The following policies have been developed by the Equality Committee to address the needs of particular groups in detail:
- Irish Sign Language (ISL)
- Gender Identity and Gender Expression
- Student Carers, Student Parents and Students Experiencing Pregnancy
Please see the Diversity and Inclusion website for a full list of equality / diversity policies in Trinity.
Please also note that you can contact the Equality Office for advice on gender-neutral terminology for first- and second-year students.
The Trinity Gender Action Plan brings together actions for gender equality to which Trinity has committed in its
- Institutional Athena SWAN Gender Action Plan (2015)
- Diversity and Inclusion Strategy (2016)
- Plan for Implementation of the HEA’s Recommendations in its National Review of Gender Equality in Irish Higher Education Institutions (2017)
as well as recommendations of the “Mind the Gap” report of the Trinity Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (formerly WiSER), approved by Board in 2017.
Trinity has published Procedures and Guidelines in Relation to the Provision of ISL / English Interpretation. These procedures apply to all Trinity-organised events including cultural, academic and social events, and departmental meetings, where a staff member, student or visitor requests ISL interpretation. Provision of ISL interpretation is key to enabling the full participation of Deaf colleagues in university life, and all event organisers - including students - should familiarise themselves with the Procedures and Guidelines.
What can I do?
- Publicise your event as early as possible, and at least two weeks in advance
- Include an accessibility statement and contact details in your event publicity, e.g. "Please notify Jane at email@example.com of any accessibility requirements you may have"
- If a student, staff member or visitor contacts you to request ISL interpretation at your event, refer to the ISL Procedures and Guidelines for next steps. Trinity pays for ISL interpretation centrally but you as event organiser must arrange it
- Contact the Equality Officer if you have any questions about the Procedures
The Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy outlines Trinity's formal commitment to recognise and support an individual’s gender identity and gender expression. It is a highly practical policy which includes definitions of terms, guidelines for supporting a student / staff member through gender transition, and provisions around use of facilities, change of records, etc.
Trinity is very proud that its strong commitment to transgender inclusion was recognised by a Special Recognition Award in the GLEN Workplace Equality Index Awards 2015.
What can I do?
- Read and observe the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy
- Take Gender Identity training
- Treat transgender colleagues / classmates with common courtesy; don't ask intrusive questions, and use the name and gender they refer to themselves by
- Respect privacy; don't share information about somebody's transgender status without their explicit consent
- Bear in mind that gender distinctions (he/she, male/female) aren't necessary in most activities, facilities and communications / documents
- Contact the Equality Officer with any questions, comments or suggestions about transgender inclusion in Trinity
The Policy on Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy lays down good practice guidelines for accommodating students who have parental / caring responsibilities or who experience pregnancy at any point during their time in Trinity. It details the roles and responsibilities of academic, administrative and support staff in advising and responding to the needs of pregnant students, students who are parents and students who are carers. In so doing it seeks to ensure that there should be no academic or financial penalty for a student taking maternity, paternity, adoptive, or carer’s leave.
What can I do?
- Read and observe the Policy on Supports for Student Parents, Student Carers and Students Experiencing Pregnancy
- Be flexible where possible to accommodate these students (in accordance with the policy)
- Make sure students in these circumstances are aware of the policy and the supports available to them
- If you are a student to whom this policy applies, don't hesitate to contact your tutor or the Postgraduate Advisory Service
- Be aware that Trinity is a breastfeeding-friendly campus
- Contact the Equality Officer with any questions, comments or suggestions about supporting student parents and carers in Trinity