Minister Confirms Start Date For First Years In Third Level Institutions

Minister Confirms Start Date For First Years In Third Level Institutions

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:


"Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today welcomed confirmation of opening dates for third level colleges following a meeting with representative bodies.

The Minister and Department officials today met with the Irish Universities Association, the Technological Higher Education Association and Technology University Dublin to discuss the roadmap for reopening our third level sector.

At the meeting, three representative bodies confirmed the induction of first year students is a priority. The IUA, THEA and TU Dublin all confirmed they are seeking to welcome first year students from late September/early October with the majority seeking to open for first year students on September 28th."

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