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Student COVID-19 Information

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Welcome to the MIC Covid-19 Student Hub. Here, you will find COVID-19 related frequently asked questions, useful information and the MIC COVID-19 Student Charter.

For the coming academic year, MIC had planned to operate a blended model of teaching and learning – that is to say a combination of online and on-campus delivery.

However, following the Government’s announcement that the entire country is to move to Level 5 from midnight on Wednesday, 21st October, it was confirmed that MIC's current mode of online delivery will continue for the remainder of the semester.

Furthermore, mindful of the uncertainty currently facing students and in order to provide greater clarity allowing both staff and students to plan for the next semester, MIC has taken the decision to continue with our online delivery mode for the spring semester; that is to say the remainder of the Academic Year 2020/21. While a small number of selected essential face-to-face learning activities will continue to take place on campus (primarily certain research activities and some practical tuition that cannot happen online), remote delivery will continue to be the primary mode of academic delivery in Semester 2. This model will ensure continuity and access for all our students as is the case at present. More details on this can be found in the Academic Delivery FAQs section. 

Due to COVID-19 some of MIC's supports and services are operating remotely, via phone, email or Microsoft Teams. However, students will still receive the same high level of support from these offices. For more on this, please see the Supports and Services FAQs section.

MIC has also adapted both Limerick and Thurles campuses to adhere to the latest public health guidance. This includes the use of face masks while indoors, protective screens, regular sanitisation stations and designated traffic flows. More details can be found in the Useful Information section.

All students must adhere to the MIC COVID-19 Student Charter 2020-21 at all times. You can find the Charter here.

What to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms

If you, or someone in your lecture room, develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus contact:

Limerick Campus: 
T: 086 0664917
E: CovidManagerLimerick@mic.ul.ie

Thurles Campus:
T: 086 0664920
E:CovidManagerThurles@mic.ul.ie

Please remain in place until otherwise instructed.

Academic Delivery FAQ

Autumn Semester (Semester 1) will begin on 28 September and finish on 18 December 2020 and will consist of 12 weeks. Assessments and feedback will be given throughout Semester 1. There will be no end of semester exam period*.

The Spring Semester (Semester 2) will commence on January 25 and end on May 15 2021. It will consist of 12 weeks of teaching and a three-week assessment period.

* The following exams will take place: Language oral exams (BA; B Ed & B EdPsych Gaeilge; Arts Language Electives in B Ed) and Mathematics exams (BA in Education; BA; Arts Mathematics Electives in B Ed) will take place in Week 12.

Following the Government’s announcement that the entire country is to move to Level 5 from midnight on Wednesday, 21st October, it was confirmed that MIC's current mode of online delivery will continue for the remainder of the semester.

Furthermore, mindful of the uncertainty currently facing students and in order to provide greater clarity allowing both staff and students to plan for the next semester, MIC has taken the decision to continue with our online delivery mode for the spring semester; that is to say the remainder of the Academic Year 2020/21. While a small number of selected essential face-to-face learning activities will continue to take place on campus (primarily certain research activities and some practical tuition that cannot happen online), remote delivery will continue to be the primary mode of academic delivery in Semester 2. This model will ensure continuity and access for all our students as is the case at present

Students are asked to check their MIC student email address daily to ensure that they receive the most up to date information from your Course Coordinator. For more information check out our dedicated COVID-19 Hub on the website.

MIC Library will remain open with a Click & Collect service, as previously planned.  Further details available here.

MIC will also enhance existing protection measures, such as more extensive wearing of face masks in certain settings.  Further information on Campus Safety Precautions may be accessed here.

In addition, MIC will continue to ensure that all necessary health protection measures are in place.  MIC has consistently communicated to its students in relation to the risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to reinforce its messages to students regarding the importance of personal responsibility in safeguarding themselves and the wider community.  This is underpinned by national guidance for the further and higher education sectors and by more detailed implementation guidelines developed by public health experts.

In the event of an incidence of COVID-19 among staff or students, MIC will act in accordance with public health advice in determining the appropriate response.

Specific information will be emailed to each programme cohort from their Dean, Head of School or Course Coordinator, as appropriate.

If you have additional queries with regard to your programme please contact: 

Unfortunately it will not be possible to host our annual Conferring Ceremonies this October due to COVID-19 restrictions. Obviously, this is a source of great disappointment as graduation is a momentous occasion, marking as it does a highlight in MIC’s calendar year.

However, whilst we may not be able to celebrate in person this October, MIC is committed to officially commemorating this great achievement at some stage in the near future.  

We have recently formed a working group, comprising of management and MISU, to explore various alternatives to the four large-scale physical conferring ceremonies which were due to take place in October 2020. Alternative options are currently being explored in collaboration with MISU on behalf of the student body.

In the interim, a meeting will take place in October whereby the President of UL will officially confer all graduands with their degrees in absentia, (that is to say students will not be present) so that graduates may receive their parchments for employment/career progression purposes. Following this meeting, all parchments, and awards, where relevant, will be posted out to graduates on Friday 23 October.

For those interested in hiring gowns for the purpose of an official graduation photo with your parchment, Phelan Conan Ltd are currently offering free nationwide home delivery on all graduation gown hires for MIC graduands. Further information on this service may be obtained from their website, here.

The Library is operating a click and collect service. MIC Library’s online services also continue to be available 24 hours per day to students and staff, and these are accessible via the Library Website.

How to Contact Us and Get Help

Library staff will be available to answer online queries from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. All user queries should be emailed to library@mic.ul.ie or sent through the Ask A Question link on the Library Website. Information on all MIC Library Services is also available on our A-Z of Services page on the Library Website.

Top 10 tips for students studying at home:

  1. Get up early as if it was a normal College day.
  2. Establish a structure to your day. Block out times for lectures, study, meals, exercise etc.
  3. There are a number of online tools such as Skype or Zoom that you can download for free and enable you to coordinate video chats with groups of people. Use these programs to set up study groups with course mates so you can spend some time discussing ideas, analysing texts together and swapping study tips.
  4. Engage with your learning. Put your phone down while studying or listening to an online lecture as if you were in the library or in an actual lecture. Be prepared, do the readings and take notes as in a normal lecture.
  5. Organise a designated space for study.
  6. It is normal to feel lonely at the moment. Stay in touch with your peers and friends using social media.
  7. Take regular breaks. Get out for a walk/run/cycle every day but practice physical distancing. Alternatively, get 30 minutes of exercise at home. There are a number of workouts on Youtube to choose from; www.fitnessblender.com is another good source.
  8. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals and healthy snacks.
  9. Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It is likely that the uncertainty we are facing at the moment can increase feelings of anxiety. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  10. Activities like yoga and meditation can help with feelings of stress and anxiety. There are lots of Youtube videos to choose from.

Compiled by MIC Health Promotion

Read the MIC Academic Learning Centre Study Skills Handbook.

Staff research information and postgraduate forms, guidelines, documents and a wide range of other information can be accessed on the RGS Intranet with your MIC Email/Computer login username and password here.

For Staff & Research Postgraduate Students please enter your username as MIC\Firstname.Surname

For Taught Postgraduate students please enter your username as MICstudent\ID Number

If you are having difficulties logging in with your correct details please check that you have updated your MIC Email password. This needs to be changed every 90 days.

 

Who can I speak to in the Research & Graduate School?

Please make initial queries via email and we can follow up by phone if necessary

VP Research VPResearch@mic.ul.ie

Amy Healy Amy.Healy@mic.ul.ie

Rebecca Breen Rebecca.breen@mic.ul.ie

Mary Collins Mary.Collins@mic.ul.ie

Supports & Services FAQ

All of the College Services are operating this semester although some are doing so remotely. 

All services are contactable over phone, email or Microsoft Teams.

See here for further information on student services.

The Student Academic Administration has established a dedicated helpdesk which can be contacted at SAA@mic.ul.ie 

All of the academic and pastoral support you would expect to operate in a normal college year will be available to you. See here for further information on student supports.

In addition MIC is committed to the development of a digital campus to provide the necessary online academic, technical and pastoral supports.

Academic Learning Centre

MIC Limerick: If you wish to avail of academic support, please email one of the following ALC staff: James.Binchy@mic.ul.ieBrian.Clancy@mic.ul.ie or Geraldine.brosnan@mic.ul.ie.

MIC Thurles: If you wish to avail of academic support, please email Ilona.Costelloe@mic.ul.ie.

Maths Support Unit

If you wish to avail of maths support, please email Danielle.Sciascia@mic.ul.ie.

Read the ALC Study Skills Handbook.

Access/Disability Office

If you wish to contact the Access/Disability Office at MIC, please email Maura.Moore@mic.ul.ie.

Courtbrack Accommodation, MIC Limerick, will be open from September 2020 and be available for rental on a weekly rotational basis. Unfortunately due to current Public Health Directives, it will not be possible to offer accommodation within the Halls of Residence at MIC Limerick this September. A separate communication has been issued directly to those affected by this decision.

MIC Thurles On-campus accommodation will be open from September 2020. Further details available from Manager.Summerville@mic.ul.ie or T: 061 302500

The HSE is the definitive source of medical advice for COVID-19; please refer to www.hse.ie.

On the front page of this section (Latest Update), some general FAQs are covered as well as sources of more information.

Students can also contact their own GP by phone or the following services:

MIC Limerick

If students are in need of medical attention, please telephone the Ashdown Medical Centre at +353 61 301200. There is a €10 charge for an appointment for an MIC student.

GP listings for Limerick

If out-of-hours, please telephone ShannonDoc at +353 1850 212 999.

MIC Thurles

A GP Service is available for MIC Thurles students with Dr Liam Collins at The Surgery, Fianna Road, Thurles by contacting +353 504 21155. There is a €10 charge for an appointment for an MIC student.

GP listings for Tipperary

If out-of-hours, please telephone ShannonDoc at +353 1850 212 999.

If you have not found an answer for your query here you can contact the relevant office/support service through the email addresses given below.

Campus Facilities Information

MIC has adopted a one-way traffic system on some corridors in the Limerick campus due to the traffic flow. Yellow directional floor signs have been installed in every building and you are encouraged to adhere to these directions. As a general rule of thumb, keep to the left side of the corridor. However, in some areas MIC has installed a one-way system, which will be clearly signposted. 

Some other services such as the dining areas and An Siopa have been altered due to safety protocols so please follow signage and the direction of staff when visiting these areas.

You can find more details on specific services and facilities below:

MIC Limerick Study Spaces

From Monday 16th November, socially distanced, individual study spaces will be available for MIC students to book in 3 rooms in the Tara Building – T201, T213 and T314. Further details, including the link to book slots and the terms & conditions of use, are available here.

Library

Click & Collect Service

Where an ebook alternative is not available, MIC Libraries continue to provide access to the print book collections on our Limerick and Thurles campuses to staff and students - full details are available hereAll undergraduate students can borrow 10 items. The opening hours for collection are:

 

Limerick Campus

Monday – Friday: 11am – 4pm

Saturday: 2pm – 6pm

 

Thurles Campus

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm

Friday: 9am – 4.45pm

Saturday: 12pm – 3pm

 

Book Returns

MIC Libraries have Book Return Boxes outside the Libraries on the Limerick and Thurles campuses. All items are quarantined for 72 hours once they are returned and fines are not charged during this period.

 

Microfilm Reader

MIC Libraries have moved one of our microfilm readers to the library foyer – it is located in the mezzanine area near the water dispenser. Please email your request to use the reader, together with the reels you would like to view, to library@mic.ul.ie. Reels can be collected from the Service Desk in the Library. Pages can be scanned from the reader and a USB stick is required to save these scans.

 

Online Resources

MIC Libraries online resources continue to be available 24 hours per day for staff and students and these are accessible via the Library Website.

To log on to the electronic resources from home, please log in with your MIC email address and network password, as you would with Moodle and Microsoft Outlook.

To find books, ebooks, and journal articles, please use the Search All search box on the main webpage. Gary LaCumber, Assistant Librarian Information & User Services, has created a series of videos to help with searching for and finding resources and these are available on the How to Search Library Resources guide. If you need any further assistance with this, please contact Gary at gary.lacumber@mic.ul.ie. E-journal titles can be found on our A-Z of Journals page. A full list of our Databases is also available and you can filter the list alphabetically, by subject, and by database type.

 

Contact MIC Library and Get Help

If you know who you would like to contact, please do so by email.

For more general queries, please email library@mic.ul.ie where library staff will be available to answer questions between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 2pm to 6pm on Saturday. It is also possible to post a question through the Ask A Question link on the Library Website.

To keep up dated with news on library services, please follow the library via social media on Twitter and Instagram – links to all our social media sites are also available on our webpage

Canteen

Due to government public health advice, MIC is operating remotely and learning online where possible. Until such time as restrictions are relaxed and students can return to on-campus learning, the canteen on the MIC Limerick campus will temporarily close from Wednesday, 7 October.

For further information please keep an eye on this page and on MIC's social media channels.

An Siopa

Due to government public health advice, MIC is operating remotely and learning online where possible. Until such time as restrictions are relaxed and students can return to on-campus learning, An Siopa will remain closed. 

Please keep an eye on this page and the MIC social media channels for all the latest information.

Video Library

MISU Vice-President Laura Charleton
Limerick Student's Union COVID-19 Campaign
MISU President and Vice President standing in front of a College building
COVID-19 Campus Changes Explained
Follow MISU as they walk you through the MIC Limerick campus to explain key changes due to COVID-19
Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC
President's Welcome to Returning Students
Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice-President of Academic Affairs at MIC
Welcome from Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Michael Breen
Welcome from the Dean of Arts
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professor Emer Ring
Welcome from the Dean of Education
Head of School at MIC Thurles, Dr Finn Ó Múrchu
Welcome from MIC Thurles
Students in front of MIC building
Arts Office welcome message
Triena Delaney, Manager of the Education Office
Education Office welcome message
MIC Thurles
MIC Thurles Supports welcome message
MIC students
Welcome from Student Academic Administration

MIC COVID-19 Student Charter

At all times, students will be expected to adhere to MIC's COVID-19 Student Charter to help keep the College community safe.

The Charter can be found below or you can download it.

MIC COVID-19 Student Charter

The safety of our community relies on a responsible partnership between MIC students and the College. Our COVID-19 Student Charter outlines the commitment expected by all students throughout the academic year 2020-2021 and our MIC Student Campus Safety Protocol details the measures the College has implemented to protect our community throughout the academic year 2020 – 2021.

As a student of MIC:

· I will follow MIC’s Guidelines and advice as outlined in https://www.mic.ul.ie/covid-19 and Public Health Guidelines related to reducing the spread of COVID-19. I understand that this is likely to change regularly so I will take personal responsibility for ensuring I am up to date with the latest information which is available here.

· I understand that in addition to adhering to public health measures, downloading and maintaining the free COVID19 Tracker app will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of Coronavirus in Ireland

· I will endeavour to take all necessary health and safety precautions to protect myself and others

· I will adhere to the mandatory and proper wearing of a face covering/mask indoors on all MIC campus environments. If I am unable to wear a face covering/mask I will provide medical verification to the MIC Medical Centre

· I will adhere to all hygiene precautions including proper hand hygiene (washing and sanitising), respiratory hygiene and relevant social distancing measures as detailed here.

· I will inform MIC Medical Centre if I have an underlying medical condition and/or if I am in a high risk or very high risk category. Please see here for further information

· I will adhere to all environmental safety measures throughout my time on campus

· I will strictly adhere to the National Guidelines outlined here with respect the protocols which are to be followed before, during and after any travel to and from Ireland

· I will not attend any learning environment if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19

· I will not attend any learning environment if I experience COVID-19 symptoms and/or considered a close contact to a positive case. I will follow guidance to self-isolate and get a test. In this event I will report my COVID-19 health status to Medical.Centre@mic.ul.ie

· If I become unwell at college with COVID-19 like symptoms I will leave the campus immediately, returning safely to my accommodation and without compromising others. I will follow guidance to self-isolate and get a test. I will report these symptoms to Medical.Centre@mic.ul.ie

· As a member of the MIC community I will behave appropriately, consider others, follow national and local advice and the public health guidelines, act responsibly and uphold the core values and policies of our College

· I know that this is an ever-developing situation – one which requires everyone’s ongoing vigilance and personal responsibility

Student Campus Safety Protocol

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has prepared this Student Campus Safety Protocol to outline, in a centralised place, how MIC will operate the various protocols in place, and to inform students about the range of measures the College has implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Please make yourself familiar with the protocol. You can view it below or download it here.

Information slide with details of MIC's Return to College
Return to College Induction and Advice
Watch MIC's Health and Safety Manager, Caroline Duffy give this COVID-19 Return to College induction

Useful Information

If you have not found an answer for your query on this page you can contact the relevant office/support service through the email addresses given below.

The HSE has produced guidance on how to wear a face mask safely which can be found here.

The HSE has produced guidance on keeping face masks clean which you can find here.

What to do if you develop COVID-19 symptoms

If you, or someone in your lecture room, develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus contact:

Limerick Campus: 
T: 086 0664917
E: CovidManagerLimerick@mic.ul.ie

Thurles Campus:
T: 086 0664920
E:CovidManagerThurles@mic.ul.ie

Please remain in place until otherwise instructed.

Graphic explaining this video has key tips on how to flatten the curve
Fighting COVID-19: Midwest Together
MIC & MISU are supporting the important #MidWestTogether initiative. #FlattenTheCurve
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