COVID-19 FAQs

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Covid 19 FAQsThe outbreak of Covid-19 has had a massive impact on “normal” student life and how teaching, activities, supports and services are delivered. MISU has prepared a list of some of the Frequently Asked Questions, which will give you a good idea of what’s in place.

We hope this makes the current situation clearer and we encourage students to let us know if there is anything you want to discuss or find out more about. No question is too big or too small, we continue to be here to assist and represent students, while working with and for you throughout this pandemic.

This page will be updated regularly in line with the latest government and MIC guidelines and advice.

 

Students should consult their MIC e-mail accounts regularly for updates in relation to academic studies. These updates will not be placed on social media or the website.

 

MISU Supports & Services

What MISU supports can I avail of?


What MISU services are available to me?


What’s the best way to contact the Sabbats?


Can I still join Clubs and Socs?

 

Academic and College Life

How can I keep up with Academic changes?


Have there been changes to college services and supports?

 

Are there resources and advice available to me for Academic Writing and assignments?


When the campus re-opens, will I be able to travel to campus as a commuting student?


I need to apply for a Covid-19 I-Grade, where do I get the form and how do I submit my forms?


Will there be seated exams this year?

 

 

COVID-19

I have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19/ a housemate or someone in my accommodation has been told they have Covid-19, what do I do?


I am having financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19, is there support available to me?

 

 

Well-being


I am feeling stressed/upset/overwhelmed, who can I talk to?

 

 

MISU Supports and Services

What MISU Supports can I avail of?
MISU’s Representation and Support services continue to be available to students – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We encourage students to contact us if they need support, have any concerns or if they just want to chat. Students can call or email the Sabbats (Aisling & Laura, your full-time elected student representatives) or any MISU staff member, or get in touch with us via social media or our website.
Students can also make an appointment for an online meeting with either Aisling or Laura - it’s easy, all you have to do is click the link in their name above, select a time that suits you and fill out an online form!
Clubs and Societies play a huge role in student life. Students who get involved benefit from community, friendship, finding new interests or continuing their passion and enhanced student experience through events, meetings, and, when it is safe to do so, intervarsities and competitions. Activities are currently online and are a great way to experience the social side of college life. More information on how to sign up can be found on the Clubs and Socs section or by emailing Dave, the Clubs and Socs Co-Ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Sabbats, along with the Executive Committee, organise campaigns and initiatives to assist students with online learning and staying connected and informed in the midst of this pandemic.  They also run Chats with Sabbats sessions for student groups regularly (see here for the latest update) and are running a series of 'In conversation with...' with different college supports and services, which can be found on our Instagram page and the Newsfeed section on the homepage of our website.

MISU is here for all students for any question or concern, big or small, and encourage you to reach out to us.

 

 

What  MISU Services are available to me?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

MISU runs an online store, located at https://shop.misu.ie/ and currently sells clothing, merchandise, technology and stationery with Postage and Click and Collect options available.
If you have any queries or feedback on the services available, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

What’s the best way to contact the Sabbats?
Aisling, the SU President, can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 086-0220686.
Laura, the SU Vice President/Academic Officer, is available by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through calling 086-0220733.
You can also book an appointment to chat with Aisling or Laura, all you have to do is click the link in their name, select a time that suits you and fill out an online form.

 

 

Can I still join Clubs and Socs?
Of course! Check out https://clubsandsocs.misu.ie/ where you can see the range of different clubs and societies on offer. Sign ups are open and remember, if you are in 2nd, 3rd, 4th year or continuing your Postgrad studies, you have to sign up every year to remain an active member!  It’s never too late to get involved and you can get so much from signing up and taking part. If you have an idea for a new club or society, just let us know and we can help you every step of the way!

 

 

Academic and College Life

How can I keep up with Academic changes?

Following the Government’s announcement to move to Level 5 for the entire country since Wednesday 21st October, most programmes will now be running fully online for Semester 1 with a few exceptions. Subsequently, on Friday 6th November, MIC made the decision to continue to deliver the majority of teaching and learning online for Semester 2, with a small number of essential face-to-face learning activities on campus (on-campus learning is described as primarily certain research activities and some practical tuition that cannot happen online). Click here to read the latest update for Academic Delivery in Semester 2.

It is important to keep an eye on your MIC Student Email as all updates and information will be communicated there.

Visit the MIC Covid-19 Information Hub for more information and updates. MISU will also let students know if there are any further developments.

 

Have there been changes to college services and supports?

Yes, the way services and supports are operating is different at the moment and a lot of offices and supports are working remotely or online. Most importantly however, they are still available for students.  Click here to view the MIC information or read about the various services and how you can access them in the MISU Student Diary.

 

 

 

Are there resources and advice available to me for Academic Writing and assignments?

Yes, the Academic Learning Centre assists students if they have questions relating to academic writing/paraphrasing/referencing, their email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. Paul O'Brien from the Academic Learning Centre facilitated an Open Zoom meeting for Academic Queries on Tuesday 10th November 2020, where he answered questions, shared advice and resources. Information on viewing the Zoom session and additional academic writing resources can be viewed here

 

 

When the campus re-opens, will I be able to travel to campus as a commuting student?                                                                                                                                                       

As the country is currently in Level 5 restrictions, learning, supports and services are predominantly online. Level 5 restrictions mean you should stay at home, exercise within 5km of your home and restrict your travel. Travel outside of your 5km zone must only be for essential purposes. Further information on the Level 5 restrictions can be found here.

If you do need to come to campus, it must be for an essential reason such as attending an on-campus lecture or tutorial. All students have been notified by the college as to whether or not aspects of their course have an on campus element. The Library is operating a Click & Collect service only with further information available here .

Advice for anyone travelling using public transport is available here – remember to follow the government guidelines of social distancing and always wear a mask on public transport.  

If you are in doubt about whether or not you should travel to campus, it’s better to check with someone in MISU or the college before coming to campus. 

 

I need to apply for a Covid-19 I-Grade, where do I get the form and how do I submit my forms?

We are waiting for confirmation from the college in relation to I-Grades for the Autumn semester but if your studies are affected by Covid-19 or change in circumstances, we recommend contacting:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for MIC Limerick students

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for MIC Thurles students

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general queries

or get in contact with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in MISU for information, support and advice on I-Grades.

The form is available here and all MIC I-Grade info can be found on this link

 

Will there be seated exams this year?
Semester 1 – There will be no end of semester exam period. Assessments and feedback will be given throughout the Semester
Semester 2- we are awaiting further information about assessments in Semester 2. We will update as soon as this is confirmed.

 

 

COVID-19

I have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19/ a housemate or someone in my accommodation has been told they have Covid-19, what do I do?

It is really important to understand that, if you have been a close contact of someone who has Covid-19 (close contact is spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres with an infected person or living in the same house or accommodation with an infected person), you must self-isolate at home and seek medical advice from your GP. For College GP services, for Limerick students please telephone the Ashdown Medical Centre at +353 61 301200 and for Thurles students, a GP Service is available with Dr Liam Collins at The Surgery, Fianna Road, Thurles by contacting +353 504 21155. There is a €10 charge for the college GP appointments for MIC students. 

Even if you don’t have any symptoms, self-isolation and following the medical advice you receive is essential because if you don’t, you risk spreading the virus to your friends, family and the wider community.

The HSE website provides information on Covid-19 symptoms, close contacts, advice for self-isolating and restricting your movements (staying at home).

 

I am having financial difficulties as a result of Covid-19, is there support available to me?

If you, your household’s income, or employment status has changed, you should let SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) know, as this may allow you to apply/reapply under your new circumstances. Find more information on SUSI’s changed circumstances and SUSI’s FAQ section here.

As a MIC student, you can apply for the Student Assistance Fund which is open for another process of applications from Monday 9th November to Friday 20th November 2020 - more information on the application process is available in the following article

There is also an Emergency Student Welfare Fund, which is administered by the Access Office and MISU – contact Dee, the MISU General Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Aisling  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Laura (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the Access Office by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are ever short on essentials, MISU run a Food and Essentials Hub (non-perishable food items, hygiene products and stationery) which is free to students.

If you are a student parent, there is additional support available through the MIC Student Parent Support Service.  Contact Nicola (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), the SPSS Co-Ordinator for advice on the funding available.

If you have lost your job due to Covid-19, you will be able to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). All information for this fund can be found on gov.ie

 

 

Wellbeing

I am feeling stressed/upset/overwhelmed, who can I talk to?

There are many people and services who you can talk to if you are feeling upset or need additional support. Aisling and Laura, your Sabbats are on hand to meet and chat to students by phone, Zoom calls or, when guidelines permit, on campus. For an online appointment with either Aisling or Laura, click on their name and fill out the form online.

The counselling services on both campuses are available to students, as well as the College Chaplains. They provide support for students emotionally, for issues such as emotional distress, bereavements and stress, in a confidential and approachable way. If you need these supports, or any other college supports, full details on how to make contact can be found on the MIC website or through MISU's support portal here.

Outside of MIC, there are many different dedicated services on hand if you need help – for information on online mental health services and supports during Covid-19, read more on the HSE services portal

Samaritans run a 24-hour free helpline – call 116 123 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In September 2020, the government and Psychological Counsellors in Higher Education Ireland (PCHEI) launched a 24/7 text service which provides mental health support for 3rd level students - text HELLO to 50808 if you need support. Others include Pieta House which also has a 24 hour phone support service (call 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444), www.mentalhealthireland.ie , https://jigsaw.ie/

 

 

The John Henry Newman building is located across the road from the Foundation Building (opposite the main gates).

This is where MIC John Henry Newman buildingPostgraduate students are based; there are dedicated study spaces, facilities and meeting rooms. It is fit-for-purpose research facility, bringing all postgraduate activities together into one space and significantly advancing provision in this area. Here, postgrad students can work, away
from the hustle and bustle of the main campus.

It is also home to a number of other college services and staff offices, including the International Office.

The campus maps are available HERE.

 

Security

G4S provide security for St Patrick's Campus Thurles. Contact them on 086 780 5027.

 

Main Reception

Main reception is the first point of contact for inquiries in the Main Building and can be contacted on 0504 - 20530. If you have any questions or want information on how to contact a staff member.

For more information on the Main Building, click here.

 

There are many student supports based in the Main Building, more information on how to access them here.

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