12 March 2020
We are carefully monitoring the evolving situation in relation to COVID-19. You will be aware of the extraordinary measures announced by Government this morning to contain spreading. Effective from 6pm this evening until 29 March, these measures include the closure of schools, colleges and childcare facilities, with teaching to be done online or remotely, and employees to work remotely from home, where possible.
In light of the announcement we are implementing the following:
Our Students and Members
All face-to-face classes/ lectures have been cancelled, effective 12 March. Students due to attend face to face classes between now and 18 March are being notified of plans.
We have worked quickly to convert and deliver classes where possible as either live online lectures or recorded webinars using our new multi-media studio. Effective from 18 March, all scheduled classes for the remainder of this semester will be delivered online. Communications (by email, on MyInstitute and on our website) in respect of revised schedules will be issued in relation to these new arrangements.
All other planned member events have been cancelled.
Effective from tomorrow Friday 13 March, with some limited exceptions, IoB staff will work from home.
The ‘work from home insofar as possible’ is to support the government position on reducing the number of people circulating, to avoid the spread of the virus. We are only asking employees and associate faculty to attend on a needs basis and protocols highlighted in the Government announcement will observed.
We continue to keep in contact with UCD and the university’s approach to certain education matters is informing our contingency actions. A key matter is the end of term examinations and we are considering all options, including alternatives, to examinations and will communicate with students on a module by module basis as soon as we can.
All IoB staff will continue to work normal working hours as best they can remotely, to be available for queries and you can contact us on [email protected] or 01-611 6500.