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Update from Provost, Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer, Chair of the Resumption of Teaching Group to students

17 September 2020

Dear students,

It now looks likely that Dublin will move to Level 3 of the Government’s new Covid roadmap. The roadmap, as we understand it, does not envisage further curtailing of face-to-face teaching unless we reach Level 4. However it does envisage additional measures to ‘limit congregation’ and we are now trying to ascertain what additional measures we may need to put in place to achieve this.

Throughout the pandemic, it has been our double objective to keep you safe and to guarantee the best possible quality education. Over the summer we have worked to create a timetable that provides in person teaching for each student to maximize the quality of their educational experience, while recognising that the majority of teaching must remain online to meet the social-distancing protocols necessary to prevent the spread of the virus.

We will wait for the Government announcement and we will then update you as soon as possible. Please expect an email from us within a few hours of the announcement.

We know that you are looking forward to starting or resuming your university education, and we are aware of the many sacrifices you currently have to make in the interest of public health. We want to thank you sincerely for playing your part in keeping the virus at bay.

Stay safe and stay well,

Patrick Prendergast – Provost
Jürgen Barkhoff – Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer
Áine Kelly, Chair of the Resumption of Teaching Group