Cork third-level institutions unsure how next academic year will be structured

Cork third-level institutions unsure how next academic year will be structured
UCC shots- The Quad at the UCC.Pic: Gavin Browne

UNVERSITY College Cork and Cork’s Institute of Technology are unsure of how the next academic year will proceed at present with both institutes monitoring the ongoing situation closely.

According to CIT and UCC spokespeople, the academic institutions are looking at all options.

A CIT spokesperson said: “From our perspective we’re constantly monitoring on an on-going basis, taking advice from the Department of Education & Skills, the HSE, and other state agencies. CIT’s Emergency Management Team continue to meet regularly to ensure best practice.” 

The Institute of Technology said they were looking at all options and were hoping to have first years starting by November, depending on the availability of the Leaving Certificate results.

“We are looking at all options and it is our hope that all post-first-year students will return to campus in September 2020. Currently, it is envisaged that first-year students will commence their studies in early November this, however, will be dependent on the release of Leaving Certificate results and subsequent offers by the CAO. We continue to work in line with Government Advice.” 

At UCC their University Management Team, which is made up of 21 individuals, including the Chief Executive Officer for Tyndall National Institute Professor William Scanlon, UCC President Prof Patrick G. O’Shea, Chief Financial Officer Diarmuid Collins and the Director of Human Resources are monitoring the ongoing situation and looking at the potential plans going forward.

A UCC spokesperson said: “UCC's University Management Team is carefully considering all aspects of our operations in light of the ongoing pandemic situation, and a number of potential scenarios, with no decision made yet.

“Any decisions made regarding the commencement of the next academic year and all logistics around teaching, research, and other university activities will comply with public health measures.”

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