5th August 2020: The Higher Education Institutions in Ireland have unanimously welcomed the publication of the Implementation Guidelines for Public Health Measures in HEIs today.
The Universities represented by the IUA, together with the Institutes of Technology represented by THEA, have joined with TU Dublin to welcome the clarity that the Implementation Guidelines provide for the safe resumption of on-campus activity this autumn.
The Guidelines include a range of context-specific measures for HEIs that have been drawn up by senior public health experts within the sector and endorsed by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre of the HSE.
The over-riding objective is to ensure the safe return of staff and students to on-campus activity this autumn.
The publication of the Guidelines follows consultation with staff union representatives under the aegis of ICTU.
Individual HEIs will now work to finalise their plans for the next academic year based on these Guidelines and in collaboration with local staff and student representatives.