January: Equality Fund Projects Announced
December: Policies Reviewed in 2016
November: Equality News Out Now!
The Equality Officer (right) and Director of Diversity and Inclusion (centre) were delighted to meet Ms Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (left) at the annual Trinity Access Programmes Educational Achievement Awards (May 2017).
At Dublin Pride 2017, BeLonG To Youth Services and Youth Work Ireland facilitated the largest ever single group of LGBT young people marching under one banner ‘Transforming LGBT+ Lives’ with some 300 young people. Prior to the march the group enjoyed a Pride Breakfast on the Trinity campus, with members of Trinity's LGBT student society (QSoc) and LGBT Staff Network who also marched together on the day.
The Equality Office was delighted to participate in the selection of the Graduate Students' Union's first Postgraduate Equality Advocacy Award, which was presented at the Postgrad Ball on 8 June 2017. There was a very high standard of applications relating to different equality grounds. The ultimate winner, Ms Melanie Hibbert-Bown was recognised for her passionate work for ethnic minority students and staff in the university, particularly in relation to the establishment of an Ethnic and Cultural Minorities Network.
Student sports clubs and societies who have promoted equality through their events in 2016/17 were honoured at a ceremony in the Global Room on 11 April 2017. The Dean of Students hosted the ceremony and presented the five awards:
- 1st place: Trinity Student Managed Fund
- 2nd place: DU Comedy / Trinity Arts Festival (joint event)
- 3rd place: The Hist
- Highly Commended: DUAMS and DUCSS
Congratulations to all these very deserving winners!
Click here for more information about the Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies.
Winning event: Women's Leadership Conference by Trinity Student Managed Fund
Trinity has updated and clarified its procedures and guidelines on the provision of Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation in March 2017. This ensures that clear guidelines are available for all organisers of Trinity events, and for all Deaf students, staff and visitors, on how ISL interpretation is to be arranged. It makes clear that Trinity will pay for any ISL interpretation provided in accordance with the procedures, and lays out how event organisers are to go about booking the ISL interpretation. The procedures apply to all Trinity-organised events, from departmental meetings to week-long conferences, whether the event is organised by students or staff.
For more information, please see www.tcd.ie/equality/policies/other-policies/#ISL
Trinity's first Diversity and Inclusion Strategy was approved by Board on 14 December 2016. It develops the university's strategic commitments to diversity and inclusion into concrete plans for implementation with specified actions, deliverables and timelines. The Strategy, led by Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mr Tony McMahon, deals with policy, governance, training, communications and much more.
Please see the Diversity and Inclusion website for more information, or read the Strategy here.
Pictured (L-R): Equality Officer (Aoife Crawford), Director of Diversity and Inclusion (Tony McMahon), Chair of Equality Committee (Sheila Dunphy)
Trinity’s Equality Fund has been awarded annually since 2008. It promotes and celebrates diversity throughout the university by funding locally-run equality projects by staff and students, such as these previous Equality Fund projects.
This year, 21 applications were made to the Equality Fund. Of these, 7 were from students, 7 from staff and 7 from a mixed staff/student team. Equality Fund projects can deal with a wide range of equality matters - the most common themes among 2016/17 applications were gender (10 applications), disability (4 applications), and ethnicity (3 applications).
A total of €10,970 has been awarded across 13 projects, which are now listed at https://www.tcd.ie/equality/projects/equality-fund/#projects. The successful projects include a film about a dementia-friendly garden, a programme to support entrepeneurship among female students, and a soccer tournament for disadvantaged schools around Trinity, among many other fantastic initiatives and events.
Several reviews of equality-related policies were undertaken in 2016, to ensure that they continue to be accurate, appropriate and effective, even where contexts may have changed.
The Equality Policy lays out Trinity's commitment to non-discrimination and equality of opportunity for all students, staff and service users, and outlines how this commitment will be put into practice throughout university activities. The Board approved a revised Equality Policy in 2016 in which there is increased emphasis on implementation, on links with other university strategy and policy, and on Trinity's equality infrastructure and supports. These changes were based on feedback from the Trinity community.
Similarly, the Dignity and Respect Policy - which deals with matters around bullying and harassment - underwent a major review in 2016. The new Dignity and Respect Policy is more clear and accessible with a simple Executive Summary of the options available to complainants, and it also allows for managers to take a more active role in resolving cases where appropriate. The lists of Dignity and Respect Contact Persons and other sources of help were also updated.
Staff-related (HR) policies are reviewed on a rolling basis and equality matters are considered throughout - for example, HR policies up for review are now checked to ensure they use gender-neutral language. Reviews of some policies relating to staff with disabilities are also ongoing and will continue into 2017.
Please find at the link below the 2016/17 edition of Equality News, the annual Equality Office newsletter. Inside you’ll find news highlights, useful info and a full-length interview with a Trinity equality champion. It has been a great year for equality in Trinity and hopefully you'll find this to be a great read as well!
Trinity Hosts Road to Equality Exhibition
Trinity is delighted to host the Road to Equality "roving expo" from Friday 21st October to Friday 4th November 2016, in the Hamilton Building (see www.tcd.ie/maps). Students, staff and members of the public are welcome to drop in any time to see this wonderful, uplifting exhibition.
The Road to Equality exhibition is an initiative of the National LGBT Federation and Dialogue and Diversity to showcase the history of LGBT activism in Ireland, celebrating the great progress that has been made (so far!) for LGBT equality as a result of the hard work and courage of diverse individuals and groups. It provides an opportunity at this time of great positive change, including the introduction of marriage equality and gender recognition in 2015, to reflect and to acknowledge all those who have brought us to where we are today.
Trinity’s hosting of the Road to Equality exhibition was formally launched by Senator David Norris on Thursday 20th October. Senator Norris' significant contribution to LGBT rights in Ireland is well-documented, and he shared many personal reminiscences inspired by the exhibits. Many thanks to Senator Norris, to the LGBT Staff Network and to the Road to Equality organisers for all their support in bringing this great exhibition to Trinity. Don't miss it!
- Who: Staff, students and members of the public
- When: Friday 21st Oct - Friday 4th Nov (during opening hours)
- Where: Hamilton Building (second floor landing, beside the Library)
At the second Workplace Equality Index Awards held by GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), Trinity was delighted to be named the Public Sector Employer of the Year and placed 5th in the Top Ten Places to Work for LGBT Staff. The awards were covered in the national and Trinity media - see the News and Events article here.