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 Tuesday, 4th August, 2020.

The college campus is currently closed and staff and students are advised not to attend the campus. Online learning and assessments continue where applicable. Our faculty and staff are working hard to ensure all arrangements are in place for the start of the 2020/21 academic year which will include significant online learning for most students in semester one with some blended classroom elements for particular programmes and certain categories of students.

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
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in spaces where social distancing is not possible

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 for the 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in Business Management and BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice will commence on Monday, 14 September, 2020. 
  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all other 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. 

For most students, online delivery will be the significant part of the timetable for semester one. For particular programmes and certain categories of students, there may be a blend of online and some classroom teaching elements. This is subject to ongoing review.

All dates subject to change.

What will the campus look like when it reopens?

As part of NCI’s commitment to provide a safe return to campus for staff and students, we have prepared this short video to let you know what the campus will look like in Autumn, informing you of some of the changes we have made and the protocols that will be in place. Note: access to NCI buildings will be limited and only in accordance with scheduled academic activity. Please keep yourself informed of any updates to protocols through our website, Moodle and your student email.

What is the academic calendar for 2020/21?

  • Classes for the 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in Business Management and BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice will commence on Monday, 14 September, 2020.  
  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all other 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.

For most students, online delivery will be the significant part of the timetable for semester one. For particular programmes and certain categories of students there may be a blend of online and some classroom teaching elements. This is subject to ongoing review.

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 NCI car park is now open to the public. There has been no change in the charge for the use of these facilities.

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:

  • Classes for the 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in Business Management and BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice will commence on Monday, 14 September, 2020.  
  • All other 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.

For most students, online delivery will be the significant part of the timetable for semester one. For particular programmes and certain categories of students there may be a blend of online and some classroom teaching elements. This is subject to ongoing review.

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.

Has there been any change to student fees?

Student fees for 2020/2021 remain unchanged. As academic provision is proceeding with no reduction in learning outcomes or qualifications awarded, payment of fees will be required as normal. NCI has made significant additional investments to provide alternative arrangements for teaching and learning and to ensure that the highest quality academic standards are maintained.

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.

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 for the 2-year, part-time, BA (Hons) in Business Management and BA (Hons) in HRM Strategy and Practice will commence on Monday, 14 September, 2020.
  • Classes will commence on Monday, 28 September, 2020, for all other new and returning, undergraduate and part-time students.
  • All full-time postgraduate students will commence classes on Monday, 5 October, 2020. 

For most students, online delivery will be the significant part of the timetable for semester one. For particular programmes and certain categories of students there may be a blend of online and some classroom teaching elements. This is subject to ongoing review.

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.

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.

Laptop Recommendations for NCI students

In response to COVID-19, many courses in colleges around Ireland are temporarily moving to remote delivery. Students have asked us to recommend laptop specifications that will allow them to access all programmes necessary for them to attend classes online.

Note: these are guidelines only, and generally apply to undergraduate courses. Certain courses, especially in computing at postgraduate level, may have specific device requirements, and you should check directly with your programme director/coordinator or on the relevant course details page.

Recommended minimum specifications for NCI students:

Processor:

  • Intel 7th (or higher) generation processors (Core i-3, i-5, i-7,i-9-7x)
  • or AMD Ryzen 3rd generation processors, running at 2.0GHz and above (Intel Atom/Celeron or AMD Athlon/Sempron Processors may cost less, but may not meet your requirements)

Random Access Memory (RAM):
8 GB minimum

Solid State Drive (SSD) Capacity:
256 GB minimum

Wireless Card:
802.11 a/b/g/n compliant with Bluetooth Capability (incompatibilities have been noted with the Qualcomm Atheros Wireless Adapters and software device drivers)

Graphics Card:
Direct X9 or later

Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10 Home/Pro

 

I have been offered a place at NCI by the CAO and wish to defer until next year.

Deferrals for 2020/21 CAO applicants will only be considered on medical or compassionate grounds. The procedure for applying for a deferral can be found here, you can contact our Admissions Team by emailing admissions@ncirl.ie. Applications for deferrals must include relevant supporting documentation. Do not accept your CAO offer.

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 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.