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02 Ability Awards - Trinity Selected as Ability Company

12 May 2010

Trinity has been selected as an Ability Company in all six categories of the 02 Ability Awards 2010: Leadership, Customer Service, Environmental Accessibility, Learning Development and Progression, Retention and Well Being.

The 02 Ability Awards recognise best practice in the inclusion of people with disabilities, both as customers and as employees. Being selected as an Ability Company is an achievement that highlights College's commitment to increasing accessibility and the value it places on the contribution made by all members of the College community.

02 Ability Awards Logo: College has been selected as an Ability Company in the 02 Ability Awards 2010. The 02 Ability Awards Logo is available to all departments who would like to include it in their website or marketing materials. Contact the Equality Office

Documentary: Each company video-clip from the RTE O2 Ability Awards Documentary 2010 have been subtitled and uploaded on the Kanchi Youtube channel. View TCD O2 clip

The 02 Ability Awards 2010 took place on 12 May in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The Awards are a Kanchi initiative, to find out more about the Awards and Kanchi please visit O2 Ability Awards

See the 02 Awards Provost's reception

IUA Equality Network Report: Exploring the Function of Staff Networks in Supporting Equality Outcomes in the University Sector

November 2009

The IUA Equality Network has published the report prepared by Dr Jane Pillinger outlining the main learning from a series of workshops that took place in 2009 exploring the function of staff networks in supporting LGBT staff and other equality groups. This project was supported by the DG for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the European Commission (PROGRESS programme).

Download IUA Equality Network report (pdf)

Further information on the IUA Equality Network

For further information on staff networks currently in College please contact the Equality Officer

Equality Fund Projects 2009-2010

The following projects took place in 2009-2010:

  • Self management handbook for students with mental health difficulties
  • Investigating implicit beliefs and attitudes towards stereotyped groups: a college-wide initiative
  • Continuation and expansion of S2S Peer mentoring programmes
  • Express: promoting mental health awareness through performance
  • Enriching the college community with Older Lifelong Learners
  • Rediscovering the old through reminiscence theatre
  • Right! Let's speak up for ourselves: developing rights awareness amongst people with intellectual disabilities
  • Family Fun day (Sports Centre)
  • Dignity and Respect across campus mini-movie series
  • Disability Service 10th Anniversary Booklet
  • Laugh clever to laugh together

More information on Equality Fund projects

Equality Fund - General Information

International Women's Week 2010

8-12 March 2010

An exciting programme of events took place to celebrate International Women's Day from Monday 8th to Friday 12th March.

Full programme for International Women's Week

International Women's Week News release

Photos from International Women's Week

Celebrating Age Diversity - Positive Ageing Week 2009

28 September -3 October

This year the College sought to challenge age stereotypes and celebrate the diversity of the College community during Positive Ageing Week.

We held a series of talks, events and activities to increase awareness where you could challenge your stereotypes, become Agewise, start planning for a successful retirement or boost your energy levels at the Sports Centre! For more information contact the Equality Officer, Ext 3282 or the Personnel Officer, Staff Office, ext 1825.

The Staff Office and the Equality Office would like to thank the sponsors of these events: SPARC, Age & Opportunity and the Sports Centre.

Positive Ageing Week was sponsored by Age Action Ireland.

Being Agewise

Tuesday 29th September, 12 o'clock, Room 5039 Arts Building

Being Age Wise was a workshop facilitated by Age & Opportunity.

Being Age Wise provided participants with an opportunity to explore age attitudes and discrimination. The workshop was interactive and aimed to build inclusive services and work practices in College.

The Real Transition Year(s): Planning for a Successful Retirement

Thursday 1 October 1pm, Board Room, Sports Centre.

The Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC), hosted a lunchtime seminar on planning for retirement as part of Positive Ageing Week. The seminar was geared towards current and former staff of the College who are currently considering how best to ensure their years of retirement are fulfilling. Speakers /Topics include: Beginning Rebeginment' John Higgins, Retirement Planning Council of Ireland; 'Loitering at the Crossroads' - Dr Tony O'Dwyer, former employee of Agency for Personal Services Overseas (APSO); 'The Benefits of Joining Active Retirement Ireland', Maureen Kavanagh, CEO, Active Retirement Ireland; Trinity Sports Hall staff.

Keiser Resistance Training

Tuesday 6th October, Sports Hall, 1pm.

Over 50s -both the fit and absolute beginners - This was a weight bearing exercise class dedicated to improving general skeletal strength, joint mobility and bone density. This class helped to boost your metabolism and increase your overall energy levels.

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Right Let's Speak Up for Ourselves! Report Launched

June 2010

An accessible report was launched on 1st June 2010 in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, recounting participants’ stories of a human rights day held in Trinity College Dublin in September 2009. These stories were prepared and presented by people with intellectual disabilities and for many of the presenters this was their first opportunity to engage in such an activity. The process for making the report was an inclusive one and the presenters chose their own media for telling their stories. The report, which was supported by a grant from the TCD Equality Fund, was launched in both on-line and printed format and is available for download on
Contact for further information:

Dr. Fintan Sheerin, Lecturer in Intellectual Disabilities, School of Nursing & Midwifery