We're heading into the last week of July and in normal times, preparations would be well and truly underway for the next university term. However, there's the small matter of a second wave of covid-19 to deal with. Who knows exactly what state the world will be in with the coronavirus come late September?
Many universities are ploughing ahead with a mixed learning plan that will include a combination of online and classroom learning with the hope that social distancing can work smoothly at Irish universities. The Irish government today confirmed its plan for universities to return in September and said that first year students will be welcome on campus from September 28.
With leaving cert results announced on September 7, students will then have a frantic few weeks to get themselves ready for their new lives on campus.
Here's what Education Department said in a press release: