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Trinity signs EU Diversity Charter promoting equality and inclusivity

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Latest Edition of Equality News Available Online

25 March 2015

The latest edition of Equality News is now available online, click here (PDF, 3.29mb, opens in browser) to download. Hard copies are available in all the usual locations, e.g. stands in the Arts and Hamilton Buildings, Global Room, etc. If you would like to request hard copies for your office or area, please email with the number requested.

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Equality Committee Statement on Marriage Equality

20 March 2015

The Equality Committee respects that there may be a range of views in the College Community on the issue of Marriage Equality, and that individuals are entitled to hold and voice differing opinions and views. However, the Equality Committee feels that the only stance consistent with the Committee’s duty to uphold the principles of equality and human rights is a strong, affirmative stance in support of equal marriage rights for all, regardless of their sexual orientation or the gender of their partner.

As  a  result  of  adopting  this  stance,  the  Equality  Committee  will  actively  support  any initiatives within College aimed at raising awareness of the referendum.  The Committee also encourages all eligible members of the College Community to ensure that they are registered to vote in the referendum at, and to exercise their right to vote on an extremely important issue. Moreover, the Committee wishes to express support for ongoing efforts to ensure that Trinity College is a recognised polling station for the referendum.

The  Equality  Committee  notes  that  the  College  will  afford  opportunities  to  debate  the Marriage Equality referendum and allow all voices to be heard in a respectful and inclusive manner.

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Policy Launch: Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy

19 March 2015

The formal launch of the College Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy shall take place at 1pm today, Thursday 19 March, in the TCD Global Room, as part of College Rainbow Week.

The Policy outlines the College's formal commitment to recognise and support an individual’s gender identity and gender expression so that all members of the College community experience a positive and tolerant environment where every member is treated with dignity and respect. It outlines the rights and responsibilities of students, staff, and College with regard to supporting and recognising an individual’s gender identity and gender expression. It is a very forward-thinking and progressive policy, and one that we hope shall not only strengthen College’s supports for trans* staff and students, but also provide a great example to other organisations on how to support their trans* members.

Speakers for today include:

  • Broden Giambrone, Chief Executive of Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).
  • Prof Martine Cuypers, Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Histories and Humanities and member of the working group that created the Policy.
  • Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, President of TCD Students' Union.

The Policy can be viewed here (PDF, 203kb).

Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday 19 March.
  • Time: 1pm.
  • Venue: TCD Global Room, Watts Building.
  • Contact: Equality Office,

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Policy Launch: Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy

22 January 2015

On Wednesday 4 February, the College Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy Policy will receive its formal launch. The policy, passed by Board in September 2013, lays down guidelines for good practice in the College's provision for, and commitment to, those students who become pregnant or who have parental or caring responsibilities or experience pregnancy at any point during their time in College. It details the roles and responsibilities of academic, administrative, and support staff in advising and responding to the needs of pregnant students, students who are parents, and students who are carers. In so doing, it seeks to ensure that there should be no academic or financial penalty for a student taking maternity, paternity, adoptive, or carer's leave.

The formal launch event for the policy shall take the form of a panel discussion in the Uí Chadhain Theatre, Trinity Conference Centre, Arts Building, at 4pm. Speakers will discuss the importance of this policy from a variety of perspectives, including a student parent, a student carer, a student who experienced pregnancy in College, and a staff champion of the policy. We will also have a child of a student speaking about the positive influence she has experienced as a result of having a Trinity student as a parent, and the resulting connection she feels with College.

Attendance is open to all members of the College community. As a reminder of the importance of this policy, and who it affects, we will also welcome any children or other dependents that attendees may wish to bring with them. Expect a lively and fun family atmosphere.

The policy can be found here (PDF, 216kb).

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday 4 February.
  • Time: 4pm.
  • Venue: Uí Chadhain Theatre, Trinity Conference Centre, Arts Building.
  • Contact: Equality Office,

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Equality Fund Showcase 2014

24 November 2014

A reminder that this year's Equality Fund Showcase will take place this Wednesday evening. TCD staff and students who worked on projects supported by the 2013-14 Equality Fund will be there to display their work and answer questions from attendees. All are welcome, and prospective applicants to this year's Equality Fund are particularly encouraged to attend.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday 26 November
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Venue: Arts Building Room 3074

For a list of all the projects supported by the 2013-14 Equality Fund, click here.

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International Students' Day: Facts and Figures about Trinity's International Students

20 November 2014

Today, 20 November, is International Students’ Day, a day to recognise and celebrate the global student community.

In TCD, we celebrate not only the place that our students have within the international student community, but also the diversity of ethnicity and culture that our international students bring to College. Our excellence relies on our commitments to equality and diversity, and we are committed to protecting our students, as well as our staff, from discrimination on all equality grounds.

“We are committed to creating an inclusive, diverse and pluralist college community and a positive environment in which all can participate, and all are recognized fully for their contributions.”

Some facts and figures about international students in TCD:

  • In 2012-13, 18.3% of our students were from outside the island of Ireland.
  • In the same year, we had over 1400 students from outside Europe.
  • In 2019, 18% of enrolled Trinity students will be from outside the EU – over 10% more than in 2012.
  • The TCD Global Relations Office works to recruit new international students and to ensure that they have the best possible student experience at College.
  • The very active International Students Society (DUISS) has existed since 1984. It provides a social environment for both international students and domestic students who want to meet and make friends with students from other backgrounds.
  • Living Equality and Diversity (LEAD) Training, an online training programme available to staff in Trinity, has material relating to ethnic and cultural diversity to help staff provide the best possible support to international students.
  • The importance of international students to Trinity is reflected in the new Strategic Plan. Goal A1.2, Internationalization, acknowledges the key role of an ethnically and culturally diverse student community in forming the Trinity education.

“Geographical diversity in our student community is critical in developing an educational milieu which fosters cross-cultural understanding and prepares all students for a life of global citizenship.”

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20 November: International Students' Day and Transgender Day of Remembrance

19 November 2014

Tomorrow, Thursday 20 November, marks two important occasions in the Equality calendar.

20 November is International Students’ Day, a day to acknowledge and celebrate the global student community. To mark the occasion, the Equality Office will be releasing some facts and figures about the global diversity seen in Trinity’s student population. Keep an eye on the Equality Office website, as well as our Twitter and Facebook, for updates throughout tomorrow.

20 November is also the international Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day that acknowledges the violence often experienced by trans* persons around the world and remembers those who have died as a result of transphobic violence. Q Soc will be holding a candlelit vigil and poetry reading in the Rose Garden from 5:30pm tomorrow evening to mark the occasion.

Equality Fund 2014-2015 Call for applications OPEN

6 November 2014

The Equality Fund 2014-2015 is now accepting applications for innovative and creative projects promoting equality and diversity in College.

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday 8 December at 5:30pm.

The College Equality Fund provides funding to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality projects. Collaborative projects between staff and students are particularly welcomed.

The themes selected for this year are:

  1. Human Rights & LGBT Rights.
  2. Age, Inclusion, and Progression.
  3. Gender and Participation in College Life.
  4. Enabled and Disabled Spaces.
  5. Cultures Meeting in College.
  6. Wellbeing and Equality.
  7. Families and Diversity.

Applications can be made with the above themes focusing on any of the nine protected equality grounds or for other relevant groups.

More information on the Equality Fund

Apply to the Equality Fund

To discuss any questions related to the Fund application contact the Equality Officer.

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