Covid-19 Information

COVID-19

Our doors may be closed but we're still here working hard to support the college community.

For up-to-date information regarding College COVID-19 regulations check out the TCD FAQ:

https://www.tcd.ie/about/coronavirus/

https://www.tcd.ie/students/supports-services/covid-19-support.php

For up-to-date government information, check out the HSE COVID-19 portal:

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

Accessing Campus - January 2021

Campus access has been restricted to Lincoln Gate and Nassau Street Gates only. This is subject to change once term resumes.

Accessing campus before teaching resumes is now limited to the following groups

  1. Residents
  2. Essential researchers (as submitted by Head of School/Unit)
  3. Students with pre-booked time slot in the Libraries/Study Spaces
  4. Students with an exam location agreed in College
  5. Essential staff (as submitted by Head of School/Unit)
  6. Pre-approved visitors

The following student study and breakout spaces are open:

Study Spaces:

Exam Hall 9am – 10pm 7 days a week 

Trinity Hall 9am – 10pm 7 days a week


Breakout Spaces:

Regent House 9am-6pm Mon-Fri

TBSI 9am-6pm Mon-Fri

St James’s 9am-6pm Mon-Fri 

 

The Library is set to remain open and bookable for the foreseeable future. For the most up to date info and details on booking spaces, head to the library website: https://www.tcd.ie/library/

 

Resumption of Teaching

Due to ongoing Level 5 restrictions, it has been decided that the majority of semester teaching will remain online or move on line. Unfortunately, if there was no in-person teaching in your course last semester, there will not be in-person teaching in the coming semester. 

Some essential practical or lab-based work in other Schools will continue where feasible. Schools and programmes with practical classes or other lab-based activities including capstone research projects are assessing the new situation to determine what can be delivered safely in the current situation and what amendments to teaching formats or scheduling changes might be needed.

For students who cannot attend scheduled in-person teaching events alternative formats or hybrid teaching will be put in place.

Every effort is being made to ensure scheduled placements will go ahead, and arrangements are being put in place so that students required to be in clinical settings receive priority access to vaccination. Students will also be required to attend face-to-face teaching sessions in the Health Sciences where it is deemed essential to meet the requirements of professional regulators. Students in these subjects will need to be in Dublin for semester two.

 

Source: Email circulated on the 8th of Jan. 2021 by Provost Patrick Prendergast.

 

Accommodation

We understand that many students have been placed in a compromising position in the midst of the housing crisis while waiting for answers around face-to-face teaching. TCDSU are actively working to seek answers for those affected by the ongoing level 5 restrictions and are working closely with the college to ensure students are placed first. Now that the college has given firm answers on semester 2 teaching, it's important that you make choices to keep you safe and out of risk. Get in touch if you need any advice about returning to accommodation for semester 2, or need assistance with renting and leases. Reach out to our accommodation advisory service or find out more information about renting in the welfare directory below and if you're having any issues, shoot us an email and we'll be more than happy to assist.

Fees

Unfortunately, fees cannot be reduced for the coming academic year due to overheads and investments associated with adapting to online learning and the pandemic. Based on a board decision in 2018, fees were set to increase by 3% this year. We as the Students’ Union plan on actively challenging this during the coming academic year but at the moment there is little wiggle room on this issue. We understand this puts students in a difficult position and we’re working hard to ensure that every member of the college community is treated fairly.

We have launched a petition calling for a reduction to the student contribution charges, you can find out more here: https://bit.ly/feestcd please sign, share and circulate!

Welfare Directory

Check out the resources below! If you need anything, the TCDSU DMs are always open and we can be contacted as usual. Things may look a little different this year, but the sabbatical officers are committed to ensuring that our support services remain available.

€250 Emergency Grant

You can find all information on eligibility etc here: https://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/assets/PDF/Covid-19-emergency-payment.pdf

You will automatically receive the grant, so if you are eligible, you do not need to apply for anything. If you are receiving a grant from SUSI then your payment will come from SUSI. If you do not receive the €250 refund as a continuing student, then it will be used for the next academic year fees.

Please make sure to update your bank details by January 20th.

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Opening Hours

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Tuesday 9:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 9:30 - 17:00
Thursday 9:30 - 17:00
Friday 9:30 - 17:00

Closed Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holiday

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