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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has set up an expert task force to monitor the situation regarding an outbreak of COVID-19 in Ireland. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount and below is our advice.

This page was last reviewed and updated at 19:00 GMT on Friday 22th May 2020.

Update for Students

Latest updates for DkIT Students on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Update for Staff

Latest updates for DkIT Staff on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Advice for 2020/21 Applicants

A summary of what we know at the moment in relation to 2020/21 Applicants.

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Advice for 2020 International Students

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions by International Applicants to DkIT in 2020.

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Latest Communication Updates:

  • 22nd May 2020, 19:00: Updates for Students

    Dear Students, 

    We hope this emails finds you well and congratulations to those of you who have completed assessments this week. You are nearly there! 

    In today’s communications we have some important updates in relation to assessments resultsconsultations and repeat & deferred assessments.

     

    Assessment Results

    Assessment results will be released after 3pm on the following dates:

    School of Health & Science

    Monday 15th June 2020

    School of Informatics & Creative Arts

    Monday 15th June 2020

    School of Engineering

    Monday 15th June 2020

    School of Business & Humanities

    Tuesday 16th June 2020

     

    Consultations

    Consultations will be held on the dates outlined below. Once you receive your examination results, you can email your lecturer(s) if you wish to avail of a consultation. Your lecturer(s) will organise a time, during the times outlined below, to communicate with you. Communication will be organised by remote  means (the appropriate mechanism to be arranged between the lecturer and the student e.g. TEAMs, zoom, email etc.).

    School of Business & Humanities

    Thursday 18th June 2020 (10am - 1pm)

    School of Health & Science

    Wednesday 17th June (9 am– 5p.m.)

    School of Informatics & Creative Arts

    Wednesday 17th June 2020 (9am – 5pm)

    School of Engineering

    Wednesday 17th June 2020 (9am – 5pm)

     

    Repeat and Deferred Assessments

    • Applications for Repeat or Deferred Assessments will open when you receive your results and will close on 30th June 2020.
    • Repeat and Deferred Assessments are scheduled to take place from 24th August 2020.

     

    Latest COVID-19 Health Guidance:

     

    Minding Your Mental Health:

    The HSE has updated its guidelines around being mindful of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is some useful information here for people of all ages that could provide some support to you and your families at this time. See links below:

    Please Note: that our Counselling Service and Pastoral Care support remains available to students via remote means at this time. Further details can be found here

    Finally as many of your complete your assessments, we still encourage you to remain connected to institute news (where possible) by regularly checking your student emails and our COVID-19 Student Information Portal where all of the latest institute covid-19 updates will be published.

    We wish you a restful and safe weekend ahead.

    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 8th May 2020, 19:30: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    We hope this email finds you safe and well. In this week’s update, we will provide you with some guidance to assist you as you prepare for upcoming assessments, in addition to updates on other student-related matters.

    Guidelines for Remote Assessments:

    Without doubt, this has proved to be an academic term unlike any other and for many of you, your assessment methods are now different from those that would have applied prior to the Covid-19 health emergency.

    Over recent weeks, our staff have worked extremely hard to ensure that although your assessments are now carried out remotely (where possible), they retain the robustness that underpins DkIT’s qualifications, and will recognise your efforts and achievement of learning outcomes. The guiding principles of validity, fairness, academic integrity and proportionality continue to apply.

    To assist you as you prepare for these assessments, the following Guidelines for Students on Remote Assessments have been prepared. Please read through these carefully. They should be read in conjunction with any guidelines already sent to you by your academic Department and/or lecturer.

    Online Library Information Sessions for Students:

    Over the coming weeks, the Library continues to offer online classes and support on topics such as:

    • Finding Information
    • Mendeley Reference Manager
    • Harvard Referencing
    • General Queries

    The Library accepts bookings for every Thursday between noon and 4 pm. The deadline for bookings is Wednesday at noon. If you would like to attend, please fill out the booking form: https://dkit.ie.libguides.com/training.

    There is also the option to chat with a member of library staff on the Online Library via Moodle. Just enter the chat and type your query.  Library staff are available to chat Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 12 noon and from 2 pm to 4 pm.  

     

    Important Update from Health Unit:

    The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have now confirmed that they have broadened the criteria for Covid-19 testing. Testing is no longer confined to those in at-risk groups and will now include anyone who has a cough, fever or shortness of breath. NPHET state that this is a necessary step because general restrictions are easing within the state.

    Students are advised to contact their GP if they present with any new respiratory symptoms. Please note that all students who reside in County Louth can make contact with the DkIT Student Health Unit on +353 (0)89 2512274 and +353 (0)89 4749683 or they can email healthunit@dkit.ie. Students currently living outside County Louth should make contact with their own GP.

    The Covid-19 test is free to all:The testing regime is responding promptly to the general public at present and are actively encouraging people to get tested if they are symptomatic.

     

    Finally, as you will be aware last week, the Government published a ‘Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business’ - its plan for the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in five phases between now and September. The implications for this plan is being considered by the Institute and updates will be provided to all students in due course.

    It is encouraging to see that the plan recognises the progress that has been made in reducing the spread of the epidemic in Ireland and in limiting the number of patients requiring hospitalisation and intensive care. It nevertheless confirms that we have some way to go before normal life resumes without triggering a resurgence of the virus. The phases therefore are necessarily tentative and rely heavily on continued restrictions – in particular, social distancing, limiting the number and duration of contacts and strict hygiene measures. We urge students to continue to play their part in helping to ‘flattening the curve’ of the pandemic by adhering to these guidelines.

    As always, we encourage you to please refer to the DKIT Covid-19 Information Portal as the only source of up to date official DkIT information. You can find information on taking care of yourself there too.

    Best of luck to you all with upcoming assessments and stay safe.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 1st May 2020, 20:30: Update for Students

    Dear Student,

    We hope you are all staying well. As we break for the long weekend, we wanted to continue with our Friday evening ritual of sharing some important institute updates from the past week.

    Remembering Our Colleague

    This week we deeply saddened by the passing of our respected colleague, David Connolly who was a dedicated lecturer within the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music. As a gesture of respect, classes were cancelled within his Department on Thursday and a virtual gathering and minute of silence were held in his memory. Our thoughts and prayers go to David’s loved ones at this difficult time.

    Campus Closure

    Following the latest announcement by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, TD this evening, we can confirm that the campus will remain closed to students and staff until 18th May 2020. Further updates on this will be provided in due course. 

    Repeat/Deferred Assessments

    This week our Academic Council considered academic contingency measures related to repeat and deferred assessments in light of current restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that the updates below will provide further clarity around repeat/deferred assessments and will guide you over the coming weeks and months.

    Please read through the updates carefully and contact your School/Department if you have any further queries.

    Summer Examinations (May)

    • Alternative Assessment arrangements will be provided for students registered to take a deferred or repeat examination in the summer semester period (May 2020) in line with the regular student cohort. Details of alternative assessments and corresponding schedules will be provided by your relevant Department/School. Students who have not yet registered for repeat/deferred examination/assessment for the summer semester should contact their Head of Department immediately.

    Autumn Examinations (August)

    Semester 1 Deferred/Repeat Assessments

    • Over the coming months, the Institute will carefully examine the feasibility of running examinations on campus in August, for those wishing to take a semester 1 repeat/deferral examination, in accordance with Public Health Guidelines. Options for alternative assessment  will be considered in the event that on-campus examinations are not possible. Students will be provided with further information in due course.
    • All deferred/repeat practical assessments will be scheduled for the first week of September. Further information will be provided by your Academic School in due course.
    • Students who wish to register to take a repeat or deferred examination in the Autumn examination session can register online in June 2020.

    Semester 2 Deferred/Repeat Alternative Assessments

    • All students who are required  to repeat or have selected to defer alternative assessments will now be able to complete alternative assessments in line with the Autumn Examination Schedule or the first week in September. Further information will be provided by your Academic School in due course.

    Examinations/Practical Assessments Not Taking Place in Summer Examination Session (May 2020) or By Alternate Means

    • Those examinations or practical assessments  that cannot take place in summer examination session (May 2020) due to invigilation requirements (e.g. BAAF, OSCEs), will now take place during the Autumn examination session or the first week in September. Further information will be provided to relevant students via their School/Department.
    • Students who are required to repeat or have selected to defer these examinations or practical assessments will have an opportunity to do so in early September, prior to the commencement  of the next academic year.

    Deferrals (COVID19-Emergency)

    • The Institute have extended  the current deferral procedures to take into consideration grounds related to the COVID19 pandemic. This means that students who are unable to complete their assessment, on grounds related to the COVID-19 pandemic can avail of an option to defer. Deferral of assessments under this category (COVID-19 Emergency) apply only to modules relevant in semester 2 of the academic year 2019/2020 (Summer and Autumn examination sessions). These deferrals will be considered as no fault deferrals. This means that there will be no academic or financial penalties applied to the student. The deferral form can be found by clicking here.

    Please note: that the Institute is mindful of the stress and anxiety that students are going through at this moment in time. The above amendments to repeat/deferred assessments have been made to ensure that all of our students can either progress to their next academic year or enable graduation as appropriate.

    In preparing alternative arrangements around assessments, programme teams continue to adhere to the guiding principles of validity, fairness, academic integrity and proportionality to ensure that students are not unfairly disadvantaged while also preserving the integrity of your degree.

    Elevate Awards – Celebrating Student Contribution at DkIT

    This week, the institute honoured some of its most actively engaged students at an online ceremony to celebrate the inaugural DkIT Elevate Awards. Nineteen students received an award in total and all recipients had contributed at least 45 hours of their time to extracurricular activities that contribute life at DkIT. Click here to read full article

    Additional Learning Support for Students

    Maths Learning Centre

    IT Learning Centre (ITLC)

    • The IT Learning Centre (ITLC) continues to provide tutorials across a variety of online topics including Java, HTML, Javascript, Scripting, PHP, Networking and database and more. As you prepare for your upcoming exams and project deadlines, please note that ITLC tutors are available to answer questions via email, or organise online tutorials on requested topics. Please mail ITLC@dkit.ie or philip.scanlon@dkit.ie for more information.

    ACM Discord Chapter

    • The DkIT ACM Student Chapter has been working tirelessly over the last couple of weeks developing a platform that will allow all students to keep in touch with each other using chat, video and text.  They have developed a Discord Server (https://discordapp.com/) specifically for you to chat, hang out, and stay close with your friends and communities. Be sure to check it out.

    Wellness During Covid-19

    It is important that we continue to be kind to ourselves during these uncertain times and take extra care of our health and wellbeing. To help you in this area, we would like to share some free online resources that you might like to explore in your own time.

    Finally as we embark on the long weekend, we do hope that you can take some time to rest and relax while also continuing to follow the all-important social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines which continue to save lives.

    We wish you best wishes for your personal health and well-being and for successful assessments.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 24th April 2020, 19:30: Update for Students

     

    Dear Students,

     

    We hope you are keeping safe and well and have settled back into remote learning after the Easter break. This week we have some updates about supports and services available to you at this time.

     

    SLDC Additional Supports

     

    In order to provide some additional support for your learning over the coming weeks, the Student Learning and Development Centre (SLDC) is offering additional supports via the SLDC Moodle page. Please remember you can also make an individual appointment with the SLDC by emailingtutor@dkit.ie. Supports include:

     

    1. Online Drop-Ins: One of the SLDC tutors will be available live online to answer your queries about study skills and preparing for assignments at the following times between  27th April and 21st of May:
      • Mondays 2pm-3pm
      • Tuesdays 11am-12pm
      • Wednesday 12pm-1pm
      • Thursday 5pm-6pm 
    2. Preparing for open-book exams and alternative assessments webinars: This one-hour webinar will examine how to prepare effectively for open-book exams and alternative assessments, with particular focus on managing material and managing time.  There will be many opportunities to ask questions but please note that we cannot provide module specific guidance or advice on disciplinary content.  It will be offer at the following times and you can book a place using the relevant link:
    3. Q&A Forum on Moodle: Remember to post your general queries and a tutor will post a reply by the next working day.

     

    Students & Learners with Disabilities

     

    • The Disability Office has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for service users with new information on support alternative assessments. Click here to view updated FAQs.
    • The Association for Higher Education Access and Disability(AHEAD) is currently conducting a survey for students with disabilities enrolled in higher education and FET programmes around the move to studying/learning from home. The purpose of this survey is capture the voice of students with disabilities on the ground and gather feedback on their thoughts and experiences at this time. Please complete the survey before 28th April by clicking here.
    • We’d also encourage you to join the AHEAD Student Disability Facebook Forum on which provides a facility for students to express their concerns, or talk about barriers they are facing with other students and also get advice directly from their peers and from AHEAD.

     

    IT Supports for Students:

     

    Please note that the following IT supports and services are available to students at this time.

     

    Computer Services Helpdesk

     

    • If you are having password difficulties or problems connecting to your Moodle, Institute email or OneDrive please raise a ticket on the IT helpdesk at https://helpdesk.dkit.ie If unable to raise a ticket then send an email to Helpdesk@dkit.ie with your problem/request. When raising a ticket or emailing please include your contact details and as much problem detail as possible to assist IT technical support team in responding and resolving.  

     

    OneDrive

     

    • In the current environment of remote teaching and home working OneDrive is a useful storage utility for saving File & Folders in the cloud and sharing with classmates and colleagues. All staff and students in DkIT have a OneDrive with 1TB of secure storage space accessible using the url: http://Onedrive.dkit.ie. Your OneDrive is backed up in the cloud and files are recoverable for up to 30 days. 
    • There are many ways you can share files and folders using OneDrive. When sharing please be conscious of how you are sharing your files and folders and review access management on a regular basis. 
    • Another feature is the OneDrive Sync utility. This utility allows you to synchronise files to/from your OneDrive. Select the files and folders you wish to synchronise carefully otherwise you could have all your Onedrive data (up to 1 TB) syncing to your local hard drive and vice versa.

     

    File Transfer

     

    • FileSender (https://www.heanet.ie/services/hosting/filesender) is a free and secure way to share large files with anyone. It works through your web browser to send a file to any email address. FileSender can securely send files of up to 500 GB. This considerable sending power allows users to transfer large files with ease. Files sent by FileSender are available for download for up to 30 days after sending. Files can be downloaded an unlimited amount of times over this period.

     

    Discounts

     

    • Please be aware of the HEAnet Store https://www.heanet.ie/store where you can find discounts on a range of products and services brought to students and staff by HEAnet on behalf of the Irish Higher Education & Research Community.

     

    QuickLinks

     

     

    *In all cases above you authenticate using your DKIT username & password.

     

    Support for Parents & Families:

     

    As we all continue to try our best to work and learn effectively from home, we know that this situation can bring unique challenges for parents and families. We hope that the below resources might provide some support and guidance to you at this time.

     

    • The Genesis programme Louth Twitter & Facebookpages and Facebook page have a number of excellent resources for families and children.
    • The Louth Children and Young Peoples Services Committee has provided some guidelines on internet safety for children. Please view here.

     

    2020 DkIT Applicants

     

    We know that many of you will have friends and family members that are hoping to attend the college next year. In light of the unprecedented changes to Leaving Certificate and GCE/A-Levels examinations, we have prepared an information portal to guide and support 2020 applicants at this time. Please feel free to share with your networks.

     

    Finally, as always we encourage to keep playing your part in helping to flatten the curve of this pandemic. Please remain in regular contact with your lecturers by email and Moodle and keep an eye on our Student Information Portal for the latest updates. 

     

    Stay apart and stay well, stay strong and continue to support our community.

     

    Warm regards,

     

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

     

  • 17th April 2020, 19:30: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    We hope this email finds you well and that you were able to enjoy the Easter break. As we prepare for classes to resume on Monday (via remote means), we wanted to provide you with a short update on new developments over the past week.

    Campus Closure:

    Following last Friday’s announcement by the Taoiseach, we can confirm that the DkIT campus will remain closed to students and staff until Tuesday 5th May 2020 and all existing measures will remain in place until further notice.

    Postgraduate Research Students

    The Graduate Studies Office would like to thank all postgraduate research students whom are working on their research projects under the current circumstances. The Office is here to support you in conjunction with your supervisory teams during this Covid19 period. Please ensure you keep in regular contact with your supervisory teams and the Graduate Studies Office. In particular we would ask you to avail of the several supports have been put in place to ensure you are communicated to and supported during this time, these include:

    • On Line Training Supports through Microsoft Teams. Please register directly with the Graduate Studies Office
    • Completion of the Postgraduate Research Survey
    • Communication with your Independent Panel member
    • Virtual Coffee mornings through the Graduate Studies Office

    If you have any specific concerns or requests, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Studies Office, Aideen Gaynor (aideen.gaynor@dkit.ie) or contact the Head of Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Tim Mc Cormac (tim.mccormac@dkit.ie). Thank you again for your dedication and remember we are here to support you.

    Online CoderDojo

    We know that many students and staff are looking for ways to keep their children and teens entertained at this challenging time, so to help with this Coderdojo at DkIT is organising an online CoderDojo session tomorrow, Saturday 18th April from 12PM. The session entitled VEX Robot VR Intro will introduce participants to the new VEXCode VR (Virtual Reality) and they will also learn how to programme a Vex VR Robot. The event is coordinated by DkIT Computing lecturer, Peter Gosling and registration is required. Click here to register.

     

    Virtual Open Day

    DkIT is organising a Virtual Open Day for prospective undergraduate applicants on 21st April for late CAO applicantsand 6th May 2020 for CAO Change of Mind. The event will showcase all degree programmes and is aimed at helping answer questions that potential applicants may have in relation to applying to DKIT (particularly in light of recent developments related to COVID-19). Please feel free to share with any of your friends or colleagues.

     

    Health & Wellbeing Tips from the HSE

    Over the past week, the HSE and public health representatives have published a series of articles related to health & wellbeing, stress management and physical movement which might be useful to you and your families at this time. Click on links below to read articles:

    Finally, ahead of resuming classes on Monday, we want to remind you to continue to stay connected with your lecturers and Department as much as possible by checking your email and Moodle regularly. All Covid-19-related updates will continue to be posted on the DkIT Covid-19 Student Portal and remember that you can also contact us directly via thecovidenquiries@dkit.ie email address if you have a specific request. We wish you a restful weekend ahead.

    Warm regards, 

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 9th April 2020, 18:30: Update for Students

    Dear Students,

    As the Institute takes a short break for the Easter period we wanted to update you on the new developments over the past week.

    Alternative Assessment Guidance for Students

    The Institute has been working closely with the DkIT Students’ Union to develop some clear guidance for students around Alternative Assessment which will support you over the coming weeks . 

    Disability Service FAQs:

    We have updated our Disability Service FAQs with useful links to tutorials guiding students about how to set up text to speech on their laptop/pc while working from home. For more information, please click here.

     

    International Students Supports:

    Phone-Service to International and Erasmus Students

    • The International Office has commenced a WhatsApp phone-call service to its International and Erasmus students, who have remained here in Dundalk during COVID-19. 
    • Most of you have received a phone-call from an Institute Staff member this week to check you are doing ok. We will continue to make a phone-call to you every week.
    • Please check that you have WhatsApp installed on your phone to receive the call.
    • If you have booked a fight to return home, please update DkIT International Office on the date you are leaving.

    Financial Support for International Students during COVID-19

    • If you have lost your part-time job because of COVID-19 and are remaining here in Dundalk, there are community initiatives that may help you.
    • Please find a link to the Exceptional Needs Payment Scheme (Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection) by clicking here. The scheme offers once-off financial support with things like utilities, home-utensils, or clothing in exceptional circumstances. Normal eligibility rules have been amended during COVID-19.
    • There is also the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. You can view more information on this and how to apply by clicking here.
    • Other useful general information on your Finances and COVID-19 is available via the Citizens information Centre. You can contact the Citizens Information Centre In Dundalk by phoning +353 (0)76107 5950 during office-hours, or by email to covid19@citinfo.ie 

    International Student Visa and Part-Time Work

    • Your international study-visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time and up to 40 hours per week during holidays.
    • The Department of Justice has confirmed that you are allowed to work up to 40 hours per week at the present time, for as long as the Institute remains closed.
    • Please note that regardless of any part-time working you may undertake, your primary focus is your programme of study.
    • You are required to attend all of your DkIT online classes and complete all your DkIT assessments during the Institute closure. 

    Campus Closure

    Exactly four weeks ago today, the Institute took the unprecedented action to close our campus due to COVID-19 and move to remote delivery of teaching and learning in order to prioritise the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. This remains our utmost priority and we continue to evaluate the situation in line with the latest advice from the Government. Please note that the campus will remain closed until 19th April 2020 and a further update on this will be provided over the coming week. 

    As per the academic calendar, classes will resume via remote delivery on Monday 20th April 2020 (unless advised otherwise by your lecturers or Department). We also want to remind you that the week commencing 4th May 2020 is now scheduled as a teaching week. 

    Reminder to Students

    Finally as the sun shines brightly during the Easter break, it can be easy to forget the reason why we are being urged by the Government to stay at home, adhere to social distancing and prioritise our health. But this week our amazing 4th Year Midwives who are all working on the frontline of this pandemic, provided a wonderful reminder via social media to us all with this simple message:

    “We are midwives. Stay at home for the people you love. Be kind. Wash your hands. Let’s flatten the curve.”

     

    As always, please keep checking your emails and our student information portal for the latest DkIT updates in relation to COVID-19 and information about student supports at this time. Take care during the Easter weekend. 

    Warm regards, 

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 3rd April 2020, 20:00: Update for Students

    Dear Students,

    We hope this email finds you well and that you and your family are keeping safe at this time.

    Today marks another week down and slowly but surely we are becoming more accustomed to this new way of working, learning and communicating. Since our last communication, the Government made a major announcement in relation to rules around staying at home, classes continue to be delivered remotely (where possible) and DkIT staff have been developing alternative assessments at programme level. Below we have included some of important updates for DkIT students over the past week.

    Feedback Questionnaire From Students

    This morning all students should have received an email requesting  your feedback on how current arrangements are working for you in light of recent changes to teaching & learning and other supports. This is an opportunity for you to give us feedback on our supports and services and identify any challenges you are facing at this time . We can then look at what changes we may need to consider.

    We encourage you to complete this questionnaire by Thursday 9th April 2020. Click here to complete questionnaire.

    Further information on the Feedback Questionnaire can be found within the Student Information Portal by clicking here.

    Assessments & Examinations

    As previously communicated, all final examinations arranged on campus at the institutional level for May 2020 will no longer go ahead.

    Programme teams are currently developing alternative assessments where feasible to replace the final examinations on campus. A set of guiding principles have been agreed to support this this process. These include: validityfairnessacademic integrity and proportionality. This means that the programme teams are working to ensure that you are not disadvantaged while also preserving integrity of your degree. 

    Each of the four Academic Schools have prepared individual statements for students to provide you with a status update on Assessments and Examinations within your respective Schools. Please see statements below:

    School of Business & Humanities:

    • Final on site examinations that were scheduled to take in May are being replaced with Alternative Assessments where feasible.
    • Details of the format of these Alternative Assessments, which will commence in the week of 11th May and conclude by May 22nd (inclusive)  are currently being finalised and students are advised to monitor their email and Moodle for further details from the School. 

    School of Engineering:

    • The School of Engineering has agreed that all Lecturers will communicate to their students concerning the form of the alternative assessment for their module(s) by Tuesday April 7th.
    • Alternative assessment schedules will be issued as soon as practicable thereafter.
    • Students are also advised to monitor their email as any alterations to alternative assessments,  notification of alternative assessment schedules and any subsequent changes to arrangements for scheduling  will be notified to them by email.

    School of Health & Science:

    • The School has replaced all final examinations due to take place in May with alternative assessments.
    • Programme Boards have prepared alternative assessment schedules including the dates on which the actual assessments will be provided to students.
    • The submission dates for the revised alternative assessments has been set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected to be in the period up to and including the 22nd May. Guidelines are also being prepared for students relating to these alternative assessments.
    • The updated schedules for the Department of Nursing Midwifery & Early Years will be sent to students by the 3rd April.
    • The schedules for the Department of Life & Health Sciences and Department of Agriculture Food and Animal Health shall be sent to students early next week. Students should continue to engage with Moodle for module/programme specific updates.

    School of Informatics & Creative Arts:

    • All continuous assessment schedules have been reviewed and revised, where appropriate, with deadlines amended or tasks altered to reflect the difficulties students may encounter during this period of crisis.  These continuous assessment schedules are in the process of being issued.
    • Additionally, final examinations will be replaced (in most instances) with Alternative Assessments.  Details of the format of these Alternative Assessments (which will commence in the week of 11th May) are currently being finalised and students are advised to monitor their email and Moodle for further details.

    Students are asked to liaise directly with their lecturers and Departments if they have specific questions relating to their programme assessments or examinations. For the latest information relating to changes to Assessments & Examinations please click here. 

    Reading Week & Campus Closure

    Students are advised that the week commencing 4th May 2020 will now be a teaching week because the Reading Week was previously held the week beginning the16th March.

    The DkIT campus will remain closed to students and staff until Sunday19th April 2020 and that all existing measures will remain in place until further notice. It is possible that the closure will extend beyond this period and the Institute is planning for all eventualities. We will provide you with an update on this in due course.

    FAQs for Students Registered with the Disability Service

    The Disability Office at DkIT has prepared some answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for students registered with the Disability Service. The FAQs provide information on how to access the Disability Service remotely, accommodations for students at this time, tips for establishing a Low Distraction Study/Exam Venue at home etc. For more information, please click here.

    #DkIT Incredibles in Isolation Campaign

    We all know that DkIT is filled with incredible students who do incredible things and we think it is important to showcase them to our community during this difficult time. Social Media and the wider news can often be filled with negativity and get us down but by sharing our stories we can help change this.

    We are reaching out to our students to tell us what incredible things they are getting up to during this period of physical social isolation. Whether it is a creative way of studying at home, supporting vulnerable people in your community, TikTok video challenges, fun stories of how you are interacting with your friends during the strange time or inspirational ideas to share, we want to hear it! These stories really show the true spirit of DkIT and highlight our power as a community.

    For more information on how you can participate, please click here.

    Prioritising Your Health & The Health Of Others

    We encourage you to continue prioritising your health and wellbeing at this time. It is vital that as our Health Services continue to battle this pandemic, we all play our part by following the advice of the HSE in relation to social distancingstaying at home and good hygiene and hand washing.

    Please continue to be mindful of your mental health, utilise the student services that are available to you at this time, take regular exercise and don’t be afraid to digitally check-in on your colleagues, family and neighbours at this time. 

    Ongoing Communication

    As per previous communications, it is important that students remain in regular contact with their lecturers and departments during this time via email and Moodle even during the Easter break. The DkIT COVID-19 Task Force will continue to meet (in a virtual capacity) over the coming weeks and will provide updates to students in the usual way. All of the latest updates will be posted via the Student Information Portal and you may also contact us directly via the covidenquiries@dkit.ie  and we will respond directly.

    Well done on completing another week. Remember kind to yourself this weekend by taking some time to rest and relax. We wish you a safe and peaceful Easter period ahead. 

    Best Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

     

  • 3rd April 2020, 20:00: Update for Staff

    Dear Colleagues,

    We hope this email finds you well and that your family are keeping well and safe at this time.

    Well done on completing another successful week of remote working. Slowly but surely we are becoming more accustomed to this new way of working, learning and communicating. It is truly remarkable how well staff across the Institute continue to respond and adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 health emergency and we thank you for your continued support in this regards.

    Below we have included some of the important updates for DkIT staff over the past week.

    Campus Access

    Following the announcement by the Government last Friday in relation to new rules around staying home and essential services, the campus is now closed to all staff until further notice. (Except for essential staff facilitating the HSE, Civil and Local authorities).

    We are aware that some staff have requested urgent access to the campus to collect items such as continuous assessment papers or results. In light of the current restrictions, the Institute is unable to grant access at this time, however you are advised to contact your Head of Department or Line Manager to alert them of your situation. Access to the campus will be reviewed as soon as Government restrictions have been lifted. 

    Reading Week:

    Staff and students are advised that the week commencing 4th May 2020 will now be a teaching week because the Reading Week was previously held the week beginning the 16th March. 

    Assessment & Examination

    Following last week’s update in relation to Examinations & Assessment, academic staff across the Institute have been busy developing alternative assessments where feasible to replace the final examinations on campus.

    To support this process, a Standing Committee of Academic Council has agreed upon a set of guiding principles. These include: validity, fairness, academic integrity and proportionality. This means that the programme teams are working to ensure that students are not disadvantaged while also preserving integrity of their degree qualifications.

    Each of the four Academic Schools have prepared individual statements for students to update them on the current state of play for Assessments and Examinations within the respective Schools. Please see statements below:

    School of Business & Humanities:

    • Final on site examinations that were scheduled to take in May are being replaced with Alternative Assessments where feasible.
    • Details of the format of these Alternative Assessments, which will commence in the week of 11th May and conclude by May 22nd (inclusive) are currently being finalised and students are advised to monitor their email and Moodle for further details from the School.

    School of Engineering:

    • The School of Engineering has agreed that all Lecturers will communicate to their students concerning the form of the alternative assessment for their module(s) by Tuesday April 7th.
    • Alternative assessment schedules will be issued as soon as practicable thereafter.
    • Students are also advised to monitor their email as any alterations to alternative assessments, notification of alternative assessment schedules and any subsequent changes to arrangements for scheduling will be notified to them by email.

    School of Health & Science:

    • The School has replaced all final examinations due to take place in May with alternative assessments.
    • Programme Boards have prepared alternative assessment schedules including the dates on which the actual assessments will be provided to students.
    • The submission dates for the revised alternative assessments has been set by the lecturers for each module and can be expected to be in the period up to and including the 22nd May. Guidelines are also being prepared for students relating to these alternative assessments.
    • The updated schedules for the Department of Nursing Midwifery & Early Years will be sent to students by the 3rd April.
    • The schedules for the Department of Life & Health Sciences and Department of Agriculture Food and Animal Health shall be sent to students early next week. Students should continue to engage with Moodle for module/programme specific updates.

    School of Informatics & Creative Arts:

    • All continuous assessment schedules have been reviewed and revised, where appropriate, with deadlines amended or tasks altered to reflect the difficulties students may encounter during this period of crisis. These continuous assessment schedules are in the process of being issued.
    • Additionally, final examinations will be replaced (in most instances) with Alternative Assessments. Details of the format of these Alternative Assessments (which will commence in the week of 11th May) are currently being finalised and students are advised to monitor their email and Moodle for further details.

    Safe Work Practice: Temporarily Working From Home (COVID-19)

    The DkIT Health & Safety Coordinator has provided guidance in the form of a Safe Work Practice Sheet (SWPS) with associated Risk Assessment (RA) for employees who are temporarily working from home. All staff are encouraged to read through this document carefully and make necessary adjustments as advised. Click here to view document.

    Prioritising Your Health & The Health Of Others

    We encourage you to continue prioritising your health and wellbeing at this time. It is vital that as our Health Services continue to battle this pandemic, we all play our part by following the advice of the HSE in relation to social distancing, staying at home and good hygiene and hand washing.

    Staff are reminded that they can avail of the Employee Assistance Programme at this time. Further details can be found here or by contacting hr@dkit.ie.

    DkIT Staff Communications

    As we approach the Easter Break, the COVID-19 Task Force will continue to meet (in a virtual capacity) over the coming weeks and will provide updates in the usual way. We therefore ask staff (where possible) to remain connected via the DkIT Covid-19 Staff Portal, email and Moodle. We will continue our weekly email updates to students and staff during the Easter period. For all specific COVID-10 enquiries, please contact covidenquiries@dkit.ie and we will respond directly.

    We wish you a restful weekend and a safe and peaceful Easter Break ahead.

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 27 March 2020, 17:25: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    As we conclude our second week of remote learning,  we trust that this email finds you well and that you are heeding the HSE advice, staying home, maintaining social distance, and minding yourselves. 

    We fully appreciate that this has been a challenging period for you, as life as we have known it has changed so radically over such a short period of time. Our intention through this communication, is to help bring greater clarity to some areas of common concern among students, particularly in relation to Assessment & Examination and to update you on some Institute matters at this time.

    First and foremost, we want to thank you once again for your continued engagement and patience throughout the past number of weeks. On Monday, classes began again for our students and our lecturers have carried out significant work in moving all teaching and learning (where possible) to remote delivery. 

    Early reports suggest that the process is working well for most students and staff and we are continuing to monitor progress. A large measure of thanks goes to our Centre for Learning and Teaching (CELT) and IT Services which have provided a series of online training and technical support since the decision to move much of our teaching online.

    Campus Closure:

    Following the national address by the Taoiseach on Tuesday evening, we confirmed that the DkIT campus will remain closed to students until Sunday 19th April 2020 and that all existing measures will remain in place until further notice. It is possible that the closure will extend beyond this period and the Institute is planning for all eventualities. We will provide you with an update on this in due course.

    You might also have seen recent reports that the Institute has been working with the HSE to develop a ‘drive-thru COVID-19 testing site’ on the grounds of our campus. We can confirm that this facility is now operational and is fully managed by the HSE. The sampling service is being provided on an appointment-only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred by their GP will be seen. View full article here.

    This Institute is proud to support our health service at this challenging time and will continue to offer assistance to the HSE where we can. 

    Assessment & Examination

    The Institute is mindful of the stress and anxiety that students are going through at this moment in time. We are working hard to develop solutions and supports that will ease your passage through the remainder of this academic year. 

    This morning, the Academic Council approved an important motion that will provide the flexibility that will be required during the COVID-19 pandemic to enable all of our students to either progress to their next academic year or enable graduation as appropriate. At this stage we can confirm the following:

    • All final examinations arranged on campus at the institutional level for May 2020 will no longer go ahead. Instead, alternative assessments will be developed where feasible to replace the final examinations on campus.  
    • All continuous assessment due for completion between now and the 22nd May 2020 will continue to be offered via a remote option where feasible. 
    • Please rest assured that processes are being put in place to ensure the integrity of your results and/or award. You will not be disadvantaged in any way.

    Staff across the Institute are working extremely hard to develop alternative assessments but as you can imagine, this involves a significant amount of coordination and will take time. Your Head of Department will be in touch with you over the coming week to provide more information about your specific programme. In the meantime, please continue to engage with your lecturer(s) and check your DkIT emailwebsite and Moodle for messages in this regard.

    We would like to reiterate our thanks for your patience and understanding while we meet this unique challenge. 

    Accessing Online Resources:

    We also recognise that some students for a variety of reasons may have challenges accessing online teaching and learning resources. Moodle.ie is a fully responsive system that works well through web browsers on multiple mobile devices to give you the same information and experiences as on your computer and can be used with 3G and 4G data services on a mobile device. 

    We are seeking to put in place arrangements for those who have insufficient access. If you are in this position, you should first self-identify to your lecturer, Programme Director or Head of Department as quickly as possible and also please contact DkIT Student Services team by email: studentservices@dkit.ie.

    DkIT Students Union

    The DkIT SU team still continues to provide supports and services to students at this time, albeit in a remote capacity. If you have any questions relating to DkIT student issues, please contact them directly. For more information, visit www.dkitsu.ie.

    Managing Your Mental Health:

    We are acutely aware that this period of disruption and uncertainty can be hugely unsettling for you and your families. It is important that you continue to prioritise your mental wellbeing. The HSE have provided some useful guidelines on this here. 

    Our Counselling Service (which remains available to students through remote means at this time) will continue to reach out to students each week with useful resources and tips in this regard. Please view the latest communication here.

    DkIT Student Communications:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all of us to work in a very fluid environment, with updates being made at Government level on a daily basis. As an institute we are committed to responding quickly and efficiently to these measures to ensure that academic continuity and the business continuity is hampered to the least extent possible. We ask that you therefore stay connected as much as possible via the DkIT Covid-19 Student Portalemail and Moodle. You may also contact us directly via the covidenquiries@dkit.ie email address and we will respond directly.

    Finally, we are sure that you all joined us in the national movement to acknowledge the valiant efforts of our frontline workers by applauding them yesterday evening at 8pm. Many of these frontline staff are our 4th Year nursing and midwifery students, graduates, friends, family members and colleagues. We ask you and our entire DkIT Community to continue applauding these workers by respecting the guidelines set out by the HSE and together we can help reduce the pressure on our health services at this critical time. 

    We wish you a safe and restful weekend and a productive week ahead.

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 25 March 2020, 09:30: Update for Students & Staff

    Dear students and staff,

    Following the Government’s latest announcement yesterday, we can confirm that the Institute’s campus closure will extend until Sunday 19 April 2020 and all existing measures will remain in place until further notice. This conforms with national measures previously announced and the revised measures announced yesterday by the Government and An Taoiseach.

    This is a rapidly evolving situation and our Task Force continues to meet (in a virtual capacity) to resolve issues as they arise. We will publish more details on the implications of this extension for students and staff later this week. 

    We understand that you will have questions and we will endeavour to answer these over the coming days through our communications. In the meantime, please feel free to send your questions to covidenquiries@dkit.ie and we encourage you to remain in regular contact with your lecturers and colleagues. All of the latest updates will be published via our COVID-19 Information Portal here: www.dkit.ie/covid19

    At this time, we would like to re-emphasise that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff remains of the utmost importance to the Institute.

    • We remind you to continue to follow the HSE guidelines to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection, particularly in relation to social distancing.
    • Please take note of the new measures on physical distancing (see here) that have been introduced by the Government from midnight last night in an effort to flatten the curve of this virus. 
    • We also encourage you to take proactive steps to mind your mental health at this challenging time.

    Finally, we would like to acknowledge the fantastic effort that our entire DkIT community has made in keeping things going while also keeping apart. It is important that we do not lose momentum at this vital time.  

    We again thank you for your continued patience and cooperation,

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 20 March 2020, 20:00: Update for Students

    Dear Student,

    As we approach the end of week one of our campus closure, we wanted to provide you with an update on some important issues relating to your continued studies and general Institute matters at this time. 

    All updates have been added to the COVID-19 Student Information Portal and we ask you continue to checking this page regularly for the latest updates.

    Health & Wellbeing:

    First and foremost, the health and wellbeing of our students remains our highest priority at this time and we hope that you and your family are well. We encourage you all to continue following trusted HSE guidelines on issues relating self-protectionhand hygiene and social distancing.

    Collectively we all have a responsibility to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of this infection by taking the necessary precautions.

    Remote Learning:

    Over the past week, we hope you have had the opportunity to engage in independent learning as part of rescheduled Study Week.

    Commencing next Monday, 23rd March 2020, all teaching will resume through remote means (where possible). 

    Teaching will be delivered remotely via a variety of methods, some will be delivered via recorded video, live links or through alternative means. It is important that you continue to check Moodle and your student emails regularly for the latest guidance on the remote delivery of your individual classes.

    Lecturers will be uploading teaching resources. through email and Moodle. Where possible and unless otherwise communicated to you they will follow the existing academic timetable in terms of uploading the material and it may be useful for you to use the timetable as way of planning your work for the week.

    For all individual queries relating to your modules, please contact your lecturer directly. 

    As you can imagine, this an unprecedented situation for the Institute and our lecturers and support staff have been busy adjusting their teaching and learning methods for remote delivery at short notice. We request your patience and cooperation throughout this process and ask you to please allow for a certain level of flexibility. 

    Assessment & Examination

    In light of the current situation, DkIT is currently in the process of evaluating how assessment and examination can be adapted at programme level across the Institute. For the moment please try and adhere to the CA schedule unless otherwise advised. 

    Detailed discussions are being held at Academic School level and across the Higher Education sector as a whole. This is a complex area and considerations around mode of assessment, academic integrity, quality, fairness to our students, additional support for students with a disability and compliance with regulatory bodies are all being reviewed. 

    We hope to provide you with a detailed update on Assessment and Examination over the coming week(s).

    In the meantime, we can assure you that every effort is being made to ensure that all DkIT students will not face academic disadvantage as result of disruption caused by COVID-19.

    We again request your patience and continued understanding around this issue.

    Campus Closure:

    As per our previous communication, the Institute will remain closed for students until 8am on Monday 30thMarch.

    Recent communications from the Government indicate that an extension of this campus closure period is likely. As an Institute, we are making plans to account for this and will provide a detailed update to you about this next week.

    Work Placements:

    Over the past week we have received a number of enquiries from students who were on work placement or are about to commence a scheduled placement in this semester.

    Please note that all work placements (except for nursing and midwifery students) have been cancelled by the Institute for this semester. This decision was made in the interest of health and safety for all students.

    We have prepared a series of FAQs On Work Placement to assist students at this time.

    Different arrangements have been put in place for our Nursing & Midwifery students. These students will have received a separate communication from their Head of Department with further information. 

    International Students Studying in DkIT

    This week, our international office has communicated directly with all international students studying at the Institute with advice and guidance to you at this time.

    Many of our international students have returned home to be with their families at this time and a small number have chosen to remain in Ireland. Irrespective of this decision, we want to reassure all of our international students that they will not be academically disadvantaged as a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

    We have prepared a series of FAQs for international students at this time. 

    Erasmus Students who are currently outside Ireland

    This week, our international office has communicated directly with all DkIT students on Erasmus. We have strongly advised you that, in light of the increasing travel restrictions across Europe, you should make plans immediately to return home.

    Again we wish to reassure all of these students that you will not be disadvantaged by the decision to terminate your Erasmus. The Institute will determine a mechanism in due course to assess your study/placement learning outcomes in line with national standards.

    Moodle Supports:

    At this time of remote teaching and learning, Moodle is becoming an increasingly important tool for sharing learning resources and communicating with your lecturers. 

    Please remember to check Moodle regularly and you are reminded to revisit the Moodle Supports for Students section within our information portal.

    Student Services:

    During the period of campus closure DkIT is continuing to provide access to student services via remote means, albeit in a limited capacity. Important services at this time include:

    Loss of Part-Time Employment Due to Coronavirus Restrictions:

    All students including undergraduate, postgraduate and international students in full or part-time employment, are entitled to this payment. See the Citizens Information website for further information.

    Dealing With Anxiety:

    We understand that this is a stressful time for students particularly given the uncertainty surrounding the situation.

    The DkIT Counselling team has provided a useful factsheet for students with some tips around managing your mental health at this time. Please view here.

    As this is an rapidly evolving situation, we will attempt to keep you informed via email, website and social as updates arise. 

    Best regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 20 March 2020, 20:00: Update for Staff

    Dear colleagues,

    As we approach the end of week one of our campus closure, we wanted to provide you with an update on some important Institute issues at this time.

    All updates have been added to the COVID-19 Staff Information Portal and we ask you to continue to check this page regularly for the latest updates.

    DkIT Supporting HSE COVID-19 National Response Effort:

    • We have received a fantastic response from staff in relation to our request for volunteers to support to the HSE in the management of the COVID-19 health crisis. We want to thank you for expressing your interest. This information has been passed on to our colleagues in THEA who are dealing with the HSE at a sector level. They will be in touch in due course to advise on next steps. All additional expressions of interest can be made directly to covidenquiries@dkit.ie
    • The Institute is currently in discussions with representatives in the HSE around other ways it may be able to support the national response to the Covid-19 outbreak. Further updates will be communicated to staff as soon as plans have been finalised.

    Remote Teaching & Learning:

      • As per our communications last week, we have advised students that commencing Monday 23rd March 2020, teaching will resume through remote means (where possible).
      • We have advised students that remote teaching will take place via a variety of methods and have requested their patience in this regards.
      • Where possible we have asked lecturers to follow the existing Academic Calendar timetabling. Where significant changes apply, we recommend that lecturers communicate directly with their students.
      • Students have been reminded to check their emails and Moodle regularly for the latest resources and communications relating to their modules.
      • Staff are reminded to revisit the Online Teaching Supports section of the Information Portal for the latest tutorials that have been created by CELT. If you have specific questions or require further support please contact Gerry Gallagher or Moira Maguire.

    Updates from Finance Team:

    Finance processes are continuing to work albeit at a limited capacity at present.

    Purchase Orders/Supplier payments:

    • A complete payment run was made last Thursday 12th March. The next payment run will take place over the coming days.
    • If staff are aware of goods having been received but not GRN'ed, can they please let Deirdre Gika and procurement@dkit.ie know via email immediately.
    • If staff are sent invoices directly from suppliers, can they please forward all invoices to both Deirdre Gika and accounts.payable@dkit.ie.
    • Can all budget holders please ensure they approve POs immediately.
    • We will be sending an email to all suppliers on Monday to cease deliveries, therefore can you please advise Deirdre Gika of deliveries that are imperative at this time so they can be omitted from this list.
    • Can staff please cancel all future orders with the exception of essential orders i.e. licence fees, subscriptions, live animal fees etc
    • Where POs need to be raised for essential purchases only, can you please send the Excel Requisition form to Deirdre Gika and procurement@dkit.ie

    Payroll:

    • Salaries have been processed to date up to the 7th May payrun.
    • All Part-time academic staff and LLL staff will continue to be paid during the period of the campus closure.

    Agresso:

    • All staff who require access to Agresso via Citrix should raise a ticket via the IT Helpdesk Ticketing Service.

    Flights

    • Please cancel all foreign travel and flights if not already this has not already been completed. Some airlines are offering vouchers to the staff member travelling as a refund rather than the Institute being refunded directly.
    • Where possible we are asking staff to avail of this voucher option and subsequently to inform Accounts Payable of same and we will provide details how this can be refunded to DKIT from the staff members at a later date.

    Updates from HR Team:

    This week, The Minister for Education & Skills issued a circular to all IoTs and Universities with information relating to regulations and procedures regarding the special arrangements to cater for COVID-19 for staff employed in approved posts funded by monies provided by the Oireachtas. All staff are encouraged to read this circular carefully here: https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0022_2020.pdf

    In the situation that staff or their dependents are advised to enter self-isolation or become ill over the coming weeks they are asked (where possible) to follow the standard reporting procedure:

      • Please inform your Line Manager of your situation as soon as possible. Your Line Manager will in-turn inform HR.
      • Where possible you will be asked to provide medical certification via remote means.

    The Employee Assistance Programme is still available to staff at this time. For more information please visit here. Or contact HR directly via email (HR@dkit.ie)

    Updates from IT:

    • Staff that require IT assistance are reminded to raise tickets via the IT Helpdesk service. Tickets are being responded to remotely via IT staff albeit in a limited capacity at this time.
    • Many staff have enquired about suitable teleconferencing facilities at this time. Staff are encouraged to use Microsoft TEAMs which is available to all staff via Microsoft 365. Staff can use their normal login credentials to access this platform. Tutorials on how to use this can be found here. For any further enquiries, please contact IT via the IT Helpdesk.
    • The following quicklinks will be useful to staff as they work remotely:

    Health & Wellbeing:

    • The health and wellbeing of our staff and students remains our highest priority at this time and we hope that you and your family are well. We encourage you all to continue following trusted HSE guidelines on issues relating self-protectionhand hygiene and social distancing
    • Collectively we all have a responsibility to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the spread of this infection by taking the necessary precautions.

    Dealing With Anxiety:

    • We understand that this is a stressful time for staff particularly given the uncertainty surrounding the situation.
    • The DkIT Counselling team has provided a useful factsheet for students and staff with some useful tips around managing your mental health at this time. Please view here.

    We would like to extend our thanks to all staff for their continued support and cooperation in assisting the Institute to respond to this unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation. We will attempt to keep you informed via email, website and social as updates arise. 

    Best regards, 

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 16 March 2020, 18:00: Update from President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    UPDATE: 16 MAR 2020, 18:00: Update from President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    Message to Students from Presidents of Irish Universities and Institutes of Technology

    Dear students,

    We have taken the unusual decision to write to you collectively in these extraordinary times. Your health and safety and that of our wider community is our primary concern, which is why we have all instigated revised at-distance teaching and assessment methods for the coming weeks.

    We appreciate that you are all aware of the health implications of COVID-19 and at this stage are taking action to limit its spread yourselves. To restate the advice from the HSE, please follow the guidelines around social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and other people. We also particularly ask that you stay away from crowded places in the weeks ahead and limit your own social interactions.

    This does not mean that you should avoid the company of others completely. In fact, it is important for your mental wellbeing to keep in contact with friends and family; just please maintain social distancing by completely foregoing meeting in groups, especially social gatherings or party environments. 

    You should also make a point of looking out for each other by checking in with other students who might be lonely or isolated by phoning them, or Facetime, Skype, Zoom, or whatever system you use. You could also offer your services to volunteer organisations to collect shopping or prescriptions for elderly neighbours or walk their dogs.

    Small social gatherings with enough space between participants to follow the HSE social distancing guidelines are still possible. But any events or activities that involve crowds should be avoided until further notice.

    We ask you to do this for three reasons. Firstly, to protect yourselves from infection. Secondly, to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect at risk people, some of whom may die if they contract the virus. And thirdly, to reduce pressure on our healthcare system. There are close to a quarter of a million students in Irish Higher Education and we are in a strong position to reduce the spread of the virus by acting collectively.

    It is important to remember that if you do contract the virus, your health could be severely affected, and you pose a great danger to the older members of society and those with weak immune systems. You could even be unwittingly responsible for putting others at increased risk.

    Scientific and public health advice tells us that it will take some time before COVID-19 can be contained. You can play your part as an individual by keeping yourself healthy so that the healthcare system can continue to function.

    As a student, you are in a unique position. You are being taught online in many cases and do not have to come into work as many others have to do. All these precautions mean little if you do not stay away from crowds.

    Reputable information that is constantly updated is available from www.hse.ie or from the HSE (@HSELive) and Department of Health (@roinnslainte) Twitter feeds.

    Be kind to each other and take care of yourselves and each other. Let’s give each other the space to find our way through these challenging times and the time to find humanity and meaning here too. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Amanda McCloat (Acting President, St. Angela’s College)

    Andrew Deeks (President, UCD)

    Annie Doona (President, IADT)

    Barry O’Connor (President, CIT)

    Brendan McCormack (President, IT Sligo)

    Brendan O’Donnell (President, IT Tralee)

    Brian MacCraith (President, DCU)

    Cathal Kelly (Chief Executive, RCSI)

    Ciarán Ó Catháin (President, AIT)

    Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, (President, NUI Galway)

    David FitzPatrick (President, TU Dublin)

    Des Fitzgerald (President, University of Limerick)

    Eugene Wall (President, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

    Michael Hannon (Acting President, GMIT)

    Michael Mulvey (President, DkIT)

    Patricia O Sullivan (Executive Director, Higher Education Colleges Association)

    Patricia Mulcahy (President, IT Carlow)

    Patrick O’Shea (President, UCC)

    Patrick Prendergast (Provost, Trinity College Dublin)

    Paul Hannigan (President, LYIT)

    Philip Nolan (President, Maynooth University)

    Vincent Cunnane (President, LIT)

    Willie Donnelly (President, WIT)

    With the support of:

    Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, Union of Students in Ireland

    Joanna Siewierska, President, UCD Students Union

    Jack Scanlan, President, UL Student Life

     

    With the support of: Lorna Fitzpatrick, President, Union of Students in Ireland

     

  • 13 March 2020, 18:00: Update from DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    UPDATE: 13 MAR 2020, 18:00: Update from DkIT President, Michael Mulvey, PhD

    Dear Colleagues and Students,

    Following the Government’s decision yesterday, the Institute is now closed for staff and students until Monday, 30th March 2020 (except for essential services).

    Circumstances this week are unprecedented for the Institute and for the country as a whole. The decision to severely limit access to the campus for a duration of two weeks is not one that we make lightly and was made in accordance with national guidelines in order prioritise the safety and welfare of our students and staff.

    During the period of campus closure, lectures, tutorials and practical classes will not take place on site. Over the course of the next week, staff are asked to do as much as they can to facilitate student learning at a distance and work remotely, where possible. In this regard, a further detailed communication will be issued to staff and students with support and guidelines.

    Please continue to maintain contact with your lecturers and colleagues over the coming weeks. All details for staff and students will be made available on this webpage and updates will be communicated regularly through email and social media.

    I wish to thank everybody for all that has been done and will continue to be done in delivering our programmes to the students and in maintaining campus life.

    On a personal note, my wish for you is to remain safe and perhaps to take this opportunity to enjoy some time with family.

    Regards,

    Michael

    Michael Mulvey Ph.D
    Uachtarán | President

  • 13 March 2020, 13:00: Update for Students

    UPDATE: 13 MAR 2020, 13:00: Update for Students

    Dear Students:

    Following yesterday’s announcement by the Government, we want to provide a brief update in relation to DkIT’s approach during this period of campus closure.

    The DkIT campus remains closed for students until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. Further updates on this may follow.

    Next week, starting Monday 16th March, will be a study week. Students should use this week as an opportunity to engage in independent learning. Other essential services will be maintained during this period, albeit at reduced levels in many cases. 

    We are aware that this is an anxious time for students, and we understand that you may have many questions on this issue.

    Our management team is currently in the process of reviewing contingency plans. A more comprehensive update will be provided to students and staff this afternoon with additional information on common queries relating to our remote teaching and learning model, students services, placements and more.

    We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation at this time.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 12 March 2020, 18:10: Update for Staff

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 18:10: Update for Staff

    Dear staff,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of all schools and colleges nationally.

    We can confirm that the Institute will close for students today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. Access to the Institute will remain open to staff during this period.

    We have asked all Managers to provide business continuity plans by tomorrow morning to enable essential services to continue during this period of disruption.

    As you can imagine, this is an unprecedented situation for the Institute and we want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority. All business continuity plans must take this into full consideration.

    Following review of these business continuity plans, we will provide an update to all staff with further instructions and guidance tomorrow via email.

    If you have any specific questions please contact us by email covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We thank you all for your co-operation and patience at this time.

  • 12 March 2020, 18:10: Update for Students

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 18:10: Update for Students

    Dear students,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of all schools and colleges nationally.

    We can confirm that the Institute will close for students today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020

    During this period there will be no physical classes on or off campus (including physical lectures, tutorials, labs or practical group work). However, where classes are currently delivered via online learning, these classes will continue.

    Contingency plans are in place to facilitate continuity of academic delivery including options for online teaching and learning. We want to reassure students that the Institute remains committed to ensuring that students will not face any academic disadvantage due these developments. We will provide an update on this over the coming days.

    Contingency plans are also in development for the continuation of study for postgraduate research students. We will update on this in due course.

    The library will be closed for all students from today, Thursday 12th March at 6pm until 8am Monday 30th March 2020. However online library facilities will continue to be available.

    As you can imagine, this is an unprecedented situation for the Institute and we want to assure you that the safety and welfare of our students and staff remains our highest priority.

    In the interest of health and safety, we encourage all our students to follow HSE guidelines around protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. This includes limiting your social interaction and adhering to health guidelines. For more information, please visit the HSE website.

    Our COVID-19 Taskforce is continuing to meet daily and will continue to do so, monitoring developments and providing advice. More precise details will be communicated to all students tomorrow via email, website and social media. If you have any specific questions please contact us by email covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We thank you all for your co-operation and patience at this time.

    The DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 12 March 2020, 11:45: Update for All Staff and Students

    UPDATE: 12 MAR 2020, 11:45: Update for All Staff and Students

    Dear all,

    Following the announcement this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar in relation to the closure of schools and colleges due to COVID-19. DkIT will publish further instructions on the implications for staff and student shortly. Communications will be sent via email, our website and social media.

    We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience on this issue.

    With Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 10 March 2020, 13:00

    UPDATE: 10 MAR 2020, 13:00

    The Institute is open and operating as normal – Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff or students at this time.

    As you are aware, there is an ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus with confirmed cases in multiple countries worldwide, with confirmed cases exceeding 100,000 for the first time. There are now 43 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland (UPDATED: 09:45 Thursday 12th March 2020). The risk of contracting the coronavirus in Ireland is low to moderate. As we have said previously, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will provide daily updates on this website and if required also via email and Twitter (@DkIT_ie).

    Further information is available on the HSE website. Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those more severely affected already suffering underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

    In the event of any suspected cases on campus or individuals presenting with symptoms that may even remotely resemble the coronavirus - DkIT will follow all recommended HSE protocols. All measures taken by DkIT at this point in time remain purely precautionary and in line with best practice, which we will continue to follow at all times.

    All units of the Institute, academic, professional and commercial, have been advised to develop plans for a range of potential scenarios. The institute is committed to ensuring that students will not face any academic disadvantage due to disruption caused by the coronavirus.

    An agreed COVID-19 task force has been established within the institute and will meet daily to review plans and actions in light of the latest information available to us at the time.

    The safety and wellbeing of the DkIT community is, and always will be, our highest priority, and we have carefully considered the official advice available to us, and our responsibility to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors. We will keep the community updated regularly as the situation changes.

    If you require any further information than has been provided on this website, please contact our dedicated email address which will be reviewed at regular intervals

    Email: covidenquiries@dkit.ie

General Advice

General advice for all staff and students to minimize the risk of transmission. To protect yourself and others from coronavirus (COVID-19) it’s important to think about how the virus is spread.

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. To infect you, it has to get from an infected person's nose or mouth into your eyes, nose or mouth. This can be direct or indirect (on hands, objects, surfaces). Keep this in mind. It will help you remember all the things you need to do to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Step 1.

Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or alcohol (min 60%) based hand sanitizer for a minimum of 20 seconds and in particular:

  • after coughing or sneezing
  • after toilet use
  • before eating
  • before and after preparing food
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
  • if your hands are dirty
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste

Where possible the Institute has installed alcohol-based sanitizers in buildings across the campus (where stocks last). Staff. students and visitors are also encouraged to regularly wash their hands and information on how to correctly wash your hands with soap and water has been placed in all toilets.

Step 2.

Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces eg keyboards, tables, door handles. Regular washing of clothes. Do not share towels, tea-towels or utensils.

 


 

Step 3.

Ensure appropriate ventilation in offices and classrooms by opening windows etc.

 


 

Step 3.

Social distancing is important to help slow the spread of coronavirus. It does this by minimising contact between potentially infected individuals and healthy individuals.

Some of the things you can do:

Do:

  • keep a space of 2 metres (6.5 feet) between you and other people
  • reduce interactions with people outside the workplace and home
  • reduce the number of people you meet every day
  • avoid communal sleeping areas
  • avoid crowded places
  • work from home if possible

Don't

  • do not shake hands or make close contact, if possible

For more information visit the HSE Website.

 

Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • What is the coronavirus?

    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness, which has not previously been seen in humans and was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has now spread to 124 countries across the world.

  • How is it spread?

    The coronavirus is spread in the same way that viruses are spread - through small droplets released by coughs and sneezes, by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles etc and through touching your mouth and eyes when the virus is on your hands.

  • What are the symptoms of coronovirus?

    Common signs of the coronavirus, which may take up to 14 days to appear, are:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing

    Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those who have been most affected already suffering from underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

    Read more about signs and symptoms from the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centre for Disease Control(US).

  • What can I do to protect myself from contracting coronavirus?

    Because the virus is spread in similar ways to the seasonal flu virus, we can take the same, simple, common-sense precautions that we would to stop ourselves getting colds and flu. These precautions are centred on good personal hygiene and include:

      • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with either soap and water or alcohol based hand cleanser with content of at least 60% alcohol, particularly after using the bathroom and before and after handling food.
      • Please take a few minutes to watch this video which outlines hygiene measures: https://youtu.be/5JYhm9oa-DM
      • Use a paper handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and put it in a waste bin, then wash your hands.
      • Avoid being too close to someone that is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms

    For the latest advice on how to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 please visit the HSE Website.

  • Can I get information on COVID-19 in my native language (if not English)?

    The HSE has published a series of informational resources relating to COVID-19 in 17 different languages including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Polish, Spanish, Urdu and more. Click to view multi-lingual resources.

Useful Links about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

DkIT Contact Information

Student Health Centre

During the period of scheduled campus closure, the DkIT Health Unit staff are available via telephone from 9am to 5pm (weekdays) for advice to students. Please use the below telephone numbers:

Alternatively, you may contact them by email at healthunit@dkit.ie detailing your contact number and they will return your call.

For more information visit: www.dkit.ie/about-dkit/coronavirus/student-update.html#health-unit

Student Services

If as a student you have any non-medical concerns regarding wellbeing and the coronavirus, please contact:

T: +353 (0)42 9370240
E: studentservices@dkit.ie

General Queries

If you require any further information than has been provided on this website, please contact our dedicated email address which will be reviewed at regular intervals

Email: covidenquiries@dkit.ie