2021/22 academic year to begin on September 13

Incoming first years will not start classes until September 27

Teaching for all returning Trinity students will begin on Monday September 13, Vice-Provost Jürgen Barkhoff has announced.

In an email to all staff and students this afternoon, Barkhoff laid out plans for the reopening of College after the summer. Orientation week for returning students “in particular for second year students who were unable to avail of orientation last year”, will begin on September 6.

However, the timetable for incoming first year students will be different “to allow time to process CAO applications in light of the revised timetable for issuing Leaving Certificate results”, Barkhoff explained. Orientation week for these students will begin on Monday September 20, with teaching starting on September 27.

Reading week for Michaelmas term will run from October 25 to 29, but for first years this will also serve as an “additional orientation week”.

First year students will continue classes until December 17, but other undergraduate years and postgraduates will finish first semester on December 3. Michaelmas exams will return to being held before Christmas in 2021, except for first year students, who will have them in the week of 10 January 2022.

Semester 2 will run from 24 January to 14 April 2022, with assessments beginning on Monday May 2.

Barkhoff also said that College “anticipate[s] a return to largely face-to-face teaching and learning in the coming year, with some modifications likely for larger lectures”.

“We very much look forward to welcoming students back on campus in September. In the meantime, stay safe, stay well.”

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris is expected to release a national plan for the reopening of third level institutions in the coming weeks. Taoiseach Micheál Martin has also said he “wants to see our students on campus for the new academic year, enjoying the further and higher education experience that they deserve”.

Last week, Minister for Education Norma Foley announced that the release of Leaving Certificate results will be delayed this year until September 3.

Jack Kennedy

Jack Kennedy is the Editor-in-chief of the 68th edition of Trinity News. He is a Computer & Electronic Engineering graduate, and a former Assistant Editor, Online Editor, and Deputy Online Editor.