UL ‘examining options’ in bid to get more students back on campus

The University of Limerick has announced they are “working on measures to facilitate a more normal return to campus.”

“As a result of the close ties between UL and Public Health Mid-West we were in a position to act swiftly at the first signs of an increase of cases among students living off-campus,” UL President Professor Kerstin Mey said.

“Where we can put in place any further measure to protect our own and the surrounding communities we will continue to do so.”

The University are beginning a three-week trial run of a Covid pass system, which they hope will allow more students to attend on-campus classes for the next academic year starting in September.

“The three-week trial of the UL Student COVID-19 Day-Pass Portal will further strengthen COVID-19 protocols that are already in place and ultimately help prevent the spread of the virus within the UL campus community,” a spokesperson for the University of Limerick told Limerick Voice.

“It is important that all students scheduled for on-campus learning in April take part in trialling the Portal to help UL plan for a more normal student experience during the next academic year.”

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, a dedicated committee has been devising plans to facilitate teaching and learning, based on the public health guidelines at the time,” they added.

The Department of Further and Higher Education said “engagement with Science Foundation Ireland and other stakeholders is ongoing to begin the pilot studies.”

“While we expect this to be finalised very shortly, we are not yet in a position to confirm the four site locations,” they added.

“University of Limerick facilitated four rounds of on-campus COVID-19 testing by Public Health Mid-West in a bid to prevent transmission of the virus among the student population. As part of the close working relationships with Public Health Mid-West and An Garda Siochana, UL continues to remind students of their personal responsibility to follow government and institutional guidelines.”

“The roll-out of COVID-19 rapid testing at third level institutes has yet to be finalised.”

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