annual leave and parental leave should be discharged as scheduled unless it is completely unavoidable to provide essential cover. If requests from staff to cancel / postpone approved leave are received, the Manager should give full consideration on a case by case basis to the consequence of granting the request and how it may impact the function / area overall. Where such requests are approved, the staff member should understand that it may not be possible to grant the cancelled / postponed leave at the preferred time in the future for operational reasons as a consequence of the closure due to COVID-19.

Can Shorter Working Year arrangements be cancelled or postponed during the COVID-19 crisis period?

The expectation is that any shorter working year arrangement that is scheduled will proceed as planned. Where there is a business requirement, it may be possible for Managers to cancel or postpone shorter working year arrangements with the agreement of the staff member. If requests from staff to defer approved shorter working year arrangements are received, the Manager may agree to defer the arrangements on an exceptional basis and subject to business requirements.

How should flexi-time schemes operate during the COVID-19 crisis period?

In order to keep delivering essential services to all the College Community, we need flexibility and adaptability. The operation of traditional flexi-time/attendance management rules do not support the flexible arrangements and agility required during this extraordinary situation.

The normal operation of flexi-time or equivalent attendance management rules, including any flexi-time accruals and deficits, is to be temporarily suspended during the period of COVID-19 to facilitate the required new ways of working across the public service. Any balances accrued by employees before the suspension of flexible working hours arrangements can remain and be held over until the COVID working arrangements are no longer in place and Flexitime is reintroduced.

I have returned from international travel and I reside in Trinity accommodation. What should I do?

A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all arrivals in the state (except where the journey originates in Northern Ireland) with very limited exceptions. Anyone coming into Ireland (including those arriving from outside the Common Travel Area into Northern Ireland) is required to be in receipt of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, to complete a passenger locator form and to restrict their movements (quarantine) for 14 days. You have a personal responsibility to adhere to the Irish Government’s regulations in this regard.

Your actual residence/room is your home base and not the wider College premises/grounds. You should remain in your residence and not attend the workplace until the 14-day quarantine period ends.

The quarantine period can finish earlier if you obtain a further negative PCR test result taken no less than five days after your arrival in the State. You should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the quarantine period.

I obtained a further COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test following my return from international travel and received a negative result. Can I return to work before the 14-day quarantine period ends?

The quarantine period can finish earlier if you obtain a further negative PCR test result taken no less than five days after your arrival in the State.

In such instances, you should wait for your negative test result to be returned before ending the quarantine period. You can then contact your Manager/Head to arrange your return to work if the negative result is received before the 14-day quarantine period ends. Confirmation of the PCR test appointment and the result should be provided to your Manager/Head in advance of the return to work. You will not be permitted to return to work before the 14-day quarantine period ends without this confirmation.

If your journey began in any of the Category 2 countries, you must complete the 14 day quarantine period regardless of any follow up testing. 

Vaccine, Diagnosis, Self-Isolation and Restricted Movements

I’ve received notification for my COVID19 vaccine appointment and it is within my working time, how will this be recorded?

Time off work for COVID-19 vaccines is to be treated as a medical appointment in line with section 1.2 of the Sick Leave Policy and therefore normally recorded as sick leave with employees informing their Manager/Head in advance and provide a copy of appointment details (screenshot if notification received by text). If staff do not wish to discharge a full /half day sick leave for this appointment, they should discuss this with their line manager and where feasible they can agree to:

• Go straight to the appointment, come into work after it

• Come into work, go to the appointment, return to work after it

• Leave work early to go to the appointment if scheduled late in the afternoon

Staff who become ill immediately after receiving the vaccine who cannot return to work as a result will be recorded as being on sick leave.

I’ve become ill due to an adverse reaction to my COVID19 vaccine and cannot work, how will this be recorded?

Any illness absence as a result of adverse reaction to a vaccine is considered ordinary illness and therefore to be recorded as sick leave. Medical certification to cover the absence is required in line with section 2.2 of the Sick Leave Policy as is application to the Dept of Social Protection (where applicable) for illness benefit as set out in section 7.

I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19. Will I be paid?

Special leave with pay may be granted where appropriate HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis and / or satisfactory evidence of a positive test for COVID-19 is provided, in accordance with HSE Guidelines. Staff must also complete the COVID-19 Self-Declaration Form. The HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis and / or satisfactory evidence of a positive test for COVID-19 is required with the completed form.

I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19. How will my time off work be recorded?

Any special leave with pay granted for a diagnosis of COVID-19 will not count as part of the staff members sick leave record. The application of special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor. This will be recorded locally as CV19 Special Leave with Pay on the staff members attendance record.

I've been advised to self-isolate. Will I be paid?

The HSE sets out the criteria for self-isolation. Staff cannot voluntarily choose to self-isolate. Where HSE or medical advice is that the staff member must self-isolate then special leave with pay may be granted. In the event that written HSE or medical confirmation to self-isolate is unavailable at the commencement of the self-isolation period, the staff member must complete the COVID-19 Self-Declaration Form to record the HSE or medical advice received and forward on the written confirmation once received. The completed form should be forwarded by the staff member to their line manager as soon as possible.

Will I be entitled to days in lieu of public holidays that occur while I am on special leave with pay due to self-isolation?

No. Staff are not entitled to days in lieu of public holidays that occur whilst they are in receipt of special leave with pay.

I've been advised to self-isolate. How will my time off work be recorded?

Any special leave with pay granted for the purpose of self-isolation will not count as part of the staff members sick leave record. The application of special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor. This will be recorded locally as CV19 Special Leave with Pay on the staff members attendance record.

I am on special leave with pay due to self-isolation and have since contracted COVID-19. Will I still be paid?

Where a staff member is already on special leave with pay due to self-isolation and subsequently contracts COVID-19, special leave with pay will continue for the duration of the illness, subject to HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis, satisfactory evidence of a positive test for COVID-19 and / or medical certification being provided and the COVID-19 Self-Declaration Form being completed. If a staff member is still unwell after 28 days, they will move to ordinary sick leave arrangements, including a referral to occupational health.

The arrangement relating to the application of special leave with pay for COVID-19 is temporary and will be kept under regular review by the Government.

I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was granted special leave with pay. How long will special leave with pay continue?

From 1st January 2021, special leave with pay will continue for the duration of the illness, subject to HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis, satisfactory evidence of a positive test for COVID-19 and / or medical certification being provided and the COVID-19 Self-Declaration Form being completed. If a staff member is still unwell after 28 days, they will move to ordinary sick leave arrangements, including a referral to occupational health. The arrangement relating to the application of special leave with pay for COVID-19 is temporary and will be kept under regular review by the Government.

Can special leave with pay be extended beyond 28 days?

From 1st January 2021, in certain circumstances, special leave with pay may be extended beyond 28 days for certified COVID-19 related illness in circumstances where:

1. The staff member had been in the work premises (any work premises outside the home) at any time during the 14 calendar days prior to commencing the self-isolation period of a positive case of COVID-19. The attendance must have been known to and/or approved by the manager in advance. Staff who attended the work premises without the knowledge or approval of their manager will not be considered to have attended for the purposes of the continuation of special leave with pay.

2. The staff member provides their manager with medical evidence of a positive COVID-19 test including the date of this test and ongoing medical certification is submitted throughout the absence

3. In accordance with the standard management referral process, the Occupational Health Specialist (OHS) confirms that they are medically unfit to resume work.

4. The OHS confirms that their absence relates primarily to ongoing COVID-19 illness, and that they are accessing appropriate medical care.

The arrangements relating to the application of special leave with pay for COVID-19 is temporary and will be kept under regular review by the Government.

I have been advised to restrict my movements as I am a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19. Will I be paid?

Special leave with pay does not apply to employees who are required to restrict their movements as a precaution as they are not ill. The HSE sets out the criteria for restricted movements for close contacts. Staff cannot voluntarily choose to restrict their movements. Where HSE or medical advice is that the staff member is a close contact and must restrict their movements, they remain available for remote working. Working from home for the period will be facilitated where feasible. Where it is not feasible, then the staff member may be assigned work outside of their usual core duties. Staff must cooperate with all such flexibilities while they are restricting their movements.

In all such cases, employees remain available for work whilst at home, where they have been advised to restrict their movements as a precautionary measure.

 *NOTE: This FAQ does not apply to employees who are required to restrict their movements arising from a decision to undertake non-essential travel abroad against government advice. See specific FAQ on this above.

What if I am a casual contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19?

The HSE sets out the criteria for casual contacts. You may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, but you do not meet the definition to be a close contact. This is a casual contact. If you are a casual contact, the HSE advise that you do not need to restrict your movements and you do not need to be tested.

I am on special leave with pay. How often should I update my manager?

The general principles applying to the management of sick leave, for example the requirement to contact managers and for ongoing contact with staff who are on special leave with pay for this purpose, will apply.

I am on annual leave. I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 / medically advised to self-isolate. How will my time off work be recorded?

Special leave with pay may be granted where a staff member on annual leave provides appropriate HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis or recommendation to self-isolate in accordance with the HSE Guidelines. Staff must complete the COVID-19 Self-Declaration Form. The HSE or medical confirmation of COVID-19 diagnosis is required with the completed form.

Special leave with pay will apply for the number of days advised by the HSE/doctor. This will be recorded locally as CV19 Special Leave with Pay on the staff members attendance record. The missed annual leave can be discharged at a later date as agreed with and approved by their Manager.

What if I don’t provide the appropriate COVID-19 /ordinary medical confirmation to my line manager?

In the event of non-compliance with the University’s Sick Leave Policy and/or the provisions of special leave with pay (including the requirement to provide bona fide confirmation of self-isolation/diagnosis of COVID-19) existing procedures, including with-holding of pay and/or disciplinary measures, may be invoked.

What if I don’t return to work after being granted special leave with pay?

When granted special leave with pay, staff will be expected to comply at once with any directions which may be given by the University and to take all practicable steps to resume duty as soon as possible. Non-compliance with this may result in the with-holding of pay.

Can I claim illness benefit whilst on Special Leave with Pay?

Staff on special leave with pay are not permitted to claim any form of Illness Benefit payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

I have a family member that has been told to self-isolate. What leave arrangements can I avail of?

If a staff member in this situation has been advised by the HSE that there is no need for them to self-isolate, they can explore alternative working patterns and working from home with their line manager, where feasible. If the staff member wishes to stay at home for the purpose of caring for family members, they may be able to avail of other forms of leave under University policies such as Annual Leave, Parental Leave, Special Unpaid Leave of Absence or Force Majeure (as defined under the Parental Leave Act 1998). The granting of any leave is subject to the approval of the Head of School /Administrative and Support Area.

Parental leave requests should be made using the parental leave application form. In these extenuating circumstances and on an exceptional basis, the normal notice periods for such applications will be waived and accepted retrospectively.

Special Unpaid Leave of Absence requests should be made using the unpaid leave application form.

Force Majeure applications should be made using the application form available HERE

I need to be at home due to School/Creche closure. What happens?

Special leave with pay is not available for COVID-19 caring arrangements. Where such staff members can work from home, this should be facilitated to the maximum extent feasible. Steps should be taken to increase the scope for remote working and all opportunities and flexibilities need to be explored. There are other flexible working options that line managers can offer to staff in addition to home working arrangements. These arrangements can support staff to manage caring responsibilities at home (including facilitating shared caring arrangements with partner) and can support segregation of the workforce and social distancing measures. For example, alternative working patterns, flexible or staggered shifts and weekend working may be explored, where feasible.

Ordinary Illness

What happens if I have an illness other than COVID-19?

Under the terms and conditions of the University’s Sick Leave Policy, ordinary illness should be recorded locally by the line manager as sick leave.

What if I am on ordinary illness sick leave and subsequently contract COVID-19?

If a staff member is on sick leave due to ordinary illness and is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19, the special leave with pay may be granted retrospectively in lieu of sick leave. The staff member would be required to complete the Self-Declaration Form and return it to their line Manager with the appropriate medical confirmation as soon as possible.

Managers

As a Manager, what should I do when a staff member contacts me about potential COVID 19 infection?

You need to establish specifically:

  • Whether the staff member has consulted a doctor or the HSE (if not, they should be advised to do so immediately).
  • Whether the staff member has been diagnosed as an actual or probable case. If the staff member is medically diagnosed with COVID 19, special leave with pay may be granted.
  • Call the College Health Centre (Tel 01 896 1556) to report diagnosis
  • Ensure the staff completes the Self-Declaration Form and returns it to you with the appropriate medical confirmation as soon as possible.
  • Record this locally as CV19 Special Leave with Pay on the staff members attendance record.

If a staff member becomes unwell at work, Manager’s should refer to and follow the guidelines set out in their local Resumption Plan for dealing with a suspected case of COVID-19 infection in the workplace.

As a Manager, what should I do if a staff member who is pregnant raises concerns to me about working onsite?

The HSE advice on COVID-19 and pregnancy is set out HERE. If a staff member who is pregnant raises concerns to you about working onsite, you should contact the Employee Relations Section in Human Resources by email to employee.relations@tcd.ie to arrange a COVID-19 at-risk assessment to determine if the staff member is in a high/very high-risk category and what, if any accommodations are necessary.

As a Manager, what leave records do I have to keep?

The Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 requires employers to hold records of all forms of leave. It is important that records of all leave (CV19 special leave with pay, annual leave, unpaid leave etc.) are kept locally in each area. These should be readily available for University and DES statistical data, if requested.

Health and Advice

General safety

What health and safety precautions can I expect at Trinity?

Trinity has put a range of measures in place to protect students, staff and visitors during Covid 19. These include:

  • Clear signage at all entrances to buildings and within buildings of the COVID 19 precautions that apply to everyone; hand hygiene, coughing and sneezing etiquette, social distancing and the wearing of face masks in designated areas.
  • A one-way entry and exit route for buildings - where possible
  • The provision of hand sanitisers and dispensers throughout the campus
  • A keep right and keep moving policy on all stairways
  • A one-person policy for all lifts on campus
  • Clearly designated seating that maintains social distancing
  • For teaching and learning purposes, a physical distance of at least 1m shoulder to shoulder should be maintained between students, with mandatory wearing of cloth face coverings, visors or face shields. For staff, a distance of 2m should be maintained between the staff member and students. Where there is a risk that the 2m distance could be compromised or where teaching activity requires the staff member to be less than 2m from the student, staff should wear a face covering, or other appropriate protection to be provided by the College.
  • Gloves should not be worn unless required and must never be used as a substitute for hand hygiene.
  • After each group leaves a workspace, high-contact surfaces should be cleaned with water and detergent and not with disinfectant.
  • To the greatest extent possible, Trinity will keep records of attendance at all events for 4 weeks in case required for contact tracing purposes.
  • If people spend more than 2 hours or more in a shared space together, they may be regarded as COVID-19 contacts in the event that someone present is subsequently identified as a case.
  • Computer keyboards will need to be covered with waterproof covers to facilitate cleaning after use.

Self-Isolation at work

Why is self-isolation necessary?

If you are at work and have symptoms of coronavirus, even mild symptoms, you have the potential to spread the virus to others. By self-isolation, you limit the number of people you come in contact with and prevent the spread of the virus.

Steps to take while self-isolating at work

If you think that you have coronavirus symptoms and are well enough to drive your own vehicle home, please return to your home, contact your GP and self-isolate at home.

If you become unwell at work and are not able to drive your own vehicle home, the college has provided designated community isolation rooms throughout the campus, in order for your to self-isolate while you arrange transportation to go home and contact your GP.

Please click here FAQs - Estates & Facilities - Trinity College Dublin (tcd.ie) to see the locations of Trinity’s isolations rooms.

If you feel unwell with coronavirus symptoms and need to self-isolate at work

1. Inform your Facilitator/Lead Worker Rep. that you have symptoms and need to self-isolate.

2. Ensure that you are wearing a face covering. If you don’t have a face covering, inform the Facilitator/Lead Worker Rep. who will provide you with one.

3. The Facilitator/Lead Worker Rep. will accompany you to the designate isolation room, while staying at least 2m apart.

4. Stay at least 2m (6ft) away from others that you meet while exiting and accessing buildings.

5. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing using a tissue and dispose of the tissue in the waste bin. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow (not your hand).

6. Telephone your GP to advise them you have symptoms of the virus.

7. If you have your own vehicle and feel well enough to drive, you should go home and self-isolate at home or alternatively arrange for a family member to collect you. If this is not possible, your Line Manager/Supervisor will arrange for a taxi to collect you.

8. Do not use public transport.

Please note: If you don’t share an office space, you can self-isolate in your office and follow the steps above.

Please click here FAQs - Estates & Facilities - Trinity College Dublin (tcd.ie) to see the locations of Trinity’s isolations rooms.

Face coverings

Are face coverings currently mandatory in Trinity?

At present the wearing of face coverings is mandatory for all teaching and learning events for all students and staff, in all the Libraries, and public areas of the campus such as the Buttery and the Book of Kells. Following the Statutory Instrument 296 of 2020, from 10 August to 5 October 2020, a range of public premises and service types are specified where social distancing can’t be achieved and the wearing of face coverings is mandatory. A face covering is defined as ‘a covering of any type which when worn by a person covers the person’s nose and mouth.’

Will I need to wear a face covering when teaching begins?

Yes. In addition to the current mandatory requirement, the Government has also provided Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education. These will apply to all staff and students of Trinity when teaching commences from 28 September onwards and until further notice. Trinity will require all students to wear face coverings for all teaching and learning events. Teaching staff have been asked to wear visors where possible instead of face coverings while teaching as this will reduce the impact on communication.

Will I be allowed to not wear a face covering due to health reasons?

The Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in Higher Education advises that appropriate arrangements are in place whereby staff or students who are vulnerable can declare this and that specific appropriate measures can be put in place. This includes the reasonable exception to the wearing of a face covering on health grounds.

I am hard of hearing and I rely on lip reading to communicate. I am concerned that the combination of social distancing and the wearing of face coverings will make communication extremely difficult for me when attending Trinity. What alternatives are there?

Teaching staff have been asked to wear visors instead of face coverings whenever 2m social distancing is not possible. This should assist all students in a teaching situation. It should also be noted that Statutory Instrument 296 of 2020 states the following reasonable excuses can apply (to not wearing a face mask):

  1. the person cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering -
    • because of any physical or mental illness, impairment or disability, or
    • without severe distress,
  2. the person needs to communicate with a person who has difficulties communicating (in relation to speech, language or otherwise),
  3. the person removes the face covering to provide emergency assistance or to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person,
  4. the person removes the face covering to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury,
  5. the person removes the face covering in order to, and only for the time required to, take medication,
  6. the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to enable him or her to ascertain the person’s age by reference to photographic identification for the purposes of the sale of goods or services in respect of which there is a minimum age requirement or where the responsible person, or worker, has lawful authority to verify the person’s identity, or
  7. the person removes the face covering at the request of a responsible person, or of a worker, in order to assist the responsible person or worker to provide him or her with healthcare or healthcare advice.

Is it possible to get face coverings with clear panels to facilitate those with hearing difficulties?

For those students with hearing difficulties or for those students who rely on facial cues, the Irish Deaf Society is selling an FDA approved face mask that has a clear panel. These can be found at:

Other precautions/testing

What personal precautions should I be taking?

The best way to protect yourself is to practice social distancing (keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people), wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Other sensible measures include turning your head away from people when you sneeze, using a tissue or your sleeve and disposing of tissues quickly. Wearing a mask in public places where social distancing is difficult is also recommended.

We realize that it is highly probable that the virus will spread despite all public health measures, and we will offer as much support as possible to any member of the college community that may contract the virus.

Should you have any particular concerns, please contact the HSE hotline on 1850 241850 for further advice.

Where can I access more health advice in relation to COVID-19?

Please follow advice published on the HSE website. Call HSE Helpline on 1850241850 in relation to risk of contracting the Coronavirus. Callers should press 1 when they are advised for coronavirus guidance. In the case of medical emergency, call 112 or 999.

What do I do if I have cold and flu like symptoms?

Stay calm. If you have a temperature take paracetamol. Rest in bed and take plenty of fluids.

Self isolate. Please see Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine for advice on how to do this.

Ring the college Health Service - Tel 01 896 1556, or your own GP and they will talk to you and assess whether you meet the criteria for a swab test for COVID-19.

What do I do if I think I have been in contact with COVID-19/Coronavirus?

Self isolate. Please see Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine for instructions. Ring the College Health Service 01 896 1556 or your own GP. They will organise a test if it seems appropriate. Please reserve 999/112 calls for medical emergencies.

Can I get tested for COVID-19 on campus?

Yes, the College Health Service, in collaboration with the HSE has set up a Covid 19 Testing Centre at House 51, adjacent to the College Health Service, for those students and staff who have Covid 19 symptoms or who are identified by Public Health as being close contacts of a positive case.

I have a medical condition and am concerned about attending Trinity, can I request that all of my course content be provided online?

While students are expected to attend their face-to-face teaching and learning activities some students with underlying medical conditions may request more or all of their course content to be provided online. Students in this position should contact their tutor and the Head of their Department or School. Each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the relevant School.

Trinity Accommodation

These FAQs address queries by students who are in accommodation located at Trinity Hall in Dartry or the city centre Campus only in 2020-21.

How is Trinity College going to manage campus accommodation during the COVID19 crisis?

Trinity is following the guidelines issued by the Health Service Executive (HSE) at all times to ensure best possible levels of safety and security for all residents of the College. Updates will be posted here as they happen.

What will happen if I accept my room offer but then my travel to Dublin is affected by a COVID-19 related travel restriction in my home country or in Ireland?

Please contact us at residences@tcd.ie or trinity.hall@tcd.ie to discuss your options.

If there is a COVID-19 lockdown in Ireland during the 2020-21 academic year, will I receive refund of accommodation licence fee paid if I need to leave?

If you are instructed by TCD College authorities to vacate your room and are in a position to safely do so, then any prepaid licence fee will be refunded. Otherwise Section 5 of the Conditions of Occupancy which forms part of your licence will apply.

Given the COVID-19 protocols, what will the rules for student residents on social/physical distancing be?

Personal responsibility will be more important than ever for all living in shared accommodation. Guidance, based on Health Service Executive (HSE) advice, will be provided to all students on arrival.More information on the temporary measures put in place to protect residents and the College Community can be found here.

Will students have to restrict their movement or quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Ireland?

If you are arriving to Ireland from another country, please see Health Service Executive (HSE) guidelines here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/travel.html.

What health supports will be available to students living in Trinity accommodation if they have to restrict their movement on arrival or if they become sick due to COVID-19?

For information about the Trinity College Health Service, see: https://www.tcd.ie/collegehealth/.

How will students self-isolate if they are living in Trinity accommodation?

If a student develops COVID-19 symptoms they must remain in their bedroom and contact their doctor and College Health as soon as possible and follow their guidance.

If I have a specific question regarding residential life in Trinity College Dublin, where may I find more information?

Further information on student residences in Trinity College is available here: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/

More information

HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre webpage, including FAQs and regular updates

Updated travel advice on the Coronavirus from the Department of Foreign Affairs

World Health Organisation - Q&A on coronaviruses

World Health Organisation - Myth busters about the novel coronavirus

Department of Health - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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