IT Sligo Induction 2020 for CAO Students

Welcome to IT Sligo!


 

[Updated Friday 15 October 2020 1200]

Please check back regularly for updates!

This page is a quick and easy guide to what you might need to know to start (or re-start) your IT Sligo journey. There are lots of links and pointers to further information should you need it.


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Your timetable

Here is an outline schedule of the semester’s attendance requirements and who to contact for course information if you missed induction.

Your timetable can be found here


Queries

If you have queries please contact:

Alternatively, use this query form

If you have a question about the academic aspects of your course, raise it first with one of your lecturers – on-campus or on-line. If they cannot deal with it they will point you in the right direction, which may be the Programme Chair or the Head of Department.

Please do not contact individual lecturers about IT or registration enquiries!


On- and off-campus

There are increased concerns in the community about the spread of the COVID virus. Public health advice through the Department of Higher Education has been for all students to avoid coming onto higher education campuses, except for essential face-to-face classes. These can include laboratory sessions, skills workshops or small group teaching. You may also book a study space in the library (see below).

Your timetable will show you where you need to be on-campus; otherwise please do not come onto, or stay on, the campus until the guidance changes.

  • detailed advice from the Institute Regiatrar on what to do on- and off-campus.
  • advice from your Students Union on how to operate as a student in this new environment
  • advice from the Student Health Service.

The Union of Students in Ireland [USI] is running a campaign called Keep it Small, Keep it Safe, Keep your Distance to guide students in their everyday and social lives. Read more about IT Sligo SU’s part in the campaign here


Library

The Institute’s Yeats Library is now operating a ‘click and collect’ service for book loans. Books may be returned to the box inside the main Institute entrance. A limited number of study spaces are available on a bookable basis. More information here. Welcome and information videos from the Library staff are here.


New information on fees: extended payment dates

Due to the late start of the Academic Year, the payment dates for all students has been extended. This acknowledges the financial stress that faces many students as a result of the pandemic. The new dates are in line with extensions in place in other third level institutions.

Full-time students

  • The student contribution charge of €3,000 is payable in full by 10/12/2020 or can be paid in two equal instalments: €1,500 by 10/12/2020 and €1,500 by 28/02/2021.

Online and part-time students

  • Fees are payable in full by 10/12/2020 or can be paid in two equal instalments by 10/12/2020 and by 28/02/2021.

Apprentices

  • Fees are payable by the end of relevant semester but before the commencement of exams.

Note that Withdrawal and Deferral deadlines have not changed, see further information

Important fee dates

  • 1 October: If you defer/withdraw before 1 Oct 2020 you will receive a refund of all of your fees paid and there will be no implications for fee liability for future studies.
  • 31 January: If you defer/withdraw after 31 October 2020 but before 31 January 2021 you will receive a 50% refund of fees paid. It may mean that you will have a liability for 50% tuition fees when you continue your studies at a later stage.
  • 1 February: If you defer/withdraw after 31 January 2021 you will not receive any refund of fees paid. It will also mean that you are liable for full fees if you continue your studies at a later stage (for the length of time you were in college the first time).

Academic Writing Centre

The Institute is delighted to launch the new Academic Writing Online Programme. This free, self-directed and interactive programme is designed to help you to develop your academic writing skills.

Who is it for?

Open to all students at IT Sligo, the programme will be relevant to you whether you are new or returning to writing at 3rd level, or are looking to improve your academic writing skills.

How does it work?

The programme is divided into Units, with each unit addressing a key topic in academic writing. It takes a completely flexible approach: you can complete individual units or the entire programme, depending on the support you need at a particular time. Each unit contains content, practice activities, downloadable resources, and a final quiz to check understanding.

What will you learn?

  • How to get started with academic writing: what is expected?
  • How to read and note take effectively
  • How to avoid plagiarism
  • How to write an assignment step by step: from planning to submission
  • How to think and write critically
  • How to write clear and structured reports
  • Tips to improve your spelling, grammar & punctuation.

Earn digital badges

You don’t have to complete all elements of each unit, but if you do, you will earn a digital badge for each unit and an overall digital badge for the entire programme.

How to get started

Click here to access the Academic Writing Badge on Moodle 


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