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Ongoing Communication

Hibernia college is following  all HSE guidance, and the College is  operating as normally as possible, with staff working remotely.

We are monitoring the situation closely and we will continue to provide as much advice, care and support to you all.

Ongoing communication:  As we are in an  evolving situation, once we have additional information, updates will be communicated here, to your email and on your MyHelms Noticeboard.

COVID-19 Contingency Plan 

Hibernia College is in close contact with all stakeholders as it develops ongoing contingency plans in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. This includes consultation with the Teaching Council, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and Quality and Qualifications Ireland. Detailed contingency plans have been approved by the College Academic Board, in consultation with students, faculty and administrative staff.

A summary of the current plan can be found below. Specific details of contingencies are dependent on the programme and cohort in question and will continue to be communicated to the relevant students.

  • Student Orientation programmes and face to face days are now delivered fully online, supported by the existing College approach to blended learning.
  • Oral Irish examinations are now delivered online. Guidelines for students and staff have been developed to support this approach and to maintain exam integrity.
  • A synchronous online examination is undertaken in lieu of written Irish examinations.
  • Some timetable adjustments have been made to maximise learning opportunities for students.
  • Certain research project submission dates have been revised, to address data collection challenges faced by students. In some cohorts, students have adopted a desk-based approach to research.
  • Gaeltacht attendance requirements have been postponed or removed in line with the directions of the DES.

Hibernia College continues to plan for school placement in line with current Teaching Council policy, mindful that the health and safety of all involved in school placement is the number one priority. Potential contingencies for the period Sept-Dec 2020 include:

  • In the event that school placement cannot be assessed in the traditional face-to-face way, the College will continue to consider a range of alternative assessment modes.
  • Should schools need to close again, it may be necessary for student teachers to complete placement in and across a variety of sites. Hibernia College will support and recognise all sites of teaching and learning.



Latest College Communication


19th August 


For updated plan see above.


9th July


This was updated at this time.


22nd April 

The Government’s decision to close Colleges is now extended to May 05th.

Students if you have  a specific query in relation to COVID-19, please contact us on

We are shortly going to launch a website to support Teachers during COVID-19. It will have some practical help and webinars for teachers and resources such as UNESCO’s weekly webinars about the educational dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic.


26th March

Following on from the recommendations of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) of March 24th and the related Government pronouncements in respect of the same Hibernia College offices in Dublin and Westport will remain closed until at least 19th April.

Full details of our contingency arrangements to ensure the continuation of the delivery of our education programmes can be found on our website and on the MyHELMS Noticeboard. All members of the College community are working remotely and are available to students. For those wishing to commence studies with us, we continue to accept and process applications and have moved all our Roadshows to online webinar formats. Please be assured that the College is committed to doing all in its power to guide you through these difficult times. If you are feeling anxious or concerned about the current situation our Student Support Office remains open.

Should you have any other programme related queries we encourage you to contact us by email. All of our Programme Administrators and Technical Support Staff are working remotely and will be available to support you.

Primary communication with the College should be through e-mail to minimise social engagement. Email contacts are posted on our website and social media sites in respect of any queries you may have in relation to supporting your studies. These sites also display contact numbers for anyone making application enquiries to our programmes. College staff will be available to support you. Please feel free to contact us using the details below:

Current Students:

Student Support:

Incoming Students:




Applicants & those exploring teaching: (01) 7999277 / (086) 1449114 /

Thank you all for your co-operation and understanding.

We all need to support national efforts to address these unusual and difficult circumstances. Please follow advice from the HSE and Department of Health and be safe, be mindful of our responsibilities and care for each other.

25th March
Final year student teachers will not be required to complete the usual Gaeltacht Learning Period in order to graduate this year.
For all others, the Gaeltacht will be postponed for now, and can be fulfilled at a later point in the programme.
All students will have received an email from us today.

Check out for more.


20th March 2020

Dear Students

I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well at this time.


We appreciate that this is a worrying and difficult time for you and recognise that many of you are understandably anxious, given the unprecedented circumstances we are facing with the current coronavirus pandemic.


I would like to re-assure you that Hibernia College is well placed to continue the delivery of our Professional Master of Education (PME) programmes. Our Academic team have been working with Tutors and Supervisors to ensure that they are equipped with the online tools necessary to host the traditional face to face days online. All webinars and online tutorials will continue as normal. We would ask that you continue to consult your calendar as the existing time-table will be adhered to as much as possible.


We are currently preparing alternative assessment arrangements where necessary and monitoring the situation with regard to the Gaeltacht. We will be in touch with updates.


Please be assured that the College is committed to doing all in its power to guide you through these difficult times. If you are feeling anxious or concerned about the current situation our Student Support Office remains open.


Should you have any other programme related queries, we encourage you to contact us by email. All of our Programme Administrators  and Technical Support Staff are working remotely and will be available to support you.


Finally, I would ask that you all take whatever steps are necessary to protect yourselves and your loved ones in the weeks and months ahead.


Kind regards



Mary Kelly
Head of School of Education

12th March 2020

As you are aware, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, announced this morning the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, effective from 6 p.m. this evening, until the 29th March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

We are liaising closely with the Teaching Council and the Department of Education in addressing the implications of this for you as student teachers, and you all have now received an email with further details specific to your cohort.

As it stands currently, all online events will continue as scheduled.  We would advise that students should continue to check online calendars, as all online forums will be monitored, and webinars will be delivered as scheduled.

All face-to-face events scheduled up to the 29th March have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  We would hope to move these online, where appropriate, and would again advise you all to continue to check for updates on MyHelms.

We appreciate that this is a stressful time for students, and take this opportunity to remind you of the student supports we offer. These can be found on MyHelms.

The College continues to follow the advice and guidance of the National Public Health and Emergency team, the HSE and the Department of Education and Science. We again refer you to their websites for updates and guidance on this ongoing issue.

Where possible, we ask that all communication to the College should be via email at present.

COVID-19 (coronavirus): Further information

Please consult the links below for infection prevention and control guidance for COVID-19:

Please visit the HSE Coronavirus COVID-19 website. This is the primary guidance to the University and the public, and includes information on:

  • How to protect yourself and others
  • What to do you have been in an affected area
  • At-risk groups and coronavirus
  • Self-isolation and limited social interaction


Please visit the Department of Education and Skills website  All information and updates in relation to Covid-19 and schools can be found here.  As this is an evolving situation the health advice is being updated on a daily basis as the Department of Education and Skills and Department of Health continue to work closely together on this issue.

Invitation to Mindfulness Practice Sessions


Hi everyone,

I hope that you are all keeping well. The student support team has organised mindfulness practice sessions for students to help them cope with the current crisis and this resource is also open to Hibernia staff members.

As we move into a further week of isolation due to the COVID-19 crisis, there is a growing need for techniques to help us all cope. The good news is that simple changes in lifestyle can lead to improved mental health and wellbeing.  Mindfulness is one such practice—with strong research supporting its usefulness for those suffering from anxiety, depression, or even just daily stress.

We invite you to join Joanne Murphy for a free online 4-week Mindfulness Practice course on Wednesdays at 7 pm starting 15/04/2020.

Joanne trained with Hibernia and has been a primary school teacher for the past 12 years. She has completed a Master of Science in Mindfulness-Based Interventions at UCD and is also certified to teach the mindfulness-based emotional intelligence programme that was developed at Google. She has completed many other mindfulness trainings and is also qualified to deliver the mindfulness programmes to children which were developed by the Mindfulness in Schools Project in the UK.

Joanne is passionate about personal development and believes that through the cultivation of mindfulness and emotional intelligence we can develop our ability to be present and aware which can lead to more fulfilled and happy lives as well as a more harmonious classroom environment.

Weekly structure:

Week 1 15/04/2020 : a one hour webinar focussing on mindfulness including the following elements

  • What is mindfulness?
  • What are the benefits and how can mindfulness help at a time like this? 
  • Explaining some of the neuroscience and scientific evidence of its benefits
  • Explanation of the different types of practices
  • Explanation of the process
  • A guided practice
  • Comments and questions

Week 2 22/04/2020 : a one hour webinar on self-awareness and emotional intelligence including the following

  • Explanation of self
  •  Awareness and emotional intelligence including neuroscience
  • Body scan and guided practice
  • Applications
  • Journalling practice and benefits
  • Comments and questions

Week 3 29/04/2020 :  a one hour webinar on emotional regulation and self management including

  • How to respond to triggers
  • What happens in the brain when we are triggered
  • The stress response
  • Self-regulation
  • Guided practice
  • Comments and questions

Week 4 06/05/2020: a one hour webinar on self-compassion and self care

  • What is self-compassion
  • Evidence of its benefits
  • How to practice Self care and nourishing / depleting activities
  • 5 a day for your mental health

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The practice of mindfulness is something that everyone can benefit from. Being able to consider a situation and your own thoughts before acting is a powerful skill. It can aid you in both your personal and professional life. We encourage you to attend the live sessions, however, we understand that a number of you may not be able to attend,  sessions will be recorded and available for review on MyHelms.

With thanks and kind regards,
Pauline Mulvaney
Student Support Officer
01 661 0168