Staff and students of all ages are of equal value to the Trinity community, and the university promotes positive ageing and intergenerational learning in various ways.
A working group of the Equality Committee entitled "Age-Friendly Trinity" has been founded to promote age-friendly policy and practice throughout the university. The working group brings together ageing and age-equality experts from across the university in a coherent, action-focussed group with the goal of making Trinity an ever-more age-friendly university. The group includes representation of younger students, mature students, researchers in ageing and retired staff.
Through the work of the Age-Friendly Trinity movement, Trinity has endorsed the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University and joined the Age-Friendly Universities Network; this was celebrated at a public launch event in the Trinity Long Room Hub on Tuesday 26th September 2017.
Find out more in the Age-Friendly Trinity brochure.
Research and Public Engagement
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) is a large-scale, nationally representative, longitudinal study on ageing in Ireland, the overarching aim of which is to make Ireland the best place in the world to grow old. TILDA collects information on all aspects of health, economic and social circumstances from people aged 50 and over in a series of data collection waves once every two years.
Trinity EngAGE is Ireland's global centre for excellence in ageing research, advancing partnerships between researchers, industry, government and non-governmental organisations in order to launch transformative educational programmes, clinical interventions, evidence-informed policies, and innovative technologies.
There is no upper age limit for full-time mature students. Trinity also offers other types of courses which may suit older learners, such as evening and short courses, and online courses. The free online Strategies for Successful Ageing course is very popular.
A mature student is a person over 23 years of age on the 1st January in the year of application. To be considered as a mature student you must also be an EU applicant. Trinity's Mature Students' Officer provides advice and support on applying to Trinity and on university life to both prospective and current mature students.
Trinity also has a Mature Students Society providing support and a social outlet for all mature students, and the Students' Union has a dedicated Mature Students' Officer who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retired staff maintain their connection with Trinity, and with each other, through the Trinity Retirement Association. Membership is open to all retired staff of the university and their spouse / partner, and the association run a wide range of events throughout the year.
Policy and Strategy
The Equality Policy and the Dignity and Respect Policy protect all members of the University community from discrimination, bullying and harassment; this includes discrimination, bullying and/or harassment relating to age. Don't hesitate to contact the Equality Officer or the Dignity and Respect Contact Persons (listed in the policy) for advice on these matters.
Reports and Statistics
Age of staff and students is recorded in Annual Equality Monitoring Reports.
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) provides free public access to its data on ageing.
The Employment Equality Act outlaws discrimination within employment related to nine grounds including age; the Equal Status Act also outlaws discrimination on the basis of age, covering access to goods and services (including education). Please see our legislation webpages for further information.