Studying at Maynooth this year
A welcoming and safe experience for our students
Our plan for on-campus teaching
*Subject to change based on government guidelines.*
Our aim is to have on-campus teaching for all modules, with the exception of large modules delivered through Maynooth University (MU) (BATh students taking Arts subjects with MU) with over 250 students, most of which will be taught remotely. The reason for MU moving the large lectures to remote teaching is to reduce the overall number of people on campus at any time, and to reduce crowding at lecture changeover times. Currently for MU students the general plan can be summarised as:
Practicals - On-campus
Tutorials - On-campus
Lectures for modules expected to be 250 students or less - On campus
Lectures for modules expected to be over 250 students - Remote
When teaching is on-campus
You should plan to attend teaching on-campus, and make arrangements to commute or relocate as appropriate. Some of you may wonder if you could avoid travel and take all of your modules remotely. We are not in a position to provide fully remote teaching. If you do not attend, you will have access to notes and support materials, but this is not an adequate substitute for attendance.
Students with specific medical issues
If you are in a very high-risk category, your doctor may advise that you take special precautions, or that you do not attend the campus at all. If you are in a very high risk category we will ask you to provide medical documentation from your GP or consultant, to help us to decide how to proceed. Please contact the Student Heath Centre for guidance on what documents to provide and how we will use them. Where possible we will make arrangements to allow you to complete your degree. If this is not possible, we will help you to defer all or part of your studies until the situation improves.
Where teaching is online
In the event face to face teaching is replaced by online teaching or by a blend of online and in-person teaching, the following will occur; Lecturers will use a range of technologies, most commonly Panopto, and Teams. On your timetable the venue will be noted as “online” if the module is delivered entirely remotely. If the module will be delivered using a combination of online lectures and regular in-person attendance in smaller groups, the timetable will note the module as “blended” and will indicate the oncampus venue for the smaller group teaching, e.g. “JH1, Blended”.
It is important that you treat online lectures as seriously as you would treat in-person lectures. Ideally you should watch them at the scheduled time. If you cannot do that, you should watch them as close as you can to the scheduled time. If you allow a backlog to build up, you can easily fall behind.
This year, because of COVID, we would like to reduce the number of people on campus as much as possible. We ask you to study at home when you can, and come to campus for your scheduled teaching events.
Some of you will need to study on campus for various reasons. We have wi-fi access and study spaces spread throughout the buildings on campus. You are welcome to study on campus, but if you can conveniently study at home, that will leave the spaces for the people who really need them.
You will have less time on-campus, and yet you will be expected to complete the same modules and achieve the same learning outcomes. This means that you will have to take more of the responsibility for your own learning than ever. This will mean:
• Making sure you attend whenever you are expected to.
• Making sure you keep up with the online teaching and assignments.
• Checking your own progress regularly to make sure that you are up to date with your work
See below for some questions you may have regarding studying at Pontifical University Maynooth this year.
We expect that you will wear a mask when indoors except in special circumstances where 2 metre spacing can be assured. We understand that a very small number of students may be medically unable to weak a mask. All other students are expected to wear a mask. If you decide not to comply with this we may ask you to leave the building and remain outdoors
No, the university does not require vaccination, but we strongly recommend it. Vaccination is a sensible measure and it seems wise for all you to get vaccinated unless you are advised against vaccination by your doctor. However this is a personal medical decision, and the university will not require you to be vaccinated, or prevent you from attending or living in campus residences if unvaccinated.
In general you can meet a lecturer in their office if there is 2 metre separation and adequate ventilation. If you or the lecturer is uncomfortable about meeting in person, either of you can decide to meet via Teams.
No. The guidance for Higher Education no longer includes a requirement for 1 metre spacing. This reflects the high levels of vaccination in society, and the fact that you will be wearing a mask in teaching spaces. Nevertheless, we ask you to take care, and to maintain as much distance as possible.
This plan is for mainly on-site teaching, and you will need to be able to access the campus. We are not planning to provide online learning options for all modules, so it is not viable for you to assume you can study remotely
If you are medically vulnerable should ensure that you are fully vaccinated before coming on campus, unless advised otherwise by your doctor. If you are in a very high risk category we will ask you to provide medical documentation from your GP or consultant, to help us to decide how to proceed. Please contact the Student Heath Centre for guidance on what documents to provide and how we will use them. Where possible we will make arrangements to allow you to complete your degree. If this is not possible, we will help you to defer all or part of your studies until the situation improves.
Yes, we anticipate that there will be exams on campus in January 2022.
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