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LEAD Equality and Diversity Programme launched

A new interactive Equality and Diversity eLearning programme (LEAD) will allow staff in the university sector to consider their role in building an inclusive environment.  The LEAD programme was launched by Minister Fergus O’Dowd (Wednesday March 21) at a joint Irish Universities Association (IUA) Equality Network and Equality Authority event supported by the Workplace Diversity Initiative led by the Department of Justice and Equality.

Developed by six of the Irish Universities Equality Network member institutions, TCD, DCU, NUIG, UCC, UCD and UL, in conjunction with Aurion Learning, the aim of the LEAD project is to introduce a tailored eLearning programme covering all nine grounds of discrimination under Irish Equality Legislation as part of a blended approach to generating mainstream staff engagement with equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

Delivered online, one of the key elements of the LEAD programme is the development of tailored content that addresses issues unique to the third level sector.   The eLearning programme can reach a wider audience of approximately 16,000 staff in the Universities and has the potential to be rolled out to other institutions in the higher education sector.    The LEAD programme was part funded by the Equality Authority Equality Mainstreaming Unit and by each of the six participating Universities.  Recently LEAD was awarded Outstanding Achievement in the category of Most Innovative Use of Technology at the IITD National Training Awards.

Start the LEAD Living Equality and Diversity Programme

Press release regarding the LEAD Living Equality and Diversity Programme

Equality Fund 2011-2012 Projects Announced

January 2012

The Equality Committee has selected 9 staff and student projects for funding in 2011-2012:

  • Pathways transition assessment and planning tool
  • Student Parents: challenges and strategies
  • Siren (magazine for International Women’s Day)
  • The Confessional
  • Communication project
  • Your  5 a day for Mental Health
  • Creating a more Inclusive Campus
  • Respecting diversity in the campus community of the future
  • Launching the Parlour: peer-led mental health and wellbeing space

More information about the College Equality Fund

Selected Equality Fund projects for 2011-12

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New web resource for students with Asperger's Syndrome launched by Minister

November 2011

A Support Service Website for Students with Asperger's Syndrome featuring seven videos of students discussing their experiences of university life with Asperger’s Syndrome and also Trinity College Dublin’s first i-book entitled the ‘The A-Z of AS’ by the late Dr Zehanne Kenny was launched today (Thursday, November 3rd, 11am) by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly at Trinity College Dublin. 

This resource was developed by the Unilink Service and Disability Service with the support of the College Equality Fund.

Press release regarding the Website for Students with Asperger's Syndrome

Web resources for Students with Asperger's Syndrome.

Trinity College wins Award for Equality

Oct 27, 2011

Trinity College Dublin was joint winner of the 2011 JICS TechDis OASES Award for Institutional Progress on Equality using Technology.  The award, which is open to all universities, colleges and other learning providers, recognises the numerous strategies currently in place at Trinity College Dublin that work to enhance accessibility and inclusion within the academic environment.  These strategies ensure equality of access to teaching and learning for all students.

Speaking about the award, Inclusive Curriculum Development Officer Michelle Garvey said: “We are continuously striving to enhance accessibility and inclusion within the academic environment.  The implementation of both the Accessible Information Policy and the Trinity Inclusive Curriculum Project has made great strides in mainstreaming inclusion across campus.” 

Some of the initiatives that Trinity College Dublin has developed to promote inclusion include: a resource website containing guidelines and resources to help staff enhance their inclusivity; an online self-evaluation tool to promote reflection on current teaching and assessment practices, and to offer suggestions to enhance good practice; training and awareness raising activities, often in collaboration with CAPSL, the Centre for Academic Practice and eLearning; the embedding of considerations of good inclusive practice within quality enhancement procedures and the provost teaching award; and collaboration with the library, working towards an inclusive library environment.

The shortlisted candidates included two higher education institutions, two further education colleges, a specialist college and an adult community organisation.  All six organisations were honoured at the award event for demonstrating an exemplary approach to embedding accessibility into institutional policy.

For more details on the TIC strategy and the Accessible Information policy go to or contact the TIC development officer, Michelle Garvey, at

Trinity College Dublin Wins Institutional Award for Equality press release

Equality Fund 2011-2012 Call for Applications

05 October 2011 - 2 November 2011

the Equality Fund 2011-2012 is now accepting applications for innovative and creative projects promoting equality and diversity in College. The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday 2 November at 5pm.

The Equality Fund will provide funding to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality projects.

The themes selected for this year are:

  1. Too young or too old? Combating stereotypes

  2. Facing the challenges: supporting creative solutions

  3. Listen, speak and be heard

  4. The campus community of the future

  5. Spotlight on religious diversity and College life

  6. Play your part: dignity and respect in College

Applications can be made with the above themes focussing on any of the 9 protected equality grounds or for other relevant groups.

For more information about the Equality Fund and to download the application form:

Equality Fund Applications

or contact

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Equality News

September 2011

The latest Equality News is now available to download here. Find out about staff and student equality projects and upcoming events.

Equality Newsletter (PDF)

The newsletter is available in paper copy and alternative formats, to request contact

Keeping Iran's Heart Beating - stories of women's rights activists (exhibition) 20-24 March

Women in Iran are often portrayed as victims - helplessly unable to stand up and claim their own rights. The truth, however, is that Iranian women are at the very heart of the human rights movement, and are some of the most courageous and effective human rights campaigners in Iran. 

Keeping Iran's heart beating - stories of women's rights activists for women's rights in Iran on a daily basis and sought to tell their story. 

This exhibition, which was partly funded by TCD Community Initiative Fund, was put together by members of the Amnesty Iran group in Ireland, with the support of Amnesty International. This exhibition profiled 19 women’s rights activists from Iran. Many have been imprisoned for their work and some have been forced into exile but they continue to fight for women’s rights in Iran. The exhibition was launched by Senator Ivana Bacik and Kaveh Kermanshahi on Tuesday 20th March at 1230pm.

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International Women's Week 2012

5-9 March

International Women's Week takes place every year in College celebrating women's contributions in different artistic and scientific fields and marking Trinity's participation in a global campaign for rights and equality.

This year there were many exciting events organized by staff and students including the SU, GSU, DU Gender Equality society, DU Amnesty, Department of Art History and School of Religions and Theology amongst others.

International Women's Week ran from Monday 5th to Friday 9th of March.

See the full International Women's Week programme here.

Contact the Equality Officer for further details.

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Shadows and Lights: women in Irish visual culture - panel discussion

Wednesday 7 March 2012, 7-9 pm.
Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.

The TCD Equality Office and Art History department held a joint event during International Women's Week to explore women's role in Irish visual culture. The discussion was chaired by  Dr Angela Griffith, Art History, TCD, and panellists included: performance artist Amanda Coogan, art historian Isabella Evangelista, Professor of Visual Computing Carol O'Sullivan and Architect Ruth O'Herlihy.

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One in Five Balloon release

25 November

Trinity supported Women's Aid 1 in 5 campaign with an event on 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This event was part of a nationwide campaign in solidarity with the number of women who experience violence in relationships in Ireland.

This event was supported by the Equality Office, SU, GSU, DUGES and DU Amnesty.

Physics Square (facing Zoology)

Women's Aid National Balloon Campaign

Removing Pain screening

There was a screening of a slideshow of the Removing Pain performance by Beth Moysés held last 25th November in TCD.

GSU Common room, House 7 (Front Square).


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Scholars at Risk Speaker Series

The Trinity Scholars at Risk Committee proposed a Speaker Series inviting scholars at risk hosted in Ireland and Europe to share their experiences and work with Trinity staff and students. This series aims to create awareness amongst staff and students of the threats scholars face in their communities and the need for the university's support; to promote dialogue on academic freedom and the protection of human rights of scholars; and to give a voice to scholars who have been silenced through threats and violence.

Around the world today, scholars are attacked because of their words, their ideas and their place in society. Those seeking power and control work to limit access to information and new ideas by targeting scholars, restricting academic freedom and repressing research, publication, teaching and learning.

The Scholars at Risk Network (SAR) is an international network of over 240 higher education institutions in 29 countries working to protect threatened intellectuals and to promote academic freedom worldwide. Scholars at Risk protects academics, researchers, writers, artists, human rights defenders and other intellectuals by advocating on their behalf when they are threatened in their home countries and by arranging positions of sanctuary at universities and colleges in our network for those forced to flee persecution and violence. Dr Roja Fazaeli is the Secretary to the Scholars at Risk Trinity College committee.

There were four seminars taking place from October to December 2011. These events are supported by the College Equality Fund.

For more information see:

Scholars at Risk Speaker Series: Basma Abdel Rahman : A Tortured Nation Breaking its Chains

Speaker:Basma Abdel Rahman
Date: Wednesday 21 March, 12-1pm
Venue: Foster Place, College Green, TCD.

Basma Abdel Rahman(32) was present at the protests at Tahrir Square during the efforts in January 2011 to help to put an end to the emergency law and the residing regime in Egypt. She is a full time psychiatrist, and she has worked with The El Nadeem Centre for the Management and Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence in Cairo, Egypt since 2008.

Established as a civil not-for-profit organisation in August 1993, the El Nadeem Centre initially concentrated its activities on the provision of psychological rehabilitation to victims of torture and the provision of medico-legal reports. The El Nadeem Centre provides psychological management and rehabilitation to victims of torture, and together with other NGOs and individuals, it also provides some forms of social support and legal aid resources. At the Centre's clinic Basma manages outpatients and is especially involved in the management of the cases of children and traumatized families. During the course of her work, she manages many Egyptian and refugee activists who have been subjected to torture, providing both individual and group support to them. She is also a supervisor and trainer for a group of refugee psycho-social workers in PSTIC (Psycho-social Training institute, Cairo) since December 2011.

She has translated several books from English and Italian into Arabic, including “A writer's reality”, written by the eminent Peruvian writer Marion Vargas Llosa, and a conjoint translation of a book about contemporary Egyptian history translated from Italian to Arabic “Intellettuali e marxismo. Per una storia dell'opposizione laica in Eggitto 1967-1981” Gennaro Gervasio, l'universita di Napoli (l'orientale), 2005. She has written a series of ten short stories for children, and many short stories that have been published in several Egyptian periodicals and newspapers.

Scholars at Risk Speaker Series: Personal Testimony: From Prison to Exile, the Experiences of a Human Rights Defender from Iran

Speaker: Kaveh Kermanshahi
Date: Thursday 15 March, 6pm
Venue: Weingreen Room, Arts Building, TCD.

Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi is an Iranian human rights activist and journalist. He is a member of organisations such as the One Million Signatures campaign, the Human Rights Organisation of Kurdistan, and the Office of Tahkim Vahdat Student Organisation.

He has been a leading advocate and defender of human rights in Iran, with his significant work in the area being widely recognised for its objective analysis of human rights abuses by the Iranian regime, despite having personally suffered extended periods of solitary confinement and detainment under severe conditions by the Iranian authorities. 

Scholars at Risk Speaker Series: Two Decades of Bleakness: The Betrayed Promises of Human Rights and Democratization in Eritrea

Tuesday 1 November, 1pm.
Speaker: Daniel Mekonnen
Venue: Niall-Hoey lecture room, Long Room Hub.

Dr Daniel R Mekonnen obtained his primary legal education in Eritrea, where he served, among other things, as Judge of the Zoba Maekel Provincial Court in Asmara. He obtained his LLM from the University of Stellenbosch (2003) and his LLD from the University of the Free State (2008). He worked in different universities as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer. Currently, he is a Bank of Ireland Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland, Galway), where he is involved in a research project analysing UN Security Council Resolution 1907 (2009), and teaching a course on International Security Law. He is a frequent speaker in a number of international conferences and forums, such as the European Parliament, on issues related to the human rights crisis in Eritrea. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. His major academic work is: Transitional Justice: Framing a Model for Eritrea (2009).

Scholars at Risk Speaker Series: International Day Against the Death Penalty with Mohammad Mostafaei

Monday 10 October, 19:00 - 21:00

Location: Davis Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

On 10th of October, World day against the death penalty, Scholars at Risk Network and Amnesty International held the first talk of the Scholars at Risk Speaker Series by MOHAMMAD MOSTAFAEI.

MOHAMMAD MOSTAFAEI is an Iranian human rights lawyer who has been involved in numerous women and children's rights cases in Iran. He has been credited with saving over 50 clients from execution. Mohammad Mostafaei previously represented Ms. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the woman convicted of murder and adultery, who has been under a death sentence since 2006.Her sentence to death by stoning received wide international attention in 2010. Mr Mostafaei fled Iran after being arrested for publicizing Ms. Sakineh’s case to the international community. He is currently living in Norway.

Find out more about Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani's case

Positive Ageing Week 2011

College celebrated Positive Ageing Week from 26 September to 1 October 2011.

Positive Ageing week is a national campaign organized by Age Action to promote a society in which people of all ages enjoy the same status and rights.

In the Mood

Saturday 1 October 2011

In the Mood was organised by the Charity Age Action in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin to celebrate ESB Electric Ireland’s Positive Ageing Week and the UN International Day of Older Persons.

Participants wore their best classic clothing from the 1940’s and 50's and immersed in a day of pure, exclusive vintage entertainment.

The day began with The Fox Trot, a gentle stroll around St. Stephen’s Green, down Kildare Street starting at 2:30 pm at the band stand in Stephen's Green, and finished with an afternoon swing tea party in Trinity College Dublin.

The Afternoon Swing Dance Tea Party was held in the Dining Hall, Trinity College, Dublin 4 to 6 pm. Tea/Coffee, sandwiches and pastries followed by all the fun of Swing and live music with the Bugle Babes. Lots of prizes were won on the day.

All were very welcome to this event – Grandparents, staff, students and children!

Price: €10 per person which included Afternoon Tea and live entertainment. Concession rate for Trinity students is €5!

If you would like to volunteer to help support this initiative contact

Find out more about Age Action