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Hi, I’m Daniel, your Vice President for Education. It's my job to ensure that you experience the highest level of academic quality while studying at TU Dublin. In these unprecedented times familiarising yourself with the University’s recent academic guidelines and services will help you get the most from your studies with the resources provided as we continue to ensure all the measures put in place are easily accessible and suitable for all your academic needs. You can access academic advice on a range of topics here on the Advice pages. The dedicated Advice Team is also available to assist you with any queries relating to your academic affairs and welfare, and you can find their contact information here.
Given the impact of measures to counter the Covid-19 pandemic the University has decided not to hold the usual supervised ‘closed book’ exams at the end of the semester. This is regardless of whether the buildings will reopen again after April 19th. Over the next couple of weeks, lecturers will be developing ‘alternative assessments’ to replace exams and the details will be communicated to you through your TU Dublin student email address/Brightspace during the week of April 6th.
In the meantime, if you are looking for further information on any aspect of your programme, access to learning resources, you should contact your Tutor or the individual module lecturers by email. These are very unusual circumstances and we will be working very hard to ensure that the revised assessment methods that are put in place will be applied fairly so that no student is disadvantage.
We are concerned that students who may not have access to stable broadband or technology are accommodated as much as possible and we would encourage any student who has concerns about their ability to complete assessment remotely to contact their Tutors/lecturers about this immediately.
Here is the link to the most recent FAQs that the University has put together based on the queries you sent to us in the last couple of weeks.TU Dublin FAQ's (25March2020).
Please keep in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We are doing our very best to make these unprecedented circumstances as stress-free as possible.
Message to Students from Professor David Fitzpatrick, President of TU Dublin.
Hi, I’m Moya, your Vice President for Welfare and Equality. Due to the Covid 19 situation, myself, the officers and the rest of the Advice Team are currently working remotely. We understand that the current pandemic is affecting all students in different ways and we’re here to support you if you need it. My job is to represent the student body and work in overseeing and implementing policies that support your welfare while studying at TU Dublin. The TU Dublin Students Union and the University offer a wide range of services to support you in areas like mental health, well-being, careers, and disability supports, all of these are available to you during this current situation but if you have any problem contacting them, don't hesitate to let me a member of the Advice Team know and we will help you out.
We understand that this may be a challenging time for students who are renting. If you have any queries about your letting arrangement please contact us here or email Advice@tudublinsu.ie.
We encourage students to contact their landlord during the Covid-19 emergency especially if you envisage any difficulties with your tenancy.
It is anticipated that the government will pass emergency legislation on Thursday, March 26th which would see a total ban on tenancy terminations and rent increases during the Covid-19 emergency. The notice period for tenancies of less than six months is also being increased from 28 days to 90 days. For more information and updates please visit Threshold’s website and the RTB. <
You may be eligible to apply for Rent Supplement provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. However, this is a means-tested payment and it is considered on a case by case basis. For more information and details of eligibility please visit the government website.
If you have any issues regarding your letting arrangements in purpose built student accommodation please contact us at email@example.com.
The Disability Support Services will continue to support all students with disabilities online via phone/email. If your question is not answered on the website, you can then contact your Learning Support Officer or Assistive Technology Officer directly. Contact details can be found here.
Disabilty Covid-19 FAQs
To ensure that you inform yourself from trusted information sources, please check the following public health websites which are updated constantly:
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 shutdowns you may be experiencing sudden and unexpected financial difficulties.
1. TU Dublin have a small and limited contingency fund which students can apply to subject to availability. This assistance may be available under very extenuating circumstances to all students including:
Full time students who do not meet the usual criteria for financial assistance.
Visiting Students on Socrates/Erasmus Programmes from EU Institutions
Students attending Access/Foundation Course
Postgraduate Students (paid)
Check out the TU Dublin Financial Aid Website for further details or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss your situation with the staff in the Financial Aid Office. NOTE - Please do not post any Forms at present.
2.Social Welfare Contingency Payments Fund are available to those who have lost reckonable income due to shutdowns. This fund is available to students who have lost work. You can find more information on Citizens Information and a link to the application form here. You will need to have your PPS number and your bank details.
3.If you are in receipt of a SUSI Grant
Receiving the Contingency payment will not have any effect on this year’s SUSI grant payments.Covid 19 - Social Welfare Contingency payments and SUSI
Any maintenance due will still be paid including to students studying abroad.
For the 2020/21 academic year the income assessed will be income received in 2019.
For the 2021/22 academic year the income assessed will be income received in 2020.
Q: My/My parents’ financial circumstances have/may change due to Covid-19 shutdowns but I don’t know what will happen in future. What should I do with regards to SUSI?
As SUSI are now closed for applications, applicants can request a late application here. Please note that a change in circumstances can only be implemented up to one month before the end of the academic year. Also any change will only count from the date the change happens.
For example, if you apply now and are over the limit, the latest date you can come in with a change in income is the end of April. If the change in income now falls under the limit you will only receive the rate of grant you are eligible for one month (May).
Applications received before the priority application dates will be prioritised for assessment by SUSI. The priority application dates are Thursday 11th June 2020 for grant renewal applications and Thursday 9th July 2020 for new grant applications.
4.BTEA, paid work placement, and Social Welfare Contingency
Any student on BTEA who paused it for work placement which has been cancelled due to Covid-19 closures should contact Citizens information directly for exact information. Processes are developing in line with the changing situation.
In general, if you were in the middle of a paid work placement which stopped due to Covid-19 closures, you may be eligible for the Government Contingency payment for up to 6 weeks.
Minding ourselves, both physically and mentally during this pandemic can be challenging. For most of us our daily routines have changed dramatically, which over time can leave us feeling a bit cabin fever-y! TU Dublin wants to remind students that supports are still available.
The Student Counselling service is still available and has adapted to the current environment. Counselling is taking place over the phone, via zoom or skype or over email. You can book an appointment through their online booking form at: Online Booking Form . If you have never been to Counselling before that's OK, to find out more click here
TU Dublin Counselling Service have a range of videos on study tips and study surivival, see below. For more videos from them, visit their channel here.
For those who feel their mental health suffering and need some solid advice the HSE website has an excellent page on minding your mental health during COVID 19 (Minding Your Mental Health during Corona Virus).
Try to limit your use of social media where possible. Social media can be a great place for communicating with others, perhaps people are sharing fears or concerns about Coronavirus. Whilst you may also share these concerns it will improve your overall wellbeing to spend time away and if possible, do something constructive or creative. For ideas of some things to keep you occupied head over to TUDSU.TV to see some of the creative things our Officers and staff have been up to.
if you are feeling unwell contact your GP via phone or TU Dublin Health Centres. Their contact details are available here.
A reminder that over the phone and texts supports are still available. The Samaritans offer a 24:7 text support service, 365 days a year, for anyone in emotional distress. This service is available nationwide. simply send an SMS text message to 087 2 60 90 90 or call 116 123.
Other Mental Health Services and Supports
Don’t forget, the Advice Team are available here or email Advice@tudublinsu.ie