Covid 19 and Drama at NUI Galway 21/22

Drama and Theatre Studies Academic Year 2021/2022 – Pandemic Management

 This following outlines how Drama and Theatre Studies will manage on-campus activities for the academic year 2021/2022, including:

  • Class format
  • Safety in the O’Donoghue Centre
  • Room bookings
  • Information updates.
  • Modules times.

 Class Format

Most classes will be held on-campus in the O’Donoghue Centre, with lecture-based and practice-based teaching happening “live”.

Students who cannot attend classes for medical reasons may request alternative online provision by contacting the relevant year head or programme director in advance. Some lectures may be recorded and/or streamed live. Practice-based classes cannot be recorded or streamed due to the need to protect the privacy of all students.

 Safety in the O’Donoghue Centre

A detailed handbook about COVID safety in Drama and Theatre Studies will be provided in the first week of the semester. For now, please note that:

  • Access to the O’Donoghue Centre will be limited to registered staff and students of Drama and Theatre Studies. Students will need to use their student cards to gain swipe-card access to the ODC. Full details will be provided in September.
  • When in the O’Donoghue Centre, students and teachers must sanitise hands before all classes, must wear masks at all times, must follow one-way systems, must generally avoid sharing props or other objects, and should follow all other COVID guidelines.
  • Lecture-based classes will place students at a distance of 1 metre from each other when seated. Practice-based classes should observe a distance of at least 1.5 metres between students.
  • Some classes will be held outdoors in the vicinity of the ODC, weather permitting.
  • Hour-long classes will run from the start of the hour to 45 minutes past the hour (e.g 13.00 to 13.45). The fifteen minute gap is to allow students time to leave the class before the next group enters. During that 15-minute period all windows and doors must remain open.
  • Classes that run for two-hours or longer should ensure breaks for ventilation after 50 minutes (e.g. a class on the timetable from 13.00 to 15.00 should begin at 13.00, break for ventilation by 13.50; resume by 14.00 and stop at 14.45).
  • To give students space to work freely, some classes will spill from studio spaces into the foyer space. To protect those students’ privacy, we therefore have to ask students not to gather in the ODC foyer between classes.

 Room Bookings

  • Students of Drama and Theatre Studies will be able to book spaces for rehearsal in the ODC provided that they are doing so for assessed activities as part of their courses (e.g. rehearsing for end-of-semester performances).
  • Access to the ODC is strictly limited to registered NUI Galway students. Exceptions will include ticket-holding audience-members for events in the theatres, the provision of professional services (e.g. theatre technicians), and visiting academic and professional speakers who have been invited to the building. Students booking rooms may only work with other NUI Galway students in the ODC spaces.

 Information Updates

Students will receive regular updates by email. The arrangements outlined above will be kept under regular review and will be relaxed or intensified as public health advice evolves.

Students: Raising a query on teaching issues – recommended stages

 Recommended Stages for Student 

Please refer to the link provided above to view a document that is a short outline of the recommended stages you should proceed through in raising queries about online teaching (or indeed teaching at any time).