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

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

This page is reviewed daily and was last updated on Monday 25th May 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 updates are being 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 COVID-19, 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).

When will NCI reopen?

Currently classes and assessments are continuing online. Subject to confirmation from the Government and the national response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NCI intends to re-open for Semester 1 2020/21 as follows:

  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all new and returning, undergraduate students, and undergraduate and postgraduate, part-time students. 
  • All full-time postgraduate students will commence classes on Monday, 5 October, 2020. 

All dates subject to change.

What is the academic calendar for 2020/21?

  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all new and returning, undergraduate and part-time students.
  • All full-time postgraduate students will commence classes on Monday, 5 October, 2020.
  • Reading Week in Semester 1 will be 9th-13th November, 2020. Classes will resume on Saturday, 14th November. 
  • First semester finishes Friday, 18 December, 2020.

Because we are operating an alternative assessment methodology (as implemented in Spring 2020), students will have no traditional examinations in January 2021. 

  • Semester 2 will commence on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 and will finish on Friday, 30 April, 2021 
  • Reading Week in Semester 2 will be Monday to Saturday, 15-20 March, 2021 
  • No Saturday lectures will take place on 20 March. 
  • The Easter Break will be Friday, 2 April to Thursday, 8 April, 2021, with classes resuming as normal on Friday, 9 April 
  • Semester 2 assessment period is Friday, 7 May, 2021 to Saturday, 22 May, 2021 
  • Semester 3 2020/2021 will be Monday, 24 May to Friday, 13 August, 2021 
  • Autumn Repeat Assessment Period will be Wednesday, 11 August to Saturday, 28 August, 2021 
  • Semester 3 assessment period will be Friday, August 20 to Saturday, 28 August, 2021

Dates and arrangements are subject to change based on ongoing guidance from health authorities.

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 5th May, 2020 however this is subject to ongoing review.

What information is available for NCI staff?

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

COVID-19 Information

The best source of information about COVID-19 is the HSE website.

I feel unwell / I have tested positive for COVID-19, what should I do?

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

If you feel unwell, you should phone your GP. Do not travel in person to your GP.

If you need immediate medical treatment, phone 112 or 999. Do not travel in person to the Emergency Clinic if you suspect you have COVID-19.

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.

Regardless of whether you test positive for COVID-19, if you need to take time off your studies due to illness, 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 NCI360.

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.

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.

When will Semester 1 2020/21 start?

Subject to confirmation from the Government and the national response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NCI intends to re-open for Semester 1 2020/21 as follows:

  • All returning students will start back w/c 28th September 2020 (reading week will be w/c 9th November).
  • Full-time, postgraduate students will start on 5th October 2020.
  • Semester 1 will now finish on December 18th.
  • Assessments for Semester 1 will continue with the current alternative approach, which means students will not be gathering together in exam rooms.
  • The knock-on impact of the late start to Semester 1 will mean that there is no Reading Week, for any group, in the Spring Semester (January-May 2021).
  • The College will take its Easter break 2nd – 8th April 2021 with classes resuming as normal on Friday 9th April 2021.
  • The Exam/Assessment period will be 7th – 22nd May 2021.

I'm due to attend classes at NCI during Summer Semester (May-Aug 2020), is there any update?

All students should remember that your Moodle course page has the most up-to-date information that is specifically relevant to your programme.

The School of Business has taken the decision to continue with alternative delivery of classes and assessments online for Summer Semester (May-Aug 2020), even should restrictions lift during that time period. These arrangements apply to students on the following programmes:

  • MBA - second year only
  • MSc Finance – full time only
  • PG Dip HRM
  • BAHBSM – all stages
  • BAHSTP – all stages

The School of Computing will also continue with alternative delivery of classes and assessments. The following School of Computing programmes will be fully delivered and assessed online during Summer Semester (May-Aug 2020):

  • BSc (Hons) Computing 3rd year
  • BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems 3rd year
  • BSc (Hons) Technology Management 3rd year
  • Higher Diploma in Data Analytics
  • Higher Diploma in Computing
  • Higher Diploma in IFS Analytics
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cloud Computing
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cybersecurity
  • MSc Cloud Computing September 2019
  • MSc Data Analytics September 2019
  • MSc Cybersecurity September 2019
  • MSc Fintech September 2019
  • MSc Top Ups in Cloud, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity.
  • MSc Cloud Computing January 2020
  • MSc Data Analytics January 2020
  • MSc Cybersecurity January 2020

General updates will be available on this website and on social media, and you will also receive regular communication via your College email address. Again, your Moodle course page is the best source for information directly relevant to your programme.

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.

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

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

Alternative online delivery methods and supports will be in place to allow you complete your academic programme. Depending on your programme these delivery methods may change as health advice updates.

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.

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

The College is making every 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.

We would advise all students, where possible, to proceed with your alternative assessments as scheduled, even in these exceptional times.

If you fail any module in this Spring semester, you may register to repeat it in Autumn, incurring no academic or financial penalty. At that time, if you are unhappy with your overall results, you may seek, and will be granted, a programme deferral and, again, the College will impose no academic or financial penalty. Find out more information on your deferral options.

However, be aware that programme deferral may mean a longer wait to move forward with your studies, depending on your programme and when the modules you need to complete run again.

Note that these accommodations apply to all Spring 2020 semester module assessments, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic disruption.

Whether you are undertaking an alternative assessment or an assessment in its original form, if you are struggling - for whatever reason - the first thing you must do is, let us know.

NCI has always done its utmost to support our students, and we will continue, at this time, to respond to your individual circumstances and ensure your best progress.

Contact either your programme director or your programme coordinator to inform them of any concerns you may have. And again, the best option, if possible, is to undertake your assessment as scheduled.

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 and I wish to go home.

The College has confirmed that no face-to-face classes will take place for the current semester (May - August). However, as the situation continues to evolve, if you do decide to go home, please remember that it is your own personal choice and your responsibility.

If you decide to return home, it is important that you inform the international office of your plans by emailing internationalsupport@ncirl.ie.

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.

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.

When will all First Years start?

Subject to confirmation from the Government and the national response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NCI intends to re-open for Semester 1 2020/21 as follows:

  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all new and returning, undergraduate and part-time students.
  • All full-time postgraduate students will commence classes on Monday, 5 October, 2020. 

For more information on other key dates for this upcoming year, view our academic calendar.

All dates subject to change.

Will start dates for incoming first years be impacted by changes to the Leaving Certificate?

There have been changes announced to the Leaving Certificate 2020 with predictive grading in place.

This may involve some changes to the scheduling of the CAO process, see www.cao.ie. Exact timelines are to be confirmed but it is hoped that the schedule will remain as close as possible to the normal timings. Based on information currently available, NCI is scheduling for incoming first years to start w/c 28th September, 2020. This is subject to change. In common with other institutions, National College of Ireland is working with the appropriate authorities to make the transition to third-level as smooth as possible. We will keep you informed of all developments.

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 and so 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.

Irish / EU Students: 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.

Non EU / International Students: International student places at NCI are subject to strict limits and places are only confirmed when a student pays their fees in full. International applicants should note that submission of a payment does not guarantee a place, as seats are only allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any queries regarding confirming your place, please contact your agent or email international@ncirl.ie.

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.

For international students, a different refund policy applies. Please see the refund policy for more information.

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

For applicants based in Ireland:

If you require an English language proficiency test as part of your application for a programme of study, NCI is now offering an online version of our English language competency test. Details of this will be provided to you as part of your application process.

For international applicants based outside Ireland:

Note that for International applicants based outside Ireland, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency with your visa application. More details can be found on the website.

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.

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. 

Events

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

Will the summer Open Evenings take place?

Yes, our opening evenings will be taking place online this year with the first event on the 10th June.

We would encourage anyone interested in joining a part-time or postgraduate course with us in September to register for any of the upcoming Open Evening dates and our team will email you regarding how to take part.

Will the Computing Project Showcase event take place?

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, NCI's Project Showcase event has been cancelled and instead, a Project Showcase website has been launched. View projects from the areas of software development, internet of things, cloud computing, technology management and more.