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LEAD Living Equality and Diversity eLearning ProgrammeLEAD Living Equality and Diversity eLearning programme

The LEAD Living Equality and Diversity eLearning programme is an innovative learning resource. It was developed by six members of the IUA Equality Network: DCU, NUIG, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL in collaboration with Aurion Learning and with the support of the Equality Authority.

LEAD aims to provide University staff with an awareness of the key equality and diversity issues across the nine equality grounds in Irish legislation in a University context.

The LEAD programme is available to all TCD staff. It takes between one and two hours to complete.


Get started on LEAD - simply register with your short form TCD e-mail address.

Go to the Living Equality and Diversity (LEAD) eLearning Programme


Who is LEAD for? The LEAD programme has been designed for use by all University staff: academic, professional and support. LEAD will be of particular relevance to staff with management or recruitment responsibilities. All TCD staff participating on interview panels are now required to have completed this programme.


LEAD eLearning Programme content and featuresScreen shot of LEAD homepage

The LEAD Programme is a modular learning tool. It has five core modules:

  • Understanding Diversity;
  • What’s it got to do with you?; 
  • From Compliance to commitment;
  • Recruitment & Selection; and
  • Dignity & Respect.


Each section contains:

  • video and multimedia stories and scenarios,
  • interactive games and quizzes, and
  • online instant assessments to offer participants valuable feedback on their learning.

Participants can save their progress and return at any time to complete the five modules. The estimated time for completion of the programme an hour and a quarter.

By using this interactive and multimedia resource, staff will have the opportunity to consider and reflect on the part they play in building an inclusive culture across the university sector.


LEAD Launch

LEAD was launched in March 2012 by Minister Fergus O’Dowd. It is being implemented across the sector as part of a blended approach to generating staff engagement with equality issues, with the potential of reaching 16,000 staff. LEAD is being rolled out to all staff in College and is supported by the Equality Committee, HR Committee and Board.

LEAD programme launched 21 March 2012 - press release


LEAD Pilot feedback

The LEAD programme was piloted across the 6 Universities with 264 staff participants.

  • 97% felt the programme covered the main Equality and Diversity issues
  • 94% felt they would have the opportunity to utilise the knowledge and skills they practiced during the programme.


LEAD Programme Awards

The LEAD programme was awarded Outstanding Achievement in the category of Most Innovative Use of Technology at the IITD National Training Awards 2012.


About the IUA Equality NetworkSponsors: Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, UCC, DCU, UCD, University of Limerick and The Equality Authority.

Under the auspices of the IUA, the Irish Universities Equality Network was established to:

  • work collaboratively to share best practice,
  • develop institutional competence, and
  • promote an inclusive University environment free from discrimination.

Member institutions: TCD, UCD, NUIG, UL, DCU, UCC and NUIM.


Further training resources

If you have equality training needs that are not addressed by the LEAD programme, please contact the Equality Officer to discuss. Face-to-face diversity training, or other training based on specific equality issues or groups, can generally be made available on request.

Trinity staff may also find the following online resources helpful:


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Last updated: Jun 07 2016.