December: 2017/18 Equality Fund projects announced
February: Report to Board on Cultural Diversity
Age-Friendly Trinity was formally launched on 26 September 2017, as part of Positive Ageing Week, by guest speakers Mr Jim Daly TD (Minister of State with Responsibility for Mental Health and Older People), Prof Brian MacCraith (President of DCU) and Prof Patrick Prendergast (Provost of TCD). Trinity's oldest student, Mr Josef Veselsky was also in attendance and received a standing ovation at the event.
The launch marks Trinity's endorsement of the Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University, developed by DCU, and participation in the international Age-Friendly Universities Network. For more information please see the Age-Friendly Trinity brochure or Trinity's News and Events webpage.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training for Societies
On 25 October 2017, the Equality Officer and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Central Societies Committee (CSC), held a pilot workshop for members of society committees who would like to make their society’s activities more inclusive. The workshop covered core equality, diversity and inclusion concepts; Trinity policies and supports; and how to apply this learning to society life, using a range of case studies.
Feedback was very positive (see below) and the workshop will be run again on Wednesday 17 January 2018, 3-5pm in Room 3071, Arts Block; all members of societies or other students involved in organising events are welcome to attend.
- "Great to get people reflecting. Scenarios were good. Liked the variety."
- "Nice balance of policy and practical examples"
- "It was super insightful, thank you"
Board reviews first Progress Report on Gender Equality Action Plan
Trinity has committed to taking specific actions for gender equality, in relation to Athena SWAN, the 2016 HEA Gender Equality Review and internal strategies. All these actions have now been brought together into one document (the Trinity Gender Action Plan) to improve oversight of the university's overall progress with implementing its gender equality actions.
The Vice-Provost made the first progress report to Board on 13 December 2017, and will report again in approximately six months' time. A "red / amber / green" analysis in the report showed that of the 75 actions reported on, 18 are green (completed), 53 are amber (progressing well), and 4 are "red" (not progressing well). The Gender Equality Implementation Subcommittee of the Equality Committee, Chaired by the Vice-Provost will continue to work with action owners to progress and complete Trinity's gender equality actions.
Please click here to see the full Gender Equality Action Plan Progress Report.
2017/18 Equality Fund Projects Announced
Each year a selection of staff and student project proposals are awarded small grants from the Equality Fund, on a competitive basis. In 2017/18, 33 applications were received of which 14 were awarded funding (see table below). The selection committee are grateful to all applicants and look forward to seeing the funded projects come to fruition throughout the year!
|24hr Wheelchair Challenge||Disability|
|Empowering Through Self-Help||Mixed|
|Get to Know Your Library||Disability|
|I Can Be Anything When I Grow Up||Gender|
|The Harmony Project||Ethnicity/Asylum|
|Leaning In and Speaking Up?||Gender|
|Political Representation of People with Disabilities in Ireland||Disability|
|Student Champions||Age/Socio-economic Status/Traveller Community|
|Trinity Women's Review||Gender|
|Women Should Be Both Seen and Heard||Gender|
|Your Best Media Self Workshop||Gender|
Unconscious Bias Training for Recruitment Panellists
On 22 and 23 January 2018, several sessions of face-to-face unconscious bias training were held with UK business psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola.
The participants were the most frequent members of recruitment selection panels, of whom many were senior university staff, including the Provost, Vice-Provost and Faculty Deans.
Chairs of promotion selection committees also took the training, which covered the causes and effects of unconscious bias, and practical strategies for managing bias in a selection process.
Report to Board on Cultural Diversity
A Cultural Diversity Working Group was established in June 2017 to:
- Gather information on existing good practices within the university
- Identify areas for further improvement
- Develop a set of proposed priority actions
- Recommend an appropriate long-term mechanism to progress cultural diversity matters in the university
Prof Robbie Gilligan, Chair of the working group reported to Board on its findings and recommendations on 23 February 2018. Themes included student experience, education, staff, campus culture, and structures. A key recommendation is that cultural diversity specifically be prioritised in the development of the next Strategic Plan. You can read the report here.
The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will drive implementation of the report, with the support of an Advisory Group of diverse expertise and cultural backgrounds.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training for Staff
Following a successful pilot of in-house Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Training for student societies, the programme is being expanded to staff. The first area to take the training are Estates and Facilities, with c. 100 staff trained in January and February 2018.
Topics covered include relevant policies and law; different aspects of equality; diversity of students and staff in Trinity today and practical approaches to creating a more inclusive function. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practice and set goals for their area.
50th Anniversary of Female Fellows and Scholars
As part of International Women's Week 2018, the Equality Office conducted interviews with Prof Barbara Wright and Ms Aoileann Ní Éigeartaigh, who were elected to Fellowship and Foundation Scholarship respectively in 1968. Until a Board decision of 1967, women were not eligible for election to either honour, so 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first female Fellows and Foundation Scholars.
Both Barbara and Aoileann have unique stories to tell and fantastic personal insight into the experience of women in Trinity in the 1960s.
Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies
The third annual Equality Champions Awards for Clubs and Societies were held on Tuesday 3 April, with a reception and awards presentation in the Global Room.
The Vice-Provost, as keynote speaker, emphasised the importance of extra-curricular activities and the impressive achievements of the winning societies and clubs. He also discussed how equality is "crucial to who we are and what we do as a university".
The new Equality Champions then presented their award-winning initiatives to the audience before formally receiving their award. It was a great opportunity to hear about the fantastic work that clubs and societies of all kinds in Trinity are doing to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their activities.
Congratulations to all the 2018 winners:
- First Place: Mature Students' Society for "Inqualiversity"
- Second Place: Rifle Club for "Inclusivity Through Sport"
- Third Place: Gender Equality Society for "Awareness-Raising of the Challenges Faced by Women Living in Direct Provision"
- Special Recognition Award: Gender Equality Society for "Self-Care Package"
- Special Recognition Award: Student Managed Fund for maintenance and development of "Women's Leadership Conference"
Energy at any Age: a Photographic Exhibition for Trinity Week
Trinity Week 2018, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, took place from 9th to 13th April on the theme ‘Energy'. As part of the Trinity Week programme, Age-Friendly Trinity hosted a photographic exhibition entitled “Energy at any Age”.
Age-Friendly Trinity welcomes staff, students and visitors of all ages and life stages and aims to harness the unique opportunities that age diversity brings.
In "Energy at any Age", we exhibited a number of innovative and thought-provoking images that embody energy across the lifespan, by a range of fantastic and award-winning professional photographers.
The winner of the People's Choice, as voted for by attendees at the exhibition launch, was "The Old Man and the Sea" by John Kelly.
First Meeting of the Participation Advisory Group
The Equality Office is delighted to take part in the newly founded Participation Advisory Group, which will progress Trinity's response to the particular needs of asylum seekers and refugees, through the University of Sanctuary framework.
The group will also work to implement the recommendations of the "Learning to Build New Lives" 2016/17 Equality Fund project, which engaged with asylum seekers and refugees based in Ireland on themes of education, career development and networking.
The meeting was further covered in the Trinity News and Events webpages.