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Trinity goes purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all areas of life, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities across the world. It is held on 3 December each year.
To mark the day, the front of Trinity College Dublin was lit up in purple along with other iconic Irish landmarks such as Liberty Hall, the National Convention Centre, the Rock of Cashel, and many more. The campaign can be followed under the #PurpleLights hashtag on social media.
Gender Equality Action Plan 2018-2020 for Irish higher education is launched
On 12 November 2018, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor launched the Gender Action Plan 2018-2020: Accelerating Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions. The plan was produced by the Gender Equality Taskforce which was established by Minister Mitchell O'Connor in November 2017 to build on the work of the HEA National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2016).
The Gender Action Plan 2018-2020 contains many significant recommendations to accelerate progress towards gender equality in Irish higher education, which will be integrated as appropriate into Trinity's tailored institutional gender action plan. Both the Minister and An Taoiseach highlighted Trinity as a success story at the launch event, as it has shown the greatest change of any Irish university in female representation at Chair Professor level (the figures are summarised in this piece by Pat O'Connor in The Irish Times).
Pictured below attending the launch are (L-R): Aoife Crawford, Equality Officer; Tony McMahon, Director of Diversity and Inclusion; Prof Eileen Drew, Director of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership; Louise Walsh, Athena SWAN Project Officer for the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Trinity researcher wins 2018 CONNECT Public Engagement Award for work with migrant teenagers
New report will shape the future of Intellectual Disability Nursing in Ireland
Trinity hosts 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education
Trinity was honoured to host the 10th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education from 20 to 22 August 2018. The conference provided an international forum to discuss and exchange information and experiences on the challenges related to gender in academia, gender equality promotion, and interventions in higher education and research institutions.
This was the first time the conference was held in Ireland, and it highlighted significant movements by higher education institutions, the Higher Education Authority and Department of Education in recent years to tackle the issue of gender imbalance in Irish academia.
Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD opened the conference with a powerful address on the need for urgency on this matter. Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Mary Robinson was guest of honour and keynote speaker at the gala dinner in Trinity's historic Dining Hall on 21 August (pictured below).
This event was also covered by Trinity News and Events.