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COVID-19 Roadmap FAQs

Incoming Freshers and Parents FAQs

Current/Returning Students FAQs

  • When will my classes begin at LIT in 2020/21?

    LIT is planning on commencing term for second, third and fourth years on September 14th, and for new first years on Monday, September 28th.  Postgraduate and research students should consult with their faculty for individual arrangements.

  • Do I have to pay full fees for the academic year 20/21?

    Yes.

  • How will my assessments and exams take place at LIT in 2020/21?

    We will be adhering to all relevant advice to keep our staff and students safe in all circumstances, including exams and assessments.  Where this means conducting assessments through alternative and remote means, we will do so.

  • I heard my classes will take place into the evening to allow for social distancing. Is this true?

    We do anticipate that in order to deliver programmes while adhering to social distancing and other measures, our timetabled teaching hours will have to be extended. As timetables emerge in the coming weeks, we will make them available online.  

  • Is my SUSI grant affected for the academic year 20/21?

    The grant system is administered by SUSI, and is independent of LIT.  You can get further information at www.susi.ie

  • 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.  LIT does not operate its own accommodation, so our students stay with private providers.  

  • What will be different about my classroom experience?

    We will be practicing social distancing at all LIT facilities, and expect that as a consequence the permissible number of students in classrooms will be substantially less than would otherwise be the case.  Therefore, you may find that you are in classrooms with fewer students, and your timetable reflects this.  We expect to be operating one-way corridors, and to have hand sanitising and other measures in place on campus.  At all times, our priority is the safety of staff and students, and we adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.   

  • What will be different on campus?

    We are currently planning for our delivery next semester, and although many of the details of this will look are not available yet, we do anticipate that the volume of people on campus will be lower, and that some facilities will have to work in different ways.  However, it is important to note that we are planning on maintaining all services for students.  In so doing,  we will adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HAS.      

  • When will I receive my timetable?

    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.  

  • When will repeat exams take place and will these take place on campus?

    Repeat Exams take place from September 1st to September 4th and will be conducted by alternative means.

  • Will I be able to do lab work/studio work/tutorials? If so, how?

    In practice, while we expect that lectures will predominantly be delivered online, we do expect that students will generally do their practical work on campus.  While each area of study is different, with different practical requirements, we do expect that in many cases, this may involve the use of screens and other measures, including possibly PPE.  At all times, the safety of staff and students is our priority, and we will be adhering to the advice of the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.   

  • Will I be provided with Personal Protective Equipment to use on campus?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA, including on face coverings and PPE.  Where we are required to supply PPE, we will do so, though it is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility. 

Postgraduate/Research/Flexible Learning FAQs

International FAQs

Staff FAQs

  • Do I have to record all my lectures now?

    Plans are currently being made for the next semester, and it is anticipated that remote and online delivery will be part of the picture in LIT and across the sector during the period of the pandemic.  

  • Are there provisions for further equipment to be made available for staff to work remotely?

    Plans are currently being made for next semester, and issues around this are part of the considerations being made.

  • How will annual leave be managed at this time?

    Management will facilitate requests for annual leave in line with the annual leave policy.  At this time regard will be given to both the opportunities for rest and recreation available to the employee, and also the need for the employee to reconcile work and any family responsibilities.

  • Should employees who are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 attend the workplace?

    Employees in the high risk category need to take extra precautions to protect themselves from coronavirus. Information in relation to these measures are available from the HSE website. All employees who can work from home should continue to do so. Only where organisations deem it essential that a staff member needs to attend the workplace should they work onsite.

  • What if an employee is identified as being at very high risk (extremely vulnerable) and is advised to cocoon?

    The HSE have identified a group who are at very high risk and the details of this group are available from the HSE website. The advice for this group is to cocoon. Advice on cocooning is also available from the HSE website. Employees who self-declare that they believe that they are at very high risk and are advised to cocoon will be facilitated to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Advice may be sought from the Institute’s Occupational Health Service provider as appropriate.

  • When will I be able to physically come back on campus?

    The government has indicated that under Phase 2 of the national plan, specific provision will be made for academic staff making preparations for teaching and learning in the next academic year.  LIT staff are therefore included in this provision, with access to campus permitted.  Staff coming on campus must notify Estates, and will be required to sign in and out and to adhere to social distancing and other measures on campus.  

  • Will campuses be open for visitors from outside LIT?

    Each LIT campus is part of a broader region and serves its community.  While all events (eg, Open Days) are migrated online or cancelled, 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 LIT protocols, including the requirements of contact tracing and disease control.  Further details of how this will operate will emerge as national guidance develops. 

  • Will I have to wear a mask?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA, including on face coverings and PPE.  Details of how this will operate in practice will emerge as guidance is clarified, but where we are required to supply PPE, we will do so.  It is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility.  

  • Will I be provided with Personal Protective Equipment to use on campus?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA, including on face coverings and PPE.  Where we are required to supply PPE, we will do so, though it is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility.  

  • Will social distancing and other protective measures be in place in LIT offices?

    We do expect measures to be in place, and are currently scenario planning to implement these.  However, the details of how this will operate in practice will emerge as national guidance is clarified. 

  • Will staff be permitted to work remotely until the end of the Covid-19 pandemic?

    Remote working continues throughout the five stages of the roadmap for reopening society and business, for all employees who can do so.  LIT staff will generally continue to stay at home, unless they need to attend the workplace for an essential service that cannot be done from home.

Campus FAQs

  • Are visitors allowed on campus?

    Each LIT campus is part of a broader region and serves its community.  While all events (eg, Open Days) are migrated online or cancelled, 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 LIT protocols, including the requirements of contact tracing and disease 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.  Further information is available at https://lit.ie/student-health 

  • When are LIT campuses reopening to students and staff?

    LIT is planning that staff will return on September 1st, that term will commence for second, third and fourth years on September 14th, and for new first years on September 28th.  
    Staff who need access to campus to prepare for the coming semester can come on campus, but are expected to inform Estates, will be required to sign in and out and to adhere to social distancing and other practices while on campus. 
    At all times, the safety of staff and students is our priority, and we will be adhering to the advice of the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.   This includes adhering to the stages in the national roadmap out of lockdown.  
     

  • 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 LIT manages numbers on campus and can facilitate contact tracing at all times.  To this end, measures are currently being planned to ensure this. 

  • Are all campuses re-opening?

    Yes, it is planned that all LIT campuses will be re-opening, and that all staff and students will be adhering with the designated LIT safety measures.

  • What arrangements will be in place for student accommodation?

    LIT does not operate its own accommodation, so our students stay with private providers.
    The following private accommodation is within walking distance of our campuses, and the providers can be contacted for further details on their arrangements regarding Covid-19:

    Moylish
    Clare Street
    Thurles & Clonmel

    Please contact our accommodation office for more information
     

  • Will student support services be operating on campus?

    Yes, it is anticipated that we will continue to deliver all student support services on campus in a way that ensures the safety of staff and students.

  • Will there be quotas on the number of people on campus?

    While exact details will emerge as national guidance in clarified, it is essential that LIT manages numbers on campus and can facilitate contact tracing at all times.  To this end, measures are currently being planned to ensure this.