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Family and Relationships

 

All kinds of families are accommodated and celebrated in Trinity, and Trinity is committed to non-discrimination on the basis of family or civil status

Student Parents and Carers

If you have parental responsibilities, caring responsibilities or experience pregnancy during your studies in Trinity please refer to our comprehensive Policy on Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy. The Senior Tutor's website also has a wealth of Information for Students with Children, outlining the supports available to student parents for academic, financial and other matters.

Work-life Balance

Trinity is committed to creating a collegiate work environment that is conducive to quality work, study and the attainment of a healthy work-life balance. The WiSER website has great information on work-life balance in Trinity including resources on career breaks, flexible working options, university policies, and family-friendly facilities on campus.

Family Facilities

The Day Nursery provides care for children of students and staff from 3 months to 4.5 years. The Sports Centre offers a range of benefits and activities for members, including the annual Family Fun Day and mid-term Sports Camps for Children.

Trinity is a breastfeeding-friendly campus, meaning that breastfeeding is welcome in any of the public areas, and information about breastfeeding facilities, coffee mornings and other initiatives can be found on the Health Promotion website.

Policy

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 civil status (i.e. are you married, in a civil partnership, divorced...) or family status (i.e. are you a parent or do you have other significant caring responsibilities). Don't hesitate to contact the Equality Officer or the Dignity and Respect Contact Persons (listed in the policy) for advice on these matters.

The Policy on Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy lays down good practice guidelines for accommodating students who have parental / caring responsibilities or who experience pregnancy at any point during their time in Trinity.

Reports and Statistics

Family and Civil Status of Trinity staff is presented in Annual Equality Monitoring Reports. The family and civil status of students is not collected at present.

Legal Protections

The Employment Equality Act outlaws discrimination within employment related to nine grounds including civil status (i.e. are you married, in a civil partnership, divorced...) and family status (i.e. are you a parent or do you have other significant caring responsibilities); the Equal Status Act also outlaws discrimination on the basis of civil and family status. Please see our legislation webpages for further information.

These protections apply to people in (or formerly in) a civil partnership equally as to married / divorced people. The Marriage Equality Act has extended the right to marry to same-sex couples, without affecting exisiting civil partnerships. The Children and Family Relationships Act contains many provisions reflecting the diversity of Irish family structures (e.g. unmarried fathers, grandparent guardians, etc.)

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