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: Timetables have been released for September 2021 and the remainder of Semester will be released in Mid-September.
  • New Undergraduate (CAO) Students: Lectures commence Monday 27th September 2021, with College and Programme Inductions taking place the week prior to this.
    For first year BA/PME, BAHE and B. Applied Sc. students online lectures will be scheduled for the week of the 27th September with on campus activity commencing from the week of the 4thOctober onwards for at least one day per week for these programmes in early October with on campus sessions further increasing incrementally over the Semester.
    Further specific details will be included in your College Welcome Information Pack, which will be sent to the email address that you have provided on your CAO application by our Admissions Office so please keep an eye out for an email from admissions@stangelas.nuigalway.ie

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 November with the plan for 100% attendance on-site in line with Public Health advice from October 22nd 2021 onwards.

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?

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). Our plan is for on-site attendance to increase incrementally and therefore safely from September to November with the plan for 100% attendance on-site in line with Public Health advice from October 22nd 2021 onwards.
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)
Lectures will be delivered on-site in semester 2.

What will be the campus facilities available?

On-site facilities will include:

  • Workspaces
  • Library
  • Canteen - College canteen is operated under normal Public Health regulations, students must be vaccinated to be seated in the canteen area, A ‘Gab & Go’ service is available to all students both vaccinated and unvaccinated, outdoor seating areas are also available for student use.
  • Students’ Union area
  • Computer Lab 1 (Áras Michael) This can be accessed by students for Wi-Fi / computer use when on campus.

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 Area is located in the Students’ Union (Áras Bríd)

Student are advised not to congregate in large groups during break times.  Please stay in small groups. The canteen is open and can seat 65 people (vaccinated students). The students union milling area is available. Students are advised to stay outdoors during break times weather permitting

Outdoor seating areas are also available for student use

Monitoring of congregating will be ongoing

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

Restricted access to PCs is available in Computer Lab 1 (Áras Michael). This can be accessed by students for Wi-Fi / computer use when on campus. Additional Pcs are available in the library and a booking system is in place for these.

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 however students are requested to limit the time they spend on Campus and should leave as soon as possible after their classes are completed.

Students are advised not to congregate in large groups during break times.  Please stay in small groups. The canteen is open and can seat 65 people (vaccinated students). The student union milling area is available. Students are advised to stay outdoors during break times weather permitting. Outdoor seating areas are also available for student use

Monitoring of congregating will be ongoing

Canteen
Soup, homemade brown bread, a hot dish and a selection of sandwiches and wraps are available from the College Canteen. The College canteen is operated under normal Public Health regulations, students must be vaccinated to be seated in the canteen area, A ‘Gab & Go’ service is available to all students both vaccinated and unvaccinated, outdoor seating areas are also available for student use. Limited seating is available in the Canteen Area.

Milling Area

Student Union
Students can congregate in the student’s union area. Please sit in the designated seating only. Capacity of the room will be signposted
These areas can be used for eating, as a waiting area in between practical sessions or whilst awaiting the arrival of transportation.

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

Most people at very high risk from COVID-19 (coronavirus) will be protected against the virus once they have been fully vaccinated. Very high risk and high-risk people should follow general public health advice and read about the current government restrictions on gov.ie. The HSE advice on Higher Risk groups is set out HERE

In advance of return to campus students should self-declare any specific concern regarding very high-risk status by making an appointment to see Vivienne Ryan, Disability Officer, at vryan@stangelas.nuigalway.ie where they consider they are at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Students who self-declare must provide confirmation from your medical team that you fit within this category. Following this confirmation Vivienne will formulate a Learning Educational Needs Summary (LENS) for each specific student, liaising with Schools / Programme Directors as necessary to do so. Each individual case will be reviewed and addressed on a case by case basis.

What should I do if I feel unwell on campus with COVID-19 symptoms?

If you display any symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus i.e.: fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, the following steps outline the procedures to be followed.

Ensure you have access to a telephone or personal mobile. Always ensure that you are wearing a face covering and keep an appropriate physical distance away from other college stakeholders.

If you have your own transport:

  • Exit the building you are in and leave the campus immediately.
  • Contact your GP immediately for a free assessment over the phone.
  • Alternatively, if you are residing in Sligo, St. Angela's College works with The Mall Family Practice, Sligo to provide student healthcare during term time. Their contact number is: 071-9142767.
  • If your GP thinks you need a COVID-19 test, they will arrange the test for you. You will be sent your appointment details by text message (including the exact location and time of your appointment).
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result the contact tracers will ask for details of your contacts. Please inform them that you are a student in St. Angela’s College and give full details of your contacts and the classes you have recently attended.
  • Inform the College of your positive test by contacting the Presidents Secretary, Ms. Kiera McAllister by email at kmcallister@stangelas.nuigalway.ie indicating your name, year, group and when you last attended the College (including any classes)

If you do not have your own transport:

  • Proceed to the isolation room located in St. Ursula’s House - follow the signposts for Isolation Room
  • Contact your GP immediately for a free assessment over the phone.
  • Alternatively, if you are residing in Sligo  St. Angela's College works with The Mall Family Practice, Sligo to provide student healthcare during term time. Their contact number is: 071-9142767.
  • If your GP thinks you need a COVID-19 test, they will arrange the test for you. You will be sent your appointment details by text message (including the exact location and time of your appointment).
  • Ask College Reception to arrange special transport for you through our Health and Safety Manager, to bring you to a COVID-19 testing facility indicated through your GP assessment. Always follow the health advice provide to you by GP services. While being transported, obey the HSE COVID-19 stay safe guidelines by continued use of a face covering, using respiratory etiquette, hand washing or applying sanitizer and avoid touching surfaces as much as possible.
  • If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result the contact tracers will ask for details of your contacts. Please inform them that you are a student in St. Angela’s College and give full details of your contacts and the classes you have recently attended.
  • Inform the College of your condition by contacting the Presidents Secretary, Ms. Kiera McAllister by email at kmcallister@stangelas.nuigalway.ie indicating your name, year, group and when you last attended the College (including any classes)

What should I do if I feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms while off campus / in student accommodation?

  • Please do not come to campus.
  • If you are in Sligo, book a COVID-19 test in Sligo via the HSE website 
  • If you are in Sligo and you have any health concerns about covid 19 symptoms or any other health issue, please contact the College GP, the Mall Family Practice in Sligo for a free assessment over the phone.  Their contact number is: 071-9142767.  This service is available to St Angela’s College students during term time.
  • Alternatively, if you are not in Sligo, please contact your own GP or book a COVID-19 test with your local HSE testing centre via the HSE website
  • If your GP thinks you need a COVID-19 test, they will arrange the test for you. You will be sent your appointment details by text message (including the exact location and time of your appointment).
  • If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result the contact tracers will ask for details of your contacts. Please inform them that you are a student in St. Angela’s College and give full details of your contacts and the classes you have recently attended.
  • Inform the College of your condition by contacting the Presidents Secretary, Ms. Kiera McAllister by email at kmcallister@stangelas.nuigalway.ie indicating your name, year, group and when you last attended the College (including any classes)

What if I cannot travel to lab or lecture due to being a close contact or being COVID-19 positive?

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 as advised by a contact tracer.

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

What safety measures must I comply with to maximise student and staff safety while on campus?

  • You must wear masks in the classroom and indoor areas of the college. Masks are provided free at every entrance to the college buildings.
  • You must sanitise your hands frequently as per public health guidelines. Sanitiser stations are available at the entrance to buildings and classrooms.
  • Students are to clean down their seat and writing area when finishing their class. Sanitation wipes available in each classroom
  • All tissues and used sanitation wipes must be deposited in bins. Bins are available in every classroom.
  • A cleaning regime is in place which involves frequent touch point cleaning.
  • There will be 15 mins classroom ventilation time between Lectures. This will be at the end of every lecture in classrooms. Windows will be fully opened during this time. All Students will be encouraged to leave the classroom and walk outside within the grounds. This time will not be identified separately on the timetable. Lecturers will leave the class room in time to ensure this happens. Students can remind lecturers to finish classes to allow for 15 minutes ventilation breaks.
  • It is not necessary for all windows to be open during the class once some are open to allow for ventilation purposes.
  • All practical labs are the exception to the 15 min break. The 15 minute break is only for classrooms / lectures. Labs will continue with their specific ventilation processes and procedures much the same as last academic year and will involve smaller groups at 1m social distance for Semester 1.
  • While the heating will be on you are advised to wear warm clothing. 
  • Students are advised not to congregate in large groups during break times.  Please stay in small groups. The canteen is open and can seat 65 people ( vaccinated students). The students union milling area is available. Students are advised to stay outdoors during break times weather permitting, outdoor seating areas are also available for student use.
  • Monitoring of congregating will be ongoing
  • 2 metre distancing is to be maintained in all indoor spaces. 1 metre distancing in classrooms.
  • Students will be supported and encouraged to attend for vaccination and COVID 19 testing as required                

We encourage all our students who have not already done so to take the opportunities available to them to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This will help to ensure a safe environment for all. The HSE Vaccination portal for the age group 16 and older is open and you can register here https://vaccine.hse.ie. To register online you will need your Personal Public Service (PPS) number, your Eircode, a mobile phone number and an email address.  if you do not wish to register online, please call HSELive on 1800 700 700.  

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Infection with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal. It can take anything from 2 days up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. They can be similar to the symptoms of cold and flu.

Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • A fever (high temperature - 38 degrees Celsius or above).
  • A cough - this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.
  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.

For the complete list of symptoms, please refer to the HSE Website

Some people infected with the virus, so called asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all.

How does Covid-19 spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 disease is spread from people in fluid and in droplets scattered from the nose or mouth of an infected person when the person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. The fluid or droplets land on objects and surfaces around the infected person. Other people contaminate their hands by touching these objects or surfaces and then bring the virus into contact with their eyes, nose or mouth by touching them with their contaminated hands. COVID-19 can also spread if droplets from an infected person land directly on the mucous membranes of the eye, nose or mouth of a person standing close to them.

For further details please refer to the HSE website 

Current research indicates the virus survives on surfaces in different conditions for up to 9 days. (HSE library). The period of survival may vary under different surface conditions (e.g., plastic, stainless steel, wood, etc.). The studies indicate that it can persist on surfaces in the absence of effective cleaning. Thorough and regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces is essential. If disinfection is required, it must be performed in addition to cleaning and never as a substitute for cleaning.

While people are most likely to pass on the infection when they have symptoms, current information suggests that some infected people spread the virus to others prior to developing or displaying symptoms themselves.(WHO website)

What do I do if I am informed that I am a close contact?

If you have been contacted by ‘HSE Contact Tracing Team’ and informed that you were a ‘Close Contact’ to a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will issue you specific tailored  guidance regarding testing and restriction of movements.

What to do if you live with someone awaiting a test for Covid-19

Will I be able to go on clinical placement as a student of nursing?

There are specific guidelines in relation to going on clinical placement. Following this link to the appropriate information on Moodle

What is my personal responsibility and can I give my input into maintaining safety for students on campus?

Everyone has a role to play in minimizing the risks of COVID-19 on campus. The main effort for ensuring that the control measures are effective lies with the college community. All students must take personal responsibility for their actions while on campus and point out any non-compliance with the control measures.  Michael Drummond - SU President suprez@stangelas.nuigalway.ie represents students on the COVID 19 steering group. Please contact Michael if you would like to offer a suggestion or have any concerns in relation to safety and control measures.

Is there a one way system in place on campus?

In accordance with public health advice, a one-way system through our main administration and teaching buildings where practical is in place. Signage indicating routes in buildings should be followed.

Do I need to keep a contact log of who I am in close contact with?

All Students are required to maintain a log of all those they have been in close contact with while on campus. This information will be necessary for the HSE to complete contact tracing in the event of a positive diagnosis for COVID-19.

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.