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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 1.30pm on 5th February 2021.

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Latest Communication Updates:

  • 5 February - Guidance for Students About Academic Delivery in Semester 2

    Dear Students:

    I hope this email finds you safe and well.

    As you are aware the Government has recently extended Level 5 restrictions until the 5th March 2021. In line with national guidelines, all Higher Education must remain primarily online during this period.  Given the current case numbers in relation to Covid-19 and the national advice to minimise mobility, the Institute has agreed the following in relation to academic delivery for the coming weeks. This will be reviewed on a regular basis subject to public health guidelines and the national situation in relation to Covid-19.

    • All lectures will be delivered online for the remainder of the Semester.
    • Practical sessions will continue to be delivered in a remote manner until (at least) early March in line with the academic calendar and published academic timetables. This will be reviewed closer to the time in line with the available national guidelines and updates will be provided to all staff and students should this change by the relevant Schools and Departments.
    Apprenticeships
    Arrangements for a return to on-site delivery for apprentices are being coordinated nationally. DkIT will inform all apprentices with any information as it becomes available via SOLAS.

    Placements
    Work Placements scheduled for Semester 2 may go ahead where possible. This will be Programme dependent and the availability of placement sites at this current time which may be impacted by Government restrictions. Your Department, in conjunction with the Placement Office, will advise you of any changes.

    Guidance for Postgraduate Research Students
    Please find an update below outlining how research will operate over the coming months until further notice:
    • All research students should keep in regular contact with their supervisory teams 
    • Please attend any information sessions offered to you by the Graduate Studies Office and attend any appropriate training sessions they offer
    • Raise any issues with your supervisory team that are causing you difficulty with regards to your research programme or with the Graduate Studies Office
    • All examinations for postgraduate research students will be held remotely for the time being
    • All research is remote except lab-based research for the time being
    • The Graduate Studies Office will be launching informal virtual coffee mornings over the coming weeks. Please key an eye out for emails and try to attend (where possible)

    Study Hub
    The Institute provides a limited number of dedicated study spaces for students who have limited access to broadband off campus or limited space in shared accommodation to participate in on-line learning.  The wi-fi enabled study spaces are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and must be booked daily using the following link www.dkit.ie/studenthubs 

    Student Services
    All student services including the counselling team continue to remain available via remote means and we encourage you to make use of these supports where necessary. Further information about accessing these supports is available here. Our confidential counselling service remains open to students who may be facing difficulties at this time and students can Text 50808 at any time to receive 24/7 anonymous text support.

    We understand that this is a very challenging time for all students and staff and our priority remains ensuring the safety and welfare of our campus community, while continuing our teaching & learning and all other critical operations within the Institute. 

    Our plans are under constant review and we want to reassure you that every effort will be made, in line with national guidelines, to resume some form of campus engagement before the end of the academic year if circumstances allow. We will keep you informed as things progress.

    For now, we must all continue to follow public health guidance by restricting our movements and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others.

    Warm Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 9th January 2021 - Important Update for Students

    Dear Students

    Happy New Year and we hope you are well. We are writing to update you about our continued approach to teaching, learning and research following the recent decision by the Government to step up measures to Level 5 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19 in light of the developing COVID-19 situation.

    Following clarification from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Institute will continue to operate primarily online, with only essential activities taking place on campus and with the semester commencing as planned on 25th January 2021. Higher Education Institutes are considered as an essential service and on-campus presence is permitted for Higher Education insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely.

    You should only attend campus where advised by your School/ Department for essential activities such as practical classes or other essential timetabled activities which cannot be delivered remotely. In respect of Apprenticeship provision, all activity until 31st January 2021 will move to remote delivery. Further updates will be provided on a regular basis.

    Timetables will be published shortly and your Head of Department and Lecturers will inform you directly of any changes to your timetable. Programme teams will continue to monitor required campus activity. Unless you are informed otherwise, please follow your timetable for Semester 2, once published.

    The Institute has reviewed all operating plans to ensure that these are in alignment with the Nationwide move to Level 5 restrictions.

    Important Information for Students:

    • Students should not attend campus unless you are participating in:
      • on-campus timetabled classes
      • a pre-booked essential on-campus support service (e.g. pre-booked library visit)
    • Students should not attend any campus activity if they are feeling unwell, have a positive COVID diagnosis or have been in close contact or suspect they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID.
    • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you must phone your GP and self-isolate immediately. Additional information is available from the Institute via the Student Information Portal. If you are unable to complete your assessment due to Covid illness, please refer to the Guidelines for Remote Assessments in relation to deferral of Assessment.
    • Please contact your lecturer if you are unable to attend scheduled campus activities. Whilst attendance is important we appreciate these are unprecedented times and that you may not be able to attend for all activity. Keeping your lecturer informed is vitally important so we can support your learning.
    • If you have been told to self-isolate or restrict your movements you must not leave your accommodation and should follow HSE guidelines.
    • Going forward, any student who is returning to campus following a positive COVID 19 diagnosis and/or after restricted movements or self-isolation must now complete the self-declaration form which is available from Dept/ School before coming back to campus. Your Academic School will advise you the correct procedure to complete this form.
    • In line with Government Guidelines, everyone must restrict their movements to within 5km. However, travel to and from the campus for education purposes is allowed. Student ID’s (student cards) will be required as proof of attendance.
    • The Institute provides a limited number of dedicated study spaces for students who have limited access to broadband off campus or limited space in shared accommodation to participate in on-line learning. The wi-fi enabled study spaces are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and must be booked daily using the following link www.dkit.ie/studenthubs

    Updates From Student Services:

    • All Student Support Services continue to remain available to students at this time including Student Counselling, Library, Student Learning & Development Centre, Careers & Employability, Disability Service and Health Unit. Further information is available via Student Information Portal.
    • The Careers & Employability Centre will continue to provide career development advice and support. Visit our Careers Connect portal to book appointments, search job and graduate opportunities, book your place in employability events and workshops and access resources. For more information, please visit the Student Information Portal.
    • Student Counselling: The DkIT counselling service is still offering appointments via video, phone and live text on Microsoft teams.
    • The student Disability Service continues to be available to students, email Geraldine.kneel@dkit.ie or disability@dkit.ie with all queries. Meetings where required will be via MS Teams.

    Updates from Research & Graduate Studies:

    • Only lab-based research will continue on site with adherence to recommended health & safety measures that have been put in place
    • Non lab-based research must be conducted remotely until further notice
    • The Head of Research and Graduate Studies is working closely with all research centres and groups to ascertain the impact of level 5 on their activities.
    • All postgraduate research students should stay in regular contact with their supervisory team.
    • Regular updates will be sent from the Graduate Studies Office to all postgraduate students regarding the current restrictions and any queries should be directed to the Head of Research and Graduate Studies.

    Your actions off campus are vitally important. We know this is a very challenging development for us all but we must hold firm for these next few weeks by reducing our social contacts and restricting our movements.

    Please monitor your email and our website and social media for further updates. We thank you for your ongoing support in following the health guidelines. We hope that all Students and their families remain safe during these challenging times.


    Stay Safe.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 9th January 2021 - Important Update for Staff-Current Level 5 Restrictions


    Dear Colleagues

    Happy New Year and we hope you are well. We are writing to update you about continued operating procedures in light of the Government decision to step up measures to Level 5 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

    Updates for All Staff:

    Following clarification from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Institute will continue to operate primarily online, with only essential activities taking place on campus and with the semester commencing as planned on 25th January 2021. Higher Education Institutes are considered as an essential service and on-campus presence is permitted for Higher Education insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely.

    The audit that was undertaken in the Schools with regard to provision of essential services under Level 5 worked effectively during the last lockdown period. We now ask the Schools and Departments to review and update in line with the current Government advice and the review should focus on the provision of on-site activities that are not capable of being delivered through alternative means and that are time critical for students and learners during the period.

    • Managers across the Institute are asked to review their existing plans and assess what activities can continue online or delivered remotely. Any changes will be communicated to staff by their line manager, otherwise you should continue operating in accordance to existing plans.
    • It is anticipated there are no major changes to existing delivery for this semester but this will be kept under review and staff will be updated in advance of classes etc. commencing.
    • Staff should not attend any campus activity if they are feeling unwell, have a positive COVID diagnosis or have been in close contact or suspect they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID.
    • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you must phone your GP and self-isolate immediately. You must adhere strictly to HSE Guidelines. Going forward any staff member returning to campus after a positive Covid Test must complete the Return to Campus Form and submit to Ms Raywina Pickering Raywina.pickering@dkit.ie or Mr Gerald O’Driscoll Gerald.odriscoll@dkit.ie
    • Staff are also advised to continue maintaining Contact Tracing Logs.
    • In line with Government Guidelines, everyone must restrict their movements to within 5km. However, travel to and from the campus for education/work purposes is allowed. Staff ID (staff cards and /or letter from HR/Manager) will be required as proof of attendance.


    Additional information is available on Covid Portal.


    Updates from Research & Graduate Studies:

    • Only lab-based research will continue on site with adherence to recommended health & safety measures that have been put in place
    • Non lab-based research must be conducted remotely until further notice
    • The Head of Research and Graduate Studies is working closely with all research centres and groups to ascertain the impact of Level 5 on their activities.
    • All postgraduate research students should stay in regular contact with their supervisory team.
    • Regular updates will be sent from the Graduate Studies Office to all postgraduate students regarding the current restrictions and any queries should be directed to the Head of Research and Graduate Studies. 

    Updates from Regional Development Centre:

    • The Regional Development Centre (RDC) will remain open for business for clients provided it is deemed essential across incubation, enterprise and innovation support programmes and wider Institute engagement. RDC tenants have access to the building for their own offices including scheduled access to meeting rooms with appropriate controls and an on-site staff presence and reception operating to deal with operational issues.

    We know that this continues to be a very challenging time for us all but we must continue to work together for these next few weeks by reducing our social contacts and restricting our movements in line with public health protocols. We will continue to review and update you in line with further government public health advice.

    We hope that all colleagues and your families remain safe and we thank you and acknowledge the input of all Institute staff in the successful completion of semester 1 and we now focus on the planning and delivery of semester 2 in a safe and effective manner.

    Please monitor your email and our website and social media for further updates. We thank you for your ongoing support in following the health guidelines.

    Stay Safe.

    Kindest Regards
    DkIT Covid -19 Task Force

  • 21st October 2020 - Important Update to All Students About Placement During Level 5 Restrictions

    Dear Students:

    Following yesterday's communication, we want to provide some guidance regarding work placement while Level 5 restrictions are in place.

    Students who are currently attending placement should continue with their placements as agreed. If the host site has made changes to your placement arrangements or your personal circumstances have changed which impacts on your ability to attend placement, you must inform your Placement Officer who will advise on the appropriate next steps.
     
    If there are changes to nursing and midwifery clinical placements, the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Early Years staff will contact you directly. In addition please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Allocations Office if there are any changes in your personal circumstances which impacts on your ability to attend clinical placement.

    For further updates, please continue to monitor your email and our website and social media for further updates. We thank you for your ongoing support in following the health guidelines.
     
    Warm Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 21st October 2020 - Important Update to All Students - Moving to Level 5

    Dear Students:

    We hope you are well. We are writing to update you about our continued approach to teaching & learning and research following the recent decision by the Government to step up measures to Level 5 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

    As per guidelines issued on the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Higher Educations Institutes are considered as an essential service and on-campus presence is permitted for higher education “insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely”.  

    You will only be expected to attend campus for essential activity such as practical classes or other essential timetabled activities which cannot be delivered remotely. Your Head of Department and lecturers will inform you directly of any changes to your timetable. Programme teams will continue to monitor required campus activity. Unless you are informed otherwise, please continue to follow your current timetable.

    The Institute has reviewed all operating plans to ensure that these are in alignment with the nationwide move to Level 5 restrictions from midnight tonight.

    Important Information for Students:

    • Students should not attend campus unless you are participating in:
      • on-campus timetabled classes
      • a  pre-booked an essential on-campus support service (e.g. pre-booked library visit)
    • Students should not attend any campus activity if they are feeling unwell, have a positive COVID diagnosis or have been in close contact or suspect they have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID.
    • If you have any Covid-19 symptoms you must phone your GP and self-isolate immediately. Additional information is available from the Institute via the Student Information Portal.
    • Please contact your lecturer if you are unable to attend scheduled campus attendance.  Whilst attendance is important we appreciate these are unprecedented times and that you may not be able to attend for all activity. Keeping your lecturer informed is vitally important so we can support your learning.
    • If you have been told to self-isolate or restrict your movements you must not leave your accommodation and should follow HSE guidelines
    • Going forward, any student who is returning to campus following a positive COVID 19 diagnosis and/or after restricted movements or self-isolation must now complete a self-declaration form before coming back to campus. Your Academic School will advise you about the correct procedure to complete this form.
    • From midnight, Wednesday 21st September, everyone must restrict their movements to within 5km. However, travel to and from the campus for education purposes is allowed. Student ID’s (student cards) will be required as proof of attendance. 


    Updates from Student Services:

    • All Student Support Services continue to remain available to students at this time including Student Counselling, Library, Student Learning & Development Centre, Careers & Employability and Health Unit. Further information is available via the Student Information Portal.
    • COVID-19 Laptop Loan initiative is still open to DkIT students. There are still a number of laptops available. For more information about how to apply, please visit this web page. The Student’s Services Office will remain open to facilitate the distribution of laptops. If students have any queries, please email saf@dkit.ie    
    • The Careers & Employability Centre will continue to provide career development advice and support. Visit our Careers Connect portal to book appointments, search job and graduate opportunities, book your place in employability events and workshops and access resources. For more information, please visit the Student Information Portal.
    • 1916 Bursary Applications (For Year 1 Students Only): Due to the move to level 5 restrictions, supporting documentation will no longer be accepted via the postal system. This documentation should be scanned and sent via email only - full details on how to send your documentation via email is available at www.dkit.ie/1916Bursary. Documentation sent by post will only be accepted if postmarked today or on an earlier date. 
    • Student Counselling: The DkIT counselling service is still offering appointments via video, phone and live text on Microsoft teams as well as limited face-to-face.
      • Topic: Let's get connected
      • Time: Friday 23 October, 2020, 2pm
      • Join Zoom Meeting: Click Here
    • If you are feeling lonely, isolated or just plain fed up then you should join a drop- session for students this Friday. The session will be facilitated by the counselling service this Friday to connect with other students, chat about how you are doing, share some tips about surviving blended learning and how to face another lockdown.

    Updates from Research & Graduate Studies:

    • All lab-based research will continue on-site with adherence to recommended health & safety measures that have been put in place
    • Non lab-based research should be conducted remotely until further notice
    • The Head of Research and Graduate Studies is working closely with all research centres and groups to ascertain the impact of level 5 on their activities. 
    • All postgraduate research students should stay in regular contact with their supervisory team. 
    • Regular updates will be sent from the Graduate Studies Office to all postgraduate students regarding the current restrictions and any queries should be directed to the Head of Research and Graduate Studies.  

    Your actions off campus are vitally important. We know this is a very challenging development for us all but we must hold firm for the next few weeks by reducing our social contacts and restricting our movements.
     
    Please monitor your email and our website and social media for further updates. We thank you for your ongoing support in following the health guidelines.
     
    Stay Safe.

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 20th October 2020 - Important Update to All Students - Moving to Level 5

    Dear Students,

    Following last night’s announcement, the Government has confirmed a move to Level 5 across the country from midnight on Wednesday. This will mean that almost all teaching will move online for the next six weeks, with exemptions for essential onsite activities. The details of exactly which activities can continue on campus will be clarified as soon as possible, and we will be in touch shortyl with more information.

    For Tuesday (today) and Wednesday of this week, teaching will continue as usual, and you should still come to the campus if this was scheduled within your timetable. 

    Please note: that all students should carry their student ID if travelling to campus and this should be presented to Gardaí when passing through a checkpoint. Without student ID, you may not be permitted to travel to campus.

    We understand that this is a very challenging time for you all and I can assure you that staff across the college will continue to prioritise your education - an area that is deemed essential by the Government. Every effort will be made to ensure you can continue your studies with minimal disruption and we will continue to provide support services via remote means.

    A detailed update will be provided to you over the coming day. In the meantime, please continue to stay safe by adhering to heath guidelines around COVID-19. We ask for your patience while the institute's operating plans for Level 5 are finalised.

    We are committed to supporting you through this challenging period.

    With best wishes,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 16th October 2020 - Weekly Update to All Students

    Dear Students,

    We hope this email finds you safe and well at this time. As the country embarks on an increasingly challenging period in relation in managing the COVID-19 health emergency, we will continue to keep you informed as new guidance becomes available.
     
    Guidance for Higher Education as we Move Between Levels:
    The institute continues to operate primarily online, in line with existing public health guidelines. Changes to operating procedures may occur over the coming weeks as the situation evolves however, please rest assured that any change will be communicated directly to students as they happen.
     
    Accessing Campus:
    In line with public health guidelines, we request that students do not attend campus unless you are participating in:

    • on-campus timetabled classes
    • a  pre-booked on-campus support service

    All other on-campus visits are not permitted by students at this time. This includes visits to the Library (unless booked in advance). This measure has been put in place to keep our students and staff and we urge your continued cooperation in this regard.
     
    Study Spaces for Students:
    The institute is currently reviewing study space facilities for students who have limited access to broadband off campus or limited space in shared accommodation to participate in on-line learning.
     
    A limited number of wi-fi enabled study spaces with a desk/chair will be made available to students on-campus Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm each dayIf you find yourself in either of the categories mentioned above and wish to avail of a study space on campus, please register your interest by clicking the link below:

     

    Students who register their interest in this service will be sent an access link to the daily booking system. You will be expected to bring your own device, fully charged if you wish to engage in on-line lectures and adhere to all Institute and Public Health Guidelines.
     
    Student Charter:
    As the incidences of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the community, we all must continue to exercise extreme caution in relation to on-campus activity. Please continue to observe the DkIT COVID-19 Student Charter including the below areas:

    • Restrict your campus activity to on-campus (as per guidance above)
    • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene
    • Always wear a face-covering on campus
    • Always avoid congregation and maintain social distance
    • Do not attend campus if you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms
    • Follow these guidelines if you start to feel unwell with possible COVID-19 symptoms while on campus
    • Download the COVID-19 Tracker App 

    For further information, please consult the DkIT COVID-19 Student Charter.
     
    Your Health & Welfare
    There is no question that this is a very unsettling time for all of us. It is important that you continue to prioritise your mental and physical health at all times. Please note:

    • The Student Counselling Service continues to provide a professional and confidential counselling service via telephone, online and by video calls.
    • You can also Text DkIT to 50808 to avail of a 24/7 anonymous text support service with a trained volunteer. 50808 provides everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small.  You are never alone, there is someone there to listen.

    Useful Resources for Students:
    Ireland’s youth information website, SpunOut.ie,  has created some excellent resources that may be useful to you at this time. These include:

    Finally, it is evident that the next few weeks are going to be challenging for the country. We continue to monitor the situation very carefully in the interest of health and safety for our students and staff. We will keep you informed as developments arise.
     
    For now, we hope you can take some time this weekend to switch off and recharge. We wish you a safe and restful weekend ahead.
     
    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 6th October 2020 - Weekly Update to All Students

    Dear Students,
     
    We hope you are well and you are settling into your second week of term. Please find the latest updates from the DkIT Taskforce.
     
    Moving to Level 3:
    Following last night’s announcement by the Government, all counties across the country will enter Level 3 from midnight tonight (Tuesday 6 October). Travel between counties should be avoided for a period of 3 weeks, except for work, education and other essential purposes. All higher education institutes, including DkIT, will remain open and we will continue to escalate appropriate protective measures and limit congregation as far as possible. There should be no change to your class timetables, unless otherwise communicated via your lecturer or academic school.
     
    What To Do If You Experience COVID-19 Symptoms on Campus:
    Over recent weeks, we have received several enquiries about what steps you should follow if you or a fellow student experiences COVID-19 symptoms while on campus.

    In this instance, the most important thing to do is to self-isolate immediately to avoid the potential spread of the virus. This means leaving the campus immediately by using your own transport or, where this is not possible, you should isolate immediately from other people and telephone the Student Health Unit (+353 (0)429370245). The Health Unit will advise you how to access the isolation room (located in the Student Function Room / Old Student Bar in the Falkner Building).

    Students experiencing symptoms should follow the steps outlined in the flow-chart in the below link:

    This flow-chart has been added to the COVID-19 Operating Plan and all students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with procedures.
     
    Public Health Guidelines if Returning to Ireland from Abroad
    We would like to remind students that if you are returning from travel outside the island of Ireland, please ensure that you follow public health guidelines in relation to the required period of restricted movement.
     
    If you are returning from a non-green list country, you must restrict your movements for 14 daysUnder no circumstances should you come on campus during this period of restricted movement. If you have any further questions, you should speak to your lecturer or a member of staff within your academic school.
     
    Protocol On Campus:
    While much of our teaching and learning is now delivered remotely, we continue to hold some practical and lab classes on campus (as outlined in your timetables). To continue our on-campus activity in a safe manner, we have introduced stringent guidelines and procedures to protect our students and staff.
     
    Students have demonstrated excellent personal responsibility to date, and we would like to thank you for your continued cooperation. As a reminder, please continue to follow the below guidelines when on campus:

    • Restrict your campus activity to on-campus timetabled classes or to pre-booked on-campus support services
    • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene
    • Wear a face-covering on campus at all times
    • Avoid congregation and maintain social distance at all times
    • Do not attend campus if you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms
    • Download the COVID-19 Tracker App 

    For further information, please consult the DkIT COVID-19 Student Charter.

    Student Supports:

    • In light of recent news about heightened restrictions, we understand that this can be a worrying and anxious time for students. Our number one priority has always been ensuring the safety and welfare of our students, staff, and wider community. We will endeavour to keep you informed as new information becomes available. You are encouraged to maintain open communication with your lecturers and please note that Student Services & Supports remain available to you at this time.
    • If you feel that you need to speak to someone, please note that the Student Counselling Service continues to provide a professional and confidential counselling service to students by telephone, online and by video calls.
    • You can also Text DkIT to 50808 to avail of a 24/7 anonymous text support service with a trained volunteer. 50808 provides everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small.  You are never alone, there is someone there to listen.

     
    Institute News:
    The following news stories have been generated over the past week:

    On a final note, COVID-19 continues to have a dominant presence in our lives and as stated by the Taoiseach yesterday evening, we all have a responsibility and the power to help reduce its spread by continuing to adhere to public health guidelines and follow the Level 3 restrictions.

    We wish you the very best for the week ahead.

    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 25th September 2020 - Weekly Update to All Students

    Dear Students,
     
    We hope this email finds you safe and well. Next week is an important week for the Institute as we look forward to welcoming our new and returning students back to DKIT.
     
    The semester ahead will be a very different experience, as all of our programmes will now involve a blended delivery with a mix of online and some on-campus teaching & learning (where possible).
     
    Start Dates:

    • 28-29 September: Induction for First Years: A blended induction programme for first year students will take place across Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September. The institute has contacted first year students directly with details around their induction timetable. Further information for new students is available here.
    • 30th September: Start Date For All Returning Students: All other year groups (Years 2-4) will commence on Wednesday 30th September. Please consult your timetable for further details.

    Timetables:
    All timetables have now been circulated to students and are available to view here: https://timetables.dkit.ie/. While minor adjustments may be required over time, these will broadly guide you on your semester ahead. Remember to read your timetable carefully to determine whether the class will be delivered online or on-campus. You should contact your lecturer if you have any further questions.

    Graduation 2020:
    The Institute has today confirmed that this year's conferring ceremonies will take place virtually due to necessary health & safety precautions around COVID-19. The announcement was made in direct consultation with the DkIT Students’ Union. Online award ceremonies will take place before the commencement of Semester Two. Exact dates will be confirmed over the coming week, however ceremonies are anticipated to take place either mid-December 2020 or early January 2021. A public statement was issued by the Institute today. For full details, please click here.
     
    Reopening the Campus
    In reopening the campus, the Institute has put a lot of effort and resources into developing a robust operating plan that adheres to the latest advice from public health authorities. This plan is centred around the principle of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our students and staff at all times and includes robust safety and operational standards that are appropriate for any possible Level 3 implementation, should it arise. Please keep referring to the Student Information Portal for the latest updates.

    DkIT COVID-19 Student Charter:
    Finally, as you make your preparations to commence or return to DkIT next week, it is important that you take time to read the DkIT COVID-19 Student Charter which sets out the expectations for students and the Institute throughout the new academic year. This charter has been developed with the Students’ Union and is aimed at promoting a culture of personal responsibility at DkIT to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Areas of particular attention include:

    • Restrict your campus activity to on-campus timetabled classes or to pre-booked on-campus support services
    • Maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene
    • Wear a face-covering on campus at all times
    • Avoid congregation and maintain social distance at all times
    • Do not attend campus if you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms
    • Download the COVID-19 Tracker App 

    We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to DkIT next week (either virtually or on on-campus). Have a safe and restful weekend ahead.
     
    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force
    E. covidenquiries@dkit.ie W. www.dkit.ie/covid19

  • 18th September 2020 - Weekly Update to All Students

    Dear Students

    We hope this email finds you safe and well. With just over a week to go until the start of the new academic term 2020/21, we are delighted to present a short informational video that was created by our President and the Students' Union team. The video provides an overview of what full-time students can expect in the year ahead and we hope that you find it useful as you prepare to return to college.

    Other important updates this week include:

    Timetables:
    We are delighted to release the majority of our academic timetables today to all full-time students. Timetables are now available to view here: timetables.dkit.ie.

    Although some adjustments may be required over the coming weeks as issues arise, the newly released timetables will provide an important guide to you as you as you prepare for the new semester. 

    Outstanding timetables in the following areas will be released next week:

    • School of Engineering
    • BSc (Hons) in Health & Physical Activity
    • Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music

    We would like to thank you all for your continued patience and cooperation in relation. Information will be provided separately to part-time students.

    Guidance to Staff from Dublin Area:
    In light of the announcement by the Government this evening, Dublin has now been placed on Level 3 of the Framework for Restrictive Measures. Please see additional guidance to students on this issue:

    • Education has been deemed essential by the Government and therefore at DkIT, we continue to make every effort to ensure that students have undisrupted access to their teaching and learning. Students from the Dublin area are encouraged to follow the latest public health guidelines by restricting their movements except where necessary to access their education.
    • In light of this, you may travel to campus if you continue to feel well enough to do so, do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and if you have not had close contact with anyone who has been recently diagnosed with COVID-19. You are urged to continue to keep yourself and others safe by strictly adhering to all public health guidelines, this includes following advice in relation to hand and respiratory hygienesocial distancing and contact tracing. Face coverings are now mandatory on campus and you are advised to download the COVID-19 Tracker App.
    • As previously disclosed, much of the teaching and learning in Semester 1 will take place online, however practical classes (where possible) will be delivered on campus. If you have further concerns, you are advised to speak directly to your lecturer.

    New COVID-19 Student Charter:
    Student Services in conjunction with the DkIT SU have developed a new COVID-19 Student Charter which, alongside the Campus Induction Module sets out the Institute's commitment to our students as we reopen our campus later this month. Importantly, it also outlines what is expected from our students throughout the new academic year. All students are encouraged to read the new charter carefully. Read more


    Text 50808 - Now Available to All Students
    The DkIT Student Counselling Service has partnered with Text 50808, a 24/7 anonymous text support service which is now open to DkIT Students. Just text DkIT to 50808 to be connected to a trained volunteer.  50808 provides everything from a calming chat to immediate support for people going through a mental health or emotional crisis - big or small. You are never alone, there's someone there to listen. Read more about this service

    Computer Services 
    Computer services remain available to students and staff at this time. However, in order to comply with Covid-19 mitigation protocols, all Computer Services staff offices will operate as closed door until further notice. All incidents and requests for service must be raised via Helpdesk. Further information relating to IT Services including OneDriveFileTransferDiscountsMS Office Pro Plus and Quick Links can be found here.


    For the latest updates in relation to returning to campus and procedures for the new academic term, please visit the Student Information Portal. If you have questions relating to classes this semester, please contact your lecturers. Additional questions can be sent to covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We wish you a restful and enjoyable weekend ahead. Please continue to act responsibly and keep our community safe.

    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 7th September 2020 - Weekly Update to All Students

    Dear Students:

    We hope this email finds you safe and well. As we conclude our first week of September, it is natural that you will be thinking about your return to college and starting to make preparations for the start of term which will commence on 30th September 2020 for all returning students.

    COVID-19 remains a major concern for our society today and aspects of our lives have changed dramatically since this virus first emerged here in Ireland. Thankfully we have learned a lot about COVID-19 since March 2020 and with this new knowledge, we are now able to reopen society and business with new health and safety precautions to help us live our lives while minimising the spread of this virus in our communities.

    These health & safety precautions have been applied to our new Return To Campus Plan which was communicated recently and which outlines our new operating guidelines for the year ahead. If you have not had an opportunity to read this plan, we encourage you to do this by visiting the Student Information Portal, where you will find answers to frequently asked questions by students. A summary of some important information can be found below.

     

    What health & safety precautions will there at DkIT for the year ahead?

    We have introduced stringent new health & safety protocols as part of our return to campus plan. These new measures are in line with public health guidelines and are aimed at minimising the risk of infection transmission while on campus and to ensure a safe learning environment for students and staff. A summary of these measures include:

     

    • Strict social distancing measures across campus
    • Promotion of good hand and respiratory hygiene via clear visual aids and regular reminders
    • Hand-sanitiser stations across campus and at all main access points
    • Face-coverings will be mandatory on campus
    • Increased cleaning protocols across all work areas
    • Contact-tracing measures have been introduced
    • All students and staff are asked to download the HSE COVID-19 Tracker App before returning to campus
    • The number of people on campus at any given time will be significantly reduced.
    • For more information visit the Health & Safety section of the Student Information Portal. 

    What do I need to do as a returning student at DkIT before starting the next academic term?

    Students are asked to follow the below steps before the commencing of the new academic term:

    1.    All continuing students must Register Online for the 2020/21 academic year. As part of this process you must complete self-declaration form certifying that you are safe to return to campus.

    2.    All students must complete the online COVID-19 training before returning to campus. To complete this training, please download the training presentation and read the information carefully.

    3.    Download the free HSE Covid-19 Tracker App

    For more information about starting college please visit the Student Information Portal. 

    Please Note: all international students should have received communications via the International Office advising them about extra steps that they must complete, including the completion of a DkIT Health and Symptom Questionnaire (Symptom Tracker). If you have not completed this form, please contact international@dkit.ie immediately.

    How will teaching & learning be different this year?

    Your education is a priority, and we want you to be able to continue your studies and to progress with your degree, but must do this in a new way to ensure your health and safety.  Teaching for all returning students will commence on the 30th September, but teaching on campus will limited by social distancing measures, and so we will use a blend of on-campus and remote teaching.

     

    •  Almost all lectures in Semester 1 will be delivered remotely.
    • We are aiming to deliver some practical classes on campus which will be delivered in accordance with COVID 19 public health guidelines so it is likely that you will be on campus a few days per week.
    • We hope to be able to share academic timetables with you in over the coming weeks and we ask for your patience in this regard.
    • For more information, please visit our Teaching & Learning FAQs

    How will student experience be affected in the year ahead?

    DkIT is actively planning for a student experience that will be student-centric and on-campus as much as is permitted within the guidelines at the time. It is inevitable that student life and the college experience in 2020/21 will be different to previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic however, we are committed to ensuring that all supports and services will remain available to students in the year ahead.

    • All services will accessed by appointment only
    • Students will be able to access the services both in person (where possible) and remotely.
    • The library and restaurant will be open, but with reduced seating capacity.
    • DkIT Sport is open to students with new health & safety procedures in place

    A full summary of supports and services available to students next year can be found here.

    What happens if I have health concerns in relation to COVID-19?

    The key to minimising the risk of transmission is for each of us to take personal responsibility for our own behaviour, and to take care to minimise the risk to others.  

    • We must avoid coming on campus if we have any symptoms which could indicate COVID-19 infection. 
    • When we are feeling healthy, we must take care to wash our hands frequently, take care when coughing or sneezing, and observe the social distancing protocols.
    • While we are doing a lot to make the campus safe, the biggest risk is in our social activity, when we relax and may be more casual about the precautions.  As a result we must all take particular care in our social activities on and off campus. While it does feel strange to socialise while maintaining physical distance, it is essential we do so. 
    • All students will be asked to complete a self-declaration form as part of the registration process.
    • Further details on what to do if you have COVID-19 health concerns can be found here.

    What happens if there is a resurgence of COVID-19 in our region, will the campus shut down?

    It is possible that the situation will change during the year if there is a resurgence of the disease. We have made our plans based on the current guidelines, but we know that these may be relaxed or tightened as the struggle against the virus continues.

    • You will be informed if there is any change to existing plans and alternative arrangements will be communicated via email and through our Student Information Portal.
    • The health and safety of our students and staff remains our foremost priority at all times and all decisions will be made in accordance with public health guidelines.

    Should I be planning to be on campus for the majority of my time when I return?

    No, in 2020/21 we will be adopting a blended approach to teaching and learning. As part of our attempts to make our campus safe for students and staff, we are limiting the amount of people that will be present on campus at any given time.

    • Almost all lectures in Semester 1 will be delivered remotely.
    • We are aiming to deliver some practical classes on campus which will be delivered in accordance with COVID 19 public health guidelines so it is likely that you will be on campus a few days per week.
    • We hope to be able to share academic timetables with you over the next two weeks.

    What happens if I have concerns about access to broadband or digital resources to access my learning?

    We do have measures in place to ensure that students are not disadvantaged through technical issues associated with blended delivery. For more information please visit our Teaching & Learning FAQ’s here.

    Who do I contact for more information?

    • For urgent enquiries relating to student issues, please contact studentservices@dkit.ie.
    • For queries relating to Registration, please email registration@dkit.ie
    • If you have a question about your timetable or course enquiries, you may contact your Head of Department or lecturers. As highlighted above, timetables will be released over the coming 2 weeks, we ask for your patience in this regard.
    • If you have a question about the COVID-19 measures at DkIT, please covidenquiries@dkit.ie

    Over the coming weeks we will continue our weekly updates to guide you as you make preparations for the new academic term. New information will be provided as it becomes available and new resources will be introduced to assist you to prepare for starting term, so please keep an eye on your emails and the Student Information Portal.

    In the meantime, we ask that you stay safe and continue to follow the latest public health guidelines in relation to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

    Warm Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force 

  • 27th August 2020 - Communication to All Students to Launch New Info Portal

    Dear Students,

    I hope this email finds you safe and well. With just over 5 weeks until the start of Semester 1, we are pleased to share a new Information Portal for Students with guidance and tips to support you as you prepare for your return to college.

    >>View Student Information Portal<<

    We are committed to doing everything within our power to keep our community safe and well in the year ahead. To do this, we must make some necessary changes to the way we operate to ensure adherence to public health guidelines and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    The new portal provides key information on the start dates for studentshealth & safetyteaching & learningstudent experiencestudent supports & services and campus facilities. We will add to this portal as new information becomes available and you will be kept informed via email and social media as new updates are provided.

    We understand that you may have questions as you make plans for your return to DkIT and we ask for your continued patience and cooperation as teams across the Institute finalise plans for your safe return. All available information will be published via our website however, in urgent cases you may contact the following offices.

    • Student Services: For urgent enquiries relating to student issues, please contact studentservices@dkit.ie
    • Registration Enquiries: All issues relating to registration should be directed to registration@dkit.ie. The latest information about how to register online is found here.
    • Timetable/Course Enquiries: Information on timetables will be provided to students over the coming weeks. Academic teams will return on 1st September and for urgent issues you may contact your Head of Department or lecturers from this date.
    • Return To Campus & COVID-19 Enquiries: Please email your questions to covidenquiries@dkit.ie.
    • Specific information will be provided to postgraduate research students and part-time students in due course.

    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 26th August - Important Guidance for Academic Staff Returning To Work & Campus

    Dear Colleagues,

    We hope this email finds you well. Following the previous communication to all staff, we would like to follow up with some important guidance for academic staff in relation to the return to work and campus.

    Please take note of the below dates for the upcoming academic term:

    • 1st September 2020: Start of new academic term. Autumn repeat examinations ongoing and first attempt for some outstanding Semester 2 (2019/2020) assessments.
    • 28th September 2020: First Year Induction
    • 30th September 2020: Start of term for all students

    Timetables:

    Timetables are currently being finalised and will be made available in early September. The timetables are being prepared to take account of the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in HEIs which was recently issued by the Department. 

    • Please note: we expect further clarification from the Department following the recent measures announced by the Government last week and will update you in due course.

    As previously advised delivery will be blended with a combination of online lectures and face to face small group teaching and practical sessions. For the latter, it is hoped to group the attendance for class groups to a few consecutive days per week on campus, where possible.

    Return To Work Operating Plan:

    A detailed Operating Plan has been devised to support the safe return to work for staff and students over the coming weeks. You are encouraged to read this plan carefully and follow the 3-Step Guidance for safely returning to campus as detailed in the Return To Campus Information Portal for Staff.

    IT Equipment:

    IT equipment is being procured for academic staff who require it to enhance their delivery of online material whilst working from home. Further details on how this equipment will be allocated to staff will be provided shortly. 

    Accessing Campus:

    It is recommended that academic staff should continue where possible to work from home except where it is necessary to attend the campus for practical assessments, to prepare teaching material or for face-to-face teaching/practical sessions. Academic staff who have declared the need to work remotely for health-related reasons may continue to do so in consultation with their line manager.

    It is also recognised that a number of academic staff occupy shared office space all of which need to be reviewed in conjunction with the Estates Department, the occupants of the office and the Manager to determine what modifications are required to ensure compliance with public health guidelines. Each Academic School will arrange the process for this review on the 1st September when academic staff return from leave.

    Meetings Protocols:

    Examination Boards and Staff meetings will continue to take place using Microsoft Teams.

    PPE Equipment:

    PPE is being procured by each School in accordance with Risk Assessments which were carried out prior to the Summer and will be provided to staff as required.

    Questions:

    This is a continually evolving situation and we will endeavour to keep you informed with the latest guidance as new information is released by officials nationally.

    Should you have any specific questions about anything contained in this mail or about your return to campus, please speak directly to your Line Manager or email the COVID-19 Enquiry Inbox with your question. For all HR enquiries, please contact hr@dkit.ie.  

    We thank you for your continued cooperation and support during this time. We look forward to seeing you back on campus (where possible) over the coming weeks.

    Warm regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 20th August 2020 - Update for All Returning Students: September 2020

    Dear Students, 

    We hope this email finds you well. As you prepare to return to college in September, we wanted to share some important information relating to the academic year 2020/2021 and provide some guidelines on how teaching and learning will be delivered in the semester ahead.

    Classes will commence 

    • for first year students on 28th September, 2020
    • for all other year groups on 30th September 2020

    As you will know, Online Registration is now open for all returning students and we will provide further details on induction and orientation over the coming week. Next week we will also launch a new online information portal for students which will contain informational supports to help you prepare for your return to college.

    Teaching & Learning Next Semester

    DkIT is committed to providing the highest quality of education possible to our students. We are confident that this can be achieved whilst adhering to strict health and safety protocols which will safeguard our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In 2020/21 we will be adopting a blended approach to teaching and learning. Our staff continue to work out the safest options for academic plans and timetables for the next semester. We look forward to communicating these plans to students in early September.

    Plans are being developed in accordance with the Principles and Guidelines for the delivery of Higher Education Programmes in the 2020/21 Academic Year in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in HEIs which have been prepared by senior public health experts within the sector and endorsed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the Health Service Executive.

    For now we can offer the following guidance to students:

    1. Almost all lectures in Semester 1 will be delivered remotely.
    2. We are aiming to deliver some practical classes on campus which will be delivered in accordance with COVID 19 public health guidelines so it is likely that you will be on campus a few days per week.
    3. We hope to be able to share academic timetables with you in early September. 
    4. As you will appreciate, it is very difficult to plan in the current fluid circumstances and we may have to make changes if unforeseen circumstances arise. 

    More details will be provided to you over the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any urgent concerns relating to your programme, please contact your Academic School Office or email covidenquiries@dkit.ie.

    We thank you for your continued patience and cooperation at this time. 

    Warm Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 14th July 2020 - Update for Students: Preliminary Plans for Academic Year 2020/21

    Dear Students,

    We hope that this email finds you safe and that you are enjoying a well-earned summer break. 

    Since our last communication, staff across the Institute have been busy preparing plans for the next academic year to ensure that you can safely continue your academic journey with us in September. 

    These plans are driven by three principles: protecting the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, providing the highest quality education possible for our students, and optimising the broader student experience within the constraints imposed by COVID-19. Please note that the first of these principles is paramount to all decision-making and overrides everything else.

    Over the coming weeks, we hope to share these plans with you, however in the interim period we want to provide you with some reassurance about some things that you can expect when we commence the academic year.

    Academic Calendar:

    The 2020/2021 academic term for continuing students will commence on 30th September 2020 and incoming first year students will start their term on 28th September 2020. 

     

    Registration & Induction:

    ·         In mid-August all returning students will receive information via email with instructions about registration and further instruction about commencing the new academic year. In this same communication, you will receive information about new procedures and safety protocols around accessing the campus safely.

    • New students can expect to receive their starter packs, along with information relating to registration and induction once they accept their offer to study at DkIT.

    Timetables

    Timetables will be released from mid-September and we ask for your continued cooperation in this regard. All teaching activities are in the process of being risk assessed in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidelines and relevant protocols will be put in place for staff and students. 

    The Institute will introduce a blended model of learning which will incorporate online teaching including lectures coupled with practical and tutorials that will take place predominantly on campus. Provisions are being made to ensure that all services and supports (including counselling, disability, pastoral care, careers & employability etc.) remain accessible to students via a mixture of on-campus and remote delivery.

    The Institute is currently developing a newly adapted induction programme for all new students to support students during their transition to higher education. Plans are also underway to ensure that critical learning supports offered via the Library, Student Learning & Development Centre, Maths Learning Centre and the IT Learning Centre are available to students via online and face-to-face delivery come September. DkIT’s learning platforms enable real-time engagement with lecturers, interaction with class groups and will replicate the live classroom environment.

    Postgraduate Research Students

    During the coming summer months, the Research Office is working with the Institute to formalise a plan on how some research students may be able to return into the Institute in safe manner. The advice is that you should continue to work remotely on your project and to keep in regular contact with both your supervisory team and the Graduate Studies team. 

    Registration for Postgraduate Students

    • Registration of existing postgraduate students will commence towards the end of August as in previous years. This will be communicated to you via the Graduate Studies Office

    Training for Postgraduate Students

    • The Graduate Studies Office will be shortly profiling further online training workshops which you are encouraged to attend. Please watch out for emails regarding these 

    Thesis Examinations/Submissions

    • The submission and examination of postgraduate research thesis is progressing as normal over the summer months. All viva voces will however take place on line until further notice.

    For all queries please contact the Graduate Studies Office / (graduatestudies@dkit.ie

    International Students

    The International Office looks forward to welcoming International and Erasmus students on campus in September. The Office will contact new students regarding Dublin Airport arrival and travel to Dundalk.  Consistent with current public health advisories, students are requested to arrive in Ireland by 14th September to comply with the 14-day self-quarantine post-arrival advisory. Classes will commence for Year 1 international students on 28th September and for all other international year-groups on 30th September. 

    The International Office will coordinate with students on arrival at the Institute through a combination of online and face-to-face interventions. International Student Supports will be available to students through a combination of face-to-face (with social distancing and protective measures in place) and virtual means. Communication of information to International and Erasmus students will be dynamic, consistent with evolving public health and safety protocols. 

    Student Services:

    All students services will remain available to students either in face-to-face (with social distancing and protective measures in place) or by remote/virtual means. Further details will be provided alongside information relating to registration.

    Work Placements:

    Work placements are planned to take place as scheduled but these may be subject to change.  Updates shall be provided by the relevant academic Department and Placement Officer as the information becomes available. 

    Repeat and Deferred Assessments 

    • Please note that applications for Repeat or Deferred Assessments are now open and will  remain open until Monday 20th July 2020.
    • Please note that Repeat and Deferred Assessments are scheduled to take place from 24th August 2020.

    Conferring 2020:

    The Institute is currently evaluating plans for Conferring 2020, in respect of the latest public health guidelines. A update will be provided to all graduating students in late August with further details.

    Library Services:

    We know that you are anxious to get back on campus, return library loans and prepare for a new academic year. While some staff will return to campus for the first time in late July, the Library will not be open to visitors until we have implemented the changes needed to make it safe in the context of COVID-19. Library services will remain available via remote means during the interim period and an update will be provided in due course. You can contact the library using the below channels:

    As we have stated from the start of this unprecedented situation, 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 continue to keep the community updated regularly as the situation changes. In August we will developing a new section of our website with the latest updates and information aimed at helping you to prepare for the academic year ahead. We will also be recommencing our weekly updates via email.

    In the meantime, I hope you can take this time to enjoy the rest of your summer break and continue to prioritise your health and wellbeing (and that of others) by continuing to adhere to public health guidelines.

    Warm Regards, 

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 19th June 2020 - Weekly Updates for Students & Staff - Semester 2 Ends

    Dear Students and Colleagues,
    We hope this email finds you safe and well. Today marks the final day of the academic semester and we would like to congratulate you all on reaching this point.
    This semester has truly been like no other and collectively as an institute we have overcome significant and unprecedented challenges. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our students and our staff for your continued support, cooperation and determination over recent months. 
    We look forward to coming together once again as a community in the near future as restrictions continue to subside. Plans for reopening the campus will be circulated to staff and students in due course.

    Congratulations to the DkIT Class of 2020

    4th Year BA (Hons) in Music students performed a fantastic tribute to the DkIT Class of 2020 as seen in the above video link. The vocal arrangement was created by 4th year music student, Lee Harding and the audio and video were edited (remotely) by DkIT Graduate Ambassadors, Ryan Duffy and Ciara Brannigan. Many thanks to staff across the institute who provided messages of well-wishes to students to congratulate them on completing their students.
    The video will be shared across all social media channels along with a second video of all messages from staff. Please feel free to retweet, share and promote within your own networks!

    A Message for Researchers

    The Research and Graduate Studies Office would like to thank the institute's research community for their continued efforts over the past year and in particular since Covid19.
    We would like to ensure the research community and in particular the career researchers and postgraduate research community that our staff will be present throughout the summer to support your efforts during the coming months and enable research to return to campus in a safe manner. Please direct any queries directly to Dr Tim McCormac or Orla Lynch and they will respond in a timely fashion.

    Strategic Plan Launch

    As you may be aware, this week the institute launched its new Strategic Plan 2020-22: Leading and Shaping the Future of Higher Education in the North Leinster South Ulster Region. This plan marks an important milestone for the institute as we embark on an exciting new trajectory of growth and evolution. Click to find out more.
    Finally, we want to inform you that this will be the last COVID-19 weekly update of the semester. All of the latest information relating to plans for the next academic year will be made available via our website and will be communicated via email as necessary.
    We wish you a relaxing, happy and peaceful summer ahead.
    Warm Regards,
    DkIT COVID-19 Taskforce
  • 12th June 2020, 19:00: Updates for Students

    Dear Students,

    We hope this email finds you safe and well. This week’s update includes some important information relating to assessment results and virtual events for research postgraduate students. 

    Release of Assessment Results:

    Please note that there have been some changes to the schedule for the release of assessment results. Final dates and times can be found below:

    Academic School

    Date

    Start time for release 

    Published time for release

    Engineering

    15th June

    3.45pm

    After 4pm

    Informatics & Creative Arts

    16th June

    11.45am

    After 12noon

    Health & Science

    16th June

    1.45pm

    After 2pm

    Business & Humanities

    16th June 

    3.45pm

    After 4pm

    Assessment Consultations

    Students are reminded that 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)

     Academic Appeals

    Academic Appeals will open from Monday 15th June to Friday 19th June at 1pm

    Graduation 2020:

    We are currently finalising details around Graduation 2020 and hope to share full details with you very soon so that you can make plans for the autumn. Details will be provided via email and our website, so please stay connected.

    Online Forum for Postgraduate Research Students

    The Research & Graduate Studies Office is organising an online forum (via MS Teams) for postgraduate research students next Wednesday 17th June at 10am to discuss any concerns or queries around how the Covid-19 situation is affecting your research studies.

    The primary purpose of this forum will be to bring students up to date on how at an institutional level the return to work is being managed and how the office will be managing this process. There will also be an opportunity to answer questions live during the sessions.

    Some issues for discussion include:

    • When can research return to the Institute and how will this be managed
    • Implications of Covid-19 on your funding and registration periods

    Please register your interest in attending this online event by emailing tim.mccormac@dkit.ie or orla.lynch@dkit.ie. If you have a specific question that you would like answered during the session, please also email Tim or Orla and they will be treated in a confidential manner.

    Phase 2:

    As you will know, on Monday 8th June, Rep. of Ireland officially moved to Phase 2 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business from Monday 8th June. The primary message around this phase is to “stay local - either within your county, or within 20 kilometres of home”. Please find the latest communications and information from the Government on this development.

    We wish you a restful and enjoyable weekend. Stay safe and enjoy your first weekend in Phase 2.

    Warm Regards,

    DkIT COVID-19 Task Force

  • 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

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.

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