NCI campus preparing for reopening

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

This page is reviewed daily and was last updated on Monday, 26th April, 2021.

NCI campus is prepared to reopen, having installed the facilities required for monitoring, hygiene and social distancing, and implementing capacity controls. Staff and students are instructed NOT to attend the College Campus EXCEPT as agreed with your line manager, or as timetabled by your programme coordinator, or by other appointment. At NCI, we have invested in and are prepared for dual delivery of course material, and similarly for continuity of all support services, academic and other, both remotely and in person, which allows us to be responsive to any changes in HSE advice/Government instruction.

Further updates are being emailed directly to students on a regular basis. 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
  • Wear a face covering on public transport and in spaces where social distancing is not possible
  • Wear a face mask on the NCI campus

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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT TRAVEL

Students who travel overseas during holiday periods must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Ireland, and then need to once again complete this questionnaire before attending on-campus.


Information and Support

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

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 2021?

NCI programmes are accredited through Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, programmes are operating under QQI alternative arrangements for teaching, learning and assessment, which facilitates online delivery. While alternative arrangements remain, NCI will align with Government guidance and offer programmes fully online or through blended delivery for all new and continuing students.

This means, if you are a new or continuing student at NCI this Summer or Autumn 2021, for the period these current arrangements remain in place, your programme will commence or continue in an online mode of delivery.

Once alternative arrangements cease, programmes may recommence with blended delivery, including some on-campus delivery, in line with the approved academic programme and Government guidelines – so, depending on your course, you should be prepared for a return to campus at some point.

  • Semester 2 will commence on Saturday, 23 January, 2021 and will finish on Friday, 30 April, 2021
  • 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

The Academic Calendar is available on the Students Hub, and is updated regularly. Dates and arrangements are subject to change based on ongoing guidance from health authorities.

Students will be informed of any changes via Moodle.

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 Sharepoint.

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.

Will classes remain online for 2021?

NCI will align with Government guidance and offer programmes fully online or through blended delivery for all new and continuing students. Courses may recommence with blended delivery, including some on-campus delivery, in line with the approved academic programme and Government guidelines – so, depending on your course, you should be prepared for a return to campus at some point. See NCI's statement on course delivery for 2021/2022.

Return to Campus Protocol for Students

NCI staff, in collaboration with representatives from the Students' Union, have put together a protocol for students ahead of your return to campus. The document outlines the measures the college has put in place for your safety and it is a requirement that you read through the protocol before returning to campus. 

Return to Campus Safety Protocol for Students (PDF 676KB)

Before you attend campus it is mandatory for students to complete a COVID-19 Questionnaire and to receive a response confirming that you may return to campus. You may be asked to show this email confirmation at the entrance of the College. If you receive an email saying that you must not attend a campus, be assured that the COVID Manager will contact you within 48 hours to explain why or to better understand your circumstances.

Students who travel overseas during holiday periods must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Ireland, and then need to once again complete this questionnaire before attending on-campus.

Has there been any change to student fees?

Student fees for 2020/21 and 2021/22 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 dual delivery of teaching and learning and to ensure that the highest quality academic standards are maintained. The campus has also been fitted and/or refurbished to accommodate additional hand-sanitising, social distancing and surface cleaning. Students will attend on-campus for specific learning events when it is safe to do so, in accordance with Government guidance.

How can I access Library/Study Resources?

All library services, including Help Desk, are available online. A limited number of study and PC spaces are available on-campus, subject to the current level of ‘living with COVID-19’. At some higher levels, it will not be possible to provide PC spaces. Spaces must be booked in advance.

The library will try to continue some level of ‘Click & Collect’ for hard copy text books throughout the pandemic, however must adhere to changes in restrictions, therefore the availability of this service may vary. You are advised to always check the library website before attending on campus. 

What arrangements are in place for exams in the academic year 2020/21?

In line with QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) guidance, alternative assessment and delivery arrangements remain in place until August 2022. You will be assessed on a mix of continuous assessment, traditional assignments and/or online examinations. Group projects will operate as normal, as these can easily be managed in an online mode of delivery. You will not be required to undertake any in-person examinations on-campus.

Students may repeat an assessment taken under these alternative assessment arrangements without academic or financial penalty. Students may also defer an assessment until terminal in-person examinations are reinstated. You can find more information about assessment and exams at NCI on the exams section of our site. We also encourage all students to keep up to date with information from their Programme Coordinator.

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.

Where can I find more information about the COVID Student Support Fund?

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Skills has made additional funding available to provide financial assistance to full-time EU third-level students registered for the 2020/21 academic year, in recognition of the significant upheaval they have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible students in receipt of SUSI funding will be contacted directly by SUSI. Eligible non-SUSI students will be contacted, in due course, directly by NCI. There is no need to make an application; if you are eligible, you will be contacted. 

Further information on the COVID Student Support Fund and eligibility criteria from the Government.

Applicants

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

Will classes be online for the 2021/2022 academic year?

NCI will align with Government guidance and offer programmes fully online or through blended delivery for all new and continuing students. Courses may recommence with blended delivery, including some on-campus delivery, in line with the approved academic programme and Government guidelines – so, depending on your course, you should be prepared for a return to campus at some point. See NCI's statement on course delivery for 2021/2022.

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 Requirements 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.

Existing and incoming students may qualify for the Laptop Loan Scheme.

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 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.