Goals

We provide a liberal environment where independence of thought is highly valued and where all are encouraged to achieve their full potential. We will:

Demonstrate Institutional Leadership

C8.1 Sustainable Campus

Trinity aspires to be a global leader in university sustainability. The college’s properties comprise a significant and integral part of the Dublin conurbation. Trinity has a responsibility to conduct its activities in a manner that protects and enhances the environment, conserves natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and supports society as a whole. Much progress has been made in these areas since 2008, marked by the award of the Green Flag campus status in 2013 for which Trinity committed to a series of objectives for energy and carbon emissions, waste management/litter reduction, water and waste-water management, sustainable transport, resource use, biodiversity, green procurement, education and research, communication and student involvement. Our objective is to move further towards becoming a sustainable campus, a key measure of which will be to become the first university in Ireland to join the eminent group of visionary universities constituting the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN).

We will achieve this objective by:

  • publishing an Annual Sustainability Report, including carbon, energy, waste, transport and water consumption data
  • ensuring, through the Estates and Infrastructure Development Plan, that all new buildings (in particular our E3 development), refurbishments, and purchases comply with and, where possible, exceed, energy-efficiency standards
  • promoting research into, and teaching on, sustainability issues as well as promoting the campus as a living laboratory
  • setting up a Sustainable Campus Advisory Group and appointing a sustainability champion
  • undertaking sustainability audits and engaging campus users in sustainability targets
  • working towards developing an environmental management system and an energy management system
  • publishing a carbon footprint and action plan for reducing carbon emissions
  • fostering links with Dublin City Council’s ‘Greening the City’ and with national and EU smart city and other relevant initiatives.

C8.2 Equality, Diversity and the Irish Language

Commitments to equality and diversity are values on which Trinity’s excellence relies. To this end 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. We are committed on all equality grounds to protecting staff and students from discrimination and to ensuring that diversity is promoted and celebrated. We are committed to the Irish language as a central aspect of college life and as a valued element of college diversity. We will continue to support the use and promotion of the Irish language, and to improve Irish language services.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • embedding the commitment to equality and diversity in all policies and practices and further developing diversity awareness and training programmes
  • advancing a structural change process to incorporate gender-balanced representation at all stages and levels, thereby enhancing the quality of Trinity’s institutional decision-making
  • acting as a national leader to promote the introduction of the Athena SWAN15 Charter to Ireland and pursuing institutional and school-level Athena SWAN Awards, thereby providing a proven framework through which our position on gender equality can be measured and improved
  • promoting the Equality Policy, Dignity and Respect Policy and the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy
  • promoting the employment of people with disabilities, improving their retention and recognizing their contributions
  • further developing our supports and training through projects like ConnectAbility
  • taking a leading role in sectoral and national initiatives to promote diversity and seeking to raise the university’s profile as an inclusive organization
  • implementing the Official Languages Act, 2003, and our own Irish language schemes
  • increasing the number of public Irish-language events hosted on campus, and raising awareness of Trinity’s Irish-language services and events
  • facilitating Irish-language training for all staff in the university, increasing the numbers of staff obtaining a European Certificate in Irish qualification, and developing creative partnerships with Irish language organizations.

We are committed to creating an inclusive, diverse and pluralist college community and a positive environment in which all can participate

C8.3 Volunteering, Public Service and Civic Engagement

Trinity aims to embed a culture of volunteering, public service and engagement amongst staff and students, and to promote this objective nationally and internationally, especially through our involvement with the Campus Engage National Network.16

We will achieve these objectives by:

  • facilitating opportunities for community-university partnerships and supporting campus-community volunteering opportunities
  • providing students with the opportunity for experiential learning, integrated, where possible, into credit-based modules
  • formally recognizing student engagement and volunteering by means of an extended transcript with validation of co- or extra- curricular activities, and encouraging reflective learning through e-portfolios
  • providing a support framework for student volunteering through the Civic Engagement Officer and the development of a volunteering database
  • supporting the development of community-based research, for example, through Knowledge Shop and Science Gallery
  • encouraging staff volunteering and community-based research through an Engagement Award
  • undertaking research to build an evidence base for the positive social impact of civic-engagement activity, building awareness of the role of higher education civic engagement with potential stakeholders and policy makers and promoting debate to inform the national policy framework for civic engagement.

C8.4 Trinity EngAGE

As an institution, Trinity is well-positioned to contribute to the public good as a proponent and enabler of positive ageing. Our multidisciplinary research expertise will be channelled through the Trinity EngAGE Centre for Research in Ageing. Trinity EngAGE will provide formal leadership in co-ordinating ageing research across four domains: mind, body, social environment and the built environment. In collaboration with the teaching hospitals, St James’s and Tallaght, Trinity EngAGE intends to further connect students and academic, clinical and research staff to focus on inclusive participation and reciprocal learning, thereby advancing healthy ageing and making a significant contribution to society.

We will achieve this objective by:

  • promoting knowledge exchange between Trinity researchers and the public in order to offer life-long learning opportunities and empower a science-literate population that can advocate for its own health
  • cultivating multidisciplinary and collaborative research so that a greater understanding of the biological, social and environmental components of healthy ageing emerges
  • advancing evidence-based research that generates innovative technologies and informs social policies so that health and well-being are improved across the lifespan
  • promoting the University of the Third Age (U3A).

Trinity aims to embed a culture of volunteering, public service and engagement amongst staff and students

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