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Back to College

This portal has been designed to provide you, our students with the latest information you need to return safely to the campus in September and to provide guidance on what you can expect from the semester ahead.

At DkIT we're committed to doing everything within our power to keep our community safe and well. To do this, we have to make some necessary changes to the way we operate to ensure adherance to public health guidelines and help prevent the spread of this virus.

Student life and the college experience in 2020/21 will be different to previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. However, staff across the Institute are working hard to ensure that all students can commence or continue their studies without further disruption. We are committed to ensuring that students have access to high-quality supports and services as they progress through their higher education journey.

The Institute’s priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of our community.


Key Dates for Students

Please take note of the following dates for re-opening the campus to students and commencing Semester 1.

Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, these dates may be subject to change however we will endeavour to keep our students informed.

View Academic Calendar 2020/21

 

 

 

  • 17th August - Online Registration Opens

    Online registration opens for continuing students. Read more.

  • 28th September - Induction for First Years

    • Induction for First Years will take place on 28th & 29th September.
    • Classes for first years are also scheduled to take place from this date.
    • Further information will be provided about First Year Induction over the coming weeks.
  • 30th September - Classes Commence for All Other Students

    Classes for all students will commence from 30th September. Timetables will be provided in Early-Mid September.

Information for Postgraduate Research Students

We will be communicating specific information for postgraduate research students over the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on your inbox and this page for the latest information.

Information for International Students

Separate communications will be provided to guide and support international students over the coming weeks as they return to DkIT. Please keep an eye on your inbox and this page for the latest information.

Advice for 2020 International Students

2 Steps to Returning to DkIT

Step 1.

Complete Online Registration

All continuing students must register online for the 2020/21 academic year. This process include a self-declaration form self-certifying you are safe to return to campus.

Read More

 

Step 2.

Complete COVID-19 Online Training

All students must complete the online COVID-19 training before returning to campus.

Download Training Presentation

New Students

Instructions for Registration & Induction to Follow

Information on Registration & Induction will be provided to incoming first year students once they have accepted an offer by DkIT. Induction for first years will take place from 28th September 2020.

HSE COVID Tracker App

The Insitute is strongly recommending that all students and staff members download and use the COVID Tracker app. COVID Tracker is a free app for your mobile phone. It will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland. 

Visit the COVID Tracker App Website

 

Download on App Store (iOS) | Download on Google Play (Android)

About COVID-19

It is important to recognise the risk presented by COVID-19 and to understand we how we can protect ourselves and others from the spread of this virus. 

  • What Is Covid-19?

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a virus that poses a public health risk to all citizens. The pandemic which has arisen has implications for all workplaces as it can present a health risk to workers and other persons at a place of work, in DkIT’s case, students and visitors. As the country tries to navigate its way back from lockdown, the provision of certain public health measures is necessary to reduce the risk of spread of the virus. These measures are of course in addition to the normal routine occupational health and safety measures in use currently. Managing the risk of spread in the workplace is vitally important in relation to the health of Institute staff and students but is also important as part of the country’s general efforts to control the spread and protect the most vulnerable in our society.

  • What are the symptoms?

    Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness ranging from mild to severe. In some cases, it can unfortunately be fatal. It can take anything from 2 days to 14 days for symptoms of Coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.

    Common symptoms of Coronavirus include:

    • a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above)

    • a cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry

    • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.

    Other symptoms may include a sore throat, loss of smell and taste. Some people infected with the virus (asymptomatic) have experienced no symptoms at all.

    For the complete list of symptoms please refer to the HSE website www.hse.ie

  • How does it spread?

    The virus that causes COVID-19 disease is spread from a person in fluid and in droplets scattered from the nose and/or mouth of an infected person when the person with the virus coughs, sneezes or speaks. The fluid or droplets land on objects and surfaces around the infected person. Other people then contaminate their hands by touching these objects or surfaces and bring the virus into contact with their eyes, nose or mouth by touching them with their now contaminated hands. The virus can also spread if droplets from an infected person land directly on the mucous membranes of the eye, nose or mouth or a person standing close to them.

    As little is known about this new virus, it is not known how long the virus survives on surfaces in different varying conditions. The period of survival may vary under different conditions such as the type of surface, temperature, humidity etc. Studies seem to indicate that it can persist on surfaces for hours and even up to several days in the absence of effective cleaning.

    While people are most likely to pass on the infection when they have symptoms, current medical information suggests that some infected people spread the virus to others prior to developing or displaying symptoms themselves. This is why it is essential to maintain good hand hygiene and good cough and sneeze etiquette. 

  • What are the key control measures?

    The following are key control measures required for managing the spread of the virus.

    Hand Hygiene:

    • Ensuring that everyone is washing their hands regularly thoroughly and that sufficient facilities are provided and maintained to allow this to happen.

    Social Distancing:

    • Ensuring workers maintain a 2-metre separate insofar as possible while working, and when using toilets, canteens, common areas, etc. Also to promote social distancing when travelling to and from work (public transports, trains, cars etc) and in their daily lives, in order to limit exposure.

    Cough Etiquette / Respiratory Hygiene:

    • Ensuring people cough/sneeze into sleeve or elbow, always cover up and dispose of tissues.

    Cleaning:

    • Ensuring that all frequently touched objects and surfaces are regularly cleaned.

Health & Safety

We have introduced new health & safety protocols to minimise the risk of infection transmission while on campus and to ensure a safe learning environment for students.

Hygiene

Good hand and respiratory hygiene is effective for preventing the spread of of COVID-19. New hygiene protocols will be encouraged by staff and students while on campus and sanitiser stations are now positioned at all access points.

Cleaning

Enhanced cleaning protocols have been introduced across all work areas that are used by students, staff and visitors along with frequently touched surfaces/objects. 

Social Distancing

In order to slow the
transmission of COVID-19, a social distancing of minimum 2 metres has been recommended by the HSE. The Institute has put in place physical distancing measures across all work, learning and on-campus activities.

Face Coverings

DkIT is strongly recommending that students and staff use face coverings when possible while on campus. Students should bring their own face coverings when attending DkIT.

Travel To Campus

Wherever possible, all students should travel to campus alone using their own means of transport. If public transport is required, all measures should be taken to reduce the risks through social distancing, hand washing, face-coverings etc. 

Access

In the interest of health and safety, we will be implementing a number of important measures to limit the number of people accessing the campus at any given time. 

Health & Safety FAQ's

Health & Safety FAQ's

DkIT has put together a list of frequently asked questions about your health and safety when returning to campus. 

  • What should I do I have display symptoms of COVD-19?

    Please remain at home, do not come into the Institute.

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

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

    Please telephone your own GP to discuss your symptoms. If a Covid-19 test is required your GP will organise the test for you. Do not attend your GP in person.

    If you have no GP please contact the Student Health Unit on +353 (0)42 9370245. You will be triaged by telephone and a Covid-19 test will be organised for you. Do not go to the Health Unit in person.

  • Who do I contact if I feel unwell?

    Please telephone your own GP to discuss your symptoms. If a Covid-19 test is required your GP will organise the test for you. Do not attend your GP in person.

    If you have no GP please contact the Student Health Unit on 042 9370245. You will be triaged by telephone and a Covid-19 test will be organised for you. Do not go to the Health Unit in person.

    Please follow the HSE guidelines for Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine.

  • What will happen is someone on campus is confirmed as having COVID-19?

    When a person is confirmed as being positive for Covid-19 they will be contacted by a member of the HSE testing/tracing team.  Guidance will be given by them. For further information see the latest guidelines from HSE.

  • What do I do if I suspect someone on campus has COVID-19?

    Please inform a member of staff or contact the Student Health Unit by email on healthunit@dkit.ie.

Teaching & Learning

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 approeach to teaching and learning. Our staff continues to work out the safest options for these academic plans and timetables for the next semester. We look forward to communicating these plans to incoming 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.

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.

Teaching & Learning FAQ's

DkIT has put together a list of frequently asked questions related to teaching and learning when returning to campus. 

  • When will classes commence for students this year?

    • For Semester 1, classes start on Wednesday 28 September and finish on Friday 18th December with Study Week running from 26th to 30th October.
    • Teaching for first year students will begin on Monday 28th September.
    • At this stage the vast majority of postgraduate courses are also due to start on September 28th. Part Time courses will have different start dates and students on these courses will be advised separately.
    • Semester 2 will start on Monday 25th January 2021 and finish Friday 30th April 2021. Study Week will be from 3rd to 7th May.
    • View Academic Calenda 2020/21
  • What combination of classes/labs/tutorials/lectures will be online or on campus?

    • We will be using a blended model of delivery. DkIT courses are made up of practical content (lab work or studio work), as well as theoretical content (lectures). In practice, we expect that lectures will predominantly be delivered online, but that students will most likely do their practical work on campus.  For this students will attend DkIT campus a few days per week. 
    • As timetables emerge in the coming weeks, we will make them available online. At all times, the safety of staff and students is our priority, and we will be adhering to public health guidelines at all times.
  • I’m trying to decide on an accommodation booking for next semester. Can you advise me?

    • We understand that decisions around programmes and accommodation this year will be influenced by timetables in a way that has not happened before.  We are currently planning our delivery of the next semester, and our timetables will emerge from this process in the coming weeks.  As soon as they do, we will make them available in order to help people make informed choices.
    • It is envisaged that lectures will be in the main be delivered online but that students may need to attend DkIT campus a few days per week for practical and small group teaching.
  • When will my class timetable be available?

    • We are currently planning our delivery of the next semester, and our timetables will emerge from this process in the coming weeks.  As soon as they do, we will make them available online.

Student Experience

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. We are very conscious that in tandem with getting course delivery right, that new first years get to enjoy the authentic student experience of new friends, new relationships, social and cultural activities, participating in sports clubs and societies.

As part of our commitments to student experience the Institute established a working group including representatives from Student Support Services, Students Union, Academic Support Services and relevant Professional Services Staff.

Here are some of the aims and objectives identified by the working group:

  1. To promote a sense of connectedness and belonging to both DkIT and the specific programme of study.
  2. To provide key information and to assist in the development of key skills to support the transition to DkIT.
  3. To provide support to students in at risk categories (Covid)
  4. To provide support to vulnerable students

Student Experience FAQ's

DkIT has put together a list of frequently asked questions related your experience when returning to campus. 

  • Will it be busy on campus?

    We expect that the volume of people who will be on campus at any given time next semester will be very substantially reduced.  The precise level of this will become clearer as our planning progresses. At all times, DkIT adheres to the latest public health guidelines.

  • How will canteen and library services work on campus?

    • We adhere to public health guidelines at all times. Our library, restaurant and other facilities will operate to ensure the safety of staff and students. Further information can be found under the Campus Facilities section further down on this page.
  • Will the Health Unit be open to students?

    Health Unit Service during Covid-19 restrictions

    • The Health Unit will be available to students Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
    • In order to enable the Health Unit to open safely for students the following changes have been made:
    • If you require medical assistance by the Nurse or Doctor, telephone the following number +353 (0)42 9370245 or email healthunit@dkit.ie
    • Do not go to the Health Unit in person.
    • All medical assessments will initially be triaged by the nurse over the phone. Appointments will be made with the Doctor or Nurse accordingly.
  • What supports and services will be available this year?

    All supports and services will continue to be made available to students.

    • All services will accessed by appointment only.
    • Students will be able to access the services both in person and remotely.
    • Full details on each service is included further below on this page.
  • Will I be able to go on work placement as planned this year?

    • We intend for students to be able to go on Work Placements as planned this year, however, we do expect that there will be reduced capacity for the traditional on-site placements.
    • Therefore we will be supporting both on-site and remote working placements as relevant.
    • Work placements are dependent on the public health guidelines in place at any time. We shall work closely with our employer partners to deliver placement opportunities.
    • Where this is not possible we will put in place alternative strategies that meet the learning outcomes of the work placement.
    • You can contact your Placement Development Officer directly with your placement questions.

Student Services & Supports

We are committed to maintaining all existing supports and services for students. However in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students and staff we have made some adjustments which are summarised below:

Student Services

  • Student Services (General)

    All supports and services will continue to be made available to students.

    • All services will accessed by appointment only.
    • Students will be able to access the services both in person and remotely.
    • If your query is in relation to support services studentservices@dkit.ie
  • Health Unit

    • The Health Unit will be available to students Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
    • In order to enable the Health Unit to open safely for students the following changes have been made:
    • If you require medical assistance by the Nurse or Doctor, telephone the following number 042 9370245 or email healthunit@dkit.ie
    • Do not go to the Health Unit in person.
    • All medical assessments will initially be triaged by the nurse over the phone. Appointments will be made with the Doctor or Nurse accordingly.
  • Counselling

    • The Student Counselling Service will continue to provide a service by telephone, online and by video calls during normal working hours.
    • In-person appointments may be organised by appointment and strict health & safety measures will be put in place.
    • If you have a booked appointment your counsellor will contact you by phone or email and will discuss your support options with you
    • We are aware that you may not have privacy to engage by phone or video and in this case we can have email contact.
    • For any new clients who are in need of support you can contact us at counsellor@dkit.ie or you can self-refer in the usual way www.dkit.ie/student-counselling
    • Once we hear from you we will send you some registration forms and on receipt of these, we will be in touch with you about a suitable time

    Please do not feel alone or isolated or anxious during this time contact us at counsellor@dkit.ie. Do try to keep in touch with each other via class WhatsApp groups etc.

  • Disability Office

    The Student Disability Service may be contacted on disability@dkit.ie.

    Continuing Students:

    • Students who are continuing in DkIT and are currently receiving supports from the Disability Service will have those supports continued for the duration of their programme.  If they need to meet with the DS to discuss or alter their supports, please email for an appointment to disability@dkit.ie, there is currently no drop-in service available on campus due to Covid-19 restrictions.
    • Students can register with the Disability Service to apply for support at any time during their programme of study.
  • Access Office

    All queries to the Access Service should be made via email to eileen.lynch@dkit.ie.

  • Careers & Employability

    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 on employability events and workshops, and access resources.

    Careers on Moodle has a full suite of career resources including

    • CV, Interview, LinkedIn, Job Application templates and resources
    • Careers Webinars
    • Psychometric Testing
    • Links to Post Grad options

    Remote Supports include:

    • Virtual 1-to-1 Appointments will be available to book via Careers Connect or by emailing careers@dkit.ie
    • In-person appointments may be organised by appointment and strict health & safety measures will be put in place to a maximum of 15 minutes.
    • Careers Workshops will be delivered online and are bookable via Careers Connect
    • Career Fairs and Employer presentations will take place virtually throughout the academic year, and will update Careers Connect with the details of all events, so keep checking

    Please Note: 

    • If at any stage are unsure about your course, whether that is thinking of transferring or withdrawing, be sure to discuss with a Careers Adviser before making your decision.
    • Final Year students: many graduate programmes will have closing dates from early October, please make an appointment to discuss your options
    • Career planning is an important aspect of each year of study, use this semester to get your career plan in place, log on to Careers Connect to register on workshops and events, book an appointment with a careers adviser

    Follow us on Social Media @dkitcareers

     

    Careers on Moodle has a full suite of career resources including 

    -          CV, Interview, LinkedIn, Job Application templates and resources

    -          Careers Webinars

    -          Psychometric Testing

    -          Links to Post Grad options

     

    Remote Supports include:

    -          Virtual 1-to-1 Appointments will be available to book via Careers Connect or by emailing careers@dkit.ie

    -          In-person appointments may be organised by appointment and strict health & safety measures will be put in place to a maximum of 15 minutes.

    -          Careers Workshops will be delivered online and are bookable via Careers Connect

    -          Career Fairs and Employer presentations will take place virtually throughout the academic year, and will update Careers Connect with the details of all events, so keep checking

     

    Please Note: 

    - If at any stage are unsure about your course, whether that is thinking of transferring or withdrawing, be sure to discuss with a Careers Adviser before making your decision.

    - Final Year students: many graduate programmes will have closing dates from early October, please make an appointment to discuss your options

    - Career planning is an important aspect of each year of study, use this semester to get your career plan in place, log on to Careers Connect to register on workshops and events, book an appointment with a careers adviser

     

    Follow us on Social Media @dkitcareers

  • Placement Office

    • We intend for students to be able to go on Work Placements as planned this year, however, we do expect that there will be reduced capacity for the traditional on-site placements.
    • Therefore we will be supporting both on-site and remote working placements as relevant.
    • Work placements are dependent on the public health guidelines in place at any time. We shall work closely with our employer partners to deliver placement opportunities.
    • Where this is not possible we will put in place alternative strategies that meet the learning outcomes of the work placement.
    • You can contact your Placement Development Officer directly with your placement questions.
    • For general enquiries please you can email joyce.ohara@dkit.ie or phone +353-0429370225.
  • Pastoral Care

    Pastoral Care is an independent service (not connected to any faith and belief system) which helps DkIT students, this includes supporting students:

    • In times of distress and crisis.
    • When lonely and isolated.
    • Through practical care.
    • Supporting students in their spiritual journey.

    The Pastoral Care Coordinator is Niall Byrne, Niall has a DkIT out of office hours telephone and can be contacted on +353 (0)87 7500466 and pastoralcare@dkit.ie.

  • Student Assistance Fund

    • If you have any queries regarding the Student Assistance Fund or on any other queries relating to Student Services, please email saf@dkit.ie
    • Please note: there is limited funding available from the Hardship Fund to support students in their remote learning and all queries should be addressed to saf@dkit.ie.
  • Sports & Societies

    • We intend on running our sports clubs and societies programmes this year. Our societies play an integral role in college life and we will deliver these in line with Government Guidelines. This will involve a mix of online and face to face activities.
    • For more information, please contact our Sports & Societies Office by emailing sports@dkit.ie or calling +353-0429370244.
  • Examinations Office

    If you require further information or have any queries in relation to your examination results you can contact your relevant department by either e-mailing or telephoning any of the persons below. Please ensure you give your Student ID number, Full Name, Programme and Stage.

    Engineering

    Business Studies & Humanities

    Informatics Music and Creative Arts

    Nursing & Science

    Exams Office Staff

  • DkIT Students' Union

    • The DkIT SU team is busy for the year ahead and all existing services, supports and initiatives will continue to be accessible to students,  albeit with some changes in adherance with public health guidelines.
    •  If you have any questions relating to DkIT student issues, please contact the DkITSU directly. For more information, visit www.dkitsu.ie.

Learning Supports

  • Library

    The DkIT De Chastelain Library is making preparations to reopen to students in September. Strict health and safety measure will be put in place in accordance with public health guidelines.

  • Student Learning & Development Centre

    • The SLDC will continue to provide support in academic writing, study skills, Microsoft Office 365 and Moodle. 
    • A wide range of resources are available to all students on the SLDC Moodle site and more will be added over the coming weeks.  Our tutors will also be available to provide support via email or online, during normal working hours.
    • In-person appointments may be organised by appointment and strict health & safety measures will be put in place.
    • For more information please email tutor@dkit.ie.
  • Maths Learning Centre

    • The Mathe Learning Centre continues to provide supports and services to students at this time.
    • To access this service, please email questions/queries directly to mlc@dkit.ie or Carmen.Maritan@dkit.ie and a member of the team will get back to you with relevant resources.
  • IT Learning Centre

    • As part of our efforts to support students in these times the IT Learning Centre (ITLC) continues to provide tutorials in a large number of topics.  Our team of tutors continue to provide online tutorials in topics such as Java, HTML, Javascript, Scripting, PHP, Networking and database. All types of tutorials are catered for, in many computing topics.
    • As you prepare for your upcoming assessments and project deadlines, our tutors are available to answer questions via email, or organise online tutorials to provide a more in-depth look at topics you may need a bit of help with.
    • If you would like to ask a question, join one of our tutorials or organise your own session you can email ITLC@dkit.ie or Philip.scanlon@dkit.iefor more information.

Campus Supports & Facilities

  • Computer Services

    • IT Technical support services will continue to be provided to students (where possible) via remote means during the period of campus closure.
    • Students requiring support are asked to raise a ticket via the IT Helpdesk: http://helpdesk.dkit.ie
    • Academic materials (lecture notes, assessment material etc) will be provided by lecturers where possible to students via Moodle.  
  • Catering & Restaurant

    • The Catering Company, KSG is responsible for ensuring the restaurant and outlet facilities comply with Return to Work Safety Protocol. This will involve services being delivered via a queue management system – floors shall be marked with the necessary distance markings to avoid unmanaged queues at for example food counters, tray return points and checkouts.
    • Additional guidance will be provided to students in due course.
  • Campus Carparks

    The following has been considered:

    • Car Parking arrangements continue as normal. Car Park 9 and 11 is not available to staff/students due to the location of the HSE COVID-19 Testing Facility until its removal in early August 2020
    • Bicycle bays remain in operation
    • Hand sanitizers are available at all main entrances and exits.
  • DkIT Sport

    • DkIT Sport is open to students and has been since 1st July 2020 when national restrictions on gyms and leisure facilities were reduced. The facility has introduced strict health and safety measures (in line with national guidelines) to safeguard its patrons at this time.
    • For more information please see here.

Campus Facilities FAQ's

  • Are visitors allowed on campus?

    • The DkIT campus is an important part of a North Leinster South Ulster region and serves its community. While all events (eg, Open Days) are migrated online or postponed, we do expect that visitors will be permitted on campus in a range of circumstances.  In such cases, they will be expected to adhere to all DkIT protocols, including the requirements of contact tracing and infection control.  Further details of how this will operate will emerge as national guidance develops. 
  • If someone gets sick, is there medical care available on campus?

    • Yes, it is anticipated that our student support services, including medical care will be available.
  • Will food and/or refreshments be available on campus?

    • It is anticipated that we will generally be opening our facilities on campus, though there may be changes in practices to ensure the safety of staff and students.
  • Will people have to sign in and sign out?

    • It is essential that DkIT manages numbers on campus and can facilitate contact tracing at all times.  To this end, measures are currently being planned to ensure this. 
    • DkIT will be requesting all student to download the Covid Tracker App, attendance will be taken for labs and practicals

Operating Plan

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the institute has developed a detailed operating plan to support the staff return to campus for DkIT staff & students. The document was developed with input from across the Institute and is aimed at introducing a safe and streamlined approach to returning staff and students to campus, in line with the Government’s and the HSE's recommendations on the management of COVID-19.

Feedback & Enquiries

We welcome your feedback on how we can improve our information to you at this time.

General Enquiries:

Registration Enquiries:

Timetable/Course Enquiries:

    • Academic teams will return on 1st September. You may contact your Head of Department or lecturers from this date.

COVID-19 Enquiries:

Frequently Asked Questions for Students