NCI campus has reopened for semester 1

Full-time students are scheduled for up to 2 days on-campus per week.

This page is reviewed daily and was last reviewed on Monday, 22nd November, 2021.

NCI campus has installed the facilities required for monitoring, hygiene and social distancing, and implementing capacity controls. Staff and students have begun a phased return to campus, 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 to Category 2 countries must self-isolate for 14 days upon returning to Ireland, and then need to once again complete this questionnaire before attending on-campus. Consult the Department of Foreign Affairs latest travel advice for details


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 to expect when you attend on campus, 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 and other pre-arranged appointments. Please keep yourself informed of any updates to protocols through our website, Moodle and your student email.

What is the academic calendar for 2021?

  • Semester 1 will commence on Monday, 27th September, 2021* and will finish on Saturday, 18th December, 2021
  • Semester 1 assessment period is Wednesday, 5th January, 2022 to Saturday, 15th January, 2022 

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.

*Springboard courses, other funded courses, the BA Hons in Business Management and the BA Hons in HRM Strategy & Practice will start on Monday, 20th September, 2021. More information is available on the Academic Calendar.

What information is available for NCI staff?

Procedures for remote working and other relevant policies for NCI staff are available on Sharepoint.

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.

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 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?

Semester 1’s timetable prioritises in-person classroom time for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing them with up to two days per week on campus. Your timetable indicates which of your classes are on campus and which are online. There will also be some non-learning events on campus, including Student Union activities.

Part-time programmes will be offered in an online or blended mode for 2021/22. This will mean that there may be some opportunities to meet with classmates on campus, which will be notified well in advance, but most of the part-time courses content will be delivered in an online mode.

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 attending on 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.

If your circumstances change, for example, if you fall ill or if you travel to an area that is currently experience an outbreak, you will need to once again complete this questionnaire before attending on-campus.

Has there been any change to student fees?

Student fees for 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.

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. Spaces must be booked in advance. 'Click & Collect' for hard copy text books is also available. You are advised to always check the library website before attending on campus, as the service will respond to changes in COVID-19 restrictions. 

What arrangements are in place for exams?

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.

What are the plans for Graduation 2021?

NCI is delighted to announce that Graduation 2021 will take place in person on the 29th and 30th November in The Convention Centre Dublin, subject to Government guidelines.

Because the event is taking place outside the College in a venue that is governed by Fáilte Ireland regulations, graduands and their guests must present a Digital Covid Cert or Proof of Immunity, along with photo ID. Graduands and/or guests who are unable to provide this information will not be admitted to graduation. Negative PCR or Antigen test will not be acceptable. Masks will also be mandatory.

All graduands will receive communication regarding the graduation ceremony, gowning, photography, and receiving their parchment over the coming weeks.

Applicants

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

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

Semester 1’s timetable prioritises in-person classroom time for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing them with up to two days per week on campus. Your timetable indicates which of your classes are on campus and which are online. There will also be some non-learning events on campus, including Student Union activities.

Part-time programmes will be offered in an online or blended mode for 2021/22. This will mean that there may be some opportunities to meet with classmates on campus, which will be notified well in advance, but most of the part-time courses content will be delivered in an online mode.

See NCI's statement on course delivery for 2021/2022.

Laptop Requirements for NCI students

In response to COVID-19, many courses in colleges around Ireland now require students to attend classes online at times. 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 am an international applicant where can I find out more?

Our International Department and our overseas offices are ready to answer all your queries by email at international@ncirl.ie. You can also find out more on the international pages of this site.