NCI campus closed as part of the national response to COVID-19

Classes and assessments have moved online – check Moodle for details.

This page was last updated on Friday 27th March 2020.

Staff and students are instructed NOT to attend the College from 6pm Thursday 12th March, 2020. 

There will be no face-to-face classes or in-person assessments and exams this semester. Alternative arrangements are being put in place to deal with classes, exams, CAs, assignment submissions etc, Further information is available on the "COVID-19 Update for Students" news item and has been emailed directly to students. It is vital that students continue to keep checking Moodle and their college email.

The College advises staff and students to continue to observe best practice in protecting themselves from novel coronavirus, and in limiting the possibility of spreading infection:

  • Wash your hands properly and regularly
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • Observe social distancing

Visit the HSE website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

The College will continue to update this page, and will contact staff and students directly as and when circumstances change.

Information and Support

Please read the FAQs below for information and guidance in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Is the college open and operating as normal?

National College of Ireland is closed as of 6pm 12th March, 2020, as part of the national response to the COVID-19 outbreak. There will be no face-to-face classes this semester with online delivery in place. 

If you are an applicant or are looking to start an application for a course, the College is still accepting and processing applications for September 2020.

The current date for re-opening is Monday, 20th April. However this is subject to ongoing review.

Why has the college closed?

The College has closed in compliance with a government directive.

Has a case of COVID-19 been confirmed at NCI?

No, there has been no case of COVID-19 at NCI.

What information is available for NCI staff?

Procedures for remote working and other relevant policies for NCI staff are available on the Information Hub.

How will staff and students be informed about the College reopening?

As soon as the College receives the go-ahead from the HSE/HEA, Staff and Students will be informed via email. The date of re-opening will also be posted on social media, as well as on this website.

COVID-19 Information

This section contains questions about COVID-19 that are relevant for the students of National College of Ireland.

Where can I find information regarding COVID-19?

Visit the HSE website for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

What should I do if I feel unwell and think it might have COVID-19?

Contact your GP by phone. If you require immediate medical intervention, phone 112 or 999. Do not travel to attend your GP or an emergency department.

Please follow all advice given by your medical professionals and observe any quarantine measures as instructed by them.

If you subsequently test positive for the virus, please note there is no requirement for you to inform the College about your test results as HSE Public Health will contact those who need to be informed directly. However, if you are concerned about your studies, you can email covid19confirmed@ncirl.ie with:

  • Your full name
  • Your student number
  • The course you are studying at NCI

This will allow the College to put into place any necessary supports you might require through your School. Know that we will treat any information you share with us with strict confidentiality.

The HSE may require contact details to commence contact tracing at NCI, they can also use the email address covid19confirmed@ncirl.ie.

If you subsequently test negative for the virus but still feel sick, please follow the normal procedure for letting your programme coordinator know that you are missing scheduled teaching sessions by logging a Notice of Absence via NCI 360.

What should I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19?

The first concern is for your health, and the College wishes you a speedy recovery.

Please follow all medical advice given by your medical professionals and observe any quarantine measures as instructed by them.

If you are confirmed as a positive case of COVID-19, please note there is no requirement for you to inform the College about your test results as HSE Public Health will contact those who need to be informed directly. However, if you are concerned about your studies, you can email covid19confirmed@ncirl.ie with:

  • Your full name
  • Your student number
  • The course you are studying at NCI

This will allow the College to put into place any necessary supports you might require through your School. Know that we will treat the information you share with us with strict confidentiality.

Should the HSE require contact details to commence contact tracing at NCI they can also use the email address covid19confirmed@ncirl.ie.

Does the College have a GP?

National College of Ireland offers a subsidised medical service for all full-time registered students at the Hanover Medical Centre, for which you will find contact details and opening hours here. However, you may prefer to use your family GP. 

The HSE provides a list of GP Out of Hours services, and you can find your nearest practice here. Do not travel to attend your GP or an emergency department.

Please note the Government has requested that you only contact a GP if you are experiencing symptoms. If you are not experiencing symptoms, even if you have valid concerns (such as travel from China or North Italy, or contact with a confirmed case), you should not contact your GP or emergency numbers, but contact HSE Live instead.

Current NCI Students

If you're a current NCI student, please read the information below in relation to your studies while the College is closed.

Will the end-of-semester exams be affected?

As part of our contingency planning, the College has taken the proactive decision to replace all end-of-semester examinations scheduled for April/May with alternative assessments. This decision will reduce the uncertainty for students and staff as we work to complete the semester. We have sought and received approval from QQI for these adjustments and your award is in no way compromised by this decision. 

Note: this also impacts on Online Courses – terminal exams will not take place as scheduled on the college campus, but be replaced by online end-of-semester assessments. 

Generally, the alternative assessment format will vary by module and programme and you will be guided by your lecturers on the specific requirements of the assessment. 

Further details regarding the alternative assessment will be communicated to you shortly. 

Please continue to monitor your Moodle page and NCI email account, and contact your Programme Coordinator if you have any specific concerns. Remember you can access Moodle to obtain class notes and access to other academic resources.

See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information.

I’m currently studying an online course will my classes/exams still go ahead as scheduled?

Please check your NCI email and Moodle for information specific to your course. 

We will endeavour to continue with our online classes as scheduled. Delivery may vary depending on the particular programme. 

Note: end-of-semester exams will not take place as scheduled on the college campus, but be replaced by online terminal assessments. Students will be informed of the arrangements that have been implemented at the time. Please continue to monitor your NCI email account and, as always, contact your Programme Coordinator if you have any specific concerns. Remember you can access Moodle to obtain class notes and access to other academic resources.

See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information.

What happens with regard to classes while the College is closed?

Please check your NCI email and Moodle for information specific to your course.

Faculty will upload to Moodle as much class content as is appropriate. Live streaming is unlikely to be offered, unless this has been your mode of delivery to date, however lecturers will offer alternative modes of delivery.

The majority of students will most likely be asked to access their Moodle page, where faculty will post guided readings and/or overarching instruction, which may take the form of pre-recorded, voice-over presentations, for example.

Faculty may also make themselves available to students at specific, pre-defined times, to answer any queries or questions. This would take place on Moodle through the forums facility attaching to your module page.

While we appreciate that this is not an ideal alternative to face-to-face delivery, our intention is to minimise, so far as possible, the disruption to your progression and/or completion of your programme.

See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information.

What happens with regard to CAs, project submissions while the College is closed?

Please check your NCI email and Moodle for information specific to your course. 

In many instances, CAs and projects can be completed and submitted remotely. However, arrangements may vary by class group. It is important that you refer to Moodle and check your college email for updates.

See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information.

I am worried that the College closing will impact on my studies and final grades: Deferral/Repeat options

The College is making every possible effort to ensure that alternative arrangements with regard to classes, CAs, project submissions, exams, etc., minimise disruption to your progression and/or completion of your programme. However, we understand that some of you may be concerned that this will have a negative impact on your studies and final grades. 

Should any student prefer to wait and return to college when normal service resumes, then they can apply for a deferral, which will be granted. In such circumstances, you will keep all grades/marks for modules completed and in most cases, for assessment components completed to date.  

There will be no academic penalty applied for any student who wishes to defer their assessment until normal service resumes. 

Also, under these exceptional circumstances, students will be allowed to repeat the assessment without penalty.

See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information.

Do I have to pay fees for the period of time the College is closed?

NCI has put alternative arrangements in place to deliver classes and exams, and to deal with project/assignment submissions and CAs (see FAQs above). Check Moodle for details relating to your specific course. 

As academic provision is proceeding, payment of fees will be required as normal. 

Should you have concerns regarding the impact alternative arrangements might have on your studies/grades, it is possible to defer/repeat without penalty (as per the FAQ immediately preceding this one).

How can I access Library/Study Resources?

The Norma Smurfit Library at NCI will make resources available online from libguides.ncirl.ie. No book reservations will be taken/fulfilled. Most books will automatically renew, but all fines for overdue books accrued will be waived during the period of closure.

Please be aware that the Library Help Centre will still be available to assist you remotely with your assignments and research. If you need any assistance during the enforced break, please feel free to email us at libraryhelpcentre@ncirl.ie and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

I am an international student at NCI, should I travel home?

The College has updated as of 19th March, 2020, that no face-to-face classes will take place for the duration of the current semester. See the College's COVID-19 update for students for more information. 

As an international student this will affect you in the following ways:

  • Students will not be expected to attend college in person for either instruction or assessment for the remainder of the semester.
  • We will continue to support your learning, whether you choose to stay in Ireland or return home.
  • In the event of a resit, you will not be required to return from abroad to NCI.
  • Online teaching resources and materials should be accessible through Moodle from anywhere in the world, should you decide to go home.
  • Please be aware that many travel restrictions are already in place, and more due to happen, so if you are going home you might need to decide on that quickly.
  • If you decide to return home, it is important that you inform the international office of your plans.

For international postgraduate students on taught programmes:

  • There will be no more face-to-face classes or tutorials for the remainder of this semester.
  • Postgraduate dissertation supervision will continue online.
  • You will be advised of how your programme is being addressed by your programme team or coordinator.
  • NCI’s online teaching and assessment arrangements mean that you can remain at home for the remainder of this semester.
  • Students will complete final research projects, practicum and dissertations online.

Note: As with all travel at this time, please make yourself aware of current travel advice and restrictions provided by the HSE and Department of Foreign Affairs.

Are any financial supports available for students?

NCI offers access to a Student Assistance Fund that is available to full-time students and certain part-time students to offer some support for students in financial difficulties. 

Please note that this fund is not available to international students. Part of the requirements for an International student visa are that students can fund their living expenses for the duration of their time in Ireland without financial assistance from the Irish Government or their college.

However, please note that in relation to the particular difficulties that many students are facing from the loss of employment as a result of COVID-19 the Irish Government has made a provision to provide some financial assistance. Students are advised to contact the Dept of Employment and Social Protection for details and eligibility.

Applicants

Information for anyone who has a live application for a course with NCI.

Are applications for September 2020 and January 2021 still open?

Yes; the Admissions Team is working remotely to ensure applications are still being processed. In certain cases this may take longer than usual, however we ask you to bear with us during this time.

Will my place be confirmed for September 2020?

Our current expectation is that courses for the new academic year will go ahead as planned. If this changes the Admissions Team will be in contact via email with further information.

My previous college/university is shut down and I can't provide supporting documentation for my application.

You will be offered a conditional offer on the basis of providing your documentation when it is available.

How do I send supporting documentation to NCI if the College campus is closed?

Do not post any supporting documentation at this time, instead please scan a copy of your documentation and send by email to admissions@ncirl.ie.

If you are unable to scan a document, take a picture of the relevant information and send that to admissions@ncirl.ie. We will be in touch with you at a later date to get the scanned copy.

What if I need to attend an interview as part of the application process?

Where possible a phone interview or video call will be organised.

I was given a date by which to pay my fees in my offer letter.

The College understands the uncertainty created by the current crisis. As such, our main priority is that you are safe and well. When you are offered a place on your course please just indicate you will be accepting your place and deferring payment until the summer time. We will be in touch with you later in the summer.

I have paid fees towards my course but my circumstances have changed due to COVID-19.

The College offers a full refund on courses up until the day before a course commences. If you wish to request a refund of fees please email admissions@ncirl.ie with your name and student number. Your request will be forwarded to our finance team. Payments made by card will be refunded to your card. Cheques cannot be issued at this time.

I need to provide evidence of English language proficiency as part of my application.

NCI is currently in the process of investigating an alternative to our English language competency test. If you think you may have to sit a test we will be in touch with you about these alternative arrangements shortly.

I'm worried the closure of my school/college due to COVID-19 may affect my studies, will this impact my postgraduate application?

National College of Ireland understands the impact COVID-19 may have on your final year results. As such we will review applications for postgraduate courses that may not meet the current entry requirements and use additional criteria for review such as semester 1 or dissertation results. This will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

I am an international applicant where can I find out more?

Our International Department and our overseas offices are still working in order to answer your questions and process your application. If you have a specific query in relation to your application to NCI please email international@ncirl.ie. You can also find out more on the international pages of this site.

Campus Accommodation

You'll find information related to the accommodation based at NCI in this section.

Will the Campus Accommodation remain open while the College is closed?

The accommodation on campus is owned and operated by the Exeter Property Group. It remains open.

Are any students self-isolating in campus accommodation?

The accommodation on campus is owned and operated by the Exeter Property Group. We are informed that there are currently no students self-isolating or requested to do so.

What is the guidance for students who may need to self-isolate in Campus Accommodation?

The HSE provides guidelines for self-isolation. This guidance applies whatever form of accommodation you are in, whether on- or off-campus. Students in Campus Accommodation should also inform Exeter Property Group via Joyce Holleran-Whelan, so that they can provide best duty of care to other residents. 

Should your advice to self-isolate also indicate that you must take time off your studies in order to recover, please inform your Programme Coordinator as normal. 

My daughter/son is in NCI Campus Accommodation and has been advised to self-isolate: can I collect them?

The accommodation on campus is owned and operated by the Exeter Property Group. If your daughter or son has been advised to self-isolate, you should inform Exeter via Joyce Holleran-Whelan, so that they can provide best duty of care to other residents. If your daughter or son is an NCI student and the medical advice they receive indicates that they must take time off their studies in order to recover, please inform their Programme Coordinator of their absence as per normal procedures. 

Guidance on self-isolation is available on the HSE website. If you feel able to provide these circumstances in your home and are able to collect your daughter/son without use of public transport, you can do so. Be aware that they should limit contact with other people as they leave campus accommodation, and that they should observe recommended hygiene protocols in your car as you travel home, including wearing a face mask. Before undertaking the journey home, please read this information from the HSE, to fully understand the caution you should take to limit contact with your child, even while caring for them. 

Note: the answer to this question is subject to change, should self-isolation/travel advice from the HSE be updated.

I am not from Dublin: should I leave my student accommodation during the COVID-19 outbreak?

Travel plans will ultimately be a student’s own decision. The government is actively responding to the COVID-19 outbreak as it develops, so we must all stay up-to-date on the latest advice. 

Here are some things to consider: 

You are secure in your Dublin accommodation, whether it is a flat, digs or residence, and may not wish to do anything to interrupt your lease and living arrangements. If you do decide to leave, talk to your landlord and ensure you are both on the same page in your understanding of what your departure means in terms of rent-payments, safe-keeping of your belongings, return once College re-opens, etc. 

Travel may necessitate close contact with other people: you may be safer staying in your Dublin accommodation and maintaining social distancing, even if your wish is to travel home. Weigh up your pros and cons before making the most sensible decision. 

Countries all around the world are regularly updating their travel advice in response to COVID-19. If you are not from Ireland, ensure that you will be able to safely complete your journey home before leaving your accommodation in Dublin. 

In shared accommodation, you and your roommates must observe the general hygiene rules laid out by the HSE (wash your hands; cover your face if you cough or sneeze; try not to touch your face; give an extra clean to commonly touched surfaces and be extra considerate of others in shared kitchen and bathroom facilities). It is important that you do not hold parties or have guests to stay at this time: that is not fair to your roommates and places all of you at greater risk. 

While you are practicing social distancing, it is still safe to meet people for walks or even for a cup of coffee, maintaining a 2m distance between you; and you can still chat online. It is important to socialise safely, and it is important to get enough exercise and fresh air. 

If you are in self-quarantine, you must be more careful again, and not meet with people. Self-isolation is more serious again. The HSE has a list of Dos and Don’ts

If you are an International Student at NCI and you do choose to go home, it is essential that you notify the International Office of your plans – email your name, student number and plans to internationalsupport@ncirl.ie

If you are a resident of the Exeter Property Group accommodation on the NCI campus, whether or not you are an NCI student, you should stay in communication with your RA and remember that you can directly contact Exeter Property Group by emailing Joyce Holleran-Whelan.

Work Placement

If you're an NCI student and you are currently on work placement, make sure the read the information below.

I am a student on a work placement, what should I do?

NCI students who are on work placement as part of their studies should continue to comply with the arrangements in place in the company they are working with. 

Your academic supervisor will make appropriate arrangements with you to carry out any required meetings with you in an online format. 

Please keep updated on Moodle and on your college email. No student will be adversely affected as a result of any enforced curtailment of a placement and alternative assessments and arrangements will be put in place to meet the requirements of your programme should the need arise. 

Should you have any queries please contact Caroline Kennedy (School of Business ) or Siobhan Mockler (School of Computing).

The company where I’m on work placement is scheduled to close for precautionary measures, should I notify the college?

If you are on a work placement you should follow the advice provided by your employer and public health services. If your employer has closed due to a potential case of COVID-19 and you have been told to self-isolate, you should of course not attend college. If your work placement company has closed you should inform the college by contacting Caroline Kennedy (School of Business ) or Siobhan Mockler (School of Computing).

I am a student on an education placement, what should I do?

As these settings are closed temporarily by Government decision, the course team and Placement Tutor will advise on steps available to complete your placement. These may be different for each student depending on what they have completed to date. You may be invited to a meeting with your Placement Tutor and/or members of the course team by phone or online format.

Please keep updated on Moodle and on your college email. No student will be adversely affected as a result of any enforced curtailment of a placement and alternative assessments and arrangements will be put in place to meet the requirements of your programme.

Events

Further details related to the events and conferences scheduled to take place at NCI can be found in this section.

Will Spring Graduation take place?

NCI's Spring Graduation ceremony has been postponed due to the developing situation regarding COVID-19. You can find further information on the Graduation page.

I was going to attend an event/conference in NCI, will it be rescheduled?

National College of Ireland is closed. Please do not attempt to attend any events.

NCI has cancelled or postponed all public-facing events up to Monday 20th April. We will continue to review future events on an ongoing basis, responding to updates on COVID-19, and further cancellations or postponements may occur.

NCI will have contact lists of those who registered for College-run events and will inform people directly as and when they are rescheduled and/or if they cannot be rescheduled.

Our website will be updated to reflect any changes and our social media will push news on events. For external events where the College was the intended venue, please contact the event organiser directly.

Will the Clubs and Socs Ball take place?

NCI’s Clubs and Socs Ball will not take place. Those who have purchased tickets will receive a refund. Contact the NCISU for details.

Will the Computing Project Showcase event take place?

No; the annual Computing Project Showcase will not take place at NCI this year. However, alternative arrangements are being put in place for a prize-giving ceremony. Final year computing students should monitor their student email for further updates.

Will the Open Evening in May take place?

No; the Open Evening that was due to take place in the College on the 6th May will not take place. The next Open Evening is due to take place on the 10th June is subject to ongoing review.

We would encourage anyone interested in joining a part-time or postgraduate course with us in September to register for an Open Evening and our team will email you regarding any changes to the scheduled events.

Other

You'll find answers to other questions in this section.

Is the College currently accepting new applications for courses in September?

Yes, NCI is currently accepting applications for September 2020 from all categories of student. Our Admissions team is working remotely to answer your queries and process applications from international and domestic students. Applications for full-time, undergraduate CAO students are also proceeding as normal. Please review all our courses for September and follow the routes to apply.

Will the NCI car park be open while the College is closed?

The College and therefore the car park is closed from 6pm, 12th March, 2020. Expected to re-open on 30th March, 2020 however this is subject to ongoing review.