Updated Q&A re Academic Year 2020/2021 (27th August 2020)

Updated Q&A re Academic Year 2020/2021 (27th August 2020)

Published on: Monday, 24 August 2020





Updated 27th August 2020



Updated Question and Answer Sheet in reference to the Academic Year ahead 2020/2021


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Updated 18th August 2020


Dear Students,


Following the completion of Semester 2 2019-2020, in what were extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances for students and staff alike, preparations are ongoing for the forthcoming academic year, 2020-2021. There is no doubt that Higher Education in 2020/2021 is going to a very different experience for both new students and continuing students.

CIT’s planning for academic year 2020-2021 is informed by the following key principles:

  • The health, safety and well-being of students and staff of CIT and of our community.
  • Safeguarding the academic quality, integrity, and reputation of CIT programmes and awards.
  • Maintaining the quality of the student experience in these changed circumstances.
  • An inclusive approach in the delivery of CIT programmes, protecting the needs and interests of the entire student cohort.   


Please monitor http://covid19.cit.ie and your email for updates. In particular, please note that a weekly Institute update to students will be issued on http://covid19.cit.ie and to your email every Tuesday between now and the start of the forthcoming semester. Updates from academic departments will be sent to you via email.


This is a dynamic situation dictated by public health considerations. Students are therefore advised to take account of this when making arrangements regarding accommodation, travel to/from CIT and general study arrangements for 2020/21. In particular, students are advised to ensure that any arrangements which they make are as flexible as possible.


Semester 1 Start Date

The general start date for Semester 1 teaching, learning and assessment will be
Monday 21st September 2020 for continuing and part-time students in CIT Bishopstown, CIT CSM, CIT CCAD and NMCI.


Depending on the CAO process, 1st year delivery is scheduled to commence on
Monday 5th October 2020.


Term 1 Start Date for SOLAS Apprentices

Monday 28th September 2020.


Term 1 Start Date for CIT CSM Part-time (Conservatoire) students

Monday 14th September 2020.


Please click on the tab below for further information re

  • Academic Calendar for Semester 1 and Semester 2
  • Academic Delivery Model
  • Academic Assessment
  • Craft Apprentices Term Dates
  • Autumn Conferrings

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Thank you for taking the time to read this update. I will be in contact with you again on Tuesday 25th August. In the meantime, please monitor http://covid19.cit.ie and your email for updates.


With best wishes


Dr Áine Ní Shé
Registrar & Vice President for Academic Affairs (Acting)
18th August 2020



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