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Trinity celebrates International Women's Week 2016

March 2016

International Women's Week (IWW) takes place annually in Trinity celebrating women's contributions in various fields and marking the university's participation in a global campaign for rights and equality. International Women's Week is possible thanks to the enthusiasm of Trinity students and staff from a range of clubs, societies and departments, and the Students' Unions, who contribute events to the programme. A total of 28 events made up the 2016 programme, plus ongoing social media initiatives, sign-up campaigns and podcast series, and local events throughout the University.

International Women's Week 2016 was launched on Monday 7 March by Prof Linda Hogan, Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer, and continued until late on the evening of Friday 11 March, with an extremely diverse range of events on themes such as careers, bodies, sport, law, violence, LBT experiences, global experiences, Trinity's history, the Easter Rising, the arts, media, education, men's role in gender equality and inspirational Irish women. The Equality Office would like to thank all involved for making the week such a success.

More photos from the IWW 2016 events can be found on the Trinity Equality Facebook page, or you can click here for more information about International Women's Week and the 2016 programme. The call for contributions to the 2017 International Women's Week programme will go out in January 2017.

LGBT Staff Network begins at Éigse Thuar Ceatha / Trinity Rainbow Celebration

February 2016

(( An inaugural meeting of the LGBT Staff Network was held on 22 March 2016. The development of the network is ongoing, and interested staff are always welcome to join at any stage! Please contact if you would like to be added to the network mailing list. ))

A very successful Trinity Rainbow Celebration -  Éigse Thuar Ceatha – was held on Tuesday 2nd February as part of Trinity’s Irish-language festival, Éigse na Tríonóide. The event was awarded "Best Collaborative Event" at Central Societies Committee Awards 2016!

This bilingual event, supported by the Equality Fund, was a partnership between Oifig na Gaeilge, An Cumann Gaelach and Q Soc. It celebrated diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity in the cultures of Ireland, intersectionality amongst Trinity’s minority communities, and the great work of our LGBT student society, QSoc.

The evening also served a notably important purpose as the first of a series of events to inform and engage staff with the formation and development of a Trinity LGBT Staff Network. In this context the evening was a great success, with many contacts established, and arrangements made for follow-up contacts.

Over the course of a very enjoyable evening, attendees had the pleasure of listening to two keynote speakers, Senator David Norris and Irish-language author Mícheál Ó Conghaile, reflecting on their experiences. David recounted his journey in his own inimitable style laced with humour and anecdote, while Mícheál combined his own reflections with moving readings from some of his work, including the Hennessy Prize-winning coming-out story, Athair.

The evening was rounded off by an LGBT-inclusive céilí (or “géilí”) hosted by An Cumann Gaelach and QSoc.

For any staff with an interest in LGBT issues, who wish to learn more or become in involved In the LGBT Staff Network, please feel free to contact the Equality Officer.

This event was also covered in an article in the University Times.

Equality Fund recipients announced

January 2016

Trinity’s Equality Fund exists to promote and celebrate diversity in all areas of the University by facilitating locally-run equality initiatives by staff and/or students. The Equality Fund is made available to staff and student applications on a competitive basis, and it is allocated as small grants to various projects by a sub-committee of the university’s Equality Committee. The Equality Fund has been awarded annually since 2008, and the successful applications to the 2015/16 Fund have been announced (please click here to see the full list of Equality Fund projects 2015/16).

35 Equality Fund applications were received this year, and 13 of these have been awarded funding from the overall budget of €10,000. Very many worthwhile and exciting initiatives were proposed, and all who applied are commended for their commitment to equality and diversity in Trinity. The successful project applications include an Equality Champions awards programme for clubs and societies, a speaker series on female scholars at risk around the world, an animated video series on LGBT issues, the development of an accessible research archive on the Trinity website, and many more relating to themes such as age, religion, mental health, and returning to work or study following a long period of leave.

Equality Fund projects can deal with a wide range of equality matters, relating to the 9 grounds of discrimination in Irish equality law (gender, age, civil status, family status, race and ethnicity, membership of the traveller community, disability, sexual orientation and religion and belief), and to other diversity groups of particular relevance. For example, the 2015/16 projects include a project on opening up higher education to people who have lived in care, and a project supporting students who are recovering from addiction.

The Equality Fund is so effective because it facilitates the promotion of equality and diversity in Trinity at a grassroots and local level. It is specially designed to facilitate innovative equality projects and projects that might otherwise not receive funding. It also promotes staff-student collaboration as joint staff-student projects are prioritised in the selection process. Equality Fund projects are chosen for their positive impact on the whole Trinity community, and many have benefits for wider Irish society too.

For more information about the Equality Fund, please visit or contact Aoife Crawford, Equality Officer at

This was also covered in a news article by the Communications Office.

Equality News out now!

30 November 2015

The latest edition of Equality News (PDF, 3.29mb) is now available: click this link to download. This edition of the annual Equality Office newsletter includes an in-depth interview with Prof Eileen Drew (Director of WiSER), contributions from student society members on "what equality means to you", and useful information about equality-related activities and services in Trinity.

If you would like to request hard copies, please email with the number requested.

Trinity conferred with landmark Athena SWAN awards

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Trinity wins GLEN Workplace Equality Index award for transgender inclusion

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