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Update from Vice Provost / Chief Academic Officer and Director of College Health Service to students

7 September 2022

Dear students

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our students – whether you are a returning student or new to Trinity. This year we hope that your student experience will not be interrupted by Covid-19. We realise that many of you have not had a proper College experience yet due to the impact of the pandemic. 

Teaching and learning in 2022/23

We are returning to a mainly in-person teaching environment. However, there are contingencies in place in anticipation of another surge in case numbers during the winter. If you are unable to attend in person for Covid-19 reasons, you will not be placed at a disadvantage - for example hybrid lectures (in-person with streaming) and/or recorded lectures, will be offered where possible. 

We recognise that offering a combination of in-person teaching and live streaming is not possible in all situations, even if teaching staff wish to offer this option. Specific resources for students will likely differ across modules and learning situations (e.g., lectures vs. seminars, tutorials, and labs). In some instances, live streaming may be a reasonable possibility. In others, classes may be recorded and uploaded to Blackboard later, or recorded lectures from last year may be released to students who cannot physically attend. For other modules, some supplementary reading resources or information may be helpful, while in still other modules, detailed notes may already be available. Your module coordinator can give you more information. 

Mask wearing

Even though under the current public health advice mask wearing is not mandatory - apart from in health care settings - you are strongly encouraged to wear masks in lectures, tutorials, labs, libraries, very crowded indoor settings and on public transport. We know that masks are effective in limiting transmission.

Staying safe

The best way to stay safe is to ensure you are fully vaccinated and have your booster, and to maintain basic hand and respiratory hygiene. Second boosters are now available to people who are aged under 50 with long-term health conditions; over 50; and more than 16 weeks pregnant. Please see here for more information. We also encourage you to get the flu vaccine too. Please do not come to College if you are displaying any Covid-19 symptoms

With best wishes for a very successful academic year and an enjoyable student experience. 

Prof Orla Sheils, Vice Provost/Chief Academic Officer
An tOllamh Orla Ní Shiadháil, An Leas-Phropast/Príomhoifigeach Acadúil

Dr David McGrath, Director, College Health Service
An Dr Dáithí Mac Craith, Stiúrthóir, Seirbhís Sláinte an Choláiste