The Institute has developed a blended model for academic delivery 2020/21 (semester 1 and 2) which places the welfare of our students, staff and communities at the forefront of our thinking.
All lectures and tutorials will be delivered online for the academic year 2020/21. Online delivery will include live-streaming of lectures and other forms of remote learning platforms appropriate to individual modules or programmes.
Learning activity such as laboratories, workshops, studio based activities or those that require special equipment will occur on-campus but be subject to appropriate social distancing and PPE based on the physical layout of the learning spaces.
Your level of on-campus and online activity will vary depending on your programme.
Where prevailing public policy and the prevalence of Covid-19 change, return to on-campus delivery of lectures, tutorial and practical classes may be facilitated on a phased basis. Live streaming or online delivery will continue in all cases in tandem with any further physical return to campus to ensure continued flexibility and choice for learners.
We appreciate the difficulty that students and your families have in planning for college during a changing situation dictated by public health considerations. We advise that you be as flexible as possible in your planning particularly regarding accommodation, travel and general study arrangements for 2020/21. Our campus accommodation would like to assure students who have booked WIT accommodation and have a change of mind before signing a contract that their deposits will be refunded on request.
In the meantime, we will continue to provide you with more details as we have them. For instance, updated timetables are being worked on by our timetabling unit and we will provide those to you as soon as they are available which is likely to be mid-September. Our library, shop and restaurants will all be open, albeit in a more restricted manner. Orientation will take place for first years but in a different way than previous years and we are working on a phased return to campus learning once national restrictions ease. All these and many more details are being worked out and we will update you once we have a more definite information to give you.
We are moving to a blended learning model for 2020/21 which means that your programme will be a mix of online and on-campus learning. The mix is dependent on your programme of study but as a guideline labs and studios will be delivered on campus with activities like lectures and tutorials online.
We have put together a timetable guide which we hope will give you a good indication of your online/on-campus requirements and you can find those on our website. We expect draft timetables to publish at 5pm today and you can find these here once they are available.
Please find below some answers to frequently asked questions about the forthcoming academic year. Students are asked to note that this is a very dynamic situation dictated by public health considerations. Therefore, please continue to monitor our website for information.
All lectures and tutorials will be delivered remotely (off-campus) for the academic year 2020/21. Remote delivery will include live-streaming of lectures and other forms of remote learning platforms appropriate to individual modules or programmes.
Learning activity such as laboratories, workshops, studio-based activities or those that require special equipment will occur on-campus but be subject to appropriate social distancing and PPE based on the physical layout of the learning spaces.
Your level of on- and off- campus activity will vary depending on your programme. Unfortunately, we can’t give you academic timetables until mid-September, until after the new first year students have accepted their CAO offer.
Academic delivery in semester 2 will continue as in semester 1.
A return to on-campus delivery of lectures, tutorial and practical classes may be facilitated on a phased basis, where prevailing public policy and the prevalence of Covid-19 change.
It is important to note that live streaming or remote delivery will continue in all cases in tandem with any further physical return to campus to ensure continued flexibility and choice for learners.
Timetables will be released after CAO offers/accepts which is likely to be mid-September this year. We appreciate the difficulty that students and your families have in planning for college during a changing situation but we cannot release timetables until we have fuller information on our student body and class sizes. We can’t know that until we know our first-year intake. Timetables always issue one or two weeks prior to the start of the college year
Labs and other practicals like studios will be delivered on campus. Some components of a programme require attendance on campus and must be completed by the student to gain the experience and skills necessary to graduate from the programme. This would be particularly important in programmes that have strong practical orientation.
Academic schools and departments are writing to class groups with more details on this although this can't be confirmed until timetables are published.
Timetables will issue in mid September and will be designed to provide the best experience possible to students. As is normal practice, lectures and labs for class groups will be scheduled so they don’t clash so students can attend on campus for labs and attend online for lectures. Facilities within the Institute (such as the library) will be open and there will be additional dedicated spaces available for students to access wifi and online materials so students with a mix on online and remote classes in one day will still be able to attend.
This is being dealt with at the course level and your programme team/department will be sending information to you as soon as they have it. Our advice is to contact your work placement co-ordinator and your course leader in the first instance and they may be able to give guidance at this stage.
We are conscious that some students have little or no wifi and are providing bookable spaces on campus for students to access wifi. More details will be provided to students before the start of the college year.
WIT has been awarded €522,000 and is developing the application process for registered students to access this fund. Students are advised to keep an eye on the WIT website for more details and the application process; this fund will open for applications in late September.
WIT Libraries continue to provide a range of resources and services to support all students across the Institute. Users can access online database and eBook resources 24/7 from anywhere.
It is our intention that WIT Libraries will be open for students this coming semester.
We are very aware that these are uncertain times; accordingly we will continue to do our upmost to ensure that our users feel secure and safe in a comfortable working environment.
We adhere to government guidelines regarding Covid-19 protocols. Our range of services are being constantly monitored and subject to change based on expert advice. This includes pre-book study spaces and click and collect book borrowing service.
Students are advised to keep an eye our social media platforms and on the library website www.wit.ie/library for updates.
While the delivery mode will be changing for the delivery of programmes, the programme content and standards expected of graduates will remain the same and students will receive the same level of teaching and support whether on campus or studying remotely. All learners can expect to graduate with the same quality assured qualification that will qualify them in their particular discipline.
All of the student supports will be available to students. Student Counselling, careers, student support, SAF, access office, disability office etc will continue to deliver services to the student population. The form of this support may not be always be able to be delivered on campus face to face but instead may be through an online platform where appropriate. This will still be individual, personal and confidential to each student looking for any advice, guidance or support.
Students with disabilities will continue to be supported through a variety of reasonable accommodations. For example online learning support will be available and a variety of assistive technologies based upon individual needs assessments. Students who wish to avail of disability supports must register with the Disability Office.
We appreciate the difficulty that students and your families have in planning for college during a changing situation dictated by public health considerations. We advise that you be as flexible as possible in your planning particularly regarding accommodation, travel and general study arrangements for 2020/21.
Our campus accommodation would like to assure students who have booked WIT accommodation and have a change of mind before signing a contract that their deposits will be refunded on request.
Public transport services are running and the advice is to use public transport for essential journeys. Please remember that wearing a face covering is mandatory on public transport and please adhere to all advice issued by the government.
The key date for both existing and new students is that classes will start on Monday, 28 September, with the 12-week semester running straight through to Friday, 18 December.
View the academic calendar here.
Leaving Cert results: Monday 7 September
Round 1 offers: Friday, 11 September at 2pm
Round 1 accepts: Wednesday, 16 September at 3pm
Register online: Friday, 18 September
Orientation: Monday 21 to 25 September
Classes start: Monday, 28 September
There are 2 steps to StartWIT:
Step 1: Online registration - opens Friday 18 September
Step 2: Orientation will take place online over five days from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020.
Final dates for each department will be published in due course. Students will receive their information about which day(s) and time(s) they are due to attend in their StartWIT email, which will be issued mid-September once you have accepted your chosen WIT course for 2020/2021