WATCH LIT Unveils Plans for New Academic Year

LIT Unveils Plans

LIT Unveils Plans – Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President LIT pictured above has unveiled details of its new academic year. Picture: Alan Place

 

WATCH LIT Unveils Plans for New Academic Year

LIT Unveils Plans

Marion Duggan, Vice President and Prof. Vincent Cunnane, President LIT have unveiled details of its new academic year. Picture: Alan Place

Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has unveiled details of life on campus during the new academic year.

In May the Institute of Technology, which has campuses in Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, announced a roadmap for reopening its campuses to students, all of whom had been learning remotely since the beginning of the Covid-19 restrictions in March.

President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane outlined further details of how LIT will welcome students back this September through a process that will schedule students to be on campus every week, while also adhering to public health guidelines. 

Professor Cunnane said, “We believe it is important that students have a strong connection with the institution. Being on campus regularly not only gives them the best possible experience but also optimises their learning potential.  For this reason, all students will be timetabled to spend time on campus every week, as tutorials and practicals take place predominantly on campus, while lectures are delivered remotely.” 

LIT students will begin this blended model of learning from September 14, 2020. First year students will begin LIT on September 28, the planned start date for first years in all IoTs.

The LIT President added, “The safety of our staff and students is of paramount importance so we have adapted our teaching and on-campus experiences to facilitate the delivery of education in a safe environment. We will also be asking students and staff to exercise personal responsibility as we all work together to keep our community as safe as possible.”

“LIT students will therefore be requested to adhere to the new LIT COVID-19 Charter for Students and the LIT COVID-19 Guidelines and Responsibilities. Together these outline a set of principles adhering to the advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Further and Higher Education and the HSA. All members of the LIT student community will be requested to comply with the principles of the COVID-19 Charter which includes the wearing of face coverings, hand-washing, hand-sanitisation, social distancing, use of the state’s Covid-19 Tracker app and other measures to keep our community safe,” said Professor Cunnane. 

Although students will be on campus at least once a week, the numbers of students on campus at any one time will be greatly reduced and timetabled in pods for any on campus work. 

It is expected that LIT timetables will be published by the end of this week. Despite the extraordinary times, LIT timetables for first year students will also be available in advance of receiving CAO offers on September 14. 

An indication of how long students from different courses will spend on campus is as follows:

  • Built Environment: 1-3 days p/w (1 day p/w in majority of cases)
  • Applied Science: 3-4 days p/w
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 1-3 days p/w
  • Mechanical & Automobile Engineering: 3-4 days p/w
  • Information Technology: 2-3 days p/w 
  • Marketing, Enterprise & Digital Communications:1-2 days p/w
  • Applied Social Science: Estimated at 1-2 days p/w
  • Business & Financial Services: Estimated at 1-2 days p/w
  • Sport, Leisure & Tourism: Estimated at 1-2 days p/w
  • LSAD (Clare St): Estimated at 2-3 days p/w
  • LSAD (Moylish/Clonmel): Estimated at 2-3 days p/w

In other LIT news Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has been awarded just over €1 million for necessary works and improvements to be made to its five campuses during the 2020-2021 academic year. LIT Unveils Plans

A 36% increase on last year’s funding, the €1,023,000 is part of the €25 million Devolved Capital Grant approved by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD.

This annual investment is being made under the National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040, and is intended to address only a portion of the immediate capital requirements of Institutes of Technology (IoTs).

The grant is intended to support IoTs and Technological Universities in addressing their most urgent infrastructural requirements for the academic year, including maintenance and refurbishment of facilities; replacement and upgrade of equipment, including ICT equipment; and building works.

Welcoming the announcement President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “This funding will help LIT make important improvements on our five campuses, upgrade equipment, and complete minor infrastructural works, thereby allowing us to deliver on strategic goals.” LIT Unveils Plans

The €25 million funding will be provided to the institutions of technology through the Higher Education Authority (HEA).  

 

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