Joint Statement from LYIT Management and Students’ Union

Based on advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, LYIT made an announcement on 1 January to defer the winter exams which were scheduled to commence on 6 January. On Friday 7 January, Minister Simon Harris announced: “Education is an essential service and I am pleased to confirm the reopening of third level onsite will proceed consistent with public health advice from Monday [10 January]. There is a staggered reopening of third level with five of our higher education colleges reopening on Monday and a further five reopening the following week. Others will follow throughout the course of the month.”

Following discussions between LYIT Management and the Students’ Union, it has now been agreed that assessment of the deferred winter examinations will take place over a two week period from 24 January to 4 February. Opportunities for alternative assessment, if feasible, will be considered by programme boards.

Rescheduled in-person exams will take place in pods, with no mixing of classes/groups that have not been taught together. Any student unable to sit exams due to contracting Covid-19 or being a close contact will be allowed to take the repeat exam as a first sitting and no repeat exam fees will apply. In-person teaching will recommence on campus on Monday 7 February.