St. Angela’s College is committed to providing students with the full college experience in the coming year. We will be following the Safe Return to on-site Further and Higher Education and Research document issued by Minister Simon Harris to assist us in our current and future planning.

For your safety and the safety of others, we encourage all our student to consider taking the opportunities available to them to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This will greatly assist us with our return to campus plan and will help to ensure a safe environment for all.

We are looking forward to the campus returning to its engaging educational community once again this September with on-site learning and research as well as the other activities that contribute to a positive College student experience, including events organised by our Students’ Union

Our planning and rollout of on-site learning will be on an incremental basis. The safety of our students, staff the wider community of Sligo are paramount, and we will we continue to adhere to all public health guidelines as well as advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research and Science.

Semester 1 (September to December):

  • Returning Undergraduate Students: please check your College email for details of your return date and timetables. We intend to publish the September timetable the week beginning Monday 9th August with the rest of Semester 1 timetable to follow on your return to College.
  • New Undergraduate (CAO) Students: Lectures commence Monday 27th September 2021, with College and Programme Inductions taking place the week prior to this. Further specific details will be included in your CAO Information Pack from the College.

What you can expect in Semester 1 of 2021-2022:
Students can expect a hybrid model of remote (online) and on-site learning. The amount of on-site learning will vary across courses particularly at the start of the academic year and will increase incrementally throughout the semester.

Please note, in September you will not be on-site every day, but you will have some on-site experience each week. When not required on-site, your learning will be delivered remotely (online).

Our plan is for on-site attendance to increase incrementally and therefore safely from September to December with the plan for 100% attendance on-site for Semester 2 (January to May).

On-site activities include:

  • Practical classes /Laboratory teaching and learning
  • Classroom based teaching and learning
  • Tutorials
  • Smaller lectures
  • Research
  • Workspaces
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Students’ Union area

The Library, Canteen, and Students’ Union area will all be open when you return in September and will operate in line with prevailing general public health advice for those activities. 

Quality Student Experience for Those at High-risk
We are planning to provide students identified as high-risk where vaccination is medically contraindicated with a quality learning experience. This may result in their learning being delivered remotely (online) with provisions made as necessary to apply for a deferral of practical learning to another time.

The College has in place a contingency plan for a more restricted learning environment that we may need to implement if there is a deterioration in the public health environment during Semester 1.

We are very aware that the pandemic has been very tough for some students, and we will have in place supports to assist you, such as counselling, student assistance fund, etc. All of which are available through our Student Services

Our Student Services will also be available to provide support to students who may become symptomatic and require COVID testing.

Please check your College emails regularly for alerts and updates as we continue to live with COVID-19.

FAQ's about COVID-19 and attending College

What teaching will take place on campus?

Semester 1
Undergraduate students can expect a hybrid model of remote (online) and traditional on-site learning. The amount of on-site learning will vary across courses particularly at the start of the academic year and will increase incrementally throughout the semester.
Please note, in September you will not be on-site every day, but you will have some on-site experience each week. When not required on-site, your learning will be delivered remotely (online).
BNSc students on Clinical Practice Placement must continue to attend as scheduled.

Postgraduate and International students will be contacted by the Academic Schools with details on how their programmes will be delivered.

Semester 2 (commencing January 2022 as per your programme calendar)
Our plan is for on-site attendance (Undergraduate students) to increase incrementally and therefore safely from September to December with the plan for 100% attendance on-site for Semester 2 (January to May).

Postgraduate and International students will be kept informed by the Academic Schools with details on how their programmes will be delivered in semester 2.

What will be the campus facilities available?

On-site facilities will include:

  • Workspaces
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Students’ Union area

The Library, Canteen, and Students’ Union area will all be open when you return in September and will operate in line with prevailing general public health advice for those activities. 

Can I avail of the Academic Writing Centre's or Learning Support services throughout semester 1?

The Academic Writing Centres Services remain available to student. More information on the supports available from this service is available HERE

Disability and Learning Support Services are also available - see information HERE 

How can I contact the Disability Service?

The Disability Service remains open so please contact Vivienne Ryan the Disability Officer for support or advice at vryan@stangelas.nuigalway.ie 

Further information is available HERE

Where are the Student Milling Areas?

Student Milling Areas are:

  • College Auditorium
  • BM 102/103 (Brí Mhuire Building)
  • Lecture Room 3 (Áras Michael Building)

Where can I take my online classes if I’m on campus?

All Student Milling Areas have Wifi signals. Additionally, restricted access to College PCs is available in Computer Lab 1, Áras Michael

How can I get help from the Registration Department?

All queries relating to registration should be addressed to reghelp@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

You can access the Registration link HERE

Where can I view my timetable?

Course timetables are available to view HERE

What common areas are open on campus?

St. Angela’s College remains fully open for business howeverstudents are requested to limit the time they spend on Campus and should leave as soon as possible after their practical session is completed.

Canteen
Soup, homemade brown bread, a hot dish and a selection of sandwiches and wraps are available for takeaway (Grab and Go) from the College Canteen. Limited seating is available in the Canteen Area.

Milling Areas

  • College Auditorium
  • BM 102/103 (Brí Mhuire Building)
  • Lecture Room 3 (Áras Michael Building)

These areas should be used for eating, as a waiting area in between practical sessions or whilst awaiting the arrival of transportation. Students are requested to limit the time they spend on Campus and should leave as soon as possible after their practical session is completed.

Student Union
Ten students at a time can congregate in the student’s union area. Please sit in the designated seating only.

Library
The McKeown Library and Academic Writing Centre requires a booking system if you intend to visit. Bookings (including booking a PC) can be made HERE

What if I am anxious about mixing with people during the period when I must attend?

Students who are anxious about the return to campus may be experiencing anxiety, particularly as the on-campus sessions draw closer. Please be assured that every effort has been made to make the College campus as safe as possible for students and staff. It is all our priority to keep our college community and extended families safe and well at this time. Student Services and the College Counsellor can support you to manage your anxiety. Students who are experiencing short-term anxiety related to COVID-19 cannot be facilitated through an adapted programme provision.

What if I have been designated in the HSE defined very-high or high-risk categories?

You can check your status on the HSE website

If you identify that you fall within the very high-risk category you are advised:

  • to seek confirmation from your medical team that you fit within this category. According to government protocols, you must provide medical evidence of a very-high condition. You need to advise the college that you fall into this category and provide this medical evidence to your relevant Head/Heads of Department.
  • each individual case will be reviewed and assessed in terms of potential adaptions to your course. It will be possible that you can complete some aspects of your course online, for example theoretical modules and aspects of some practical work. For some students / modules, it may not be possible to study online as some aspects such as labs, practical elements, group work, placements and professional requirements will require face-to-face on campus attendance. In these cases, students can discuss alternatives such as deferrals, partial deferrals, carrying modules with the respective Head/Heads of Department.

If you identify that you fall within the high-risk category you are advised:

  • To follow HSE advice, that is, to take extra care with social distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, limiting social interactions to a small network and staying at home when possible.

Useful websites:

What if I am worried about a vulnerable member of my household but I am well myself?

This is a very understandable worry at this time. All of us have to do our part in following public health guidance and encouraging those around us to do the same to keep everyone safe. For some, this may mean that you decide to take extra precautions on campus such as not eating with your peers, travelling alone, or always wearing a mask in shared spaces. If you feel that these additional precautions do not adequately address your personal circumstances and concerns, you may decide that you need to defer modules which require on-site attendance at this time. This will have to be a personal choice and deferrals requests in these circumstances will be looked upon favourably.  However, in some cases, depending on the modules, deferrals may impact on your progression to the next stage/year of your programme.

What if I can’t travel to a lab due to a close contact, can’t travel etc.? 

We must all make our health and wellbeing a priority at this time. Students may find that they cannot attend classes for short periods due to a range of reasons - they have COVID-19 symptoms, they are scheduled for a COVID-19 test, they are awaiting test results, they are restricting their movements, etc.

If that is the case and you will miss a small number of teaching sessions, please let your Programme Co-ordinator know of your absence by emailing them and stay up-to-date on online lectures and notes on Moodle. Your module leader will work with you to find a way of making up for the work you missed in the lab session.

Beyond the classroom, will there be opportunities throughout the semester for limited, safe, in-person student-teacher interactions?

In general, students are finding that the move to online lectures and tutorials is resulting in more interaction between students and lecturers than might normally happen on campus so hopefully you are already getting plenty of opportunities to interact with your lecturers online. Unfortunately, due to public health restrictions, we are unable to schedule tutorials or the normal lecturer office hours on campus this semester but all of these activities – small group teaching, tutorials, access to academic staff – will take place online throughout the semester. 

How do I get form stamped/singed by the College? For example, Child Benefit Forms.

The College Registration Department can stamp and complete a range of forms electronically, including:

  • Medical Card Application
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Back to Education Allowance
  • Disability Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Pension-related
  • Family Income Supplement
  • TUSLA

Please send your request to; reghelp@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

My family income has been affected by COVID-19 in the last year.
Is there any financial help available in the College?

Yes, registered students may apply to the Student Assistance Fund for help with paying for the expenses of their course.