The University of Limerick has this morning announced its academic delivery model for the upcoming Spring semester.
As announced in November, the University had announced plans to retain its current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year and have now offered specifics.
Courses of the Kemmy Business School and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will be delivered and assessed online for Spring 2021.
Courses of the Faculty of Science & Engineering and the Faculty of Education & Health Sciences will be delivered and assessed mostly online, and students will only be on campus where there are essential on-campus learning activities scheduled in the relevant weeks.
Students are encouraged to check their personal timetable for any specific changes to their timetable.
UL Professor Nigel Healey stated that “using this approach, including on-campus and online learning, minimises the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak by using social bubbles (keeping year groups together) and a circuit breaker (periods off campus) based on scientific insight into the spread of the virus.”
The University had previously announced a similar plan of specific years spending one week a month on campus for the winter semester, but the plans were scuppered by the second wave of Covid-19 in October.
Under the revised academic delivery model, the majority of courses will remain online, minimising on-campus activity to essential on-campus learning activities, including all research activities, lab-based and practical tuition and certain small-scale tutorials that cannot happen online.
The email added “we are acutely aware that some students, especially those new to UL, may be finding it difficult to adjust to online learning and others may be feeling socially isolated.”
“We are working closely with UL Student Life and the UL PSU to evaluate student feedback and develop improved supports to help you engage with your lecturers and peers, which we will be rolling out in the spring semester,” the email added.