Postgraduate

This is an evolving situation and the information below will be updated with any changes that arise.

For further, more specific updates, we ask that you continue to monitor your email and read the regular emails you will continue to receive.

All programmes

Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is advised to contact their GP for further instructions.

Do not go to a GP, surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. If they think you need to be tested for COVID-19 (coronavirus), they will arrange a test.

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus) who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should follow the advice on the Mercer’s Medical Centre website here.

The National Public Health Emergency Team has advised anyone who has symptoms to self-isolate for 14 days.

Postgraduate research scholars should heed the advice in the weekly newsletter. Mercer’s Medical Centre is managing all RCSI student cases and close contacts and there is lots of information on their website. If you experience symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has COVID, please complete this form and one of the Mercer clinicians will contact you.

The HSE has provided advice on self-isolation here.

If you have any concerns about the impact on your studies or if we can support you during this very challenging time please do not hesitate to contact your programme director or programme coordinator.

Please check forum posts on the Moodle page for your course regularly. All updates will be posted there by a member of staff.

All RCSI Libraries are closed while the campus is shut down. Throughout the closure the Library will continue to offer library services remotely to staff and students as much as possible. Full information is available on LibGuides.

Postgraduate Student Union

The Postgraduate Student Union (PGSU) is an annually elected body of postgraduate students in RCSI. The PGSU generally consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Events Officer and Welfare Officer.

Members of the PGSU represent the postgraduate cohort in RCSI on a number of academic and non-academic committees and act as the middleman between the postgraduate students and the School of Postgraduate Studies.

The PGSU aims to allow postgraduate students to have their voices heard in the University and also organises fun events to emphasise the importance of work-life balance throughout the postgraduate journey.

The PGSU can be found on Instagram, Twitter and can be contacted by email at postgraduatesu@rcsi.com.

Student Services

The Student Services Office is responsible for a range of non-academic support and services, including: Accommodation, clubs and societies, financial assistance, gym and fitness facilities, immigration, orientation and student events. The team is based on the ground floor in RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. There is a new Student Hub that provides listings of all the clubs and societies and events that are happening that students can attend. It also includes opportunities for volunteering, information for learning communities and information from your Students’ Union.

Student fees

The Student Fees Office is responsible for all fee-related queries. Fees staff are located in the SARA Office, RCSI, 123 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Students are advised to contact the team via email in the first instance.

RCSI’S Centre for Mastery: Personal, Professional and Academic Success (CoMPPAS)

CoMPPAS works collaboratively with students to facilitate and empower them to achieve their personal, professional and academic goals. CoMPPAS provides a range of independent and confidential professional services and supports –  access to these services is not recorded on student transcripts.

CoMPPAS Student Assistance Programme

The CoMPPAS Student Assistance Programme (CSAP) is a confidential and independent counselling and specialist information service, which can be accessed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and can be accessed anywhere in the world. This service provides both phone based support, information and access to up to six face-to-face counselling sessions. This service also provides access to information specialists, who can assist with matters such as property and renting, legal situations and managing personal finances. The service also offers an online portal with helpful information about well-being.

Niteline

Niteline provides a friendly and completely confidential listening ear for anyone who feels they need to talk about issues worrying them. Phone lines are temporarily closed due to Level 5 restrictions. However, Niteline offer an online listening service via instant messaging and this is available from 8.30pm to 12.30am, seven nights a week.

  • 1800 793 793

IT

IT offer support to students through the IT Helpdesk, which is located in the IT Department, RCSI House, 121 St Stephen’s Green.

Moodle

Moodle, the RCSI virtual learning environment (VLE) is a valuable resource for all registered students, facilitating access to a wide variety of information including: class timetables, lecture notes, multimedia tutorials, results, self-assessment tests and events for clubs and societies. It is password protected for the exclusive use of RCSI students. To log in, simply enter your RCSI provided network username and password.

Emergency contacts

In an emergency you should phone 999 or 112 (ambulance, police, and fire brigade service). If you are experiencing an emergency on campus, please contact campus security.

  • Campus security for St Stephen’s Green, Croke Park: +353 1 402 2219
  • Security in Beaumont Hospital: +353 1 809 2110/2142
  • Security in Smurfit Building: +353 1 8528653 (Mon - Fri, 7am - 11pm)
  • Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown: +353 1 646 5641.

Taught programmes

The following applies to those enrolled in Postgraduate taught programmes, including the RCSI Institute of Leadership programmes.

Lectures are being delivered online via Blackboard Collaborate and will be accessible through your Moodle course page. Please contact your programme coordinator with any queries.

Unless otherwise advised, all lectures will take place as per your original course timetable, so please keep these dates and times available where possible.

You need a device with a stable internet connection, Google Chrome, speakers, microphone and ideally a camera where possible. We recommend that you use a headset to improve the quality of your audio.

Before your class is due to start, go to your course page on Moodle, where your virtual classroom will be clearly signposted. The link will open at least 15 minutes before class starts so you can test your microphone, headphones and camera.

Yes, we are holding regular drop in sessions via the practice room on the student information page. Please check Moodle for notifications of dates and times or contact your programme coordinator for more information.

There are a few things you can do to make the experience more comfortable for everyone, for example:

  • Choose a quiet location where you will be undisturbed for the duration of class.
  • If you are not talking, mute your microphone to reduce feedback or background noise.
  • If you need to move about your home or office during the class, turn your camera off as the movement is distracting.
  • If you need to leave the session temporarily, change your status to ‘Away’.
  • Don’t be shy. Raise your hand to ask questions, answer questions either in the chat or turn your microphone on to speak if the opportunity arises.

As many classes as possible will be recorded and made available on Moodle following the session. Please watch the recordings in your own time. If you have any questions, you can post them to the student discussion forum or contact the lecturer or your programme director. Unfortunately, due to the sensitive nature of some class discussions, some classes will not be recorded.

You will still be contacted and given an opportunity to complete the module on the second sitting.

This usually takes place after the exam board, so please keep an eye on your email and your programme page on Moodle for notifications in relation to examination boards and second sittings.

Research programmes

The following applies to Postgraduate research scholars, specifically those completing research PhDs, MDs, MChs and MScs at RCSI.

If your query is not answered below or you require further information, please contact the School of Postgraduate Studies.

All supervisory meetings have to take place remotely. Supervisors and students are asked to draw up plans now for online supervision for the duration of this period. In line with current Government advice, we encourage you to work remotely and not meet in person.

While students are expected to continue to make reasonable academic progress, we ask faculty to be as flexible and accommodating as you can be in this rapidly evolving situation. We are facing an unprecedented challenge; COVID-19 has disrupted our campus operations in ways that would have been inconceivable just a short time ago. Please work with your supervisory team to discuss and agree on an achievable work plan. In most cases, research is still considered as essential activity although access to labs may be limited.

Students may request an extension on the deadline for submission of their thesis. Students are required to formally apply by emailing postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie. All requests must include a rationale for the extension request (i.e. a clear outline of the COVID-19 impact on the research/writing schedule) and the expected start and end dates of the extension.

It is mandatory to consult and copy your supervisors with regard to your request. Upon review of the application by the Head of the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS), students may be permitted a maximum of a three-month extension from the original submission date. Repeat extension applications will be considered.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, hard copies of your thesis (usually 2xsoft-bound) will not be required, and examiners will be sent the electronic PDF copy only. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information. Please also remember to attach a digitally signed Examination Entry Form.

Your softbound submission date will be considered the day you email your thesis in PDF format to the School of Postgraduate Studies. If examiners need to have a softbound copy, we will organise this with examiners on a case-by-case basis. This will likely involve local printing (reimbursed by RCSI) to reduce risk to couriers and printers.

Please submit one hardbound copy of the approved thesis to the School of Postgraduate Studies on or before the date provided by SPGS. We appreciate the time constraints at the moment and Government restrictions, so we have put arrangements in place. Please contact postgraduateschool@rcsi.ie for further information.

Please also remember to attach the digital Copyright Statement and Thesis Distribution Request form. The final step is submission of the final approved version of your thesis to the RCSI Library Repository in PDF format.

Normally the viva voce examination for doctoral candidates and other research degree candidates will take place at the RCSI campus with all parties – student, examiners, Chair and where appropriate, the student’s supervisor(s) present. However, during the current COVID 19 pandemic, viva voce examinations will be conducted virtually using MS Teams. The School of Postgraduate Studies will contact all relevant parties to discuss the arrangements for viva voce examinations.

Students who are experiencing increased anxiety or stress related to concerns about family abroad or other areas where COVID-19 is present may seek help/advice.

Our CoMPPAS team are available to provide you with personal support. Full details are available in their brochure here. The service can be accessed by calling Freephone 1800 998 955 or email eap@vhics.ie